Turkey can be easily categorized as a dramatic nation. It is where continents collide and a unique cultural phenomenon arise. You will be attracted instantly to this enigmatic nation, which takes you back constantly to times never traveled before and suddenly shocks you with some of the most contemporary ways of life. As a traveler, you will be thrilled about little things in Turkey and the tourist places in Turkey as this land has so many aspects to offer.
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Day 1 : Depart from İstanbul to Cappadocia with Overnight bus
Overnight bus from İstanbul to Cappadocia. It takes 10 hours, during the journey the bus generally stops 3 times for bathroom breaks.
Day 2: Arrive to Cappadocia / Cappadocia Sightseeing Tour
Arrive to Cappadocia. You will have breakfast then start your tour bus for your full day Cappadocia tour. Our first stop will be at Göreme Open Air Museum which was once a Byzantine monastic settlement comprised of more than 10 churches, rectories, accommodation and a theological school. You’ll be amazed at the tiny churches carved into the rocks and decorated with frescoes, many of which are in good condition.
Our second stop will be Paşabağ Valley, also called the Monks Valley, home to some of the best examples of mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys. This valley was previously home to a settlement of monks, and today you can climb up into one of the fairy chimneys and see part of their former quarters.
We then drive to Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, where some of the most surreal rock formations can be found, many of them shaped like animals. See if you can spot the camel, snake, seal and dolphin-shaped rocks.
We will have lunch at a local cave restaurant in the town of Avanos, which is famous for its pottery. After a tasty lunch of traditional Turkish cuisine, we will visit a local family-run pottery workshop for a kick-wheel pottery demonstration.
Our last stop will be Uçhisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. This is a great opportunity to get some great panorama shots of Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys.
After your tour you will be dropped off at your Cappadocia Cave hotel.
Note: an optional early morning sunrise hot air balloon ride can be arranged for tomorrow morning for 190 euro per person.
Day 3: Cappadocia Sightseeing Tours
Pick up from your hotel after breakfast. Our first stop of the day will be Esentepe, a popular spot for enjoying a panoramic view of Göreme and its fairy chimneys and unique rock formations.
We will then drive to Derinkuyu Underground City, one of the deepest of Cappadocia’s many underground cities, and built by early Christians fleeing from persecution. Including rooms such as stables, cellars, chapels and wineries, you’ll be impressed as you wander through this underground city.
We then drive to Ihlara Valley where we will hike a section of the valley, checking out the tiny churches cut into the rocks, along the way. We will then have some chill time and lunch at Belisirma Village. We will also visit Selime Monastery, the biggest rock-cut cathedral in Cappadocia.
Our last stop is at Pigeon Valley where you will have a great photo opportunity. At the end of the tour we will drop you at the bus station for your overnight bus to Pamukkale.
Note: Your luggage will be stored on the tour bus during the tour.
Day 4: Explore the Pamukkale & Hierapolis
You will be picked up by our driver from Denizli bus station. On arrival in Pamukkale you will be transferred to a hotel in Pamukkale for an opportunity to freshen up and some breakfast before starting your Pamukkale tour.
Your tour starts with a visit to the nearby village of Karahayit where you will visit the red springs, with water coloured a rusty-red colour because of the high iron content of the water.
We then drive to the North gate of the ancient Roman spa town of Hierapolis, and start our tour. Hierapolis was an important place for healing in Roman times because of the believed therapeutic qualities of its waters. As you wander the ruins with your tour guide, you will see highlights such as the necropolis (graveyard), one of the biggest in the region, with over 1500 graves, the Roman bath, the theatre and the Agora (ancient market). You’ll also hear stories of some of the famous characters from history who visited or lived here including Cleopatra and St Philip, whose tomb is on top of a hill outside the northeastern section of the city walls, and which you will be able to see from a distance.
We’ll then take a break at the Cleopatra Antique Pool where the water is a pleasant 36 degrees Celsius and filled with invigorating minerals. Here, you have the chance to swim over Roman columns which believed to have fallen into the water during an earthquake. Please note that entrance to the swimming pool is an additional 50TL per person, payable at the site. Your guide will give you free time to paddle in some of the pools as you wander down the hill to Pamukkale’s natural park and lake. You will then meet your tour guide for a late lunch.
After the tour you will be transferred to Kusadasi by bus. The journey takes around 3.5 hours with a break halfway. Drop off at your hotel.
Day 5: Visit Ephesus, House of Virgin Mary
Pick up from hotel with your luggage for your Full Day Ephesus Tour from Kusadasi. We will visit Ephesus-House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis. After the tour ends, we will drop you off to the bus station in Selcuk. You will have free time, then you will take your Night bus from Selcuk to İstanbul. (The duration is 10 hours). Tomorrow morning you will arrive in İstanbul. End of the tour service.
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