TURKEY AT CROSSROADS - ORNCRS (7 Nights / 8 Days)

Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Istanbul
Bernardus Lodge

Day 1 – Sun – Istanbul / Kayseri or Nevsehir / Cappadocia (D)

Arrival to Istanbul and catch a connecting flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Drive to Cappadocia. Dinner & overnight


Day 2 – Mon- Cappadocia (B,L,D)

Breakfast at the hotel, morning visit to the underground city of Kaymaklı & Citadel of Uçhisar. After lunch continue with the valley of "Göreme" & open air museum. The last sites will be Paşabağ valley and Avanos. Return to hotel for dinner & overnight

ENJOY OPTIONALS : Belly Dance show at Cave Restaurant / Hot air Balloon ride

Day 3 – Tue - Cappadocia / Konya / Antalya (B,L,D)

Early in the morning, we drive to Konya. We visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana in Konya. Lunch will be served on the way. Arrive in Antalya. Dinner and overnight.


Day 4 – Wed - Antalya (B,L,D)

Departure from the hotel and we visi the ruins of Perge are 18 kms to the east of Antalya. This is where St. Paul began preaching after arriving from Cyprus. Highlights are the Theater, the Gymnasium, the Bath, the Agora, the Stadium and the beautiful Hellenistic Gate. Another one of the Pamphilian cities is Aspendus. The Theater is the best preserved in the world with its incredible acoustics. Dinner and overnight in Antalya


Day 5 – Thu - Antalya / Pamukkale (B,L,D)

After breakfast, we drive to Pamukkale & visit the ancient city of Hierapolis in detail. Necropolis, Nymfaeum, Main Street and calcified travertine. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.


Day 6 – Fri – Pamukkale / Kusadasi (B,L,D)

Depart to tour Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite; visit the Museum, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Theatre, the Stadium, the Agora, the Hadrian Baths, the Odeon, and the Bishop's Palace. Proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight


Day 7 – Sat – Kusadasi / Izmir / Istanbul (B,L)

Morning tour to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, impressive structures we will see include the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, Theatre and Odeon. (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Church of St. John. Time for shopping. Transfer to Izmir airport to catch a flight to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to Istanbul Hotel for overnight.


Day 8 – Sun – Istanbul (B,L)

We wıll visit to St. Sophia Museum which is one of the great architectural marvels of the ancient world. We continue on to the Hippodrome, the sportive and political center of the Old City to see Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column and German Fountain. Afterwards, we visit the Blue Mosque, facing St. Sophia and famous for its delicate blue tiles, and unique 6-minaret design. We then visit Topkapi Palace, seat of the Ottoman Empire for four centuries and visit the Treasury. Transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport.