TODAY’S HIGHLIGHTS: Arrival Reception. Transfer to hotel and free time. You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
A sightseeing tour of the city lasting about two hours, taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. We will skirt round the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. On our tour, we will include a cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti viewpoint and we will look round the Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent (the largest in Istanbul). We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. At the end of the afternoon we will provide a transfer to the Taksim neighbourhood, the most commercialised and lively area of the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower.
Today we include a boat trip on the Bosphorus that will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. Free time (an additional visit with tickets and lunch inside the Topkapi Palace is available).
ISTANBUL - EPHESUS - KUSADASI 79ºF
KUSADASI 79ºF - BODRUM 75ºF - MARMARIS 81ºF
Free morning in Bodrum, a beautiful fortified city of Greek origin. You can visit its castle, walk through its streets which are full of life and tourist activity or its leisure marina. After lunch, we continue our route towards MARMARIS, another beautiful coastal tourist enclave, with its castle, its marina and its fountains. Dinner and accommodation.
MARMARIS 81ºF - DALYAN 77ºF - ANTALYA 82ºF
We depart for DALYAN, an incredible place next to a beautiful navigable river. We include a boat ride of about two hours to see the ROYAL LYCIAN TOMBS. Also by boat, we will continue on to a large lake where we will stop at the hot springs. If you wish, you can swim in its warm waters or take a mud bath! We allow time to eat at one of the many Dalyan restaurants by the river. We continue to ANTALYA, where we will have a brief visit to this great coastal city of more than one million inhabitants; Hadrian’s Gate, the Ottoman district and its great waterfall that falls directly to the sea. Dinner included.
ANTALYA 82ºF - ASPENDOS - SIDE 82ºF - KARAMAN 70ºF - NIGDE 64ºF
We will leave Antalya towards ASPENDOS. We will visit the Roman theatre, for many, it is the best preserved in the world. After that, in SIDE, we will be able to admire the Greek temple of Apollo by the sea. There’s time to walk through its port and streets that are full of life. Travelling through breathtaking landscapes, we cross the Taurus mountains – their peaks stand at over 3500 meters high, and are covered in snow for most of the year. Stop in KARAMAN where we will visit TARTAN EVI, an old Ottoman mansion. We continue on to the Cappadocia region. NIGDE, dinner included.
NIGDE 64ºF - CAPADOCIA
Full day in the fantastic region of CAPPADOCIA, with its lunar landscapes, its churches and troglodyte villages. We start by visiting GUMUSLER, an incredible underground monastery of the 7th century with perhaps the best Byzantine frescoes in Turkey. In KAIMACLI we will visit the underground city that could house 30,000 people. We will visitUCHISAR, a natural fortress. After lunch we will discover the GOREME Valley with its open-air museum and its churches carved out of the rocks, entry tickets included. Hotel in Avanos. Dinner included.
CAPADOCIA - IHLARA 66ºF - KONYA 63ºF
In the morning we will visit the PASABAG Valley. At the far end of Cappadocia, we will visit the IHLARA Valley; known for the freshness of its waters, its churches and villages excavated in the rock. Then we continue our route, with a stop in an old CARAVANSERAI from the 13th Century before arriving in KONYA where we visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana. Here we will learn about the sect of the Dervishes (entrance included). Dinner included. At night, we suggest that you attend the dance performance of the whirling dervishes in the cultural centre.
KONYA 63ºF - EGRIDIR - PAMUKALE
We take a scenic road between the lakes, and get to know EGRIDIR, a beautiful town next to a large lake, with its walls and mosques. There’s time to have lunch. We then continue to PAMUKKALE-Hierapolis, whose calcareous waters have created the Cotton Castle (entrance included). Dinner included.
PAMUKALE - EPHESUS - KUSADASI 79ºF
KUSADASI 79ºF - IZMIR 75ºF - BURSA 68ºF - ISTANBUL
We will make a short visit to IZMIR with our guide. We will tour the church of Saint Policarp, the oldest in Izmir, which reminds us of the importance of this area at the beginning of Christianity (entry tickets included). We will also discover the Fort of Kadifecale. Later we will travel through the interior of Turkey again. There will be a stop en route to have lunch before arriving at BURSA, the fourth city of Turkey whose historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which includes traditional shopping districts, mosques, religious schools, public baths, etc. and its outstanding Green Mosque. Arrival in ISTANBUL at the end of the day. End of our services.