A historically history region with some of the greatest cuisine you will ever experience, landscape ranging from beaches to mountains, and the magnificent city of Istanbul. A series of historical characters and civilizations, including the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans, have all left their imprint on this old Silk Road stopover. Experiencing their legacy takes you from the sultan’s and his harem’s private chambers in Istanbul’s huge Topkap Palace to the lovely and enigmatic Lycian ruins on Mediterranean beaches.
Turkey’s varied landscapes, ranging from Aegean olive fields to eastern steppe, create a beautiful backdrop for the country’s numerous famous ruins. The vertiginous Mediterranean coastline, Cappadocia’s otherworldly ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations and wavy valleys, the alpine meadows of the Kaçkar Mountains, and golden beaches such as the 18km-long Patara present some of the country’s most spectacular views. Whether you sip a çay and gaze out over mountain-ringed Lake Eirdir or explore the rugged hinterland on the southwest coast’s various peninsulas, Turkey’s beauty will leave an indelible impact.
Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel in the old city. A welcome package with tour vouchers, an Istanbul map, and any other touristic information will be waiting for you upon arrival at your hotel. Free time is given for the rest of the day. Overnight in Istanbul
Today you will have a full-day guided tour of the …
Hagia Sophia Mosque, the pride of the Byzantine architecture
Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were held
Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles
Grand Bazaar, Turkeys largest covered market with 4000 shops Topkapi Palace, former residence of Ottoman Sultans
Overnight in Istanbul
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 and be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. The rest of the day is free time to explore at your leisure. Overnight in Cappadocia
Book an early morning optional hot air balloon tour to enjoy the magnificent view of the valleys and the region. After breakfast, we will visit Devrent and Pasabagi valleys, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Then head to the pottery town of Avanos. Watch the potters at work using kick wheels, a technique that has remained unchanged for generations. After lunch, visit 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.
Overnight in Cappadocia
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and transfer to Cappadocia airport and flight to Izmir airport. Upon arrival in Izmir airport, you will be welcomed at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi and overnight in Kusadasi
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and see the Ancient Roman City of Ephesus, to explore the Arcadian Way, Roman Baths, Temple of Hadrian, the Celsius Library, and the Antique Theatre. In the afternoon visit the famous Sirince village with the cute village houses. At the end of the tour transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi
After breakfast, the first visit will be to Hierapolis, the ancient Greco-Roman city on top of hot springs. You will see the large necropolis, Great Baths, Frontinus Street, Theatre, Martyrion of St. Phillip, and the antique pool also known as Cleopatra’s pool. Finally be amazed by travertines, (the terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water) on which you can enjoy a barefooted walk. End of the tour, drive back to our hotel in Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Izmir airport for your flight to Istanbul and our tour concludes upon arrival in Istanbul. You can connect to your outbound flight.