5 days tour from Istanbul - Cappadocia Konya Pamukkale and Ephesus
Day 1 - Istanbul to Cappadocia by plane
Northern Cappadocia Tour (L)
You will be picked up from your hotel in Istanbul around 5 am and transfered to the airport to take a flight to Cappadocia, on your arrival you will be dropped to your agency office to join your group and we start the day with a splendid view over the region from Goreme Panorama then you will be amazed by the biggest monastery complex Open Air Museum which has many beautiful churches with fantastic wall paintings. Tour continues to pottery town Avanos divided by Red River, the longest river in Turkey and hometown of traditional carpet weaving. After having your lunch you will visit Fairy Chimney Valley and Imagination Valley where you will enjoy lunar landscape. End of the tour transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia.
Day 2 - South Cappadocia Tour - Optional Hot air balloon tour (B L)
After breakfast, You will be picked up from your hotel at around 10 am and we start the day with a panoramic view of Uchisar Castle which was a former fortress since Roman time, a unique and natural formation. Your visit continues to Underground City where you are going to experience Christian survival from Roman persecution passing through the tunnels, living rooms, food storages, etc. Then you will enjoy Pigeon Valley that offers you a splendid scenery with pigeon houses where people used to collect droppings as fertilizer. After having your lunch you will visit Love Valley and old town of Cavusin which is situated on the slopes of Red Valley. End of the day transfer to hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 3- Cappadocia to Pamukkale via Konya (B)
Breakfast at the hotel and meet our driver 08:30 am at your hotel and drive to Pamukkale via Konya. (7-8 h) On the way to Pamukkale good chance to stop and visit Konya Mevlana museum. We will suggest to try Etli ekmek for lunch If you are not vegetarian. End of the day arrive in Pamukkale and transfer to hotel.
Day 4 - Pamukkale Tour (B L)
After breakfast, 08:00-08:30 am we will pick you up from your hotel and join your group for full day tour of Pamukkale meaning “cotton castle” in Turkish, is a natural site contains hot springs and travertine’s, terraces of carbonate minerals left by the flowing water with its temperate climate for most of the year. We will also visit the ancient city Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs there have been used as a spa since the 2nd century BC, and people came to soothe their ailments, with many of them retiring or dying here. The large Necropolis is filled with sarcophagi, including the Sarcophagus of Marcus Aurelius. You will have also the chance to swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool. You will have your lunch during the excursion.
End of the tour drive to Kusadasi and overnight stay.
Day 5 - Ephesus Tour (B L)
After breakfast pick up from your hotel (09:30 am) and start for full day tour of Ephesus. You will start your visit with Artemis Temple, city ruins as Hadrian Temple, Celcius library, theater, hamams, passing through old harbor path. Then you will feel the holy atmosphere of exceptional Isabey Mosque. You will have your lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon you will visit House of Virgin Mary where she spent her last 5 years, which is recognized by Vatican as pilgrimage destination for Christians, visited by Pope Leo XII and Benedict XVI. End of the tour transfer to airport and take a fly back to Istanbul. After arrive in Istanbul, transfer to hotel and end of our service.