Day 03 (Sun) ISTANBUL ANKARA by Flight CAPPADOCIA You will be picked up from the hotel for a transfer to Istanbul domestic airport for a flight to Ankara. Your breakfast will be served on board. Upon arrival to Ankara, you will be met by your guide and transfer to the city center. 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 arrive in Cappadocia and visit Kaymakli Underground City where early Christians lived in fear and faith before checking into the hotel. Overnight (B,L,D)
Day 04 (Mon) CAPPADOCIA Optional balloon tour. Visit Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monks Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river, the longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotels (B, L, D at only some hotels)
Day 05 (Tue) CAPPADOCIA-KONYA-PAMUKKALE Todays ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure. Then continue on to Pamukkale and overnight (B, L, D).
Day 06 (Wed) PAMUKKALE-APHRODISIAS-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 Bishops Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight (B,L,D).
Day 07 (Thu) KUSADASI TRANSFER TO IZMIR AIRPORT Morning tour to Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, 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 Marys House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Selcuk Ephesus Museum. Time for shopping. Transfer to Kusadasi or Izmir airport. End of our services (B, L).