Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport. Transfer to hotel.
Spend the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Proceed for a city tour of Istanbul. Visit Hagia Sophia, the ancient basilica built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the greatest architectural marvels of all time. Visit Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Proceed to Sultan Ahmet Mosque across from Hagia Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Visit Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races with the three monuments i.e. the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
After that proceed to the Spice Bazaar where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and various other conceivable herbs and spices. Overnight at the hotel.
Hagia Sophia is one impressive masterpiece that cannot be missed whilst in Turkey! Built at the beginning of the Middle Ages, Hagia Sophia gets its blend of Christianity and Islamic architecture from its turbulent history, built as a church then turned into a mosque after a conquest and is now a museum. Admire the beauty of this magnificent massive dome as you walk through the stunning mosaics and Byzantine-era frescos. Situated right next to the Blue Mosque, this architectural marvel will mesmerise you. Being one of the most visited museums of the world, Hagia Sophia is the symbol of Istanbul.
Take a walk through the mystical and colourful Spice Bazaar of Turkey. Whilst in Istanbul, the trip is incomplete without visiting this largest and famous covered Bazaar of the city. Savour the Turkish delights and sweets indulge in shopping for jewellery, decorations and souvenirs in this grandeur market. The shops are stalked with exotic spices that are said to be the best in the world, the vividly coloured spices, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits attract thousands of tourists and locals daily. Walk beneath the spellbinding ceiling beautifully carved with vibrant ornaments and enjoy the hubbub of the majestic market.
Enchanting Sultan Ahmet Mosque is one of the most admired sites in Turkey. This breathtaking mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque. Perfectly nestled between the Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Hippodrome near the Ottoman royal residence, Topkapi Palace, the mosque gets its name from the dazzling blue, green, and turquoise hues interior tiles. The lavish use of bold and vivid decorations gives a glimpse of The Middle Age architecture. The distinctive six minarets of this exquisite mosque holds a history to it that is interesting enough to explore considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period, the mosque is closed during the prayer time every day.
Topkapi Palace, or the Seraglio, is the epitome of the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire from the 15th century. Apart from its marvellous architecture, massive gates and vast courtyards, it maintains an extensive and amazing collection of books and manus that are centuries old in its library. Overlooking the Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus, it is one of the most iconic tourist spots in Istanbul. The Palace turned museum has numerous imperial treasuries exhibited this is the place if you want to take a sneak peek into the Ottoman culture.
Enjoy the Bosphorus cruise. Bosphorus, a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion, you will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. See Dolmabahce Palace, and further along with the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace. At Ortakoy - a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance - with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
See Rumeli Fortress, built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Beylerbeyi Palace (by the boat), the summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. At Bosphorus Bridge, enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe). Visit Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it, you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to the airport and take a flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir and transfer to the hotel in Kusadasi.
The Bosphorus Bridge is said to be the world’s widest bridge spanning between Europe and Asia, connecting the two continents across the Bosphorus Strait. This unique bridge is an epitome of excellent architecture and is a paradise for photographers as you get a view of the grand city along the Bosphorus Strait. The setting of the bridge makes it a very prominent spot and its history makes it one of the must visit tourist attractions in the world. The picturesque bridge is at its best in the night when it’s lit up with radiant lights, the sight is to behold.
Take a few hours aside and sail on an unforgettable Bosphorus Cruise to experience the beauty of Istanbul at its best. If you are on short time and want to explore Istanbul in its full glory, go for the iconic Bosphorus cruise and enjoy the views of major attractions such as Rumeli Fortress, Bosphorus Bridge, Kucuksu Palace, and Dolmabahce Palace. Bosphorus Cruise tour is undoubtedly one of the highlights of any visit to Istanbul.
