6 Day Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale Tour by Plane
Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days -5 Nights
Departures : On request
Highlights : Istanbul, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Canakkale, Pergamon, Troy, Istanbul
Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul
Upon your arrival we will pick you up from the airport and transfer your hotel.
Bosphorus Cruise (Half Day Afternoon) with Spice Market
We cruise the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, which is lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisari and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans.
After our cruise, we visit the Spice Bazaar, a thrilling riot of colors, sounds and the rich smells of exotic spices.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2: Byzantine and Ottoman Relics Tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
8:30am - Picked-up from hotel and met by your tour guide for a full day to discover the city of Istanbul. The tour will include visit to the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and the Rustem Pasa Mosque. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. Overnight in Istanbul. (B, L)
Day 3: North Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
You will be picked up from your hotel early morning and transfer to domestic airport for flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Arrive Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport in the morning. Met on arrival. Transfer to Cappadocia to join full-day tour of North Cappadocia (tour as below). (1 hour drive from Kayseri to Cappadocia).
Full day tour of North Cappadocia.
Devrent Valley: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks' Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems. Pasabag : The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha's Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene. Avanos: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy. Goreme Open Air Museum : Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast numer of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Goreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features. Uchisar : Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel at approximately 5:00 pm. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: South Cappadocia Tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
Breakfast & check out of the hotel in Cappadocia.
You will be picked up from your hotel to join full-day tour of South Cappadocia (tour as below).
Kizilcukur: is a secluded valley on the outskirts of Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some well-preserved hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the numerous tracks inter-connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider's web. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you. Cavusin : One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Goreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however. Hospital Monastery: One of the oldest monastries in Cappadocia. Kaymakli : Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public. Pigeon Houses: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations. After the tour you are transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight to Izmir through Istanbul. When you arrive in Izmir, you will find our employee holding your name for transfer to Kusadasi for overnight stay in Kusadasi hotel.
Day 5: Pamukkale Tour (Breakfast/Lunch)
After breakfast we will depart from Kusadasi to Pamukkale, as soon as we arrive we will continue to guided tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis.
Pamukkale's natural calcium travertines are a beauty to behold! means cotton castle in Turkish. It 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. Pamukkale is now a world heritage site.
Hierapolis was founded as a healing care center in 190 BC, taking advantage of the mineral waters in the area. It was one of the most important intellectual, artistic, religious and commercial centers of the Roman Empire.
After the tour, you will be transferred from Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul. Met on arrival & transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 6: Departure (Breakfast)
After breakfast check out from hotel (before 12:00), transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport according to your flight details. End of tour and services. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise.)
- Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
- Domestic flight ticket - (Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir and Izmir to Istanbul)
- 3 night 4 Star Hotel accommodation in Istanbul with Breakfast.
- 1 Night accomodation in Kusadasi hotel with breakfast
- 1 Night accommodation in Cappadocia at very good Cave Hotel with Breakfast.
- 1 Full Day Istanbul Tour
- 2 Full Day Cappadocia Tours
- 1 Full Day Pamukkale Tour
- Professional English-speaking Guide.
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
- All taxes, entrance & museum fees.