Your expert guides will be waiting to greet you as you land in Istanbul. After you are transferred to your hotel, there will be welcome briefing. Stay overnight in Istanbul.
Get picked up from your hotel by your guide and start the tour with the highlights of Istanbul.Marvel at the Topkapi Palace, a great monument of oriental architecture which houses exhibits of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics. More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.Then, Visit the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments – the German Fountain of Wilhelm II, the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. The Hippodrome was the former center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople.
Afterwards,see the beautiful Hagia Sophia, the most well-preserved church structure in the world. In Hagia Sophia the ancient cultures of east and west speak to you with a clear voice. Admire the great blend of Christian and Islamic influences with beautiful interior of mosaics and significant history.
Our last route is the Blue Mosque, built in the early 1600s for Sultan Ahmed. The Blue Mosque is truly a magnificent masterpiece of architecture with amazingly delicate proportions for a building of such massive scale. The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles give the mosque its popular name and the 6 towering minarets give it its uniquely recognizable structure. Stay overnight in Istanbul.
In the early morning we will have a flight to Izmir, an important city of Turkey, known as Smyrna in ancient times, and be taken to Pergamum’s , an ancient acropolis, home to the Altar of Zeus and the Roman Medical Center of Asklepion. Later on you will be driven to Akhisar and will visit Thyatira a city of artisans’ guilds in St. Paul’s time.
At the end of our tour, we will return to Izmir for overnight stay.
Today we will discover the ancient, spectacular city, Ephesus with its expansive synthesis of Greco-Roman and Christian remains, it was the home of St. Paul between 54 and 57 AD and after that, The House of Virgin Mary, a marvellous place hidden in the green,with our professional guides. . In the evening, we will return to Izmir for staying overnight.
After having breakfast, we visit Sardis, an extremely important ancient city and the capital of the Lydia Kingdom with its beautiful gymnasium and marble paved synagogue and the Temple of Artemis including ancient Christian Chapel of the 4th Century. Then we will proceed to Philadelphia in Alasehir, a favorite city of Paul and John. In the evening, at the end of our tour, we will proceed to Pamukkale for overnight stay.
In the morning,we will have a journey towards the center of Pamukkale to enjoy the spas, pools and terraces of this peerless natural beauty and wonder, called “Cotton Castle”. This name is definetely fit the bill, the brilliant, eye catching white calcified terraces really resembles a castle made of cotton. In this area we will find both natural and historical, ancient beauties together, while spending time in Hieropolis, with one of the largest and most diverse necropolis in the world. Then we will visit the Laodicea, an early center of Christianity and one of the Seven Churches of Revelation. At the end of the tour, we will proceed to Izmir for overnight stay.
With the first lights of the day, you will be picked from your hotel for a flight to Cappadocia. You will be transferred to Izmir Airport to fly our target destination, Cappadocia. Your flight will last about one hour and there you will meet with your well informed guide and driver and then we will go on a full day Cappadocia tour starting with Devrent Valley with its eye catching, unique chimneys, Pasabag (Monk’s Valley), fascinating Avanos, the beauteous valley of Goreme and Open Air museum where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the soft rocks and stones, dating back thousands of years,are still standing.
After this stunning and priceless experience, we will return to your hotel. You will stay in Cappadocia for a night.
After having breakfast at the hotel, our tour’s second section starts. We will set off again for a full day Cappadocia tour by seeing the famous and unforgettable rock churches in the Red and Rose Valley where the colour of rocks changing throughout the day and hiking 5 kms through the Gulludere Valley. In old Greek Cavusin village we will visit the houses and churches of the Cristian clergymen such as Saint John the Baptist and Nicophoras Phocas. Afterwards, we will go on to a city rich in historical culture and natural beauties,Kaymakli,and visit the underground city where the early Christians sought refuge. Our last destination is a natural castle at Ortahisar.
At he end of this priceless day, you will be taken to the Cappadocia Airport for your turning back to Istanbul. When you arrive Istanbul, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Your expert guide will transfer you to the airport for the flight home
– Hotel Pick up and Drop off
– 8 Nights Accomodation
– All Domestic Flight Tickets
– All local tax and insurance
– Entrance fees to the scheduled museums
– All transportations and transfers with non-smoking, A/C deluxe vehicle
– Professional Licensed speaking tour guide
– Parking fees
– Personal expenses
– International Flight Tickets
– Gratuity to the guide and driver
– Lunch & Drinks