Day 1: Istanbul Tour. Blue Mosque: Its magnificent series of domes and semi-domes, its six slender minarets sprouting from the corners of the mosque, its spacious courtyard, and its grandiose yet elegant proportions, make the Blue Mosque one of the architectural marvels of the world. Hippodrome and Obelisks: The ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civil life, stood in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque. Haghia Sophia Museum: Haghia Sophia was built at the command of Emperor Justinian in the years 532 to 537. The courtyard of Haghia Sophia harbors a number of minor but fascinating Ottoman structures.
Topkapi Palace: As the administrative center, for nearly 400 years, for the Ottoman Empire, which was one of the greatest empires of the world, Topkapi Palace is certainly the most important historical site to be visited in Istanbul.
In 1461, less than ten years after the Conquest, Fatih Mehmet ordered the construction of Topkapi Sarayi a palace that would be known as Dar-üs Saadet, the “House of Felicity”. Topkapi Sarayi remained the seat of the Ottoman Sultans until 1868, when Abdülmecit I moved to the European-style Dolmabahce Palace farther up the Bosphorus. Süleymaniye Mosque: Suleymaniye is without question one of the greatest works of its architect, Sinan. Begun in 1550, the mosque was completed in 1557, with two more years required in order to finish the entire complex.
Day 2: Bosphorous And Two Continents Tour. 09:00-Depart from Hotel visit Spice Bazaar, a Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus Dolmabahce Palace Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill 17:00-Retun back to hotel
Depart from your hotel in the morning on a full day tour visiting the scents of the Spice Bazaar, a Boat Cruise on the Bosphorus with a visit to the Rumeli Fortress. After a break for lunch, depart once again for a visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Evening overnight bus to Cappadocia.
Day 3: Fairy Chimney and Goreme Museum Tour. Depart from your hotel to visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Monk’s Valley to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch in the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly,before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uçhisar.
Day 4: Rose Valley and Kaymakli Underground City Tour. Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen. Drive to the pigeon valley for lunch. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. Overnight bus to Pamukkale.
Day 5: Pamukkale Tour. Early in the morning you will get Pamukkale tour, Hierapolis roman ruins. The ruins of the biggest Necropolis Graveyard of the ancient world, Roman Baths, bazilica and calcim cliffs. Bus to Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi. Includes: (L).
Day 6: Full Day Ephesus Tour. After breakfast at the hotel drive to Meryemana and visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, the Roman Capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agore and fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. Evening bus from Izmir to Istanbul.
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