5 Days Istanbul – Cappadocia – Ephesus – By Bus

HIGHLIGHTS Devrent Valley, Zelve Open Air Museum, Pasabag, Avanos, Kizilirmak River, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Village, Cavusin, The Church of St.John, Pigeon Houses, Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary, Temple of Artemis, Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, Istanbul
DEPARTURE TIME All year round – Guaranteed Departure
TOUR STYLE Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus Tours
DURATION 4 Nights 5 Days
INCLUDED
Pick up and drop off to your hotel
Intercity ground transportation tickets – (Istanbul to Cappadocial to Pamukkale / Ephesus to Istanbul)
1 night hotel stay in Cappadocia at Cave Hotel – (including breakfast)
1 night hotel stay in Kusadasi at 4 Star Hotel – (including breakfast & Dinner)
2 Full Day Tour of Cappadocia with lunch
1 Full Day Tour of Ephesus with lunch
Meals mentioned by the itinerary
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours
Professional English Speaking Guide
Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
Services charges and local taxes
NOT INCLUDED
Drinks
Tips to guide and driver
Personal expenses and optional tours
Highly Recommended in Cappadocia
  • Hot-Air Balloon Ride: 130 Euros per person
  • Turkish Night (traditional folk dances, belly dancers, unlimited alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, 3-course meal, transfer to and from your hotel): 60 Euros per person
  • Turkish Baths (Hamam): 40 Euros per person
  • Horseriding: 30 Euros per person (1 hour)
  • ATV / Quad: 30 Euros  (1 hour)
  • Whirling Dervishes Show: 40 Euros per person

 

DAY 1 – ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
19:00 Pick up from your hotel & transfer to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Istanbul. Bus trip takes around 10 hours. There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.

DAY 2
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 a short drive 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 hands-on in a pottery work shop, you will proceed to the Goreme 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 Cappadocia.

DAY 3 – SOUTH CAPPADOCIA TOUR
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:

KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.

Cavusin : One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however.

HOSPITAL MONASTERY: One of the oldest monasteries in Cappadocia.

Kaymakli : Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.

PIGEON HOUSES: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.

After tour overnight bus to Kusadası with non smoking, fully air-conditioned bus at 20:00 (duration 11 hours).There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 4 – FULL DAY TOUR OF Ephesus  & THE HOUSE OF VIRGIN MARY
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. First you will visit the Temple of Artemiswhich once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit TheHouse of the Virgin Mary , where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.
After the tour, transfer to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Selcuk. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 5 – ARRIVE IN ISTANBUL
07:30 Arrive back in Istanbul & transfer to hotel.

Traditional Arts and Crafts in Turkey – Gifts and Souvenirs from Turkey:
Turkey has a rich history of authentic traditional handicrafts. Most famous Turkish items come from Cappadocia and goods were handmade here and transported along the Silk Road to Istanbul and the coastal areas.
Carpets and kilims: Carpets and kilims from Central Anatolia are world-famous. In Cappadocia, carpets are still handmade on authentic looms using natural dyes for the wool. You can see a free demonstration to see these age-old techniques still in use today.
Ceramic and pottery: Cappadocia has been famous since Hittite times for the beautiful and unique pottery and ceramics. Today, the best of the traditional ceramics and tiles on sale in Istanbul and other major cities are made in Avanos, Cappadocia.
Onyx and semi-precious stones: In Turkey, Cappadocia has the onyx mines where the highest quality onyx is found. Local artisans are experts at making items of jewellery  made with precious and semi-precious stones, silver, and 22 and 24 carat gold.
Leather goods: Turkey is one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of leather goods. You can find a wide range of quality leather goods in Uchisar, Cappadocia.
Spices: Istanbul Spice Market, once the largest spice trading venue of the medieval world, with its abundant stalls still featuring piles of edible exotics is a definite highlight for anyone exploring Istanbul.

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Prices per person
Per Adult in Double or Twin Room 328 EUR
Per Adult in Triple Room 299 EUR
Per Adult in Single Room 373 EUR
Per child 7-11 years old (under 12) 196 EUR
Per child 3-6 years old 131 EUR
Per child 0-2 years old 76 EUR

 

 

1

Day 1 – Istanbul - Cappadocia

19:00 Pick up from your hotel & transfer to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Istanbul. Bus trip takes around 10 hours. There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.

2

Day 2

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 a short drive 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 hands-on in a pottery work shop, you will proceed to the Goreme 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 Cappadocia.

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Day 3- South Cappadocia Tours

Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:

KIZILCUKUR: is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.

Cavusin : One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however.

HOSPITAL MONASTERY: One of the oldest monasteries in Cappadocia.

Kaymakli : Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.

PIGEON HOUSES: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.

After tour overnight bus to Kusadası with non smoking, fully air-conditioned bus at 20:00 (duration 11 hours).There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

4

Day 4 - Full Day Tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary

Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Ephesus & The House of Virgin Mary. First you will visit the Temple of Artemiswhich once was one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Then you will visit the world famous ancient Greco-Roman City of Ephesus, the most well preserved example in the world. After visiting this impressive site, you will have a lunch break. After lunch, you will visit TheHouse of the Virgin Mary , where it is believed she spent her last days. This is a holy place for both Christians and Muslims.

After the tour, transfer to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Selcuk. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

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Day 5 - Arrive in Istanbul

07:30 Arrive back in Istanbul & transfer to hotel.