Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Istanbul is a beautiful city located strategically in two continents. The half part of Istanbul is located in Europe and the other half is located in Asia. The two halves of the city are separated by suspension bridge. It is a cultural and financial hub of Turkey; it was an important city for Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire. Meet and greet our representativeThen, you will check-into the hotel. The other half of the day is at leisure. Overnight, stay at Hotel in Istanbul.
This morning after breakfast, proceed for half day local sightseeing of the city. Visit to St. Sophia (closed on Mondays) was basically constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justanian I in the sixth century. A masterwork of Roman engineering, the massive dome covers what was for 1000 years the largest enclosed space in the world. It tells the story as a city. Byzantine Hippodrome was the sporting and communal centre for Constantinople. There are only very few fragments of original structure surviving as it is only a square today. This hippodrome was mainly popular for horse racing and chariot racing in ancient times. Works from all over the empire ornament the entire Serpent Column, which raises the image of the new capital. With its six minarets and sweeping architecture;the Sultan Ahmed or Blue Mosque in Istanbul impresses from outside. While still used as a mosque, the Blue Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. It was built between 1609 and 1616 and like many other mosques contains tomb of the founder. Inside the mosque the high ceiling is lined with 20,000 blue tiles with different patterns that give it the popular name. Grand Covered Bazaar is one of largest and oldest markets in the world with over 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops. The place attracts 2,50,4000 visitors daily. It is often regarded as one of the first malls in the world. The construction of Grand Bazaar started in 1455 but it achieved its final shape in the beginning of the 17th century. Get back to Hotel for overnight stay.
After Breakfast Check Out From Hotel and proceed for Airport for early morning flight to Kayseri. Arrive and meet and greet with our representative and drive to Cappadocia. Cappadocia is a very large region of valleys and unspoiled town. It is one of those places which you will believe don’t exist, until you have seen it through your own eyes. It is a terrain that will leave you mesmerized no matter how long you stay; it never seems to be enough. On arrival visit Red valley is one of the spectacular valleys of Cappadocia formed by different rock formations in variety of colours. The hidden rock cut churches in the valley surprise the visitors. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hiking for 5km through the valley.After hiking rest in old Cavusin village where you can explore caves around and if you are lucky you stumble upon two churches dedicated to St. John. They were constructed over 1000 years ago. After lunch at local restaurant visit to Kaymakli Underground City is totally underground cave reaching as below as 200 meter below the ground levels. This intricate was made to accommodate 20,000 Christians from the persecutors. Finally visit Pigeon valley, the name relates to the thousands of pigeon houses carved from the soft rocks of chimneys and mountain sides. In ancient times pigeons were used as form of communication and their dung was used as fertilizer. Transfer to the hotel and check-in. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Cappadocia
After breakfast you will go visit for the Dervent valley which is famous for its Fairy chimneys. It is a weird and wonderful natural rock formation and unique historical heritage. Fairy chimneys have been formed as a result of wind and water erosion of two different volcanic layers. A thick layer of tuff covered by thin layer of basalt that is more resistant to erosion. The Cappadocia region has very old history dating back to 4 century and it is even home to caved villages as old as 1960 when it was deemed unsafe by the national government. You can explore these cave villages and two open air museums. Goreme Open Air Museum and Zelve Open air Musuem. Both are great way to discover what a life feels in cave and how water and electricity might have tried to move in. Halt at Citadel of Uchisar and Esentepe for gorgeous sights of Cappadocia. You will also have chance to take photo in these places. Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; a journey in the past with its troglodyte houses, visit to Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve. Lunch break in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. . Enjoy dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Cappadocia.
Take the morning flight from Kayseri to Izmir (direct or via Istanbul). Arrival and meeting at the airport with your name sign. Transfer to Ephesus. Visit to the ancient city of Ephesus. We will spend several hours walking in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Cicero, Apostles Paul and John and many other familiar historical names. The recently opened Terrace Houses (entry included) where the wealthiest Romans lived are an excellent example of sensitive excavation and presentation. The mosaics and frescos are spectacular. Tradition has it that Virgin Mary was brought here by St John after the Crucifixion and lived her final years near the city of Ephesus on an isolated mountaintop. A lovely chapel is constructed on the site tended by Franciscans and open to visitors. It has been designated a pilgrimage site by the Pope. We will continue with Saint John Church where Apostle John spent his final years and he was buried. Visit to temple of Artemis to see the remains of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight Kusadasi near Ephesus.
After breakfast you will go to, visit to Laodicea (present name Denizli) yet one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Excavations still going on and an ancient city as beautiful as Ephesus will be uncovered soon. We see the ancient theatres, the remains of basilica which was recently uncovered, ancient stone water pipes, Temple A, agora, monumental fountain. After Laodicea, Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. The travertine terraces at Pamukkale are one of the most spectacular natural wonders that you can see from various mineral springs in a vast white cliff side. About 200 m overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have dripped down over a series of terraced levels and created a fairyland of bizarre solidified cascades and shell-shaped basins. It looks like creations from snow or like balls from cotton, which gave the scenery the Turkish name Pamukkale (cotton castle): “pamuk” for cotton and “kale” for castle. Moreover the water in the basins is changing its color according to how the light enters. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.
This morning after breakfast checkout from your hotel and proceed to Izmir Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul.
In The Morning after breakfast, your tour concludes with the transfer to the Athens airport to board the flight of your towards destinations along with tons of memories of a lifetime.