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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Rest of day free.
You will enjoy a half day Bosphorus tour in Istanbul. This will include a cruise on the Bosphorus and a visit to the Egyptian Bazaar.
Early transfer to the airport for a flight to Kayseri. After arrival start touring with valleys to see the remnants of some older churches, rock formations and Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors.
After breakfast visit the valleys where animal‐like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries. In the afternoon visit to Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar.
Today we will drive to Konya. Once in Konya we will visit the old city and the mausoleum of Mevlana. This evening we will take you to a whirling dervishes show.
After breakfast you'll drive to Pamukkale which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties. Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblance to cotton piles that it is called 'Cotton Castle' in Turkish.Then visit the travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site.
After breakfast transfer to Kusadasi, the day is at leisure.
After breakfast visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Then proceed to the Ancient City of Ephesus where you will explore some of the best preserved theatres, fountains and buildings in the world. A definite must while in Turkey. Then visit to the House of Mother Mary where she is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John.
After breakfast you'll be transferred to Izmir for overnight stay.
Today we will take you Gediz Delta, which is also known as the Izmir Bird Paradise the delta stretches from Bostanli shores to the Foca hills. You will have a specialist birding guide today.
You will have another full day at the Gediz Delta with our specialist guide.
We will transfer you back to Istanbul today and check you into the hotel.
We will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...