14-DAY 13-NIGHTS TOUR IN TURKEY BY PLANE

Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale, and Cappadocia

Included/Excluded

  • • Domestic flight tickets.
  • • Airport transfers.
  • • Professional English or Spanish-speaking tour guide.
  • • 13 nights accommodation in hotels with breakfast.
  • • Lunches and fees during the tours.
  • • Hot air balloon in Cappadocia.
  • • Bosphorus dinner cruise (35 USD without alcoholic beverages and 60 USD with alcoholic beverages* P.P)
  • • Personal items such as laundry.
  • • Any other expense not mentioned in the included section.

Tour Plan

Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul (Meals not included)

Welcome to Istanbul where the West meets the East. Enjoy your transfer to the hotel.

Transfer from the airport to the hotel.

Additional optional: Turkish night show on the Bosphorus,

Time: 19:30 / 23:30

A fun-filled evening including dinner specially designed to showcase Turkish culture, during a 3-hour cruise on the Bosphorus. It will be an evening of dining, dancing, live music. You will enjoy delicious gourmet food while sailing with a panoramic view of the Bosphorus, separating the continents of Europe and Asia.

Day 2 Byzantine and Ottoman Relics (Breakfast and lunch included).

Highlights:

Discover the fascination of the "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City", from where the Byzantine and Ottoman empires were ruled.

Departure:

We will pick you up from your hotel between 09:00-09:30 AM

Itinerary:

You will visit:

Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya-i Kebir Cami-i Şerifi), formerly the Church of the Holy Wisdom, with its innovative architecture, rich history, religious significance, and extraordinary features. It has stood the test of time for centuries and was the largest Eastern Roman church in Istanbul. Built three times on the same site, it is the oldest and quickest cathedral to build in the world.

The Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous for its İznik blue tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.

Hippodrome, the center of sporting events (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the ancient city.

Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments adorning the Hippodrome.

Lunch at a Turkish restaurant.

Topkapı Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans exhibiting the imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section, etc. No guide explanation allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program)

Hagia Irene, located in the outer courtyard of the Topkapı Palace, is the oldest church of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine). It was also the second-largest church in Istanbul after Hagia Sophia. It is a typical Byzantine structure with its materials and architecture, built on the site of an ancient temple in 330.

This tour ends approximately at 17:00

Day 3 Dolmabahçe Palace and Bosphorus Cruise (Breakfast and lunch included).

Highlights:

1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus in Istanbul.

Cruise from Rumeli Hisarı fortress along the famous Bosphorus strait.

Visit to Dolmabahçe Palace and its wonderful Ottoman and Byzantine architecture.

Drive over the Bosphorus Bridge between two continents.

The best view of the old city of Istanbul from Pierre Loti Hill.

Departure:

We will pick you up from your hotel between 08:00 – 08:30

Itinerary:

During the trip, you will visit these places in the following order:

Dolmabahçe Palace, the recent residence of the Ottoman sultans built by two Ottoman architects Karabet and Nikogos Balyan on an area of 110,000 m² and served as the main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire. Famous for its large collection of European antiques, furniture, and a 4.5-ton chandelier, the palace has 285 rooms and 46 halls.

Pierre Loti Hill, is a famous hill located near Sultanahmet. The hill is named after the French novelist and naval officer, Pierre Loti (real name Julien Viaud), who was stationed in Istanbul during the late 19th century. Loti was enchanted by the beauty of the city and frequently visited this hill for inspiration for his writings.

Cable car providing a perfect panoramic view of the city and the old city of Istanbul. It's an ideal time for taking photographs and enjoying the scenery.

Eyüp Sultan Mosque, one of the most significant and venerated religious sites in Istanbul. The mosque is named after Eyüp Sultan, who was a close companion and standard-bearer (sancak beyi) of the Prophet Muhammad. According to tradition, Eyüp Sultan died during the Arab siege of Constantinople (now Istanbul) in the 7th century. After the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople in 1453, the mosque was built to honor his memory and serve as a place of worship.

Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbor of the historic peninsula that separates the old and new parts of Istanbul where the first colonies were established during the Byzantines. Residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian merchants, and other non-Muslim minorities. Tour along the historical traces in Balat, where you can see the Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Orthodox Patriarchate of Fener, and 22 km long Byzantine City Walls, the strongest fortification of the Middle Ages.

DAY 4 Flight to Cappadocia (Breakfast included).

We will meet you in the lobby of your hotel in Istanbul at 10:00 am and take you to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia at 14:30 from Istanbul Airport. Upon your arrival at 15:30 in Cappadocia, we will greet you at the airport just outside the arrivals gate with a sign with your name and transfer you to your hotel in Göreme to relax until the next day or you can add some activity such as a 2-hour ATV tour or a sunset horseback riding.

DAY 5 Full-day Tour In North Cappadocıa And Hot Aır Balloon (Optıonal). (Breakfast And Lunch İncluded).

