Tour Code: CS– 08
Tour Style: Regular Group Tour & Private Custom Tour
Duration: 07 Days / 06 Nights
Departures: Every Tuesday from April 1 to October 25 for Regular Tours(Except Anzac Week April 20 to 28)
All year round for Private Tours
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, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy and Gallipoli
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 private tour 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 –O.N. IN KUSADASI
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." (B, L)
DAY 6) KUSADASI–TROY -CANAKKALE –O.N. IN CANAKKALE
Hotel Pick Up in Kusadasi:08:30am
Duration: 08:30am to 20:30pm
Driving Distance(Kusadasi to Pergamon) Approx. 2,5hours & (Pergamon to Troy): Approx. 3,5hours
Optional: En route to Troy, Pergamum can be added into the itinerary
Today will be long but legendary, panoramic and historical.
Pergamon Tour: En route to Troy if required drive to Pergamon, once called the thrown of Satan by the early Christians. It is one of the locations to the Seven Churches of Revelation, Acropolis of Pergamon very stunning, temple of Trajan and the remains of library will impress you very much.
Troy Tour : Then we will depart to visit the Legendary Troy to discover the famous Archaeological and Mythological site, to get details of Trojan horse.
14.30pm Lunch in Pergamon
Arrival time to your hotel in Canakkale at around 20.00pm
Overnight stay in Canakkale.(B)
DAY 7) GALLIPOLI TOUR THEN DRIVE TO ISTANBUL
Hotel Pick Up in Canakkale:07:30am
Duration: 08:30am to 23:00pm
Driving Distance(Eceabat to Istanbul) Approx. 4,5hours
During the Gallipoli Campaign, the aim of the soldiers were, after capturing the hills coming to narrows and getting the control of the castles and canon batteries. We starting our tour from the narrowiest point of Dardanelles, after having a quick look to get idea of the narrows we drive to landing beaches.
On tour you will visit and hear about:
17.30 End of the tour
18.00 Depart Back to Istanbul
20.30 Have a stop for break
23:00 Drop off to your hotel in Istanbul. 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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