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Day 1 (Tuesday): Arrive to Ataturk Airport and make your own transit to Domestic Departure for the flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meeting & greeting in Cappadocia Airport. Transfer to MDC Cave Hotel. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 2 (Wednesday): Early departure from the hotel for the hot air balloon tour. We will first drive to the Balloon area where a brunch breakfast with cookies and hot drinks will be served while our crew prepares the balloons for the flight and the best take off spot. We will then board the balloons to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view from high above while the sun rises over the area of Mystical Cappadocia. The trip will take about 60 minutes depending on the weather conditions. Before boarding the balloon, our pilot will give you detailed information on technical conditions and safety measure. The balloons rise between 5-1000 meters above the ground depending on weather conditions. You will fly gracefully above beautiful valleys and spectacular fairy chimneys. No flights are identical as balloons follow the course of the wind.Upon landing, our crew will celebrate the flight with a bottle of champagne. We will also hand the flight certificate that is issued in your name as a reminder of this wonderful day. Drive back to the hotel for the breakfast. After the breakfast, depart for Full Day Cappadocia Tour.Our tour will start with a visit to Devrent Valley that is noted for its many strange shaped rock formations, which with a little imagination can be likened to seals, kneeling camels and various other animals. We will walk through this amazing valley. Afterwards we continue to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, proceed to Avanos which attracts great attention for its locally produced red earthenware pots and jugs. After the lunch we drive to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries that were completely carved into rocks from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Before returning back to our hotel we will make an orientation tour around the region to take the photos of the unforgettable landscape of Cappadocia.
Day 3 (Thursday): After the breakfast in the hotel, check-out and depart for Full Day Cappadocia Tour. We will drive to Rose Valley, the best route for trekking in Cappadocia, and discover the rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having lunch visit Ortahısar Castle, that was used as a settlement during the ages. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City was designed and built over many generations as shelter against threats and invasions in both pre-Christian and Christian eras. On the way back to airport, visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley, a picturesque maze of exceptional rock formations, cave dwellings and a distant volcano. Drive to Kayseri airport and flight to Izmir.
Upon arrival, transfer to Efe Boutique Hotel.
Day 4 (Friday): After the breakfast, depart for Full Day Ephesus Tour. Ephesus is one of the world’s richest and most rewarding archaeological sites with impressive ruins dating from the Classical Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and early Byzantine periods. It is also closely associated with the beginnings of the Christian faith. In addition to being the city to which the Letters to the Ephesians were written, St. John and St. Paul both visited the city, and the Virgin Mary herself is said to have spent her last days nearby. Among the highlights of our tour of Ephesus will be the Antique theatre, the famed Library of Celsus, the brothel, the Mosque of Isabey, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) and a group of recently excavated early Byzantine mansions that feature incredibly well-preserved floor mosaics and frescoes. At Ephesus, the past comes to life in a pageantry of architectural and artistic marvels the like of which can be found almost nowhere else in the world. Finally we will make a short pilgrimage to the House of the Virgin Mary, which stands high on a mountainside overlooking the Aegean Sea and the Greek island of Samos. Return to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Day 5 (Saturday): Check-out and drive to Pamukkale for Full Day Pamukkale Tour. Today, you will have to opportunity to visit UNESCO World Heritage site Pamukkale (Ancient city of Hierapolis) and its famous hot water travertine as well as the Roman baths and the agora. Swim in the soothing thermal waters. At the end of the tour, drive to Bodrum via Coach Bus. Meeting in Bodrum Coach station and transfer to Marina Vista Hotel. Overnight in Marina Vista Bodrum Hotel.
Day 6 (Sunday): After the breakfast, depart for Full Day Lazy Boat Tour. We will visit several of the most beautiful bays where you can swim and snorkel in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild breeze, enjoy the stunning views and perfect your suntan to the sound of the gently lapping waves. At the black island, half an hour from Bodrum, you can bath in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion. Return to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Day 7 (Monday): Breakfast in the hotel, rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy and relax in blue azure waters of Bodrum or wonder in narrow streets of the city for an authentic experience.
Day 8 (Tuesday): Check-out and drive to the airport for the flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, transfer to Yaşmak Sultan Hotel. In the evening, we will pick you up from the hotel for the Dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus Tour. We will embark our boat to start our cruise on the Bosphorus. Our crew will show you your seat. During the cruises, our D.J. will play several slow music’s from different countries and languages. Our national delight “Lokum” will be presented to you before the dinner starts. At the end of the tour, return to the hotel.
Day 9 (Wednesday): After the breakfast in the hotel, depart for Full Day Imperial & Ottoman Splendours Tour. We begin our tour with a visit to Hagia Sophia Museum, which is considered one of the Eight Wonders of the World, occupies a unique place in the history of architectures one of the rare works of this size and age that still survives. Our next visit will be The Blue Mosque, which takes its name from the world famous exquisite blue Iznik tiles decorating its interior. Also it is the only imperial mosque in the world that was originally built with six minarets. We continue to the Hippodrome Square, the sporting and social center of old Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire such as the Egyptian Obelisk, and the Serpent Column. Next, we visit Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered bazaar in the world. It was the center of trade and commerce in Istanbul with more than 4000 shops. After Grand Bazaar we will have Lunch.We will visit Valide Mosque also called New Mosque and completed in 1664, this was the last imperial mosque built in the classical style and is situated in one of the centers of the crowded city life, next to both land and sea traffic. Then we visit the Topkapı Palace, the residence of early and mid-era Ottoman Sultans. It was principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans and the center of administration of the Ottoman Empire from 15th to 19th century. During our visit we will see the fabulous Imperial Treasury, the Baghdad Kiosk, Holy Relics and the Kitchen Section including one of the world’s finest collections of Chinese celadon ceramics. The Harem is also located inside the palace which was forbidden to anyone except the Sultan. Before returning to the hotel, we will stop by the Hammam for an unforgettable experience. We will give you an exquisite scrub and massage for 15 minutes; every cell of your body will start to breath, your blood circulation will speed up, you will lose the dead cells and re-vitalize. After the scrub and massage leave yourself to the masterful water and let our attendant wash you at the marble basin. (Including Scrubbing, Peeling and bubbles bath- Female and male sections are separated in traditional Hammam.)
Drive back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Day 10 (Thursday): After the breakfast in the hotel, depart for Full Day Princess Island Tour. The best way to immerse yourself in a short time is to visit the peaceful Prince’ Islands. We will enjoy a cruise accompanied by the Seagulls to “
Buyukada”, the largest island among the Prince’ Islands. During the cruise, we will view the charming sights along the way and the memorable view of the old Istanbul. Prince’ s Islands are summer places; away from the rush of the city they offer a different experience with their unique climate, vegetation and vehicle free roads. Only horse-carriages named
Phaeton are allowed on Prince’s Islands. We will take a ride around the Island with the Phaeton and enjoy the sights of the island and its elegant mansions. After the ride, enjoy the lunch in one of the best sea-side fish restaurant. Drive back to the hotel at the end of the tour.
Day 11 (Friday): After the breakfast in the hotel, check-out and drive to the airport for your International Departure Flight.