Set perfectly in well-tended gardens, the Dolmabahce Palace is all about splendid view of the Bosphorus. This 19th century Ottoman European Palace will impress anyone with its intriguing architecture and historical tales. Take a look at the extraordinary and extravagant luxury of Ottoman Empire as you explore the Palace. One of the most beautiful and luxurious palaces in the world, the elegant Dolmabahce Palace is all about the view, the gardens, the grandeur building, the graceful crystal staircase and majestic chandelier. When in Istanbul make sure you visit this glamorous palace!
Enchanting medieval fortress nestled beautifully on a series of hills on the European banks of Bosphorus, Rumeli Fortress will surely leave in awe. The 14th century fortress offers picturesque views of the Faith Sultan Bridge that links Europe and Asia, currently functional as a cultural centre with an open air theatre and a museum it is a one of the popular tourist spots in the city. Fondly known as the castle and the city between the two worlds, the Rumeli Fortress is a place of great significance with mesmerising views that are unforgettable.
Depart for a fully guided tour of Ephesus, one of the best preserved ancient sites in the world, visiting the Temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous Roman baths, Celsus Library, Grand theatre and House of Virgin Mary. Visit a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of Turkey; a carpet weaving centre.
Proceed to Sirince, a village with its construction style belonging to Anatolian Greeks. The houses on the slope are all original with their white paints. Sirince village also has a fantastic reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey -, especially fruit wines. We will visit the vineyards and it is time to learn how to make fruit wine with Turkish winemakers. In the evening you will be tested about your knowledge of making fruit wine. On the way, we will visit one of the famous leather production centres of the region, where you will have the opportunity to get a good factory rate. On this guided tour, you will avoid the constant nagging and sometimes bullying that is well known in the markets of Turkey, enabling you to enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of the ancient craftsmen. Return to Kusadasi. Overnight at the hotel.
Want to explore a quaint village and indulge in its fun history? Sirence Village is your destination, located across a hill about 12km from the ancient city of Ephesus. Witness the serene views and savour the delicious local delicacies of this amazing blend of traditional Turkish and Greek village. Sirence is well-known for its fresh produce, starting from traditional Turkish coffee and Turkish breakfast, one of the best you’ll ever have. Wander through this little village and explore the history of this enticing place!
The ancient Roman Library of Celsus in today’s Turkey held scrolls of early human civilization. Majestic library dating from the early 2nd century, the iconic monument of Ephesus is well restored and once served as the final resting place of Tiberius Julius Celsus Polemaeanus, in whose honour the library was built. Take a stroll around the ruins and explore the history of this beautiful structure.
Dedicated to the Greek goddess Artemis, Temple of Artemis was one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. Indulge in the fascinating history of temple located not very far from the city of Seluck and visit the ruins that were destroyed on multiple occasions by both nature and human factors. The sacred building is one of the must see places in Turkey.
Visit the calcium terraces of Pamukkale (cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis, then walk around this natural phenomenon and have the option of lying in the waters of the natural springs. Return to Kusadasi. Overnight at hotel.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools or the Cotton Castle is undoubtedly one surreal sight in Turkey! Enchanting natural site located near Denzil is famous for its hot springs and massive white limestone terraces. The blue turquoise water of hot springs and the incredible view will surely make you fall in love with this place! You can always choose to take a plunge in the mineral filled water or just enjoy the beauty of the place!
Stumble over the Ruins of Hierapolis and enjoy the stunning view of the Pamukkale! The ancient city is famous for Pamukkale Thermal Pools and the ruins hardly get any limelight but this stunning spot holds an intriguing history to it that makes it a must visit places in Turkey.
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Izmir airport and take a flight to Kayseri/Nevsehir airport. Arrival and transfer to hotel in Cappadocia.
Spend the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.
Get to know the Cappadocia region, a volcanic area in which the geological formation started millions of years ago. As a result of these formations phallic like pillars have come to life. The beautiful horse country Katpatuka (as the Persians called her) is an unbelievable strip of land, enchanting and mysterious. Cappadocia region is also famous for its arts, including ceramic and carpets. Tour starts with Citadel of Uçhisar, the highest point of Cappadocia.
