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Welcome to the magnificent city of Istanbul. You will be met upon arrival at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to spend as you choose.
Today you will be taken on a full day tour of Istanbul. Highlights to include Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofya, the great cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537, the roman Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500 year old Egyptian obelisk and the world famous Blue Mosque with its six minarets and over 20 000 blue Iznik tiles. Evening at leisure to explore.
Driving to Ankara we visit the mausoleum and museum of Kemal Ataturk, one of Turkey’s most revered leaders, famous for his progressive reform of Turkish society and his incredible strategic command during World War I, thwarting the Allied attempts at invading Turkey. You will then enjoy a picturesque journey through the Lakeland before arriving in Cappadocia.
This morning opt for a hot air balloon ride (pay locally) over the incredible landscape of Cappadocia, before embarking upon a full day sightseeing tour of the region.
Today we drive onward to Pamukkale via the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece of Sultanhan Caravanserai and Konya. In Konya visit the 13th century Mevlana Museum; the original lodge of the Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, a mystical Sufi Muslim group. Afterwards continue your journey onward to Pamukkale.
After breakfast visit the incredible white calcium terraces of Pamukkale and ancient Hierapolis. The Temple of Apollo, the Plutonium, dating back to third century BC and the sacred pool are some of the highlights of Hierapolis. This afternoon, en route to Sirince we visit the ruins of the great Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World),
This morning you will drive to the ancient and magnificent city of Ephesus, one of the largest and most well preserved ancient city’s in the Mediterranean, with Roman theatres, fountains, buildings, churches and temples. Ephesus was originally built on the north slope of Mount Pion in 1000 BC but was later relocated to its current location in 4th century BC.
Free day to go for a walk in the surrounding stunning coutryside. (Check out 12 noon, leave bags at reception) at 5 pm your driver will take you the short distance to Kusadasi and your water side hotel)
Sit back and relax enjoy this lovely sea side city with it's extensive marina's nearby beaches and great diving if that takes your fancy.
We will transfer you to Izmir airport in time for your onward flight home.