8 Days Classic Turkey – Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale
Istanbul – Cappadocia – Izmir – Kusadasi – Pamukkale
This is an eight day journey that uncovers the highlights of Turkey. From the striking architecture of Istanbul and the natural wonders of Pamukkale and Cappadocia. Appreciate the remarkable roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum. Cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia and wander in awe around the colourful Grand Bazaar.
• Istanbul – old city, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, Caferaga Medresesi, Egyptian Bazaar & Sprice Market
• Cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia
• Cappadocia region, UNESCO World Heritage listed Goreme Valley, Derinkuyu Underground City, Uchisar Castle, Hot air balloon (optional)
• Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman Hierapolis
• Aegean Coast – Kusadasi and Cannakale
• Roman ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus
*This itinerary includes 3 domestic flights which minimise long drives to enhance travel comfort.
Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival in Istanbul (Ataturk Airport), a Divine representative will meet you & transfer to the hotel. (Check-in after 13:00pm) and check in to hotel. Rest of day is leisure and Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 | B, L
Historical Istanbul Walking Tour
After breakfast, visit to the ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where you will tour the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Fountain of Wilhelm II, the elegant Blue Mosque famous with its heavenly six minarets and the Hagia Sophia Museum, built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius and burned down in the fire of Nika Revolt in 532 A.D.
Just before lunch break, you will visit the Caferaga Medresesi. After lunch break at local restaurant, you will visit the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), residence and administrative center of the Ottoman Sultans. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 | B
Bosphorus Cruise / Fly to Cappadocia
Breakfast, short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Then embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After tour back to hotel to collect your luggage and 13:00pm transfer to Airport for flight to Kayseri at 17:15 pm. Arrival to Kayseri at 18:35pm, meet and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4 | B, L
North Cappadocia Tour
Optional: This morning an hour hot-air balloon ride available with extra cost.
Breakfast, The departure time is 9:30 AM as you will be picked up from your hotel, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum consisting of five Byzantine Orthodox churches. And visit Uchisar to take pictures of “The Castle” and sightseeing. A break for lunch in Goreme. You can enjoy Turkish cuisine in restaurant.And visit Avanos which is famous for its potteries. You can see their demonstration and you can try to make it.
After that a visit to the valley of fairy chimney, the name is Pasabagi. And then we see Cavusin (Rose Valley) which has amazing beautiful red rock formations. Next is the Devrent Valley and Urgup afterwards. Following that a panoramic view point to observe the fairy chimneys. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Optional: Whirling Dervishes can be arranged in Cappadocia at extra cost.
Day 5 | B, L
South Cappadocia tour / Fly to Izmir
Breakfast, Pick up from hotel at 9:30 AM. The tour begins with a visit to Goreme Panorama which is large panorama valley continuing to Uchisar. Still pigeons live in the holes of caves. Some part is called as Pigeon Valley. And then visit the Derinkuyu Underground City that is the deepest underground city with 8 levels in Cappadocia Then drive to Nar Lake which is volcanic lake.
Then to the Ihlara Valley which is the largest, deepest and the longest canyon in Cappadocia.The valley is like a paradise with its beautiful nature and rocks. Some animals like sheep which belong to local people can be observed. We hike about 3km beside the river in Ihlara Valley. After hiking Lunch in Belisirma. And continue to Selime Monastery for taking pictures by the pinnacles.
Transfer to Kayseri airport for flight to Izmir at 18:30pm. Arrival to Izmir at 20:00pm, meet at the airport and transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 | B, L
Full Day Ephesus Tour
After breakfast, depart to visit Ephesus Ancient City. Enter through the Magnesia Gate and begin a slow, downhill walk with your guide into the ruins of this Roman provincial capital. Your route takes you past the Odeon, the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, the Fountain of Trajan.
The Grand Theatre, where Saint Paul preached, is the largest theatre is antiquity with capacity of 24.000 seats.Next we will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the world). After Lunch we will visit the House of the Virgin Mary’s. Then we drive up to the pretty old Turkish Sirince Village in Greek architecture located on the top of a mountain, where anyone will enjoy the impressive wine yards, peach trees, olive groves, tangerine and fig lands and the rocky cliffs covered with pine trees.. In the evening back to hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 | B, L
Day trip to Pamukkale / Fly to Istanbul
Breakfast, 08:00am. Drive to Pamukkale, Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side. Walk along the Hierapolis ancient city ruins, see the huge Necropolis, and feel the warmth of the natural spring as you go barefoot on the Travertens. Then If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatras Pool they charge extra entrance fee.
After tour Transfer to Denizli airport for an evening flight to Istanbul at 19:40pm. Arrival to Istanbul at 20:50pm, meet and transfer to hotel and check in. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 | B
Istanbul – Departure
Breakfast, check-out from hotel, pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.
• All private A/C transportation & round-trip airport transfers
• All hotel accommodations on twin/triple share basis
• All tours with professional English speaking tour guide
• All main entrance fees to sights as per itinerary
• All meals as per itinerary
• All 3 domestic flight tickets
• International airfare
• Travel insurance
• All alcoholic and other beverages
• All personal expenses
• Optional activities
• Resort/hotel facilities and activities