Asia Minor Cappadocia tour gives you a complete view of the most important sites in Turkey.
You will visit Canakkale, Troy and Pergamum and then Kusadasi and the nearby ancient Ephesus, one of the biggest and best preserved ancient city and probably the most important archaeological place of Turkey.
We will continue to Pamukkale with the thermal spring water formations and then to extraordinary and fascinating Cappadocia.
THURSDAY: ISTANBUL: Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Balance of day at leisure.
FRIDAY: ISTANBUL: After breakfast full day visit to Istanbul. We begin our tour from the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul at Agia Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.
Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial Mosque with six minarets. The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100.000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire.
The Grand Bazaar was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4.000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons and leather goods.
Lunch in a local restaurant and continuation of our tour. Our afternoon will begin at Topkapi Palace which, from the 15th to 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans
Little Agia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Agia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history.
SATURDAY: ISTANBUL-CANAKKALE: Afternoon departure to Canakkale, located in the Straits of the Dardanelles where The site of the Battle of the Dardanelles on the peninsula Gallipoli in 1915 during the First World War took place. Arrival to Canakkale for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
SUNDAY: CANAKKALE – KUSADASI: Departure to Troy, just his name evokes a series character and adventurous places, heroes and destruction of the mystical city. Visit their ruins and famous reconstructed timber “Horse”. Continue to Pergamum to visit the rival city of Alexandria in the domain of arts and letters and to which we owe the invention of parchment. Visit the sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine. We head to Kusadasi known as “Bird Island”. Dinner and overnight.
MONDAY: KUSADASI – PAMUKKALE: Departure to Ephesus, one of the biggest and best preserved ancient city and probably the most important archaeological place of Turkey. The tour includes the Superior Agora, unique ruins of Odeon, the street towards the port, the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the famous Teatro. Then visit the house of the Virgin Mary, rather Highlights of pilgrimage. Departure to Pamukkale, or “cotton castle”, small emanating area famous for its white pools petrified and formed by lime contained in thermal spring water. Arrival and visit Hierapolis, old seaside resort that was built in the top of the pool with a beautiful theatre and great necropolis. Dinner and overnight.
TUESDAY: PAMUKKALE – CAPPADOCIA: Morning departure to Konya, located in the heart Anatolian steppe. Arrival in Konya and visit the mausoleum of Mevlana and the museum of Celaleddin Rumi (1207-1273), founder of the sect of the mystical whirling dervishes. Later departure to the region of Cappadocia, where indescribable harmony in a kaleidoscope of colours, makes the red and brown tones: gray, green and yellow. Dinner and overnight.
WEDNESDAY: CAPPADOCIA: Departure for a full day tour of the extraordinary and fascinating Cappadocia starting with a visit to the underground city Kaymakli or Ozkonak, originally excavated by Christian communities, with a depth of 7 to 12 stories underground. Then we will go to Valley Güvercinlik (Pigeon Valley) and admire a panoramic view of the castle of Uchisar on top of a mound of volcanic rock crossed by tunnels and windows. In the afternoon, visit the open air museum of Göreme, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Continued, visiting the vineyard where Pasabag are so-called “fairy chimneys”. Dinner and accommodation.
THURSDAY: CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL: Early morning transfer to airport of Kayseri (90 kms) to take the flight to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day in Istanbul to know better the city, visit some famous museums, do some shopping, make some bargains in the famous Bazaars and taste the Turkish cuisine on the restaurants of the city.
SUNDAY: ISTANBUL – AIRPORT: According to your departure flight, you will be transferred to the airport.