Overview

 

Destinations: Istanbul, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Cappadocia

Istanbul’s history encompasses three major civilizations of the ancient world: Roman, Greek, and Byzantine and Ottoman Empire. And, all that history is visible on almost every street corner with modern buildings built on top of ancient ruins and remnants of ancient walls lining today’s streets.


The Bosporus, a waterway famed in the ancient world, provides the backdrop to all that makes Istanbul Istanbul–exotic, Eastern and yet Western, a magical skyline.


Pamukkale, famous for its healing thermal mineral waters, and beautiful snow-white petrified pools and waterfalls; a walk among the ruins of Hieropolis, now famous for its wellpreserved Necropolis.


Ephesus is one of the Western world’s finest examples of a classical ancient city.Originally a Greek city, built in 1000BC, it became a center for the worship of Cybele, the Anatolian Mother Goddess. The ruins of today date from the 4th century BC and the city founded by Lysimachus, successor to Alexander the Great. However, it was under the Romans that Ephesus became a major port on the Aegean. Ephesus played an important role in the spread of Christianity, as two great Councils of the early church were held here, in AD 431 and 449.


Cappadocia’s landscape is hard to describe in physical terms. It’s often been described as a moonscape, so unusual with its conical rock outcrops, called fairy chimneys. It is also home to churches and chapels carved into the rocks, many decorated with extraordinary frescoes, and extensive underground cities, built to protect the early Christian inhabitants from invaders.

Our British Tour Leader Julie adds her special touches to this eclectic mix with her anecdotes and her photography skills.Get your own SLR's and succumb to the sights and sounds of this vibrant country which was the seat of the Ottoman Empire! 


 

7 Nights 8 Days Attaturk Airport, Istanbul
Inclusions/Exclusions
Package inclusions and exclusions

What is included in the tour

 

Price includes:

  • All transfers from Airport to Hotel as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All accommodation in 4 Star hotels as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Domestic Flight from Izmir to Kayseri
  • A 90 min ferry ride along the Bosporus 
  • Bus tickets mentioned in the itinerary
  • All Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches 
  • All quoted tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tour transportation with A/C, non-smoking coach 
  • Museum entrances and parking
  • A professional licensed English-speaking guide during sightseeing

What is NOT included in the tour

 

Price excludes:

  • Flight Tickets from your country to istanbul and back.
  • Visa and Insurance for your visit 
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips to your guides, drivers or hotel staff
  • Optional tours mentioned in the itinerary
  • Any other meals not specified in the itinerary
  • Drinks

OPTIONAL AVAILABLE AT EXTRA COST 

  • OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT  160 EUR / PERSON
  • OPTIONAL DINNER CRUISE                     65 EUR / PERSON
  • OPTIONAL WHIRLING DERVISHES          35 EUR / PERSON

 

Highlights
What makes this tour special ?
  • Istanbul where "east meeting west"

  • The stunning Topkapi Palace, elaborate mosques and ancient markets sit amongst busy ferry terminals, modern shopping malls, tramlines and large adverts for films and concerts.

  • Ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world 

  • Cappadocia: A unique landscape of strange conical rock formations, early churches carved out of the rock and underground cities

  • Living in a " cave hotel "

  • Optional Hot air balloon ride

  • The cup-shaped limestone falls of Pamukkale

  • Ancient city of  Hieropolis

 

Itinerary

TOUR ITINERARY 

DATE

TIME

TOUR SCHEDULE

MEALS

B

L

D

 

DAY 1

 

JUL 07

 

SAT

 

14:30

18:00

19:10

 

  • INDIA – ISTANBUL

ARRIVE ISTANBUL AND CATCH A CONNECTION FLIGHT TO IZMIR

ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL IN KUSADASI

OVERNIGHT IN KUSADASI

 

X

 

X

X

 

 

DAY 2

 

JUL 08

 

SUN

 

08:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE TOUR

MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDE AND DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY

  • FULL-DAY PAMUKKALE TOUR
  • HIERAPOLIS ANCIENT CITY
  • NECROPOLIS
  • HOT SPRING POOLS (TRAVERTIENS)
  • ANTIQUE POOL (SWIMMING IS EXTRA)

