Istanbul And  Cappadocia Tour

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Tour Name: Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour 

Type: Private ( Personal ) Tour or Small Group Tour 

Start & End Point: Istanbul

Operates: Everyday / All Year Round

Tour duration: 5 Nights / 6 Days

Transport: (According to size of your party) Minivan / Minibus / Coach

Stay: (Accommodations in your choice of hotels) Budget / 3 Star / Boutique / 4 Star / 5 Star & Deluxe Hotels

Size: Minimum 1 Person

                                     DETAILED ITINERARY

 

DAY 1     : Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day at leisure

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (No)

 

DAY 2     : Istanbul - Old City Tour

Today we have full day IStanbul Old City tour.  We see the monuments from Ottomans, Byzantine and Roman Era.

Pick up from Hotel at 0900 am and istanbul tour .Today we visit : 
*Hippodrome-The horse cart's race place during Roman Era, its Obelisk, Orme Pillar,entwined snake pillar are still visible today.
*The Blue Mosque- 17 C AD Mosque , masterpiece of Turkish Islamic Architecture. listed by Unesco in the world heritage listand designed with excellent blue tiles which gives the name to the mosque 
*Hagia Sophia- Built in 6 the C as a church during Justinen Era and converted into Mosque by the Turks in 15 C AD .Today it served as a museum to its admirers and converted back to a mosque recently .. listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.
*Topkapi Palace-(Except harem) The residential and administration of Ottoman Sultans which is housing a lot of Sultan's Customes,Thrones, treasures, holy relics, porcelains and tiles with a great view of the Bosphorus. ( listed by Unesco in the world heritage list.)
*The Grand Bazaar- The biggest Covered Bazaar in the world which has about 4000 shops

CLOSED

Topkapi Palace closed on tuesday  replaced with Kariye (Chora) Museum or, Basilica Cistern or Galata Tower

Grand BAzaar  Market on Sunday: Replaced with authentic shops

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

DAY 3     : Istanbul - Bosporus Cruise - Evening Flight to Cappadocia

Morning pick up from hotel and continue to;

*Spice Bazaar, located close to water front nearby the Yeni Camii  (New Mosque) . This is a bazaar where you can find numerous kind of spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds and also many other things. Closed on Sundays

*Dolmabahce Palace-buiıt in 19 C AD in Baroque ,Rococo , Neo classical  Style , blended with Ottoman Architecture for  Ottoman Dynasty. The lasts 6 Sultans of Ottoman Empire reigned in this place. Dolmabahce Palace has 285 rooms and 43 halls. The biggest cyrstal chandelier which is 4,5 tons is in Dolmabahce Palace.  

* Lunch

*Golden Horn, an inlet of the Bosphorus dividing the city of Istanbul and forming a natural harbor. One can see the old city and Galata tower panoramically while cruising from ferry.

*Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments.

We disembark in Uskudar in the end of the day and walk till the Maiden Tower which is located on small islet in MArmara Sea nearby USkudar district. It is the best spots to view The European side of IStanbul which is full of minarets of mosques, palaces, towers .

We take picture of the Maiden Tower and return back to hotel 

End of tour, transfer to your hotel.

 

Also seen during the tour from the boat:

Imperial Gardens of Royal Yildiz Palace, Ciragan Palace Hotel Kempinski, Bosphorus & Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridges connecting Europe & Asia continents, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy, Mecidiye Mosque, Rumeli Fortress.

(See from the ferryboat; Bridges, Castles, Palaces on the European & Asian sides of the city)

Overnight: Istanbul - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

DAY 4     : Flight to Cappadocia  & North Cappadocia Tour

Early Morning transfer to airport and fly to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, pick up transfer to Cappadocia. We  Visit:

* Goreme Open Air Musuem - (The best  rock-cut churches & monasteries of Cappadocia  with frescoes. These churches were designed by some professional artist of Constantinapolis in Byzantine era ).

* Uchisar Cave Houses and Pigeon Houses - We enter to one of the cave houses which is used as a cafeteria today and have an apple tea while relaxing and feeling the cave life in the earlier times. 

