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15 Day Istanbul, Cappadocia Pamukkale, Ephesus & Bodrum

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Enjoy the history and architecture of Istanbul, Cappadocia Pamukkale, Ephesus and the lively nightlife, white houses and crystal blue waters of Bodrum at a small boutique hotel.

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Day 1: Arrival in Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel

Upon your arrival you will be picked you up from the Ataturk Airport and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Full Day Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast approximately at 8:30 am pick up from your hotel to begin the full day tour. Visit Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace. Lunch at a local restaurant. After the tour you are transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)

Day 3: Full Day Bosphorus cruise & Two Continents Tour

Breakfast at the hotel, then meet your guide at hotel lobby for a short drive to Spice Market, Egyptian Bazaar heaped with various sweets & spices is one of the world’s largest spice bazaars since 1665. Soon after, we embark on the Bosphorus ferry for an unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. After lunch break, we continue driving across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill, which offers 360° panoramic views of Istanbul overlooking the Sea of Marmara. Driving back to Europe over the Bosphorus Bridge, we visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)

Day 4: Flight to Kayseri with overnight in Cappadocia

You will take a late afternoon flight from Istanbul to Kayseri. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia and rest of the day is free. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B)

Day 5: Full Day North Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast around 9:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to join the full day tour of North Cappadocia. Your tour will start with a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys. Next you will visit the Pasabag Monk’s Valley to see the mushroom-shaped pinnacles. After this visit, you will drive to the city of Avanos. After lunch you will visit the beautiful open air museum of Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Finally towards the end of the day tour before returning to your hotel, you will be able to visit the natural castles of Uchisar. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)

Day 6: Full Day South Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast at the hotel around 09:30 you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full day tour of South Cappadocia. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Güllüdere (Rose) Valley. Next you will visit Çavusin village which is famous for its houses and churches of the Christian Clergymen. We will take a break for lunch around noon. After lunch you will drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon you will visit the Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived. This will be the end of your full day tour. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)

Day 7: Full Day Derinkuyu Underground City & Ihlara Valley Tour

Depart from your hotel around 9:30 am for Derinkuyu Underground city to visit the huge refugee settlement carved by early christians, where they could hide from persecutors. From Derinkuyu continue to the beautiful valley of Ihlara,Formerly known as peristerema. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back visit the monastaries in Selime village. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B, L)

Day 8: Flight to Izmir with overnight in Kusadasi

After breakfast check out of the hotel in Cappadocia. You will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Kayseri airport to take your flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi. Check into your hotel in Kusadasi and rest of the day is free. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day 9: Full Day Pamukkale & Hierapolis Tour

After breakfast around 08:00 you will be picked up from your Kusadasi hotel and taken to the meeting point in Selcuk where the full group will first meet. You will then begin the Pamukkale tour with a drive from Selcuk starting at 8:30 am to Pamukkale which will be around 3 hours. En route to Pamukkale after 1.5 hours, there will be a 10 minutes stop for restroom break. Upon arrival around 11:45, the group will be first taken to have lunch and after lunch at around 13:00 you will begin your guided tour of the Pamukkale and Hierapolis area with a profession licensed tour guide. In Pamukkale, you will see the Cotton Cliffs, one of the natural wonders of the world formed by deposits of calcareous salts. Also you will visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its basilica, theatre and Roman Baths. At the end of the guided tour, you will have some free time to explore the area on your own. As an option, you may choose to swim in the Pamukkale antique pools (at own expense) during this free time. The tour guide will inform you about the exact meeting point and time. At the end of the tour around approximately 4:00 pm, you will be transferred to your hotel at around 19:00. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, L, D)

Day 10: Full Day Ephesus Tour, Bus to Bodrum

After breakfast at the hotel around 08:30 you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full day tour of Ephesus. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. You will first visit the Temple of Artemis which was once one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Next 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 break for lunch. 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. Afterwards you will visit the Isabey Mosque. After the tour, you’ll be transferred to Kusadasi main bus station. From here you will board the intercity day coach or Dolmus to Bodrum (duration 2 h 10 min). Met on arrival & Transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Bodrum.

Day 11: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B)

Day 12: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B)

Day 13: Bodrum Free day at leisure to explore the city on your own. (B)

Day 14: Flight to Istanbul with overnight in Istanbul

Bodrum to Istanbul Today you have your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul Airport you will be met by our representative and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)

Day 15: Departure Transfer

After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport as per your international flight details. End of tour and services. (B)

Travel Tip: This tour is fully customizable and can be extended as per your specific touring needs. We can add, substitute or delete any touring site or city from the itinerary as required. Request us for a tailor-made itinerary

What’s included:
• Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation
• Domestic flight tickets as per the itinerary
• 4 nights in Istanbul at Special Class or Boutique Hotels including breakfast
• 4 nights in Cappadocia at a cave hotel including breakfast
• 2 nights in Kusadasi at a 4 star hotel including breakfast
• 4 nights in Bodrum at Boutique or 4 star Hotels including breakfast
• Professional licensed English speaking guide during the tours
• Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
• Entrance fees mentioned by the itinerary
• Car park, Gasoline, Highway & Bridge fees
• Local taxes and service charges

What’s not included:
• Tips to staff, items of a personal nature
• Drinks with meals (except the drinks served with breakfast)

Additional Info:
• This is a regular group tour, but if requested at cost can be provided as a private tour
• The regular group tour has shopping stops included in the tour
• Please advise your arrival details at time of booking
• A supplement will apply to transfers to/from Sabiha Gokcen Airport
• Please note that the Blue Mosque is not open for visitation on Fridays as it is closed for religious prayer services. You will only be able to visit the outside of Blue Mosque area on tours operated on Fridays. No visitation will be allowed inside the Blue Mosque for tourists on Fridays.
• St. Sophia is closed on Monday, this will be replaced with the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnici)
• Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday, it will be replaced with the Beylerbeyi Palace
• Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Monday and Thursday, this will be replaced with the Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
• Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday
• During religious holidays, the spice market and Grand Bazaar are closed

Accommodation in below Hotels (or similar hotels depending on vacancy at the time of booking):

Istanbul: Yusuf Pasa Konagi Hotel OR Aya Sultan Hotel OR Askoc Hotel
Cappadocia: Flintstones Cave Hotel OR Dedeli Konak Cave Hotel OR Travel Inn Cave Hotel
Kusadasi: Derici Hotel OR Efe Boutique Hotel OR Marina Hotel
Bodrum: Boutique or 4 star Hotels (To be advised)

The quoted price of this tour covers accommodations in hotels as mentioned above or in similar quality hotels.

If you wish to include a higher quality hotel, we offer two options:

Option 1: We can upgrade your hotel at an additional cost. This cost will be added to the total tour price of the standard package tour.

Option 2: You can arrange your own accommodation on the tour as per your preference. We can offer a new package tour price without including cost of hotel accommodation. If Option 2 is preferred, all services as part of the package tour will be provided except for hotel accommodation.

Please let us know the option you prefer at the time the tour request is made so that we can price the tour accordingly. If no change in hotels is needed and you wish to proceed with the hotels highlighted in our package tour at the quoted tour price then you may book the tour directly online.

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