Arrive in Istanbul Airport, where you will be met by our representative, for a private transfer to your hotel. After check-in, you will be given a brief orientation by your English-speaking guide
, with the remainder of the day left free to spend at your own leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.

After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide for a full day Old City tour. The tour begins with a visit to the Imperial Palace of Topkapi, from which Ottoman Sultans ruled their grand empire for over 400 years, with Treasury section included. Following a lunch break in the old town, you will visit Hagia Sophia, a 5th century church, once the greatest in all the world. The next stop is at the Blue Mosque, renowned for its striking blue Iznik tiled interior. The ancient Roman Hippodrome follows, featuring the Egyptian Obelisk and other monuments. The tour ends with a final stop-off at the world famous Grand Bazaar - a shopper's paradise of over 4000 authentic shops. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide for a full day Bosphorus tour. Begin the day amid the wafting aromas of the Spice Market before visiting the Rustempasa Mosque - the piece de la resistance of mosques, praised for its graceful design. This is followed by a sightseeing boat cruise through the Bosphorus, the strait dividing the European and Asian continents, by which lunch will be served in Ortakoy, a quaint fishermen' village. In the afternoon, visit the 19th century Dolmabahce Palace, the last but most luxuriously opulent residence of the sultans. Overnight in Istanbul.

Begin the day in Devrent Valley, followed by Zelve Open Air Museum, one of the most impressive monastery complexes in the area. Next, visit Pasabag (also known as Monk's Valley), followed by driving to Avanos, a village situated on the banks of Kizilirmak River, famous for its clay pottery. After a lunch break there, where you can also participate in a hands-on pottery work shop demonstration, you will proceed to the Göreme Open Air Museum, featuring the most impressive of all rock-carved churches in Cappadocia. The last stop-off will be at Uchisar Village, located next to a natural Citadel. Overnight in Urgup. Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance to Sufi music in an old Caravansarai.
The day's first stop-off is at Red Valley, presenting an opportunity to hike through orchards and vineyards, between fairy chimneys and rock-carved houses. Continue the walk in Rose Valley. Afterwards, visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Following a lunch break, visit Pigeon Valley, so named after the hundreds of little windows carved into the rocks to attract nesting pigeons. Then visit Kaymakli Underground City, Ortahisar Castle and Mustafapasa Village, an old Greek village also known as Sinasos. Overnight in Urgup.

Transfer to Kayseri Airport and fly to Izmir. Arrive in Izmir, where you will be transferred to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast, you will visit Pamukkale, the center of natural thermal springs and waters with healing properties. Following a lunch break there, you will visit the cascading travertines and the ancient city of Hierapolis, which has the largest Nekropol in Anatolia, of 1200 gravestones. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Breakfast at the hotel. Today's full day tour begins at the remains of the Artemis Temple, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Next, visit the spectacular site of Ephesus, undoubtedly the most superbly preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Following a lunch break, you will visit the House of Virgin Mary, reputed to be where she spent her final days. The tour ends by visiting the old Seljuk Mosque of Isabey in Selcuk. Then, you will be driven back to Kusadasi. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Izmir Airport. Fly back to Istanbul. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 10
Transfer to the airport.