It is an organized tour by Master World Tours and Travels from 11 October to 18 October, 2018. It is a fully guided tour in local luxury coach with a company of affectionate and friendly tourists.
11th October-Stay at hotel ”Charisma”, deluxe hotel at Kusadasi and explore
12th October-Departure from hotel.Go to Ephesus, one of the best preserved
ancient sites in the world, visiting the temple of Artemis, Curetes street, famous
Roman baths, Celsius Library, Grand theatre and House of Virgin Mary.
After the lunch we visited a place which continues to perform one of the oldest arts of
Turkey; a carpet weaving centre. Then we went on a Turkish village tour.
Sirince’s construction style belongs to Anatolian Greeks. Sirince village also
has a reputation for making some of the best wines in Turkey-especially fruit wines.
On the way, we visited a famous leather production centre of the region.
13th October–We depart to Pamukkale. On the way we visited one of the famous leather production centres of the region.Afterwards we visited the calcium
terraces of Pamukkale(cotton castle) and the ruins of Hierapolis.
14th October-Departed to Konya and visited the imposing green tiled Mausoleum
of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Islamic Sufi sect. After the Konya tour
we departed for Cappadocia.
15th October-Stay at cave hotel ”Gamirasu” at Cappadocia. After hot air balloon tour, w e drove to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors. Then we visited Uchisar castle,the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar we visited Goreme Open Air Museum, the heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for
frescoes dating 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks.
Next we proceeded to Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave
Greek houses. After Cavusin we went to pottery workshop, to see how to
make potteries. Then we went to Pasabagi where we saw three headed
fairy chimneys.After Passabagi, to another workshop to see Cappadocian
handwoven carpets and kilims. Next we visited Devrent Valley, which is
also called Imagination valley, where we saw natural rock formation,
looking like animals. Last stop was Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy
chimneys with their hats which is the symbol of Cappadocia.
16 October-In the evening dinner Cruise on the Bosphorus. Enjoyed the
cruise on the Bosphorus and saw historical places like Dolmabahce Palace,
Bosphorus Bridge, Ortakoy, Rumeli fortress, Faith Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace,
Maiden’s Tower and also Istanbul’s famous night clubs.
17th October-Istanbul’s Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of
Constantinople’s political and sporting life and the scene of games
and riots through 500 years of Ottoman history as well. Monuments
decorating the Hippodrome are- the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Bronze
Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet
Imperial mosque, across from St.Sophia is known as the Blue Mosque
because of the blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design.
Blue Mosque was built in 16th century by architect Mehmet,
during the rule of Ahmed 1. Its Kulliye contains Ahmed’s tomb,
a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the
3 mosques in Turkey that has 6 minarets. St. Sophia, one of the
historical architectural wonders that still remains standing today
has an important place in the art world with its architecture,
grandness, size and functionality. The Hagia Sophia, the biggest
church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has
been constructed three times in the same location.When it was
first built, it was named Megale Ekklesia (Big Church); however,
after the 5th century, it was referred to as the Hagia Sophia(Holy
Wisdom). The church was the place in which rulers were crowned
and it was also the biggest operational cathedral in the city throughout
the Byzantine period. Topkapi Palace was one of the major residences of
the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years(1465-1856) of their 624-year reign.
As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions
and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major
tourist attraction. It also contains exquisite collection of crystal, silver
and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families,
the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures and important
relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammed’s cloak and sword.
The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the
”Historic Areas of Istanbul” which became a UNESCO World Heritage
Site in 1985. The Grand Bazaar(Kapalicarsi) in Istanbul is one of the
largest covered markets in the world. In this labyrinth, there are
60 streets and 5000 shops with each trade having its own area-
the goldsmiths street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts,
such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand honed copperware,
brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum
The sea of Marmara is the inland sea that connects the Black Sea
to the Aegean Sea, thus separating Turkey’s Asian and European parts.
Various names of Istanbul—Byzantium was an ancient Greek city
founded by Greek colonists from Megara in 667 BC and named after
their king Byzas. In 330 BC, Constantine declared the city as capital of the entire Roman empire and renamed it Constantinople. It was renamed Istanbul
in 1930 following the establishment of modern Turkey.