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Turkey Tour4: Highlights of Turkey

Tour Duration: 7 Days 6 Nights
Tour Type: Transport &Airplane based
Tour Price: Please inquire
Highlights: İstanbul- Cappadocia-Konya-Pamukkale-Kusadası (İzmir)

Tour introduction
This is a tour of highlights in Turkey from İstanbul to central Anatolia and to Western part of Turkey. If you are interested in history and multi- cultures (istanbul), capital of three empires (istanbul),seeing another planet (cappadocia), earliest period of Christians (cappadocia), hot air balloon (cappadocia), hiking at canyons and valleys (cappadocia), Sufism- Rumi (konya), Natural termal waters (pamukkale), ancient greek-roman history (hiearpolis,ephesus), this is your tour! It is two way airplane based and private transportaion based between cappadocia to İzmir.

Day1: Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, meet by our representative and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day2: Istanbul - Old city Tour
After breakfast pick up from hotel and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace ,Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul. Activities/visits: Hagia sophia, Topkapı palace,Blue mosque,Hippodrome,Grand bazaar

Day3: İstanbul - Cappadocia
Take a flight for Cappadocia. On the way visiting the underground city of Kaymaklı. Later visiting breathtaking sites of the region; Devrent valley, Paşa Bağları, Zelve. After the museum visiting Avanos city beside the red river which is famous in producing potteries and hand woven fabrics. Having a show about making of the potteries in Avanos and return to the hotel.. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Activities/visits: Underground city, Devrent Valley, Paşa Bağları, Zelve, Potteries in Avanos

Check out from the hotel. After having breakfast in the hotel visit to the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. After lunch driving for Konya for 3 hours. Visiting Mevlana Sufi temple museum. Mevlana is the founder of Sufism and whirling Dervishes. visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, Visit to 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way. Overnight in Konya.
Activities/visits: Pigeon Valley, Goreme museum, Sultanhan Caravanserai, Mevlana Sufi temple.

Day5: Pamukkale
Check out and driving for Pamukkale for 4,5 hours. Visit to the ancient Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard, discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders we ever have seen from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side, about 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight in Pamukkale
Activities/visits: Acropolis,Necropolis,Travertines.Visit to textile shopping mall..

Day6: Kuşadası
Check out from the hotel and driving for Ephesus for 3 hours. Visit to the Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City. Ephesus; one of the best preserved ancient cities in the world, is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. Ephesus was one of the commercial, religious and social centers of antiquity and is a treasure-trove of Greek, Roman and Byzantine ruins. Visiting St. John Basilica and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight in Kuşadası
Activities/visits: Ephesus ancient city,Temple of Arthemis and Basilica of St. John/Shrine of Virgin Mary

Free time on your leisure until departure from the hotel for İzmir international lines for back home . Hope you had good time in Turkey and satisfied by our service.

-Arrival & Departure assisted airport transfers
-7 days of transportation
-Guided tours (Professional English speaking Guide (licenced))
-Accomodition for breakfast & bed (BB) for 6 nights
-Museum entries as mentioned in the itinerary.
-Per day a break for tea/coffee
-Flight ticket from İstanbul to Kayseri (cappadocia)
-Flight ticket from İzmir to İstanbul
-Tips for hotels
-Parking fees

-Any extra expenses at the hotels and restaurants
-Tips for your guide and driver
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