Private transfer to your cave hotel right after arriving to Cappadocia region which will be followed by an orientation tour of the area.
Watch the sunrise from the basket of your hot air balloon and explore one of the underground cities of Cappadocia.
Discover the most popular sites of Cappadocia such as Goreme Open Air Museum, Monks Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum and Avanos town.
Catch a direct flight from Cappadocia to Ephesus and explore the environs of one of the biggest cities of the Hellenistic times.
Visit the ancient cities of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis before swimming in the same pool where Cleopatra did.
Cruise in between Asian and European continents with spectacular views of the city of Istanbul.
Discover the masterpieces of architecture in the old city of Istanbul like Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque.
Take a food tour in Istanbul to get the best of the world famous Turkish kitchen and rest in a hamam afterwards.
Visit the biggest old bazaar of the world and hunt for treasures with your family before seeing the mosaics of Chora Church.
Our driver will take you to one of the airports of Istanbul for your departure from Turkey.
- Poetic Landscape of Cappadocia
- Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia
- Open Air Museum of Goreme
- Ephesus Ancient City
- The House of The Virgin Mary
- Artemis Temple; one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- White travertines of Pamukkale
- Pool of Cleopatra in Hierapolis ancient city
- The Ancient City of Aphrodisias
- Great Stadium of Aphrodisias
- Phenomenal Turkish Food
- Hagia Sophia and The Blue Mosque
- Sultanahmet Square and the Yerebatan Cistern
- Cruise in the Bosporus in between Asia and Europe
- Food tour in Isatanbul
- Turksih Bath Experience
- Treasure Hunt in Grand Bazaar
- Beautiful intact mosaics of Chora Church
Day 1 – Arrival to Turkey and flight to Cappadocia
Catch your connection flight to Cappadocia from Istanbul upon arrival and meet your guide and driver at one of the airports of Cappadocia. You will drive to your cave hotel for a rest and will take an orientation tour of Cappadocia before dinner in a nice local restaurant.
Day 2 – Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia
You will be picked up by our driver early in the morning for an unforgettable experience with your family. After having a light breakfast at the headquarters of the balloon company, you will continue with your pilot to the designated take off area of your hot air balloon to watch the process of preparations and inflation of your hot air balloon. After taking off, you will be a part of the gentle Cappadocian wind and float over the most impressive landscape of the world. You will celebrate your landing with fresh juices and sparkling wine and will be dropped to your hotel for your second breakfast.
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel around noon and will take you to the bottom of the land this time by taking you to one of the underground cities of Cappadocia region. You will descend into the caves carved by the local people to shelter from the invaders of the ancient times and get the feeling of the harsh living conditions of the Cappadocians. After exploring the wineries, storages and living quarters of the underground city, you will continue to an intact old Greek village for a lunch with a local family. Lunch will be followed by a walk in the old Greek village of Mustafapasa to see the beautiful Greek architecture in the stone houses still surviving in the region. Formerly called Sinasos, Mustafapasa has the most impressive Greek houses of the region with beautiful wooden doors. You will continue to the small monastic settlement of Keslik and the only Roman ruins in Cappadocia; Sobesos excavation site. You will get back to your hotel after seeing the cith hall and the Roman baths of Sobesos to rest.
Day 3 – Keep discovering Cappadocia
You will meet our guide in the morning at your hotel for a comprehensive Cappadocia tour. You will first visit the Ortahisar town to take spectacular pictures of this old Greek village which will remind you the villages in the Greek Islands. Your next stop will be the Open Air Museum of Goreme to see beautiful rock cut Byzantium churches with centuries old frescoes depicting the life of Jesus Christ along with the local saints who lived in Cappadocia region. After having a local lunch in Goreme town, you will visit the Monks (Pasabag) Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum and Devrent (Imagination) Valley in order to see the beautiful fairy chimneys and explore the troglodyte dwellings of the Cappadocians. After spending some time at leisure in Avanos town, you will be dropped back to your hotel.
Day 4 – Flight to Izmir and Ephesus Tour
Our driver will pick you up in the morning for a direct flight to Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport. Our guide and driver will be waiting in front of the domestic arrivals in Izmir to take you to a Hellenistic journey in Ephesus. After an hour of driving, you will arrive to the ancient city of Ephesus and explore the ancient city from its Theater to The Library of Celsus. After visiting the Terrace houses which are reflecting the sophisticated lifestyles of the rich in the Hellenistic and Roman times, you will see the Temple of Hadrian, Fountain of Trajan and the Odeon of the city. Our driver will pick you up from Ephesus ancient city and will take you to the House of The Virgin Mary to visit the shrine of the mother of Jesus Christ which was blessed by the last 4 popes after the discovery of the houses according to the visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich. After having lunch in a local restaurant in Selcuk town, you will visit the Museum of Selcuk to complement your visit to Ephesus. You will see one of the Seven Wonders of the World nearby Selcuk town which is the Artemis Temple and can take a walk to the Mosque of Isabey and the Cathedral of Saint John in between the shallow Aegean houses of Selcuk. Our guide will take you to Sirince village for a free afternoon and for your accommodation in a nicely restored old Greek House.
