7-Day Essentials of Turkey
Tour Style: Private Tour (No Join-in Group Tour)
- Explore the highlights of Istanbul like Blue Mosque
- Step into the cave churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum
- Marvel at the magnificent Roman ruins of Ephesus
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- Day 1
Welcome to Istanbul! When your flight lands at the airport, a private transfer will escort you to the hotel. After check-in, the remainder time is at leisure.
- Day 2
As the cultural and historic center of Turkey, Istanbul has many heritages waiting for your exploration. The first one is the Topkapi Palace, which was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century. Walk around this palace especially the Imperial Harem to get a glimpse of royal life.
Continue to visit the Hagia Sophia, which is a museum encompassing both Christianity and Islam nowadays. Nearby is the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue-tiled interior walls. Step into this amazing building to feel a peaceful atmosphere here. After that, go down the stairs and enjoy a surprising underground experience at the Basilica Cistern. Finally, take a leisure walk around the ancient Hippodrome, where you could see Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column.
Optional: If you are interested in Troy, we could arrange a side trip of Troy for you.
- Day 3
Fly to Kayseri in the early morning. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to Cappadocia by private vehicle.
The tour starts with Devrent Valley and Pasabag Valley, where you could see the mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. Later, drive to Avanos and make a stopover at a workshop, where you could try to make your own pottery. Afterwards, explore some finest cave churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum. Continue to enjoy a fabulous panoramic view of Cappadocia from the Uchisar Castle, and then end today’s tour at the Pigeon Valley.
- Day 4
Today you will visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks with raw beauty and historical feature. Later, descend into the Kaymakli Underground City. You could pass through the narrow passageways and stairs to visit houses, churches, and kitchens inside the city. After that, continue to Cavusin Valley to find the troglodyte settlement. You could even find the breathtaking rock-cut church with beautiful frescoes at the Cavusin Kilise. After lunch, head to the Red Valley and visit the Wine House.
Optional: We could arrange a regular 1-hour sunrise hot air balloon flight for you with extra charge (Join-in tour).
- Day 5
After breakfast, you will be escorted to the airport for your flight to Izmir, with a stopover at Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to visit the Agora directly. It was a marketplace built in Roman Era and now is an Open Air Museum. Later, drop by the Kizlaragasi Hani, originally an inn for trade caravan from the East carrying silk and spices. Afterward, head to Kusadasi for overnight.
- Day 6
Today, you will enjoy a full-day tour of Ephesus. As one of the largest Roman archaeological sites in the eastern Mediterranean, you could get some idea of the city’s original splendor from the ruins, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celsus Library. After the tour, return to Kusadasi.
- Day 7
Enjoy some leisure time in Kusadasi before driving to the airport in Izmir for your onward flight to next destination.
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