Starts in: Istanbul
Ends in: Istanbul
Duration: 4 Days-3 Nights
Tour Highlights: Visit Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum, Fairy Chimneys, Underground cities, Pasabag, Red Valley, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Travertines, Ephesus Ancient City, House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis.
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul early in the morning and transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet at the airport and drive to the meeting point to start the tour of Cappadocia.
Visit Goreme Panorama, which offers a breathtaking view of Goreme Village, the land of fairy chimneys, and the Open Air Museum, the region’s largest monastery complex. After that, we went to Ortahisar, a typical village with a castle and cave food storage, and Pasabag (Fairy Chimney Valley), which has mushroom-shaped rocks and very interesting fairy chimney forms. We’re passing through Imagination valley, Devrent, where it appears that animals have become petrified in the rocks. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
In the afternoon, take a walk along Turkey’s longest river, the Red River, and stop by a small village known for its pottery workshops. You will be able to see how pottery is made and, if you wish, try your hand at it. Returning to the hotel at the end of the day via Love Valley, which offers breathtaking views.
Arrival at the hotel, free time, and an overnight stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.
This morning’s hot air balloon tour is optional.
The tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 9:30-10:00 a.m. and take you on the Southern Cappadocia Tour. Visiting Uchisar Castle, the world’s largest fairy chimney and a fortress used by numerous civilizations. Exploring rock churches that saved early Christians from Roman persecution while hiking about 4 km in Red Valley and passing through Rose Valley. You can see cave residences when you arrive in Cavusin village, which is an ancient settlement in the region. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
Afternoon visit to Kaymakl Underground City, which is the largest in Cappadocia and was used by refugees and people fleeing disasters. Pigeon Valley has a nice view of Uchisar Castle and pigeon houses where pigeons still live. The most recent trip to Three Beauties Valley, which is known for its vineyards and breathtaking views.
ps. Our guests are treated to a traditional hand-made carpet demonstration at the end of the tour; those who are not interested should inform the tour guide.
After the tour, transfer to the bus station. Take an overnight bus to Pamukkale.(Duration 10 Hours).
Arrive in Pamukkale early in the morning. Our staff meets you at the bus station and takes you to Pamukkale. Have a refreshment and breakfast. After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up around 09:00 a.m. to take you on the Pamukkale-Hierapolis Tour. Hot springs and travertines, or terraces of carbonate minerals left by flowing and cooling water, can be found in Pamukkale. Turks call it ‘Cotton Castle- Pamukkale’ because it resembles cotton. People used to come to Hierapolis Ancient City, which is now a Unesco World Heritage Site, to relieve their ailments during retirement and to die there. You can cool off by walking on the terraces or swimming in the Cleopatra Swimming Pool. (This is optional.) Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day.
After the tour, drive to Kuşadası/Selcuk (duration 3 hours). Check in to the hotel in Kusadası/Selcuk and overnight.
After breakfast at the hotel, the tour guide will pick you up between 09:00 and 9:30 a.m. and take you on an Ephesus tour. Visits to the Artemis Temple, one of the ancient world’s seven wonders, Ephesus Ancient City, Hadrian Temple, Celsus Library, Theater, Hamams, and Old Harbor. Lunch break at a local restaurant in the middle of the day. Last visit to the House of Virgin Mary, where Virgin Mary spent her final five years before her death and which the Vatican has designated as a pilgrimage site.
ps. At the conclusion of the tour, our visitors are treated to a fashion leather show; those who are not interested should inform the tour guide.
At the end of the tour, transfer to İzmir Airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at the airport, an agent will meet you and transport you to your hotel in Istanbul.