Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 12 Days -11 Nights
Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer to the hotel.
Half Day Morning Bosphorus Cruise
13:00 pm – You will be picked-up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a the fragrance of the exotic East. Then join a boat excursion on the Bosphorus on a shared tour. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions and the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 17:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 – Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour
8:30am – Picked-up from hotel and met by your tour guide for a full day to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to ST SOPHIA , Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, GRAND COVERED BAZAAR , Topkapi Palace and the Rustem Pasa Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm.
Evening flight to Pamukkale
Day 3 – Pamukkale and Hierapolis Tour AT 09:30AM
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue onto guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. Pamukkale means cotton castle in Turkish. It is the result of limestone formations built over thousands of years. Warm calcium rich mineral water flowed over the cliffs and as it cooled it deposited the calcium into the formations that are seen today. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site.
Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire
Day 4:Ephesus Tour AT 09:00AM
Ephesus for a full day of sightseeing. First visit the Temple of Artemis, which once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit The House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.
Evening Flight to Cappadocia
Day 5 –Fairy Chimneys Tour at 09:30am
In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
LOVE VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 – Rose Valley & Mazıkoy Underground City Tour at 09:30am
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away
MAZIKOY: One of largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
Day 7 : Morning Drıve to Kayseri for afternoon Flight to Eastern Black Sea Tour
Arrive Trabzon. Overnight in Trabzon.
Day 8 – SUMELA MONASTERY, ZIGANA, KARACA CAVE
After arriving at Trabzon Int’l Airport, we begin our trip with visiting the 4th century Sumela Monastery and Altindere National Park. Later on we drive you up to Zigana Mountain, crossing the mountain with spectacular views of villages on Pontic Mountains. We arrive at Gümüshane to visit Karaca Cave , considered the most beautiful in Turkey for its colours and formations. Drive back to our hotel located at the centre of Trabzon.
Day 9 – TRABZON CITY TOUR, UZUNGOL
Today we will explore the highlights of Trabzon city; study the extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes in the 13th century church of St. Sophia, visit Ataturk’s Mansion on Soguksu hill facing Black Sea, Girls’ Monastery on Boztepe Hill, Sera Lakeon the way to Akçaabat, lunch at a seaside restaurant serving famous Akcaabat Meatball. In the afternoon we drive to Uzungöl (long lake). It’s a hidden paradise in the Pontic Alps. We hike around the lake and village and check-in to our wooden hotel,
Day 10 – RIZE, CAMLIHEMSIN, ZILKALE, AYDER
Today we are leaving from Uzungöl. Short break at Rize for panoramic view of the city from the Botany Garden, we visit kiwi and tea plantations here, then we arrive to Firtina (Storm) Valley which takes us to Ayder Plateau. Before arriving in Ayder we will see Camlihemsin, Konaklar, Senyuva Bridge, Zil Kale. Gentle trekking to Goksu Fall which is the highest and most beautiful in the region. we arrive in Ayder before sundown, check-in our wooden hotel,
Day 11 – AYDER, TRABZON
Today we have time to explore that beautiful Alpine Plateau which is Ayder until noon. Traditionally dressed village ladies, thermal springs, waterfalls dropping down from hundreds metres and beautiful plateau houses are going to interest you. In the afternoon we drive to Turkish – Georgian border on Eastern Black Sea coast, after viewing Georgia from Sarpi Gate, we drive along the Black Sea coast back to Trabzon Airport for the flıght to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 12 :Free Day / Departure
Transfer to Istanbul Aırport. End of Our Services.
What is included
Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
• Domestic flight tickets (Istanbul to Pamukakle and Pamukkale to Cappadocia and Ankara to Trabzon and Trabzon to Istanbul)
• All Hotels wıth Breakfast basis (Pamukkale Hotel Dinner included)
Internal Flıght Tıckets Istanbul to Pamukkale Ephesus to Cappadocıa and cappadocıa to trabzon
• All meal mentionned in the itinerary
• All sight-seeing Tours with lunch (only half day tour in Istanbul without lunch)
• Professional English Speaking Guide.
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tour
• All taxes, entrance & museum fees.
Not included :
Drinks, tips to guide and driver, personal expenses and optional tours:
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia :
- Hot-Air Balloon Watching Photo Tour by Taxi: 40 Euros per person (no child reduction)
- Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person
- Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
- Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
- Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
- ATV Quad: 30 Euros (1 hour)