END OF THE TOUR TRANSFER TO HOTEL IN KUSADASI

OVERNIGHT IN KUSADASI

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 3

 

JUL 09

 

MON

 

09:00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18:10

19:35

  • KUSADASI – EPHESUS

MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDE AND DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY

  • FULL DAY EPHESUS TOUR
  • EPHESUS ANCIENT CITY
  • ARTEMIS TEMPLE
  • VIRGIN MARY’S HOUSE

 

END OF THE TOUR TRANSFER TO IZMIR AIRPORT

FLIGHT TO KAYSERI

ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL IN CAPPADOCIA

OVERNIGHT IN  CAPPADOCIA

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 4

 

JUL 10

 

TUE

 

04:30

 

09:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • CAPPADOCIA

OPTIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON FLIGHT AT SUNRISE!

MEET YOUR GUIDE AND DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY

  • FULL DAY CAPPADOCIA REGIONAL TOUR
  • GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM
  • DEVRENT VALLEY
  • PASABAG (MONK’S VALLEY)
  • AVANOS, FAMOUS FOR ITS POTTERY
  • UCHISAR ROCK CASTLE

AFTER TOUR DRIVE BACK TO THE HOTEL

OVERNIGHT IN CAPPADOCIA

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 5

 

JUL 11

,

WED

 

 

09:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21:40

23:05

  • CAPPADOCIA

MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDE AND DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY

  • FULL DAY CAPPADOCIA UNDERGROUND CITY TOUR
  • KAYMAKLI UNDERGROUND CITY
  • RED VALLEY, TREKKING
  • CAVUSIN VILLAGE
  • PIGEON VALLEY
  • ORTAHISAR CASTLE

END OF THE TOUR TRANSFER TO AIRPORT

FLIGHT TO ISTANBUL

ARRIVE AND TRANSFER TO HOTEL IN CITY CENTER

 

OVERNIGHT IN ISTANBUL

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 6

 

JUL 12

 

THU

 

08:45

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

23:30

  • ISTANBUL

MEET YOUR GUIDE & DRIVER AT HOTEL

 

  • FULL-DAY ISTANBUL CLASSICS & HIGHLIGHTS
  • HAGIA SOPHIA
  • TOPKAPI PALACE (EXCLUDING HAREM SECTION)
  • BLUE MOSQUE
  • HIPPODROME
  • GRAND BAZAAR

END OF THE TOUR BACK TO HOTEL

OPTIONAL DINNER CRUISE

 

MEET YOUR DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY, TRANSFER TO PIER

  • ENCHANTING BOSPHORUS NIGHT CRUISE

 

  • BOSPHORUS NIGHT CRUISE
  • BELLY DANCING, FOLKS’ DANCES & SONGS SHOW
  • DINNER WITH UNLIMITED LOCAL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES & SOFT DRINKS

AFTER TOUR TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL

 

OVERNIGHT IN ISTANBUL

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 7

 

JUL 13

 

FRI

 

 

08:30

 

 

 

 

  • ISTANBUL

MEET YOUR TOUR GUIDE AND DRIVER AT HOTEL LOBBY

  • FULL-DAY TOUR OF ISTANBUL BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS
  • DOLMABAHCE PALACE (EXC. HAREM)
  • BOSPHORUS CRUISE
  • SPICE BAZAAR
  • BOSPHORUS BRIDGE
  • GOLDEN HORN

AFTER TOUR TRANSFER TO YOUR HOTEL

 

OVERNIGHT IN ISTANBUL

 

HOTEL

 

LOCAL

 

X

 

 

DAY 8

 

JUL 14

 

SAT

 

 

 

 

 

12:00

 

 

  • ISTANBUL – INDIA

 

AFTER BREAKFAST, FREE TIME UNTIL YOUR DEPARTURE

HOTEL CHECK-OUT TILL 12:00 PM

MEET THE DRIVER AT THE HOTEL LOBBY AND TRANSFER TO ISTANBUL AIRPORT

 

**END OF OUR SERVICES & WE WISH YOU A SAFE FLIGHT**

 

 

HOTEL

 

X

 

X

 

Pickup point
Istanbul, Turkey View on Map