10 Days Turkey Tour
10 Days Turkey Tour- Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Pamukkale.
- Can be customized according to your wishes
- This tour is available all year round
- There is no hidden cost.
- Departs daily
Istanbul is a city of fantastic history, culture and beauty. Called Byzantium in ancient times, the city’s name was changed to Constantinople in 324 CE when it was rebuilt by the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. The name “Istanbul”, which – perhaps surprisingly – comes from Greek and could be translated as a corruption of “to the city”. While the term had been in widespread use for centuries, it only became the official name of the city upon the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in the 1920s. The most populous city in Europe. Istanbul forms the financial center of Turkey and confidently straddles the borders between Asia and Europe as it has for millennia. This is the result when you mix ancient Christendom, a medieval metropolis and the modern Middle East. Situated on either side of the Bosporus, Istanbul retains its metropolitan status. The city’s population is more than 14 million people, making it one of the largest cities in the world. Lauded in antiquity as “the second Rome”, this is a city where you most certainly should roam — culture and excitement lie around every corner and more than 2000 years of history await you.
Cappadocia region was formed 60 million years ago by erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from Mount Erciyes (Argeus). Human settlement at the Cappadocia region dates back to the Paleolithic era. The lands where the Hittites once lived have been one of the most important centers of Christianity in the later periods. Houses and churches carved into the caves . Rocks turned the region into a huge heaven for Christians escaping from the dominance of the Roman Empire.
Ephesus was an ancient port city whose well-preserved ruins are in modern-day Turkey. The city was once considered the most important Greek city and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. Throughout history, Ephesus survived multiple attacks and changed hands many times between conquerors. It was also a hotbed of early Christian evangelism and remains an important archaeological site and Christian pilgrimage destination.
The surreal, brilliant white traverteni terraces and warm, limpid pools of Pamukkale hang, like the petrified cascade of a mighty waterfall. From the rim of a steep valley side in Turkey’s picturesque southwest. Truly spectacular in its own right, the geological phenomenon that is Pamukkale. Literally “Cotton Castle” in Turkish, is also the site of the remarkably well-preserved ruins of the Greek-Roman city of Hierapolis.
We will be waiting for you at the exit gate of the airport holding a sign with your name on it and transfer you to your hotel in old city İstanbul. Rest of the day you could relax in your room or discover the city on your free time . Overnight at Istanbul hotel.
After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to begin the full day tour. Your full day tour will visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant. After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 5:30 pm. Overnight in Istanbul
Included meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide at the hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch break, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
You will be picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the airport to catch your early morning flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Upon arrival at the airport, you will be transferred to Cappadocia where you will meet your professional tour guide to begin your full day North Cappadocia Tour. Goreme Panorama is a panoramic point where you can see a wonderful view Goreme town with its spectacular cave houses. Goreme Open Air Museum is the first and biggest monastery where this religious education was started. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys with frescoes painted on the walls from 10th to 13th Centuries. In the 4th century three important men created a new unity here they are the Great St. Basil, bishop of Kayseri, his brother St.Gregory of Nyssa and St. George of Nazianus. Avanos 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 Kizilirmak, which divides Avanos into, is the longest river of Turkey. Devrent Valley has various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones mushroom like forms pillar and pointed rocks. With the action of smaller, secondary volcanoes and the action of rivers, wind and flood waters, this layer of tuff has slowly but steadily been eroded to produce the rock formations know as "fairy chimneys". we will take a walk through this amazing valley. Pasabaglari (Monks Valley) Many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads. Three Beauties has a beautiful view over Urgup town, famous with wine factories, and vineyards with apricot gardens give you memorable shots forever.
16:30-17:00 pm transfer back to your hotel Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)
09:30 - 09:45 am Pick up from your hotel Full day tour of Southern Part of Cappadocia Uchisar Castle is the highest point in the region. The castle and its surrounds used to be the most populated area this settlement to survey the enemies. The top of the citadel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. Kızılçukur is a valley called Rose valley as well because of the red colors of the rocks. This is one of the best valleys for hiking in the area (3,5km). Kızılçukur was also used by Christians at the end of 5th century, so you will explore the cave dwellings and old churches. The colors also change up according to the daylight. It is the best place to see sunset. Cavuşin this village is one of the ancient settlement in the early period of Christian having the oldest churc of region dating back to 3rd century. It was exactly settled like a big town where you see lost of cave rooms used as living rooms, sleeping rooms, kitchens, wineries, etc. All these are waiting for you to eplore where cave houses collapsed because of landslide in 1960 which has a gorgeous view. Love Valley called originally White Valley offers you a wonderful view with its funny shaped fairy chimneys. Underground City (Kaymaklı or Özkonak) this is the most interesting one in the region among 36 other ones which were firdt used by Hittites and later by Chiristians like a shelter in during Roman persecution times. By carving lots of rooms all connected with tunnels, they lived in here when the cities were invaded by enermies. you have a change to see the rooms, food storages church and kitchens. Chimneys and defence systems used in the underground city will surprise you during the visit. Pigeon Valley is a panoramic view point where you will see the pigeaons and pigeon houses which were used to keep pigeons in order to collect their dropping for fertilising the earth especially wineyards. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped to the Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your late evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival you will be picked-up from the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
After breakfast check out of the hotel in Cappadocia. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kayseri airport to take your flight to Denizli. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Pamukkale. Check into your hotel in Pamukkale and rest of the day is free. Overnight in Pamukkale Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Pick-up from your hotel Pamukkale meaning is "cotton castle" in Turkish, Pamukkale is one of Turkey's top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale to be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey. Tourists and locals visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis frequently not only for its extraordinary look and its ancient history but also for wellness. Scientifically proven to cure many diseases, the waters attract people and there are many thermal hotels in the area that serve 12 months a year. In ancient times all religious buildings were built nearby hot or cold water sources. Beside religious buildings, some other buildings such as fountains and baths also were built for curing. The numbers of baths, fountains and also churches are evident of the importance of waters in Hierapolis and Christianity. The temples were significant trade centers and Hierapolis had many temples that made people confused about which god they would worship before Christianity.
End of the tour drive back to Kusadasi your hotel.
Overnight at Kusadasi hotel. (B, L, D)
After breakfast at the hotel around 08:30 you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full day tour of Ephesus. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. You will first visit the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Next, you will visit the world famous ancient Greco- Roman City of Ephesus, the most well-preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a break for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims. Afterwards, you will visit the Isabey Mosque. Next, you will be taken to the Sirince Village; which is an old Greek village and is well-know for its quaint beauty and wine tasting and production. Here you will have one hour free to explore on your own without a guide the different foods and wines of the area and visit various small traditional village shops. At end of the tour, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul Meals: Breakfast
After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport as per your international flight details. End of tour and services. (B)