Istanbul & Cappadocia & Ephesus


Starts: Istanbul
Finish: Kusadasi
Duration: 8 Days – 7 Nights
Places Visited: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi (Ephesus), Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Prine, Miletos, Didyma

Day 1 Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive in Istanbul Airport, meet by our representative and private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul.
Overnight = Istanbul

Day 2 Full Day Istanbul Tour
09.00 a.m. After breakfast pick up from hotel and Our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace ,Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place.Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping.
Overnight = Istanbul
Meal = Breakfast

Day 3 Istanbul – Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast transfer to Istanbul airport for flight to Cappadocia in the morning. After 1 hour flight arrive in Kayseri. Meet by your guide and transfer to your hotel. After check in and relax start for Private Cappadocia tour at 12.00. visit Goreme Open Air Museum , Underground Cities, Fairy Chimneys and much more.
Overnight = Cappadocia
Meal = Breakfast

Day 4 Cappadocia Tour – Kusadasi
After breakfast take our second day private Cappadocia tour. First visit Zelve then walking in Ihlara Canyon Valley, a “mirage” in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: “Valley of the Sky” along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprises you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible. Climb on top of the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Transfer to the airport for flight to Izmir via Istanbul or direct flight depends upon flight date. Arrive in Izmir. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight = Kusadasi
Meal = Breakfast

Day 5 Ephesus Tour
After breakfast depart for Ephesus tour. First visit the Artemission Temple where is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus.visit Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia (an ancient Greek district on the western coast of Asia Minor) is located near Izmir. As a port city at the mouth of the Cayster (modern Küçükmenderes) River, it was a major departure point for trade routes into Asia Minor. Known in antiquity for its sacred shrines, notably a famous temple (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) to the goddess Artemis, or Diana, the city was also an important center of early Christianity.

After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets.

After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. This house is located on the Aladag Mountains 5 miles from Ephesus. At the third Ecumenical Council of 431 in Ephesus, it was claimed that Mary came to Ephesus with St. John in 37 A.D. and lived there until her death in 48 A.D. After the discovery of the house, the Archbishop of Izmir declared it a place of pilgrimage in 1892. On July 26, 1967, Pope Paul VI visited this place and prayed here.
Overnight = Kusadasi
Meal = Breakfast

Day 6 Aphrodisias & Pamukkale Tour
After early breakfast drive to Aphrodisias; the ancient city of some of the world s most beautiful architectural wonders, visit one of the largest ancient Theaters in the world, the Odeon, Bishop s Palace, Stadium, Temple of Aphrodite and the Museum with the gorgeous reliefs and statues of the sculptors of Aphrodisias. Then we will drive to Pamukkale. Upon arrival we will visit Hierapolis, travertines, the famous white calcium cliffs and thermal spas. We have lunch followed by free time to relax, bathe and take in the beauty. After visiting Pamukkale you will be returned to the Kusadasi.
Overnight = Kusadasi
Meal = Breakfast

Day 7 Priene & Miletos & Didyma Tour – Istanbul
After breakfast drive to Pamukkale Miletus, an ancient city located near the present Akköy at the mouth of the Buyuk Menderes (meander) River. Miletus owed its importance to its position on the trade routes. It was one of the largest cities in Anatolia with a population of between 80.000 and 100.000. Highly prosperous, it founded many colonies and was the home of the 6C BC philosophers Anaximander, Anaximenes and Thales, the town planner Hippodamus and architect Isidorus. Having a prominent position, Miletus became the most important port in this area and it was the most active member of the twelve cities of the Ionian Confederation. In the 7th century BC Lydians besieged the city. The city was then controlled in turn by the Persians, Roman and Seljuk Turks.

The next visit after Priene will be Didyma. The world Didyma meant “twins” and it was associated by some as being the meeting place of Zeus and Leto to have their twins Apollo and Artemis. Didyma was famed as a prophecy center dedicated to Apollo, which served a similar purpose as the Delphi of Anatolia. It was not a city but a sanctuary linked to Miletus by Milesians with a 19 km/12 mi sacred road. After visiting Didyma you will be returned to the Kusadasi.

Drive to Izmir airport for our flight back to Istanbul. Aafter 1 hour flight arrival in Istanbul and met by our representative and transfer to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight = Istanbul
Meal = Breakfast

Day 8 Home
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight back home.
Meal = Breakfast

The end of our services

Tour Includes:
3 Nights Accommodation in Istanbul
1 Night Accommodation in Cappadocia
3 Night Accommodation in Kusadasi
Professional licensed English speaking guide
Istanbul – Kayseri – Izmir – Istanbul domestic return flight tickets including airport tax
Breakfast (B) as indicated in the itinerary.
All airport transfers and Transportation with private AC vehicle
Departure Hotel & Airport transfer.
All entrance fees to the sites stated above the itinerary

Tour Excludes:
Personal Expenses.
Any tipping you feel appropriate.
Meals unless stated


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