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7 days: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and Ephesus

Visit stunning places and know a unique culture traveling 7 days through Turkey

Itinerary:

First day: Arrival in Istanbul;

Second day: Tour in Istanbul;

Third day: Istanbul and Cappadocia;

Fourth day: Tour in Cappadocia;

Fifth day: Tour in Cappadocia;

Sixth day: Pamukkale;

Seventh-day: Ephesus.

Detailed itinerary

First day: Arrival in Istanbul

After the arrival at Istanbul airport, our guide will make the reception with a cardboard poster with your name written in it. Then, you will follow in a private transfer to your booked hotel. Please inform your details, such as flight number and arrival time.

Second day: Tour in Istanbul

We will pick you at the hotel with the local guide with our private van at 9 am (or another time of your preference). Then, we will visit the following sightseeing:

– Ancient Roman Hippodrome;

– Blue Mosque;

– Hagia Sophia;

– Basilica Cistern;

– Great Bazaar.

Accommodation at the hotel.

Third day: Istanbul tour and flight to Cappadocia

We will pick you at the hotel with the local guide with our private van at 9 am (or another time of your preference). Then, we will visit the following sightseeing:

– Suleymaniye Mosque;

– Spice Market;

– Boat trip on the Bosphorus;

– Topkapi Palace;

– Galata Tower.

At 7:00 pm, you will take the private transfer to the airport to catch the flight to Kayseri at 9:20 pm.

After landing in Kayseri at 10:35 pm, reception service at the airport and private transfer to the hotel.

Fourth day: Tour in Cappadocia

We will leave the hotel at 05:30 in the morning for the balloon ride (optional).

At 09:00 am, meeting with guide and tour around Cappadocia in the following sightseeing:

– Underground City of Kaymakli: You will travel to the underground city built under the hill known as the Citadel of Kaymakli and opened to the public in 1964. People who lived in Kaymakli (Enegup in Greek) built their houses in the underground tunnels;

– Pigeon Valley: It is one of the most famous valleys in the region of Cappadocia and its name comes from the pigeon-cotes carved on its walls. The valley provides a walk in a green valley with many different rock formations and hundreds of pigeon houses carved into the rock and painted white to attract the pigeons. Farmers collect the droppings of pigeons which are an excellent fertilizer for vines and orchards;

– Uçhisar Castle: Uçhisar means “fortress” in Turkish and is one of the most typical localities of Cappadocia, with its house being confused with the rocky landscape so characteristic of the region. Situated on the highest point in Cappadocia, it houses the Uçhisar Castle, which provides an incredible panoramic view of the region. The rock castle was used as a shelter in the Hittite period (about 1500 BC) and later by the early Christians during the Roman period and the Byzantines during the Arab incursions in the 7th and 8th centuries and the first Turkish invasions. The fortress is an authentic labyrinth that includes chapels, monasteries, rooms, dining rooms, warehouses, and rooms linked together by a network of galleries spread over twenty floors. Some of the houses are still inhabited;

– Pink Valley: It is located valley between Göreme and Çavusin and is divided into many small valleys: Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir, and Zindanonu. This beautiful valley was named after the color of the rocks, which varies in tone and intensity depending on the position of the sun, the season and the weather conditions. During the walk, we will visit several churches, houses, and tunnels in the caves. The pink Valley has trails in low, medium, and high difficulty.

–Çavuşin village: It is one of the oldest settlements in the area. In this village stands the Church of St. John the Baptist, which offers a panoramic view of the village. Built-in the fifth century, it has an impromptu location, and columns emphasize its prominence over the whole valley.

Return to the hotel around 5:30 pm.

Fifth day: Tour in Cappadocia

After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave at 9 am and meet the guide to tour around Cappadocia and visit the following sightseeing.

– Esentepe: The region of Esentepe is the best place to observe the variety of colors of the fairy chimneys and the incredible landscape that reminds the moon;

– Open-air museum Göreme: It houses treasures from the time of the first Christians, who took refuge in this place to survive the persecutions by the Roman empire.   For a long time, it was the center of the monastic life, it housed several Churches excavated in the stones, constructed between centuries VII and XIII that continue in their great majority, open for visits, revealing its interior covered of Byzantine frescoes. Some are in a better state of preservation than others, and in some, the frescoes are repeated, understandable if we judge for the educational value they represented, since the images facilitated the understanding of the teachings of the gospel of Christ. The museum has been a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984;

– Devrent Valley: It is also known as “Valley of Imagination” or “Pink Valley” and reveals many rocky lunar formations. The little fairy chimneys of the valley form a lunar landscape because of its strange appearance. The valley also has several rocks in the form of animals. It looks like a zoo carved out of nature! Some of the most easily visible forms are camels, snakes, seals, and dolphins. If you give wings to your imagination you can also see other shapes. It’s like looking at the clouds and seeing dragons. There is even a rock that looks like the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus;

– Paşabağ valley: The vale has the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys where the monks lived alone and reserved on the rocks;

– Avanos: It is situated on the banks of the Kızılırmak, and known as the “Red River”, which is the largest river in Turkey and separates the city from other parts of Cappadocia. The town is known mainly for tapestry and for its red clay pottery from the banks of Kızılırmak, a traditional activity in the area since the time of the Hittites, and still very important. It is a popular tourist destination due to the beauty of the old town with its cobbled streets and river views.

Return to the hotel around 5:30 pm.

Sixth Day: Visit to Pamukkale

After departure from Cappadocia, we will drive toward Pamukkale (700 km journey by car).

Arrival in Pamukkale, visit in the sightseeing and accommodation at Hotel Doga.

Seventh day: Visit to Ephesus

Departure from Pamukkale and visit to the house of the Virgin Mary in Ephesus.

At 5pm, you will take the private transfer to the airport (370 km total trip on that day).

We leave you at Izmir airport and then we finish our services.

Included

– Accommodation In Istanbul: New Hotel Karakoy;

– In Cappadocia: Dere Suites Cave;

– In Pamukkale: Doga Thermal;

– In Kusadasi: Charisma Deluxe;

– The transfers and all the tours with the company service of guide in private English;

– Car services with private chauffeur;

– Tickets to museums;

– Two seats for the balloon ride. If the balloon ride is not performed, the value of €175 (euros) per person will be refunded;

– The domestic passages between Istanbul – Cappadocia and Izmir – Istanbul.

Costs

If the complete package were contracted, in this case, the value would be €4470 (euros) per couple;

If the package were contracted without hotel, the value would be €3630 (euros) per couple;

If the package were contracted without hotels and tickets, in this case, the value will be €3310 (euros) per couple. In this case, we do only the part of terrestrial services;

For larger groups, we will have the most affordable prices.

Useful information

– Itinerary with tours in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and Ephesus. Every step will be accompanied by the local private guide. From the stage of Cappadocia to Izmir airport, we will have a car at our disposal with the local driver;

– The hotels are suggestive. If you want, you can choose the hotel on your own;

– On the tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia, you can buy your tickets or we can also provide this service;

The itinerary was made having in mind the main points of the regions that we will pass, but if you want to make some changes, we can do it.

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