Day 1: Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. Tonight we have a Welcome Dinner, you will meet our friendly crew and while enjoying a traditional Turkish food and enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour. After breakfast, we depart at 09:00 am for the Istanbul city tour. Topkapi Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque. Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Lunch break and then we head to the Spice Bazzar (Egyptian Bazaar) the air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. After the tour you have the option to experience The Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosphorus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is you’re to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul to Izmir - Kusadasi. Free day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Ephesus. A fully guided Ephesus tour starts at 09:00 am, one of the best preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial center of the ancient world. The city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, dates in its latest form from the third century BC. The tour of the ruins also includes a theater, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsius. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.
Day 5: Pamukkale. Day trip to Pamukkale and we depart at 09:30 am we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertine's and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertine's of Pamukkale. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.
Day 6: Izmir - Kayseri Airport- Cappadocia. After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia. After breakfast we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Göreme Open Air Museum, Dervent Valley, and Pasabag Valley. After lunch, we will make a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Free evening. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8: Cappadocia - Istanbul. After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens and ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia tour will include Uçhisar Castle, Avcilar, and Pidgeon Valley. After the tour we will rest at the hotel and have a free afternoon until transfers to the airport for our flight back to Istanbul. After the Cappadocia depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check in to your hotel. Enjoy the mystical atmosphere of Istanbul at night. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 9: Istanbul. Today you don't have to wake up early. At 10:30 am we will start a different city tour of Istanbul. We will visit the Spice (Egyptian) Bazaar, Taksim District, which is the heart of the night and intellectual life of Istanbul. It has nice bars, restaurants, café, cinemas a street in which is the center of the Turkish Film Industry. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. After breakfast check out from the hotel for you departure.
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