ISTANBUL CAPPADOCIA EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE TOUR

ITINERARY

2017

  • ISTANBUL
  • CAPPADOCIA
  • KUSADASI
  • EPHESUS
  • PAMUKKALE
  • ISTANBUL

8 DAYS/7 NIGHTS | DAILY DEPARTURE - YEAR ROUND

GROUP ISTANBUL, CAPPADOCIA EPHESUS AND PAMUKKALE TOUR (CODE: CC08) | GROUP SIZE VARIES

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DAY 1 ARRIVAL
Arrival in Istanbul and transfer (optional) to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL OLD CITY CLASSICS AND HIGHLIGHTS  
8:00 – 8:45 Departure from your hotel. We will first visit the Hippodrome, a stadium for chariot races and other events in Byzantine times and also see the Serpent Pillar from Delphi and the Egyptian Obelisk. We continue to the Blue Mosque, which was built in the 17th century and is the only imperial mosque with 6 minarets. We also see the ornate German fountain which was a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Finally we see the magnificent Saint Sophia (Haghia Sofia) which was built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century A.D and stands over much older remains of a church, which can still be seen. We will see both levels of the former church with intricate mosaics of biblical scenes and the Byzantine emperors and empresses, then on to the Grand Bazaar, which has over 4000 shops full of treasures where you will see a demonstration of Turkish handicrafts. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and then explore the Topkapi Palace including four courtyards. It was the home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th-19th centuries A.D. We see the Imperial Treasury with the famous Spoonmaker Diamond. Also the Baghdad Kiosk, Audience Hall and Divan. We will also have a view of the Haghia Irene Church from outside. (Harem section is optional and due an extra entry fee). We continue to the Caferaga Medrese which was designed by the architect Sinan and built in the 16th century, now used as a learning center for traditional Turkish arts. We will also take a stroll down Sogukcesme Street with its cobblestones and charming Ottoman Houses. *Note that the Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday and on Fridays the Caferaga Medrese is visited in the morning and Blue Mosque in the afternoon. This tour is a combination of two half-day tours and is done all or partially as a walking tour. *Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday and is replaced by the Chora Museum. Overnight in Istanbul. B. L.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
Today is at leisure until afternoon or evening and transfer (optional) to airport for flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir and transfer (included) to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. B.
*For budget option you will make your own way to the bus station or shuttle point and overnight bus to Cappadocia – upon arrival you will make your own way to the hotel (no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus).
DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA – UNDERGROUND CITY AND ANATOLIAN VILLAGES
10:00 Departure. Visit Kaymakli Underground City and explore four levels of this underground city which is a maze of tunnels where it is believed up to 3500 people may have lived. You will see storage rooms, kitchens and living areas with ventilation shafts. There are also wineries, stables and “millstone” doors which could be rolled to seal tunnel entrances from invaders. Parts of the underground city may be from the Hittite era but were also used by early Christians as a refuge as there is a small church. We continue toSobessos ancient site near Sahinefendi Village with its fascinating “mosaic” house, meeting hall and chapel from around the 4th century AD. You will also see traditional villages in the valleys which are flanked by flat table top mountains. Continue to Keslik Monastery near Cemil Village that has frescoes veiled by a thin layer of smoke. After lunch we visit Mustafapasa (Sinasos) which was originally a Greek settlement. Walk in the picturesque town with churches and houses in the Greek architectural style. We will also see theSaruhan Caravanserai which is built of the local volcanic stone and was an inn for travelers on the ancient trade route. The tour will end with a panoramic view of Red Valley with its colorful volcanic rock formations. Overnight in Cappadocia. B. L.
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA – GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM AND FAIRY CHIMNEYS – KUSADASI/SELCUK
10:00 Departure. Visit Devrent Valley - natural rock formations with fantastic shapes, some of which are reminiscent of people and animals. Visit the Zelve area with Pasabagi for a walk in the vineyards among strange multiple "mushroom-capped" fairy chimneys, then continue to Avanos, which has been a center of terra cotta work since 3000 BC. See a pottery demonstration using the ancient kick-wheel technique. We will also visit Goreme Open Air Museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See the best examples of Byzantine frescoes and symbols inside the rock-cut churches that date roughly from the 10th to the 13th along with the kitchens and dining halls of the monks in this extensive early Christian complex. The last stop will be Uchisar Village where we climb up tunnels inside the rock citadel for an extensive panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia and even Mt Erciyes on a clear day. Transfer to the airport (included) and flight to Izmir (late arrival). Transfer to Kusadasi or Selcuk (included) and overnight. B. L.
*For budget option you will be transferred to the bus station after the tour and overnight bus to Kusadasi or Selcuk (Or you can go to Pamukkale) – upon arrival you will make your own way to the hotel (no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus).
DAY 6 EPHESUS – HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY
8:30 - 9.00 Departure. We start our tour with a visit to the house where the Virgin Mary allegedly spent her last days, which is a pilgrimage site. We continue to Ephesus, which was one of the largest and most interesting ancient cities of Asia Minor. The tour of Ephesus includes the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theater. After lunch in a local restaurant a visit is made to a cooperative weaving center to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. We will also see the Isabey Mosque which is a beautiful example of Selcuk architecture and the remains of the Temple of Artemis, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Overnight in Kusadasi or Selcuk. (B) L. (D)
DAY 7 PAMUKKALE – ISTANBUL
8:00 - 8.30 Departure (Take your luggage). We will drive through the Meander Valley. On the way your guide will give information about the towns we pass through such as Aydin, Nazili and Sultanhisar. Arrival in Pamukkale, which has been a thermal spa center since before the Roman era. After lunch we visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, which is said to have been founded by King Eumenes II of Pergamon. We visit the great Roman baths, the Temple of Apollo and the well-preserved theater. You will see the tomb of St. Phillip from a distance. It is possible to bathe in the Cleopatra antique thermal pool with ancient columns (an extra fee is due) or you will have some free time at the terraces or to explore more on your own. We will also visit the calcium terraces and pools for which Pamukkale is named “Cotton Castle”.  Transfer (included) to Denizli Airport for flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer (Optional) to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul. B. L.

