DAY 01: Check in to your hotel in the afternoon for the start of your tour. In the evening your tour leader will brief you on the schedule of events for the next eight days.
Overnight in Istanbul. (D)
DAY 02: Early flight to Cappadocia . We embark on a full day tour of the region visiting the 86 meter high rock fortress in Ortahisar, view from Uchisar Castle, the intriguing array of fairy chimneys and the underground city of Kaymakli. This whole region is composed of soft compressed volcanic ash, which has worn to form fantastic shapes.
The soft material has also enabled the earlier inhabitants to build churches with lovely frescoes and underground cities to escape persecution in less tolerant times; the tour introduces you to both the man made and natural wonders of the region.
Overnight in Cappadocia. (B.L.D)
DAY 03: Full day shopping tour . First ,we will visit a vineyard . Then we will see a hand made carpet centre in Urgup and pottery production in Avanos .Drive to Konya for overnight .
Overnight in Konya. (B.L.D)
DAY 04: The tour in Konya gives you the chance to see the Whirling Dervishes' mystic order, which was established here . Discover their treasures in the Mevlana Museum. Head to Pamukkale for overnight.
Overnight in Pamukkale. (B.L.D)
DAY 05: Head to Pamukkale. Tour of Hierapolis. Another Greco-roman city "Hierapolis" is visited here with its incredible necropolis, the city of the dead. Pamukkale is world famous for it's calcium-carbonate travertines. Visit textile factories in Denizli . Head to Kusadasi.
Overnight in Kusadasi. (B.L.D)
DAY 06: We will drive to the incredible city of Ephesus and it's colossal Greek Theatre. This particular theatre is still used for performances today. The Marble Road, the Celsus Library, and the temple of Diana are just a few of the things that we will be seeing. We will also visit the house where Virgin Mary lived her final days. Shopping visit to jewellery and leather factories in Kusadasi .Late flight to Istanbul.
Overnight in Istanbul. (B.L.D)
DAY 07: A half day tour will introduce you to the many memorable sights of this city strategically located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. View the majestic Church of St. Sophia, the greatest monument of the Orthodox Church erected in just five years of the Emperor Justinian's rule. South of St. Sophia lies the Hippodrome, scene of Roman chariot races watched by tumultuous crowds of more than 100,000 people. Towards the southern end the Egyptian Obelisk dates from the 16fh Century BC whilst. the serpentine column with the three bronze entwined serpents was brought here from Delphi during the reign of Emperor Theodosius. Enter the Blue Mosque where some 20,000 blue Iznik ceramic tiles create an ethereal atmosphere. We visit Topkapi Palace housing the treasures of the Ottomans and the harem that served as the quarters for the sultan's wives and concubines. In the afternoon a boat cruise on the Bosphorus between the two continents of Asia and Europe. At night farewell, a dinner with a belly dancing show.
Overnight in Istanbul.(B.L.D)
DAY 08: Day trip to Bursa. Known as "Green Bursa", this province stands on the lower slopes of Uludag (Mount Olympos of Mysia, 2543 m) in the Marmara region of Anatolia. The title "Green" of Bursa comes from its gardens and parks, and of course from its being in the middle of an important fruit growing region. In Bursa there are things you should not miss. First of all you are in the homeland of the delicious "Iskender Kebap", one of the best dishes of world - famous Turkish Cuisine. The candied chestnuts (Kestane Sekeri) are a specialty of desserts and have an unforgettable taste. The peaches of Bursa are unique. As for something to purchase; Bursa is a center of the silk trade (since first silk cocoons were brought here with the caravans of the Silk Road) and towel manufacturing. It is also the homeland of the very famous Turkish folklore figures, Karagöz and Hacivat shadow puppets.
Overnight in Istanbul. (B.L.D)
DAY 09: Transfer to airport. (B)
The tour is flexible and can be extended/shortened upon request.