TASTE OF TURKEY
Tour Duration: 07 Days/ 06 Nights
Day 1: Istanbul - Ankara
Arrival Istanbul and meet and assist at the airport and transfer to the city centre. In the
afternoon transfer to Ankara, the capital city of Turkish Republic. Transfer to your hotel
in Ankara for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Ankara - Cappadocia
In the morning visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from
Stone Age,Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display;
Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic
of Turkey. Then continue on to Cappadocia. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake pass
by the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. After visiting Kaymakli Underground
City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors,proceed to the hotel in Cappadocia for
Day 3: Cappadocia
Optional balloon tour. After breakfast depart for the Cappadocia tour, visit the valleys
where animal-like natural formations like camels and fair chimneys are abundant. Drive on
to Pasabagi in Zelve area where monks used to live in seclusion in rock cut rooms. Proceed
to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey,
meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for
centuries. In the afternoon visit to Open Air Museum in Goreme to visit to the early
Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible.
Stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar. Shopping time for the well-known merits of the area.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4: Cappadocia– Konya – Pamukkale
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, visit to the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece
Sultanhan Caravanserai and arrival in Konya and lunch. After visiting the Mausoleum of
Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure, drive to Pamukkale and overnight.
Day 5: Pamukkale – Kusadasi
Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis",
the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the
afternoon tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of
Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium,the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the
Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight.
Day 6:Kusadasi- Izmir / Domestic Flight / Istanbul
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of
carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. In the afternoon Selcuk Ephesus Museum or St. John Church. Time for shopping
and drive to Izmir and transfer to the airport for domestic flight to Istanbul. Arrival Istanbul and transfer
to your hotel and overnight.
Day 7: Istanbul
A full day tour with St. Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture constructed as a basilica in
536 by Emperor Justinian); Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its more than 20.000 blue
Iznik tiles and unique with its 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of
the best examples of classical Turkish art; Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic
events, victory celebrations, and political activities of the old city where one can also see today
the “Obelisk of Theodosius” from Egypt, “Serpentine Column” from Delphi, the “German Fountain of
Wilhelm II” and the “Colossus”. After the visit to Grand Covered Bazaar, the most attractive shopping
center in the world with nearly 4000 shops, time for lunch. In the afternoon, proceed to Topkapi Palace -
Harem section is excluded - built in 1468 by Mehmet the Conqueror, the imperial residence of Ottoman
sultans housing the souvenirs of 600 years and exhibiting imperial treasury, Chinese porcelains,
weapons and calligraphy section. After the tour transfer to the Airport for your homebound flight or for
your hotel for your extension stay.