Day 1: Departure from USA
An overnight flight to Istanbul.
Day 2: Arrive Istanbul
Day 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour (B)
Begin with a visit to Topkapi Palace, the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, with its jewel encrusted treasury and elegant four courts. After a lunch break, visit the main sights around Sultanahmet Square, including the famous Hagia Sophia Museum, once the largest church in the world for 1000 years, and decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Then visit the Blue Mosque, designed with 6 delicate minarets and a striking blue Iznik tiled interior. Nearby, take a stroll through the site of the ancient Hippodrome, once the sporting ground of chariots and political riots, and see the Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and Fountain of Wilhelm II. Finally, visit the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop or haggle with local merchants over unusual antiques, colorful spices, beautiful jewelry and richly textured fabrics. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Full Day Istanbul Tour (B)
Today explore the bustling Egyptian Spice Market of 17th century origin - a colorful bazaar heaped with spices, Turkish sweets, dried foods and much more. Then visit the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque hidden among the narrow cobbled market streets nearby. Next we take a Bosphorus Tour Sightseeing Boat Trip * (2 hr boat ride) up Istanbul's winding straits for a chance to relax and admire the shoreline of beautiful mosques, lavish palaces and decadent villas - you'll see Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, Ottoman summer mansions and Ortakoy mosque, the defensive Rumeli Fortress and Bosphorus Bridge. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5: Istanbul - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour (B)
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir Airport, meet your guide and drive to Ephesus . We’ll first visit the Artemission Temple which is one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to Ephesus, one of the 12 cities of Ionia and one of the best preserved classical cities of the Eastern Mediterranean dated back to 2000 years. Afternoon visit House of Virgin Mary. Transfer to the hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Kusadasi - Cappadocia Tour (B)
Pick up from hotel and transfer to Izmir airport for morning flight to Cappadocia (via Istanbul) . Arrive in Kayseri airport, meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon begin your tour in Cappadocia. Today you will visit the vast Uchisar Kale (Fortress) that dominates the skyline for miles. Continue to the underground city of Kaymakli, once a refuge from Arab, Roman, and Mongolian aggressors. Our last stop will be Cavusin Village where we will see frescoes dating back to 11th century. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7: Cappadocia Tour – Istanbul (B)
You can rise early this morning (weather permitting) and get a new perspective on the intriguing tufa landscapes while gliding smoothly above them on our optional hot-air balloon excursion.
In the morning, explore the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent Valley- also known as the “Valley of the Fairy Chimneys”. Visit the conical tufa formations capped with basalt that are still used as storage units today in Pasabag. After lunch in Avanos, you will visit a cave pottery atelier where you will observe some of the local pottery creations. Our last stop will be Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, you'll view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost 1,000 years ago. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8: Departure (B)
Private transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
In the heart of Sultanahmet district, Aprilis Hotel is just a 5 minute walk from Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. It offers a terrace and spa facilities with a sauna and a fitness center.
Featuring carpet floors, the elegant rooms at Hotel Aprilis include air conditioning, LED TV with European satellite channels, and free Wi-Fi. Some rooms also offer sea views.
You can start the day with an open buffet breakfast accompanied by a cup of tea or coffee. There are also many restaurants serving Turkish and international cuisine within walking distance.
The historic Cemberlitas hammam is just a few steps from the hotel. Cemberlitas Tram Stop is 85 yards away. Ataturk Airport is 11 miles from the hotel.Read More +
Nestled amongst the amazing rock formations of Cappadocia, the Cave Deluxe offers rustic accommodation on the site of an ancient cave home.
This hotel really offers the guest a unique experience, with the majority of the rooms found within the caves. Guests will love the carved rock walls and ceilings, neatly combined with chic furnishings and modern bathrooms.
The Cave Deluxe has a lovely cave restaurant on site which serves daily continental breakfast. Guests can also enjoy a range of traditional Turkish dishes and light snacks served throughout the day. The hotel also offers a range of local organic products, including items from the hotels very own garden.
The area surrounding the hotel is known for its natural beauty. The hotel also has a winter garden with a fireplace.Read More +
Located on the Long Beach at Aegean coast, this seafront hotel offers an outdoor pool and spa facilities with a Turkish bath and a sauna. It has rooms with a balcony and free Wi-Fi.
The rooms Grand Belish Hotel are tastefully decorated with modern furniture, in blue and beige tones. They all include a minibar, LCD TV and a DVD player.
Unique tastes of Turkish and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the open buffet restaurant with beautiful sunset views. Guests can also have seafood at Fish House Restaurant.
There is an on-site spa centre with a variety of massages and beauty treatments. The fitness centre features modern cardio equipments.Read More +
- Your choice of hotel accommodations
- Buffet breakfasts daily
- All domestic flights within Turkey
- Airport transfers
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-Lunch, D-dinner)
- Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
- All entrance fees
- Services of a licensed and experienced FLO USA tour guide
- Deluxe air-conditioned tour vehicles
- Baggage handling, hotel taxes, hotel service charges
- ASTA Traveler Funds Protection Plan
- FLO USA Travel documents kit
- Visa fee
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Extra drinks with meal
- Tips for your tour guide and driver