Following our arrival in Istanbul we are met at the airport and transferred to our hotel where we will have our dinner and overnight stay.
After breakfast we set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul
. We will start with a visit to the renewed Sultanahmet Mosque
, known popularly as The Blue Mosque
an incredibly beautiful mosque known for its blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles are unique for the fact that it has six minarets. We continue on to the Hippodrome once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting (chariots races and athletics) events and political activities of the old city.
From here we go to the nearby Hagia Sophia
the Church of Divine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, this awe-inspiring building was constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. After lunch our next visit will be Topkapi Palace
which for more than 400 years was the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans;
now home to the priceless collections porcelain, jewelry, calligraphy and many masterpieces of art. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar,
the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry and carpets. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
Sunday Istanbul / Ankara / Cappadocia
After an early breakfast transfer to domestic terminal for Ankara flight. Arrival in Ankara Airport at 09:00. Upon arrival to Ankara, meeting at the airport and continue your tour with the visit of Hittite Museum.
After lunch drive to Cappadocia
through Salt Lake. Dinner and overnight at Hotel in Cappadocia.
The tour will start with a visit to the Underground City of Kaymakli
the place early Christians hid from persecutors. The ancient name was Enegup. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.
After lunch continue the day with the visit of Open Air Museum in Goreme
and admire the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Stop by Pigeon Valley
and finally time for shopping for the well-known merits of the area. Overnight will be in Cappadocia.
Tuesday Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale
After an early breakfast we set off for Pamukkale. On the way, we will visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai
, a building that ranks as one of the Seljuk masterpiece. From here we will continue on to Konya where we will visit the Mevlana Museum,
a museum and monastery complex that is dedicated to the life and teachings of the Rumi, the 13th century founder of the Whirling Dervish mystical order. After lunch we will continue to Pamukkale
. We will dine and spend the night at our hotel in Pamukkale.
Wednesday Pamukkale / Kusadasi
After breakfast we will visit the well-kept ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis.
We will enjoy the opportunity to explore the site's Apollo Temple, Theatre and Necropolis. From here we continue on to Aprodisias, t
he city of the Goddess of Love see the well preserved Theatre, Stadium, the Odeon and the Agora. After lunch drive to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.
Thursday Kusadasi / Izmir
After breakfast we will continue on to Ephesus.
Our first stop will be at the Basilica of St. John
who came here with Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel.
Once in the ancient city itself we will explore this
ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. We will leave the ruins to drive the short distance to the House of the Virgin Mary,
a site that includes a house and garden where she is believed to have spent her last years. We will dine and spend the night at our hotel in Izmir
Friday Izmir / Istanbul / ……
After breakfast transfer to Izmir Airport for a short flight to Istanbul with TK 2311 leaving at 09:00.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner