Saturday, Depart US
Depart for Izmir, Turkey via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines. Enjoy superior in flight service with free personal entertainment, meals, and beverages.
Sunday, Arrive in Izmir airport
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to Deluxe Charisma Hotel in Kusadasi located along the Aegean Cost. Remainder of the day is at your leisure
Meals: Light Dinner (due to late arrival)
Monday, Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis
After breakfast, drive to Ancient Ephesus, once the main harbor on the Aegean, now known for its spectacular antiquities and ruins. See the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, Gate of Hercules, Greek Theater, and other temples, baths, and colonnaded streets. Next you will see Temple of Artemis. Return to your hotel enroute see the piles of Turkish carpets and colorful kilims at a weaving center.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
Tuesday, Izmir to Cappadocia
Morning is at your leisure, after noon transfer to Izmir airport for a short flight to Cappadocia, upon arrival, transfer to Gamirasu Cave Hotel in Cappadocia, check in evening at your leisure at Cappadocia
Centuries of erosion from rain, wind, and water shaped Cappadocia into a striking, surreal moonscape of cone-shaped pinnacles and towers, all in a variety of lovely hues and fairy chimneys.
Today, you'll discover the underground city of Kaymakli, then the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost a thousand years ago by the Medieval Christian monks. Continue on to the small town of Urgup, which has many carved dwellings that are still inhabited. Next is the Discovery Series Art of Pottery in Asia Minor event of this afternoon, offering you the opportunity to visit a cave pottery atelier. You will also be able to see some of the local pottery creations in the atelier. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. On this evening's tour, you have the opportunity to witness a ritual dance performance by the Whirling Dervishes, monks of the Mevlevi sect of Islam founded in the 13th century.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Thursday, Cappadocia to Istanbul
After breakfast, transfer to airport for a short flight to Istanbul, upon arrival meet your transfer agent and transferred to Deluxe Doubletree Moda located on the Asian Side. After checking to your hotel; there will be half a day Old Town Istanbul walking orientation tour which will include a 20 minutes scenic ferry ride from Kadikoy to Eminonu. Return to your hotel after the tour.
Friday, Istanbul Full Day at your leisure or purchase Optional Tour
Blue Mosque, St Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar
Full day optional tour with an private guide including entrance fees.
After breakfast, meet your guide at in the lobby to begin your city tour of exotic city of Istanbul. You will tour the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles. Next is the , the St Sophia, Church of the Holy Wisdom, a Byzantine church built in 537 A.D. famous for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Seville Cathedral in 1520. You will continue your exploration with the Topkapi Palace the seat of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. Your final stop is exotic Grand Bazaar with its 4000 shops.
Saturday, return home
Your tour ends. Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for the journey home.