Day 1-Tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis / Travel to Konya by Land
Pick up from hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport early in the morning. Upon your arrival our team will transfer you to a small hotel where a room is assigned to you where you can have some rest until your tour departure at 10h00-10h30. You can also enjoy a nice breakfast before you start off another day full of fun and history. You will commence the tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis from the top of the mountain. This remarkably well-kept remains of Greek-Roman era with full of supreme combination of human-made structures and natural wonders. Its strictly forbidden to walk with your shoes or slippers to avoid damage over this delicate white deposits but this is a really good thing as you let this surface message your soles while walking its warm healing waters grazing your toes. If you are not willing to swim, you can simply rollup your pants but its recommended to wear your swim suits to splash its mineral waters during your hiking and you may also succumb to your childlike instincts and jump to these natural infinity pools to the best of your ability. Your guide will give you some free time to linger on these White terraces made of limestone deposites and take some pictures for making your family and friends jealous.
The original Hellenistic constructions had been devastated by earthquakes in the first century so majority of the historical artifacts we will visit today are from the Roman era. The antique pool of Cleopatra(additional local cost applies) offers us a rare opportunity to swim in warm healing water amongst the collapsed marble columns of Apollo (divine founder of the city) Temple which was toppled into the water after many successive earthquakes.
At the end of the tour you will be treated a late lunch before we set off on a journey to Cappadocia by our private vehicle. Enroute we will stop by Konya for paying a short visit to this spiritual Sufi city and saviour a delicious Konya style Turkish Pide called Etli Ekmek. Continue our journey and reach to Cappadocia at midnight. Free time and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 2-Day Tour of Cappadocia with Local Expert Guide
Rise and shine after sleeping like a baby in an original cave room of your hotel(Regular stone rooms are also available on application for those having claustrophobia). If you want you can wake up early before to snapshot the balloons over the sky before we admire the landscape from sky on the following day. Departure for the 1st day excursion at 09h30 with our guide in small group and visit Devrent Valley where you should let you mind run wild with a lot of different shapes that you need to liken to different creatures; Monks Valley where you can admire some of the most striking shaped and sculptured uniquely by nature, Avanos (Vanessa) by Red River and Pottery Workshop for enjoying demonstrations by a craftsman on a 3000 years traditional Hittite style kick wheel. Lunch will served in a local Turkish Restaurant. Our next stop will be legendary official Goreme Open Air Museum. We will finish the day by sipping our tea overlooking the fabulous panorama of Goreme from a hilltop. Return to our hotels. Evening free at your own pace and mingle with locals and other international tourists in Goreme and have your own dinner to savour some more delicious Turkish food. Overnight in Goreme
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3- Balloon Ride in Cappadocia and South Region Tour of Cappadocia
To make the most of your stay, every morning bright and early hot air balloons of Cappadocia are flying over clouds. You can take part in an optional Hot Air Balloon Tour in Cappadocia that enables you to admire land forms and mushroom shaped chimneys of Cappadocia with stunning panorama of the Goreme, Uchisar, Avanos and surrounding area with bird’s eye view. We will stay more or less one hour in the air depending on the weather conditions. Return transfer will be around 07h30-08h00 back to our hotel depending on the seasonal time change of sunrise. You will have enough time to have a quick shower and breakfast. You can pack up your luggages and leave them in the reception. Departure from the hotel and start our day trip with a 3 km hiking in red valley. You would leave no stone unturned on this journey through Cappadocia. During this slow hiking you will have a chance to see many hidden cave dwellings and natural formations while ending up our trail in Cavusin Village where you can picture the oldest church in the region dedicated to St.John. Lunch in a local restaurant and continue paying a visit to underground city of Kaymakli which is considered as the architectural masterpieces of Hittite people dug in the ground almost 3000 years ago. These Groundscapers were the ideal residential areas to the contrary of today’s world skyscrapers. We will see their ventilation shafts, round stone doors for protection from enemy attacks, winery and much more. Evening at leisure on your own and overnight in Cappadocia.
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch
Note:If you would like to return to Istanbul at the end of this day we can also arrange a evening flight back to Istanbul to save some time.
Day 4- Free Day in Cappadocia and flight to Istanbul at noon
Breakfast at the hotel and have some rest until noon before you empty the room and leave the luggages in hotel reception. Today you can enjoy a ATV Quad Bike or Horseback riding tour in Cappadocia optionally or you can wander through some valley at your own pace. Transfer to airport in the afternoon and flight to Istanbul. If needed, we can also arrange a later flight to spend more time in the region.
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