Day 1: Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul. 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. Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After the tour you have the option to experience the Bosphorus Cruise. You will have the chance to enjoy magnificent views of Bosporus which is connecting Asia to Europe. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul - 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 - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. 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 B.C. 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: Turkish Village Sirince. Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view at the slope. They are all Original with their white paint. There is a good view at the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, houses, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. There are remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the village that is why Sirince is also known as "Ephesus in the mountains". Sirince is one of the Government Protected Areas (G. R. A) Of Izmir and so most of its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved, especially the two Churches in the village Center. Overnight in Kusadasi/Ephesus.
Day 6: Kusadasi. The day is yours! You don't have to wake up early, enjoy the sunshine and take in the views and natural magnificent beach & crystal clear sea and explore the city, shop in the local markets, relax on the beach or enjoy one of the many day trips you can choose. These include Aqua Park, scuba diving, fishing tour, Jeep Safari, Horse Safari, Turkish Night, Daily Trip to Samos, Turkish Bath and more. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7: Pamukkale. At 08:30 am we depart on our tour of Pamukkale travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit, Lunch, Pamukkale Museum, and The Travertines of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 8: Pamukkale - Antalya. After breakfast depart to Antalya (5 hour drive). Antalya in ancient times it covered all Pamphylia that means "the land of all tribes". Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamon King Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC. Know that it was visited by St. Paul by way of Perge in 46 AD, that it was an important trading center in the 2nd century AD and that the Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 AD was commemorated with new monuments. Check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9: Antalya - Perge - Aspendos. After breakfast depart to Antalya (30 minute drive). According to the geographer Strabon. Perge has been founded by Akhas who came down here after the Trojan wars. It was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After the tour, departure for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way. The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47 km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of he Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD) Aspendos got its theater, which is the best preserved of all. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Dinner at your Hotel. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 10: Antalya - Cappadocia. After breakfast, we depart for Antalya 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 11: 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 jewelery. 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. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 12: Cappadocia - Istanbul. After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of Cappadocia 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. Overnight in Cappadocia. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 13: Cappadocia - Istanbul. After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Evening we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 14: Istanbul. Bosporus on Private Boat. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Bedesten exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses carpet weaving courses authorized by the Ministry of National Education. Possibility to see jewelery, handicrafts center and leather ware show. Free time provided for shopping. Bosporus on Boat - a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of marble facade faces the shore. At Ortaköy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortaköy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. Rumeli Fortress was built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul, was completed in only four months to control and protect Bosphorus. Bosporus Bridge is unique change to step from one continent - Asia, to another one - Europe. Camilca Hill is the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional style. Free time provided for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 15: 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. We make your return airport transfer services. Includes: (B).
- This tour available everyday from 10th April - 15th October
- The above tour is based on a private Family tour. If you would like to visit any other Touristic places not mentioned on this itinerary we are happy to make a tailored made Family holiday to suit whatever you wish to do. Just let us know how long you would like to stay and which places you are interested in visiting.
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