Go shopping in the centuries-old Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, visit the Greek ruins of Pergamum and Ephesus, watch the sun set over the other-worldly mountains of Cappadocia & relax on the beach in popular Bodrum
Day 1-4: Istanbul
Upon arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation in the city centre for 3 nights. The evening will be spent at leisure, allowing you to relax and settle in.
On your first full day you will be taken on a city tour, visiting the historic, 6th Century Hagia Sophia mosque, the grand Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar , the Ottoman Topkapi Palace and Rüstem Pasha Mosque.
On your final day in Istanbul, begin with a brief visit to the 17th century Spice Bazaar, one of Istanbul’s most colorful, bustling attractions. Afterwards you will enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus river, linking Europe and Asia, with excellent views of the city, 19th Century mansions of the Ottoman elite and Rumeli Hisari, a massive fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror.
Istanbul is the cultural, economic and historical heart of Turkey, with a population of 13.9 million people, largely due to its location as the gateway to Asia, straddling both the European and Asian continents. From its founding as Byzantium in 660 BC, it has been the capital of the Roman, Byzantine, Latin and Ottoman Empires and has been on the front line in the historical struggle between the Christian Europeans and muslim Ottomans. Its main historic sites are the impressive Hagia Sophia, built by Emperor Justinian in the early 6th century AD and converted into a mosque in 1453, the great Blue Mosque, built by Sultan Ahmet I in the early 17th century and the Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium. Also worth visiting is the Grand Bazaar, the commercial heart of the old city and still a bustling shopping area. The Topkapi Palace, built from the 15th-19th century, was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultan and is interesting to visit.
Day 4-6: Cappadocia
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your domestic flight to Ankara. Upon arrival you will be met and taken on a tour of the city. Visit the Hittite Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch you will drive to your accommodation in Cappadocia, with the evening at leisure.
The next day you will tour Cappadocia, visiting the underground city of Kaymakli and the Citadel of Uchisar. After lunch, continue to the valley of Goreme and its open air museum, Cavusin village, Pasabag valley and Avanos. After the tour, you will have the evening at leisure.
Day 6-9: Izmir
After breakfast you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Izmir. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city of Izmir with a stop at the Agora, before continuing on to the Old Bazaar.
On your second day in Izmir, you will drive to Ephesus, one of the most impressive and well-preserved archaeological sites in the world. Spend the morning strolling around the streets and temples, including the Basilica of St. John, where the apostle is buried. After the tour, return to your accommodation in Izmir.
On your final day, enjoy a full-day tour of Pergamum, home of the Hellenistic Attalaid kings. Visit the Acropolis, the altar of Zeus and the famous library, which once had 200.000 volumes. After having lunch at a local restaurant, visit Asclepion, the famous medical centre of the ancient world.
Day 9-12: Bodrum
After breakfast you will be driven to your accommodation inBodrum, where you will spend 3 nights.
Over the next few days you can relax by the beach, enjoy the luxuries and amenities of the hotel, or enjoy a number of water-sports and day trips in-land.