10 days: traditional Turkey
In this itinerary, we will offer you the chance to visit the main sightseeing of Turkey in a magnify 10 days trip. You will be able to know Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and much more! Check out:
First day: Arrival in Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul airport, assistance, and transfer to the booked hotel.
Accommodation in Istanbul.
Second day: – Istanbul / Ankara
After breakfast in the morning, we will leave for a tour around the city of Istanbul, passing through the Sultanahmet district, where you can find some of Istanbul’s gems: the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia.
Continuation of the tour through Sirkeci, the famous train station, the terminal of the Orient Express, the legendary train that makes the journey from Paris to the ancient Constantinople. Also, we will pass through the Galata Bridge and Dolmabahçe, the first European-style palace in Istanbul, built in the 19th century. XIX.
Arrival at Taksim, the heart of the modern city where we will take a walking tour of Istiklal Avenue, with its buildings from the 19th century. XIX, St Anthony church, and fish and fruit market. Before leaving for Ankara, you can take an optional boat tour along the European and Asian banks of the Bosphorus (lunch included).
Continuation of the trip to the Turkish capital. Arrival in Ankara, dinner, and overnight at the hotel.
Third day: Ankara / Cappadocia
Breakfast and departure to visit the city of Ankara, the country’s second-largest city, the seat of government, and an important commercial, industrial and cultural center.
Visit of the mausoleum erected in honor of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish republic in 1923. Lunch and continuation of our trip towards Cappadocia, with a short stop for photographs by the Salt Lake. Visit of the Seldjoukide caravanserai, an imposing fortification used for the protection and shelter of traders and travelers.
Arrival in the Cappadocia region. Dinner and overnight at the booked hotel.
Fourth day: Tour in Cappadocia
After Breakfast, we will have a day dedicated to the discovery of this region, whose unique landscape is the result of meticulous work by nature. The immense rocks, formed by volcanic eruptions, have changed over the centuries due to erosion caused by rain and wind.
The ashes of the volcanoes formed a soft stone that allowed man to carve the rock according to his needs. Strategically located in the center of the main routes of communication and commerce, as the “Silk Road” was the birthplace of several civilizations over the centuries, starting with the Hittite empire.
With the arrival of Christians in Byzantine times, thousands of caves were carved into the rocks to make chapels with frescoes and churches hidden in the valleys, underground cities, and cave dwellings.
We will visit the Göreme Valley with its 10th and 11th century churches, the Red Valley (Dervent), and the Avcilar Valley, where we will find the old cave dwellings with fairy chimneys, extraordinary rock formations.
We will visit a jewelry center, where you can get to know wonderful works made by local craftsmen. Lunch between visits. We will also pass by the troglodyte village of Uçhisar, located at the highest point in the region, providing a magnificent view of the surrounding area. Return to the hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
Note: It is important to bring appropriate footwear for hiking, as the terrain in the region, is a little rough.
Fifth day: tour in Cappadocia
Before starting the visits scheduled for today, you will have the possibility to participate in a hot air balloon ride early in the morning (optional). A unique and unforgettable experience!
Cappadocia was once the land of a beautiful breed of race horses, used in times of war, and hence the name of the region “land of beautiful horses”. These horses and the powerful Hittite warriors who rode they have long been absent, but Cappadocia remains a global attraction, due to its fantastic nature and immaculate cultural legacy.
Today is marked by the visit of the Pasabag Valley, also known as the valley of the monks. Continue to Avanos, where we will visit a craft center, famous for its carpets.
Here you will get to know the art of handmade carpet making, a heritage passed down from generation to generation. Lunch. Free time in the village of Ortahisar, famous for the picturesque stone houses, the narrow streets, and charming churches, as well as the rock formation in the shape of a castle, from which the village’s name derives.
You can stroll through the village or simply sit in one of its cafes and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this place. The day will only be complete with a visit to one of Cappadocia’s underground cities.
Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Sixth day: Cappadocia, Konya and Pamukkale
Breakfast and departure towards the former capital of the Seljuk empire: Konya.
Arrival and visit of the Monastery of the Whirling Dervishes and the Mevlana Museum, Islamic founder of the Mevlevi Order.
In the afternoon, continue the journey towards Pamukkale. Seen from a distance, the panorama resembles a mantle of cotton, hence its name “Pamukkale” which translated means “Castle of Cotton”.
This is a work of nature made up of several hot and limestone springs that, with their sediments, formed pools. On the same plateau, a few meters from the hot springs, are the ruins of the necropolis of Hierapolis, famous for the artistic richness of tombs and sarcophagi. The city was, together with Pamukkale, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
Arrival at the hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Seventh day: Pamukkale, Ephesus, Izmir or Kusadasi
Breakfast and departure to visit Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city of antiquity that was one of the twelve cities in the Ionian League during the classical Greek period. During the Roman period, it was for many years the the second-largest city in the Roman Empire, just behind Rome, the capital of the empire.
The highlight for the Library of Celsus, the Theater, and Temple of Hadrian (the museum that is inside the archaeological station is not part of our visit).
After some time for photographs, continuation for the visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a sanctuary Catholic and Muslim located on Mount Koressos. Lunch between visits. In the afternoon, stop at a fur center, where you will attend a fashion show and be able to check the quality of the products.
Continuation to Izmir. Dinner and overnight in Izmir or Kusadasi.
Eighth day: Izmir or Kusadasi, Bursa and Istanbul*
After breakfast, we will follow to Bursa, the former capital of Turkey, located about 250km from Istanbul. Visit of the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum.
These monuments, symbols of the city, received their name from the green Iznik tiles, which line the interior. During the visit to the Silk Market, you will realize the importance of Bursa as a center of the silk trade in the Ottoman era.
Continuation to Istanbul. Accommodation and dinner in Istanbul.
Ninth day – Free day in Istanbul
After breakfast, you can have a free day in Istanbul.
Possibility to participate in an optional full-day excursion, which will introduce you to this fantastic metropolis.
Description of the optional tour: The tour begins with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, a former power center of the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years.
For centuries it served as a residence for sultans and is now a museum. This is followed by a visit to the Hagia Sophia, famous for its impressive size, striking architecture, and beautiful mosaics and frescoes. Built-in the sixth century as a cathedral, it remained the most important church in Christianity for more than 900 years.
In the century. XV, Mehmet II conquered the city and converted it into a mosque. So it was for 481 years until the foundation of the secular Turkish republic in 1934 when it was transformed into a museum.
The tour continues with a visit to the Blue Mosque, with its six minarets and dome levels. It is one of the most striking buildings in the city. Built as an Islamic rival to Hagia Sophia in 1609, it is one of the best examples of Ottoman architecture.
Next to it is Sultanahmet Square, which currently occupies the place of the ancient Roman Hippodrome (AD 330) and from which we can still see some traces, such as the Egyptian obelisk and the serpentine column.
The day ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world, with 60 streets and 5,000 shops. It is well known for its jewelry, hand-painted ceramics, rugs, embroidery, spices, and antique stores.
Return to the hotel.
Tenth day: departure from Istanbul
The hotel services end with breakfast (the room may remain occupied until 10 or 12 am, according to the rules of each hotel). Free time until transfer to Istanbul airport.
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