5. From Istanbul: 10-Day Turkey Highlights Tour with Transfer
DAY 1 : Arrival to Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. Arrive at Istanbul Airport (IST) or at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW). Meet your driver with your name sign and private transfer to the hotel for an overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 2 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast )
We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 : Full Day Istanbul Tour ( Breakfast )
Visit Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Boat trip on the Bosphorus. Afternoon visit to the underground cistern. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4 : Istanbul – Izmir – Ephesus Tour – Kusadasi ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Izmir. Arrive at Izmir Airport and be met by your tour guide and drive to Ephesus ( 45 minutes drive ) First visit the Artemis Temple, which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus. After Ephesus, lunch will be served in the garden of a local handicrafts center. Here you can see some of the traditional carpet weaving techniques used and enjoy viewing some splendid displays of beautiful carpets.
After Lunch visit House of Virgin Mary. Drive to the hotel for overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 : Kusadasi – Pamukkale Tour ( 3,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast – Dinner )
Drive to Pamukkale, on the way, visit to Laodicea. Discovery of Travertine terraces and Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale.
DAY 6 : Pamukkale – Konya ( 4,5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast )
Drive to Konya, visit to Mevlana Sufi temple. Overnight in Konya.
DAY 7 : Konya – Cappadocia Tour ( 5 hours drive ) ( Breakfast )
Drive to Cappadocia. Visit to Sultanhani Caravanseria, a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Overnight in Cappadocia in a cave hotel.
DAY 8 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast )
Optional: Hot air ballooning with sunrise, once in a lifetime experience in Cappadocia
Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, Soğanlı Valley, an Open Air Museum. Continue with Keslik Monastery near Cemil. Our tour finishes with a visit to Mustafapaşa (Sinasos). Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel.
DAY 9 : Cappadocia Tour ( Breakfast )
Visit Devrent valley, Pasabag “fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies” near Zelve.
Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock-Castle. Overnight Cappadocia in a cave hotel.
DAY 10 : Cappadocia – Istanbul ( Breakfast )
Transfer to airport for your domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to Hotel. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 11 : Home ( Breakfast )
After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Airport or to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport for your flight back home.