*IT IS POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE TO FETHIYE/BODRUM/MARMARIS OR ANTALYA AND ADD ON A VISIT TO THE MEDITERRANEAN AREA!
*For budget option you will be transferred to the bus station and overnight bus to Istanbul – upon arrival you will make your own way to the airport – tour service ends with arrival in Istanbul on day 8 (no breakfast or accommodation included with overnight bus).
DAY 8 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport (optional) for departure (B)

 

INCLUDED:
Accommodation in hotel category of your choice
Meals as mentioned only (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Main museum entry fees, transport in non-smoking A/C car, mini, midi or coach buses with professional English speaking guides on tours (Istanbul Old City is a walking tour)
Kayseri/Nevsehir and Izmir Airport transfers (Except for Budget program)
Bus tickets Istanbul – Cappadocia – Kusadasi/Selcuk/Denizli - Istanbul and bus station transfers as mentioned only if taking budget option


NOT INCLUDED: International or domestic flights, Istanbul airport transfers, some bus station transfers as mentioned in itinerary, drinks, tips to guide and driver and items of a personal nature.  

OPTIONAL:  Domestic flights, 4 x Istanbul airport transfers 180 EUROS total - up to 3 passengers (valid for Istanbul Ataturk Airport only), additional nights in Istanbul, Turkish Night or Cappadocia Balloon Tour

A FLEXIBLE TOUR OF TURKEY THAT FOCUSES ON THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ISTANBUL, CENTRAL AND AEGEAN TURKEY. 

ENJOY A COMBINATION OF DAILY GROUP TOURS INCLUDING PROFESSIONAL GUIDES AND MAIN ENTRY FEES CONNECTED SMOOTHLY BY FLIGHTS AND/OR OTHER MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION. WE CAN CRAFT YOUR TOUR TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS WITH HOTELS OF YOUR CHOICE – UPGRADES TO PRIVATE TOURS, EXTRA ACTIVITIES AND MORE! 

