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Goreme Open Air Museum, Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir, Turkey
This morning, around 9 o’clock, we’ll pick you up and head to Goreme Village, the land of mysterious chimneys in the rocks and the biggest monastery complex in the region. Then, we'll head to Ortahisar castle and Pasabag, the valley with rocky chimneys famous for their unusual forms. We’ll pass through Devrent valley, where you’ll see the animals that are petrified in the rocks. Around 12 o’clock our group will have a lunch break in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you'll walk along the Red River and visit a small village Avanos well-known for its pots craft. If you wish, you can attend the pottery workshop there. At the end of the day, we’ll back to the hotel by passing through the Love Valley (the place with an incredible view).
This day is for Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon activity (please, mind that this is optional, so if you wish to fly, tell about that to your tour guide the day before). If you are not going to fly, but only to observe the remarkable sky, our guide will pick you up from the hotel around 09:30 - 10:00 am and you’ll head to Southern Cappadocia Tour package includes: Uchisar Castle which is one of the biggest fairy chimney used as a fortress by many civilizations. Hiking in Red Valley (about 4 km.) and passing through Rose Valley by exploring the rock churches that saved early Christians from Roman prosecution. Arriving in Cavusin village, which is known for its ancient settlement. Lunch break in a local restaurant in the midday. After lunch, we’ll continue our trip to Kaymaklı Underground City, the widest one in Cappadocia. Previously it was used as a hideout by refugees and people running away from the catastrophes. Then, we’ll head to Pigeon Valley from where you can observe a nice view over Uchisar Castle and a dozen of pigeon houses. Our last visiting point for today is Three Beauties Valley famous for its wineries and amazing view. At the end of the day, you’ll be transferred to the local airport and fly back to Istanbul. On your arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel.
After tasty breakfast at the hotel, you have some hours to explore Cappadocia on your own, make some last photos. According to your flight time, we’ll pick up from your hotel and transfer to airport to take a flight to Izmir. (some days direct, some days via Istanbul) After you arrive in Izmir, pick up by our agent and transfer you to the hotel in Kusadasi. Free time and overnight stay.
Breakfast first, around 9.30 we’ll start our tour to Ephesus. What we’ll visit: Artemis Temple (one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world), Ephesus Ancient City, Celcus Library, Hadrian Temple, Theater, Hamams and Old Harbor. Lunch in a local restaurant in the midday. At the end of the day we’ll visit the House of Virgin Mary, the place where she spent her last 5 years before her death. This house was recognized as a pilgrimage place by Vatican. At the end of the day we’ll transfer you to the airport and you’ll return to Istanbul. On your arrival at the airport, our driver will pick you up and transfer to the hotel.