Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 14 Days – 13 Nights
Departures : On request
Highlights : Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Mt. Nemrut, Sanliurfa and Harran , Princes Islands.
Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. Celal Sultan Hotel in old town of Sultanahmed.
Day 2 – Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
8:30am – Picked-up from hotel and met by your tour guide for a full day to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and the Rustem Pasa Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul. Celal Sultan Hotel in old town of Sultanahmed (B, L)
Day 3 – Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
8:30 am – You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 1:00 pm.
EVENING FLIGHT TO IZMIR
Day 4 – Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. It is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site. Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire.
Overnight in Kusadasi. Grand Onder Hotel. (B, L, D)
DAY 5: Ephesus Tour
Ephesus for a full day of sightseeing. First visit the Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi. (L, D) GRAND ONDER HOTEL
EVENING FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA
Day 6 – North Cappadocia Tour 1 AT 09:30AM
Today after breakfast meet with your tour guide and visit Devrent Valley and Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Break for lunch in Avanos. Then on to visit the Goreme Open Air Museum to explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries were carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 1000-1200AD. A visit to Ortahisar natural rock castle for panoramic views. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 6:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L) Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel.
Day 7 – South Cappadocia Tour 2 AT 09 :30AM
ROSE VALLEY & KAYMAKLI UNDGROUND CITY TOURS
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavuşin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen.After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley . In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith..
Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 8: Mt. NEMRUT & URFA & HARRAN TOUR
CAPPADOCIA – KAHTA
Depart from your hotel in Cappadocia. We begin heading east and make a short photo stop at Incesu Caravansary. We will also get a magnificent view of Mt. Erciyes near Kayseri. Lunch and tea break. We may stop in Kahramanmaras for a taste of Turkey’s most famous ice cream. Arrival in Kahta, near the mountain, check in hotel, dinner and overnight. L.D.
DAY 9:KAHTA – MT. NEMRUT – HARRAN – SANLIURFA
Rise early for the drive and the walk up to the summit of Mount Nemrut. See the magnificent relics of the tumulus of the Commagene king Antiochus Epipanes I atop Mt. Nemrut (2150m above sea-level) located near Adiyaman and Malatya. The amazing statues of the Gods on the Nemrut summit make it a very impressive site. View a fantastic sunrise from the East Terrace. Visit the East and West terraces, fire altar, statues of Apollo, Zeus, Hercules, Tyche and Antiochus Epipanes I, tumulus, and see the world’s first horoscope. Descend down the mountain through small villages and beautiful scenery. Stop in Arsemia to see the old castle and remains of bridge made during the time of Alexander the Great, then cross the Cendere Roman Bridge built by Septimus Severus in the 2nd century AD and still in use! Visit Karakus, which is the tumulus of the royal Commagene women and features columns with eagle and relief. Breakfast and pack up at hotel. Drive to Harran; city of the prophet Abraham. We will walk through the village with its fortress, old Islamic school and beehive shaped adobe houses. Experience the village life. We continue to Sanli Urfa for lunch and then a view of the castle with Roman columns. Visit Mevlid Halil Mosque and the cave of Prophet Abraham. Halil Rahman Mosque and the sacred fish pool. Time permitting a chance to wander in the old Bazaar. Overnight in Sanliurfa. B.L.D
DAY 10:SANLIURFA – CAPPADOCIA
We will depart Sanli Urfa after breakfast and continue to Biracik for a view of the fortress, then and cross the Euphrates River. Biracik is known for the nearly extinct Bald Ibis. Lunch. Return early evening in Cappadocia. B.
DAY 11: DERINKUYU UNDERGROUND CITY & IHLARA VALLEY TOUR
Depart from your hotel for Derinkuyu Underground City to visit the huge refugee settlement carved by early christians,where they could hide from persecutors. From Derinkuyu continue to the beautiful valley of Ilhara , formerly known as Peristerema.Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back visit the monastaries in Selime village
EVENING FLIGHT TO ISTANMBUL
Day 12 – Princes’ Islands Tour
Departure from European side and accross the Bosphorus by the first bridge. Drive along the Asian side through Kadiköy all the way to Bostanci admiring the different facets of Istanbul.
Once we reach Bostanci you’ll have a chance to see one of the most beatiful districts of Istanbul. After having little time in Bostanci, embark the boat going to Princes’ Islands. Disembark at Büyükada which is the largest and the most famous of this chain of islands. There are several small hotels where people stay for the weekend. Some of the historical buildings are Aya Yorgi Church and Monastery from 6th century, Ayios Dimitrios Church, Hristos Church and Monastery and enjoy the lunch in a nice waterfront restaurant. After a small tour in the town centre, listening to the history of this lovely island, you’ll have free time to enjoy the beautiful island shores by renting a phaeton (horse-drawn carriage) or bycle until the departure time. As there are no cars alllowed on the island, this promenade will be an unforgettable memory for you.
Day 13 :HALF DAY DOLMABAHCE PALACE TOUR WITHOUT LUNCH
PICK UP TIME AT 13:15PM
It was built by order of Sultan Abdülmecit in year 1853.This famous palace is the last residence for Ottoman Sultans built with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. It was designed with Turkish Renaissance style and it is famous with the great collection of European antiquity furniture and magnificent 4.5 tons chandelier.
FINISH AT 17:00PM
DAY 14/ Departure
Transfer to Istanbul Airport
End of Our Service
What is included
- Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation
- 2 Full Day Tour of Istanbul with lunch
- Domestic flight ticket - (Istanbul to Izmir and Izmir to Cappadocia and Kayseri to Istanbul)
- All Hotels with Breakfast Basis (Kusadasi , Kahta, Urfa Dinner Included)
- 1 Half Day Bosphorus Cruise without Lunch
- 1 Half Day Dolmabahce Palace Tour without Lunch
- 3 Full Day Cappadocia Tour with lunch
- 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour with lunch
- 1 Full Day Ephesus Tour with lunch
- 3 Day & 2 Nights Eastern Turkey Tour with Breakfast Lunch and Dinner
- Professionally licensed English speaking guides on local tours
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours