Duration: 4 Day / 3 Night Region: Aegean Coast Comments: This four day West Turkey and Cappadocia tour is ideal for those people who have limited time but would like to pack as much sight seeing of Turkey as possible.
Day 1: Cappadocia
Take the early morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia Start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape.Your next stop will be Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity, it possible to see all the stages in the formation of fairy chimneys at this spot.Proceed to Avanos (Venessa) the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Kizilirmak/Red River. The River gets its name from the red clay it deposits. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels, the technique which has remained unchanged for generations.After lunch continue to Göreme Open Air Museum. The worlds most important Byzantine cave churches are found in these once remote valleys where monks and nuns pursued monastic life from the 3rd century on. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period through to the end of Seljuk rule. Icons with scenes from the Old Testament and the New Testament above portraits of Church Fathers and saints depict the structure of the Byzantine universe.Panoramic view point Esentepe. With a spectacular view over Göreme from Esentepe see the complete view of Goreme valley and Goreme village: fairy chimneys, rock formations and cave houses.End your day with Uchisar Castle. This tall rock, the highest point of the Goreme region, is a 25-floor beehive of cave rooms forming an underground-type city reaching into the sky. It was used as a citadel during Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk times. The view of the Cappadocian countryside from here is just brilliant. Overnight in Cappadocia
Day 2: Cappadocia
Optional Balloon Flight
We will pick you up from your Hotel and Start the day with a hike along the Red & Rose Valley, the most breathtakingly and mysteriously beautiful valleys in the region. The valleys, with their fabulous volcanic rock formations, are in the heart of Cappadocia but well away from the mainstream tourist haunts. Our hike will end in Cavusin Cave Village, where we will see a rock castle and troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the 20th century. After lunch in a local restaurant we descent towards the centre of the earth, with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements. This city is approximately 40m deep and contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) We will end the day with a visit to the Pigeon Valley where we will have a spectacular view of dovecotes, old abandoned cave homes and old Greek houses of Uchisar.
At the end of a spectacular days sightseeing you will board the overnight Bus for Pamukkale.
Day 3: Pamukkale
After a Short break you will be picked up from Denizli Bus terminal to begin your Tour Hierapolis; which has the biggest Nekropol with 1200 gravestones in Anatolia. The sacred pool also is one of the highlights of the site. There shallow thermal waters ripple over a wonderful scattering of ancient roman ruins that lie beneath.Deriving from springs in a cliff almost 200 m high overlooking the plain, calcite-laden waters have created at Pamukkale an unreal landscape, made up of mineral forests, petrified waterfalls and a series of terraced basins. At the end of the 2nd century B.C. the dynasty of the Attalids, the kings of Pergamon, established the thermal spa of Hierapolis. The ruins of the baths, temples and other Greek monuments can be seen at the site.Pamukkale; which is the center of natural thermal spring waters with healing properties.Due to the chemical properties in the water, pure white colored travertines and stepped water terraces have been created on the mountain slope. It is for its resemblence to cotton piles that it is called Cotton Castle Turkish. After the Tour we head to Kusadasi Overnight stay kusadasi
Day 4: Ephesus
Pick up from Hotel to begin TourEphesus Ancient City; Ones the most important trading City of the Aegean Coast.., walk along the street of Arcadian, visit the majestic Theatre, Marble road, the Celsius Library, Market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, Prytaneion, Odeon. This is the best place in the world to get the feeling of what life was like in Roman times. Basilica of St. John; built in the 5th century. House of Virgin Mary; The Vatican has recognized this small house in the Solmissos Mountains as the final resting place of Virgin Mary. A small shrine dedicated to St. Mary was found when the ruins of the house were first discovered Artemis Temple; The temple of Artemision is known as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world.
After your tour you will be transferred to Izmir Airport for your early evening flight back to Istanbul
(This tour is also possible in 3 days having one day only in Cappadocia)
Bus tickets from Cappadocia to Denizli
2 Nights Hotel Accommodation
4 Full Day Regular Tours
Professional English speaking Guides
Entrance Fees to Museums
Lunch on Tours (Excluding Drinks)