Turkey Holiday - 9 Days
Day 1: Istanbul - Cappadocia
Arrival to Istanbul and take a connecting flight to Cappadocia. Arrive at Cappadocia and transfer to your hotel. Refresh yourself. Late in the afternoon visit the Underground city. Underground cities are literally cities build underground. Some of them are really huge - 12 stories below. They were used to hide against invaders during war. Cappadocia has dozens of underground cities.
Deep wells provided water and tall chimneys ventilation. Wine presses, oil storage, livestock pens, cooking-places and even elaborate churches were carved out of the rock so that the inhabitants could live for weeks or months underground until it was safe to emerge and return to their ground-level villages. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 2: Cappadocia; Full Day Cappadocia Tour - Romantic Candle light dinner
Breakfast. Today join the tour to visit the Devrent Valley with it's the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch. In the afternoon visit the Open Air Museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Uchisar area and photo stop. In the evening enjoy a romantic candle light dinner with wine. Overnight.
Day 3: Cappadocia – Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride - Cappadocia to Bodrum by flight
Early in the morning will take an Optional hot air balloon tour. Nothing can prepare you for the awesome sights as the sun rises over the spectacular surrealistic landscapes. Excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between the fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards, through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colors and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region. Return to your hotel for breakfast and relax. We shall transfer to the Cappadocia (Kayseri or Nevsehir) airport for our flight to Bodrum via from Istanbul.
Upon arrival to Bodrum transfer to the hotel and relax. (Bodrum is very famous for its night life, disco, bars and clubs, sea view restaurants). Rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 4: Bodrum
Breakfast. Today the entire day is to yourself just relax and enjoy this beautiful paradise on earth. You can explore the Paradise cove or take a boat ride or take an Turkish Hamam Bath. The day is for you to enjoy at your pace. Overnight.
Day 5: Bodrum - Pamukkale - Cotton Castle
Beakfast. Check out and transfer in a private car for Pamukkale. We shall visit Hierepolis site, Cotton Castle & ruins. Check in and Overnight at Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale.
Day 6: Pamukkale - Kusadasi Ephesus Arc Site
Breakfast. Check out and we shall depart for Kusadasi. The tour begins with the ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which is called Ephesus, stroll past the Celsius library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus. After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached the gospel. Lunch will be served at Turkish restaurant. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7: Kusadasi (Izmir) to Istanbul
Breakfast. Today we shall check out and take a flight to Istanbul. Check in and refresh.
Visit will be start from Egyptian Spice Market. Haggle and buy local spices or souvenirs, after the visit to Spice Market board your Bosphorus cruiser and enjoy sights such as the Dolmabahce Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, European and Asian side of the ocean as you cross the Bosphorus Bridge. Cruise along at the tour will end at the hotel or at Taksim Square – Istiklal Shopping Street. You are free to choose either, we would recommend you take in the sights and sounds of Istanbul enjoy the various dining options and return to hotel on your own & Overnight.
Day 8: Istanbul – Full Day City tour of Istanbul
Breakfast. You will be picked up from your hotel for the tour which starts at Hippodrome Square. See the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the largest of Istanbul, famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. Then visit St. Sophia, one of the most magnificent Byzantine churches. After lunch, visit the Topkapi Palace (Tuesday closed), the imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today it is a museum holding large collections of Japanese & Chinese porcelains and displaying holy relics. Proceed to Rustem Pasa Mosque, built in 16th century by architect Sinan. The tour ends at the Grand Bazaar. (Sunday closed) Overnight.
Day 9: Istanbul
Breakfast. Check out and transfer to the airport as per your flight schedule for your flight back home with fond memories.