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Historical Tour of Turkey

TTK04: 9 Days Private Tour of Istanbul - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Kongya - Cappadocia - Istanbul
Tour Type: Private Tour, any parts of the itinerary can be customized
Guide: English-speaking guide, experienced and knowledgeable
Driver: Private driver with a spacious air-conditioned car
Accommodation: 4 to 5-star hotels, also be open to your own choice
Meals: Authentic local cuisines and western-style food for your choice
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Day 1 Arrival in Istanbul, airport pick-up
Welcome to Istanbul to enjoy this 9-day private Turkey tours! Our local representative will pick you up at the airport and drive you to the hotel. And we will give you a brief introduction about your private tours of Turkey on the way. After checking in, you can relax at the hotel to relieve the fatigue of a long flight or explore the 2,600-year-old city on your own. Turkey, formerly known as Constantinople, was once the capital of the Eastern Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Accommodation: Fer Hotel
Day 2 Istanbul old city tour
After breakfast in the hotel, your tour guide will pick you up and show you around Istanbul Old City. We'll begin by visiting the Sultanahmet Mosque to start today’s private tours of Turkey, whose walls are decorated with more than 20,000 blue-and-white tiles that give the temple its more renowned name, the Blue Mosque. Next, we are going to visit the Hippodrome. Then we will visit the Hagia Sophia Museum opposite the Blue Mosque, which served as a church during the Roman Empire reign and then as a mosque for 481 years before being converted into a museum in 1935. Therefore, it is a rare religious building in the world and a product of the integration of eastern and western cultures. In the afternoon, we will visit Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar. Finally, we will send you back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Fer Hotel
Day 3 Bosporus Cruise, Fly to Izmir
Your tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and transfer you to the pier to start a two-hour Bosporus Cruise. The best way to enjoy the views of the European and Asian parts of Istanbul is to take a cruise ship. You can see Dolmabahce Palace, Bosporus Bridge, Camlica Hill and lots of Ottoman buildings along the way.

After the cruise, we will send you to the airport to take the afternoon flight to Izmir. When you arrive at Izmir airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer you to your hotel in Kusadasi. The rest of the time is for you to explore Kusadasi, a beautiful and interesting seaside town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Day 4 Full day Ephesus tour
After breakfast, today's private Turkey tours start with Ephesus, which is the best-preserved ancient Roman city in the world. We will visit Marble Street; Celsus Library, one of the three largest libraries in the world in the Byzantine era; The Temple of Hadrian, named after the Roman emperor of the time, has a statue of the exquisite gorgon goddess Madusa on the front of the interior wall. Also, we are going to have a look at the Trajan Fountain and Great Theater where Saint Paul once preached.

At noon, lunch will be arranged in a nice Turkish restaurant and you can take a short break. After lunch, we will go to visit the Temple of Artemis. The Temple of Artemis is the most famous ancient relic in Turkey and one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World. Next, we'll visit the House of Virgin Mary, which is a holy site of Christianity, where the Virgin Mary and the apostle St. John lived in seclusion. After the visit, we will send you back to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel
Day 5 Drive to visit Pamukkale and Hierapolis ancient city
Please pack your luggage in advance since you need to check out in the morning. And prepare your swim suit by the way because you may have a chance to swim in the hot springs of Pamukkale. Your guide will pick you up from the hotel and drives you to Pamukkale and takes for 2.5 hours on the way. 

Since ancient times, Pamukkale has been famous for its high-quality hot springs. The clean hot spring waterfalls flow slowly from high to low, and the calcium in the spring water gradually forms the natural pools after years of deposition. Cotton-castle gets its name from this kind of pool, which is as white as cotton and looks like a castle made of cotton from afar. After lunch, we will visit Hierapolis city at the top of Pamukkale, where we can see a number of cemeteries, beautifully carved Roman Columns, amphitheaters and magnificent gates. At the end of the day, we will drive you to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Doga Thermal Hotel
Day 6 Drive to Konya for a visit, Then to Cappadocia
Today we will leave for Konya early this morning with about 5 hours by car on the 400 kilometers journey. On our arrival in Konya, we will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana who is Turkey's most famous saint. He is both the founder of the Turkish Whirling Dervishes and the spiritual leader of Islam. So this place is a shrine in the heart of all Muslims. After lunch at a local restaurant, we will drive for about 3 hours to Cappadocia, and then check in at the cave hotel and rest.

Tips: Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia is available, please let us know in advance if you wish to book it as places are limited.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves
Day 7 North Cappadocia tour
After breakfast, the tour guide will pick you up from the hotel for today's North Cappadocia tour of Turkey private tours. First, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which is located in a steep valley and contains the essence of Cappadocia's natural, historical and cultural arts. It has together more than 30 grotto churches with different features. Then we'll go to Avanos, a small town that makes pottery. Have lunch at a local specialty restaurant and then we are going to Devrent Valley, where you can enjoy the "Martian landscape"; Pasabag Monk Valley is also known as Fairy Chimney Valley, where you will see many tall mushroom-shaped natural pillars. On the way back, we'll pass through Love Valley, where you can take pictures of the great views of Cappadocia in the evening. Finally, you will be transferred back to the hotel to rest.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Kayakapi Premium Caves
Day 8 South Cappadocia tour, Fly to Istanbul, airport pick-up
Today, we are going to return to Istanbul, so please pack your luggage in advance. The tour guide will pick you up at the hotel and begin the South Cappadocia tour. First of all, we are going to sightsee in Uchisar Castle, the commanding point of the Cappadocia region and a former military cavern fortress where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the entire Cappadocia. Then we will hike for about 2 hours in Red Valley (famous for its many stone churches) to reach Cavusin village, which has two famous churches, Great Basilica and Cavusin Church. After lunch, we'll drive to visit Kaymakli Underground City, the largest Underground City in the Cappadocia region, with more than 100 tunnels. After the visit, we'll take you to the airport and fly back to Istanbul. You will be waited and transferred to the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Fer Hotel
Day 9 Departure from Istanbul
Please have breakfast and check out before 12:00 pm. Our driver will pick you up on time and drive you to the airport. We hope you will have enjoyed your Turkey private tours and look forward to serving you again!

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