7-Day Mesmerizing Cappadocia & Timeless Ephesus
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Experience the opulence and greatness of Ottoman sultans at the Topkapi Palace
- Learn about the history of Christian cave churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum
- Feel the prosperity of ancient Greek when walking through the remains of Ephesus
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul. Rest of day is free on your own to explore Istanbul.
- Day 2
This morning, ascend to Topkapi Palace, and take in the views of its fabulous collections of jewels and other artifacts. Continue to visit the Imperial Harem, another palace inside the Topkapi. Explore the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Next visit the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles decorating interior walls, considered the landmark of Istanbul. After, encounter the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 3
After breakfast, drive to the airport for a short flight to Capadocia. Upon your arrival at Cappadocia, be met and transferred to the hotel. Enjoy a private tour to discover the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia at Devrent Valley and Pasabagi Valley. In the afternoon, you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the cave-churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to drive to the Uchisar Castle, to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pigeon Valley.
- Day 4
Today you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then descend into the subterranean city of Kaymakli, caved in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution. Continue to drive to Cavusin Valley to uncover the troglodyte dwellings where people lived for centuries. After lunch pay a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, where is known for its fertile vineyards benefit from the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight is available, regular 1 hour flight, join-in tour with 14-20 people capacity Balloons, balloon flight pick up is at 04.30 am in the morning. Ticket not included.
- Day 5
Be transferred to the airport for the flight to Izmir (stopover in Istanbul) this morning. Upon your arrival, a private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided. Follow by a private tour with a drive to the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna located at the foot of the Pagos Hills and now been arranged into the Open Air Museum of Izmir. Next visit the Kizlaragasi Hani, originally an inn for trade caravan from the East carrying silk and spices, and the Asansör, and old water operated elevator system.
- Day 6
After breakfast, enjoy a full day tour to the antique City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. In the afternoon, pay a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary and Basilica of St. John. After the tour, drive back to Izmir for overnight.
- Day 7
Enjoy the leisure time in Izmir before driving to the airport for your onward flight.
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