* The Pigeon Valley - The valley which is housing thousands of Dovecotes which was dug out into the cliff of the valley by the farmers of Cappadocia to collect the guano and fertilize the farms in the past. 

* Pashabagi fairy-chimneys Valley known as Monks Valley as well. We see the natural rock formations resemble the mushrooms with some monks caves in them. Here the monks secluded themselves from the community to feel closer to God just like Simeon of Syria who lived a top of pillar in a small room for 37 years.

* Avanos - Historic Pottery Town of Cappadocia which is located on the banks of Red River .Its inhabitants produced poettery since it was estabilshed till today .

* Dervent valley – also called as Pink or Imagination valley with Its famous pink rock formations.Here depends on your imagination power you may see many rock formatins look like different figures..The most remarkable one is the siting  stone camel...

* Urgup fairy-chimneys - They are the symbol of Cappadocia with their caps on top. There are 5 mushroom -like  rock formations just like a family 

*Rose Valley -One of the best places to watch the sun set in Cappadocia .The color of the valley turns to pink even red in the end of the day .

**The sun set is optional. If you have time we will show you the sun set. Otherwise we just see the valley in the end of the day and go back to your hotel  

Cappadocia Optional Night Activities;

Whirling Dervish Night Show Tour – A show in a 13th C Caravanserai built on Silk Road.

Turkish Night Show Tour in Cappadocia – Folk dances and Belly Dance shows with Dinner.

Overnight: Cappadocia - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 5     : South Cappadocia Tour

Cappadocia Optional Early Morning Activitiy;

Balloon Flight Tour in Cappadocia - The best way to start the day in Cappadocia. You fly over land scape of cappadocia and view valleys of cappadocia and  its rock formations of Cappadocia.

Tour Plan

Morning start for the tour at 09:30 am

Sites:

* Ihlara Valley is the biggest canyon in cappadocia , 14 km long and the deepest place is 150 meters. it has 4000 carved caves and 105  rock-cut churches and chaples. Walk 4 km in Ihlara Valley from entrance till Belisırma Village along Melendiz River  and visit the churches of Ihlara such as Agacalti church, Sumbullu church, Snake church.

* Lunch in Belisirma Village in middle of Ihlara valley.

* Selime Monastery is the biggest rock-cut monastery in Cappadocia. Selime Monastery is situated in the end of Ihlara Canyon in a high cliff.

* Derinkuyu Underground city is the biggest underground shelter in Cappadocia. we decend 40 meters underground and see many caves , tunnels, ventilation shaft, kitchen , missionary school, winery, church etc..

End of tour either we drive to hotel or Handcrafted famous Turkish Carpet weaving atelier.

Overnight: Cappadocia - Meals (Breakfast & Lunch)

 

DAY 6     : Transfer to Cappadocia Airport and end of our tour 

Morning Transfer to the airport, Flight to Istanbul. 

Meal (Breakfast)

 

CLOSED

* Hagia Sophia on Monday: Replaced with one of these sites: Basilica Cistern, Kariye Museum or Turkish & Islamic Art Museum

* Topkapi Palace on Tuesday: Replaced with one of these sites: Basilica Cistern, Kariye Museum or Turkish & Islamic Art Museum

*Dolmabahcei Palace on Monday & Thursday / Replaced with Kariye Museum or Basilica Cistern

* Grand Bazaar on Sunday Replaced with authentic shops

 

Inclusions

• All transfers from Istanbul Airports - Arrival & Departure transfers

• All transfers from Cappadocia Airports - Arrival & Departure transfers

• All admission fees (Museum Tickets) in tours

• Listed meals only

• 5 Night Accommodations in your choice of hotels (Bed & Breakfast)

• Transportation with comfortable AC nonsmoking Vehicle

• Professional guiding services during tours by a licensed Guide

• All Highway tickets and Parking fees.

• Boat trip in Istanbul

* Tax 

 

Exclusions

• Domestic flight tickets - Can be arranged on request with extra fee.

* Hot air balloon tour (Balloon Price is changing in each season. Please inquire us for the best available price )

• All customary tips to Guide & Driver

• All Drinks

• All personal expenses

• Optional Activities  

• Laundry Services

 

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