Arrive at Ataturk International Airport, meet and assist and transfer to a local restaurant for lunch. Istanbul - The Former capital of three successive empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. Istanbul today honours and preserves the legacy of the past while looking forward to a modern Future. Istanbul of the day conforms the definition of a great city, not only with her population and the area she covers but also with the variety of cultures and ways of living. This cultural structure which enables a good number of elements that contradict with each other and yet exist together even one in another, is the product of an accumulation of about one thousand years.After lunch check into hotel.Evening visit to spice bazaar and Bosphorus Cruise. Cruise on the Bosphorus and from the deck of our cruise boat take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway, that is lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, like Anadolu Hisar1# and the Baroque palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. Dinner at an Indian restaurant . Overnight in Istanbul (L, D).
After breakfast, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour of Istanbul including visit to Blue Mosque,St.Sophia, Topkapi Palace and Hippodrome. Visit Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque; "Istanbul's imperial Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I (Sultan Ahmet Camii) is called the Blue Mosque because of its interior tiles, mostly on the upper level and difficult to see unless you're right up there with them. Forget the blue tiles! The mosque (built 1603-17) is the masterwork of Ottoman architect Sedefki Mehmet Aga. Its built on the site of the Great Palace of Byzantium, on the southeastern side of the Hippodrome" and Hippodrome; "The Hippodrome of Constantinople was a horse-racing track that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire and the largest city in Europe. Today it is a square named Sultanahmet in the Turkish city of Istanbul, with only a few fragments of the original structure surviving." Lunch in a local restaurant and Dinner in an Indian restaurant . Overnight in Istanbul (B-L-D).
Late morning drive to Ankara.Turkey's capital and second largest city, Ankara lies at the heart of Anatolia. Located in the Central Anatolia Region and home to the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, Ankara became the capital city by the time the Republic of Turkey was established. The hub of many great civilizations with a history dating back to the Stone Age, Ankara and its landmarks are still of great importance in the present day.Lunch in a local restaurant.Upon arrival visit Mausoleum of Ataturk Pasha. This is the burial place of the national Hero who founded modern Turkey.Dinner and Overnight in Hotel (B-L-D).
Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Cappadocia which is unique in the world and is a miraculous nature wonder is the common name of the field covered by the provinces of Aksaray, Nevsehir, Nigde, Kayseri and Kirsehir in the Central Anatolian region.Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner at hotel . Overnight in Cappadocia . (B-L-D).
After breakfast, visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar castle, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, Kaymakli underground city and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Lunch in a local restaurant.Dinner at hotel.Overnight in Cappadocia. (B-L-D).
Today early drive to Pamukkale.En route stop in Konya where we visit the famous mouseleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana.Onwards drive to Pamukkale. Pamukkale is one of Turkey's top attractions and a precious in the world with its cotton-look terraces. The underground water once gave life to the ancient city of Hierapolis now helps Pamukkale be one of the most important thermal centers of Turkey.Arrive and transfer to your hotel.Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale Hotel. (B-L-D)
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Kusadasi, which means "bird island", is set in a superb gulf in the Aegean region of Turkey and is known for its turquoise sparkling water of the Sea, broad sandy beaches, bright sun and large marina with a capacity for 600 boats. A glorious ancient city stands beside it, Ephesus with hundreds of thousands of visitors from tours each year. Numerous holiday villages and hotels line its shores and hundreds of restaurants serves food from all around the world.Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi Hotel (B-L-D).
Day 8: Kusadasi - Ephesus and St. Mary's House - Kusadasi
Full day tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's Cottage.Ephesus, once the most important commercial center of the western Anatolia , is one of the highlights of Turkey that awaits the exploring tourists. The city was established as a port on the mouth of the river Cayster and was one of the foremost cities of the world for its being on a strategic trade route in Anatolia.The city itself and the ruins are all on the sides of a fertile valley. The extensive ruins including the theatre, library or gymnasium create the special atmosphere of Ephesus, and appeal to every visitors.Ephesus has been a "center" during the date. Once a trade center of the ancient world , a religious center of the early Christianity and today, a unique tourism center proving all its perfectas to the visitors through the world.In the evening drive back to Kusadasi. Lunch in a local restaurant.Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi Hotel (B-L-D)
Visit ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon.Continue onwards north to Bursa.The first capital of the Ottoman Empire with a history dating back to 4000 BC at the heart of the silk and spice trade and Turkey's fourth largest and advanced city. The city clings to the slopes of Uluda##, the Bithynian Mount Olympus, and thus got its nickname Green Bursa from the surrounding forests.Visit Mt Uludag and Green Mosque. Uluda##: one of the highest mountains in the Marmara Region open to tourism all the year round and one of Turkey's most beautiful epitomes of magnificent nature. Thereafter visit Green Mosque. Built between the years 1414 and 1419, the Green Mosque is one of the most important works of Haci Ivaz Pasha. The mosque has a reverse-T shape and its top is covered with two domes. The mihrab of the mosque is covered the Iznik glazed-tiles of the Mahfili era and has a splendid decoration. The crown door at the entrance of the building is a unique product of the Turkish stone carving art. It has an octagonal lantern/light on the dome and a high-sided one-piece octagonal on the bottom and a marble pool. At the north section of the mosque which is made of marble, there are four windows and two small mihrabs and four niches with rails on top. Window covers are the most beautiful examples of wood craftsmanship. Narthex of the mosque was not finished due to the sudden death of Celebi Sultan Mehmed and therefore failed to be the shape that it was thought to be.Lunch in a local restaurant. Dinner and overnight in Bursa Hotel (B-L-D) .