Day 1 : Arrive Istanbul
Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to hotel (early check-in subject to availability). Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour with Bosphorus cruise. You will visit City Walls, Golden Horn and take a cable car to Pierre Loti Hill. Later, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit). Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 : Istanbul
Today after breakfast you will be picked up from the hotel at around 07:50am for half-day city tour. Visits to St. Sophia (closed on Mondays), Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque (closed to visit on Friday mornings due to Friday Pray), which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Afternoon is at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 : Istanbul – Ankara – Cappadocia
Today, after breakfast, transfer to Ataturk Airport for an early flight to Ankara (Arrival to Ankara needs to be latest at 09:05am). Ankara, the capital of Turkey and one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a history that can be dated back 3000 years. Visit to the world-wide famous Anatolian Civilizations Museum (also known as Hittite Museum) and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the Turkish Hero. Then, depart for Cappadocia. Lunch will be en route. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake visit to the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai Agzikarahan. Later arrive in Cappadocia and check into the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4 : Cappadocia
After breakfast depart for a tour of Cappadocia where you will visit the Pigeon Valley near Uchisar; then the Open Air Museum in Goreme through Avcilar Valley and also visit the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. After lunch at local restaurant you will visit the Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Later proceed to Pasabagi in Zelve region and Avanos with shopping facilities for the world-wide famous handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 : Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale
After breakfast at the hotel in the morning you will drive to Konya. Enroute you will visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic and Karatay Theological School with its beautiful tiles. Later, continue to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 6 : Pamukkale – Aphrodisias – Kusadasi
After breakfast at the hotel you will visit Pamukkale Cotton Fortress, ancient city of Hierapolis with the Theatre, Apollo Temple and magnificent Necropolis, the graveyard. After lunch at local restaurant you will visit Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and famous for its sculpture school. Later proceed to Kusadasi and check into the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 7 : Kusadasi – Ephesus – Izmir
Today, after breakfast in the morning depart on a tour to Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded). Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor. Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch you will visit House of Virgin Mary, Selcuk Ephesus Museum and St. John Church. Later drive to Izmir. On arrival check into the hotel. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 8 : Depart Izmir – Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Izmir Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Apt directly take your flight back to India.