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Location: Istanbul

Day 1 - 15 Sep 2019

Istanbul Airport IST

Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST
Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST
Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST
Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST

Content: We took our Turkish Airlines flight from Chicago to Istanbul. Its 10 hours non stop flight. A modern and spacious airport. Being a new one, state of the art buildings, architecture, and decoration, most travellers were a bit confused meeting new everything in IST. That resulted in a degree of discomfort and a lot of effort walking here and there to find what they needed. Most of junior staff that passengers meet everywhere in IST speak their mother tongue only. It would help a lot if those in contact with passengers are offered courses in basic English, French, or Dutch language

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Content: Excellent hotel! It has a great location and awesome views! The restaurant is pretty good!! And the concierge service was very polite and adequate. The rooms are spacious and always clean

Atelier Real Food

Istanbul, Atelier Real Food
Istanbul, Atelier Real Food
Istanbul, Atelier Real Food
Istanbul, Atelier Real Food

Content: I had dinner at the Atelier, the ambiance is warm and relaxing, the decor is simple but sophisticated. The staff was exceptional, polite, friendly, and helpful. As for the food I had the red lentil soup, steak and the ritz Carlton cake, they were exquisite. The entire experience was amazing.

Location: Istanbul

Day 2 - 16 Sep 2019

The Blue Mosque

Istanbul, The Blue Mosque
Istanbul, The Blue Mosque
Istanbul, The Blue Mosque
Istanbul, The Blue Mosque
Istanbul, The Blue Mosque

Content: Start your day with the Blue Mosque, the largest functioning one in Turkey. Built in 1609 using blue Iznik tiles with abstract and geometric patterns, flowers, and trees, it has six minarets built in the name of Sultanahmet.

Terrace Restaurant

Istanbul, Terrace Restaurant
Istanbul, Terrace Restaurant
Istanbul, Terrace Restaurant

Content: Our hotel Manager Ms .Demet recommeded this Restaurant . İt was bit far from our hotel But when we arrived to tereace we saw amazing view of bosphors and Old city , nice ambience and delicous foods We preferred to eat special ottoman foods İt was good choice .

Topkapi Palace

Istanbul, Topkapi Palace
Istanbul, Topkapi Palace
Istanbul, Topkapi Palace

Content: The palace preserves ancient relics and belongings of the Sultans. It displays what the Islamic world considers to be some of the most important relics of Prophet Muhammad. Topkapı Palace shuts at 4.45pm, though, so make sure you get there in time.

Grand Bazaar

Istanbul,  Grand Bazaar
Istanbul,  Grand Bazaar
Istanbul,  Grand Bazaar
Istanbul,  Grand Bazaar

Content: Head to the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest markets. Look for ceramics, lanterns, jewellery, silks, and of course, sumptuous Turkish delights. If you’re interested in local food, you’ll find a lot of restaurants serving Turkish food around the area. Byzantion Bistro Restaurant, Lezzet-i Sark and Vefa Bozacisi are among the popular ones.Wandering through these busy market streets is part of the Turkish experience.

Location: Istanbul

Day 3 - 17 Sep 2019

The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Istanbul, The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Content: Start with kahvalti, Turkish breakfast. Try the simit (a kind of bagel), cheeses, sucuk (dried ground beef sausage) with eggs, and börek (dough sheets with cheese, meat, and vegetables). And wash that meal down with some Turkish coffee, because after all, you’re in a country steeped in caffeine culture.

Cagaloglu Hamam

Istanbul, Cagaloglu Hamam
Istanbul, Cagaloglu Hamam
Istanbul, Cagaloglu Hamam
Istanbul, Cagaloglu Hamam

Content: The stuff was super nice with us and made us feel like Kings. The experience we had included bath, strong massage, tea and delights. The massage guy (Umut) was very polite and made me fell comfortable.

Bosphorus Cruise

Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise
Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise

Content: Took Bosphorus cruise, which we reserved through our hotel.The half-day tour runs for five hours along Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, all the way to the Black Sea. On the cruise, you’ll be served a delicious Turkish lunch with traditional dishes like grilled chicken or fish, fresh salad, cheese, and the famous baklava.

Galata Bridge

Istanbul, Galata Bridge
Istanbul, Galata Bridge
Istanbul, Galata Bridge
Istanbul, Galata Bridge
Istanbul, Galata Bridge

Content: After the cruise, headed straight to Galata Bridge, one of the best places for viewing the sunset. The two-tiered bridge connects old Istanbul to the new town.

