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1º Day I Sunday Arrival to Istanbul
Arrival to Istanbul . Meet with english speaking assistant at the airport . Transfer to the hotel for check in . Overnight at the hotel .
2º Day I Monday Istanbul ( B + L )
Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Spice Market for shopping . Free time. Then meet and proceed to take 1,5 hrs bosphorus Cruise excursion along the bosphorus , that is dividing the 2 continents Asia & Europe . During the excursion you will enjoy the beauty of Istanbul , with its forest , Palaces and wooden old houses built on both continents . Lunch at local restaurant . After lunch visit Topkapi Palace , the residance of the sultans during the Ottoman Empire famous with it’s excellent collection of Jewelleries Porcelains ( Harem entrance fee is not included ) . Free time at Grand Bazaar . Tour terminates at Grand Bazaar .
3º Day I Tuesday Istanbul / Ankara (B + L + D )
Breakfast at the hotel . Drive from your hotel to Sultanahmet Region – Old City – where you will visit the Hippodrome , Blue Mosque and the UNESCO heritage site Saint Sophia Museum that used to be a church then converted to a mosque and now is a Museum that has visitors all around the world . Lunch at local Restaurant .
In the afternoon ( +/- 14I00 ) departure from the hotel to Ankara – the capital of Turkey . Arrival to Ankara in early evening . Dinner & overnight at the hotel .
4º Day I Wednesday Ankara / Cappadocia (B +D )
Breakfast . Visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum where you will see the Neolithic & Paleolithic ruins from Urartu , Hatti, Hittite, Phrygia civilizations, then proceed to Mausoleum of Ataturk , the founder of Turkish Republic. In the afternoon drive to Cappadocia . En route visit the Underground city of Serhatlı that is one of the biggest underground city in the region, constructed by the first Christians to protect themselves from the attacks . Check in to the hotel at Cappadocia . Dinner at the hotel.After dinner proceed to the Derwish House to attend Whirling Dervishes Ceremony which represents the mystical journey of spiritual ascent of man using love, the search for the truth and get to the “Perfection”.Overnight at the hotel .
5º Day I Thursday Cappadocia (B +D)
Breakfast . Full day visit at Cappadocia . Visit Göreme Open Air Museum – a UNESCO Heritage site , a fantastic region with it’s cave churches located on the valley. Then proceed to Uchisar Village ,and Paşabag Valley that are famous with it’s spectacular fairy chimneys. Visit Derbent Valley with and explore the natural rock formations and get a chance to attend the workshops of carpets and onyx-stones . Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
6º Day I Friday Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale (B + D )
After the breakfast at the hotel , drive to Konya . En route visit Sultanhan Caravansarai that was built during Seljuk Empire and used long years as a stop over for the travellers and merchants. Then proceed for Konya – one of the famous & biggest cities of Anatolia , there you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana – Rumi , the famous Islamic Philosopher. Continue to Pamukkale . Visit Cotton Steps – a UNESCO heritage site that has been believed to have healing thermal water
7º Day I Saturday Pamukkale / Ephesus / Izmir (B + D )
Breakfast . Drive to Selcuk – Ephesus . Visit the Ephesus Ruins – the city that was dedicated to Artemis : the Odeon, Temple of Hadrian, the House of Love, the Library of Celsus, the Agora .Then proceed for Virgin Mary House – has been believed it is the final resting place of the mother of Jesus . Then stop at Leather Production Store . Proceed for Izmir . Check in to the hotel . Dinner . A walk on the Kordon Alsancak neighbourhood . Back to the hotel . Overnight
8º Day I Sunday Departure from Izmir (B)
Breakfast . Transfer to airport and fly home .End of our services .