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Pamukkale, Denizli, Turkey
If you’ve enjoyed the full former Constantinople, now it’s time to explore some other parts of Turkey. But instead of going to the ordinary Cappadocia tour from Istanbul, we recommend you to take the 5 days tour and visit 4 different destinations. In this package you’ll have Northern and Eastern Cappadocia tours, visit Pamukkale and Konya and get the Ephesus Guided Tour in the end. You will see more than 100 hot air balloons in Cappadocia at a time, revel in the moments in the valleys, bath in hot springs water and expand your knowledge with some historical facts.
You’ll be picked up from your hotel early in the morning and transferred to the airport to take a flight to Cappadocia. After the arrival, our driver will meet you and transfer you to the bus, where you’ll join the rest of the group to join the Northern Cappadocia Tour. You’ll visit 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 at Cavusin village, which is known for its ancient settlement. Lunch break in a local restaurant in the midday. After the lunch, we’ll continue our trip in 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 your hotel.
Today you’ll have a Konya tour. We’ll pick you up around 8.30 and travel to Pamukkale via Konya. The way to Konya lasts 4 hours after we reach this nice town, you’ll have some lunchtime. Then, it’s time to visit Konya Mevlana Museum, the school of whirling dervishes. In 3 hours more we’ll reach Pamukkale and you’ll be transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.
Breakfast at the hotel, around 8 am you’ll meet the guide. Today we have Pamukkale-Hierapolis trip. Pamukkale (‘Cotton Castle’ in Turkish) is a hillside with white travertine cascades and terraces of shallow pools. This place is known for its hot springs and has been existing since ancient times. Don't worry you’ll have some time to have a bath. After Pamukkale, we’ll visit Hierapolis Ancient City, Unesco World Heritage Site. As an option, you can walk on terraces or swim in Cleopatra Swimming Pool. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. Midday, lunch break in a local restaurant. End of the tour, drive to Kusadası and transfer to hotel for overnight stay. (approx. 3-4 hours)
Breakfast at the hotel, around 8 am you’ll meet the guide. Today we have a 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 the Vatican. Our tour is almost finished! 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.