You will be welcomed at Istanbul Ataturk Airport and transferred to your hotel. Free time at leisure
Explore the old city of Istanbul on foot. Visit Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, and the Underground Cistern Yerebatan.
Cruise from Europe to Asia with a public ferry and explore Eminonu from the Spice market to the Rustem Pasha Mosque.
Catch a morning flight to Izmir and explore Ephesus ancient city. Pray in The House of Virgin Mary and walk in the small old Greek village Sirince.
Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis by the world-famous Pamukkale travertines. Walk over the cotton colored travertines.
Flight to Cappadocia will be followed by a half-day orientation tour of the region.
Start early for a hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia and explore the whole region with your guide.
Drive from Cappadocia to Mount Nemrut and watch a spectacular sunset over Mesopotamia.
Visit Gobeklitepe to see the first known temple of the world before seeing the beehive houses of Harran.
See the best examples of Roman mosaics in the Zeugma museum and taste the amazing local food of Gaziantep city and pistachio baklava.
- Hagia Sophia
- Topkapi Palace
- Bosphorus Cruise
- Underground Basilica Cistern
- Ephesus Ancient City
- Library of Celcius
- House of Virgin Mary
- Selcuk Museum
- Terrace Houses
- The Cathedral of St John the Apostle
- Pamukkale Travertines
- Kaymakli Underground City
- Goreme Open Air Museum
- Red & Rose Valleys
- Hot Air Balloon Flight in Cappadocia
- Mount Nemrut National Park
- Cendere (Septimus Severus) Bridge
- Tumulus of Anthiocus I Theos
- Gobeklitepe Excavation Site
- Harran's beehive houses
- Zeugma Mosaic Museum
- Gaziantep Coppersmith's bazaar
- Turkish Baklava
Day 1, Arrive in Istanbul
After you arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, our driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Istanbul. After a nice rest at your hotel, our guide will meet you in the afternoon for a short orientation tour of Istanbul and a night-out. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2, Walking The Old City of Istanbul
Our guide will meet you at your hotel after your breakfast, and you will explore the old city of Istanbul on foot. Upon arrival at Sultanahmet square, surrounded by Istanbul's jewels, you will first encounter the mighty Hagia Sophia. This huge cathedral was a sat for the Eastern Orthodox Church's patriarchate for more than 6 centuries. The underground cistern Yerebatan is located right next to Hagia Sophia, where you can see the water reservoirs of the palaces of Istanbul and Constantinople. Your next stop will be the Blue Mosque built in the 17th Century by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I. The structure is regarded as the best example of Ottoman architecture, where you can see outstanding Iznik tiles. After lunch, our guide will take you to the Topkapi Palace. A Byzantium palace complex was converted to an Ottoman by after the 15th Century, and the Sultans ruled the Ottoman land from that gorgeous palace. Secret gardens, harem apartments, kitchens, mosques, and administrative structures will take you to the Ottoman ages, and you will feel like a sultan while sipping your Turkish coffee in the terraces of the palace overlooking the Asian continent. After a short walk in the Sultanahmet square to see the Serpent Column brought from Delphi, Walled Obelisk, and the Obelisk of Thutmose III, which was brought from Egypt, you will be dropped at your hotel for an overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3, Cruise the Bosporus and the Oriental Bazaars
Our guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast and will take you to the shores of the Bosporus. The first stop will be the Spice Market, the center of silk and spice trade, where the east's goods were traded to the west. After exploring this oriental bazaar, you will catch a public ferry for an experience that can be done only in Istanbul, sail in between two continents. During the Bosporus cruise, you can see the best examples of Ottoman mansions and palaces in Europe and Asia. You will return to the Eminonu area to visit a small mosque called Rustem Pasha, making the Blue mosque jealous thanks to the tiles covering its walls. A short walk up the Suleymaniye mosque will show you how the civilizations inspired grand Architect Sinan lived in Anatolia and blended this information in Soliman the Magnificent's mosque. You can finish your day strolling in the hundreds of Grand Bazar streets, which is a must while visiting Istanbul, Turkey. Our guide will take you to the hotel afterward when you get tired of exploring the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4, Istanbul to Ephesus
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in the morning after your breakfast and will take you to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for a flight to Izmir. Our guide will pick you up from the domestic arrivals, and you will drive together to Ephesus to explore the environs of one of the biggest Ancient city of the Aegean Region. You will have arrived at the Ancient City of Ephesus to see the official buildings and the marble streets reflecting the past's rich lifestyles. The Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Hadrian’s temple, Library of Celsus, and Ephesus's gigantic theater are the most beautiful structures to see, along with the Terrace Houses and the Sanctuary Domitian. You will continue to the House of the Virgin Mary then to see the church and complex where she had lived before passing away. After a break there, our guide will take you to lunch to taste the beautiful kitchen of the Aegean Region of Turkey. The Selcuk museum will compliment your visit to Ephesus, where you can see the artifacts found during the 1,5 centuries of excavations. You will continue to the old Greek village of Sirince where you will spend the night, but before, a short walk in the narrow Greek streets is recommended to see the houses, cafes, and restaurants which are nice hideouts from the heat of Ephesus. Overnight in Sirince.
