Ionian Express Tour (9 Days)


Overview

This 9-day tour starts in Marmaris, Turkey and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

Highlights are :- Cappadocia - Kaymakli Underground City - Ephesus (UNESCO Heritage site) - Sirince Village - Site of the Temple of Artemis - Göreme (UNESCO Heritage site) - Göreme Open Air museum - Istanbul Old City (UNESCO Heritage site) - St. Sophia Museum - Topkapi Palace - Blue Mosque - Hippodrome - Pamukkale Calcium Travertines (UNESCO Heritage site) - Hierapolis - Sultanhani Caravansary


Itinerary

Day 1 Monday

Marmaris

Make your way to your hotel, check in and enjoy the rest of the day free.

Overnight Marmaris, 3-star Candan City Beach

 

Day 2 Tuesday

Marmaris, Kusadasi

After breakfast and checking out of your hotel we will transfer you to Kusadasi.

Overnight Kusadasi, Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel

 

Day 3 Wednesday

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Overnight Kusadasi, Boutique Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel

 

Day 4 Thursday

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Overnight Pamukkale, 4-star Colossae Thermal Hotel

 

Day 5 Friday

Silk Road, Konya

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!

Overnight Cappadocia, Boutique Cave Elevres Stone House Hotel

 

Day 6 Saturday

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Overnight Cappadocia, Boutique Cave Elevres Stone House Hotel

 

Day 7 Sunday

Ankara

Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul, Boutique Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

 

Day 8 Monday

Istanbul Old City

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.

Overnight Istanbul, Boutique Sirkeci Mansion Hotel

 

Day 9 Tuesday

Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes, and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.


Price Details

Deposit £150.00 per person

Child Discounts available:

From age 8 to age 12

Discount 25%

809 £ /per person

Per person in a double room