Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pamukkale, Perge, Aspendos and beautiful views of the Mediterranean coast in Antalya before seeing the underground cities of Cappadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. This tour involves no long bus journeys, only short domestic flights ensuring that your travel is relaxing and comfortable. If you have 2 weeks you can enjoy the sea, sun and experience the 7 Wonders of Turkey.
Tour Code: LI/P –13
Duration: 14Days / 13Nights
Departures: All year round Everyday Private Custom 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: Istanbul, Ephesus, Sirince Village, Pamukkale, Antalya, 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 (B)
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)
DAY 3) FLY FROM ISTANBUL TO IZMIR–O.N. IN KUSADASI
Morning Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines (Approx.Flight Duration:60min.)
Driving Distance (Izmir Airport to Kusadasi: Approx.75min)
You will be met at the airport by holding a name board then transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi. Free at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi (B)
DAY 4) PRIVATE EPHESUS TOUR–O.N. IN KUSADASI
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Ephesus: Approx.25min)
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)
DAY 5) PRIVATE DAY TRIP TO SIRINCE VILLAGE –O.N. IN KUSADASI(OR SIRINCE)
Driving Distance (Kusadasi to Sirince: Approx.40min)
Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slopes of the settlement exist today in their original state with their white painted walls. Enjoy the breathtaking views at entrance of the village and experience the lively village streets. Sirince is popular for its unique building style, houses, streets and authentic apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks immigrated back to Greece and the Turks settled here in place. There are ancient remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the village. Sirince is also known as Ephesus in the mountains. Sirince is one of the few Government Protected Areas (G. R. A) of Izmir, meaning its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved. The two Churches in the village center are particularly well preserved dating back to Anatolian Greek times.Overnight in Kusadasi Or Sirince)(B)
DAY 6) TRANSFER TO PAMUKKALE THEN PAMUKKALE TOUR –O.N. IN PAMUKKALE
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 hotel and Overnight in Pamukkale. (B)
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 (at additional cost)
DAY 7) TRANSFER FROM PAMUKKALE TO ANTALYA –O.N. IN ANTALYA
Driving Distance (Pamukkale to Antalya): Approx.5hours
After breakfast we depart for Antalya. Antalya in ancient times covered all Pamphylia that means the land of all tribes. Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the Pergamon King Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC. It is known that it was visited by St. Paul by way of Perge in 46 A.D., and that it was an important trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. The Emperor Hadrian's visit in 130 A.D. was also commemorated with new monuments. Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in Antalya. (B)
DAY 8) PRIVATE PERGE ASPENDOS TOUR –O.N. IN ANTALYA
After breakfast depart for Perge and Aspendos (30 minutes drive).
Perge: According to the Geographer Strabon. Perge was founded by Akhas who came here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years, Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia. Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After the tour of Pergamon, we will depart for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
Aspendos: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD). Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre, which is the best preserved ancient ruin of the area. It was built by Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a basilica. Overnight in Antalya.(B)
DAY 9) ANTALYA TO CAPPADOCIA FLIGHT –O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.(B)
DAY 10) 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)
Before the tour there is an option to go hot air ballooning: The Hot Air Balloon ascends at sunrise and the majestic ride lasts for approximately 45 minutes; in which we will float through valleys, between fairy chimneys and caves. The balloon will rise approximately 1000 feet in which you will experience the extraordinary views Cappadocia has to offer. On landing, champagne will be served to toast arrival. It is a fantastic journey made by the eccentric landscapes and the rising sun.
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. Overnight in Cappadocia(B)
DAY 11) CAPPADOCIA TOUR–O.N. IN CAPPADOCIA
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. Overnight in Cappadocia.(B)
DAY 12) FREE AT LEISURE IN CAPPADOCIA THEN FLY TO ISTANBUL –O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Afternoon or Evening Flight (Departure Time:… & Arrival Time:…) By …Airlines
Driving Distance (Cappadocia to Kayseri Airport: Approx.90min & Cappadocia to Nevsehir Airport: Apprx.60min )
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. The day is yours to enjoy at your own leisure. In the evening we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.(B)
DAY 13) HALF DAY AFTERNOON TOUR OF ISTANBUL –O.N. IN ISTANBUL
Duration: 12:30pm to 17:30pm
Hotel Pick Up: 12:30pm
Half Day Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Market Tour: 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. Overnight in Istanbul.(B)
DAY 14) 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 transfer by Private Comfortable van
English speaking Official Tour Guide (or any other preferred language)
Entrance fees to the various sites
Air Conditioned non-smoking vehicle
Tour Price Does Not Include;
Lunch & Beverages not included for private tours
Optional tours and acitivities
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)
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)
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