Day 5, Pamukkale (Hierapolis) & Aphrodisias
Our guide will pick you up earlier today since Aphrodisias is located 2,5 hours away from Sirince. When you start exploring the ancıent city of Aphrodisias and see the beautiful sculptures made by the Greeks there, you will forget the time spent on the wheels. After seeing the Tetrapylon, Odeon, Sebasteion, Theater, and the Temple of Aphrodite, you will finish your tour with the Stadium, the biggest one in Anatolia. The museum of Aphrodisias is impressive, thanks to the exceptional sculptures that look like life will come to life. Lunch will be held in one of the restaurants nearby Aphrodisias, and you will continue to another UNESCO registered ancient city called Hierapolis. The world-famous whıte travertines will greet you when you start getting closer to Pamukkale. Hierapolis is located on top of the white travertines and hosing a beautiful theater that you can see before Cleopatra's pools. Obviously, Marcus Antonius lived his legendary love with the Egyptian Princess Cleopatra here in those pools. The Roman Baths located in the ancient city are housing beautiful sculptures and sarcophagus works of Hierapolis people. You will arrive at the white travertines then walk over the most beautiful natural wonder of the Aegean Region of Turkey. Our guide will take you back to your hotel then for an Overnight in Sirince.
Day 6, Cappadocia
Our driver will pick you up from your hotel in Sirince after breakfast for a flight to Kayseri Erkilet Airport. After an hour's drive and an hour of flight, you will meet with our guide in Kayseri Airport's domestic arrivals and drive to Cappadocia. It will take another hour to get to Cappadocia, and you will visit Panoramas of Goreme, Ortahisar, and Uchisar before checking in to your hotel. The castle of Uchisar will be the highlight of the day since it is the highest point in the region, making you feel like the kings once ruled Cappadocia. After lunch or a coffee break, you will be dropped at your hotel for an overnight in a volcanic cave room. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7, Fly in a hot air Balloon
You will be picked up by the hot air balloon company and will be taken to their headquarters for a light breakfast before your flight. Your pilots will do the last cross-checks, and you will leave with them to the takeoff area for your flight. Your once in a lifetime experience will start. You will be a part of the balmy morning breeze of Cappadocia right after the takeoff and see the region's phenomenal formations from a totally different perspective. You will celebrate the landing with a bottle of champagne and receive your flight certificates. You will be dropped at your hotel then for a nice rest and your second breakfast.
