8 Day tour of Istanbul & Cappadocia & Pamukkale & Ephesus
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Last updated: 07/14/2008
9 Day tour that explores the main historical sites in Istanbul, Cappadocia and Antalya
Arriving in Istanbul
As we say in Turkey, HOS GELDINIZ! Welcome to Turkey. We will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. After a short briefing about your tour you will have the afternoon free to rest and explore Istanbul on your own. Overnight stay in a centrally located unique hotel.
After breakfast we will continue on a full day tour of Istanbul's main historical sites.
Sites you'll see today
*Blue Mosque--World renown for it's architecture and focal point for worshipping Muslims
*Haghia Sophia--1,400 year old supreme church from Byzantium times which houses famous Byzantine Mosaics *Byzantine Hippodrome--The focal point of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of Constantine. Within it's center you will see the Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column.
*Topkapi Palace--the residence and leadership center of the Sultans during the Ottoman Empire. It was built in 1459-1465 shortly after the conquest of Constantinople. You will see the Treasury that includes the Topkapi Dagger, the 86 carat Spoon Maker's Diamond, and the jewel encased bones of St. John the Baptist's skull and arm bone.
Grand Bazaar and the Suleymaniye Mosque will also be visited during the tour. Breakfast and lunch provided. Overnight stay in ISTANBUL
Sites you'll see today ( Istanbul to Cappadocia
After breakfast time we will depart our day visiting the Spice Market then we will scroll down to harbour and on board the boat for Half day cruise on the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus - the waterway between two continents - is beautiful at any time, day or night in any season. On the way to the Black Sea, you can see the finest and richest examples of the Ottoman houses and palaces on the shores. Afternoon flight to Cappadocia - Arrive Cappadocia and check-in hotel - Overnight stay in Cappadocia
Sites you'll see today - Cappadocia
After breakfast we will continue on a full day tour to south part of Cappadocia. >> *Underground City of Derinkuyu--You will gradually stroll your way down into the depths of the earth in this ancient underground city that has 18-20 floors as deep as 40 meters below the ground. Don't worry, you will only go down to the 8th floor. Cappadocia has around 36 underground cities. Archeologists date these back to the time of the Hittites which lived 4000 years ago. Others believe they were inhabited around the 7th century BC.....Regardless of how old or young they are, undoubtedly they will leave you with a sense of awe of how the dwellers of these cities lived. You will be amazed at the elaborate ancient ventilation system in place. These cities were fortified and prepared for it's inhabitants to hide out for months from attackers, especially during the Arab invasions. During Christian times the hiding worshippers even built little chapels that you can still see.
*Traditional Anatolian villages --The head-scarfed women out at work in the fields from sun up until sun-down, and the mustached, vest-wearing men hard at work playing cards in the coffee shops. You will get time to stroll in such a village and see the average Turkish villager at work...or play. >Breakfast/Lunch/ provided
Cappadocia to Pamukkale
This day will be spent exploring the amazing sites of Cappadocia.
Sites you'll see today
*The World Heritage Site of Goreme Open-Air Museum --This is a cluster of rock cut Byzantine churches, chapels and monasteries which include some wonderful 11th and 12th century frescoes on the cave walls. This place was used by the Christians as a place of refuge from those opposed to Christianity and also was a major monastery. Rooms, churches, houses, and gathering halls have all been cut into the rock or formed from natural caves. Within the caves you can explore and see the preserved mosaics and frescoes.
*Fairy Chimneys -- these geological phenomenon have been shaped over millions of years. They were formed during volcanic eruptions in the region. Reaching at times 40 meters in height, they are conical in shape and have a "hat" top to them.
*Devrent Valley--This valley is know as "the pink valley" because of the color of its soil. This is a lovely place to wander around and look at the magical rock formations indicative to Cappadocia, including the Fairy Chimneys.
*Uchisar Castle--Also called a fortress, this is actually a formation of two gigantic rocks surrounded by smaller rocks that together form a natural fortress with towers. These formations were inhabited during both the Byzantine and Ottoman times. You can climb and explore the different caves and rooms throughout the fortress, experiencing first-hand what it must have been like to hide in these fortified rocks, waiting for the ancient enemy to pass by or give up.
*If time allows we will also get the chance to visit local craftspeople and learn how they make dolls and create traditional pottery. --- After the tour we will put you on a first class comfortable Overnight bus to Pamukkale.
Pamukkale to Ephesus
05:00 Arrive Pamukkale ( check in the hotel for 5 hours rest and you will be picked up from the hotel around 10:00 a.m for the tour of Pamukkale
Sites you'll see today
*Pammukale which means cotton castle, 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. Pammukale is now a world heritage site.
*Hierapolis was founded as a healing care centre in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centres of the Roman Empire. It eventually had a large Jewish and Christian community. Right after the tour of Pamukkale we will transfer yo to Ephesus ( Kusadasi ) Check-in Hotel Dinner Overnight stay in Kusadasi
Kusadasi - Ephesus to Istanbul
Breakfast served at the hotel - Sites you'll see today
*Ephesus is one of the best preserved cities from Roman times. At the time St. Paul lived in Ephesus in the 60s AD, it was at it's Roman heyday with a population around 250,000. When St. Paul lived in Ephesus he would have addressed the Ephesians in the great theatre, that today impresses everyone that walks into it's stands. Ephesus was a great ancient city and much of it has been preserved for you to see. More than any other site, you can walk the streets, stand in the great theatre, wander in the library, look towards the hill where St. Paul was put into prison, and feel that you are walking back into the time that St. Paul lived. After being here, you will read the book of Ephesians with new eyes.
*The House of The Virgin Mary where it is believed St. Mary came to live with St. John in the last years of her life.
After the tour we will transfer you to Izmir Airport and put you on a 1 hour flight to back to Istanbul, Arrival in Istanbul, Transfer to your hotel, ( Breakfast and Lunch provided ) Overnight stay in Istanbul
Istanbul to Home
Gule, Gule! It is time to go home. We will transfer you to the airport and wish you well, asking that you keep Turkey in your hearts and prayers, and hoping that our paths cross again in this life! If you have extended your time with an additional add-on trip, we will be confirming this day with you your additional schedule. Contact us for additional tour options.
- Inclusions -
- All of the service charges and local taxes
- Exclusions -
- International flight tickets
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