Turkey Cultural Tour   
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
REQUIRED First flight; From Istanbul to Cappadocia. Second flight; From Cappadocia to Izmir. Third flight; From Izmir to Abroad or Istanbul. In this tour; 3 nights in ISTANBUL, 3 nights inCAPPADOCİA, 2 nights in KUSADASI. 1 dinner in Istanbul,3 dinners in Cappadocia,2 dinners in Kusadası are included. Breakfasts are included. Explore Turkey on Best of Turkey Tour by flying to Cappadocia and Ephesus and visit Istanbul’s historic sites, including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Along the way, you’ll find where East greets West as you see the ancient treasures of Istanbul, Cappadocia natural formations,cave churches underground city and hiking valleys on an hot air balloon tour and Ephesus with Virgin Marie's House.and St. Jhon church..
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Istanbul, Ephesus And Cappdocia Tour By Flight (8 nights/9 days)
Programme
Day 1 (Istanbul)
Today, we arrive in Istanbul, where a transferman will meet us at the airport. We transfer to our hotel downtown, and have a brief orientation late in the afternoon.
This evening, we can discover any of the Turkish restaurants in the area as we enjoy dinner on our own.
 
Day 2 (Istabnul) B D
This morning we visit Hagia Sophia, the "Church of Divine Wisdom." Completed under the Emperor Justinian in AD 537, the magnificent dome of the Hagia Sophia was once the pre-eminent architectural wonder of the Byzantine world. The massive building was a Christian church for almost a thousand years, until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when Mehmet the Conqueror claimed it for Islam. The building served as a mosque until 1934, when the revolutionary leader and founder of the Republic, Kemal Atatürk, proclaimed it as a museum. This impressive structure has also been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour of Istanbul including visits of St. Saviour in Chora - (Kariye Museum) Originaly formed the center of a Byzantine Monastery complex. Only the church section which was dedicated to Jesus Christ the Saviour, has survived.Continue your tour with the visit of Taksim Squere.We have lunch on our own, and then board the Old Tram for a ride down Istiklal Street to the heart of Art Nouveau Istanbul. Istanbul has many Art Nouveau buildings; several were designed by the Italian architect Raimondo Tommasso d'Aronco, the chief palace architect for the last Ottoman sultan, Abudulhamid II, who ruled from 1876 to 1909. D'Aronco drew heavily Ottoman and Islamic architecture and art, reinterpreting them through the lens of the then-popular European Art Nouveau movement and its organic, floral forms. The results can be seen in the many beautiful palaces and grand private homes he designed for Istanbul's government and its elite citizens.
Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar built in the 17th century, this is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. On to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar, where the pungent and savory aroma of exotic oils, herbs and spices have perfumed the arched stone corridors for nearly 350 years. Now also proferring nuts, honey, dried fruits, traditional sweets and herbal remedies, the Spice Bazaar’s redolent wares will transform you into a veritable spice trader!.This afternoon, we take to the Bosporus cruise. You can look north to the “European” district of Galata, or east to the Asiatic side of the Bosporus and the Maiden’s Tower. In ancient times, the Golden Horn could be closed off to warships with a giant chain stretching from here to Seraglio Point We enjoy a dinner together in a local restaurant.Overnight at hotel.
 
Day 3 (Istanbul) B
This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace. Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. 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.Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.
 
Day 4 (Istanbul, Cappadocia) B L D
After breakfast,transfer to the airport for flight to Cappadocia.Arrival to Cappadocia we drive to Soganlı valley.In the Soğanlı valleys you may have the hiking trails, churches and weird dovecotes to yourself. You can have fun exploring on your own throughout several valleys, and really get off the beaten path. Not only that, but there is a real traditional Turkish village at Soğanlı, with people living (mostly) as they have for centuries.Tourism has intrueded to the point where there are several serviceable restaurants, and local women hand-make "Soğanlı dolls" for the tourist trade, but Soğanlı is still a real traditional place.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 5 (Cappadocia) B L D
Today you may have an optionalHot-Air Balloon Ride Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most fanciful and recognizable landscapes, and during this optional hot-air balloon flight, we’ll soar over its amber terrain and fairy-tale chimneys, savoring a unique panorama in the quiet, rosy light of dawn.
Please note: The cost of this tour cannot be refunded to passengers who cancel less than 24 hours prior to the flight .
We’ll drive to the famous Goreme “open-air museum,” a group of ancient churches carved from the rock. Most of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Than we drive shortly to Uchisar Castle which is the panoramic watching point Cappadocia. Many rooms, steps, tunnel and galleries inside the castle. Lunch in a local restaurant.Avanos, the latter providing us with the opportunity to purchase some of the hand-turned pottery and tile that has been shaped here for millennia and some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. This afternoon we visit Zelve open -Air Museum.This nature site is the perfect place to take photos of remarkable landscape of tufa cones.Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
 
