Amaze Escapade Istanbul Cappadocia Izmir and Bodrum Multi City Vacation


Travel to Turkey and experience exciting Istanbul, remarkable Izmir, and relaxing Cappadocia. Enjoy tours in each city visiting the most impressive landmarks and historically significant sites. In Istanbul, visit St. Sophia, one of the world's greatest architectural wonders, and explore underground cities in Cappadocia.  In Izmir, you will experience Greco-Roman historical sites, artwork, and architecture, and then move on to Bodrum to see castles, and relax in this magnificent town. Stay in deluxe hotels including a luxury cave room at the Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge located in the heart of the breathtaking landscapes of Cappadocia.


MULTI-CITY VACATION - Departs Fridays - 9-day/8-night package visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir & Bodrum. Includes accommodation at deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, arrival & departure transfers, and sightseeing tours as indicated in the itinerary. The domestic flights are not included in the land only package.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Domestic flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul – Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city that lies on two continents.

Day

2

Explore Istanbul

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including a visit to Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next, see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century and converted to a mosque by the Ottomans. It is now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. (B)

Day

3

Istanbul – Cappadocia

Before visiting the spice market this morning, enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus, passing Istanbul's spectacular skyline while sailing between two continents. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the Istanbul airport to catch your flight to Cappadocia (not included in the land only package). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

4

Explore Cappadocia

Consider an early morning optional hot air balloon tour. Experience floating through the volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among rock formations. It was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos, renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley, and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B)

Day

5

Cappadocia – Izmir – Ephesus

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the Cappadocia airport to catch your flight to Izmir (not included in the land only package). Upon arrival, you will be met and driven to the remarkable Greco-Roman archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus. Your tour includes a visit to the Terrace Houses with their magnificent mosaics and frescoes that are being restored by archaeologists as you visit the site. In addition to the historic monuments, you will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a lovely little chapel believed to be the Virgin Mary’s last home. (B)

Day

6

Izmir – Bodrum

After an early breakfast, depart Izmir on a scenic drive to Bodrum. Upon arrival, stop at Bodrum’s Crusaders Castle, lying between the two bays that surround the city. Visit the Underwater Sea Museum. Then, continue with a visit to the 4th century B.C. Tomb of King Mausoleum in Halicarnassus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. (B)

Day

7

Bodrum at Leisure

You will have a full day to relax in Bodrum or consider joining an optional tour. (B)

Day

8

Bodrum – Istanbul

Spend the morning at leisure. In the afternoon, you will be transferred to the Bodrum airport to catch your flight back to Istanbul (not included in the land only package). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

9

Istanbul – Return

You will be transferred to the Istanbul airport for your return flight home. (B)