Antalya Aspendos Ephesus Pamukkale Cappadocia Istanbul.
11 days full of history and places of extraordinary beauty. Full day tour to Aspendos and Perge, Full day tour to Ancient Ephesus and the house of Virgin Mary, Full day tour to Pamukkale, Full day city tour in Istanbul and a half day cruise to Bosphorus.
DAY 1: ISTANBUL – ANTALYA
Arrive at Istanbul Airport and take the connecting flight to Antalya. Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
After breakfast, we will depart and visit Perge, the place where most of the statues that are on display in Antalya Museum were unearthed.
Then we will drive to Aspendos which was an ancient Greco-Roman city founded around 1000 B.C.
It was located about 25 miles from the modern city of Antalya, and it’s known for having one of the best-preserved theatres from antiquity. The side was both a prosperous Aegean trading centre at Hellenistic and Roman times and a base for Cilicia pirates in the 1st and 2nd centuries BC.
After lunch by the river, visit the beautiful Kursunlu Waterfalls which cascade over a cliff into the Mediterranean.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.
DAY 3: ANTALYA – KUSADASI
After breakfast transfer to Antalya Airport for the flight to Izmir. Arrive and transfer to Kusadası for dinner and overnight.
DAY 4: KUSADASI – FULL DAY TOUR TO EPHESUS
The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus. stroll past the Celsius library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffet lunch in a local Turkish restaurant.
In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to the shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life. Temple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadası.
Drive to Pamukkale that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal/mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls.
After lunch, we will visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters.
Return to Kusadası for dinner and overnight.
DAY 6: KUSADASI – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, transfer to Izmir Airport for the flight to Kayseri. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Depart from the hotel to visit Red valley through Cavusin and explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 2 km. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however, four floors are available to visit. In wartime, about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 8: CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses (closed on Mondays).
Next, we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons and leather goods (Closed on Sundays).
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans (closed on Tuesdays).
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is an early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here for the first time in the history.
Half day cruise through Bosporus, the majestic strait that runs through Istanbul, linking Europe and Asia. From our cruise boat, we view the dramatic sights lining the Bosporus wooded shores: mosques, a bridge that for a time was the world’s longest and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months as he prepared to take Istanbul. Also noteworthy on this tour are the 19th-century mansions of the Ottoman elite and the Sultans’ fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges Disembarkation at the European part of Turkey and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 11: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT
According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
STARTING POINT: Antalya, daily April to October
TRAVEL PLAN: 11 DAYS/ 10 nights
* 2 overnights in Antalya on half board basis
* 3 overnights in Kusadası on half board basis
* 2 overnights in Cappadocia on half board basis
* 3 overnights in Istanbul
* Full day Perge – Aspendos – Side Tour with lunch (Only Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday)
* Full day Ephesus & Virgin Mary Tour with lunch
* Full day Pamukkale Tour with lunch
* Full day South Cappadocia Tour with lunch
* Full day Istanbul Old City Tour with lunch
* Half day Bosphorus Cruise (morning tour)
* Entrances to historical sites during guided excursions
* Daily breakfast
* All transfers per itinerary
* Hotel taxes
* Air tickets Istanbul – Antalya and Antalya – Kusadası and Cappadocia – Istanbul are not included