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8 Days Istanbul, Seven Churches & Cappadocia Tour Package By Flight

Duration:7 Nights 8 Days

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Istanbul Old City, Ephesus Ancient City, Laodicea, Pamukkale & Hierapolis, Sardis, Philadelphia, Pergamum, Northern Cappadocia, Southern Cappadocia

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Istanbul / Transfer to hotel      
When you arrive in Istanbul Airport,you will be met by Travel Bazaar Representatives and will be transferred to your hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2 Byzantian & Ottoman Relics Tour           (Included Meals: Breakfast / Lunch)
08:30 Am After breakfast and pick up from hotel for full day Byzantian & Ottoman Relics Tour.
We start the tour with discovering the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics, visit Saint Sophia Museum, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the architectual marvels of all time, then visit the Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque), built in the 16th century, unique with 6 minarets and its magnificent interior decoration of the blue Iznik tiles. The Ancient Hippodrome, was the scene of chariot races and constains three monuments: Obelisk of Theodosius,bronze serpentine column and German Fountian of Wilhelm II.  Before lunch visit the Grand Covered Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops selling souvenirs, rugs & kilims, jewelry, pottery, leather and almost everything. Visit Royal Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries.Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed – basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerful emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as a mosque since 1497.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 Fly to Izmir / Ephesus and Laodicea    (Included Meals: Breakfast / Lunch)
05:00 Am We will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport.
07:00 Am Fly to Izmir.
08:20 Am When you arrive at the airport, our staff will meet you and drive to the meeting point.
Today, we will start with Ephesus, one of the "Seven Churches of Revelation". Visit to St. John Basilica and the, Last abode of Virgin Mary at Mount Solmissos. Visit to the old Greco-Roman city of Ephesus, most important of the "Seven Churches of Asia Minor", where St. John brought Mary in fulfillment of his pledge to Jesus to protect her, she is believed to have taken into heaven. After lunch, continue to Laodicea a Crossroads of the ancient world .
Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 4 Pamukkale, Sardis and Philadelphia and Thyatira   (Included Meals: Breakfast / Lunch)
After breakfast we will pick you up from the hotel and visit the ancient city of Hierapolis home of Philip the Evangelist. Have a break at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale later on proceed to Philadelphia. Philadelphia (Alasehir), the youngest of the "Seven Churches of Revelation", visiting the still standing remains of an early church and the city walls Lunch on the way. In the afternoon visit, ancient city and ruins of the famous church of Sardis the ancient Lydian capital. Later on the remains of the church of Thyatira than drive to Pergamon where we will stay for the night.
Overnight in Pergamon.
Day 5 Pergamon Tour / Fly to Kayseri   (Included Meals: Breakfast / Lunch)
Departure after breakfast for Pergamon (Bergama), the place where, wrote St. John to the church of Pergamon, "Satan's throne is sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the red-court, Acropolis, after lunch; we drive to Smyrna (Izmir), recipient of a letter from St Paul praising the early believers for their faithfulness. Visiting to St. Polycarp Church and a short tour of the city at the end of the tour, transfer to Izmir airport and fly to Kayseri. Our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 Northern Cappadocia Tour        (Meals:Breakfast and Lunch ) 
09:30 Am We will pick you up from the hotel for the first day tour of Cappadocia.
On tour you will visit:
Devrent Valley, Here is also known as imagination valley as well where you see lots of fairy chimneys with interesting shapes like camel rock,mushroom like shapes and more. you can enjoy the valley while walking through the rock formations.
Pasabaglari, We call here monks valley too.At the end of 5 th century one of the saints called St.Simeon from Syria came here and lived in a cave in the valley and live as a hermit.Here youfind all the fairy chimneys with three caps on them.
Avanos, We can call here as the heart of art and handicrafts of the area.Here is the small town where the locals make potteries and seramics.This tradition was first started by Hittites 4000 years ago.Red River,Kızılırmak in Turkish,passes from the village.
Goreme, The names given here in history Korama,Avcılar and still called Maccan by locals.This is the place where you see lots of rock cut churches with best paintings of the area. Here was used as missionary school beginning from 2 nd centuries till 12 th centuries.
Goreme Open Air Museum, Featuring the most impressive of all rock-carved churches in Cappadocia. Esentepe, That s the best view you can ever see in the area.You will have a break on a hill called Esentepe where you see all the marvellous looking valleys with different shapes and the volcanoes shaped them.
Uchisar, Here is the small village which is famous with a huge castle used by Christians.There were 3 castles like this located in the area. The others are in Ortahisar and Ürgüp.
17:00 Pm After the tour,you will be dropped off at your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7 Southern Cappadocia Tour / Fly to Istanbul      (Meals:Breakfast and Lunch )    
Your second day tour of Cappadocia will start at 09:30 Am.After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and drive to the meeting point.
On tour you will visit:
Red Valley, presenting an opportunity to hike through orchards and vineyards, between fairy chimneys and rock-carved houses.This was also used by Christians at the end of 5th centuries,so you will explore the cave dwelling used by them and visit old churches too.Continue the walk in Rose Valley. Afterwards, visit the old Christian Village of
Cavusin.It was exactly settled like a big town where you will see lots of cave rooms used as living rooms,sleeping rooms,kitchens,wineries,etc.So all these are waiting for you to be explored.Following a lunch break,visit,
Esentepe,where you will have the best view in the area.You will have a break on that hill,you will see all the marvellous looking valleys with different shapes.Then visit
Kaymakli Underground City,which is probably the most attracting place to see in the area that you should not miss.It is the 2nd largest one in the area with its 4 levels and 40 meters depth.There are almost 40 underground cities like this.They were used first by Hittites and later by Christians as a shelter in the war times.They carved lots of rooms all connected with tunnels.The tour continue with visiting
Catalkaya where you will see the most famous fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.The last place to see is
Hospital Monastry (Ortahisar),which is the first place in the area used as hospital and health center by Christians.
17:00 Pm After the tour,you will be transferred to the airport.
19:30 Pm Fly to Istanbul.
20:50 Pm Arrive in Istanbul and meet on arrival.Transfer to hotel.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 8 Check out / Transfer to Airport        (Meals: Breakfast )    
After a relax breakfast at the hotel, we will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to the airport according to your international flight.
 

Includes

  • * All mentioned airport transfers in Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia
  • * Round trip flight tickets between Istanbul, Izmir and Cappadocia
  • * Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in the tours
  • * Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
  • * Mentioned entrance fees to sights by the itinerary
  • * Meals mentioned by the itinerary - Vegeterian meals are available
  • * All mentioned land transportations
  • * 2 Nights accommodation in Cappadocia at preferred hotel with breakfast
  • * 3 Nights accommodation in Istanbul at preferred hotel with breakfast
  • * 1 Night accommodation in Pamukkale at preffered hotel with breakfast
  • * 1 Night accommodation in Pergamon at preffered hotel with breakfast
  • * Service charge
  • * Local taxes

Excludes

  • *Meals unless mentioned on the itinerary
  • *Drinks at lunch
  • *Tips

Reviews

Comments (1)
(5 / 5)

Peter Austin

17.10.2014, 18:17

We did this tour last september. we were exchanging emails with mehmet much in advance and his promptness convinced us to go with travel bazaar. It was a private tour for 5 of us and our guides nizam in ephesus area and zeki in cappadocia were excellent. The airport transfers and hotel pick ups were all on time. Everything went so smoothly, so I can highly recommend travel bazaar to everyone for turkey destination.

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