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Day 01 : Arrival in Istanbul

Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be met by our staff & accompanied during the transfer to your hotel. You have the afternoon & evening free to relax &/or check out the city.

Day 02 : Istanbul
After breakfast, we visit the Egyptian Market built in 1664, the perfect place to shop for herbal medicine, Turkish delight, spices, teas, caviar & many other flavours. We then embark on a private boat which will take you to both European & Asian shores of the city. Alongside million dollar mansions we will see the two bridges linking Europe & Asia by road, as well as the seaside summer palaces & unique wooden houses not to mention the natural beauty of the forests above. From there on we will drive you by coach over the Intercontinental Bridge to Camlica Hill on the Asian side. Camlica is the highest hill in Asiatic Istanbul where you will enjoy breathtaking views of two shores.

Day 03 : Istanbul / Kusadasi
Noon transfer to Istanbul Airport for Izmir flight. Transfer to Kusadasi hotel upon arrival. Free day at leisure. Kusadasi was much-frequented place of birds during the seasonal migrations, during Ottoman reign it was named as Kusadasi (Bird Island). Bird island is connected to the mainland with a mole. Centuries ago the island was used for securing the shores & for preventing the attacks from the sea. Today, it is an ideal place to watch the panoramic view of the city & to witness breathtaking sunsets. You can also sip your drink at one of the cafes on the island.

Day 04 : Izmir / Kusadasi
After breakfast we depart for Carpet Weavers Association cooperative near Izmir. It represents 144 villages & 1,700 ladies whose well respected skills have their carpets literally flying all over the world. We take a tour around the complex to watch weaving demonstrations by the ladies. When measured in terms of labor to prepare and dye the wool or silk and weave the intricate design into place, the final price is humble indeed as some carpets may take up to a couple of years to complete. We return back to Kusadasi for overnight stay.

Day 05 : Ephesus
You will be picked up from your hotel lobby to visit the Ancient City of Ephesus which is among the best places in the world enabling one to genuinely 'soak in' the atmosphere of Roman times & one of the best preserved Greco-Roman Cities in the world. After lunch, we depart to visit the House of Virgin Mary where she is said to be brought here by St. John & have spent the last of her days. We will see the shrine & small chapel which is a pilgrimage sight just recently visited by Pope Benedict. The tour also includes a visit to the remains of Artemis Temple which was one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World. Overnight Kusadasi.

Day 06 : Kusadasi / Konya
After breakfast we depart from Kusadasi to Konya. Upon arrival & check-in to your hotel, we will visit the Karatay Medrese which houses an outstanding collection of ceramics & 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 numerous most interesting examples of the early time of the Turk-Islamic architecture. 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'. Overnight Konya.

Day 07 : Konya / Cappadocia
After breakfast we have free time to walk around the city center with stores displaying Konya's pride in carpet weaving. In 1292, Marco Polo was the first to make mention of the Konya carpets in writing when he called them the most beautiful in the world. Lunch at a local restaurant serving local cuisine, we then head to Cappadocia. Arriving in the afternoon, check in to your hotel & free time.

Day 08 : Cappadocia
We start our day with a gentle hike through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations, rock-cut houses at Red Valley & Pasabagi where you will find the world known fairy chimneys. Visit the old Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch break & 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 09 : Cappadocia
After breakfast we visit remote villages in the region where the art of carpet making is as old as the countless civilizations who have called Cappadocia their home. Genuine handmade carpets can be found for sale in almost every town & village. Visiting even the most humble dwelling in the region you will find an enviable selection of hand made rugs & kilims in every room, often covering the whole floor, sometimes covering each other & even draped over the furniture. We return back to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 10 : Cappadocia / Istanbul
After breakfast, full day tour this time to visit the famous Derinkuyu Underground City, we'll walk through the underground city, where an entire community of Christians lived in a system of subterranean caves & tunnels for centuries without being noticed. Afterwards a short hike through the green Ihlara Valley along the stream & visiting some of the churches dug into the walls of the gorge. Stop in Belisirma village for lunch break & then continue on to Selime for a panoramic view. Our last stop will be at the Agzikarahan Caravanserai built by the Seljuk Turks to accommodate travelers on the ancient Silk Road. Returning to hotel for check out & transfer to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports (depending on flight availability) for flight to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Overnight Istanbul.

Day 11 : Istanbul Departure

Breakfast, check out & as per your international flight time transfer to Istanbul Airport for homebound flight.
 
 
Duration:
10nights/11days
Transport:
Flight & coach
Highlights:
Istanbul, Izmir, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Konya, Goreme, Cappadocia
Sightseeing:
Small group &/or private option
Stay:
Budget/Comfort/Deluxe or combination
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All year-round
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