Day 1: ARRIVE ISTANBUL – BOLU (L, D)
Upon arrival, visit Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace: the seat of the Ottoman Empire, after it shifted its capital from Bursa to Istanbul. It is today, a museum palace with a wide collection of Kitchen wares and Porcelains, Treasuries, Royal Antiques, Courtyards, Holy Relics etc. After lunch, drive to Bolu. Dinner and overnight in Bolu.
Day 2: BOLU – CAPPADOCIA (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Ankara. Visit Mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of Turkish Republic. After lunch in Ankara, drive to Cappadocia. Visit Salt Lake on the way. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: CAPPADOCIA (B, L, D)
In the morning optional Hot Air Balloon tour available. After breakfast, visit Pigeons Valley. Then photo stop at Dervent Valley. Continue to visit Uchisar, this old village consists of small
dwellings carved into huge rock. The contemporary village is at the skirts of the rock. If time permits, you may visit one of these homes and experience life in here. Lunch will be at Avanos Village followed by visit to famous local pottery workshop and state carpet cooperative allowing ample time for shopping in the afternoon. Then Pasabag Valley with unique volcanic formations. Finally visit Underground City. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: CAPPADOCIA – KONYA – PAMUKKALE (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Konya. We will visit the 13th century Caravanserai where Silk Road tradesmen accommodate in those days. Lunch at Konya. Konya was the center of the Seljuk Empire as well as the city of Mevlana and his Whirling Dervishes. After visiting the Mevlana Museum, we will continue drive to Pamukkale. Visit Textile Outlet Center in Pamukkale. Textile is the major export of Turkey. Proceed to the Antique City of Hierapolis, where Calcareous Thermal Springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating travertines in the form of white terrace and basins also known as the Cotton Castle. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 5: PAMUKKALE – BURSA (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive to Bursa. After lunch, we visit Grand Mosque: Ulu Cami is the largest mosque in Bursa and a landmark of early Ottoman architecture, which carried many elements from the Seljuk architecture. Our last visit will be Silk Market, Koza Han (Silk Bazaar). The Koza (Cocoon) Han was commissioned by Bayezid II and built in 1490 in the market neighborhood between Ulu Cami and Orhaniye, to provide income for the sultan’s mosque in Istanbul. Then shopping stop at Turkish Delight (Candy) and Olive Oil Outlet. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight in Bursa.
Day 6: BURSA – ISTANBUL (B, L, D)
After breakfast, drive back to Istanbul. Upon arrival have lunch at Local restaurant. Then, visit Leather Outlet Center for live fashion show. Free time for shopping. Drop at famous Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar (or covered Bazaar, Turkish: Kapalicarsi) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops and has between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7: DEPARTURE (B)
After breakfast, transfer to airport.