Tour Highlights: City tour of Istanbul, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Göreme, Ancient ruins of Ephesus,
Departures: All Year Round
Duration: 9 Days & 8 Nights
Cost: From $1150
DAY 1 – Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
DAY 2 – Istanbul
Full day tour of Istanbul including, the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
DAY 3 – Istanbul – Ankara
This morning enjoy an optional tour of St. Sophia Mosque and a Bosphorus cruise, Afternoon departure for Ankara around 3 pm and late arrival into Ankara. BD
DAY 4 – Ankara – Cappadocia
Morning departure to see the Hittite artifacts in the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Overnight in Cappadocia. BD
DAY 5 – Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional tour: Hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Göreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a local cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. BD
DAY 6 – Cappadocia – Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale. En route we visit the famous Mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Drive to Pamukkale, dinner and overnight. BD
DAY 7 – Pamukkale – Kusadasi
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first spa centres of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. BD
DAY 8 – Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. Afternoon optional tour of Sardis or Sirince. BD
DAY 9 – Kusadasi
Transfer to pier for onward arrangements. B
This program can also be combined with Louis Cruise Line 7 day Greek Island Cruise program to and from Istanbul.
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