Day 5 – Aphrodisias and Pamukkale-Hierapolis
This will be longest day of your whole Turkey trip. After driving to the ancient city of Aphrodisias from Sirince village, you will explore the best preserved ruins of our country. Aphrodisias was rediscovered accidentally when a world famous Turkish photographer was taking pictures of the locals in the area and was amazed by a village located in the middle of the ancient city of Aphrodisias which gave the area international attention. After exploring the ruins and seeing the most beautiful sculptures of Anatolia in the closed museum of Aphrodisias, you will continue to Pamukkale town to have lunch overlooking the world famous white travertines. Our guide will assist you to the Necropolis and the Pools of Cleopatra that you can swim as well. After visiting the Museum of Hierapolis to see the best preserved sarcophagus found during the excavations in the ancient site, you can walk on the cotton like white travertines of Pamukkale which was created in thousands of years because of the rich calcium in the thermal waters of the area. Our guide and driver will take you to Denizli Airport then for an afternoon flight to Istanbul.
Day 6 – Cruise the Bosporus of Istanbul
After a free morning in your hotel, our guide and driver will pick you up for an experience only Istanbul can give. You will cruise in between Asia and Europe in the same city sipping your beverages. The waterfront mansions and palaces will fill up your memory cards which are reflecting the old and new prosper of the city of Istanbul. You will leave your boat in Karakoy area to have lunch and to taste the world famous pistachio baklava dessert of Anatolia. One of the oldest subways of the world will take you to the Istiklal Street which is a pedestrian only street and very authentic as well thanks to the nostalgic tram still carrying passengers from Tunnel to the Taksim square. Catch the rhythm of life in Istanbul there while walking the Istiklal Street and try Turkish Delights in one of the oldest shops of Istanbul. Our guide will meet our driver and will take you back to your hotel than.
Day 7 – Walk in the old city of Istanbul
Our guide will meet you in the morning at your hotel for a walking tour in the old city of Istanbul. You will first visit the Blue Mosque which is making the sky jealous thanks to the blue tiles decorating the walls and the blue engravings in the domes of the Grand Mosque of Sultan I Ahmed. You will be able to visit the Topkapi Palace then to see the glamorous life of the Ottoman Sultans and the ruling place of one of the biggest empires of the world. The Harem apartments are showing us how the Ottoman Princes were raised before being sent to the capitals of the Ottoman states in Anatolia. After visiting the Treasury and the Chambers of Holly Relics, you will have lunch in the terraces of the palace like the sultans; overlooking Asia from Europe. Your next stop will be the Church of Hagia Sophia which is Greek for ‘holy wisdom’. It is a 14 Century old structure which is a great witness to the history of the Greeks, Byzantiums, Ottomans and the Republic of Turkey. It was used as a seat of the Orthodox Church and a mosque before it was converted to a museum by Ataturk; founder of Turkey. You will be able to see the best examples of the Byzantium Mosaics covering the walls and dome of Hagia Sophia before visiting the Underground Cistern Yerebatan. There are many cisterns in the old city of Istanbul and Yerebatan is among the biggest ones and they were the water supplies of the palaces and houses of the Byzantiums. Ottomans have used the waters for irrigating the gardens of Istanbul and some of them are venues and some are museums today awaiting their visitors.
Day 8 – Istanbul on Foot and Turkish Bath
Our guide will take you to a journey in food today in Istanbul. After having breakfast at your hotel, you will walk to Eminonu area to see the spice market and learn how different kitchens blended in Istanbul just to create the current Turkish kitchen. You will travel in time by walking the unbeaten back streets of the old city of Istanbul and taste amazing street food and hidden tastes of the city which are missed by almost all tourists coming to Turkey. After having a light lunch with our guide, you will be dropped to a traditional Turkish bath to get rid of the week long tiredness of travelling in Turkey. You will be assisted back to your hotel after a nice relaxing massage.
Day 9 – Day at leisure in Istanbul
You are free to explore the Grand Bazaar on your own today. The oldest and biggest still functioning bazaar of Turkey is dating back from the Ottomans and it is among the 100 places to see before you die. You can explore the bazaar from the top to the bottom on your own shopping around and if you are interested, we can arrange a treasure hunt which is a very memorable experience to do with your family which reduces the energy of shopping in Grand Bazaar. You can have lunch in a nice local restaurant in Grand Bazaar and our guide can take you to the best mosaicked church of Istanbul; Chora. You will be dropped back to your hotel after seeing the city walls if Istanbul dating back from the Byzantiums for your last night in Turkey.
Day 10 - Departure
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to one of the airports of Istanbul for your flight back home or for your next destination.
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