COLOURS OF TURKEY (6 DAYS 5 NIGHTS)
DAY 1: ISTANBUL
Welcome to Istanbul, Turkey. You will be transferred to your hotel and stay overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL
In the morning, you will be picked from your hotel and go to the Hippodrome.
The Hippodrome, was the social centre of Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire. And it was a public arena mainly used for chariot races. It was also home to gladiatorial games, ceremonies and celebrations. Hippodrome functioned all in Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman periods. The Hippodrome is known for its four monuments; Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Walled Obelisk and Statues of Porphyrios.
Hagia Sophia Museum, is the most important Byzantine structure and one of the world’s great monuments. It was built at Constantinople in the 6th century. It is the former Christian cathedral, later an Ottoman mosque and now a museum. Now, it is welcoming both local and foreign visitors. (Closed on Monday)
Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, was constructed in the 17th century. It is one of the most important works of Ottoman history and sone ignificant symbols of Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. (Closed on Friday)
Topkapi Palace, was the political center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. It was used for educational administrative and as the art center of the state. It is now a museum that exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire. (Closed on Tuesday)
Grand Bazaar, is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world which has lots of shopping opportunities with its carpets, leather, jewellery, turkish delight, spices and antique tiles.
(Closed on Sunday)
In the end of the tour, you drive to the Istanbul Airport and fly to Cappadocia. You stay overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 3: CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel by our tour guide. And, the first place that you will visit is Cavusin Village.
Cavusin Village, is an old Greek village in Cappadocia. There is a 5th century church of Saint John the Baptist, situated in the old village part.
Goreme Open-Air Museum, is an enchanting open-air museum and an example of the cultural heritage of humanity. Fairy chimneys seem mysterious and cities that extend many meters deep into the earth are all enveloped in an atmosphere that is ethereal and unworldly.
Kaymakli Underground City, is the widest underground city, while the deepest one is Derinkuyu Ungerground City. Miraculously well protected and maintained structure is a member of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Pigeon Valley, is one of the best spots for walking in Cappadocia Region. Pigeons had been used for food and fertilizing the inefficient soil in this region. Their rocky homes can still be found throughout the region.
In the end of the tour, you will be transferred to the airport and fly to Izmir. You stay overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 4: EPHESUS
After breakfast, you will be picked from your hotel by our guide. And, the first place that you will visit is the ancient city of Ephesus.
Ephesus, was an ancient port Greek city on the coast of Inonia and it was built in 10th century. It was one of the most important Greek cities and the most important trading center in the Mediterranean region. It contains such grand public buildings as the impressive Library of Celsus, the theatre, and Temple of Artemis.
Temple of Artemis, also known as the Temple of Diana was a Greek Temple dedicated to the goddess of Artemis. The great temple was built about 550 BCE and it was one the seven wonders of the ancient world.
House of the Virgin Mary, is located on the top of a mountain which is 9 kms ahead of Ephesus. According to the common belief, it is the place that Mary, the mother of Jesus, have spent her last days. Indeed, she may have come in the area together with Saint John to spread Christianity.
In the end of the tour, you stay overnight in Kusadasi.
DAY 5: PAMUKKALE
After breakfast, you depart to Pamukkale.
Pamukkale, meaning "cotton castle" in Turkish, is a natural site in Denizli Turkey. The area is famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing water and it has been drawing the attention with its thermal springs since the time of classical antiquity. It is also listed as a World Heritage Sides by UNESCO.
Hierapolis, was an ancient Greek city located on hot springs. The hot springs have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC. There are also deep niches in the inner section, including the bath, library, and gymnasium.
In the end of the tour, you will go to the Denizli Airport and fly back to Istanbul. You will be transferred to Istanbul Hotel.
DAY 6: ISTANBUL
You have free time untill your flight. You will be transferred to the Istanbul Airport and fly back to your home.