9. Istanbul: 8-Day Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale Tour
Day 1 : Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport ( IST ) or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport ( SAW ) , Our representative will meet you at the airport with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul. Its original name is Byzantium then Constantinople. It is a most fascinating city, which actually crosses two continents Europe and Asia. It is a city of amalgamation of bazaars, minarets, mosques, churches, palaces, and restaurants catering to every one’s taste, museums and customs. Overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour (Breakfast)
We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
Please note that Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Spice Market will be visited on Sundays instead of Grand Bazaar.
Day 3 : Istanbul to Cappadocia by flight – Cappadocia Tour & Cave Hotel (Breakfast)
Early morning pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia. Arrival to Cappadocia. Our Tour guide will meet you at the airport and start for Cappadocia tour. Visit Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys, the Kaymakli Underground City. Cappadocia accommodation in a CAVE Hotel that not to be missed.
Day 4 : Full Day Cappadocia Tour & Cave Hotel (Breakfast)
Optional Hot Air Balloon Experinece
Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag “fairy chimneys” near Zelve. Lunch in Avanos, center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock-Castle. Stay overnight in Cappadocia (Cave Hotel).
Day 5 : Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Breakfast – Dinner )
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya.. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic, Drive to Pamukkale and overnight in a Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale. Swim in thermal pools till 22.30.
Day 6 : Pamukkale – Kusadasi (Breakfast – Dinner )
In the morning visit to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. Then drive to Kusadasi and overnight.
Day 7 : Kusadasi – Ephesus – Istanbul by flight (Breakfast )
Visit Artemis Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus; The State Agora, Odeon, Memnius Monument, the Temple of Domitian, , Polio Fountain, Curetes Street, The Trajan Fountain, The Baths of Scholastica, Hadrian Temple, Latrina, Celcus Library, the gate of Mihridates and Mazues, Commercial Agora and The Grand Theater are two of the most impressive buildings in Ephesus. Visit House of Virgin Mary. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here.
After the tour fly back to Istanbul and transfer to the hotel for overnight
Day 8 : Home (Breakfast)
Transfer to airport. The end of our services.