Middle East

DAY 1 KUALA LUMPUR ISTANBUL 
 Assemble at KLIA for your flight to Istanbul.

DAY 2 ISTANBUL BOLU
 Upon arrival, visit the historical Hippodrome, the famous Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, and the magnificent Topkapi Palace.
 Proceed to Bolu for dinner and overnight stay.
 Bolu – Von Resort Abant or similar

DAY 3 BOLU ANKARA CAPPADOCIA
 Leave Bolu for Ankara after breakfast to visit the Ataturk Mausoleum – dedicated to the 1st President of modern Turkey.
 Make a photo stop at the Salt Lake.
 Continue with the journey to Cappadocia – best known for its unique moon-like landscape, underground cities and cave churches.
 Cappadocia – Yunak Cave Hotel or similar

DAY 4 CAPPADOCIA 
 Start an unbelievable day with an optional Hot Air Balloon ride over the most extraordinary landscape [Own Expenses].
 After breakfast,visit the incredible underground city of Cardak,
once a place of refuge for 15,000 Christians.
 Then, stop at Esentepe Hill for a panoramic view of Cappadocia.
 Visit Goreme Open Air Museum with fascinating rock-hewn Churches and Pigeon Valley with many caves.
 Make a photo stop at Uchisar Castle – view the rock castle and enjoy the magnificent view of the Cappadocia landscape.
 Visit a local Onyx centre and a Turkish traditional carpet shop.
 Tour continues to Avanos Pottery Village.
 After dinner, enjoy the exotic Turkish Belly Dance Show.
 Cappadocia – Yunak Cave Hotel or similar

DAY 5 CAPPADOCIA PAMUKKALE 
 In the morning, leave Cappadocia for Pamukkale.
 En route, visit Sultanhani Caravanserai – an ancient inn and rest stop for the Silk Road travelers in the olden days.
 Then, make a stop to view an Obruk [a “sinkhole”lake].
 After that, continue with the journey to Pamukkale.
 Visit a textile centre.
 After checking in, indulge yourself in a Turkish thermal bath!!! [Please bring your own swimsuit]
 Pamukkale – Pam Thermal Hotel or similar

DAY 6 PAMUKKALE KUSADASI
 In the morning, visit the ruins of Hierapolis – a UNESCO Heritage site and an ancient city located on hot springs. Also enjoy the sight of the geological wonder of the“Cotton Castle”, white travertine terraces formed over thousands of years.
 Then, visit a local leather factory & enjoy a fashion show.
 After that, make a memorable visit to Ephesus – an ancient Greek city that was regarded as the most important and largest centre of the old Mediterranean world.
 Visit the House of Virgin Mary-people believed that the Virgin Mary lived here with St John towards the end of her life.
 Kusadasi – Grand Belish Hotel or similar

DAY 7 KUSADASI PERGAMON CANAKKALE 
 In the morning, leave Kusadasi for Canakkale.
 En route,stop by Sirince Village,a pretty,old Orthodox village. (if time permits, especially in winter)
 Then,continue to Pergamon to visit the Asklepion–an ancient Temple of Healing.
 The tour continues to the site of ancient TROY – the ancient city of the Trojan War. Take photos of the Trojan Horse.
 Visit a Lokum (candy)shop for traditional Turkish delight tasting.
 Canakkale – Kolin Hotel or similar
DAY 8 CANAKKALE ISTANBUL [B/L/D]
 Leave Canakkale for Istanbul after breakfast.
 On arrival, visit the Spice Bazaar for delightful dried fruits & spices.
 Then, go on the Bosphorus Cruise and get a good view of the long strait between Asia & Europe linking the Black Sea and Marmara Sea. A marvelous experience indeed!
 Istanbul – TRYP by Wyndham Istanbul Airport or similar

DAY 9 ISTANBUL KUALA LUMPUR
 After breakfast, take a stroll on Taksim Square, a major tourist and leisure district famed for its restaurants, shops and hotels, and along Istiklal Street, the busiest street in Turkey
 After that, visit the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar where you can also shop for souvenirs, local products and handicrafts.
 After dinner, proceed to the airport for your flight to Kuala Lumpur.

DAY 10 ARRIVE IN KUALA LUMPUR