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Wonders of Turkey

> Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. After clearing customs and immigration, your representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to your private transfer. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Istanbul.

> Day 2: Istanbul – Istanbul Classics Tour

After breakfast enjoy a half-day tour of the classical sites of Istanbul. Begin at the magnificent Hagia Sophia. This marvelous Byzantine basilica was built in the sixth century and today is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World.  Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the best examples of classical Turkish architecture, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is famed for being the only in the world with six minarets.  You will visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Your tour will end at the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. (B)

> Day 3: Istanbul – Bosphorous Cruise

Today you will enjoy a Bosphorous Cruise tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the 17th century Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, and fish etc.  Next you will board your Bosphorus Cruise boat .  The Bosphorus is the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. As you travel, you will enjoy  extravagant baroque palaces of the Ottoman sultans: Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, the Besiktas commercial district, Rumeli Fortress, the Ortakoy area known for handicrafts and night life, and the famous Kizkulesi light house. (B)

> Day 4: Istanbul, Kusadasi/Izmir 

After breakfast transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Izmir.  Transfer to your hotel in Izmir or Kusadasi, where you can enjoy an optional private tour to Pergamum or spend the rest of the day at your leisure. (B, D)

> Day 5: Kusadasi/Izmir – Ephesus Tour

After breakfast depart for your private full-day tour to the ancient city of Ephesus.  Ephesus is among the best-preserved ancient sites in the Mediterranean.  Your tour will begin at the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Continue to the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. Following the archeological site, visit the House of the Virgin Mary. In the afternoon return to your hotel for relaxation. (B, L, D)

> Day 6: Kusadasi/Izmir

Spend a relaxing day enjoying the crystal clear waters of the Aegean or continue on further exploration of the region’s wonderful ancient sites, such as Hierapolis and Aphrodisias. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant for additional sightseeing recommendations. (B, D)

> Day 7: Kusadasi/Izmir, Pamukkale

After breakfast depart for Pamukkale.  Meaning “White Castle” in Turkish, Pammukale is known for its dazzling white, petrified lime cascades and thermal waters. Explore the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis. While here you will visit the Apollo Temple, Monumental Nympheum (a 4th century Basilica), the Theatre, and the well preserved Necropolis. Overnight at a thermal hotel and spa in Pamukkale. (B, L, D)

>Day 8: Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia

Today you will departure early for Konya. On the way visit the 13th century Seljukian caravanserai "Sultanhan". The next stop will be Konya which is famous for the Mevlana Museum and the Theological School of Whirling Dervishes.  Enjoy a lunch in Konya at your leisure.  In the afternoon continue to Cappadocia. (B)

> Day 9: Cappadocia – Goreme Tour

After breakfast your half-day private tour begins by visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia's most famous attraction, a complex of several painted cave-churches carved out by Orthodox monks between 900 and 1200 A.D.  The paintings and decoration represent the flowering of a uniquely Cappadocian artistic style.  Afterward, you will visit the small villages of Cavusin and Ortahisar, admiring their rock-cut dwellings and stone houses that have long since been abandoned. After the tour you can either return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon or extend your day with an option tour of Kaymakli Underground City. (B)

> Day 10: Cappadocia

Enjoy a day of leisure admiring the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia. There are many wonderful things to experience such as an optional hot-air balloon ride or an option tour of the Cappadocia region, including Uchisar, the regions highest spot, Soganli Valley, with churches dating back to the 9th to 13th centuries, and Ihlara Valley, known for its rock-cut underground dwellings. (B)

> Day 11: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri Airport for your morning flight to Istanbul where you will connect to your international flight. (B)

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