Jewels of Istanbul Cappadocia Izmir and Bodrum

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
9 Days
Price from
$1,489
Route
Istanbul, Bodrum
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Experience some of Turkey's most exciting highlights from the electric streets of Istanbul to the Mediterranean sunshine of Bodrum. Delve into Istanbul's rich history, culture, and cuisine, gaze in awe at the otherworldly landscapes of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon, explore ancient ruins in Izmir, and relax in the luxurious seaside resort town of Bodrum.  9 day/8 night package featuring Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and Bodrum. This program includes accommodation in Deluxe hotels, Sightseeing per itinerary, Private Arrival and departure transfers and daily breakfast.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Daily continental or buffet breakfast

Excludes

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

Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul - Arrival

Deluxe: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

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

Deluxe: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum (excluding Harem Section), residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 – 1852. 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, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next, see St Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine Capital, converted into a mosque by the Ottomans, and 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

Deluxe: GAMIRASU CAVE or similar hotels

Before your visit to the Spice Market – a true taste of Turkish Cultural Mosaic, enjoy a Cruise on the Bosphorus against the spectacular skyline of Istanbul while sailing between the continents. The tour will end by 1 P.M. At the end of the tour, you will have free time at Spice Market. Late afternoon departure for Istanbul Airport to take your flight to Cappadocia (Ticket not included). Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

4

Explore Cappadocia

Deluxe: GAMIRASU CAVE or similar hotels

Early Morning Option: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which were 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, Red Valley and attend a brief regional Pottery Workshop. (B)

Day

5

Cappadocia - Izmir - Ephesus

Deluxe: Key Otel or similar hotels

After an early breakfast, you will depart for Cappadocia Airport to take your flight to Izmir (Ticket not included). Upon arrival, you will be driven to the remarkable Greco-Roman archaeological site of Ancient Ephesus. You will also visit the ongoing excavations of the Greco Roman palaces the ''Elite Yamac Homes of Antiquity'' (Terrace Houses) with their magnificent mosaics and frescoes being restored by archeologists as you visit the site. In addition to the historic monuments, your excursion will also include a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a lovely little chapel believed to be the Virgin Mary’s last home. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Day

6

Izmir - Bodrum

Deluxe: Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach or similar hotels

After an early breakfast, you will depart from Izmir for a scenic drive to Bodrum. Upon arrival, your first stop will be at the Bodrum’s Crusaders Castle, also known as Bodrum Castle – resting between the two bays that surround the city – and you a visit to the Underwater Sea Museum. Your private tour will 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. At the end of your tour, you will be escorted to your hotel. (B)

Day

7

Bodrum at Leisure

Deluxe: Swissotel Resort Bodrum Beach or similar hotels

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

Day

8

Bodrum - Istanbul

Deluxe: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

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

Day

9

Istanbul - Departure

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

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