Classic 8 Day Tour of Turkey

If this is your first trip to Turkey, then this is an excellent program for you!

Highlights

Explore the highlights of the ancient city of Istanbul, former capital of three empires—Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman.

Explore the ancient city of Ephesus, one of the most dazzling metropolises
of the Roman Empire.

Walk through the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders
of the ancient world and learn its history.

Relax and enjoy, much as the early Romans did, the natural beauty of
Pamukkale’s white travertine pools filled with turquoise-colored thermal waters.
Drive through the country side and appreciate the agricultural greatness of Turkey as you see vineyards and apple orchards, cotton fields, and goat and sheep herds.

Explore Cappadocia with its fairy chimneys and otherworldly geological formations, landscape sculpted and carved by millions of years of the sheer force of nature. See its underground cities and scenic valleys.

What's Included?

* Centrally located superior hotels
* All land transfers with comfortable vehicles
* All of the meals mentioned in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch & D-dinner)
* Professional, English-speaking tour guides
* Admissions to Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace,Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia sites
* Cruise on the Bosphorus
* Domestic fight tickets from Istanbul to Izmir
* Domestic flight tickets from Cappadocia to Istanbul
* All taxes and service charges.

Duration

8 days

Destination Covered

Istanbul, Ephesus Ruins, Pamukkale, Kusadasi and Cappadocia

Best Suited

All
Tuesday - Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul
HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey! We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Unpack and go out for an evening walk and dinner on your own around Sultanahmet Square.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Wednesday - Day 2 - Istanbul - (B/L)
In the morning we will great you at your hotel and take you on a guided tour of the historical old part of Istanbul.
Today’s main sites are:
* Blue Mosque/Sultanahmet Mosque (Camii)
* Hagia Sophia/Aya Sofya
* Hippodrome of Constantinople
* Topkapı Palace
* Grand Bazaar
Overnight in Istanbul

Thursday - Day 3 - Istanbul - Ephesus - Kusadasi - (B/L/D)
Early in the morning we will meet you at your hotel and provide a transfer to Istanbul domestic
airport and put you on a short domestic flight to izmir. Upon arrival, we will take you on a guided
tour of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis and the House of Virgin Mary.
About the sites you will visit ;
*Ancient city of Ephesus
*The Temple of Artemis
*The House of The Virgin Mary
Overnight in Kusadasi.

Saturday - Day 4 - Kusadasi to Pamukkale - (B/L/D)
After breakfast, we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale; upon arrival we will continue on the
guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Our drive will take us through a rich agricultural area,
teeming with cotton fields and fruit orchards.
Sites we will visit
* Pamukkale, White washed terraces, ancient pools and more..
* Ancient city of Hierapolis
Overnight in Pamukkale.

Sunday - Day 5 - Pamukkale to Cappadocia - (B/L)
In the morning, we'll depart Pamukkale and drive to Cappadocia; en route, we'll make frequent stops for photo opportunities and
visit ancient Caravansarays. Arrival, check in and overnight in Urgup - Cappadocia.

Monday - Day 6 - Cappadocia - (B/L)
Today will be devoted to exploring more of Cappadocia's unforgettable sites.
(If you have purchased the optional hot-air ballooning tour, please note that you'll need to rise very early in the morning to go to the balloon-launch site. After the trip has concluded, we'll come back to the hotel for breakfast and have a rest before setting out in later in the morning to see the rest of the sites listed below.)
Sites you'll see today:
* Goreme Open-Air Museum
* Fairy Chimneys
* Devrent Valley
* Uchisar Castle,
We'll also visit local crafts people and learn the special art of making dolls and traditional pottery.
Overnight in Cappadocia.

Tuesday - Day 7 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - (B/L)
As we have a lengthy drive to our first destination, we'll be starting out quite early this morning. Today, we'll stroll through an amazing subterranean city where ancient Christians once hid from Arab invaders; we'll then wander through the Ihlara Gorge and spend time in a classic Anatolian village.
* Underground City of Derinkuyu-
* Ihlara Gorge
* Traditional Anatolian villages.
After the tour we will provide a transfer to Cappadocia Airport and put you on a short domestic flight back to Istanbul.
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.

Wednesday - Day 8 - Departure from Istanbul - (B)
Gule, Gule! It is time to head for home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey in your heart.
We truly hope that our paths will cross again.
Excludes
* International flight tickets to Istanbul
* Hot Air Balloon tour on Cappadocia ($125.00 US Dollars for per person)
* Drinks with meals.

A minimum deposit of P and for some tours 33.3% of tour & services price is required at time of booking in order to secure a reservation. After you have placed a deposit to secure your reservation, you will be asked to pay the remaining balance of your fare at the final payment due date. This is usually, but not limited to, 30-60 days prior to tour and services start date unless otherwise specified at time of booking.
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