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Welcome to Turkey and the start of your holiday! We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you through to your hotel. Remainder of today at leisure.
Day at leisure in Istanbul to explore on your own. Sultanahmet, the compact old city of Istanbul, is full of parks, gardens and stunning sights. The Blue Mosque is famed for it’s blue Iznik tiles and unique 6 minarets. The Hagia Sofia, constructed in the 6th century, reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453, when it became a mosque. Just around the corner is Topkapi Palace.
This morning we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival we are met by our guide. Today we enjoy a tour of Northern Cappadocia. Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of the area. The rock is believed to have been formed from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and rocks formed in lakes and streams in the area.
This morning you may like to opt for our morning hot air balloon excursion (price details are on the quote page). Today we take in the sites of Southern Cappadocia. This evening we transfer to the airport for our flight to Izmir/Kusadasi. Upon arrival we are met and transferred to our hotel.
Today we enjoy a tour of Ephesus - Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Under the Romans, Ephesus was a vast city with a population nearing 250,000. It revelled in its prosperity from commerce and visiting pilgrims who came to see its great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders. Carefully restored, top sights within the huge archaeological area include the Great Theatre once capable of seating 25,000 spectators at one time, Curetes Way (one of the main thoroughfares), the Temple of Serapis, the elegant façades of the Temple of Hadrian and the awesome Library of Celsus.
This morning we drive to Pamukkale where we enjoy a guided tour. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, Pamukkale is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs, known as travertines. At the very top of the travertine pools is Pamukkale Thermal, where a pleasant dip can be enjoyed in the warm waters amongst submerged fragments of fluted marble columns (entry at own cost). We then transfer to the airport for our flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel.
Today we bid you farewell with a transfer to Istanbul airport to meet your onward flight.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...