DAY 1: ISTANBUL ARRIVAL & ONTO CAPPADOCIA |SUNDAY|
Upon your arrival make your way to Cappadocia via domestic flight connection. Welcome to Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Upon your arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir, the representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. Check in at the hotel and free time to recoup.Depending on flight arrival, dinner can be provided upon request.
Meals: Dinner (Upon Request)
DAY 2: CAPPADOCIA |MONDAY|
Breakfast at the hotel, departure from the hotel for FD Goreme City & Kaymakli Underground City Tour. Firstly, we will drive to Kaymakl? Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Next, we will have free time to take some photos in UCHISAR CASTLE and ESENTEPE. UCHISAR CASTLE is the highest point in the region. The castle and its surrounds used to be the most populated area this settlement. As for Esentepe, this hill provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. And we will have a rest to have lunch in a local restaurant. After having lunch, we will proceed to GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM where this religious education was started. You will visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Then, visit to DEVRENT VALLEY has various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom like forms pillar and pointed rocks. We will take a walk through this amazing valley.Then, you will visit PASABAGLARI (MONK'S VALLEY) where you will see many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style being unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads. After visiting Pasabag, we will drive to AVANOS which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River.After the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch during tour and Dinner at the Hotel
DAY 3: CAPPADOCCIA – PAMUKKALE VIA KONYA (BY ROAD) |TUESDAY|
After breakfast at the hotel, early departure for Pamukkale and we will drive to Pamukkale via Konya. Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. On the way, visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai in Konya. Lunch at local restaurant. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana (the world-wide famous mystic figure), proceed to Pamukale. Arrival and transfer to your hotel. Check-in process and free time.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (local) & Dinner at the Hotel
DAY 4: PAMUKALE – KUSADASI (ON ROAD) |WEDNESDAY|
Breakfast at the hotel and start sightseeing to enjoy natural spring water beauty with history. Pamukkale, meaning cotton castle in Turkish, is a natural site that contains hot springs and travertine’s, terraces or carbonate minerals left by the flowing water. Hierapolis is the place where you will see the Necropolis, the biggest cemetery of Anatolia with 1,200 graves. We will have free time to walk on warm water terraces, where people have bathled in for thousands of years. Lunch at local restaurant. After lunch, we will drive to Kusadasi. Arrival and transfer to your hotelCheck in the hotel and rest of the day free till dinner.Ku?adas? is a beach resort town on Turkey’s western Aegean coast. A jumping-off point for visiting the classical ruins at nearby Ephesus (or Efes), it’s also a major cruise ship destination. Its seafront promenade, marina, and harbor are lined with hotels and restaurants. Just offshore on Pigeon Island is a walled Byzantine castle that once guarded the town, connected to the mainland via causeway.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch (local) & Dinner at the Hotel
DAY 5: KUSADASI – EPHESUS –KUSADASI – ISTANBUL (INTERNAL FLIGHT NOT INCLUDED) |THURSDAY|
After breakfast at the hotel, check out process at the hotel and then we visit Ephesus ruins, including The Polio Fountain, The Temple of Hadrian that dedicated to the Emperor Hadrian in 138 AD. Then, we visit Great Theatre, the largest ancient theatre with 25,000 seat capacity. Later, we visit Library of Celsius, one of the most beautiful structures of Ephesus, built in 117 AD. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. Our last stop will be House of Virgin Mary, where she spent her last years. End of the tour, drive to Izmir Airport for your evening flight to Istanbul (Please issue tickets with timings after 19:00pm). Arrival Istanbul Atatürk Airport and transfer to the hotel. Check in process at the hotel and free time.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (local)
DAY 6: EXPLORE ISTANBUL|FRIDAY|
Breakfast at the hotel and then meet the guide at the lobby of your hotel for Full Day Istanbul Classics and Highlights Tour. You will begin the day with Roman Hippodrome, where the chariot races were organised by the Romans and Byzantines. Blue Mosque-the only mosque with six minarets and its surroundings will be our next place to visit. Next, you will see the German Fountain - a gift of Kaiser Wilhelm 2. And listen the stories of his liaison with the orient. St. Hagia Sophia - The Church of Divine Wisdom is the highlight of this day. Following the visits your guide will take you the Grand Bazaar for demonstration of Turkish Handicrafts. Lunch is at any local Turkish restaurant. After lunch, visit to Topkap? Museum is the big one the most important museum of Turkey and the Balkan Peninsula. It is an incomparably rich treasure-chest, brimming with things of historical importance. First, second, third and fourth courtyards; the Audience Hall, Divan-the High Court, Historical Kitchens, Royal Stables, the Treasury, gardens, kiosks…Probably the best commentary on Ottoman History, art and its culture is simply to come direct to the First Courtyard of this amazing Palace.End of the tour, come back to hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch (local)
Day 7: Depart Istanbul |Saturday|
After breakfast check out and transfer to airport for your return / onward flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this beautiful country with fond memories.
INCLUSIONS (WITH SIC BASIS TOURS + SIC BASIS TRANSFERS):
06 nights stay at the mentioned hotels or similar in each city
Daily breakfast except day 1
04 local dinners at the hotels, except in Istanbul
04 local lunches during tours as mentioned
Airport – Hotel – Airport Transfers (Sabiha Gokcen Airport transfers excluded) on SIC basis in each city
Pamukkale – Cappadocia on surface transfer via Konya tour in Konya
Sightseeing and Attraction:
All sightseeing tours on SIC basis with local English speaking guide assistance during the tours
01 Full day Goreme & Kaymakli Underground city tour with local lunch in Cappadocia
01 Full day Pamukkale tour with local lunch in Pamukkale
01 Full day Ephesus city tour with local lunch in Kusadasi
01 Full day Istanbul Old city tour with local lunch in Istanbul
Breakfast Local and International Foods, at the hotel.
Lunch Local Foods at the outside restaurants , Buffet
Dinner Local and International Foods, at the hotel, Hot Buffet
Drinks are NOT included
Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) transfer services subject to 90 USD supplement per way/per vehicle
Important notes for tours:
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays/ Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. It will be replaced with Chora
Dolmabahce Palace Museum is closed on Mondays & Thursdays. It will be replaced with Chora museum.
Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. It will be replaced with Spice Market or Sultanahmet Shopping Break.
Blue Mosque is closed on Fridays until 2PM. We visit after 2PM or it will be replaced Caferaga Medrese.
GST will be levied as applicable based on the date of confirmation
Airfare & Taxes
Surcharges will be applicable based on blackout dates or conference/special events/ exhibitions etc
Visa Fees and Travel Insurance
Guaranteed early check in or late check out. This is completely at the discretion of the hotel and we can only put in a request for the same.
City Tax/Tourist Tax (this is to be paid directly at the hotel in EUR)
Any expenses of personal nature
Tips and porterage
Surcharges as applicable due to peak season, surcharge dates, trade fair dates.
Meals other than that what is mentioned in your itinerary.
Any services not mentioned in the inclusions list
Drinks including Water during meals/sightseeing tours are not included