Day 1, Friday India / Istanbul (-)
On arrival transfer to the hotel. (Early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best.) PM Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding water strait separating Europe and Asia and visit of Spice Market. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 2, Saturday Istanbul (B)
In the morning visit Byzantine Hippodrome and Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet. Finally the Grand Covered Bazaar, which covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. PM free for leisure. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 3, Sunday Istanbul / Ankara / Cappadocia (B,L,D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for an early flight to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Visit Anatolian Civilisations Museum and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. After lunch at a local restaurant in Ankara, destination is the mysterious Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 4, Monday Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Sightseeing in this unique corner of the world. First visit to Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors. Next will be the natural citadel of Uchisar. Lunch at a typical restaurant and visit Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Tour will end with visits to Pasabag Valley and Avonos Village. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 5, Tuesday Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale (B,L,D)
Transfer to Konya. En route visit 13th century Sultanhani Caravanserai built on the famous silk route. In Konya the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the worldwide famous mystic. Continue to Pamukkale, the cotton fortress. Hot mineral waters burst from the earth and cascade over cliffs forming pools and stalactites. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 6, Wednesday Pamukkale / Aphrodisias / Kusadasi (B,L,D)
Stroll through the ruins of ancient Roman City Hierapolis and transfer to Kusadasi. En route lunch at a local restaurant and visit Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, and famous for its sculpture school. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 7, Thursday Kusadasi / Ephesus / Izmir (B,L,D)
Visit the House of Virgin Mary. Continue to Ephesus, Roman capital of Asia Minor.
Visit the ruins of Odeon, Hercules Gate, the temple of Hadrian, the magnificent library, Agora and the fantastic Greco-Roman theatre. After lunch visit the Basilica of St. John. Drive to Izmir. Dinner and overnight stay at hotel.
Day 8, Friday Izmir (B,D)
Breakfast and dinner at hotel. Full day free for leisure.
Day 9, Saturday Izmir / Istanbul / India (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free time till departure. Transfer to the airport and fly to Istanbul for the India connection.