Duration: 9 Days – 8 Nights
Hotel: Istanbul – Hilton Parksa (FC+), Ankara – Barcelo Altinel (SFC), Cappadocia – Lykia Lodge (SFC), Pamukkale – Pam Thermal (FC), Kusadasi – Charisma (DLX)
Day 1 Fri: Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Sat: Istanbul
Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hip- podrome, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Sun: Istanbul – Ankara
This morning Optional tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise, afternoon departure for Ankara around 3:30pm and late arrival at Ankara. B D
Day 4 Mon: Ankara – Cappadocia
Morning departure to view Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D
Day 5 Tue: Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli. B D
Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia – Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale. En route we visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. Drive to Pamukkale, dinner and overnight. B D
Day 7 Thu: Pamukkale – Marmaris or Antalya (See the suppl. cost of transferring to Antalya below)
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit to the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. B D
Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Afternoon Optional: tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D
Day 9 Sat: Kusadasi
Return transfer to pier. B
This program can also be combined with Louis Cruise Line 7 day Greek Island Cruise program to and from Istanbul.
Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour.
Farewell dinner in Istanbul.
Breakfast (B), Dinner (D) as indicated in the itinerary.
All sightseeing and admission fees on the above program.
Arrival and Departure Ataturk International Airport transfer.
All transportation in Turkey by private a/c tour coach.
Any tipping you feel appropriate.
Meals unless stated.