-Accommodation in boutique hotels or 3-4-5 star hotels in central locations close to historical sites
-Professional licensed guides from Ministery of Tourism
-Main entrance fees to museums and ruins
-Meals mentioned in the itenerary
-Local taxes & handling services
-All package tours are insured by TURSAB (Association of Turkish Travel Agencies )
-International flight tickets
-Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
6-Day Tour - Istanbul & Cappadocia by plane
Day 1 - Istanbul
Whether you arrive in Istanbul at Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gökcen , you will be met by a member of our staff holding up your name card, and taken to your hotel . You have the rest of the day free to relax or explore the city.
Day 2 - Istanbul Classic Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast , your guide will meet you at the hotel for your full-day tour of Istanbul.
We start at Ayasofya (Haghia Sophia), one of the world's architectural marvels , built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century . It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, so called because of the magnificent blue Iznik tiles that decorate the interior. Called Sultan Ahmet Camii when it was built (1609-1616), it is the only mosque with six minarets. The ancient Hippodrome , scene of chariot races , has four antique monuments: the German Fountain of Wilhelm II , the Obelisk of Theodosus , the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine . The Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest covered markets in the world , with more than 4,000 shops.
Lunch at a nice local restaurant that serves delicious Anatolian food .
Topkapı Palace , the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th century . Important collections include the armoury, where the jewel encrusted Topkapı dagger can be seen, the Spoonmakers Diamond, miniatures and manuscripts, fıne porcelains, sacred objects and the Sultan's wardrobe with its wonderful ceremonial and informal costumes.
Our last visit will be to one of two beautiful mosques, either Suleymaniye or Rustem Pasa, whichever is available on the day of our tour.
After the tour we take you to your hotel for the night.
Day 3 - Bosphorus Cruise & Beylerbeyi Palace Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast we pick you up from your hotel and make a short visit to the 17th century Spice Market, one of the most colourful bazaars where the air is filled with the enticing aromas of exotic spices and herbs. Then we take an unforgettable tour of the Bosphorus. Relaxing on deck while we cruise up this legendary waterway, you will see many gorgeous palaces , Ottoman mansions, imposing fortresses, ancient fishing villages and beautiful bays. Rumeli Fortress built by Mehmet the Conqueror in just three months before he took control of Istanbul and the great trade route of the Bosphorus. Bosphorus Bridge , which links one continent (Europe) to another (Asia ). Beylerbeyi Palace , built in 1865 on the Asian side, was the summer residence of the Ottoman sultans and the last prison of the deposed Sultan Abdulhamid II, from 1912 till his death in 1919. Our final destination is Camlıca Hill , the highest point of Istanbul. In the park at the top you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Have a cup of Turkish coffee here and you will never forget its flavour, which is the flavour of ancient Istanbul . Then you will be transfered to your hotel.
At the end of your tour we take you back to your hotel in Istanbul .
Day 4 - Norh Cappadocia Tour ( B / L )
At about 4.00am we take you to the airport in Istanbul for a 6.30am flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia). You arrive at 7.45am and your first stop is to check into a cave hotel and have breakfast. These hotels have bedrooms dug out of Cappadoccia's famous fairy chimneys. Some are around 2,000 years old, yet they are as warm and comfortable as a good city hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel your fully-guided North Cappadocia tour begins:
Uchisar, the highest point of Cappadocia and right in the centre of the region, is a troglodyte town with an enormous rock, which was used as a castle, overlooking it. From this vantage point you can enjoy a panaromic view of the fairy chimneys.
Goreme Open Air Museum Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early Middle Ages and is now a protected world heritage centre. A walk round this network of ancient fresco-covered churches that were laboriously carved out of the rock so long ago is a truly moving experience.
Cavusin, a deserted town because of frequent rock falls, was once inhabited by Dervishes and Christians, and before that by the Byzantines and Romans. With its beautiful rock houses, this is one of the essential sights of Cappadocia.
Monks Valley (Pasabag) is the best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys and beautiful natural rock formations .
Avanos is a centre for the local pottery trade, where you will be given the chance to try your hand on the potter's wheel .
Devrent Valley, a lunar landscape with animal-shaped pink rocks and some of the largest fairy chimneys in Cappadocia.
Urgup's Fairy Chimneys are yet another variety of these unearthly shapes created by volcanic ash, erosian and the passage of time. These have conical shaped bodies topped with a giant boulder.
At the end of the tour , we take you to your hotel in Cappodocia .
Day 5 - South Cappadocia Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast, we pick you up from your hotel and your full-day guided tour (lunch included) starts with a panaromic view of Goreme and its unique fairy chimneys .
Underground City - an unbelievable experience, as you head down to what seems like the centre of the earth. Some of these cities go ten stories underground and could house 50,000 people, with their livestock and foodstores. Possibly built by the Phyrigians in the 7th century BC, they were later used as a refuge for persecuted Christians.
Ihlara Valley Explore the famous rock-hewn Byzantine churches and hike 4km through this beautiful valley .
Selimiye Mosque, this marvellous complex was carved into the volcanic rock during the Byzantine era.
Pigeon Valley, see the cliffs studded with pigeon houses, so high up it's hard to believe anyone could reach them to collect the droppings that were sold as fertilizer.
At the end of the tour, we collect your luggage and go to Kayseri airport for a return flight to Istanbul, where we take you to your hotel.
Day 6 - Departure from Istanbul ( B )
Check out of your hotel before 12:00am, and we take you to Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gökcen for your international flight . This is when we say goodbye to our friends, but remember, you can always extend your tour by adding extra trips in and around Istanbul or even further afield.
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