Magical land Turkey, where the West meets the East,the country overflows with historic sites and archaeological wonders set in a varied and beautiful landscape. This customized tour specially designed for the travelers interested in taking a brief visit the most popular sites of country.
The one wish to explore the austere and rugged Anatolian plateau has cave churches hidden away in the improbable fairytale landscape of Cappadocia, stroll through the streets in the world-famous Ancient City of Ephesus, heal in the thermal pools of Pamukkale, visit Hierapolis, was once the largest necropolis in Roman Empire and maybe the first time to come across with Rumi and his whirling dervishes will arguably impress you with their philosophy.
You will really enjoy all these in a small group tour within superior accommodations, private transfers and reasonable cost. You can also combine this tour with a luxury Blue Cruises on the Turquoise Coast of Turkey or Greek Island Hopping departing Kusadasi.
DAY 1: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. You will take a direct flight from Istanbul to Cappadoccia which is about 1 hour. Upon arrival, you will meet with your private car and driver. Transferred to your hotel in Urgup which is a combination of six cave houses dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and crowned with a 19th century Greek Mansion. Enjoy your stay in this authentic hotel.
DAY 2: Cappadocia
You can book our optional hot air balloon tour for a wonderful experience and to enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys and the region. Otherwise take enjoyable visits to Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.
Then head to Avanos, which is famous pottery town. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations before break for lunch. After lunch, visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum for the world’s most important Byzantine cave churches and the best preserved cave wall paintings and frescos. Finally, you will be driven to Uchisar castle, the highest point of the region, where we will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. In the evening you can be booked for a dinner in authentic cave restaurant.
DAY 3: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale
You will have chance to see untouched beauties of the country; villagers working in their farms, fertile plains and the cultural diversity between the cities. On our way to Pamukkale, we will stop at Konya to see the Mevlana Museum which shelters the tomb of Rumî, known to his followers as Mevlana, a Muslim poet and mystic. Finally, arrive in Pamukkale considered to be the oldest spa center in the world. You can enjoy the thermal pools and the spa in your hotel.
DAY 4: Hierapolis – Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
Departing your hotel, the first visit will be to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city on top of hot springs located nearby Denizli. You will see the large necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius Ammianos as well as the Great Baths, Frontinus Street, Theatre, Martyrion of St. Phillip and the antique pool also known as Cleopatra’s pool.
Finally amazed by travertines, (the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) on which you will take an enjoyable barefooted walk. After lunch, visit to the ancient city of Aphrodisias, is the City of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Then, drive along the fertile Meander River valley which will bring you to Kusadasi, popular port for the cruise ships. Enjoy dinner at leisure.
DAY 5: Ephesus
Drive to Selcuk among the fruit trees and see the gigantic Temple of Artemis which was one of the Seven Wonders of the world. Then stroll in the world-famous Ancient City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Roman Baths, Temple of Hadrian, the Celcus Library and the Antique Theater. In the afternoon a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she lived her last years and the Basilica of St John.
DAY 6:Izmir – Istanbul
Upon your request, we can also arrange you a private tour of Priene, Miletus and Didyma. Otherwise, transfer to the airport with your private car and driver. Take a direct flight from Izmir to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul airport and the end of the itinerary.
Tour departs every Sunday
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