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7 Days Tour - Istanbul & Cappadocia by Bus
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 - Walking City Tour ( B / L )
After breakfast at your hotel we pick you up from your hotel to start our full day guided city tour. We start our tour in Sultanahmet, the heart of old Istanbul.
Ayasofya (Hagia Sophia) is one the greatest masterpieces of Byzantine architecture, built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century. Converted into a mosque in 1453 by Conqueror Mehmet, it is now one of the world's greatest museums. Its massive dome still dominates the skyline of old Istanbul .
Blue Mosque is one of the most prominent landmarks of the city. It takes its name from the exquisite Iznik tiles that decorate the interior, and it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Designed by a pupil of the famous architect Sinan in the 17th century, it was originally called Sultanahmet, from which the area takes its name.
Hippodrome was the centre of sporting and social events during the Byzantine Empire. The Serpentine Column, The Obelisk of Theodosius and The German Fountain are notable monuments decorating the arena.
Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest shopping centre in Turkey, situated in the centre of the old city. It has 4,000 shops full of treasures, including carpets, leather, icons, ceramics and jewellery .
Topkapı Palace was the principal residence of the Ottoman Sultans for nearly 400 years. It is now a museum and houses a fabulous collection of crystal, silver, Chinese porcelain, jewels and costumes. The armoury and royal Harem are particularly worth seeing.
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque was formerly the Church of Sergius and Baccus. You may see fine examples of early Byzantine art.
At the end of the tour we will transfer you to your hotel.
Ayasofya closed Mondays / replaced with Underground Cistern.
Topkapı Palace closed Tuesdays / replaced with Islamic Art museum
Grand Bazaar closed on Sundays.
Day 3 - Istanbul - Bosphorus & Two Continents 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 and you will take an overnight bus to Cappadocia which will take about twelve hours by comfortabe, non-smoking, airconditioned busses.
Day 4 - North Cappadocia ( L )
Arrive in Cappadocia in the morning, we meet you and transfer to our agency to start the tour, your full day guided tour of Northern Cappadocia begins. We visit the monastic complex of Goreme Open Air Museum with its astonishing rock-hewn architecture and vibrant frescoes; the lunar landscape of Devrent Valley; the lovely town of Avanos; Pasabag Valley, which has some of the most stunning fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Cavusin an old Christian village and Urgup's fairy chimneys. Don't forget to taste a delicious pottery kebab while you're here. In the evening we take you back to your hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 - South Cappadocia ( B / L)
We meet you at about 9:30am and your full day guided tour of southern Cappadocia begins at Pigeon Valley, where you see thousands of pigeon houses lining the steep cliffs. On your visit to one of the extraordinary underground cities (Kaymakli or Derinkuyu) you will discover hundreds of tunnels going deep into the centre of the earth. At Selime village you will be astonished by the beautiful churches carved out of the volcanic rocks, which continue to the end of the Ihlara Valley, the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia. At the end of your tour we transfer you to bus station to take an overnight bus to Istanbul which will take about twelve hours by comfortable, non-smoking, airconditioned busses.
Day 6 - Istanbul
After arriving in Istanbul, we take you back to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover more historic sites or to shop in the Grand Bazaar or Spice Market. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 7 - Istanbul ( B )
Check out of your hotel before 12:00am, and we take you to Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen for your international flight home. This is when we say goodbye to our friends - unless you'd like to extend your holiday by adding more happy tours around Istanbul or further afield.
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