Begin your trip roaming the palaces, bazaars, and mosques of Istanbul, before heading towards Cappadocia via Ankara. On the way to Ankara visit Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum, the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. Continue to Cappadocia and take a stop for a visit to a picturesque Salt Lake, that dries out and leaves a thick layer of salt that looks like snow every summer! Your next stop will be Pamukkale drawing worldwide attention since Roman times with its hot springs and naturally formed white limestone cascades. Then head to Izmir the gateway to the ancient Roman city of Ephesus before returning to Istanbul.