DAY 1: ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul, welcome & assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel. Free day.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.
DAY 3: ISTANBUL - ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA
In the morning, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Arrival in Ankara and then to the city to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. Lunch and continue to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: CAPPADOCIA
Departure for a full day tour of the extraordinary and fascinating Cappadocia starting with a visit to the underground city Kaymakli or Ozkonak, originally excavated by Christian communities, with a depth of 7 to 12 stories underground. Then we will go to Valley Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley) and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows. In the afternoon, visit the open air museum of Göreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continued, visiting the vineyard where Pasabag are so-called "fairy chimneys". Dinner and accommodation.
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA - KONYA – PAMUKKALE
In the morning departure to Konya. En route visit the Caravanserai of "Sultanhan. " Arrival to Konya, visit Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of the Dervishes. Lunch & then to Pamukkale. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: PAMUKKALE- KUSADASI
Morning visit to the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ruins of the Necropolis Cemetery and Roman baths. Continue to Aphrodisias and after lunch, visit to this ancient Greco-Roman city, dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite. Departure for Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
DAY 7: KUSADASI - IZMIR – ISTANBUL
Departure for Meryemana and visit the House of the Virgin Mary. Continued to Ephesus, the Roman capital in Asia Minor to visit the ruins of Odeon, the Arch of Hercules, Temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the only Greco-Roman. After lunch, visit the Basilica of San Juan and then drive to the airport Teatro Greco Romano. After lunch, visit to the Basilica of San Juan and then to Smyrna. Arrival at the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to hotel. The rest of the day at leisure.
DAY 8: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT
According to your departure time you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
Minimum price in triple room, maximum price in single room.
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