DAY 1 ISTANBUL-ARRIVAL ( FRIDAY )
Welcome to Istanbul , Turkey ! You will access to your hotel by our services. Rest with a 1 night stay before starting your exciting tour tomorrow. Meals are not included.
DAY 2 BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR ( SATURDAY )
After delicious breakfast, our staff will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast. Our journey starts with the "Old City" where you will see historical highlights such as the Hippodrome, The center of sport activities with its four monuments: The GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, Egyptian Obelisk, SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.
We will continue with The Blue Mosque. The most famous mosque of Istanbul which is known as the BLUE MOSQUE as well because of its beautiful blue Iznik tiles.
Afterwards, The Hagia Sophia, the ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Then our journey continues with the Grand Bazaar (Covered Market), involves the labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.
After Lunch break, we will visit Hagia Irene Church, it was built during the same period (4th century) as its neighbor the Hagia Sophia. The name Hagia Irene Church means ‘’Godly’’ or ‘’Holy Wisdom’’ in Greek. After the conquest of Istanbul, it was incorporated into the grounds of Topkapı Palace and like many other churches was converted into a mosque. However, there were no major changes made to the building’s structure.
Our last stop is Topkapı Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewelry thrones of sultans, costumes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHAMBER OF SACRED RELICS.
After our pleasant tour, you will be dropped off to your hotel. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 3 ANKARA / CAPPADOCIA ( SUNDAY )
Early in the morning we will pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the Airport and you will have a flight to Ankara. Our tour starts from Ankara Airport in the morning. We will visit the Hittite Museum and Mausoleum of Atatürk. After lunch we will drive to the Cappadocia. Dinner & Overnight in Cappadocia. (Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA ( MONDAY)
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the underground city of Özkonak & Citadel of Uçhisar in the morning. After lunch, we will continue with the valley of “Göreme” & openair museum. The last sites we will visit will be Paşabağ Valley and Avanos. Then, we will return to the hotel for Dinner & Overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA / KONYA / PAMUKKALE (TUESDAY)
You will have an early breakfast in the morning and then departure for Konya. On the way we will visit the 13 th century Seljukian caravanserai "Sultanhan". Our next stop will be Konya which is famous with Mevlana Museum and the Theological Scholl of Whirling Dervishes. Lunch is enroute, we will drive to Pamukkale. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.)
DAY 6 PAMUKKALE / KUSADASI / İZMİR (WEDNESDAY)
You will have breakfast then our first visit is the ancient city of Hierapolis. You will see the ruins of the biggest Necropolis Graveyard of the ancient world, Roman Baths, Basilica and calcium cliffs. Then, we will drive to Meryemana and visit House of Virgin Mary. After lunch, we will continue to Ephesus, the Romen Capital of Asia Minor. Afterwards we will visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the Temple of Hadrian, the magnificient library, Agora and fantastic greco-roman theatre. Lastly, we will drive to the İzmir Airport and flight back to Istanbul. (Breakfast and Lunch included.)
DAY 7 ISTANBUL-DEPARTURE ( THURSDAY )
Have breakfast at the hotel and wait for us to pick you up. According to your flight time, we will pick you up 3 hours before your flight. You can continue exploring the city if you have enough time before your flight. (Breakfast included.)