Cappadocia Tour, Ephesus Tour, Pamukkale Tour. Spend 4 glorious days in Turkey seeing all the must see sights. Soar above the fairy chimneys at dawn on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and…
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Cappadocia Tour, Ephesus Tour, Pamukkale Tour. Spend 4 glorious days in Turkey seeing all the must see sights. Soar above the fairy chimneys at dawn on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Explore the ancient city of Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Luxuriate in the thermal hot springs of Pamukkale and retain your youth in Cleopatra’s Pool. Don’t miss this trip, which is jam packed with adventure and beautiful places waiting to be seen!
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Cappadocia is one of the most popular destinations in Turkey. The area’s daily hot air balloon rides at sunrise have become something of legend and people flock here to get the best photos. The “fairy chimney” rock formations that make up the landscape were formed thousands of years ago as a result of volcanic eruptions. The earliest documented settlers here were the Hittites around 2,500 BC. Over the next few thousand years, control over the region passed between the Assyrians, Phrygians, Lydians and Persians before finally coming under Roman rule around 17 AD. With the Romans came Christianity and communities started sprouting all over the region. During that time, people were being persecuted for following Christianity so they built underground cities and carved monasteries into the rock formations as a way to survive while still being able to practice their religion. In 1071, the Seljuq Turks took control over the region. It eventually was annexed into the rapidly growing Ottoman Empire after they defeated the Byzantines for control of the region in 1453. With the Ottomans came Islam and the area was converted.
Archeologists have uncovered the underground cities built by the early Christian settlers and the most famous is called Derinkuyu. The city is 18 stories deep and is open for visitors daily. However, for safety reasons, visitors can only tour the first 8 stories. Day tours of the area also include the Goreme Open Air Museum and Selime Monastery. Both are well-preserved monasteries carved into the rocks. Visitors can still see the frescoes painted on to the rock. Other highlights of the area include Uchisar Castle, a castle carved into a boulder with a stunning view of the region and the Ihlara Valley, a beautiful scenic gorge that is a treat to hike through.
A trip to Cappadocia isn’t complete with out a sunrise hot air balloon ride. However, in the past few years, their fame has skyrocketed and the balloons fill up fast. If you are unable to ride in one, the next best thing is to have breakfast at your hotel while the balloons fly overhead. The site of all of the balloons in the air is the next best thing!
If you’ve ever wanted to spend the night in a cave, then Cappadocia is the perfect place for you! Many of the hotels are carved into the rocks that line the landscape of the region. However, despite their cave-like appearance, they are all fully furnished with modern facilities. Don’t miss out on the unique experience of staying in one of these hotels.
Due to the volcanic tuff that covers the area, the land is quite fertile and the perfect condition to grow grapes! As a result, the region is also known for wine making. You can take tours of the wineries and see how Turkey’s wines compare to those around the world!
Pamukkale translates to cotton castle and gets its name from the large white travertines that have formed on the side of the hill near the ancient city of Hierapolis. The “cotton castle” is formed due to a buildup of limestone in the thermal waters that flow down the side of the mountain. Eumenes II, King of Pergamon built the city for his wife Hiera sometime around 175 B.C. The thermal hot springs around the city were said to have healing powers and many flocked to the city from all over to bathe in the waters. In 133 B.C., the King of Pergamon willed the city of Hierapolis to the Roman Empire. During the Roman reign, the city rose to prosperity. The city began to decline in the 6th century and finally, after an earthquake in 1334, the city was abandoned.
The highlight of the ancient ruins is the Roman theater, which is in impeccable condition. You do have to hike up a little hill, so wear comfortable shoes! The view from the top is definitely worth the climb.
Make sure to bring a bathing suit with you when you visit the site as the main attraction are the travertine pools that you can walk and bathe in. Try to arrive as early as possible as the travertines get very crowded during the day. In addition to the travertines is Cleopatra’s Pool. It’s open for visitors to swim in as well. It is said that Cleopatra traveled to the ancient city and bathed in this bath believing that the thermal waters would help her retain her youth. Don’t miss the opportunity to swim where a queen once did!
The Greeks founded the ancient city of Ephesus in the eleventh century B.C. Its history after that is largely undocumented, however, in the seventh century B.C., the city was taken over by the Lydians. The Lydian King Croesus, who ruled from 560 B.C. TO 547 B.C., is known for building the Temple of Artemis in the city, which would become one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Over the next few hundreds of years, the city was conquered by many different empires, but eventually came to be ruled by the Roman Empire in 129 B.C. and under the reign of Caesar Augustus it became one of the greatest cities in the Empire. After the death of Jesus Christ, his followers Saint John and Saint Paul traveled to Ephesus and converted many of the citizens to Christianity. It is also believed that Ephesus is the final resting place of the Virgin Mary as it is said that she traveled there with Saint John near the end of her life. In 262 A.D. the Goths invaded the city and destroyed everything, including the beautiful Temple of Artemis. After that, the city was never rebuilt and fell into decline. When the Ottoman Empire took control of the region, the city and the harbor were almost useless. It was officially abandoned and left for archeologists to explore much later.
