Places covered: Istanbul, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Egirder
Duration: 9Nights/ 10Days
Category: Family Vacation
On arrival in Istanbul, you are transferred from the airport to the hotel. Check in to your hotel and free time on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
In the morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. You are picked up from Izmir Airport and transfer to Ephesus to view the ruins of Ephesus, this is one of the best-preserved ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus once the commercial centre of the ancient world this is a highlight of your visit to Turkey. The city, whose wealth and patronage was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple once considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt several times, The tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths, as well as the Library of Celsus. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Early in the morning depart for a tour to visit a traditional Turkish Village, Sirince and you will have the chance to meet the locals and taste their local food. In Sirinces the houses on the slope are all original with their white paint. There is a good view of the entrance of the village and its streets are also wonderful. Sirince is very popular for its building style, house, streets and apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and Turks coming from Greece settled there. There are remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the village that is why Sirince is also known as Ephesus in the mountains. Sirince is one of the Government Protected Areas Of Izmir and so most of its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved, especially the two Churches in the village Centre. Back to your hotel. You will have the opportunity to experience a Turkish bath which is one of the oldest cultural practices of Anatolia. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Early in the morning, we depart for Pamukkale. On the way, we will visit one of the famous leather production centres in the region. We then drive on to Pamukkale for our tour and of the calcium terraces of Pamukkale the cotton castle and the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. After walking around this natural phenomenon you will have the opportunity to lay in the waters of the natural thermal springs. Overnight in Pamukkale.
In the morning free time at leisure on your own at your Hotel. Later in the afternoon check out of the hotel and depart to Konya around noon. We then continue for our overnight stop in the small town of Egirdir, overlooking Turkeys 4th largest lake. Overnight in Egirdir.
Depart from the hotel and witness one of the most beautiful sunrises over the lake, followed by breakfast. We then drive along the ancient silk trade route, stopping at Caravanserays Sultanhani and Agzikarahan. We arrive in Cappadocia late afternoon. Check in to your hotel and relax. Later on your own, you can visit the famous traditional Turkish Night, you will enjoy Whirling Dervishes, Belly Dancing & Traditional Turkish Folklore. Overnight at the Hotel.
In the morning depart for your tour, the beautiful horse country Katpatuka, is an unbelievable, enchanting and mysterious strip of land. Visit Avcilar, Pigeon Valley, Uchisar Castle and the pottery village of Avanos. We have a lunch break in Avanos and then tour the Dervent Valley & Goreme Open Air Museum. Return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight in Authentic Cave Suite Hotel.
In the morning depart to the most interesting sites of Cappadocia: Derinkuyu Underground City. The Christians hid from the armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self-sufficient cities in which there were halls for stocks of crop, barns, rooms, kitchens & ventilation channels. In the afternoon depart for Kayseri Airport to catch the domestic flight for Istanbul. Check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight in Istanbul.
In the morning early we depart for the Istanbul City Tour. We will begin with ancient Hippodrome, which was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet. It is also known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles we then arrive at our last stop, which is the famous Hagia Sophia. This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. After the tour, you can go on your own for a shopping tour in which you will be aware of the ancient arts of Turkey like carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery. As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will enable you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy Istanbul on your own. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and depart to the airport for your flight back home.