(this program allows you to explore the must-see sites but stay in unique hotels and areas)
DAY - 1 ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL
Arrival in Istanbul International Airport, pick up and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 2 OLD CITY 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 CIRCLE ISTANBUL (B-L)
08:45 am until 18:00 explore the unique neighborhoods, taste food, interact with locals and witness the way of life in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY - 4 FLIGHT TO CAPPADOCIA (B)
Midday or late afternoon flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia Mustafapasha Village.
DAY - 5 CAPPADOCIA TOUR #1 & WHIRLING DERVISHES PERFORMANCE (B- L)
09:30 am pick up 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. Later on pick up and transfer to Sarihan to see the Whirling Dervishes Performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY - 6 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.
OPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride - $150 per person
DAY - 7 FLIGHT TO IZMIR & TRANSFER TO SIRINCE VILLAGE (B)
DAY - 8 EPHESUS TOUR (B-L)
Flight from Cappadocia to Izmir. Depending on the day of the week, you will either fly directly or via Istanbul. Arrival in Izmir airport, pick up and transfer to Sirince Village. Overnight in Sirince.
09:15 am pick up from th reception 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 Sirince.
DAY - 9 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 - 10 GOODBYE (B)
Pick up 3 hours before your international flight and transfer to the airport. Have a safe trip back home!