You are greeted upon arrival in Istanbul and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this amazing city.
Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace - the residence of the Ottoman sultans, the Hippodrome, the Underground Cistern, the Blue Mosque, and St. Sophia. Enjoy 3,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar. (B,L)
Weather permitting, take a Bosphorus cruise today. Start your day with a visit of the Spice Bazaar. Then cruise along the Bosphorus waterway and view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, mansions of the Ottoman elite, the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges, and a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror. In the evening, you may want to enjoy an optional Turkish dinner including a belly dancing show and an Anatolian cultural performance. (B)
In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia (included). Upon arrival, take a full-day tour of Cappadocia. It will take you to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys, Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom shaped pinnacles, the city of Avanos famous for its pottery (where you will visit a workshop to see it handmade), and the open-air museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L)
You will be transferred to Kayseri for a flight to Izmir (included, direct flight on Tue, Thu, Sun, flight via Istanbul on Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat). You will be met at Izmir airport and transferred to your hotel. (B)
Enjoy a full-day at leisure or consider taking an optional tour to Pamukkale’s white lime cascades or Pergamum's Ancient Acropolis. (B)
Enjoy a full-day tour to Ephesus. You will visit the Tomb of Pollio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Library of Celsius, the Bouleuterion, the Great Theater, the Temple of Artemis, St. Johns Basilica, and the Virgin Mary's cottage. (B,L)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)