Turkey has long been a crossroads, forming a geographical bridge between the East and West; as a result its heritage is rich, from ancient Roman ruins to Ottoman palaces to Byzantine monasteries perched on cliffs to the First World War battlefields of Gallipoli.
Turkey’s terrain is varied too: there’s over 8,000km of coastline, split between the turquoise Mediterranean and the Black Sea, plus multiple mountain ranges (snow-topped Ararat is over 5,000m), undulating steppes and placid lakes.
A diverse land, and the perfect introduction to the East.
Day 1: Arrival (-)
Arrival Istanbul... Meet with the driver and transfer to the hotel (early check in subject to availability)
At around 1300h meet with the guide for half day. Boat Trip on The Bosphorus and amazing cruise between the two continents Europe and Asia. The Rumeli Fortress (from the sea, no interior visit). Cable Car and Pierre Loti Hill was named after the Famous French writer you will enjoy magnificent scenery of Golden Horn and the city. Overnight at hotel
Day 2: Istanbul (B)
Breakfast at hotel. At around 0800h meet with the guide.
Hippodrome, The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Thedosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the Blue osque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.
St. Sophia (closed on Mondyas) This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundyas) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
Day 3: Istanbul / Kayseri (B,L,D)
Transfer to the airport, fly to Kayseri. On arrival start visits including; Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th
centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys.
Day 4: Cappadocia (B,,D)
Optional Hot Air Balloon tour. Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to 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 old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the vineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia / Kayseri / Izmir / Kusadasi (B,D)
After breakfast at hotel transfer to Kayseri Airport fly to Izmir on arrival transfer to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Kusadasi / Ephesus / Kusadasi (B,L,D)
After breakfast full day tour to Ephesus, Tour start with Isa Bey Mosque that is one of the finest example of Selcuk Architecture, We will continue Ephesus ancient, to explore one of the largest remains of world heritage. Your guide will tell you all the details of it ‘s unique history of the monuments of Ephesus. Upper agora the odeon, temples, marble walk ways pillars will take you to the ancient social life. At end the Great Theater where St. Paul preached you will have free time
for picture meeting point is the lower gate. Lunch will be Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon we are going to visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her life in the late afternoon will also visit the Temple Of Artemis (Diana),on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World.
Day 7: Departure
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Izmir airport. Fly back home via Istanbul
Domestic flights in Turkey as per itiinerary
Meals included: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner) as indicated in the itinerary.
Transfers in Istanbul based on Ataturk Airport. (As per group timings)
Tour buddy from Wanderwomaniya
Accommodation on double sharing in a upscale 3* luxury hotel
Single room supplement: INR 13000
Flight Tickets from your country to istanbul and back.
Visa and Insurance for your visit
Tips to your guides, drivers or hotel staff
Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary
Any other meals not specified in the itinerary
GST @ 5% Will be applicable extra
OPTIONAL AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST
OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT 175 EUR / PERSON
Reach by morning (10 AM) or previous day at (6:30 PM) *extra night to be charged at actuals
If you are reaching late, day 1 excursion will be missed. Should you be arriving a day prior hotel cost will be extra.
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