Day 1: Istanbul and the Bosphorous
Welcome to Istanbul. You will be transferred to your hotel and at 13:00 we will tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional ‘Half day Bosphorous cruise’.”
Day 2: Istanbul Cappadocia
Day is at your leisure.
Byzantian and Ottoman Relics tour is optional.
Transfer to airport and evening flight to Cappadocia.
Day 3: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Pasabag, Uchisar
Today we tour the Goreme open-air museum, Pasabag and Uchisar castle. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value.
Day 4: Underground City, Konya
This morning we visit and explore Kaymakli underground city. Then leaving Cappadocia we head south, towards Konya, along the ancient Silk Road, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, just as the ancient traders did. Once in Konya we tour the Mevlana Museum and Alaeddin Mosque.
Day 5: Sagalassos, Pamukkale
Today we head for Pamukkale and it’s calcium travertines. Along the way we visit the ancient site of Sagalassos. Conquered by Alexander the Great in 333 BC, earthquakes and plague saw its demise in 541-2. Today it is one of the best preserved sites in Turkey and is on the UNESCO Tentaice list.
Day 6: Pamukkale
Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods.
Day 7: Ephesus, Istanbul
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Then you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. (Optional Bosphorous By Night Dinner Cruise )
Day 8: Istanbul
Your day is free until your return transfer to the airport where your tour concludes.