Duration: 10 Days / 09 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Goreme, Konya, Antalya
Departure Dates: Everyday
Note: All tour packages are modular & you can use these itineraries as a starting point & we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements & desires to find your perfect holiday.
Day 01 - Istanbul Arrival
On arrival to İstanbul Atatürk Airport, you will be met up by our stuff and get helped during your transfer to your hotel. You can have a rest in the afternoon and evening or you have a short trip in the city.
Day 02 - Istanbul
We will go out in the morning to visit the Sultanahmet Square and the gorgeous Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Then walk around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were once done. After strolling Hippodrome, visit the Hagia Sophia / St. Sophia and Museum. An early Christian church, later changed into a mosque under Ottoman rule, this fabolous temple now serving as a museum with all the handmades from the Byzantine era intact, is especially famous for its mosaics. After lunch, we will visit the Topkapi Palace Museum, the house of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It has got several exhibition halls, such as the Treasury, the porcelain section, Armoury and Holy Relics. We will finsh this historical day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar and go back to the hotel for overnight.
Day 03 - Istanbul
After breakfast meeting your tour guide at hotel lobby to begin the day with a stroll to the Hippodrome, the former heart of Constantinople's political & sporting life adorned with ancient monuments.T he gorgeous Blue Mosque decorated with beautiful 17th century Iznik tiles. Continue with the Hagia Sophia which is considered the jewel of Byzantine architecture & once the largest church in the world for 1000 years. After lunch break, we drive across the first Bosphorus Bridge & head for the summit of Camlica Hill offering 360° panoramic views of Istanbul. We then visit Dolmabahce Palace, with more than 340 rooms & eight Turkish Baths the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans.
Day 04 - Istanbul / Cappadocia
After breakfast early check out and transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for Cappadocia flight (1.2hr). We start our day with a nice hike through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations, rock-cut houses at Red Valley and Pasabagi where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Visit the old Village of Cavusin, then lunch break coming and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. Then continue on to Goreme Open-Air Museum where you will visit the numerous rock carved churches, monasteries decorated with striking frescoes from early Christianity. Our last stop for today will be the panoramic view point offering spectacular views of the landscape from the natural rock castle at Uchisar.
Day 05 - Cappadocia
Free day at leisure. Staying at the hotel for the night.
Day 06 - Cappadocia / Konya
After breakfast we will leave from Goreme to Konya. on arrival and check-in to your hotel, we will see the Karatay Medrese which is house of an outstanding collection of ceramics and tiles. The eight- hundred year old building was once a Selcuk Islamic theological seminary. The old city of Konya, having been the capital of the Seljuk Empire, is full of the countless most interesting examples of the early time of the Turk-Islamic architecture. After lunch we head to the Museum of Mevlana, this small museum constructed in the 16th century was attributed to Mevlana, the great Turkish & founding mystic of the famous convent of 'whirling dervishes'. Returning back to hotel.
Day 07 - Konya / Antalya
After breakfast and check out from hotel, go to Antalya. Free time in Antalya.
Day 08 - Antalya
Leave in the morning to visit Perge, an important city of ancient Pamphylia. The theatre stage has finely hallowed marble reliefs and other carvings from around the city are displayed in the stadium. Then deapart to Aspendos, which bears one of the best preserved Roman theatres in Asia Minor. After lunch by the river, we visit Manavgat Waterfalls before going on Side. Side is one of the most famous classical sites of Turkey. It was an ancient harbour, today Side is a nice resort town with its ancient traces, two sandy beaches and numerous tiny souvenir shops. The magnificent theatre of the ancient city, built on colonnaded arches, is the largest in the whole area. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 09 - Antalya / Istanbul
Transfer to Antalya Airport for Istanbul flight. Transfer and check in to hotel on arrival. Free day at leisure.
Day 10 - Istanbul
Depending on your flight time, check-out (12:00) from hotel and remainder of day will be at leisure until your transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your homebound flight.