Tour Code: CS– 02
Tour Style: Regular Group Tour & Private Custom Tour
Duration: 05 Days / 04 Nights
Departures: Every Tuesday from April 1 to October 25 for Regular Group Tours
All year round for Private Tour
Private Tours: For those who prefer to be accomodated on a more personalized basis and enjoy the flexibility and privacy of an individual arrangement, we would recommend our private tours.
Highlights: Cappadocia, Konya Mevlana Mausoleum and Whirling Dervishes- Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Ephesus
DAY 1) EARLY MORNING FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL TO CAPPADOCIA –O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Morning Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:90min.)
Hotel Pick Up in Istanbul:…am
Take the morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Arrival and meeting at the airport arrival gate you will be met and transferred to Cappadocia to join the tour.
Full Day North Cappadocia Tour
Tour Highlights; Dervent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Goreme Open Air Museum
Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag's "fairy chimneys", where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.(L)
Optional: Uchisar Castle can be added into the itinerary (If required, entrance fee belongs to the guests)
DAY 2) CAPPADOCIA TOUR–O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Optional: Hot Air Balloon Flight Approx.60min. (Between 05:00am to 08:00am)
Full Day South Cappadocia Tour :
Tour Highlights; Kaymakli Underground City, Red Valley, Cavusin, Ortahisar, Pigeon Valley
Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley Through Cavusin Village and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 2 km. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches... After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. On the way back visit the Ortahisar town. Then transfer to your cave hotel. (B,L)
DAY 3) FROM CAPPADOCIA DRIVE TO KONYA THEN PAMUKKALE –O.N. IN PAMUKKALE
Hotel Pick Up in Cappadocia: 06:30am
Driving Distance (Cappadocia to Konya) Approx. 3,5hours & (Konya to Pamukkale): Approx.6,5hours
Duration: 06:30am to 21:00pm
Pick up from hotels will be early in the morning in between 06:30am and 07:00 am. Departing from Cappadocia to Pamukkale through Konya it is going to be over 3,5 hours driving to Konya where you will have your lunch.
Konya Tour: Visit 13th century Selcuk caravanserai "Sultanhan" in Konya then visit the Mevlana Mausoleum, the great mystic poet and Islamic spiritual leader,who founded the sect of ''Whirling Dervishes''.Drive to the hotel in Pamukkale(B,L)
DAY 4) PAMUKKALE TOUR THEN TRANSFER TO KUSADASI –O.N. IN KUSADASI
Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour: After breakfast, you will be picked up at 09:30 - 09:45 am for a full day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale which means cotton castle, has been formed over time by the natural hot springs, rich in calcium and carbonate, that flow down the slope. We will also visit the ancient Roman Health Spa of Hierapolis, made most famous for it is thermal springs, theatre, Agora and the Necropolis. End of the tour transfer to Kusadasi for overnight stay(B,L).
DAY 5) EPHESUS TOUR THEN RETURN FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL
Evening Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines
Ancient Ephesus Tour: After breakfast, you motor to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus. En route, there's a visit the impressive Isa Bey Mosque. Upon arriving in Ephesus, you begin your walking tour along its marble streets viewing the Celsus Library, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Trajan Fountain. At the end of your walk, you will see the "Great Theater" where St. Paul preached. Then it's time to relax and enjoy a buffet lunch at a Turkish restaurant. Then you proceed to the shrine of Mother Mary, the home believed to be where she spent the last years of her life, the Temple Of Artemis (Diana), the site of one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World." At the end you'll be transferred to Airport in Izmir (B, L)
Upon your arrival to Istanbul then you will be met by holding a name board and transferred to your hotel. Our service ends.
We hope you had a memorable tour and we look forward to seeing you in the future on another Luxury Istanbul Tour. Have a safe trip back home and thanks for choosing us.
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Tour Price Includes;
From/to Airport transfers
English speaking Official Tour Guide (or other preferred language for all –sightseeing)
Lunch (If Regular group tour required)
Entrance fees to the various sites as per the itinerary
Transportation by non-smoking Air Conditioned mini-midi bus
Tour Price Does Not Include;
Hotel Accommodation will be added separately, as per our guests desire
Domestic Flights will be added separately if required
Lunch & Beverages (if private tour required; in order to give flexibility to our guests)
Tip to driver and tour guide
Anything unless specified being included
Additional Note: You will be treated to an optional traditional hand-made carpet demonstration, please let your tour guide know if you are interested in. (If private tour required)
Additional Note: In the afternoon we will visit the carpet corporative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. End of the tour Fashion show in leather outlet center. (Included into the itinerary if Regular Group tour required)
Special Notes: for Cappadocia and Ephesus
Guests must be able to walk approximately 1.5 miles over uneven and cobblestone surfaces, inclines and 10 - 30 steps. Comfortable shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended as shade is limited the order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries. It is not recommended to visit underground cities for the guests who have asthma and Claustrophobia.
Special Notes: for Pamukkale
Guests must be able to walk approximately 0, 5 miles over of travertine without shoes. A hat and plenty of sunscreen are recommended. The order of the tour itinerary may vary in order to avoid congestion. Guests should watch their step at all times in order to avoid injuries because the waterfalls can be slippy. Due to the nature of this tour, it is recommended for guests with walkers or wheelchairs till waterfalls. Bring sunscreen and a hat, as shade is limited and bring swimwear for walking in the water at Pamukkale which is the snow-white “petrified waterfalls.
How to book tour: 30% percent of the total amount is required for reservation and rest of the amount will be charged after you arrive in Istanbul. The deposit payment can be done by credit card or by bank transfer or by paypal. The balance (70%) of the total amount needed to be paid in cash or by card upon arrival.
If however, our wide range of itineraries do not suit your needs, we are flexible to offer tailor-made itineraries to our clients upon request. Depending on your group size, we can arrange custom tours from Istanbul; vans, coaches or luxury vehicles to suit all needs.
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