Ephesus and Cappadocia Tours from Istanbul
1st Day: We will pick you up from your hotel and you will be transferred to Istanbul airport.You will fly from Istanbul to Izmir in 50 minutes.Our Guide will welcome you at Izmir airport. After 45 minutes’ drive your spectacular expedition will start. For a few hours you will feel like a Roman citizen living in the past in the ancient city of Ephesus. You will have an extensive tour of this ancient site where you will see Hadrian’s,Trojan’s and Domitian’s Temples, the huge Roman bath, the Celcus Library and the biggest amphitheater inTurkey. During the tour you will also visit the Terrace Houses. Artemis was the main goddess of Ephesus and the Ephesians built the biggest temple ever dedicated to her. We will visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Finally, after lunch, we will drive to the mountain where the House of the Virgin Mary is located in a nature park between Ephesus and Selçuk. This is believed to be the last residence of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus. This peaceful site is sacred to both Christians and Muslims, and is visited by many tourists and pilgrims. This House was visited by Popes Paul VI and John Paul II, who confirmed its appropriateness as a place of pilgrimage. On November 29, 2006, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated mass here. After the tour we will drive back to Izmir airport for your Kayseri.You will be welcomed in Kayseri airport and transferred to your Cave Hotel in Cappadocia.
2nd Day: You will be picked up from your hotel.You will begin your discovery of dream-like Cappadocia. First we will visit the Devrent (Imagination) Valley, where there are many rock formations eroded by time and weather to resemble animals. Next we will travel the short distance to the Zelve Open Air Museum, and see houses carved into the rocks and visit a Seljukian mosque. Next we drive to Avanos Village where you will see a pottery making demonstration using old Hittie techniques. After leaving Avanos you will see Peribaglari which are the world-famous Fairy Chimneys. Next we will have lunch in a traditional cave restaurant. After lunch, we will visit Uchisar Rock-Castle, which is the highest point in the area, Esentepe, where you can wonder at a panoramic view of Goreme valley and then finally visit Goreme Open Air Museum where you can see frescoes, churches, and monasteries cut out of solid rock. Overnight at Cave Hotel.
3rd Day: In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel and you will join our mini-regular group tour. You will visit the biggest and most famous underground city, Derinkuyu, After emerging into daylight we will visit Narli Gol, which is a lake formed in the crater of a volcano . Then we will walk through the Ihlara Canyon, followed by lunch in Belisirma Village.. After lunch we will visit Selime where you can admire the panoramic view of Ihlara Valley then onto Agzikarahan, which is located on the old Silk Road and built in the 13th century by Seljukians. After the tour ends we will transfer you to Nevsehir Airport to fly to Istanbul.After landing in Istanbul, we will transfer you to your Hotel. End of our service
- 2 Nights accommodation at Cappadocia at Cave Hotel
- 3 Domestic flights (Istanbul-Izmir / Izmir-Kayseri / Nevsehir-Istanbul)
- Private guiding at Ephesus and semi private guiding in Cappadocia
- Luxurious, non-smoking & air-conditioned minivan or cars.
- All entrance fees to museums and sites mentioned in the itinerary
- All transfers mentioned in the itinerary
- International airfare
- Hotel and Airport extras
- Travel Insurance
- Tips to Guide and Driver