COMFORT TURKEY TOUR - 8 DAYS (ISTANBUL-CAPPADOCIA-EPHESUS-PAMUKKALE)
Turkey Comfort Tour Package including the most popular destinations in Western and Central Turkey including Istanbul, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Konya and Pamukkale.
- Comfort Turkey Tour is a reasonably priced tour version of semi-private (small group) tours at the most popular destinations in Turkey including Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus, and Pamukkale. The transport between the main sites is provided by domestic flights to save your time and all your land transport during the tours and transfers are provided with comfortable A/C vans. The tour is operated all-year-round. You will be hosted at well known 4 star hotels.
Day 1: Arrival to Istanbul: One of our colleagues will be waiting for you at the arrival hall bearing a sign of Efendi Travel. He/she will accompany you to our vehicle and you will be transferred directly to your hotel. Accommodation in Istanbul.
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:30. You will visit: Hagia Sophia , Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome Grand Bazaar After lunch you will see: Topkapi Palace , Sultan Tombs and the tour ends about 16:30 and back to hotel Accommodation in Istanbul. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Please note that Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. Blue Mosque will not be visited on Fridays.
Day 3: Bosphorus Cruise and Flight to Cappadocia: You will have a half day Bosphorus Cruise. Pick up time is at around 08:15 from the hotel. You will visit: Golden Horn (from the bus), Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar) and then have a boat cruise on Bosphorus by public boat. You will also view Imperial gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Çiragan Palace Hotel Kempinski and Beylerbeyi Palace during the tour. After the cruise you will be dropped to Sultanahmet Square or Taksim Square.You will be picked up from your hotel at around 15:00 to be transferred to Ataturk Airport to take an afternoon flight to Kayseri. Upon your arrival, you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Accommodation in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel)
Day 4: Blue Cappadocia Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00-09:30 You will visit Devrent Imagination Valley and walk through this lunar landscape. Next, visit Pasabaglari (the world-famous Fairy Chimneys), the village of Avanos, where you will witness a Pottery-making demonstration using ancient Hittite techniques, lunch in a local restaurant, Uchisar Rock-Castle, (the highest point in the region, Esentepe (a panoramic view of Goreme valley) and Goreme Open Air Museum (Rock-cut churches, frescoes, monastery). Accommodation in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Day 5: Green Cappadocia Tour: Pick up from your hotel at around 09:00 and start full day Cappadocia tour. you will visit Kaymakli Underground City (see how the people lived in this multi-level city complete with stables, kitchens, storage chambers and wine making rooms), Soganli Valley (Relaxing 3km. walking through the valley with Byzantine period rock tombs), lunch in a local restaurant, Sobesos(A Roman Bath from the 5th century and mosaics and graves from Byzantine Empire Period), Taskinpasa Medresesi(an Ottoman theological school), and Mustafapasa(Experience the Ottoman and Greek architecture of this old Greek Village once called Sinasos). Accommodation in Cappadocia. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
Day 6: Flight to Kusadasi and Free Day: You will be picked up from your hotel and transfer to airport to take a day flight to Izmir. You will be met at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi. Free day. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel)
Please note that there are limited direct flights between Kayseri and Izmir. In case, there would not be suitable flight for your travel dates, a connecting flight will be arranged for you, which might incur extra costs.
Day 7: Ephesus Ancient City and Virgin Mary's House Tour: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 09:00 for full-day Ephesus Ancient City Tour. Visit the premiere Greco-Roman City of the ancient world, Ephesus. Explore the Temple of Hadrian, Domitian's temple, Hercules gate, famous Celsus Library, Great theater and other Roman sites. We will also visit House of Virgin Mary where she is believed to have spent her last years. On November 29th, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed the House of the Virgin Mary at Ephesus to be sacred. Give a break to taste delicious,healty and traditional Turkish food. Take your way to the Temple of Artemis, which is the one of the seven wonders of ancient world. After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Accommodation in Kusadasi. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)Day 8: Pamukkale Travertines and Hierapolis Ancient City: You will be picked up from your hotel at around 08:15 for the tour of Pamukkale, leaving the colorful town behind as you will pass through the verdant countryside. We will drive for 3 hours for Pamukkale (Hierapolis) to east of Kusadasi. Half-way through, you will have break for the needs. You will arrive at North Gate of Pamukkale (Hierapolis). You will see the Necropolis (cemetery) of Hierapolis which is one of the biggest ancient cemeteries in Anatolia with 1.200 graves, Roman Bath, Domitian Gate, and the Main Street, Byzantium Gate. Then, you walk to the natural warm water terraces which were formed by running warm water that contains calcium. The temperature of the water is about 35 oC. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale (cotton castle). After the lunch, free time at site. If you like to swim in the Ancient Pool which is also called Cleopatra's Pool they charge extra entrance fee of 35 TL per person. (Please have your own towels and slippers with you) The Cleopatra Pool is warmed up by hot springs and littered with underwater fragments of ancient marble columns. Possibly associated with the Temple of Apollo, the pool provides today's visitors a rare opportunity to swim with antiquities! During the Roman period, columned porticoes surrounded the pool; earthquakes toppled them into the water where they lie today. After the tour, you will be transferred to Denizli Airport to take an early evening flight to Istanbul. Your tour ends with arrival to Istanbul Airport. (breakfast at hotel, lunch on the tour)
We can make you further arrangements upon your request in Istanbul for accommodation and airport transfers. Please let us know if you need.