Afterwards, you visit Göreme Open-air Museum, the heart of Cappadocia. It is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. Next, visit a pottery workshop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Paşabağ where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Paşabağ you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imaginary Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Ürgüp for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. Overnight at the hotel.
Cavusin or the Old Greek Village is one of the off-beat places in Cappadocia, Turkey. Located around 5kms from the major tourism hub Goreme, this unexplored spot has a marvellous historical tale to tell. The major highlight of splendour structure is the old and quaint church at the top of the rock overlooking the entire old town at its best. A small village in Cappadocia is one of the oldest settlements, once it used to be home to locals is now one of the best sunset spots in the area. A must visit off-beat place when in Turkey!
The natural rock castle Citadel of Uchisar is one of the most wonderful structures of Cappadocia. Uchisar is one of the small villages in Cappadocia and on a clear day one can see the perfect view of the Citadel of Uchisar. The enchanting castle is situated at the highest point in Uchisar that offers one of the most awe-inspiring panoramas of the landscapes with Mount Erciyes in the distance. It is indeed one of the must visit places in Turkey!
Let your imagination run wild in Cappadocia’s Devrent valley. Devrent Valley, fondly known as the Imaginary Valley is one of the majestic valleys of Cappadocia. The wonderful moonscapes and the amazing but strange rocks make it one of the most loved tourist spots in Turkey. Devrent Valley or the Pink Valley was never inhabited by the humans, the incredible pink hued rock formations, animal shaped rocks and the wonderful landscape will leave you on awe and will make you wonder which rock looks like what!. Located around 5kms from the Goreme Village, a major town, a 10 minute drive will take you to this amazing valley!
One of the Turkey’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Goreme Open Air Museum a must visit place while in Cappadocia. From Byzantine monastic settlement to a pilgrimage site from 17th century, this majestic structure is a cluster of churches, chapels and monasteries. The highlights of this museum are the finest rock-cut cave churches with magnificent frescoes narrating the scenes from the Bible. The amazing location makes it in the very centre of the region with easy access from all directions. A must see site when in the city of Cappadocia.
Check-out from the hotel. Transfer to Kayseri/Nevsehir airport. Flight via Istanbul.
Centrally located at 164 feet from Taksim Square and a 2-minute walk from the nearest metro station, the upscale Innpera Hotel has views of the Bosphorus strait and is 4 km from the Hagia Sophia museum. Relaxed rooms and suites with contemporary decor in pale colors feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minibars, and tea and coffee making facilities. Suites add Bosphorus views. Room service is available. A breakfast buffet is complimentary. There’s a restaurant with a terrace, as well as a cafe, a bar and function space. Other amenities include an indoor pool, a hot tub, a sauna and an exercise room. The nearest airport is Istanbul Ataturk Airport, 15 km from the property.
Istankoy Kusadasi offers a seaside central location in Kusadasi town. The hotel's 33 rooms (70beds) are endowed with all modern facilities and exceptional interior design. It has never been easier for you to visit the sights of Ephesus, The House of Virgin Mary and discover the pleasant surroundings of Kusadasi with the hotel's central location. All guests rooms offer a free high-speed wireless internet connection, LCD TV, cozy bedding with stylish bathroom with rain showers. Enjoy the panoramic sea view while having a free buffet breakfast or choose what you like to have from international cuisine in the restaurant menu. Relax and chill while sipping your drink at the terrace bar or lobby bar which serves until 02:00 AM. Additionally, the hotel provides free car parking space for its guests.
Rox Göreme, opened in 2016, is a brand new hotel of Rox Cappadocia offering a unique and great bedding experience. The hotel is located just at the top of the Goreme Town and carved inside of the fairy chimney hill located just next to the panorama poınt of Göreme. It has options of rooms equipped with Nespresso machines and filter coffee machines. The hotel offers 100% organic and tasty breakfast like homemade jams, pancakes, cakes and other varieties with great presentation. Cappadocia itself is a magical place, and this hotel is the icing on top.