Turkey

6 Night(s) Kusadasi 1 Night(s) – Pamukkale 1 Night(s) – Cappadocia 2 Night(s) – Istanbul 2 Night(s)

DAY 1

Arrive Izmir and Drive to Kusadasi
After arrival to Istanbul, directly we fly to Izmir. After a short flight about one hour, we reach the city called as Beautiful Izmir, because of its amazing location along bay.
When you arrive to Izmir, our guide will meet you and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi village. It will be one hour drive journey, and a lovely nature will be waiting for in Kusadasi with clear blue sea: Eagen Sea.
You are free in the evening to take fresh air in this summer resort village
Dinner and Overnight at the hotel in Kusadasi.

DAY 2

Drive from Kusadasi to Pamukkale
After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to Ephesus ancient city to visit the place where one of the 7-wonder of world has been found;
Ephesus (5000 BC) is the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean, and among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely soak in the atmosphere of Roman times and This enclosure for archaeological remains here elegantly reconciles historic conservation with accessibility for visitors.
• Did you know the first church dedicated to Virgin Mary is in Ephesus?
• Did you know the Celsus Library in Ephesus was the third largest library with the capacity of 12,000 scrolls after the Alexandra and Pergamum?
• Did you know that Ancient City of Ephesus was built 4 times in the history and the Ephesus we walk around today is the 3rd one?
• Did you know the first advertisement of the antiquity, which shows the way to the brothel, is on the Marbel Street in Ephesus?
• Did you know The Grand Theatre in Ephesus has seating capacity of 24,000 and a height of 38 meters?
You can buy your museum entrance tickets from your guide if more interior visit is required; St John Basilica, House of Virgin Mary
After visiting glorious heritage, we will drive to Pamukkale.
Dinner and Overnight in Pamukkale

DAY 3

Drive from Pamukkale to Cappadocia
After early breakfast, we will have a quick visit to Cotton Castle ;
An unusual natural and historical site with the sparkling white castle -like cascades, Pamukkale is one of the most important highlights of Turkey, unique in the world. The site is named in Turkish as “Pamukkale”, that means “cotton castle”, parallel to the glorious and spectacular view of the site. The dazzling white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.

The water of Pamukkale is famous for its benefits to the eyes and skin; and its curing properties to the ills of asthma, rheumatism, as well. The remains of the ancient Hierapolis are situated on back of the thrilling white terraces, standing wondrously in the area.

After visiting this unique landmark we will drive to another one: Cappadocia. This will be a long drive, you can enjoy the comfort of our deluxe bus.

On the way to Cappadocia our first stop Konya, you will see many small villages where authentic Turkish life style is so live.

Konya; is equivalent of the ‘Bible Belt’ and treads a delicate path between its historical significance as the home town of the whirling dervish orders and a bastion of Seljuk culture, and its modern importance as an economic boom town. The city derives considerable charm from this juxtapose position of old and new.

We will be passing through this Turkey’s finest and most characteristic sight by making a short stop over at Mevlana Museum (No entrance); the former lodge of whirling dervishes.
Celaleddin Rumi, the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, produced one of the world’s great mystic philosophers. His poetry and religious writings, mostly in Persian, the literary language of the day, are among the most beloved and respected in the Islamic world. Rumi later became known as Mevlâna (Our Guide) to his followers.
We will reach Cappadocia in the late evening.

DAY 4

Cappadocia City Tour
After breakfast at the hotel, be ready to explore one of the unique landmarks of the world; Cappadocia !
We recommend you wear comfortable shoes and clothes.

Our first stop will be Kaymakli Underground City; found under the hill in the middle of the town and was discovered and opened to public in 1964. Although only 4 levels of underground city can be visited, it is not exactly known how many levels it originally had.

Like the underground cities, this one was also built by the people who converted to Christianity to avoid prosecution. They used this place both as a shelter and a safe place for worship. Although the city seems to be a disorganized layout of the rooms and tunnels, great care and skill were used when it was hollowed out as one room never joins another. Among the interesting places and things that can be seen during the visit are bedrooms, depots for foods, wine cellars, air shafts, waster reservoirs, a church with two apses and millstone doors to stop any danger that could come from the out side. The millstone doors, just like in the other underground cities, were placed on the tunnels and could only be open from inside.

Devrent Valley; where is also called pink valley. It is possible to see interesting rock formations from the road that goes through the valley. On the way, having passed the camel, its possible to see dolphins and a penguin and a camel. On your right is Mother Mary with surrounded by a couple of human statues.

Avanos; The old city of Avanos overlooks the longest river of Turkey – Red River. The ancient name of this city used to be Venessa. The most famous historical feature of Avanos, which is still relevant and very visible today, is its production of earthenware pottery. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites.

Located ceramic clay from the red silt of the Red River has always been used.

DAY 5

Cappadocia to Istanbul by flight
After breakfast, it is time to say Good-Bye to this peaceful city.
We drive to airport for your Istanbul flight and our professional guide will meet you at the airport in Istanbul.
Now it is time to leave yourself to the rhythm of the city which has ruled 3-Empires since 660 BC.
You are free in the afternoon. Overnight comfortable stay in Istanbul.

Day 6:

ISTANBUL
After breakfast, we leave the hotel for Half-Day city tour ;
We will get off the bus near by main square of Sultanahmet to visit heritage relics.
The Hippodrome was once the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history. Today it is a city park called the At Meydani (Horse Grounds) because of its function in Ottoman times. The Hippodrome includes the 3500-year-old Egyptian granite Obelisk, brought to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in 390 AD from Old Delhi.

Blue Mosque; is one of the most famous monuments in both the Turkish and Islamic worlds, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (also known as the Blue Mosque) is a superb example of classical Ottoman architecture. The mosque has six towering minarets, very rarely found, and 260 windows illuminating its vast main chamber, which is decorated with more than 20,000 Iznik tiles.

Grand Bazaar; is in operation since the 14th century and it is one of the world’s largest covered markets with 58 streets and over 4,000 shops inside. The bazaar is specially known for its jewelry, leather, pottery, spices and carpets. (Please note it’s closed on Sunday; additional time will be spent at the other locations like Spice Market.)

Our tour will end at noon time in the city. Our coach will drop you back to your hotel or you have chance to have optional tour in the afternoon for interior visits to important museums and palaces. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 7:

ISTANBUL – HOME
After breakfast you have free time at leisure until your departure time.
Our guide and coach will pick you from your hotel to transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

VISA
Visa is included
Other Inclusions
-Accommodation for 1 night in Kusadasi
-Accommodation for 1 night in Pamukkale
-Accommodation for 2 nights in Cappadocia
-Accommodation for 2 nights in Istanbul
-Return Airfare with internal sectors, airport taxes and visa as per itinerary
-Return airport transfers
-Deluxe coach with AC and Wi-Fi and English speaking guide
-Sightseeing tours;
-01 Full-Day tour in Ephesus (only ancient site entrance is included)
-01 Full-Day tour in Pamukkale (only Cotton Castle entrance is included)
-01 Full-Day tour in Cappadocia; Kaymakli Underground City, Devrent Valley, Avanos
-01 Half-Day tour (morning) in Istanbul; Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar
-Meals ;
-06 Breakfast at the hotels (American Hot Buffet)
-01 local lunch in Konya
-02 Dinner at the hotel in Cappadocia
-02 Dinner at the hotel in Kusadasi
-01 Dinner at the hotel in Pamukkale
-02 Dinner at Istanbul
-Pune home to/from Mumbai airport transfer will be SIC (Valid only for Pune bookings).

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