Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight - 08 Nights / 09 Days

Itinerary

DAY 01:

Friday // Istanbul

Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to the hotel (early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best to arrange it). Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour. Visit Places like City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill . Then proceed to, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. See the Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Lunch and dinner excluded.

Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul.

DAY 02:

Saturday // Istanbul

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning start the visits with St. Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine, followed by the visit to Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. The last stop is the Grand Covered Bazaar dating back to 15 th century. It covers over 4,000 shops, under one roof. Afternoon at leisure.

Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)

DAY 03:

Sunday // Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia

After breakfast transfer to Ataturk Airport for an early flight to Ankara (Arrival to Ankara needs to be latest at 09:05am), the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish Hero. Then, departure for Cappadocia. Lunch en route. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Arrival to Cappadocia.

Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 04:

Monday // Cappadocia

Breakfast at hotel. Visits to Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then proceed to the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and visit to the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Lunch at local restaurant and then visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Visit Pasabagi in the Zelve region and the Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts.

Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 05:

Tuesday // Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale

Breakfast at the hotel. Later transfer to Konya. En route visit 13 th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. And Karatay Theological School with its beautiful tiles. Continue to Pamukkale.

Overnight in Pamukkale. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 06:

Wednesday // Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi

Breakfast at hotel. In the morning visits to Pamukkale Cotton Fortress, ancient city of Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. After lunch at local restaurant visit to Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and famous for its sculpture school.

Overnight in Kusadasi. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 07:

Thursday // Kusadasi – Ephesus – Izmir

Breakfast at hotel. Morning tour to Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded). Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit to House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk Ephesus Museum and St.John Church. Drive to hotel in Izmir .

Overnight in Izmir. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

DAY 08:

Friday // Izmir

Breakfast at hotel. Day free at leisure. Lunch excluded. Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Izmir.

Overnight in Izmir. (Breakfast & Dinner)

DAY 09:

Saturday // Izmir - Istanbul

Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Transfer to Izmir Airport and connect to international flight via Istanbul. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica. (Breakfast)

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