Arrive in Izmir via Istanbul, then continue to Ephesus. On our way we past Meander Plain, which was an important town center in Asia Minor during the ancient and Byzantine periods.
We go to 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 on 6000 BC. Ephesus is one of the most important ancient cities of Christianity world history.
Ephesus was registered as World Heritage in 2015. Visits: Odeion, Curettes Street, Trayan Fountain, Celsius Library, Marble Road, Agora, Theatre, Harbour Street, Virgin Mary Church.
Then you will visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. and visit Isa Bey Mosque it is one of the most delicate examples of Seljukian architecture.
Check in hotel in Ephesus Region.
Ephesus - Pamukkale
After breakfast, we continue our journey from the Ionian coast to the interior of Anatolia. We will go to the ruins of Hierapolis, and along the way we can see the Meander Lowland, where figs and cotton growers have been working since antiquity. Pass through the roads with a magnificent view and arrive in Pamukkale. First we visit Pamukkale terraces and antique city. Then Hierapolis ruins which is the ancient Greek city in Phrygia. Even in the past, this place was bustling with hot water. When this hot water comes in contact with air, the evaporation and the lime torsion caused the terraces to open.
Pamukkale - Antalya
After breakfast, enjoy a drive to Antalya, where we will see the temperate climatic regions of the country beyond the Taurus Mountains. As we pass through the area, we can see fields of tobacco, poppy flowers and almond trees. We will visit the UNESCO-protected Old Town, the walls of Attaleia and Hadrian’s Gate, and the minaret of the grove.
Then we go to Antalya. We visit the Kale içi, the inner castle of Antalya’s city center, and one of its most important sights. Antalya’s medieval old town is definitely worth a visit due to its beauty and historical value.
After, we will head to the magnificent places of Kale içi Yacht Harbor and Karpuz Kaldıran Waterfall. Finally, we can take panoramic photos of Konyaaltı Beach.
Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia
Today we visit the extremely impressive Aspendos theatre. It is the most well-preserved Roman theatre outside of Italy (it may even be the best-preserved antique theatre in the world!). The great festivals and concerts held in Antalya all take place here are held here. Antalya is a famous destination for handmade gold and jewelery making – we will be able to see a jewelry-making demonstration.
Next we drive to Cappadocia via Konya. Konya’s former name is Icconium. It was a very important center in Rome and early Byzantium. It is also the capital of Anatolia during the Islamic period . We will visit the Mevlana Museum in Konya. Visit to the Sultan Hani Caravanserai which is on the way of Silk Road. Konya, one of the developed cities of Turkey in terms of economy, will visit our city which is also important with its natural and historical riches. We continue our journey to Cappadocia, where we stay for 2 nights.
This morning you have a chance join to optional hot air baloon tour. After breakfast Your program begins with a visit to the underground city
Then in Cappadocia you will visit handmade carpet and onyx manufacturer. Largest onyx mines situated at Cappadocia region. We will follow the story of handmade materials.
Then 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 have discovered that tuff land can be easily processed and built underground cities, churches, monasteries, houses. Over 3,000 churches have shed light on the history of christianity. World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985. Göreme Open Air Museum forms the center of Cappadocia and offers unique examples to Byzantine churches with its frescoes. We are a weaving workshop that is familiar from the extraction of raw materials, silk, cotton, knotted wool to finished product. We will see the most beautiful places of the region like Pasabag, Devrent. As it is known, the volcanic soil is very important for the cultivation of the grapes, so the region has introduced the wines to the world. Wine tasting facilities, shopping opportunities and gifts from special products from the region will be provided.. You have the opportunity to color your day by having fun in Turkish night (Optional Tour) Accommodation in Cappadocia region.
Cappadocia - Ankara
After breakfast, you will contiune to Ankara. Ankara is the capital city of Turkey, and here we visit the monumental Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic.
Along the way you will also visit Salt Lake. From modern Turkey, we can go to Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. Here we have the unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE) by way of the Bosphorus Bridge.
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. Also, we can see the Serpent Column and an Egyptian Obelisk dating back to the Roman Empire. Additionally, you can join the optional Bosphorus Tour. In the Bosphorus tour, prepare to be amazed by the sights between Europe and Asia, which are include Palaces, Mosques, the Bosphorus Bridges, Castles and Yalıs (traditional wooden mansions). Then you also have time to wander and bargain in the labyrinthine Grand Bazaar.
Transfer to the airport is included for your departure flight home.
Jewels Of Anatolia
6 Days - 7 Nights
Starts From Kusadasi
• 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