Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul
Upon arrival in Istanbul, the city of two continents, you will be greeted by our representative with Turkish hospitality & accompanied during your transfer to the hotel (Check-In 13:00), where you will be briefed by your travel consultant. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2:Best Of Istanbul Tour (B, L)
Your day will commence with the visit of the ancient Byzantine Hippodrome where you will tour the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Fountain of Wilhelm II, the elegant Blue Mosque famous with its heavenly six minarets and the Hagia Sophia Museum, built during the reign of Emperor Theodosius and burned down in the fire of Nika Revolt in 532 A.D. After lunch break at very special Turkish restaurant, day tour will proceed with an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After a short drive along the Golden Horn, you will enjoy the beautiful view of Old City from the Pierre Loti Cafe, where you will climb with the cable. Day tour will conclude with a short visit to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for its exquisite Iznik tiles. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3: Flight to Izmir / Ephesus Region Tour (B, L)
After breakfast & check-out, you will be transferred to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for the domestic flight to Izmir. On your arrival to Izmir Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Ephesus to meet the other participants of the tour and proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus, the best preserved Greco-Roman City in the world. Here you will see the Agora, Odeon, Curetes Street, Celsius Library, famous Roman Baths, the Grand Theatre & Marble Street. Then you will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After lunch break at local restaurant, day tour will proceed with a visit to the House of Virgin Mary & Isa Bey Mosque. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour (B, L, D)
Early this morning check-out and you will be driven to Hierapolis meaning "sacred city’’, famous for its hot springs. The calcium waters rise from the ground at a temperature of 35 C and tumble down the mountain from a height of 100 meters, forming a myriad of pools. Cream-colored stalactites are formed as the water overflows from the pools, creating a breathtaking sight unequalled in the world. Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica, theatre, Roman Bath and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5:Drive to Cappadocia via Konya (B, L)
After breakfast & check-out, we will drive to Konya, the capital of the Seljuk Turks in the 13th century and home of the Mevlana Museum is also known for its theological school of whirling dervishes. After the sightseeing tour of Konya, we will proceed to Cappadocia with early evening arrival. This evening will offer you the unique opportunity to sleep in a traditional Cappadocian cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
Day 6: North Cappadocia Region Tour (B, L)
In the morning section of the tour, you will visit Three Beauties, Devrent Valley, Pasabag Valley, Avanos Village & Kizilirmak River and join a Discovery Series “Art of Pottery in Asia Minor” event. After lunch break at local restaurant, your day tour will continue with the visits of Red Valley, Cavusin Village & Goreme Open Air Museum. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: South Cappadocia Region Tour (B, L)
05:00 Hot Air Balloon Flight over Cappadocia
On your second day in Cappadocia region, you will visit Mustafa Pasa Village, Kaymakli Underground City, Ortahisar Castle & Village. Lunch will be served at local restaurant at Ortahisar Village. After lunch, you will visit the Piegon Valley, Uchisar Castle (No Interior Visit) and have photo stop at Esentepe View Point. On this days Discovery Series you will join “Art of Turkish Carpets” event at the end of the tour. After the tour, you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport for the evening flight to Istanbul. On your arrival to Istanbul, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Istanbul / Departure (B)
After checked-out from your hotel (12:00), we will arrange for the transfer to Istanbul Airport OR cruise port for your onward arrangements.