DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul. Welcome to Turkey!. Wherever you are arriving, the Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Istanbul cruise port, our representative will meet you with a placard with your name and then will transfer your private group to the hotel for your overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Full Day Istanbul Tour. You are picked up from your hotel after breakfast and we begin the day by visiting the Byzantium period. We visit the ancient Hippodrome, the breath-taking Hagia Sophia, and the Basilica Cistern or Seryefim Cistern. Then experience the Ottoman period with a visit to the opulent Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar and it's 4,000 shops. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Full Day Istanbul Tour. We'll pick you up from the hotel after breakfast and start our 2nd day in Istanbul by visiting: the beautiful Suleimanie Mosque, then a delightful boat cruise down the Bosphorus waterway, which is the only waterway to separate two continents. Following that, a fabulous shopping experience at the Egyptian/Spice Market where you can get everything from silk and spices, to ceramics and jewelry. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 4: Istanbul to Kusadasi and Ephesus Tour. First a hotel pickup and transfer to the Istanbul airport for your morning flight to Izmir. Your local tour guide will meet you when you arrive at the Izmir Airport. After a quick 45 minute drive you will reach the glorious Ephesus Site. Itinerary: Ancient City of Ephesus - including the Terrace Houses and after a short drive to visit House of Virgin Mary. After lunch in a garden of a local handicrafts center, we will visit the Selcuk Ephesus Museum and a short stop at the Temple of Artemis. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.
DAY 5: Kusadasi to Cappadocia Tour. This morning you are picked up from your hotel for your transfer to the Izmir airport for the flight to Cappadocia -(either to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport - depending on the flight schedule, either via Istanbul or direct from Izmir airport.) You will be met by your local Cappadocia tour guide and will proceed to the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys, Pigeon Valley, and the amazing Kaymakli Underground City. Overnight stay in a Cappadocia cave hotel.
DAY 6: Cappadocia Tour – Istanbul. You'll have a truly early pick up for your hot air balloon ride (optional) and then the rest of the day you will see the highlights of Cappadocia like: Devrent Valley, Pashabag Fairy Chimneys, Avanos Town, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock Castle. We end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill. You ar then transferred back to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul..
DAY 7: Departure. After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport for your flight back home or Istanbul cruise ship port for your Mediterranean cruise.
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