DAY 1 Arrival in Istanbul (ISTANBUL)
Transfer from the airport or cruise port to your hotel by private car. The rest
of the day at your leisure.
DAY 2 Istanbul Old City Tour (B, L) (ISTANBUL)
Today we will start our day from the heart of the old city by
visiting: The Byzantine Hippodrome where the Egyptian Obelisk is standing, Blue
Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace (Harem not included), and the Grand Bazaar.
DAY 3 Flight to Izmir / Ephesus Tour (B,L) (KUSADASI)
You will have an early morning check out and a transfer to the airport
and fly to Izmir. You will be transferred from the airport to Ephesus to join the
Ephesus day trip. Visit the Greco–the Roman City of Ephesus which is one of the
best-preserved ancient Roman cities in the world. Then drive up to the
House of the Virgin Mary where it is believed she spent the last days of her life. This
is an official pilgrimage and holy place for Christians. After lunch, we visit the temple of Artemis and the village of Sirince famous for her fruit-flavored wines.
DAY 4 Pamukkale Tour (B,L) (KUSADASI)
Today we will drive to Pamukkale which is a UNESCO World Heritage site
with its white calcified terraces. Lunch on arrival. Then visit the ancient
city of Hierapolis right next to the white terraces with its Temple of
Apollo, the Theatre, the Necropolis, and the thermal baths where
Cleopatra and famous Roman general Mark Antony stayed for his honeymoon.
DAY 5 Direct Flight to Cappadocia (B) (GOREME)
Today we check out and transfer to Izmir Airport for a flight to
Kayseri-Cappadocia. On arrival at Kayseri Airport, you will be transferred to your cave hotel. The rest of the day at your leisure.
DAY 6 South Cappadocia Tour (B, L) (GOREME)
The first stop is at the famous ‘Three Beauties of Urgup’, where you can
see the mushroom-shaped rock formations and a panorama of the city of Urgup.
The next stop is in Mustafapasa, which was originally known as Sinasos. Drive
through Taskinpasa which has some of the best examples of Seljuk architecture
in the district. Then you visit Sobessos, a recently discovered archaeological
site from the Roman era, located near Sahinefendi village. A short walk in
Soganli Valley, where there are many different churches, the next stop is in
Derinkuyu, the deepest underground city in the area, the last stop is just
outside Uchisar, where you have an opportunity to taste the famous local
Cappadocian wines at Kocabag winery.
DAY 7 North Cappadocia Tour/Flight to Istanbul (B, L)
We will start our day by driving up to Uchisar Castle, which is one
of the highest points of Cappadocia. Then drive through Cavusin and Pasabag
(Monks Valley) surrounded by local vineyards. Lunch break in Avanos. After
lunch drive through Devrent Valley with its famous animal shape rock
formations, the symbol of Cappadocia known as Three Nices, and finally Goreme
Open Air Museum full of cave chapels, and churches with very well-preserved unique
frescoes. After our day tour transfer to the airport for a flight back to