Many of the ruins of the city are still very well preserved and visitors and walk through the ancient city and get a feel for what life was like back then. The Celsius Library and the theater are in excellent condition and are definitely worth a visit.
The final resting place of the Virgin Mary is also open for visitors. Tourists can walk through her modest stone house and leave thoughts and prayers for the Virgin Mary. A mass is held outside her house every Sunday.
When visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, the best place to stay is the nearby seaside town of Kusadasi. After the tour, relax on the beach or take a stroll through the castle that juts out into the sea. At night, the area comes alive with tourists and locals alike relaxing at the many restaurants and bars that line the seaside.
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Istanbul-Cappadocia by plane and day trip for Southern Cappadocia-Green tour (L)Our driver will pick you up at 4:00 AM and take you to the airport for a one-hour flight to Cappadocia. Upon your arrival, our driver will be waiting to pick you up and take you to our office in Goreme town. From there you will join the South Cappadocia Tour. You'll begin your tour with a visit to Derinkuyu Underground City before continuing on to the Ihlara Valley. After a pleasant stroll through a section of the gorge, you will stop for lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. From there, you will continue on to Selime Monastery and explore the rock formations that the Monks called home. You're next stop is Pigeon Valley for a spectacular view and photo op. Your last stop will be at an onyx factory to learn how it's made. When the tour is finished, our guide will drop you at your hotel. You will be staying in Holiday Cave Hotel or similar. The rest of the evening is free to rest or explore.
Day tour for Northern Cappadocia / Flight from Cappadocia to Izmir (B,L)You Will enjoy breakfast before your tour. Our guide will pick you up from your hotel at 9:30 AM for a tour of the North side of Cappadocia. Your first stop will be at Uchisar Castle, which is one of the best views in the area. Next, you'll visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and take in the stunning frescoes. For lunch, you will be stopping in Avanos at a traditional Anatolian restaurant. Following lunch, you'll make short stops for photo ops at the beautifully scenic landscapes of Pasabag Monk's Valley, Devrent Valley and the Urgup Fairy Chimneys. Before returning to your hotel, you'll stop at a traditional kick wheel pottery factory and see a demonstration. If you're lucky, you may even get to try it yourself! After the tour is finished, our driver will take you to the airport for a one-hour flight to Izmir. Once you arrive, our driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Kusadasi. You'll be staying at Efe Boutique Hotel or similar.
Day Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis (B,L)After a quick breakfast at your hotel, your guide will pick you up at 7:30 for the 3-hour bus ride to Pamukkale. When you arrive around 11:00 AM, you'll begin the tour with lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant. Following lunch, your guide will gibe you a tour of the ancient ruins of Hierapolis. After, you'll have two hours of free time. You'll be free the explore the onsite archeological museum, swim in Cleopatra's Pool or head to the main attraction, the white travertines where you can wade through the thermal waters. At the end of the tour, you'll make one final stop at the base of Pamukkale for a great photo op. From there, our driver will take you back to your hotel in Kusadasi.
Day Tour of Ephesus and Flight back to Istanbul (B,L)Following breakfast at your hotel, our guide will pick you up at 9:00 AM for a full day tour of Ephesus. The tour begins at the site of the last dwelling place of the Virgin Mary. You can tour her modest home and leave her a message before departing for the main event. Next, your guide will take you through the ancient city of Ephesus explaining the history and stopping for pictures through the site. Following the tour, you will have lunch at a traditional Turkish restaurant before continuing on the view what remains of the Temple of Artemis. Once one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, only one pillar remains. You'll make a quick stop to learn about the history and take some photos. At the end of the tour, our driver will take you to the airport for a one-hour flight back to Istanbul. When you arrive, our driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel.
3 flight tickets with taxes
All airport transfers
All domestic taxes
4 day tours (Professional tour guide, lunch, transportation (max 15 pax) and all entrance fees
One night Cave Boutique Hotel Cappadocia with breakfast
2 night Hotel in Kusadasi with breakfast
All meals mentioned by the itinerary (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner)
Vegetarian meals (according to your wish)
Full travel insurance
Tips to driver and guide
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