Hot air balloon flight, Göreme Open Air Museum, Devrent Valley, Pasabagi, Avanos

Early in the morning, at 05:30 am, pickup from the hotel for the hot air balloon flight (optional).

At 09:00 am return to the hotel for breakfast.

At 10:00 am pickup from the hotel for the tour of northern Cappadocia,

First, we will visit Devrent Valley, where various types of fairy chimneys abound. We will walk through this incredible valley. Then we will visit Pasabagi (Monks Valley) with multiple stems and hoods, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, we will go to Avanos, known for its pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay, worked by local artisans, comes from the deposits on the Kizilirmak River, the longest river in Turkey. Then, at lunchtime, we will proceed to the Göreme Open Air Museum (the Dark Church is excluded; entry requires an additional fee) to visit the churches, chapels, and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th century with frescoes painted on the walls. Then, time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before returning to the hotel.

Optional balloon tour (optional but highly recommended): Hot air balloon flight is an incredible and unforgettable experience that you will never forget. Very early in the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to our launch site. You will be greeted with a light breakfast as you check in for your flight. After meeting at the balloon site, you will see how we prepare our balloons for your adventure. After taking off, you will see a beautiful sunrise over Cappadocia. You will be thrilled by the scale of colors and shapes. We will ascend to 3000 feet and then you will almost be able to touch the fairy chimneys. After landing, we will celebrate our flight with a champagne toast (or soft drink) and your pilot will present you with your flight certificates. After deflating the balloons, you will be transported back to your launch site and continue with your day.

DAY 6 Full-day Tour In South Cappadocıa And Flıght To Izmır (Breakfast And Lunch İncluded).

Kaymakli or Derinkuyu Underground City, Rose Valley, Pigeon Valley, Ortahisar Castle

After breakfast at the hotel, check-out.

At 10:00 am you will be picked up from your hotel for the tour of southern Cappadocia.

First, we will visit Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock-cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an ancient Greek village known for its houses and Christian churches. After having lunchtime, we will visit Ortahisar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon, we will visit the Underground City of Kaymakli (or Ozkonak), where the early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back, we will visit the panoramic Pigeon Valley, where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their droppings to fertilize the vineyards. You can also taste Cappadocian wine in a local winery.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel to collect your luggage and head to the airport. You will fly from Cappadocia to Izmir. Upon your arrival at the airport, there will be a representative waiting for you at the exit to transfer you to the hotel in the Kusadasi area. Night in Kusadasi.

Day 7 Ephesus Tour (Breakfast and lunch included).

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up from the hotel for a full-day tour of Ephesus.

We will visit: Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), Ancient City of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary, and Isabey Mosque.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred back to the hotel.

Night in Kusadasi.

Day 8 Pamukkale Tour / Flight to Istanbul (Breakfast and lunch included)

After breakfast at the hotel and check-out, you will be picked up from your hotel for a full-day tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis (2.5 hours drive with stops and beautiful landscapes).

We will visit: Ancient City of Hierapolis, Ancient Pool of Cleopatra, and White Travertine Terraces with its beautiful panorama. You will also have the opportunity to swim in the Thermal Springs (White Travertines) or in Cleopatra's Swimming Pool.

At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for the flight from Denizli to Istanbul. Upon your arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be greeted to transfer you to your hotel.

Day 9 Free day (Breakfast included)

You can visit the Ortakoy and Bebek area on yourself.

[caption id="attachment_10114" align="alignnone" width="300"] Ortakoy Mosque and Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul at sunrise, Turkey[/caption]

Day 10 Free day (Breakfast included)

You can explore the Grand Bazaar area, the Spice Bazaar, and the Süleymaniye Mosque, as well as enjoy cafes on nearby terraces on your yourself.

Day 11 Prince Islands Tour (Breakfast and lunch included).

Full-day tour, including lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants by the sea.

Hotel pickup and joining the group. The best way to immerse yourself in a short time is to visit the peaceful Prince Islands. We will enjoy a cruise accompanied by seagulls to "Buyukada", the largest island among the Prince Islands. During the cruise, we will contemplate the charming landscapes along the way and the memorable view of ancient Istanbul. The Prince Islands are summer destinations; away from the city hustle and bustle, they offer a different experience with their unique climate, vegetation, and vehicle-free roads. Only electric vehicles are allowed on the Prince Islands. We will take a ride around the island with the electric vehicle and enjoy the island's landscapes and elegant mansions. After the ride, we will enjoy lunch at one of the best seafood restaurants by the sea. We will return to the hotel at 5 pm.

Day 12 Free day (Breakfast included)

You can visit the Istanbul Aquarium (the largest in Europe) on your own or we can arrange it with a group.

Day 13 Free day (Breakfast included)

You can visit the Taksim area and walk along Istiklal Street on yourself.

Day 14 Return flight to your country (Breakfast included)

Transfer from your hotel to the airport

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