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Short & Best Affordable Turkey

SHORT & BEST AFFORDABLE TURKEY (6 Days/5 Nights, by Orion Tour)

Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara

(Group departures are infrequent, but Orion Tour will be happy to make arrangements for you to follow this itinerary as a private tour.)

Day 1 – ISTANBUL – IZMIR 
Arrival at Istanbul Atatürk Airport. Meet by Orion representative and transfer to the hotel. Full day tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and unique with its six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet I. Next we will have a look at the Hippodrome of Constantinople where horse and chariot races used to take place. Then visit the St. Sophia museum which is one of the greatest religious and architectural marvels of all times. Finally the famous Topkapi Palace museum will be visited, which was built as the home of the Ottoman sultans and the World Famous Imperial Chinese Porcelain sections will be visited. Then transfer to airport for flight to Izmir by TK342 at 18:00. Meet at Izmir airport and transfer to hotel.(LD)

Day 2 – IZMIR – PAMUKKALE 
Following breakfast we drive to Selçuk to visit the House of Virgin Mary on top of Mt. Coressos. Then our memorable visit to Ephesus will begin as well as viewing one of the Seven Churches of Revelation, the Temple of Artemis (One of the Seven Wonders of Antiquity) and the Basilica of St. John from a distance, followed by lunch in the township of Selçuk. After lunch we will visit the famous local production center for leather garments whereby after a live Fashion Show time will be allocated for shopping. Then continue to Pamukkale. You will tour the Antique City of Hierapolis where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins. After a picture break, dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.(BLD)

Day 3 – PAMUKKALE – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA 
Following an early breakfast we will drive through an interesting landscape where peasants make their living, to have lunch enroute before arriving in Konya. Konya was the center of the Selçuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. After visiting the Mevlana Museum we will continue to Cappadocia viewing the Sultanhani Caravanserai enroute. Dinner and Overnight. in Cappadocia.(BLD)

Day 4 – CAPPADOCIA 
Today we visit the incredible Underground City of Kaymakli where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith. Then picture steps will be given at the Pigeons Valley and at the foot of the Uçhisar Castle. Then proceed to the Goreme Valley to visit the rock carved churches hollowed out of volcanic ash. Lunch will be at Avanos Village followed by the famous local pottery and carpet shows allowing ample time for shopping in the afternoon. Also time will be allocated for the local souvenir shopping before returning to the hotel. Dinner and overnight. in Cappadocia. (BLD)
OPTIONAL:Belly Dance show at Cave Restaurant

Day 5 – CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – ISTANBUL 
In the morning drive to Ankara to visit the Atatürk Mausoleum (1881-1938) founding father of the Turkish Republic. After lunch visit the well known Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations with its great Hittite Collection. Then continue to airport for flight to Istanbul by TK139 at 17:30. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.(BLD)

Day 6 – ISTANBUL 
Free until transfer time. Transfer to Istanbul Atatürk Airport for your flight home.(B)

(Tour Code: SBAFF5N)

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