1st Day : ISTANBUL
Arrival at Istanbul International Airport.
After customs clearance, reception of the group, transfer to your hotel in Istanbul for two nights.
2nd Day : ISTANBUL
Plunge to the heart of the history of Constantinople/Istanbul and discover its principal Byzantine and Ottoman monuments: St. Sofia Museum, the sixth-century church built by the Emperor Justinian crowned with its awesome dome, the Ancient Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque named for the beautiful blue Iznik ceramic tiles, the mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, a masterpiece of Ottoman architecture and Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans.
3rd Day : Istanbul- Flight to Ankara - CAPPADOCIA
Fly to Ankara then head straight for the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, where you will see among many other valuable objects, poignant Neolithic statues, and giant Hittite carved reliefs as well as delicate wooden objects from King Midas’ tomb. Complete the visit of Ankara with a trip to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, father of the Turkish Republic, an important place of reverence for Turkish people. In the afternoon, departure to Cappadocia via the Salt Lake Road.
4th and 5th Days : CAPPADOCIA
Cappadocia is a region that is as inspirational as it is awesome. Fairy chimneys formed by wind and water, magnificently painted churches carved into the rock and breathtaking panoramas, are everywhere. Take in the colors of Goreme churches, hike Zelve Valley, a settled town until 1950 and now a ghost town, and explore Uchisar Village clustered around a rock pinnacle with a splendid view of the entire region. Visit Cavusin village, and the pottery village of Avanos, famous for its hand-made red clay pottery. Enjoy a demonstration of pottery making here. Explore the underground city of Ozkonak, where a network of tunnels led people to safety in times of unrest. Take in views of Soganli Valley.
6th Day : Cappadocia – Konya – Flight to ISTANBUL
Early morning departure to Konya. Following the silk road once used by caravans, see the remains of old caravansaries, monumental constructions that once offered protection to traveling merchants, and served as hotels with a visit to one of the best-preserved caravansaries in Turkey, the Sultanhan. Konya was the home of the mystic poet Rumi (Mevlana), whose writings still influence many people today. See his tomb and the monastery for whirling dervishes he established. Proceed to Konya Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul.
Arrival and transfer to hotel in Istanbul. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Istanbul.
Arrival and transfer to your hotel.
7th Day : ISTANBUL
Board a private boat to tour the Bosphorus. View the famous Ottoman Fortress of Rumeli constructed just before the conquest of Constantinople.Complete your stay in Istanbul with a visit to the Grand Bazaar of Istanbul, the largest covered bazaar in the world.
8th Day : Departure
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Istanbul International Airport.