Day 1 - Sat, Depart USDepart for Izmir, Turkey via Istanbul on Turkish Airlines
Day 2 - Sun, Arrive in Izmir airportUpon arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi. Remainder of the day is at your leisure
Meals: Your own
Day 3 - Mon, Ephesus and the Selcuk MuseumAfter breakfast, drive to Selcuk Museum featuring important artifacts found at the Ephesus. Short distance away is the 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. Return to your hotel enroute see the piles of Turkish carpets and colorful kilims at a weaving center.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 4 - Tue, Izmir to CappadociaAfter breakfast, transfer to Izmir airport for a short flight to Cappadocia, upon arrival, transfer to you hotel, check in and visit Cappadocia valley rest of the day
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Day 5 - Wed, CappadociaCenturies 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
Day 6 - Thur, Cappadocia to IstanbulAfter breakfast, transfer to airport for a short flight to Istanbul, upon arrival meet your transfer agent transfer to your hotel
Remainder of the day is at your leisure
Day 7 - Fri, Istanbul; Blue Mosque, St Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace and Grand BazaarAfter 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.
Day 8 - Sat, IstanbulFull day at your leisure
Day 9 - Sun, Istanbul - USAYour tour ends. Early morning transfer to Istanbul airport for the journey home.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch on the flight
3 Domestic flights in Turkey
Accommodations at 4 & 5 star centrally located hotels
All private airport transfers
Services of a licensed English speaking guide throughout
Comprehensive private sightseeing
All admission fees
Private air-conditioned deluxe van or motorcoach
Daily buffet breakfast and one lunch during tour in Cappadocia
|Kusadasi: Nisanyan Houses|
A unique hotel near Ephesus, Turkey Nisanyan House is considered one of Turkey's finest hotels, yet it is a simple and friendly sort of place. It offers you beauty and peace, even a certain degree of elegance. The grounds are extensive, but they make you feel you own the place by yourself. Set in a remote rural village, it is only ten minutes from Ephesus, one of Turkey's top tourist destinations. It probably serves the best food within 100 miles, though you'd think it is mom and pop cooking. It has the most intricately detailed decor of any hotel in the country, yet it all feels perfectly spontaneous and casual.
|Cappadocia – Argos Inn|
|Located in the heart of this historic region, Argos in Cappadocia was born of the careful restoration of a dwelling that dates back thousands of years and offers its guests a unique lodging experience. With its exquisite location, accommodations spread gracefully over the slope, delightful landscaping that connects the living areas to one another, aesthetic faithfulness to the spirit of the original settlement, exquisite interior decorating and superior service philosophy, this establishment is creating distinction in the region. Its doors are open to anyone who dreams of getting lost in a fairytale land dating back hundreds of years or hear the whispers of history in the underground tunnels that connect the hotel residences.|
|Istanbul – Shangri-La|
|An enchanting retreat in the Capital of Empires The spice-scented bazaars of Istanbul have enraptured you. For long moments, you have lost yourself in the intricate patterns gracing the soaring dome of Hagia Sophia. With the morning's memories glowing in your mind, you return to the embrace of Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul. You are greeted, as always, by warm and attentive service. The feeling of enchanting hospitality continues when you open the door to your immaculate suite. The hotel, ideally located in the financial and entertainment district of Besiktas, yields breathtaking views of the Bosphorus Strait. As you step onto your private terrace, you are dazzled by the Strait's deep blue waters, a living line between two continents.|
First Class Hotels
|Kusadasi: Efe Hotel|
Featuring stunning views of the Kusadasi coast, Efe Hotel is located between Guvercinada and the harbour. It offers spa facilities and modern rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are tastefully decorated in minimalist design. They all feature a balcony and beautiful views of the Aegean Sea. Kusadasi city centre is within 0.6 miles with bars and restaurants. Hotel Rooms: 40
|Cappadocia: Lykia Lodge|
Lykia Lodge is just 3.1 miles from Nevşehir and Göreme and offers free private parking and Wi-Fi, sports facilities and spacious rooms. The rooms are comfortably furnished with a seating area and air conditioning. Guests can make use of a fully equipped fitness room, tennis court and outdoor swimming pool. The restaurant at LykiaLodge serves traditional dishes of the region, along with wines from Central Anatolia. LykiaLodge can arrange for guests to explore Cappadocia on horseback, bike or hot air balloon. Hotel Rooms: 146
|Hotellino - Istanbul|
|The charming and stylish Hotellino Istanbul located on a quiet street in Sirkeci offers well-equipped rooms and is a short walk from Haghia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, and the Grand Bazaar. This beautifully decorated hotel offers excellent service and its staff is always ready to advise guests on restaurants, cafes, sights and happenings in the city. This smoke-free property offers 23 rooms with satellite television, air conditioning, pillowtop mattresses, direct-dial phones, and high-speed internet access. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, and phones.|