On arrival in Istanbul, you will be met and transferred by our local representative to your hotel. In the afternoon enjoy Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus the winding water strait separating Europe and Asia and visit of Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.
This morning transfer to Istanbul airport for an early flight to Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Upon arrival visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum, which also exhibits the remains of Catalhoyuk, the Neolithic village dating back to 6500 BC. Then visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, destination is the mysterious Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
This morning enjoy city sights of Cappadocia. Enjoy in this unique corner of the world. Visit to Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Lunch at a typical restaurant of the region and visit Avanos in Zelve Region and time for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.
Travel to Konya. En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Continue to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress. Visit the hot mineral waters burst from the earth and cascade over cliffs forming pools and stalactites. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Stroll through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and transfer to Kusadasi. En route lunch at a local restaurant and visit Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite and famous for the sculpture school. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St.John. Drive to Izmir airport for the flight to Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
This morning enjoy morning sightseeing of Istanbul city. Visit Byzantine Hippodrome and Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. Finally the Grand Covered Bazaar, which covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Later you will be transferred to Istanbul Airport for your flight back home.