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast to continue discovering Cappadocia. Your first stop will be the best museum of Cappadocia listed by UNESCO in 1985. Goreme Open Air Museum is a massive monastery housing many churches carved into the rock, and they have beautiful hand-drawn frescoes in them from the late Byzantium period. After seeing the beautiful art painted by the monks who once used to live in this complex monastery, you will continue to the Monks Valley, which is called Pasabag by the locals, to see the best examples of fairy chimneys. After a walk around the fairy chimneys, you will continue to Avanos town for a local lunch and a visit to a pottery workshop to see the local Avanos' handmade tiles and terra cotta works people. After showing your kick wheel skills, our guide will take you to the Underground City of Ozkonak to explore the hidden caves built into the ground by Cappadocians to protect their families, lives, and products from the enemies. Afterward, our guide will take you to the Imagination valley to see the most interesting fairy chimneys eroded, naturally creating a Martian landscape. After taking photos, Urgup wine factories will be happy to serve you their beautiful local Cappadocian wine and tell you the winemaking history in this region. On the way to the hotel, you can take a short photo break by the 3 Beauties of Urgup and enjoy your wine by the Red Valley, watching the sun going down over the poetic landscape of Cappadocia. After sunset, our guide will drop you at your hotel for your last Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 8, Cappadocia to Mount Nemrut National Park
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel to take you to the Mount Nemrut National Park. Early departure is recommended to catch the sunset from the top of the National Park of Mount Nemrut, which is the resting place of the mightiest king of South East Anatolia during the Hellenistic times; Antiochus I Theos of Commagene. After a 4 hour drive, you will arrive in Kahramanmaras city for a lunch break and taste our national ice cream made from goat milk and cream. You will continue to Adiyaman to visit the historical sites on the way up to Mount Nemrut. You will start with the Karakus Mound, which was the resting place of the family of Antiochus. You will walk over a Roman bridge then, which was built to honor Septimius Severus. The bridge also encouraged trade in the region and supported the navigation of the Roman army. You will start driving up to Mount Nemrut then to visit Antiochus I Theos' shrine, which is among Turkey's most impressive sites. The Shrine is full of statues and friezes of Greek, Armenian and Persian gods because Antiochus followed a rigorous religious program in the area and yet considered himself one of them. Commemorations were taking a day from sunrise to sunset from the Eastern terrace to the Western terrace. You will have the experience of seeing the 3 terraces except the southern one destroyed because of an earthquake. The sunset and the Western terrace views are phenomenal, making you feel like you are on top of the world. After sunset, you will drive leave the national park for a late dinner and Overnight in Adiyaman.
Day 9, Gobeklitepe, Urfa and Harran
You will leave your hotel with our guide and driver to take you to a short drive for a beak at the biggest reservoir of the Middle East, Ataturk dam. It is built over the Euphrates River named after the Greek river gods, bringing life to the Middle East from the tall Anatolian mountains. You will continue to Gobeklitepe then, which is still rocking everything we know about archaeology. Gobeklitepe is an excavation site built by the hunters and gatherers twelve thousand years ago, making it the oldest temple is known so far. The limestone pillars were erected to create worship spaces for the gods of the ancient civilizations that once lived in the area that triggered agriculture and domestication of wheat for the first time in the world. After updating our information about the development of agriculture and religion in the world, you will continue to Sanliurfa city to visit the cave of Abraham where he was born and also the Holy Fish Lake, which is believed to be the place where he was thrown into the fire by the king Nimrod of Edessa. After lunch and a short walk in the bazaars of Sanliurfa, you will continue to Harran city to see beehive houses made from terra cotta bricks. Creating a perfect space to survive from Mesopotamia's heat, beehive houses are still occupied by Harran's Arabian families, which lies right next to Harran's ancient city. The tower you will easily notice in Harran belongs to one of the world's first science centers along with Athens. You will drive back to Sanliurfa for an Overnight.
Day 10, Zeugma and Gaziantep
Our guide and driver will take you to Gaziantep city after breakfast at your hotel, which will take 2 hours. You will first visit the Zeugma Mosaic Museum, the second biggest mosaic museum globally. The mosaics there were saved from Zeugma ancient city, which was a trading outpost for the Romans. The Roman officials had created a sophisticated lifestyle there that is seen in the mosaics of the houses once decorated the houses of the rich Romans. Our guide will take you to lunch after the museum, which is an experience itself since the kitchen of Gaziantep is recognized by UNESCO as a creative city thanks to the excellence in culinary. You will continue exploring the old city of Gaziantep after lunch and see the coppersmiths on duty and leave yourself t to the rhythm of the hammers they use. Once in Gaziantep, one should definitely try the world-famous baklava filled with pistachio, and you can finish the day in one of the oldest tea houses of Turkey with a cup of terebinth coffee. Our guide and driver will take you to Gaziantep Airport afterward for a flight back to Istanbul
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