Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale & Cappadocia – 8 Days

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    Tour Altinkum Travel

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    • Duration:8 Days
    • Service Basis:Sit in minibus (shared basis)
    • Location:Instanbul

    Departure & Return Location

    • Istanbul Airports / HotelsDriver will be waiting for you with a sign with your name written on it
    • Istanbul Airport / Sabiha Airport

    Season

    Everyday (All year round)

    Price Includes

    • 3 night accommodation in Istanbul
    • 2 night accommodation in Kusadasi
    • 2 night accommodation in Cappadocia
    • Economic class domestic flight tickets
    • Meal plan as mentioned in the itinerary
    • Admission fees for all sightseeings mentioned in the itinerary
    • Transfer services from/to Airports on private basis
    • Land transportation by air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle

    Price Excludes

    • Beverage with meals
    • Tips for the guides & drivers (Optional)

    Available Language(s)

    Tour guide throughout the tour
    • English 

    Good to know

    • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes at the tours
    • Please take your camera with you
    • Please print your flight tickets, confirmed tour voucher and bring them with you
    • Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, will be replaced with Underground Cistern
    • Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays, will be replaced Arasta Bazaar
    • Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays and will be replaced with the Underground Cistern
    • Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays due to Friday prayer we will visit from the garden

    Additional Info

    • Contact our dedicated Custom Team for tailor-making your tour with special private service rates even for small groups of 4 people with special rates
    • Clients must be ready at the departure point 15 minutes before the exact pickup time
    • If you cannot find the service you need, please contact our dedicated Custom Team to advise of your requirements
    • Day tours are English guided and shared basis
    • Guiding in your own language is upon availability and may require addıtıtıonal charge
    • Please take passports or ID

    Hotel Information

    Istanbul

    • Monopol Hotel (3*)
    • Avicenna Hotel (4*)
    • Elite World Hotel (5*)

    Kusadasi

    • Saturn Hotel (3*)
    • Ilayda Hotel (4*)
    • Charisma De Luxe(5*)

    Cappadocia

    • Jerveni Hotel (3*)
    • Mahzen Cave (4*)
    • Kayakapi Premium (5*)

    Highlights

    • This is a customized 8 days package by plane start and end in Istanbul
    • Explore most popular locations of Turkey Such as; Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Fethiye, Antalya with expert local guides in a small group tours
    • Accommodations and airport transfers provided
    Itinerary

    Day 1Arrival to Istanbul

    Upon arrival at Istanbul Istanbul Airport, you will be greeted and driven to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
    (No Meal)

    Day 2Istanbul City Highlights Tour

    According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. Next; Topkapı Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome.  Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, it is one of the greatest bazaars in the World.  At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 3Bosphorus Cruise / Flight to Izmir

    Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, leave your luggage at the lobby. According your pick up time meet with your guide and start your half-day tour. Visit Spice Bazaar; It was called Egyptian Bazaar during the ottoman period because shopkeepers used to sell herbs and spices brought throughout Egypt and Asia. Next, Cruising on Bosphorus; where you will enjoy a magnificent view. A great history wıth beautiful nature. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Rumeli Fortress and further along with the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. After tour drive you back to your hotel. Take your luggage and drive to Airport for your 1hour 15min domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you wıll be greeted by your drıver who wıll drıve you safely to your hotel. Check in. Overnight in Kusadasi.
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 4Pamukkale Tour

    According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit Pamukkale; Pools of Heaven on Earth… Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where hot springs were believed to have healing powers so it is considered to be the earliest spa on earth where in history people traveled long distances in order to find a cure. The unique terraces were formed by running warm spring water at a temperature of 35 C, containing calcium bicarbonate. Today Pamukkale is declared as a worlds heritage site by UNESCO. Visit; ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Necropolis with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. Also, The Sacred Pool is one of the highlights of the site. Theır shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 5Ephesus Tour / Flight to Kayseri

    Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit The House of Virgin Mary; a church was built from the 6C AD to the top of the foundations of a house from 1C AD and it is declared by the church to be the final house where Mary spent her last days. 
     
    Your tour continues with the Ancient Ephesus; The best-preserved classical city in Eastern Mediterranean. During the 1C AD, Ephesus was the second-largest city on the planet after Rome with more than 250,000 citizens. Ephesus is also so well preserved that, walking on the ancient streets among the beautiful monuments such as the third largest library of the ancient world or the largest roman theatre on the Asia continent, gives you the feeling of a time traveller.
     
    Next; Temple of Artemis or Artemision was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Its ancient cult dedicated to Artemis was very famous in antiquity and made Ephesus a much-visited pilgrimage place. After tour drive you to Izmir Airport for your 1hour 30min domestic flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival you wıll be greeted by your driver who wıll drıve you safely to your hotel. Check in. Overnight in Cappadocia.
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 6Cappadocia Red Tour

    According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Goreme Museum; Consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colourful frescoes decorating the walls. Next; Pasabagi which means: the Pacha’s vineyard. This site is also called Monks Valley. The hermitage of Simeon monks was here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon), and a hermit’s shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. Proceed to Zelve; was the name of a village with homes carved from natural tufa and was inhabited until 1950s.Early churches and houses can be seen in three different canyons intersecting each other.
     
    Next continues to with Pigeon Valley earnıng its name from the countless man made dovecotes (Pigeon Houses) that have been carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Next; Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. Take in the unique lunar landscape of the valley and feel like you’re in another World. At the end of the tour drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 7Cappadocia Green Tour / Flight to Istanbul

    Upon breakfast at the hotel check out, According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 christians. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall and food storage rooms in this eight storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. Next; Panaroma Esentepe; Thıs ıs a variety of great panoramıc vıewpoınts for the ones who want to enjoy the stunning views of Cappadocia, don’t forget your camera. Ortahisar; famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. Next; Uchisar the Natural highest Rock Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. At the end of the tour drive you to Kayseri Airport for your 1hour 30min domestic flight to Istanbul.Upon arrival you wıll be greeted by your drıver who wıll drıve you safely to your hotel. Check in. Overnight in Istanbul.
    (Breakfast-Lunch)

    Day 8Departure Day

    Upon breakfast at the hotel check out and according to your flight time drive you to Istanbul Airport. End of our service.
    (Breakfast)
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