DAY 1: HOME – ISTANBUL
Flight to Istanbul. Arrive at the airport of Istanbul. Welcome and assist by our tour guide. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Overnight.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL
Istanbul City Tour Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. We will visit the Topkapi Palace,where Imperial residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place and shopping at Grand Bazaar.
DAY 3: ISTANBUL
Bosphorus Tour Pick up from your hotel or the Istanbul cruise port, you will visit the following sights with an experienced and licensed professional guide. Visit to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) Bosphorus Tour on Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
DAY 4: ISTANBUL – ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast at hotel transfer to the airport and flight to Ankara. Arrival and transfer to the city center. Tour starts in the morning with the tour of Ankara. The first site is the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations which is located in a restored bazaar. The museum has the most unique and priceless collection dating back to the Prehistoric Era. The Mausoleum of Atatürk is the next stop. This magnificent structure serves as a tribute to the founder of modern Turkey and the drive for Cappadocia, Overnight
DAY 5: CAPPADOCIA
Full day tour of Cappadocia begins with the Natural Citadel of Uchisar which will enable you to get a panoramic view of the region and continues with the Göreme Valley which is the highlight of the day. This valley houses, the Göreme Open Air Museum with its churches hewn out of rock and the colorful frescoes which decorate them. The tour visits to Avanos Village. Lunch will be served enroute at a typical regional restaurant. Then the tour visits to Underground City of Kaymakli or Ozkonak which are refuges carved out in the early Christian Era as safe-heavens from persecutors. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel in Cappadocia.
DAY 6: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE
Departure will be early in the morning for Konya. Enroute there will be a stop to visit the 13 th century Caravanserai of Sultanhan which is authentically kept. The next stop will be in Konya which was the capital of the Selcuk Turks in the 13th century. This city which hosts The Mevlana Museum is also known for its theological school of whirling dervishes Arrive at Pamukkale will be late in the afternoon.Overnight
DAY 7: PAMUKKALE – KUSADASI
Visits will begin early in Hierapolis will start in the morning with the ruins of the Magnificent Temple of Apollo, continuing with the breathtaking theatre, the fascinating Necropolis and the last stop before lunch will be at the great baths of Hieropolis Antique Cityin the afternoon the tour program will continue by visiting Aphrodisias. This is one of the most recent discoveries in Turkey. This ancient city is dedicated to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite. After then drive to Kusadasi and the tour will begin. Overnight
DAY 8: KUSADASI – EPHESUS – IZMIR – ISTANBUL
After breakfast at the hotel there will be a morning tour of Ephesus. This is the best preserved and the most often visited of all sites in Turkey. It is dedicated to Artemis who is the Virgin Goddess of Chase. The visits will continue with the House of Virgin Mary which is famous in the world.Then drive to Izmir will follow. On arrival in Izmir you will be transferred to the airport. Fly to Istanbul. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.Overnight.
DAY 9: ISTANBUL – HOME
After breakfast at hotel transfer to the Istanbul Atatürk Airport and flight back home.