DAY - 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL (choose your own travel dates - Every Sat/Sun/Wed - Apr to Nov)
Arrival in Istanbul International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR (B-L)
08:45 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting, Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Tour ends around 4:00 pm. Return back to the hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 3 FREE DAY - ISTANBUL (B)
Free day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Circle Istanbul - "See The Real Istanbul" / 9am to 6pm or later.
DAY - 4 FLIGHT TO IZMIR & EPHESUS TOUR (B-L)
Very early pick up from the reception and transfer to the domestic airport. Early flight to Izmir. Arrival at Izmir airport, pick up and depart for the tour. Visiting the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Following this, we will make our way to Ephesus which was one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient word. Visiting Ephesus ruins, Odeon, Celcus Library and the Theatre which is still in use today for concerts. As we walk through this ancient site you will notice the streets paved with marble which gives a hint to this city`s great wealth many years ago. Our last stop is the House of Virgin Mary where it is believed that she arrived with Saint John 4-6 years after the death of Christ and spent her final days. Return back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 5 PAMUKKALE TOUR (B-L)
08:00 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour (2.5 hours drive). Visiting Pamukkale "Cotton Castle", once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/ mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls". After lunch, visiting Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil`s Hole, and the Masterpiece Theater. Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool`s hot spring mineral waters (but not in the Cascade Pools) is one of your year-round options, before returning back to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY - 6 FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA (B)
Flight from Izmir to Cappadocia. Depending on the day of the week, you will either fly directly or via Istanbul. Arrival in Cappadocia airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 7 CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1 (B- L)
09:30 am pick up from the reception and depart for the tour. Visiting Devrent Valley, Monk`s valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world renowned fairy chimneys. After lunch break continue on to the Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the numerous rock carved churches and monasteries. Tour will end with a visit to Uchisar, a natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride - $150 per person
DAY - 8 CAPPADOCIA TOUR #2 (B-L)
09:30 am, depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock- cut churches and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Çavusvillage. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 9 MT. NEMRUT (B-L-D)
Departure in the morning from Cappadocia. After passed Kayseri we will stop to visit the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai "Karatayhan". The next stop will be in Pinarbasi for a short tea break then drive to Tekir for lunch. After lunch drive to Kahramanmaras. We will stop there and have the worldwide famous ice-cream in a local cafe then drive to KAHTA. Arrival, check in to hotel, relaxing for a while then we will drive to Atatürk Dam`s lake for dinner. After dinner drive back to the hotel and overnight in the Kahta.
DAY - 10 MT. NEMRUT & SANLIURFA - HARRAN (B-L-D)
Very early departure to drive up to Mt.Nemrut. After get off the minibuses 25 minutes climbing on foot to the top where we will watch the beautiful sunrise between the colossal size statues and heads of the Kings and Gods. After sunrized visit the ruins of Nemrut and free time to walk around then drive back to Kahta using different road to see the ruins of ARSEMIA, Roman bridge of CENDERE and tümülüs tomb of KARAKUS. Arrival in Kahta, breakfast and relaxing then drive to Sanliurfa and on the way we will stop to see ATATÜRK DAM which is the biggest Dam in MiddleEast. Arrival in Sanliurfa, check in to hotel and have lunch in a local restaurants which is famous with its Kababs. After lunch visit the oriental old covered bazaar,Abraham`s Cave and the pools of holy carp surrounding it then drive to HARRAN a village of spellbinding mud-brick beehive houses mentioned in the book of Genesis where Abraham spend last years of his life. Visit the ruins of Harran including city walls ,oldest Islamic university and the castle dated to 8th century. Then free time to walk around in Harran village and drive back to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Sanliurfa.
DAY - 11 BACK TO CAPPADOCIA (B)
Departure from Sanliurfa after breakfast, next stop will be Birecik which is famous with its Bald-Ibis (Kelaynak) birds. We will visit the breeding farm then drive back to Cappadocia. Arrive in Cappadocia late afternoon, and check-into same cave hotel to rest. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 12 FLIGHT BACK TO ISTANBUL (B)
Pick up from your hotel 2 hours before your departure and transfer to the airport. Flight back to Istanbul (morning or afternoon). Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 13 FREE DAY (B)
Free day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 14 GOODBYE (B)
Pick up 3 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!
- 13 nights hotel accommodation.
- Services of professionally licensed guides on local tours.
- 17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 6 lunch.
- All domestic flights mentioned in the itinerary.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking minivans on local tours and transfers.
- English speaking guided tours mentioned in the itinerary.
- Inbound and outbound airport transfers to/from your hotel.
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees, baggage handling. (unless otherwise state)
- International airfares.
- VISA needed for Turkey.
- Tips to guide, driver, hotel staff etc.
- Harem and Treasure room entrance fees in Topkapi Palace.
- Travel Insurance and personal expense
- DATES: Every Sat/Sun/Wed mid April to Mid October.
- CUSTOMIZE: This package is flexible and can be customized based to your requirements.
- HOTELS: Hotels can be upgraded. You can even choose your own hotels.
- IMPORTANT: If you are planning to take this trip in May and September we highly recommend to book it as soon as possible.