Turkey Trip - 5 days Cappadocia Pamukkale Ephesus tour
Day 1: Travel to Cappadocia and Northern Cappadocia tour(*L)
Pick up from your hotel (05:00 am Approx.) to take a flight from Istanbul (Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen) airport to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport. You will do self check-in in domestic terminal presenting your passports to flight desk according to your flight time as you have already an electronic ticket. On your arrival, your driver will welcome you at the exit gate with your names written on a board. You will arrive to our local office in Cappadocia and meet your guide and after picking other people from their hotels as well you will start your tour.
You will start your visit by Goreme Panorama with its splendid over Goreme village, land of fairy chimneys. Then you will be fascinated by Open Air Museum, the biggest monastery complex of the region. You will continue with Ortahisar, a typical village with its castle and cave food storages. After you will visit one of the most interesting places, Fairy Chimney valley, Pasabag, with its mushroom like formed rocks. Passing throughImagination valley, Devrent, where you have the impression that animals are petrified in the rocks.
You will enjoy your lunch in a restaurant with open buffet variety.
Finally you will walk along Red River flourishing Avanos town famous with pottery cave workshops dating thousand years back to Hittites, the first civilization of Cappadocia. You are going to have fun trying to make potteries after you have a small demonstration.
On the way back to your hotel, you will get into Love Valley which offers a magnificent view.
Day 2: Southern Cappadocia tour(*B *L)
Optional balloon tour available for this morning.
Your guide will take you from your hotel around 09:30-09:45am then you will join your tour.
Your visit start with Uchisar Castle, the biggest fairy chimney used as a fortress by many civilizations. Then be ready to hike about 4km in beautiful Red Valley passing through Rose Valley discovering beautiful rock churches, arriving to Cavusin village, one of the ancient settlement of the region with its cave houses.
For lunch you are going to taste delicious Turkish cuisine at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon you will be amazed by Kaymakli Underground City widest of the regions served many centuries as refuge for the local people and saved early Christians from roman persecution.
Then you will visit Pigeon Valley with its lovely pigeons still living in pigeons houses which has a wonderful view over Uchisar Castle. Finally you will drive to Three Beauties Valley with its beautiful view over Urgup town famous with its wine factories.
Please note: The tour ends approximately at 4.00pm. You will be treated to an optional traditional hand-made carpet demonstration, please inform your guide if you are not interested then you will be dropped to agency office.
Day 3: Free day in Cappadocia and fly to Izmir (*B)
After breakfast you are free to explore Cappadocia on your own. According to flight schedule, transfer to airport and take a flight to Izmir and transfer to hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 4: Pamukkale and Hierapolis tour (*B *L)
Around 08:00-08:15am 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 travertines, 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 are going to have your lunch in a traditional Turkish restaurant. At the end of the tour transfer back to hotel and overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Day 5: Ephesus tour(*B *L)
After breakfast at the hotel, your guide will pick you up at 09:00-09:30 and start full day tour of Ephesus tour. You will start your visit with one of the 7 wonders of ancient world; Artemis temple, city ruins of Ephesus 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 we will transfer to Izmir Airport to take the flight (1hour 15min) to Istanbul. After arrival, you will be welcome by our agency representative holding a sign with your name on it, then transfer to your hotel in Istanbul.
End of our service.
Cappadocia - Historical Goreme House, Dervish Cave House
Ephesus - Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, Efe Boutique Hotel
Important notice :
Prices are per person in double-twin or triple shared room.
Single traveler should pay 25 % extra for this trip.
Due to weather conditions if your balloon tour is cancelled you will be totally reimbursed.
In Ephesus summers are dry and very hot, so put a lot of sun creme and wide hat or sun protect umbrella.
Winters are rainy but not so cold, you will need raincoat or umbrella.
Pamukkale has more or less the same conditions but do not forget to bring your swimming suit to swim in thermal pools.
Per person 540 EURO with credit card and 515 EURO with cash payment
Hot air balloon tour per person 150 EURO
- Hotels with breakfast
- Istanbul to Cappadocia & Cappadocia to Izmir & Izmir to Istanbul flight tickets
- Airport transfers mentioned on the itinerary
- Lunch on tours
- Entrance fees for sights and museums mentioned on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide
- Personal expenses
- Drink and Dinner
- Travel insurance
- Tip to guide and driver
- Cleopatra swimming pool entrance