Turkish Delight

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8D7N Turkish Delight

Magical Istanbul is unique among the great cities of the world.  It straddles two continents, Europe and Asia.  Its history encompasses three major civilizations of the ancient world:  Roman, Greek, and Byzantine.  Not to mention its history as the center of the Ottoman Empire.  And, all that history is visible on almost every street corner with modern buildings perched atop ancient ruins and remnants of ancient walls lining today’s bustling streets.

Ephesus is a UNESCO World Heritage site.  No trip to Turkey is complete without a visit to Ephesus.   According to legend, the Greeks founded Ephesus around 1,000 BC.  The ruins of today date from the 4th Century under the Romans when Ephesus became an important port on the Aegean.  Excavations have revealed grand monuments of the Roman Imperial period.  Ephesus also played an important role in the spread of Christianity.

Cappadocia’s otherworldly landscape is hard to describe.  Perhaps moonscape says it best.  From its distinctive rock formations (fairy chimneys, mushroom caps, animals) to its churches, chapels, and homes carved into lava rocks to its underground cities, Cappadocia is like few other places on earth.

8D7N Turkish Delight

Route: Istanbul, Kuşadası, Ephesus, Cappadocia
Tour Type: Small Group Tour
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
INCLUDED
  • Inbound and outbound airport transfers from/to your hotel
  • Professional English speaking tour guide
  • 7 Nights hotel accommodation with breakfast
  • Transportation in fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches
  • Meals: 7 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches
  • Entrance fees to all the sites

EXCLUDED

  • International and domestic flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional programs
  • Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)
  • Tips – driver, guide, hotel staff, etc.
  • Any other meals or services not specified in ‘Prices Included’
  • Travel Insurance

Traveling as a family? A family-friendly country that gives a unique insight to all ages. Get a glimpse of our blog of Family Friendly Holidays in Turkey.

Day 1 :

Our representative will meet you at your point of arrival and transfer you to your hotel in Istanbul. You will then enjoy your Half-Day Bosphorus Cruise (Morning 08:30 – 12:30; Afternoon 13:30 -17:00)
Enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul’s landmarks such as Dolmabahce PalaceOrtakoyBebekArnavutkoy, the Bosphorus Bridge. After the 90 minutes cruise, visit one of the most famous bazaars in Istanbul, the Spice Bazaar. This Bazaar is heaven for spice lovers and those who are looking for local delicacies. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 :

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart around 08:30 AM for your tour of the Istanbul Old City. We will visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. After lunch, we will explore Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. After the tour, transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Izmir. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 3 :

Meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby at 9:00 AM and depart for your tour of Ephesus, an important city of the ancient world. You’ll visit the Temple of Artemis (Diana), one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the House of Virgin Mary, where many believe she spent the final years of her life and Isa Bey Mosque, an impressive mosque from the XIV century AD in Selcuk. Transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi.  Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 4 :

After breakfast at your hotel, you will depart for Pamukkale at 8AM with your driver and guide. Pamukkale or the Cotton Castle” is famous for its healing thermal mineral waters, and beautiful snow-white petrified waterfalls. After lunch in Pamukkale, you’ll visit Hierapolis, the ancient city known for its magnificently preserved Necropolis. You will see the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Bathsthe Devil’s Hole, and the Theatre. Optional: Swimming in Cleopatra’s Pool.

Day 5 :

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia). Upon arrival, our driver will pick you up to bring to your hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 :

After breakfast, meet your driver and guide in the hotel lobby. We’ll depart for your Cappadocia Underground City tour. First, we will visit Red valley to explore its famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. We’ll visit Cavusin village, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch, we’ll drive to Pigeon Valley and we’ll visit the Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear of invaders. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 7 :

After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart around 09:00 AM to visit the sights and unique geographical landscape of Cappadocia, including the Devrent Valley and its fairy-chimneys; Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) and its mushroom-shaped pinnacles; Avanos, a center of terra-cotta art, for a pottery demonstration and lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with its rock-cut churches that date back hundreds of years, many filled with excellent examples of Byzantine art. Our last stop is a visit to the Uchisar rock castle for a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Return to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 8 :

Meet your driver in the hotel lobby and transfer to the airport, according to the time of your international flight.  Fly to Istanbul and to connect with your international flight.

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