Highlights of Turkey with Cappadocia
Sites to See; 1- Topkapi Palace 2- Blue Mosque 3- St Sophia 5- Ankara 6- Cappadocia
7- Konya 8- Pamukkale 9- Ephesus 10- House of Virgin Mary ……….. And More
8 Nights -9 Days
Arrive in Istanbul. After Dinner rest at the Hotel. Transfer to your Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul
After Breakfast, you will meet your guide and visit Topkapı Place where was the administration center of Ottoman Empire for 4 centuries. We will visit the exhibitions such as ; Weaponary, Clocks , Kitchen , Sacred Trusts and more. Then we will visit St Sophia where was built in 537 AD as the greates church of christianity. After fall of Constantinople, it was converted in to a Mosque. Since 1934, it is being used as museum. We will continue to Blue Mosque which was built in 1616 AD. After our Lunch , we will drive for Ankara.
Istanbul to Ankara approx 450km – 5 hours driving. Overnight in Ankara
After breakfast, Visit the Moseleum of Ataturk who was the founder of Turkish Republic. Then continue to Cappadocia. After lunch, we will stop at the Salt Lake. seens like a frozen lake because of the salt layers above it. You will have a panaromic stop at Three Beauties which is the famous fairy chimnies. Then continue to Ortahisar Valley to see the beauty of landscaping in Cappadocia. You will be taken to your hotel at the end.
Ankara-Cappadocia 280km – Approx 3 Hours driving. Overnight in Cappadocia
Experience the Hot Air Baloon flight in the early morning (Optional). After Breakfast, Continue to Goreme Open Air Museum to see the valley and the Goreme Village. Then you will visit the Pottery Workshop and see the pottery making in Cappadocia Area. Then you will continue to Pigeon Valley. After Lunch, you will experience the the carpet weaving of the Cappadocian Ladies. Uchisar Castle was used as an volcanic watch tower by Romans and we will stop for a Panaromic View of the Castle. Then you will drive to your Hotel. After that you will visit the Onxy Workshops and will have opportunity to shop for Onxy and Jewelleries made out of Natural Turkish Stones.
Drive for Konya. On your way you will visit the Underground City. When you get to Konya you will visit the complex of Mevlana Celalettin Rumi and his tomb. Rumi lived in the 13th century and had quotations about love. He is the spiritual leader of the whirling dervishes. After lunch, we will visit the Alaattin Hill and the ruins around it from Seljcuk Empire Period. Ovenight in Konya
First we will have Breakfast. Then you will drive for Pamukkale. About 5 Hours drive. On our way, we will stop for lunch. When we get to Pamukkale, we will visit the white water terraces and the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will have your free time at the site. Overnight in Pamukkale.
After Breakfast we will drive for Ephesus, famous throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis. First visit Hadrian Temple. Romans dedicated it to Hadrian in 118AD. And the people of Ephesus greatly reconstructed in the 4th century. Proceed to Celsus Library. The library is the best structure of its kind. The façade of the library is embellished with four statues personifying virtue, wisdom, fate and genius. You will walk the Marble Road, that runs between the Celsus Library and the Great Theater which is part of the sacred walkway.
After Lunch visit House of the Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent the last years of her life. The house was discovered in 1891 based on the visions of a German nun. Pope Paul VI visited the shrine in 1967, Pope John Paul II came in 1979 and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2006. Overnight in Ephesus Area/Kusadasi
First we will have Breakfast. Then you will drive for Sirince Village. After visiting the village, we will have our lunch. After lunch, we will drive to Izmir Airport for your Domestic Flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul
Transfer to airport for your flight back home.