9-Day Best of Turkey
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Wander around the Topkapi Palace to appreciate a wealth of fabulous collections
- Imagine the original prosperity from the ruins of Ephesus
- Take some awesome pictures with the background of Hierapolis Ancient Theater
- Learn about the Christian cave churches in Goreme Open Air Museum
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- Day 1
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Istanbul.
- Day 2
After breakfast, be transferred to a 1-hour scenic cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, which is boundary of Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Later, you will visit the Rumeli Fortress, built in an incredibly short time in 1452. Continue to explore the Covered Bazaar, an age-old labyrinth of streets filled with all sorts of tempting items to purchase.
- Day 3
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. With its blue tiles decorating interior walls, the Blue Mosque is considered the landmark of Istanbul. Discover the Basilica cistern, was constructed by Justinian in 532 to supply water to the Byzantine Palace primarily. Later, you will visit the highlights of the ancient hippodrome, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, and others.
- Day 4
Be transferred to the airport for the early flight to Izmir. Upon your arrival, a private transfer between the airport and your hotel is provided. Follow by a full day private 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 5
After breakfast, you will be driven to Pamukkale (about 3 hours' drive) to explore the ancient city of Hierapolis with its well-preserved theatre and large necropolis. Pamukkale, meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is famous for its unique geological formations. Take a barefoot walk in its pools and hot mineral springs that overflow to cover the rocks beneath.
- Day 6
In the morning, we will drive back to Izmir airport (about 3 hours drive) for short flight to Kayseri in Cappadaocia. On arrival into Kayseri, transfer to a lovely cave hotel for check in. Free evening on your own in Goreme.
- Day 7
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 conclude with a visit to Pigeon Valley.
Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon flight is available. It’s a regular 1-hour flight of join-in tour with 14-20 people capacity. Pick-up is at 04:30 am in the morning. Ticket not included.
- Day 8
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.
- Day 9
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure flight.
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- Goreme balloon
- Devrent Valley
- Hagia Sophia
- Grand Bazaar
- Hagia Sophia