We will transfer you to your cave hotel right after arriving at Cappadocia. Free time at leisure
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 Turkish bath afterward.
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 in 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 Istanbul
- 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 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 balloon company's headquarters, 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 we will transfer you back to your hotel for your second breakfast.
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel around noon and take you to the bottom of the land, this time by taking you to one of the underground cities of the Cappadocia region. You will descend into the caves carved by the local people to shelter from the invaders of 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 entire old Greek village for 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 in 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 city 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 Ortahisar town to take spectacular pictures of this old Greek village, which will remind you of 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 and the local saints who lived in the region. After having a local lunch in Goreme town, you will visit the Monks (Pasabag) Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum, and Devrent (Imagination) Valley 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 at 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 on a Hellenistic journey in Ephesus. After an hour of driving, you will arrive at Ephesus Ancient City and explore the ancient city from its Theater to The Library of Celsus. After visiting the Terrace Houses, which reflect the rich's sophisticated lifestyles 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 and 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 four 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, the Artemis Temple, and can 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 your accommodation in a nicely restored old Greek House.
Day 5 – Aphrodisias and Pamukkale-Hierapolis
This will be the 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. A world-famous Turkish photographer accidentally discovered Aphrodisias when he took pictures of the locals in the area. He was amazed by a village located in the middle of Aphrodisias's ancient city, which gave the area international attention. After exploring the ruins and seeing Anatolia's most beautiful sculptures in Aphrodisias's closed museum, you will continue to Pamukkale town to have lunch overlooking the world-famous white travertines. Our guide will assist you in the Necropolis and the Pools of Cleopatra that you can swim. 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. 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, reflecting Istanbul's city's old and new prosperity. You will leave your boat in the Karakoy area to have lunch and taste the world-famous pistachio baklava dessert of Anatolia. One of the world's oldest subways 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 the Tunnel to the Taksim square. Catch the rhythm of life in Istanbul while walking the Istiklal Street and try Turkish Delights in one of Istanbul's oldest shops. Our guide will meet our driver and will take you back to your hotel.
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 in the world. The Harem apartments show us how they raised Ottoman Princes before being sent to the Ottoman states' capitals in Anatolia. After visiting the Treasury and the Chambers of Holly Relics, you will have lunch in the palace's terraces 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, a great witness to the history of the Greeks, Byzantiums, Ottomans, and the Republic of Turkey. Byzantiums used it as a church, and the Ottomans used it as a mosque before Ataturk converted it to a museum. You will see the Byzantium Mosaics' best examples 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 Istanbul's gardens, 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 on a journey in food today in Istanbul. After having breakfast at your hotel, you will walk to the Eminonu area to see the spice market and learn how different kitchens blended in Istanbul 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 traveling 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 to the Ottomans, and it is among the 100 places to see before you die. You can explore the bazaar from top to bottom on your shopping around. 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 the 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 in Istanbul, Chora. You will be dropped back to your hotel after seeing the city walls in 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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