Start the city tour with a visit to the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots occurred. Move on to the Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia famous with its blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets built in the name of Sultan Ahmet.
Visit Hagia Sophia, which is undoubtedly one of the greatest architectural creations in the world used as a church and mosque, and serving as a museum today.
Stop at Oalmoço and visit the Topkapi Palace, which was the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans. Today, it has sections exhibiting Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, Ottoman treasure, etc.
By the end, spend free time in Grand Bazaar, the oldest and the largest covered market in the world, with about 4,000 shops filled with rich memories collections.
After the visits, transfer back to your hotel.
Day 3: Istanbul expand_more
Begin your tour with a visit to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), surrounded by mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Visit shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish, etc.
Cruise on the Bosphorus through the strait separating the two continents, Europe and Asia. Take pictures of ancient marble palaces, such as the Yalis in Ottoman architecture with wood residential apartments of luxury and modernity.
After lunch, visit Camlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul. At the hilltop, rest and admire Istanbul's magnificent panoramic views and the Bosphorus while roaming within beautiful gardens.
On the Asian side, visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, Sultan Abdul Aziz built as a summer palace. This palace was also used to receive diplomatic guests to Istanbul during the 19th century.
At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
Day 4: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia expand_more
After your morning breakfast, transfer to the airport for departure to Ankara with TK 2138.
At around 10:00 am, upon arrival, visit the Museum of Civilizations of Anatolia and the spectacular mausoleum of Atatürk, which shows us how Turkey was founded.
After lunch, leave for Cappadocia by bus. You will visit one of the underground cities in the region.
At the end of the day, arrive at your hotel to have dinner and to rest.
Day 5: Cappadocia expand_more
Have your morning coffee at the hotel and go on a guided tour of the region starting with the outdoor Museum Göreme, where you will see several chapels carved in the rocks. Among them, you will find signs of St. George of Cappadocia.
Save the day for other tours of the picturesque valleys with beautiful scenery which are believed to be fairy chimneys.
After lunch, stop in one of the Cappadocian valleys where you will taste the famous wines of Cappadocia.
Visit Uçhisar village, a great spot to capture beautiful photos.
During the day, visit some centres of handicrafts and rugs and jewellery manufacturers.
At the end of the day's tour, return to the hotel to rest and have dinner. If you still want to enjoy the night, you have the option of a spectacular presentation of Turkey's folk dances.
Day 6: Cappadocia-Konya-Pamukkale expand_more
In the early hours of the morning, have a tour of the beautiful balloon ride and fly over Cappadocia (optional). This tour takes place along with the sunrise.
Leave early towards Konya. On the way, visit the caravanserai of Sultanhani, an old building which looks like a hotel designed to house merchants and their camels. This particular one was built in 13th-century, is in good condition, and is part of an extensive network of caravanserais built throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
From there, follow the biblical city of Konya - City of Dervishes.
Visit the Mevlana Museum to understand life and day-to-day dervishes.
Have lunch on the way and proceed to Pamukkale where you can have dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Pamukkale (Hierapolis) - Izmir expand_more
In the morning, explore Pamukkale - the ancient city of Hierapolis, where the Broncos terraces of limestone exist. This day will be the most relaxing of all due to the hot springs of Pamukkale. You will have free time to soak in the "old pool" (entrance ticket is not part of the package) located between the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, surrounded by hot springs.
After breakfast, depart towards Sirince, near Ephesus, an ancient Greek village which is believed to be one of the two protected establishments during the end of the world as per the Mayan Calendar.
Proceed to Izmir where you will have dinner in the hotel itself.
Day 8: Izmir - Ephesus - Istanbul expand_more
Leave the hotel early and leave for an excursion to Ephesus.
Visit the outdoor Museum of Ephesus, the Basilica of St. John and the House of Virgin Mary where she lived during her last years.
Stop for lunch.
After lunch, visit a leather factory shop, which is famous for fashion shows.
Later, transfer to Izmir airport, return to Istanbul via TK 2335.
Around 19:50 pm, transfer to hotel and overnight.
Day 9: Istanbul - Brazil expand_more
Depart for the airport right after breakfast.
8 nights hotel stay (4 nights Istanbul BB + 2 nights Cappadocia HB + 1 night Pamukkale HB +1 night Izmir HB)
All transfers in Turkey in an air-conditioned vehicle
Meals mentioned in the program
All entries mentioned in the program
Guide fluent in Portuguese during the tours
Guide fluent in English, Spanish, or Portuguese in transfers
Porters at airports of Istanbul and Ankara
Tip the baggage handlers hotel waiters and restaurants
The passage of domestic flight mentioned in the program
During a trip to Turkey on july, we had Serhat Gonlugur as our guide. About his performance, it was exellent and we did not had any complaint. He speaks portuguese fluentlly and is extremally polite and helpful. Thought the trip, he gave us all information of all the cities we stopped (Istanbul, Bursa, Cappadocia, Pamukkale,etc.), including the whole history of the main historical points as well as curiosities about the local culture and daily life. He was quite friendly and helpful and got fine whit everybody on the group, thus making the trip even better than we we expected. Serhat Gonlugur is a perfect professional and one of the best guides we already had.
Leilane, Luiz and André Andreatta.