Day 1: Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport. The tour guide will meet you at the Airport and you will be accommodated at the hotel. Afternoon you will have a half day tour around Istanbul: Hippodrome, the former center of sprotiye and political activities of Constantinople, Rustempasa Mosque, one of the biggest mosques of Istanbul from the XVIII century. Welcome dinner.
Day 2: Istanbul. Sightseeing tour around Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace , the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled, St.Sophia Church, one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world, Blue Mosque, 0ne of the biggest mosques in Istanbul from the 17th century. The Blue Mosque is famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Enjoy the beauty of Grand Bazaar.
Day 3: Istanbul. Visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Bosphorus Cruise, Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) within 2 minutes and Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view. Overnight.
Day 4: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia. Early transfer to the airport. Flight from Istanbul to Ankara. Upon arrival your Tour Guide will meet you at the airport. Sightseeing tour: Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish hero. Departure for Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival in Cappadocia. Overnight.
Day 5: Cappadocia. Visit Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Sightseeing drive to Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Visit Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale. Sightseeing day drive to Konya through 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai. Sightseeing in Konya: Mausoleum of Mevlana, then to visit Karatay Theological School. Drive to Pamukkale and overnight.
Day 7: Pamukkale - Antalya. Visit the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Then drive to Aphrodisias. Explore the ruins and the museum. Sightseeing day drive to Antalya. Overnight.
Day 8: Perge - Aspendos - Antalya. Discover ancient Hellenistic and Roman treasures, including the unspoiled ruins of Perge, the magnificent theater of Aspendos and Manavgat Waterfalls. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9: Antalia - Istanbul. Morning flight to Istanbul. Enjoy your free time in Istanbul.
Day 10: Istanbul. Departure.
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