8-Day Wonders of Turkey Tour
Exceptional group tours, bespoke trips and cultural experiences throughout Turkey.
Welcome to Istanbul. If our city walls could talk, they’d recite hundreds of legends involving mythological gods, prophecies fulfilled, and tales of love lost and betrayal that make our city so enchanting.
The Bosphorus itself -the strait between Asia and Europe -was born of the myth of the beautiful mortal Io. She was turned into a cow by Zeus to hide their tryst from his vengeful wife, Hera. Not to be fooled, Hera stung Io with a horsefly, sending Io crashing away, leaving behind the legendary strait.
Meet at the airport transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to Topkapi Palace The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires.
Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic, Hagia Sophia has always been the precious of its time.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Izniktiles.
Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine
Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch we will then take you to the Grand Covered Bazaar in this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths” street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast depart for Bosporus Cruise tour.
Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosporus Boat Cruise and Grand Spice Bazaar. Tour starting at 08:30am. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat. Bosphorus by boat a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia.
Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Airport for domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
08:30amDeparture from hotel fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world en-route, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsius Library, Grand theater and House of the Virgin Mary. Lunch break around 13:00pm.
After the lunch, we will visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre.
After Lunch we will do a Turkish Village Tour. Sirince”s construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints.
Sirince Village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey -especially fruit wines.
We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish wine makers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine.
At 08:30amwe depart for Pamukkale. Afterwards we shall visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs.
After Pamukkaletour come back to Kusadasi.
After breakfast, we depart for Izmir Airport for our domestic flight to Cappadocia.
Transfer from Kayseri airport to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia
Goreme Open Air Museum
You will be picked up approximately 09:30amWe will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia.
Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors, then visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia.
After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.
After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three -headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims.
Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Flight to Istanbul
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
* Hotel-Airport-Hotel transfers
* Domestic flights
* 7 nights accommodation at 4 star hotels
* Professional licensed guiding
* All entrance fees indicated in the programme
* Visa assistance services
* International flights
* Visa Fee
* Travel Insurance
* Personal expenses