IN THE SUMMER ADD A BEACH HOLIDAY OR A BOAT TOUR – IN THE SPRING OR FALL ADD A TRIP TO THE MEDITERRANEAN TURQUOISE COAST - OR TAKE A FERRY TO GREECE… TOUR AND HOTEL PACKAGES CAN START FROM, OR OUTSIDE OF ISTANBUL SUCH AS THE GREEK ISLANDS OR ANOTHER AREA OF TURKEY

GET OUR BEST QUOTE SPECIFIC TO YOUR DATES, BUDGET AND TASTES!
 
TOUR PRICES ACCORDING TO HOTEL CATEGORY (IN EUROS)
    

 PRICE PER PERSON IN DOUBLE/TRIPLE ROOM  SINGLE SUPPLEMENT TRANSPORTATION
 BUDGET 690 EUROS 120 EUROS  WITH OVERNIGHT BUS
 MODERATE   790 EUROS 275 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 FIRST CLASS 900 EUROS 330 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT
 SUPERIOR 1025 EUROS 420 EUROS + ADD DOMESTIC FLIGHT

- Domestic Flight is not included and price depends upon options and class available. We are not responsible for increases in flight prices between the time of quotation and tour confirmation.
- Prices of tours vary and may not be valid during high season, holiday or special events periods.
 Discounts may also be available depending upon hotel choices, date of travel and payment method.

FEATURED HOTELS BELOW: M=MODERATE/F=FIRSTCLASS/ S=SUPERIOR

   ISTANBUL  CAPPADOCIA  KUSADASI/SELCUK
 M  Erboy Hotel
 Historia Hotel
 Megara Palace
 Nowy Efendi Hotel
 Olimpiyat Hotel
 Selenay Hotel 
 (BB)
 Aydinli Cave 
 Gul Konaklari
 Kismet Cave House
 Local Cave House
 Surban Hotel
 Turkish Cave House
 (BB)
 Derici Hotel
 Ephesus Suites
 Urkmez Hotel
 Villa Konak
 (BB)
 Coastlight Hotel
 Kalehan Hotel
 (HB)
 F  Acra Hotel
 Ada Karakoy Hotel 
 Aprilis Hotel
 Basileus Hotel
 Darussaade Hotel
 Emine Sultan Hotel
 Golden Horn Sirkeci
 Katelya Hotel
 Orient Express
 Taksim Premier
 (BB)
 Alfina Cave Hotel
 Assiana Cave House
 Aydinli Cave (D)
 Doors of Cappadocia
 Elkep Evi Hotel
 Goreme Inn  
 Goreme Suites
 Perimasali  Cave 
 Urgup Evi
 Yusuf Yigitoglu 
 (BB)
 Carina Hotel
 Cella Hotel
 Efe Boutique
 Ilayda Avantgarde
 Saint John Hotel
 (BB)
 S  Ada Hotel
 Ada Karakoy (D)
 Arden City Hotel
 Biz Cevahir
 Ferman Hotel
 Golden Horn Sultanahmet
 Innova Hotel
 Nena Hotel
 Ottoman Imperial 
 Recital Hotel
 Sultans Royal 
 Yasmak Sultan
 (BB)
 

 Esbelli Evi 
 Fresco Cave Suites**
 Goreme Inn (D)
 Kayakapi Premium**
 MDC Hotel
 Selcuklu Evi
 Yunak Evleri
 (BB)

 **Extra supplement for single room 

 Batihan Beach
 (AI) 
 Charisma Hotel
 Fantasia Hotel*
 Korumar Hotel*
 La Vista Hotel 
 Surmeli Hotel
 (HB)
 Doubletree by Hilton
 (BB)
 
 *Supplement may be required


NOTES ON HOTELS: BB = breakfast included/HB = breakfast and dinner included/AI = all-inclusive/Hotels usually offer coffee and tea at breakfast but drinks are extra at dinner as is use of hotel mini-bar/Hotels have been grouped together according to price category and are a mixture of 3 star/4 star/5 star and boutique hotels. All hotel prices are for standard rooms unless otherwise mentioned. D = deluxe room/SV = sea view/ST = suite. Upgrades are available for most hotels at extra cost.