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Day 1 - Ephesus Tour by Flight (L)

Pick up from your Istanbul hotel & early morning airport transfer for your flight to Izmir. Then visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.


Day 2 - Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)

Morning drive (2.5 hours) to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.


Day 3 - Pamukkale - Cappadocia (B)

Morning flight to Cappadocia (via Istanbul.) Free afternoon exploring the cave town of Goreme. Overnight in a cave hotel in Cappadocia.

* Optional: It is possible to travel to Cappadocia by road, en-route visiting Konya (with a surcharge). Early morning departure for Konya and visit mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia visiting Caravanserail on the way.


Day 4 - Cappadocia with Balloon Flight (B,L)

05:00 Hot air balloon flight Drive to the take-off site and have a quick snack and safety briefing while watching the balloon inflate. Then you're off! Soaring over fairy chimneys, and dipping low to skim cave dwellings. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am. Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North)
Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks
Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.


Day 5 - Cappadocia South Tour (B,L)

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South). Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. On arrival, pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. END OF ARRANGEMENTS


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Five days to explore the best of Turkey’s main attractions and historical sites including the Roman ruins of Ephesus, cotton cliffs of Pamukkale and the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia.

Explore the most attractive regions in Turkey. Tour the ruins of Ephesus, visit the antique pool in Pamukkale and fly over Cappadocia's lunar landscape. We can add days or tailor this one to your preference. This tour is also available on private basis.

- All accommodation as per the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide on tours
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- Airport transfers
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees where necessary
- Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
- Wifi available at our hotels
- All Local taxes
- Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

- International airfares
- Drinks with meals
- Travel Insurance, visas or passports
- Tips & Personal Expenses

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Cappadocia Stone House Cave Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Kusadasi Carina Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

Mandy Mortlock

Hi Michael,

Just wanted to say thank you ,we really enjoyed our trip to Gallipoli. You and your team did not disappoint us. The driver ' Smiley' was punctual and well organized . Our guide was really informative and passionate about the history.The back up of your calls and a emergency contact was great.

Thank you very much for all your planning we really appreciate it.

Randi Druzin

Turkey Travel Centre planned a Turkey vacation for me and a friend in August 2011. It included stops in Istanbul, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia. As you can imagine, the 10-day trip involved numerous flights, hotel stays and guided tours. We expected to encounter some problems along the way but, as it turned out, we didn't encounter any. The entire trip went off without a hitch.

Also, even though we cancelled our hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia at the last minute due to illness, the people at TTC were able to secure a full refund for us -- and they delivered the euros to our hotel in Istanbul a few days later.

I would highly recommend working with this travel agency.

Blogs

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

There is no doubt that the landscape of Cappadocia is unique. Cave houses and hotels dotted among the lunar rock formations have made it a top holiday destination in Turkey.

To fully explore the region on foot would take months. There are many valleys as well as separate towns and outdoor attractions such as the Goreme Open air museum. Indeed, the best way to see Cappadocia is from the air.

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

The balloons are the biggest attraction of Cappadocia. I remember my previous visits to the region when I would wake up early in the morning and sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee.

From there, I could see more than thirty hot air balloons floating across the horizon just as the sun was starting to rise. I could hear the rush of hot air flowing into the balloons and see miniature figures in the basket. One morning, someone even waved at me and shouted hello.

The scene is really quite unreal. Just as the sky starts to get rid of the darkness of the night, the hot air balloons come into sight with their colorful balloons and brown wicker baskets.

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The Cave Churches of Cappadocia

Colourful balloons, fairytale chimneys, beautiful steeds, cave hotels and yet the land of Cappadoci offers even more surprises, with its fascinating churches.There are as many as 600 churches made out of the soft rock that dot the Cappadocia landscape, but there may well be many more yet to be unearthed.

Following the eruption of Mount Erciyes, the ash and lava formed soft rocks which eroded due to the elements. The region’s inhabitants came to realize they could carve into the rocks and soon turned them into houses, caves, and churches. The churches offered sanctuary to early Christians who then decorated them with art and symbols.

The churches flourished following the gathering of more communities under the guide of Saint Basil of Caesarea – one of the three renowned Cappadocian Fathers who advanced early Christian theology. The 4th century sanctuaries included many examples of Byzantine art, but later churches offer richer frescoes and images of the day.

The best churches are the ones at Goreme Village, but there are more with strong Egyptian influences with local names such as Sandal, Snake and Apple.

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Departure Date

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
01.01.2017 31.12.2018 Every Day Enquire Or Book

Price List

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
01.01.2017 31.12.2017 1,784.22 AUD 1,538.69 AUD 1,399.55 AUD Enquire Or Book
01.01.2018 31.12.2018 1,522.32 AUD 1,301.34 AUD 1,186.75 AUD Enquire Or Book

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