DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL
As Daily Istanbul Tours team, we are ready to give you our warmest welcome! Welcome to one of world’s most vibrant and fascinating cultural capitals; Istanbul! After arrival, meeting and assistance by our representative waiting for you by baring a sign with your name on it. We are going to pick you up and escort you to your hotel. About the following days, tour itinerary will be hand over or left at the hotel for you. Have a nice rest before your Turkey experience starts next day! Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: FREE DAY IN ISTANBUL (Breakfast included)
After enjoying your open buffet breakfast at the hotel, enjoy Istanbul old city on your own. Or if you like we can arrange Istanbul Old City Small Group Tour by walk (max with 10-14 people). At the end of the day transfer to the Istanbul airport to take Cappadocia flight. Once you arrive to Istanbul airport, please proceed to counter to do self check-in and take your boarding pass by presenting your passport. Upon the boarding pass information, please go to boarding gate and embark. After arrival, meeting and assistance by our representatives who bares a board with your names on it. Then transfer to cave hotel in Cappadocia.
P.S. Optional Istanbul Old City Small Group Tour costs 80 Usd per person. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Optional hot air balloon is available for this morning.
After enjoying your open buffet breakfast at the hotel, your guide will come to pick you up around 09:30-10:00am and depart for Cappadocia Tour. Depending on the day you will be participating Northern or Southern Cappadocia Tour. For North Cappadocia Tour we visit Goreme Panorama which offers a magnificent view with its fairy chimney landscape. As the biggest monastery complex, we also go to see Open Air Museum. Ortahisar provides a nice example of using natural rock formations -fairy chimneys- as castle and food storage. Fairy Chimney Valley (Pasabag), Imagination Valley (Devrent) are between the highlights of our tour. We will be passing from Love Valley as well. For South Cappadocia Tour first visit will be to the tallest fairy chimney Uchisar Castle from where all Cappadocia is laid at your feet. Because of its location, it was used as a castle by many civilizations and many sections carved out into rock are connected each other with stairs, tunnels and passages. Then, be ready to have a scenic walk though the Rose Valley by observing cave-like churches and monasteries and arriving to Cavusin Village which used to have inhabitants lived in carved houses in massive rocks. Also we will visit underground city of Kaymaklı where you will have a chance to see ruins of churches, kitchens, metal shops and stables. Pigeon Valley will be our next stop, as a great place for hiking also gives visitors opportunity to see pigeons living in the dovecots carved into cliffs. Finally we will drive to Three Beauties Valley which offers us a stunning view of Cappadocia countryside and grape gardens as the region is famous with its local wine producers. For both tours midday we make a lunch break in an authentic local Turkish restaurant.
At the end of the tour, transfer to airport and take a flight to Izmir (Direct flight or via Istanbul) After arrive in Izmir airport transfer to Kusadasi.
P.S. At the end of the tour our guests are treated with a traditional hand-made carpet demonstration, the ones that are not interested are kindly requested to inform the tour guide. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.
DAY 4: PAMUKKALE (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After enjoying your open buffet breakfast at the hotel, your guide will come to pick you up around 07:30-08:00am and depart for Pamukkale Tour. After almost 3 – 4 hours drive, you arrive to Pamukkale. First visit will be to the Pamukkale travertines, a massive calcified cliff which is called as ‘cotton castle’ by Turks. For centuries, underground calcite-laden waters have been pouring out and created terraces of carbonate. Pamukkale is one of the most extraordinary natural sites of Turkey. Afterwards, we go to visit Hellenistic Spa Town; Hierapolis Ancient City which was founded by the Attalid kings of Pergamom at the end of the 2nd century B.C. The therapeutic virtues of water were widely used, people used to come here to soothe their ailments and many of them retired and died here. The city ruins include baths, temple ruins, a monumental arch, a nymphaeum, a necropolis and a theatre. The swimming suits should not be forgotten to swim in Cleopatra Pool. In the afternoon you will make a lunch break. End of the tour, we will drive to Kusadasi and drop you to hotel. (3-4 hours) Overnight in Kusadasi.
Comfort hotel option Charisma Deluxe Hotel (Standard Room) or Double Tree by Hilton
(Standard Room) or La Vista Boutique Hotel (Standard Room)
DAY 5: EPHESUS (Breakfast and Lunch included)
After enjoying your open buffet breakfast at the hotel, your guide will come to pick you up around 09:00-09:30 and start Ephesus Tour. We will start our tour with the ruins of world famous Artemis Temple which used to be one of the richest cities of ancient Greek world and declared as one of the 7 wonders of ancient world. After Artemis Temple, we head to Ephesus Ancient city, walking though this marble city with a great atmosphere will leave you speechless. Especially façade of Celsus Library dramatically impress the visitors. Cameras should not be forgotten. In the afternoon you will make a lunch break. Our next visit will be to a pilgrimage place recognized by Vatican; House of Virgin Mary. End of the tour, transfer to airport to take return flight to Istanbul. Upon your arrival, meeting and assistance by our representatives who bares a board with your names on it. We will transfer you to your hotel.
P.S. At the end of the tour our guests are treated with a fashion leather show, the ones that are not interested are kindly requested to inform the tour guide. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 6: DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL
According to your flight time, we will escort you to airport.