Istanbul - Cappadocia - Seven Churches 10Days / 9 Nights

Brief Itinerary:
Day 01
- Arrive Istanbul.
Day 02
- Old City Tour.
Day 03
- Bosphorus Cruise.
Day 04
- Cappadocia Tour.
Day 05
- Cappadocia Tour.
Day 06
- Fly to Izmir.
Day 07
- Seven Churches.
Day 08
- Seven Churches.
Day 09
- Seven Churches.
Day 10 - Depart Turkey.

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1 - Istanbul
Transfer from the airport to your hotel. Day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
 
Day 2 - Istanbul (B, L)
Full Day Old City Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit Topkapi Palace, with royal treasury and elegant four courts. After lunch, proceed to the Hagia Sophia, a great Byzantine architectural masterpiece, whose interior is resplendent with golden mosaics. Then admire the delicate design and Iznik tiles of the Blue Mosque. Explore the ancient Roman Hippodrome with Egyptian Obelisk and Serpentine Column. Finally, stop off at the dazzling Grand Bazaar with over 4000 shops. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Istanbul (B)
Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to visit the bustling Spice Market - a colorful bazaar heaped with various sweets and spices. Stop into the beautifully tiled tiny Rustem Pasha Mosque before taking a relaxing Bosphorus boat cruise (by public ferry or Zoe Yacht) between the continents of Europe and Asia - gliding past Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi Palaces, ornate wooden Ottoman mansions and mosques, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge. Afternoon at your leisure. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 - Istanbul-Cappadocia (B, L)
Full Day Cappadocia Tour:
Morning transfer to Istanbul airport. Fly to Kayseri. Transfer to Cappadocia. Start with a gentle hike through orchards, unusual volcanic rock formations and rock-cut houses at Red & Rose Valley. Visit the old Christian Village of Cavusin, followed by lunch and then an excursion to Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon, visit Kaymakli Underground City, which hid local Christians from Arab invaders, Ortahisar Castle and Mustafapasa Greek village. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

 

Day 5 - Cappadocia (B, L)
Full Day Cappadocia Tour:
Pick up from your hotel to explore Devrent and Monk's Valley, to see the extraordinary mushroom-shaped rock pinnacles or 'fairy chimneys'. Continue on to the small village of Avanos, famous for clay pottery design. After lunch, proceed to the Goreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive rock-carved churches and Byzantine frescoes in all Cappadocia. Finally enjoy a view of the moonscape valleys from the rock-perched natural citadel at Uchisar. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

 

Day 6 - Cappadocia-Kusadasi (B)
Morning transfer to Cappadocia airport and fly to Izmir via Istanbul. Transfer from the airport to the hotel in Kusadasi. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 7 - Kusadasi -Pamukkale (B, L, D)
Seven Churches at Ephesus & Laodicea:
Pick up to visit the city of Ancient Ephesus, the most important of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. See the great Library of Celsus, Agora, Odeon, Trajan Fountain, Domitianus Temple, Roman Latrines, Theater and Stadium in which St. Paul preached the gospel. Also visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is said to have spent her final years and St. John's Basilica, a Byzantine church marking his burial place. After lunch, drive to Eskihisar, site of the Church of Laodicea, to which St. John addressed his letter concerning the city's waning faith. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 8 - Pamukkale-Bergama (B, L, D)
Seven Churches at Sardis, Philadelphia, Thyatira & Pamukkale:
Pick up to visit the ancient city ruins of Hierapolis, where St. Philip was martyred in 1AD. See the Necropolis, Avenue of Tombs and Thermal Baths. Enjoy a break at Pamukkale with snow-white terraced cliff pools. Then we proceed to the ancient Philadelphia Church at Alasehir, the youngest of the Seven Churches of Revelation,visiting the remains of an early church and the city walls. After lunch, visit the site of Sardis - the capital of the ancient kingdom of Lydia. Walk the Royal Avenue and see the site of the Church of Sardis built on the foundations of the Temple of Artemis. Finally at Akhisar we visit the Church of ancient Thyatira, another one of the 7 churches, set in an ancient commercial town with strong ties to Troy and Sardis. Drop off to hotel. Overnight in Bergama.

Day 9 - Bergama-Istanbul (B, L)
Pergamon - Smyrna - St. Polycarp:
Drive to Pergamon, site of one of the Seven Churches, where St. John wrote of Satan's throne being sited. Visit the Church of Pergamon, the famous Red-Court and the Acropolis. After lunch, proceed to Smyrna (Izmir), whose early faithful were praised in a letter from St Paul. Finally visit the Church of St. Policarp and enjoy a short tour of Izmir city. Transfer to Izmir Airport. Flight to Istanbul. Transfer to hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 10 - Istanbul (B)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport. Departure.

 

Schedule:
Departure dates guaranteed every day all year around for this tour.

Package Prices:
2 pax : 1960$          4 pax:1910$          6 pax 1870$
What's Included:
*  All nights B&B at a choice of selected 3/4/5 star or boutique hotels.
* All sightseeing tours of the places mentioned in the program.
* All tours with professional licensed English-speaking guidance.
*  All transport with new air-conditioned deluxe vehicles.
*  All meals where shown in the itinerary (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner).
* All airport transfers throughout the trip.
*  All parking fees, ferry, tolls and petrol.
*All entrance fees.
*  All taxes


Not Included:
*  International airfare to Turkey.
*  Domestic flight tickets (will be quoted separately). Domestic flights are operated by Turkish Air, Atlasjet, SunExpress, OnurAir, PegasusAir, AnadoluJet and SkyAirlines.

*Drinks, travel insurance, visas, personal expenses, porters, optional tips.