Ephesus Kusadasi Cappadocia Istanbul. 8 days full of experiences with full day tours in Cappadocia, Ephesus and Istanbul. Admire the full area of Cappadocia with all the land formations and the ancient and Roman antiquities in the area of Ephesus. Enjoy a full day Istanbul tours and see all the Byzantine and Ottoman buildings and a half day Bosphorus cruise.
DAY 1: CAPPADOCIA
Arrival, welcome & assistance at the airport and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
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 at Cappadocia.
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA – KUSADASI
After breakfast transfer to the airport to take a flight to Izmir. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight in Kusadası.
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. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 5: KUSADASI – ISTANBUL
After breakfast transfer to Izmir Airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrive 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 the first time in the history.
After breakfast, visit Egyptian Bazaar (spice bazaar) and cruise along the 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 19thcentury 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 8: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT
According to your departure time, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.
STARTING POINT: Cappadocia, daily January to December
TRAVEL PLAN: 8 DAYS/ 7 nights
* 3 nights accommodation in Istanbul
* 2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia on half board basis
* 3 nights accommodation in Kusadası on half board basis
* Full day South Cappadocia tour with lunch
* Full day Ephesus and Virgin Mary tour with lunch
* Full day Istanbul tour with lunch
* Half day Bosporus cruise
* Entrances to historical sites during guided excursions
* All transfers as per the itinerary
* Daily breakfast
* Hotel taxes
* Air tickets Istanbul – Cappadocia – Izmir – Istanbul are not included