Day 1 - Arrival at Istanbu
Once you reach Istanbul/SAW Airport, you will be greeted by your driver who will take you to your hotel. After checking in, you can spend the night in Istanbul. No meals are included in this package.
Day 2 - Treasures of Istanbul
Your guide will meet you at your designated tour pick-up time to begin your full-day tour. Your first stop will be Hagia Sophia, a massive structure that was once the largest building on earth, second only to the Egyptian Pyramids and the Great Wall of China. During the Byzantine period, it served as the religious hub of the city. You will then move on to the Hippodrome, which was constructed by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203 AD. During the Roman era, it was the civic center of the city, with a capacity of 100,000 spectators. The Blue Mosque, constructed by Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in 1616, is your next destination. It is now one of the most recognized landmarks of the old city, with six minarets and a magnificent dome. Lastly, you will visit the Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest bazaars, with over 4,000 shops and 18 entrances. Your tour will conclude with a return to your hotel. You will spend the night in Istanbul and enjoy breakfast and lunch during your tour.
Day 3 - Flight to Izmir
After having breakfast and checking out of the hotel, you are required to meet your tour guide at the hotel lobby at the designated time for your half-day tour. The first stop on the tour is the Spice Bazaar (also known as the Egyptian Bazaar), where the air is filled with the delightful aroma of various herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, saffron, mint, and thyme. Next, you will embark on a traditional boat excursion along the Bosphorus, which separates Europe and Asia. During the cruise, you will pass by old wooden villas, fortresses, marble palaces, and small fishing villages along the shore. Notable landmarks such as Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress, and the imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace will also be visible. After the tour, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Izmir, where you will be met by a driver who will take you safely to your hotel in Kusadasi. Check in to the hotel and spend the night there. Breakfast is included.
Day 4 - Ancient Ephesus
Your full-day tour begins with meeting your guide at the designated pick-up time. The tour includes a visit to The House of the Virgin Mary, a church constructed in the 6th century AD on the foundation of a 1st century AD house, which is believed to be the final residence of Mary. Next, the tour takes you to Ancient Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1st century AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city in the world after Rome, with over 250,000 inhabitants. Walking through the ancient streets among the monuments, such as the third largest library of the ancient world or the largest Roman theatre on the Asian continent, makes you feel like a time traveler. The tour also includes a visit to the Temple of Artemis or Artemision, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ephesus was a popular pilgrimage site due to the temple's dedication to Artemis. After the tour, you will be driven back.
Day 5 - Pamukkale Tour / Drive to Antalya
Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, According to your tour pick-up time, meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth where in history people traveled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Today Pamukkale is declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. Visit; the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. The shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. At the end of the tour drive you to Antalya. Check-in. Overnight in Antalya.
Admission Fee: (per person)
Day 6 - Antalya City Tour
During your visit, you will have the chance to take a cable car ride that will transport you from sea level to the top of Tunektepe, which stands 1365 meters above the sea. From this vantage point, you will be able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Antalya region's coastline, mountains, pine forests, and turquoise Mediterranean sea. You can take pictures to remember this unforgettable experience. Later, you can visit the beautiful park and listen to the sound of the Duden waterfalls, which are the most visited and stunning in the Antalya region.
After having lunch at a local restaurant that offers a panoramic view, you will have 1-1.5 hours to explore the old town (Kaleici). You will have the opportunity to visit the top attractions of the city, such as the Hadrianus Gate, Clock Tower, Kesik Minare (Truncated Minaret), and the city walls that date back to the 2nd century. The old town features narrow stone streets that make for a great stroll.
Day 7 - Cappadocia
After checking out of the hotel following breakfast, it is recommended to visit the Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi museum, which is dedicated to the 13th-century philosopher and mystic. Mevlana believed in Islam but did not conform to orthodox Muslim beliefs. His teachings promote the values of tolerance, positive thinking, kindness, generosity, and awareness through love. Later, travelers can explore the Sultanhan Caravanserai, which dates back 700 years and was a hub for traders and travelers on the silk road. After lunch, the journey continues towards Cappadocia where travelers can check in at their accommodations and spend the night.
Day 8 - Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia
You will meet your guide at the designated time for your full-day tour. The tour will begin with a visit to the Goreme Museum, which is home to numerous rock-cut churches adorned with colorful frescoes from the latter half of the 9th century. Next, you will explore Devrent Valley, known for its unique animal-shaped rock formations that resemble a natural sculpture zoo. Then, you will visit Pasabagi, also known as Monks Valley or the Pacha's vineyard, where the hermitage of Simeon monks once stood. After that, you will head to Avanos, where you can enjoy a typical Turkish lunch and learn how to make pottery from local experts. The tour will continue to Goreme Panorama, offering one of the most breathtaking panoramic views of the fairy chimneys. Finally, you will visit Uchisar, the highest natural rock castle that provides a magnificent view of the surrounding area. The tour will end with a drop-off at your hotel, where you will spend the night in Cappadocia. Admission fees for Goreme Museum and Zelve (Pasabag) are 300TL and 150TL per person, respectively. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Day 9 - Underground Cities of Cappadocia / Flight to Istanbul
After checking out of the hotel and having breakfast, you will be visiting the unique Rose Valley in Cappadocia which has distinct pink ridges that are particularly noticeable during sunset due to the minerals in the sandstone. The next stop is Cavusin, a village surrounded by the gradually widening Red Valley, where houses have been carved into rock formations and rock churches are famous. Then, head on to Pigeon Valley, named after the numerous man-made dovecotes carved into the volcanic tuff, which is a great spot for walking in the Cappadocia region. Finally, explore the Underground Cities, which served as a refuge for 15,000 Christians and played a significant role in the development of Christianity, offering shelter, worship, and food storage rooms. Witness the ancient church, bedrooms, meeting hall, and other rooms in this eight-story city connected by 30km of tunnels.
Day 10 - End of our service
After having breakfast at the hotel, you will complete the check-out process and then proceed to Istanbul Airport, based on the scheduled departure time of your flight. This will mark the end of the services provided by us.