Pearls of Turkey Tour Package is an 8-day tour visiting Istanbul, Kayseri, Cappadocia, Izmir, Kusadasi, Epheseus and Pammukale.
Travel Dates: November 16 – 23, 2019
Minimum 2 passengers
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk airport. You will be met and transferred to your hotel by Orion staff or guide.
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive to the ‘Old City’ where we visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, famous for its delicate blue ceramic tiles, and Haghia Sophia. This church – turned mosque – turned museum takes the breath away with the sheer architectural size of its interior and magnificent dome. Next, we visit the spectacular Topkapi Palace that was built on one of the seven hills of Istanbul, this huge complex commands views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It was the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire for many centuries (1453-1852). Last stop at Grand Bazaar (Sunday closed). Overnight at hotel.
Check out from the hotel for a visit to the Spice Bazaar where we will experience the smells of cinnamon, cloves and thyme rising from every store, the same smells that filled the air over 400 years ago. We then embark on a scenic tour of the Bosphorus, the natural waterway that divides Asia from Europe, viewing imperial palaces, castles, palatial homes, and the two magnificent suspension bridges. On the Asian side we visit Beylerbeyi palace and Camlica Hill which is one of the highest points in Istanbul, offering breathtaking views in all direction. Then transfer to Istanbul Ataturk airport to catch your flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Upon arrival to Kayseri or Nevsehir drive to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast visit Kizilcukur valley where you will visit Uzumlu (Grape) church. It is hollowed out like a monastic complex where monks lived. Then we proceed to village of Cavusin, one of many ancient villages of Cappadocia. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches but we still have beautiful fairy chimneys. Ozkonak or Kaymakli Underground city is on our program to enjoy.. You will still see pigeons and storage rooms etc. in the Pigeon valley.Ample time will be allocated to see Turkish carpets, pottery and Cappadocia souvenirs. Dinner and overnight at hotel in Cappadocia
After breakfast we drive to Kayseri airport to catch a flight to Izmir.Transfer to Kusadasi Hotel. Dinner and overnight
The tour starting with Isa Bey Mosque, then drive to an ancient Greek city, later a major Roman city, on the west coast of Asia Minor which called Ephesus, stroll past the celsus library, the Temple Of Hadrian and the Trajan Fountain in the Ancient Ephesus.After walking on the historical marble street the Great Theater where St. Paul preached will meet at the end. Open buffed lunch in a local Turkish restaurant. In the afternoon will visit the carpet cooperative to see how the Turkish carpets are made by hand. Proceed to shrine of Mother Mary, it is believed where she spent recent years of her lifeTemple Of Artemis (Diana), on the side of one of the seven wonders of ancient World. At the end Leather Fashion show will be full of fun. Transfer back to Kusadasi
Drive to Pamukkale that has the meaning of the Cotton Castle in English. Once known as Hierapolis, famous for healing thermal / mineral Baths and beautiful snow-white “petrified waterfalls. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis,the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Pamukkale terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. In this area, there are 17 hot water springs in which the temperature ranges from 35 °C to 100 °C The water that emerges from the spring is transported 320 meters (1,050 ft.) to the head of the travertine terraces and deposits calcium carbonate on a section 60 to 70 meters long covering an expanse of 240 meters to 300 meters
Transfer to Izmir airport to catch a flight to Istanbul &