BUTTERFLY TOUR


DAY 01: Check in to your hotel in the afternoon for the start of your tour. In the evening your tour leader will brief you on the schedule of events for the next eight days. Overnight: Istanbul D

DAY 02: Early flight to Cappadocia . We embark on a full day tour of the region visiting the 86 meter high rock fortress in Ortahisar, view from Uchisar Castle, the intriguing array of fairy chimneys and the underground city of Kaymakli. This whole region is composed of soft compressed volcanic ash, which has worn to form fantastic shapes. The soft material has also enabled the earlier inhabitants to build churches with lovely frescoes and underground cities to escape persecution in less tolerant times; the tour introduces you to both the man made and natural wonders of the region. Overnight: Cappadocia B.L.D

Day 03: Butterfly tour. Overnight: Cappadocia (B.Picnic Lunch.D)

Day 04: Drive to Isparta via Konya. A tour of Konya gives you the chance to see the Whirling Dervishes' mystic order, which is established here. Discover their treasures in the Mevlana Museum. Head to Isparta for overnight. Overnight: Isparta (B.L.D )

Day 05: Full day butterfly tour. Drive to Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale ( B.Picnic Lunch.D )

Day 06: Tour of Hierapolis , Aphrodisias .Another Greco-Roman city "Hierapolis" is visited here with its incredible necropolis, the city of the dead. Pamukkale is world famous for it's calcium-carbonate travertines. Aphrodisias, the city of art dedicated to the Goddess Aphrodite. The marble theatre is beautiful and the stadium that seats over 35, OOO is immense. Drive to Fethiye for overnight. Overnight: Fethiye B.L.D

Day 07: Tour of Butterfly Valley and Kabak Valley. After the tour flight back to Istanbul Overnight: Istanbul (B.Picnic Lunch.D)

Day 08: A half day tour will introduce you to the many memorable sights of this city strategically located at the crossroads of Asia and Europe. View the majestic Church of St. Sophia, the greatest monument of the Orthodox Church erected in just five years of the Emperor Justinian's rule. South of St. Sophia lies the Hippodrome, scene of Roman chariot races watched by tumultuous crowds of more than 100,000 people. Towards the southern end the Egyptian Obelisk dates from the 16 Century BC whilst the serpentine column with the three bronze entwined serpents was brought here from Delphi during the reign of Emperor Theodosius. Enter the Blue Mosque where some 20, 000 blue Iznik ceramic tiles create an ethereal atmosphere. We visit Topkapi Palace housing the treasures of the Ottomans and the harem that served as the quarters for the sultan's wives and concubines. In the afternoon, a boat cruise on the Bosphorus between the two continents of Asia and Europe. At night, a farewell dinner with a belly dancing show. Overnight: Istanbul (B.L.D.)

Day 09: F/D butterfly tour. Overnight: Istanbul (B.Picnic Lunch.D)

Day 10: End of the tour , transfer to the airport (B) Places and sights to be seen Tour A Cappadocia ; Uchisar castle , Ortahisar , Kaymakli Underground city , Zelve open air museum . Konya ; Orientation tour , Mevlana Museum , Tomb of Mevlana . Ephesus ; House of Virgin Mary , Ephesus ruins , Temple of Artemis. Pergamon ruins. Troy ; The ruins of Homer's Troy and the wooden horse. Istanbul ; Hippodrome , Blue Mosque , St Sophia , Topkapi Palace Bosphorus Cruise , Dinner with belly dancing show. Tour B Cappadocia ; Uchisar castle , Ortahisar , Kaymakli Underground city , Zelve open air museum . Konya ; Orientation tour , Mevlana Museum , Tomb of Mevlana . Pamukkale ; Hierapolis , Aphrodisias and Travertines . Istanbul ; Hippodrome , Blue Mosque , St Sophia , Topkapi Palace Bosphorus Cruise , Dinner with belly dancing show.

The tour is flexible and can be extended/shortened upon request.

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