Called Byzantium and later Constantinople, Istanbul is the only city to span two continents. It sits on the Bosphorus, the ...
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Upon to your arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
This morning depart on a full day city tour, starting with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, which served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the 16th and 19th centuries. It has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Then to the magnificent St. Sophia.s Basilica built originally by Constantine the Great. We continue our visits with the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture and marble latticework. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. Finally we visit the famous vast and bustling Grand Bazaar.
After breakfast you start the tour at the Spice Bazaar and it goes on with Bosphorus Cruise. The magical journey which covers both European and Asian shores will let you see the marvelous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy and Kuleli Military Schooland more highlights of Istanbul located on both sides of the bosporus. We will also see the Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari), which was built by Mehmet the Conquerer in 1452, for preparation of his planned siege of Byzantine Constantinople.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Ataturk Airport for your flight to Kayseri . After arriving you will be transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Optional Balloon tour is available this morning. After breakfast you will be having a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors, Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century) and natural fortress in Uchisar. Here, we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts,Turkish tiles ,onyx and potteries.Overnight stay in Cappadocia
After breakfast you will be having a full day walking tour . Our tour starts with walking in Ihlara Canyon, a "mirage" in the Steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema: "Valley of the Sky" along the Melendiz River. Rock-cut churches, spread across a wild plantation, surprise you with their successfully painted representations from the Bible.There will be plenty of stops today. Lunch in a local restaurant by the river overlooking the beautiful land. Stop by Selime, a village with cave houses at the end of the canyon as "moon" like landscape will welcome you. Return to your hotel in the afternoon.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kayseri Airport for your flight to Izmir (via Istanbul). After arriving you will be transferred to your hotel in Sirince. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Pick‐up from your hotel for a full day tour of Ephesus and Virgin Mary’s House. First, 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 tour, we will drive to our hotel at Sirince.
After breakfast 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 resemblence 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. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.
Today we will drive you to Bodrum and check you into the hotel.
In the morning, visit Bodrum Theater (built during Greek and Roman times). Proceed to Mausoleum (tombs of Mausolus King of Halicarnassus) from 377 to 353 BC. He was so pleased with himself that he began the Mausoleum to himself, which his widow (and sister) Artemisia II finished as tomb to beat all tombs, one of the Seven Wonder of the World. Then, visit the Castle of Saint Peter. In the Bodrum Castle tour you may taste the local wine. The stunning panoramic view from top of the Caste of Saint Peter and also interpretation of traditional, whitewashed Bodrum house. (Farewell to your guide).
After breakfast you will be transferred to Bodrum Airport for your flight to Istanbul. After arriving in Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Ataturk Airport for your international flight.