Day 6 (Cappadocia) B L D
Ths morning we drive to Kaymaklı Underground City .During the Hittite era, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, underground cities were built as a uniquely defensible community, approximately eight stories underground. We can explore some of the hundreds of rooms, wandering the many narrow, sloping passageways between kitchens with enameled food storage areas, water cisterns, stables, and living spaces—all well ventilated by air shafts. At one time, several thousand people lived here. Following our underground city discovery, we'll see more of this scenic area of Cappadocia.Such as Pasabag Highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here, in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard. Pacha means "General", the military rank, in Turkish and it is a very common nick name. This site is also called Monks Valley.See another interesting rock formation called Dervent valley The small fairy chimneys in the valley form a lunar landscape, or moonscape, by their strange look. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature After lunch we have hike toRose Valley is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages, and it is divided into many smaller valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir and Zindanonu valleys. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. Return to hotel or before dinner we have an optional Whirling Dervish tour,you can be witness the "Ritual of Sema." The Semazens, also called “whirling dervishes,” believe that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Dinner and overnight 
 
Day 7 (Cappadocia-Izmir, Kusadasi) B L D
After breakfast ,this morning we drive to Kayseri Airport for flight to Izmir Adnan Mendres Airport to explore Ephesus and its environs.We drive about one hour to Salcuk town ,We also stop en route to view the ruins of the sixth-century Basilica of St. John, said to stand over the burial site of the Apostle of Jesus, who is thought to have authored the Book of Revelation and the Fourth Gospel of the Bible while in Ephesus.We have lunch in a local restaurant. Then we continue on to our hotel in Kusadasi, a popular seaside town with a large gulet harbor, where we enjoy dinner together tonight.
 
 Day 8 (Kusadasi) B L D
After breakfast, we drive for less than an hour to the world-famous ancient Greco-Roman site of Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can walk on the remarkably preserved wide marble streets, flanked by columns and temples. We see the Library of Celsus, a tiered façade decorated with exquisite statues. The amphitheater we’ll see is the same one where St. Paul preached to the Ephesians. And there are also remarkably preserved baths. Ephesus was also the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. No longer standing, it was said to be one of the most colossal temples ever built.Lunch in a local restaurant,than . we also visit the nearby House of the Virgin Mary, nestled high in the hills overlooking the city of Ephesus. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the old turkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia, befor we drive to hotel in Kusadası.
 
Day 9   B
After breakfast transfer to Izmir airport for your flight.. 
 
Included
Hotel Accommodation at below suggested hotels or similar • Sightseeing as per above itinerary • All escorted transfers • Daily breakfast, Lunches & Dinners where indicated. (Beverages are not included during lunches & Dinners) • Transportation by A/C deluxe vehicle depending number of pax • English speaking professional tour guide through the tour • All entry fees to the sites & museums • Tips to the hotel and restaurant staff • Service charges & local taxes
Excluded
Flight tickets (International & National) • Drinks and meals which are not listed at the itinerary • All personal expenses • Tips to the tour guide and driver.
Notes
Requested; This tour is available all year round except for January and February because of winter conditions in Cappadocia only, You need to bring good walking shoe or hiking shoe for hiking in one of the valley in Cappadocia,(hiking is optional and free of charge)
In this tour;
3 nights in ISTANBUL,
3 nights inCAPPADOCİA,
2 nights in KUSADASI.
1 dinner in Istanbul,3 dinners in Cappadocia,2 dinners in Kusadası are included. Breakfasts are included.
Explore Turkey on Best of Turkey Tour by flying to Cappadocia and Ephesus and we  visit Istanbul’s historic sites, including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Along the way, you’ll find where East greets West as you see the ancient treasures of Istanbul, Cappadocia natural formations,cave churches underground city and hiking valleys on an hot air balloon tour and Ephesus with Virgin Marie's House.and St. Jhon church..the breathtaking Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus, and the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia. In-between, ogle the white rock terraces of Pamukkale, swim in the hot springs at Hierapolis, view the ruins of Troy
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Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com
Turkey Cultural Tour
Zincirlidere Cd.Sisli-Istanbul/Turkey
• Tel: +90 532 3163653 • Tel: +90 212 2893252 • Fax: +90 212 2893252
• tours@turkeyculturaltour.com, • http://www.turkeyculturaltour.com