Location: Cappadocia

Day 4 - 18 Sep 2019

Kayseri

Cappadocia,  Kayseri
Cappadocia,  Kayseri
Cappadocia,  Kayseri

Content: To get to Cappadocia, we took an early-morning flight from Istanbul airport to the airport located in Kayseri. From there, travel to Göreme, which takes about an hour and check into our hotel.

Museum Hotel - Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia

Cappadocia, Museum Hotel - Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia
Cappadocia, Museum Hotel - Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia
Cappadocia, Museum Hotel - Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia
Cappadocia, Museum Hotel - Luxury Cave Hotel Cappadocia

Content: This is the best hotel in the area. Very friendly staffs. Nice garden and hot pool. Pretty good for seeing ballons, although ballons can be far away. Some flew very close though. Well, experience is certainly good. But the price was damn expensive compared to other hotels of the same stars levels

Rose Valley

Cappadocia, Rose Valley
Cappadocia, Rose Valley
Cappadocia, Rose Valley
Cappadocia, Rose Valley

Content: Hike through this area to find some of the finest fairy chimney-strewn vistas, high cliffs, colored rocks, and dwellings and churches carved into the tufa stone. Walk a little further to reach Pasabag. Here, you will see highly remarkable earth pillars in the middle of a vineyard.

Kaymakli Underground City

Cappadocia, Kaymakli Underground City
Cappadocia, Kaymakli Underground City
Cappadocia, Kaymakli Underground City

Content: One of the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Turkey. This is an underground city with eight floors below the ground. They were used by the first inhabitants of Cappadocia to escape the harsh weather and wild animals.

Evranos Restaurant

Cappadocia,  Evranos Restaurant
Cappadocia,  Evranos Restaurant
Cappadocia,  Evranos Restaurant

Content: it is famous for its Turkish Nights Program, where you will enjoy different local folk dance with Turkish Belly Dancing. The dancers are good and they will interact with tourists sitting inside restaurant to join them and Enjoy. They also provide Local Soft Drinks with Munching. It consists of Raki Local Famous Liquor, Water Bottle, Red Wine and Local Wine with some Fruits Platter with Peanuts, Hazzle Nuts, Pistachio. Program is for around 2 Hours. Very Good Experience

Location: Cappadocia

Day 5 - 19 Sep 2019

Hot air balloon ride

Cappadocia, Hot air balloon ride
Cappadocia, Hot air balloon ride
Cappadocia, Hot air balloon ride
Cappadocia, Hot air balloon ride
Cappadocia, Hot air balloon ride

Content: Start your day early with a hot-air balloon ride. This is the perfect way to bask in all the beauty of Cappadocia.

Göreme Open Air Museum

Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum
Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum
Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum
Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum
Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum
Cappadocia, Göreme Open Air Museum

Content: This is a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring rock-cut churches dating right from the 10th to 12th century.

Location: Kayseri

Day 5 - 19 Sep 2019

Bus-ride to Selcuk

Kayseri, Bus-ride to Selcuk
Kayseri, Bus-ride to Selcuk

Content: Overnight buses from Kayseri to Izmir take about 14 hours to reach Selcuk.

Location: Selcuk

Day 6 - 20 Sep 2019

Akanthus Hotel Ephesus

Selcuk, Akanthus Hotel Ephesus
Selcuk, Akanthus Hotel Ephesus
Selcuk, Akanthus Hotel Ephesus
Selcuk, Akanthus Hotel Ephesus
Selcuk, Akanthus Hotel Ephesus

Content: First class place to stay. Decorated beautifully with local pottery & tapestries with a twist of modern design. The staff are superb! Going over & above to make sure you visit is a pleasant one. Pool & outdoor kitchen are beautiful.

Ephesus

Selcuk, Ephesus
Selcuk, Ephesus
Selcuk, Ephesus
Selcuk, Ephesus
Selcuk, Ephesus

Content: We took a short taxi ride from Selçuk to the ancient city of Ephesus, where we saw some of the best-preserved ancient ruins. This is one of the most visited destinations in Turkey.

Temple of Artemis

Selcuk, Temple of Artemis

Content: Don’t forget to check out the Temple of Artemis, once among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Ali Baba & Mehmet Kebab House

Selcuk, Ali Baba & Mehmet Kebab House
Selcuk, Ali Baba & Mehmet Kebab House
Selcuk, Ali Baba & Mehmet Kebab House

Content: Quite average food when we had it, even though it seems like a highly recommended joint based on other reviews. It's definitely affordable, though I wouldn't say it's fantastic. Come for the authentic atmosphere. Language was an issue, though there is English menu available. There's also an Australian accented English speaking rug and souvenir seller next door that seems quite happy to help or just have a chat.

