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Upon arrival to Istanbul you will be transferred to your hotel where you will be staying for 2nights.
This morning we have a full day city tour, starting with the impressive Topkapi Palace, which served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries. Then to the magnificent St. Sophia's Basilica, the impressive Blue Mosque and the vast and bustling Spice Market.
Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival transfer to Selcuk and visit Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. We visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Ancient City of Ephesus. We then visit the House of Mother Mary where she is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. After tour, we will drive to our hotel at Kusadasi.
We drive through the meandering plains and cotton farms to Pamukkale, with time to enjoy the beauty of lime cascade and visit ancient Hierapolis which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. Shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath, graveyard and the lime cascade, return to your hotel.
Morning departure for Cappadocia, on the way visit Konya and the Mausoleum of Mevlana, also known as the Green Mausoleum or Green Dome and is the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. It containes the tomb and shrine of the Mevlana, or Rumi, which remains an important place of pilgrimage. We also visit 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary the land of Fairy Chimneys.
Optional balloon tour early morning. We visit the valleys where animal-like natural formations and fairy chimneys are abundant. Drive on to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. We visit the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey meanders, leaving the red clay on its banks. In the afternoon visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early Christian churches. We stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar before returning to the hotel.
We pick you up from your hotel and depart to Nemrut, visiting a 13th century Caravan inn on the way. We stop for lunch and continue to Pick up from your hotel and depart to Nemrut visit a 13 th centuary Caravsan inn on your route , Stop for lunch and continue to Adiyaman.
Very early morning departure to catch the sunrise on amazing Mount Nemrut. We continue to Arsemia which has been the capital city of Kommagene Kingdom and Cendere bridge which is 200 years old old Roman Bridge still in use. We drive back to hotel for breakfast, then we will be transferred to the airport for our flight to Istanbul and your arrival into Istanbul airport marks the end of our services.
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