DAY 1 Arrival in 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 stands, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace (Harem
not included), and Grand Bazaar.
DAY 3 Flight to Izmir/Ephesus
Tour (B,L) (KUSADASI)
You will have an early morning
check out and 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 her final days. This is an official pilgrimage and holy
place for Christians. After lunch, we visit the Temple of Artemis and the Greek Wine
DAY 4 Pamukkale Tour / Travel
to Antalya (B,L) (ANTALYA)
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 their honeymoon.
After the tour in Pamukkale
drives to the bus terminal in Denizli for a public bus to Antalya. On arrival in
Antalya, you will catch a taxi to your hotel in the old city.
DAY 5 Perge, Aspendos, Side
Tour (B, L) (ANTALYA)
Today in the morning we will
drive to Perge Ancient City, which is a biblical site as St. Paul passed
through this very well-preserved Roman city with still-standing Roman baths,
Gymnasium and Agora. Then drive to one the best preserved Greco-Roman
Amphitheater at Aspendos. On the way back to Antalya stop at Side where
the temple of Athena & Apollo is by the seaside.
DAY 6 Travel to Cappadocia /
See The Countryside (B) (GOREME)
Check-out in the morning and
transfer to Antalya Bus Terminal and public bus to Cappadocia with driving over
legendary Taurus mountains as the countryside view dramatically changed during
the drive. On arrival in Goreme transfer to your hotel.
DAY 7 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
DAY 8 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 Istanbul.