Ephesus museum

Selcuk, Ephesus museum
Selcuk, Ephesus museum
Selcuk, Ephesus museum
Selcuk, Ephesus museum
Selcuk, Ephesus museum

Content: The highlight of the museum is the Gladiator Room, with displays from the gladiator cemetery excavation.

House of the Virgin Mary

Selcuk,  House of the Virgin Mary
Selcuk,  House of the Virgin Mary
Selcuk,  House of the Virgin Mary

Content: Next,we took a walking tour to the House of the Virgin Mary, a popular Christian pilgrim spot. It was believed that the Virgin Mary and Saint John settled here after the crucifixion of Christ. We Spent the day exploring Ephesus and head back to Selçuk.

Location: Selcuk

Day 7 - 21 Sep 2019

Pamukkale

Selcuk,  Pamukkale
Selcuk,  Pamukkale
Selcuk,  Pamukkale

Content: We took a bus that departs from Selcuk to Denizli, which took three hours and then another bus from Denizli to Pamukkale, which took about 20 minutes.

Pamukkale

Selcuk,  Pamukkale
Selcuk,  Pamukkale
Selcuk,  Pamukkale

Content: Pamukkale is renowned for its white terraces and hot springs. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We explored this area by walking barefoot from the base of the calcite mountain up the entire cliff ridge. The upper levels hold pools of mineral-rich water, in which we sat to imbibe its health-giving properties.

Location: Pamukkale

Day 7 - 21 Sep 2019

Hierapolis

Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Pamukkale, Hierapolis
Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Content: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s walking distance from the travertines. Walk through this ancient city to explore the mighty theatre that’s located on the hillside. We saw the ruins of the Temple of Apollo and then head to the Hierapolis museum.

Kayas Wine House

Pamukkale, Kayas Wine House
Pamukkale, Kayas Wine House
Pamukkale, Kayas Wine House
Pamukkale, Kayas Wine House
Pamukkale, Kayas Wine House

Content: Came here because it was listed on Lonely Planet. All I can say is that the staff is great and the food is delicious. I ordered the chicken and mushroom plate and it was amazing. Definitely a good spot to eat and chill after the tavertines

Pamukkale antique pool

Pamukkale,  Pamukkale antique pool
Pamukkale,  Pamukkale antique pool
Pamukkale,  Pamukkale antique pool

Content: After lunch, we head to the Pamukkale antique pool, where we took a dip and cool off. This hot spring features sparkling “champagne water” and is located somewhere within the Pamukkale-Hierapolis complex. Legend has it that this artificially sculpted pool was a gift by Marc Anthony to Cleopatra.

Location: Selcuk

Day 8 - 22 Sep 2019

Antalya & Bodrum

Selcuk, Antalya & Bodrum
Selcuk, Antalya & Bodrum
Selcuk, Antalya & Bodrum

Content: Antalya is a five-and-a-half-hour cab ride from Selcuk. Since we considered for a day trip, its more ideal to choose a cab ride that’s quicker.

Antalya

Selcuk, Antalya
Selcuk, Antalya
Selcuk, Antalya
Selcuk, Antalya
Selcuk, Antalya
Selcuk, Antalya

Content: Antalya will thrill both beach lovers and history buffs – the labyrinthine old town is full of historic sites. We explored attractions like Hadrian’s Gate and the Broken Minaret, then walk into Karain cave and took ride to the top of Mount Tahtali.

Bodrum

Selcuk, Bodrum
Selcuk, Bodrum
Selcuk, Bodrum
Selcuk, Bodrum

Content: Bodrum is on the western coast of Turkey and boasts some of the clearest waters in all of the country. It is also home to the famous Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which is housed below the renovated Bodrum Castle, a wonder in itself.

Location: Selcuk

Day 9 - 23 Sep 2019

izmir Airport

Selcuk, izmir Airport
Selcuk, izmir Airport
Selcuk, izmir Airport
Selcuk, izmir Airport

Content: After breakfast,we packed up and left from Selcuk for İzmir Airport, where we took a flight to Istanbul.

Location: Istanbul

Day 9 - 23 Sep 2019

Istanbul Airport IST

Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST
Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST
Istanbul, Istanbul Airport IST

Content: The Airport Outlet Center is the closest mall to the airport. If you don’t have much time, stop here to pick a few items. A diverse country like Turkey deserves a lot more day. We board our Turkish Airline flight to Chicago.