This Tour takes in Pamukkale, or the Cotton Castle, famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow-white petrified waterfalls; Hierapolis, known for its magnificently preserved Necropolis; and Ephesus, one of the world’s finest examples of an ancient classical city. It does not include any time in Istanbul. However, we can arrange one or two day group or private tours of Istanbul.
Day 1 : Kusadasi
We will pick you up at your Istanbul hotel and transfer you to the airport for an afternoon flight to Izmir. From the Izmir airport we will transfer you to your hotel in Kusadasi. You will have the day to explore this resort town on your own. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 2 : Pamukkale
After breakfast at your hotel, we will pick you up from your hotel in Kusadasi and go to Pamukkale to view its petrified waterfalls and pools of thermal spring waters. After lunch we’ll visit Hieropolis. In addition to the Necropolis we’ll see the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Devil’s Hole, and the Theater. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 3 : Ephesus
After breakfast at your hotel we will go to Ephesus for the day. You will see the Temple of Artemis (Diana) which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Celsus Library, and the House of Virgin Mary, where many speculate she spent the final years of her life. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 4 : Kusadasi to Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel, we will transfer you to Izmir for a mid-day flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival in Kayseri, we will transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon and evening is yours to relax or explore. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 : Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart about 9:30AM to visit the sights and unique geographical landscape of Cappadocia, including the Dervent Valley and its fairy-chimneys; Paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) and its mushroom-shaped pinnacles; Avanos, a center of terra-cotta art, for a pottery demonstration and lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with its rock-cut churches that date back hundreds of years, many filled with excellent examples of Byzantine art. Our last stop is a visit to the Uchisar rock castle for a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 : Cappadocia
After breakfast at your hotel we’ll go to the Red Valley to explore its famous rock – cut churches and go for a 5km hike through the Güllüdere Valley. We’ll visit the village of Çavuşin, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. We’ll have lunch in Pigeon Valley. After lunch, we’ll visit Kaymakli, an underground city the goes 8 floors below ground. On the way back to your hotel, we’ll visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 : Cappadocia
Breakfast will be served in the hotel. You will have the day free to explore Cappadocia on your own and you’ll have the option of taking a hot air balloon ride or going for a horseback ride. Early in the evening we will transfer you to the Kayseri airport for your evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul we will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 8 : Istanbul
Your tour ends after breakfast ar your hotel.