Arrive in the settlement of Cappadocia, which goes back to 8000-7500 BC. The three most important figures in the history of the Church are known as the three fathers of Cappadocia, who come from here and spend most of their lives here. People living here discovered that tuff land could be easily processed and built underground cities, churches, monasteries and houses. The over 3,000 churches found here have shed light on the history of Christianity. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. The Göreme Open air museum forms the center of Cappadocia and offers unique examples of Byzantine churches with frescoes. We will see the most beautiful places of the region like Pasabag and Devrent. As it is known, the volcanic soil is very important for the cultivation of grapes, so the region has introduced its wines to the world. Wine tasting facilities, shopping opportunities and gifts from special products of the region will be provided. You also have the opportunity to color your day by having fun in Turkish Night (optional tour). Accommodation in Cappadocia region.
This morning you have a the chance join to an optional hot air balloon tour. After breakfast, your program begins with a visit to the underground city. Then in Cappadocia you will visit a handmade Carpet & Onyx Manufacturer - we will see just how hard to it is to make these works of art. We visit a weaving workshop that is known for the extraction of raw materials, silk, cotton and knotted wool to the finished product. Then take a drive to Pigeon Valley during which everyone enjoyed a bouncy nap. Take pictures of the valley and Uchısar rock tower/castle, feed the pigeons, look at the evil eye tree... After lunch continue on to a place for where you can take panoramic photo of magnificent valley at Uchısar.
Cappadocia-Konya-Pamukkale Today, drive to Pamukkale via Konya. Konya’s former name is Icconium. It is was a very important center in Rome and early Byzantium. It is was also the capital of Anatolia during the Islamic period. We will visit the Mevlana Museum in Konya. Also make a visit to the Sultan Hani Caravanserai, which is on the route of Silk Road. Konya is one of the more developed cities of Turkey in terms of economy, and we will visit this city which is also important with its natural and historical riches. Visit the Mevlana Museum in Konya. Then, we will leave the Steppe vegetation behind to reach Pamukkale. First make a stop at the ruins of Hierapolis, which was an ancient Greek city in Phrygia. Even in the past, this place was bubbling with hot water. When this hot water comes in contact with air, the evaporation and the lime torsion causes the terraces to open. Both the Pamukkale terraces and the antique city will be visited. Afterward, we can take panoramic sunset photos at the Hierapolis Ancient Theatre.
Pamukkale - Ionion Coast After breakfast, we will drive to Ephesus, a city on the Ionion Coast (Love Sea). On our way we past Meander Plain. We will see how it was an important town center in Asia Minor during the ancient and Byzantine periods. Then we arrive in Ephesus, the most important port and trade center of Asia Minor. It was one of the twelve cities of Ionia in the classical Greek era. The first settlements are based were started on in 6000 BC. Ephesus is one of the most important ancient cities of Christian world history. Ephesus was registered as a World Heritage site in 2015. Today’s visits include: Odeion, Curettes Street, Trayan Fountain, Celsius Library, Marble Road, Agora, Theatre, Harbour Street, and Virgin Mary Church. Then you will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Also, a visit to Isa Bey Mosque is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture.
Kusadasi - North Aegean Part Today you will visit Sirince Village. These days the village is the perfect synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture as of the 1920s after the independence war. An exchange of people between Greeks and Turks has occurred and all those typical Greek houses, though they have kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. The most beautiful specimens are open to visitors. And even in the courtyard of one of them, one will discover a nicely restorated orthodox church. Then you will visit Pergamon, also known as Pergamum, which was an ancient city founded by colonists on the Aegean coast of Anatolia at the site of the present-day city of Bergama. We will see that a great library was set up in Pergamon, rivaling the famous Library of Alexandria, the second-biggest library in the world after Egypt. Finally, contiune on to for Ayvalık or Canakkale for your overnight stay.
Canakkale - Istanbul After breakfast, we will be able to visit the ancient city of Troy. This historical city within the borders of the Canakkale province is the antique city where the Trojan War took place. The story of the war and its characters is believed to have been written by Homer, and is one of the two poetic destinies of Ilyada. In the 1870s, the German amateur archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann discovered the ancient town near Tevfikiye Village. Today, most of the recovered artifacts are in Turkey, Germany and Russia. The ancient city has been on the World Heritage List since 1998 and the National Park list since 1996. Next, we will go to Istanbul, which is was the World Culture City in 2010. Here we can travel by ferry from Asia over to Europe. On our way we will see the Canakkale Bosphorus, the place where many many died in the Dardanelles Campaign during the first world war. Accommodation in Istanbul region.
Istanbul After breakfast, you will visit Hippodrome Square, which has the magnificent Blue Mosque built by Sultan Ahmed, as well as the world famous Hagia Sophia. Then you will visit the magnificent Topkapi Palace. This famous building was the official residence of the sultans for centuries.
After breakfast, if you have time before your flight departs, you can join our optional tour, where you will discover other beautiful and mystical places of Istanbul. Afterward transfer to the airport is included.
Highlights Of Turkey
8 Days, 7 Nights
• Transportation by AC coach throughout the tour. Free Wi-Fi, DVD players.
• Professional Indonesian or English-speaking guide throughout the tour (thorough guide service from arrival till departure)
• Meals as per itinerary
• Museum entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
• 1 FOC for tour leader at single room occupancy with the condition of 15 pax and above.
• 1.5 lt Water during meals breakfast, lunch, dinner. 2 bottle of water daily in the bus
• Portage in out at hotels ,Parking fees
• All taxes of the services within the itinerary
• Private boat arrangment in Istanbul for Bosphorous Cruise Trip for 15 Pax and above
Gratuity to guide and driver (Minimum 3USD for guide + 2USD for driver suggested)Personal Expenses
Visa Expenses if required
Portage services in the airport
Domestic flights if required (this itinerary not required domestic flight)
8 Days, 7 Nights