Day 01 – Istanbul and the Bosphorus
Welcome to Istanbul. You will be transferred to your hotel and at 13:00 we will have a short visit to the Egyptian Spice Bazaar and a cruise along the European and Asian shores of the Bosphorus. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 02 – Ankara, Cappadocia
After breakfast we drive towards the nation’s capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before continuing on to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 03 – Goreme, Underground City
Today we tour the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag, Uchisar Castle and Kaymakli Underground City. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
Tonight, do not miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget! Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 04 – Konya, Pamukkale
Leaving Cappadocia, we head south along the ancient Silk Road just as the ancient traders did. Along the way we visit Sultanhani Caravansary, before stopping at Konya to tour the Mevlana Museum. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 05 – Pamukkale, Aphrodisias
Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. We then drive to Aphrodisias, the famous city of Aphrodite. Overnight in Kuşadası.
Day 06 – Ephesus
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving back to our hotel. Overnight in Kuşadası
Day 07 – Izmir to Istanbul Old City
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. (Optional Bosphorous By Night Dinner Cruise). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 08 – Istanbul
Your day is free until your return transfer to the airport where your tour concludes.