07 DAYS TURKEY TOUR : ISTANBUL - KUSADASI - PAMUKKALE - KONYA - CAPPADOCIA - ISTANBUL
DAY 1 HOME – ISTANBUL
After meeting at the apt, we will commence with sightseeing in Istanbul, covering the following: Istanbul City Walls, it boasts several impressive castles a fortification. Massive walls of ancient Constantinople, built by the Emperor Theodosius II over 1500 years ago, are in many places still standing. Fatih Sultan Mehmet Gate where he enters Istanbul in 29th May 1453. On top of the gate rough translation is as per following “On Tuesday Morning, 29 May, 1453 the Conqueror Mehmet II and his army entered Istanbul through a hole that the cannons opened in this region. Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) is a magnificent mosque that has blue tiles adorning the wall of its interior.Hippodrome of Constantinople was a horse racing track that was the sporting and social center of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and the largest city in Europe in that time.Topkapi Palace, Imperial Palace – the seat of the Ottoman Empire, after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today, a museum palace with a wide collection of Kitchen wares and Porcelains, Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Courtyards, Holy Relics etc.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL – IZMIR – KUSADASI
Then trsf to apt for Izmir flight – Arrival to Izmir and drive to Kusadasi – Ephesus ancient city, one of the world’s most outstanding archaeological sites. Walk in its well-preserved marble streets to the Library of Celsius, the Odeon, Grand Theatre, Temple of Hadrian, Roman Bath etc. - Overnight in Kusadasi
DAY 3 KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE
After breakfast we will commence with sightseeing, covering the following:We start our day with an upbeat fashion show showcasing high quality leather products made in Turkey. Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture, situated below the basilica of Saint John. The mosque was built by the master Syrian architecture Ali son of Mushimish al -Damishki, between the years of 1374 and 1375.The temple of Artemis is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. It has been built in the areas of Ephesus on a flat area which has over the centuries turned into a swamp.Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), Hierapolis and Necropolis visit the extensive ruins of Hierapolis- known for its thermal baths and health centre. Thereafter, see “Cotton Castle” or Pamukkale’s magical and unique terraces & castles created by deposits of white limestone from thermal springs. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale Tonight, you will enjoy your hot-spring water facilities at your hotel’s jacuzzi or pools. Do not forget to bring your swimming clothes.
DAY 4 PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast we will commence with sightseeing, covering the following:Ancient caravanserai (a ‘hotel’ for ancient traders and travelers on silk road). Caravanserai was a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Melvana Celaleddin-i Rumi, which used to be the cloister for Mevlevi Dervishes. Mevlana was a philosopher and mystic of Islam, but not a Muslim of the orthodox type. His doctrine advocates unlimited tolerance, positive reasoning, goodness, charity and awareness through love. To him and to his disciples all religions are more or less truth. Looking with the same eye on Muslim, Jew and Christian a like, his peaceful and tolerant teaching has appealed to men of all sects and creeds.Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast we will commence with sightseeing, covering the following:Optional Hot air ballooning over the charming landscape during sun rise is optional this morning time. Underground City is the widest of the thirty-six underground cities in Cappadocia, comprising about one hundred low, narrow and sloping tunnels. It is complete with stables, cellars, wineries, storage rooms, water wells, churches and schools. It is very likely that these underground cities were built to withstand attack and could support large numbers of people and their domestic animals for extended periods of time.Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point of Cappadocia. Many rooms hollowed out into the rock re connected to each other by stairs, tunnels and passages. Pigeon Valley, pigeon houses or Dove Codes, today, many of caves and small dove codes are used by farmers as pigeon houses to collect the droppings of pigeons which is an excellent natural fertilizer for the orchards and vineyards. Uc Guzeller or Three Beauties is an icon of Cappadocia’s natural beauty with the most famous fairy chimneys. Cappadocia is also the Land of the Hittites, a tribe mentioned in Genesis 23.Avanos Village, is a town set on the banks of Turkey’s longest river, the Kizilirmak or the Red River. It is famous for its fascinating pottery and carpets. The river supplies the red clay used for pottery making with some of the techniques dating back to Hittite times around 2000 BC.Goreme Valley, it is set in the middle of a valley of rock cones and fairy chimneys. Known in Roman times as Cappadocia, Goreme is one of those rare regions in the world with a spectacular surrealistic landscape of capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
After breakfast trsf to Apt for Istanbul flight Arrival to Istanbul - Visit St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), at one time a cathedral and a mosque, a now a magnificent museum. Visit Spice Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 7 ISTANBUL – HOME
After breakfast drive to Istanbul : Free time in Taksim Square and have a walk in Istiklal Street Grand Bazaar, which has more than 4000 shops selling local products handicrafts and biggest bazaar today in Turkey. Bosphorous Cruise trip. Here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in Istanbul. Witness the magnificent architecture of the buildings along the river and the interesting activities of our local people. We will get very chance of taking photo of Rumeli Castle and Anatolia Castle build by the conquerer of Istanbu in 1453. Spice Market (Egyptian Market), this marketplace was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex, with rents from the shops going to support the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. It was called the Egyptian Market because it was famous for selling goods shipped in from Cairo. Transfer to theiarport for departure flight.