Departure Day : Daily Start City : Istanbul End City : Izmir
Istanbul - Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya - Side - Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Ephesus
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Upon arrival, meet your representative and transfer to your hotel. Attend briefing about your journey. Dinner is on your own.
Suggested itinerary: On your third day in Istanbul, you can take a relaxing cruise on the Bosporus which separates Asia from Europe and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. You will get the best views of the city and most of the historical monuments in Istanbul. All along the strait and on both shores, you will discover the marble Palaces of Dolmabahce, Beylerbeyi, the beautiful wooden Ottoman villas called "yali" (water-side residences) which stand side by side with modern residential and luxurious apartments, the medieval forteresses etc. In the afternoon, you can visitChora (Kariye) Museum whose mosaics and frescoes are among the most beautiful in the Byzantine World. You can continue with the visit of imposing Haghia Sophia which marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign. Last, you can shop at the historical Grand Bazaar.
Istanbul - Cappadocia (Nevsehir Airport)
Suggested itinerary:After breakfast transfer to Istanbul Airport. Upon arrival, Pick-up your vehicle. Admire the extraordinary landscape as you drive to Cappadocia. Seek suggestions on regional attractions, Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Suggested itinerary: Take a full day to discover Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with rock-hewn churches (7th-13th centuries) adorned with biblical frescoes. At a handicraft center, learn about the arts of rural Turkey and watch a demonstration on hand made rugs. Tour an Underground City. Marvel at the cavedwellings and fairy chimneys of the Avcilar Valley and the Kiliclar Valley.Take photos at the best vista points en route to the hotel.
Suggested itinerary: Continue your visits in Cappadocia with Soganli Valley where you will see medieval rock churches within a traditional Cappadocia village. On the road, stop at Sinassos to stroll the streets to see some best examples of 19th century Cappadocia architecture. Stop to see Valley of the Pigeon Houses. We also recommend "Hot Air Balloon Ride" over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. You can end the day with a visit to one of the famous wineries of Cappadocia to taste local vines.
Cappadocia - Konya - Antalya
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, drive through the Plain of Konya. En route, you can stop at Sultanhani to visit the largest caravanserai in Anatolia. Upon arrival in the holy city and old Seljuk capital of the Sultanate of Rum, you will visit the Museum of Mevlana,the famous mystic and poet who founded the Order of the Whirling Dervishes in the 13th century. Continue to Beysehir where you can visit the Seljuk Esrefoglu Mosque with its exquisite stone and wood carving. Then, via Akseki, you will drive south on a scenic mountain road which runs right across the Taurus Mountains and leads to the coastal Plain of Pamphylia. If you depart earlier in the morning, a second alternative is, from Beysehir, to head northwest towards Yalvac where you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the site of ancient Antioch of Pisidia, a Roman military colony where St. Paul gave a sermon. Then you will drive through the mountainous Lake Region and via lovely Egirdir and Isparta, renowned for the valuable rose oil, you will reach Sagalassus (Aglasun), a late-Hellenistic and Roman Pisidian city located amid splendid landscapes. Continue to Antalya.
Antalya -Side - Perge - Aspendos - Antalya
Suggested itinerary: If you wish to explore the three main archaeological sites of the coastal plain of Pamphylia, in the morning, you can first drive to Side, located on a beautiful peninsula. You will visit the ancient city, long reputed as a slave market, but which later devoted to trade and became very prosperous as can be seen through the numerous monuments built at that period. Then you can make a refreshing detour to Manavgat Waterfalls. You can continue toAspendus, whose 2C AD theatre is the best preserved Roman theatre in Asia Minor. You can also visit Perge, another Hellenistico-Roman ancient city with its stadium, colonnaded street and theatre. Back in Antalya you can visit the Archaeological Museum where the beautiful sculptures from Perge are displayed. In the picturesque old town (kaleici) with its narrow streets and typical wooden houses overlooking the marina, you will discover the Hadrian Gate, the Fluted Minaret, the Truncated Minaret, and the Hidirlik Tower.
Antalya - Termessos - Pamukkale
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, you will go to Termessos where you the chance to explore this ancient town perched in the mountains above Antalya, this impregnable eyrie which discouraged Alexander the Great. Then you continue to Pamukkale, a natural site to visit this "cotton castle" where warm waters, which have transformed the cliff, stream basins in travertine limestone. In Pamukkale, you can also visit Hierapolis ancient city spa whose well preserved necropolis is among the most important of the ancient world
Pamukkale- Aphrodisias - Ephesus
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, you can relax in the natural hot pools, then go for a visit to Aphrodisias ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the Goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, and also renowned for its school of sculpture, you will see the stadium, which is the best preserved in Asia Minor, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, Theatre, museum. Then continue to Selcuk
Suggested itinerary: In the morning, discover one of the world's best places to visualize an ancient Roman city. View the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After lunch, visit also Ephesus Museum and drive toSirince Village with its old 19th century Greek houses which have been nicely restored. You will end the day by a mini fashion-show which let you appreciate leather production in Turkey. Drive back to Selcuk
Drop off your vehicle at Izmir airport. Assistance with departure formalities.
- Arrival transfer . Accommodation in
stated or similar hotels
- Daily breakfasts.
- Air - conditioned cars,
- (No car in Istanbul, for car descriptions please visit www.TurkeyVision.com) . Briefing in Istanbul covering hotel directions, important sites along your itinerary, shopping and driving tips.
- Gas and parking fees, Second driver fee (approx. $10 per day), Travel, insurance, personal expenses
- Visa fee.
- Renault Traffic. **Manual transmission ** - Mercedes Sprinter Including chauffeur & his accommodation & fuel for 400 km per day.