After picturesque sites of Istanbul, then trip to the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the thermal waters & hot springs of Pamukkale, before seeing the underground cities of Cappadocia.
Tour Code: LI/P –08
Duration: 09Days / 08Nights
Departures: Available all year round Everyday Regular Group Tour or Private Custom Tour
Max. Group Size of Regular Tours: 14 Pax (take place on a regular basis with a group)
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: Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia
DAY 1) ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL–O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Meeting at the Airport & Hotel Transfer
Welcome to Turkey! You will be met at the airport by holding a name board then transferred to your hotel. After C/in process then the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Optional: Bosphorus Cruise By Private Yacht for 2hours (Day Light or Sunset cruise)
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (Between 19:00-20:00)
(During Jan-Feb. Available on Tuesday,Thursday,Saturday) (During March-Dec. Available for everyday except Monday,Friday)
DAY 2) ISTANBUL OLDCITY TOUR–O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Duration: 08:30am to 17:30pm
Hotel Pick Up: 08:30am
Full Day Byzantine & Ottoman relics tour By Walk (Regular Group Tour or Private Tour)
Take a full day to explore Istanbul’s most famous sights from the Blue Mosque to the Grand Bazaar on a guided tour. Including Cafer Aga Madrasa visit: offers handicraft courses; including the popular Turkish Art of Marbling (Ebru), painting, jewelry, porcelain, calligraphy, ceramics, stained glass…Overnight in Istanbul (B, L)
DAY 3) FLY TO IZMIR THEN EPHESUS TOUR–O.N. IN KUSADASI
Morning Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:60min.)
Driving Distance (Izmir Airport to Ephesus: Approx.75min & Ephesus to Kusadasi: Approx.30min.)
You will be met at the airport by holding a name board then transferred to Ephesus.
Full Day Ephesus Tour: Mosque of Isa Bey from 14th century is going to be the first venue, Afterwards we will be visiting ancient Ephesus; it is much larger than you expected. Even though the history of Ephesus goes back to the 2nd Millennium BC remains that you will visiting start from the 3rd Century BC. Such an important for Jewish and Christian Heritage St. Paul preached in the Great Theater the conditions of Odeon Celsius library marble road temples will surprise you very much. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant... Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis(Diana),on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World.Overnight in Kusadasi(B, L)
DAY 4) TRANSFER TO PAMUKKALE THEN PAMUKKALE TOUR –O.N. IN KUSADASI
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Pamukkale): Approx.3,5hours
Full Day Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour: Drive to Pamukkale that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters. Drive back to Kusadasi for overnight stay. (B,L)
Optional: Swimming or a therapeutic bath in a hotel pool’s hot spring mineral Waters.
Optional: Aphrodisias ancient site can be included into the itinerary (if private tour required; at additional cost)
DAY 5) FLY TO CAPPADOCIA–O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Morning Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:60min.)
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Izmir Airport: Approx.75min )
Important Notice: If in case no direct flight available then fly to Cappadocia via Istanbul
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival to Kayseri (or Nevsehir) Airport then transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia and your cave hotel. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia (B,L)
DAY 6) CAPPADOCIA TOUR–O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
Optional: Hot Air Balloon ride(60min or 90min) (Between 05:00am to 08:00am for 60min flight, includes breakfast)
Full Day North Cappadocia Tour : You will be met and picked up from your hotel at around 08:30am.
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 clay from the red silt of the Kizilirmak 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. We complete the tour with a panoramic view down below the Uchisar Rock-Castle. (B,L)
DAY 7) CAPPADOCIA TOUR THEN FLY TO ISTANBUL –O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Evening Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines
Driving Distance (Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport: Approx.90min & Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport: Apprx.60min )
Full Day South Cappadocia Tour : 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. On the way back visit the Ortahisar town. Transfer to the Airport for flight to Istanbul upon your arrival then transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. (B,L)
DAY 8) HALF DAY AFTERNOON TOUR OF ISTANBUL –O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Optional: Half Day Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market Tour (Regular Group or Private Tour)
Duration: 12:30pm to 17:30pm Hotel Pick Up: 12:30pm
Breathe in the heady mix of spices and herbs in the Egyptian Bazaar, then take an invigorating cruise on the Bosphorus for superb views of the magical city of Istanbul. No visit to Istanbul is complete without a cruise along its physical and spiritual heart, the glistening waters that link Europe to Asia, that join the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara.
DAY 9) DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL – FLY HOME
After breakfast & C/Out from the hotel; free at leisure until your departure flight then airport transfer.
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Tour Price Includes;
From/to Hotel and Airport transfers
English speaking Official Tour Guide (or other preferred language for all –sightseeing)
Entrance fees to the various sites
Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle
Lunch included for regular group tours
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 (Not included if private tour required in order to give flexibility)
Tip to driver and tour guide
Anything unless specified being included
PS: Clients who join for regular Small Group tours need to arrange arrival flight early in the morning and departure flight earliest 19:40 PM
PS: Clients who arrive with latest flights will be missing some parts of the schedule and no refund is given for missing visits.
PS: No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on later flights will be missing some parts on schedule and no refund is given for missing visits stemming from the late arrivals.
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 Ephesus and Cappadocia
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.
(Approx. 30min drive from Kusadasi to Ephesus)
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. (Approx. 3-3:30hours drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale)
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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