Day 1: Istanbul, Cappadocia
When you arrive in Turkey (Istanbul) and meet at the airport, we will make a trip to the local station on a trip to Cappadocia. Then transfer to the hotel. The stayer in Cappadocia.
Day two: Cappadocia
After breakfast you start with a tour of Cappadocia. Visit to the underground city of Kaymaklı. It is one of the underground settlements in Cappadocia and the Byzantines used it as a shelter. Then tour to Soğanlı Valley. A visit to the rock churches with frescoes from the 13th century AD. A visit to the village in the valley surrounded by "mountainous" mountains. Enjoy in Soğanlı Village in a small Village Restaurant. Then head to the site ineahinefendi (Sobessos). Discovered by locals in 2002.
You may see beautiful mosaics and a Roman bath. The tour continues through Keşlik Monastery for the ninth and eleventh century frescoes. A visit to Mustafa Village. It is an ancient Greek village, you might see great examples of Greek homes. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Cappadocia
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit Devrent Valley to see the moon's landscape and various rock formations. We will walk in Pasabay to see the highest imaginative chimneys and caves where Christian monks have been deposed. Lunch at Avanos and visit a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, we will visit the Göreme Open Air Museum and see the rock-cut churches, beautiful frescoes and drawings from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries.
After the museum, we will go to Uchisar Rock Castle for a beautiful view of the Cappadocia valleys. The stayer in Cappadocia.
Fourth day: Cappadocia, Ephesus
We will take an early morning flight from Kayseri Airport to Izmir, then travel to Selcuk. A visit to the house of the Virgin Mary. Our Lady was brought here by Saint John after her crucifixion and lived her last years near the city of Ephesus on top of an isolated mountain. The pilgrimage site has been designated by the Pope.
After visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, we will visit Ephesus, the best ancient Turkish city. Ephesus, where Heraclitus lived (the philosopher who said "everything flows and nothing remains"), which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World (Temple of Artemis), where Alexander the Great visited and where St. Paul preached to early Christians, is one of Beautiful ancient cities in the world. Also, we may visit St. John's Church where he was buried.
The stay at Kusadasi.
Fifth day: Pamukkale, Istanbul
Leave the hotel and head to Pamukkale. Pamukkale to see the travertine balconies and the ancient city of Hierapolis. The terraces were formed by running warm spring water. Shapes in the form of balconies with pools. Pamukkale which means "cotton castle" takes its name from these configurations. Take a flight from Denizli to Istanbul. The residence in Istanbul.
Day 6: Istanbul (Old City)
The tour begins with a visit to the old horse racing field. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century AD by Septimus Severus. The Hippodrome was the civil center of the people. On the Hippodrome, you may also see the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilitaş), the Serpentine Column, the Column of Constantine, and the German Wilhelm Fountain 2. The tour continues with a visit to the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). Built by Sultan Ahmed I in the seventeenth century. The beautiful blue tiles are among the most magnificent attractions in the world.
This is followed by a visit to Topkapi Palace, which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries. After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to the Church of Saint (Ayia) Sofia, built by Emperor Justinian. It was the largest church for centuries and today it is the fourth largest church in the world. You will see beautiful mosaics that are samples of Byzantine art. We will visit Underground Tank, which is the largest decorated tank in Istanbul.
The tour continues with the Grand Bazaar. (You might have free time at the Grand Bazaar to see the lovely crafts.) The Bath in Istanbul.
Day 7: Istanbul, the Bosphorus and Dolmabahce Palace
Today we will go to the Bosphorus. First, we visit the Egyptian spice market. It was built in 1664 as part of the new complex (Yeni Cami). Today, you can buy Turkish spices and delights. The tour continues through the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn. We will visit the nineteenth palace of Dalmabbas. The palace was built by Sultan Abdul Majeed. It consists of 285 rooms and 46 halls and there are about 600 paintings.
We continue to travel across the Bosphorus and cross into Asia, and go to Camlica Hill for views of Istanbul. After lunch, we will visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, with its well-organized archeological and ethnographic sections. The Bosphorus journey begins in the afternoon (ferry). The Bosphorus is a narrow strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. We pass by Rumley Castle and you will enjoy crossing from one continent to another. The residence in Istanbul.
Day eight: Istanbul
Leave the hotel to the international airport.