Marvelous Turkey with Pamukkale & Kusadasi
This wonderful weeklong tour takes you across the most exciting parts of Turkey. Turkey is a transcontinental – country, making it part of both Europe and Asia! And hence the colors, flavors, textiles and all that Turkey has to offer have an amazing blend and best of both worlds. Istanbul with its Bosporus Strait is a charming city which reflects the ancient architecture with some of the most modern hotels offering luxurious stay. Pamukkale, Kusadasi and Cappadocia are the other cities visited along with Istanbul, the most famous tourist attraction of the nation.
6 Nights / 7 Days
April to September
Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Istanbul
Cappadocia | Pamukkale | Kusadasi | Istanbul
Day 01 - Welcome to Turkey - Cappadocia Arrival
On your arrival at Kayseri Airport, The Vacation Studio's representative will be available at the airport terminal to receive you. Later they will provide transfer to the designated hotel. Rest of the day is free at leisure to relax and get adjusted with the new weather and time zone.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 02 - Explore Goreme Open Air Museum
Breakfast at the hotel and meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. After visiting
Devrent, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak River, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch at local restaurant, proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum (Dark Church is excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee) to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on
the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotels.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3 - Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
After breakfast at the hotel, we will drive to Pamukkale via Konya. Today’s ride will be fairly long, between Cappadocia and Pamukkale. To begin with we will be driving towards Konya and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Later proceed to the city of Pamukkale. On arrival, you can check-in to your hotel for comfortable overnight stay.
Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 - Pamukkale - Kusadasi
After breakfast, pick up from your hotel and full day Pamukkale Tour starts. First destination is Karahayit to enjoy Red Spring Water. We will drive to Pamukkale and visit Hierapolis after Karahayit. The highlights of Hierapolis are Necropolis, Roman Baths, Domitian Gate, Latrina, Oil Factory, Frontinus Street, Agora, Byzantium Gate, Triton Fountain, Cathedral, Apollon Temple, Plutonium, Theater. Later we will take some photos from the nicest corners of Pamukkale. Free time for about 60 minutes to explore the natural beauties of Pamukkale. Then meet with the guide, start walking in the middle of travertines from up to down without shoes and socks. We will have lunch in a local restaurant. End of the tour, drop you at Kusadasi hotel.
Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Kusadasi - Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, first we will visit Virgin Mary House. This place is discovered by Lazarist priests after a German nun described the house and the mountain as the last residence of Virgin Mary after she had some visions about the place. Today this place is a Muslim and Catholic, being cared by
Lazarist Fathers and they are still celebrating the mass every day. Then we will drive to Ephesus, which was one of the most important harbor cities in antique world and also it is mentioned in the book of Revelations as one of the seven churches. In Ephesus we will see, Celcus Library, Temple of Hadrian, the fountain of Trajan and the Theater. We will have lunch at local restaurant. and visit Isa Bey Mosque which is built in 1375 by Anatolian Seljuks. The last stop of the tour will be the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, standing today next to Ephesus antique city. End of the tour, drive to Izmir Airport (ADB) for your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST), transfer to the hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6 - Istanbul Old City & Heritage
Breakfast at hotel. Tour of "Sultan Ahmet Center", the heart of the "Old City" from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, center of sportive events (chariot
races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. Grand Covered Bazaar, most attractive shopping center and the biggest "souk" in the world with
nearly 4000 shops selling antiques, jewelry, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir.
Later visit the famous Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans exhibiting imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons,
calligraphy section etc.
Live guide commentary is not allowed in special sections. (Harem is not included in the program) Sultan Tombs, there are five tombs of Ottoman Sultans within the graveyard at Hagia Sophia. The ceramic panels are the most beautiful examples of the 16th century with purple, red, green and blue flower motives. Prince robes and a small piece from the Kaaba covers are displayed on the sarcophaguses.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 7 - Departure Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, check out from your hotel. Our representative will provide timely transfer to Istanbul International Airport (IST) for your flight back to home.