Istanbul’s history encompasses three major civilizations of the ancient world: Roman, Greek, and Byzantine, plus the johnny-come-lately Ottoman Empire. And, all that history is visible on almost every street corner with modern buildings built on top of ancient ruins and remnants of ancient walls lining today’s streets.
The Bosporus, a waterway famed in the ancient world, provides the backdrop to all that makes Istanbul Istanbul–exotic, Eastern, and yet Western, a magical skyline. Cappadocia’s landscape is hard to describe in physical terms. It’s often been described as a moonscape, so unusual with its conical rock outcrops, called fairy chimneys. It is also home to churches and chapels carved into the rocks, many decorated with extraordinary frescoes, and extensive underground cities, built to protect the early Christian inhabitants from invaders.
Note:- If the hotels above are not available at the time of booking, we will provide similar ones for our guests.
Hagia Sophia is closed on Mondays (between the first of November and April), Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, and Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays. If your tour is on one of these days, Hagia Sophia or Topkapi Museum will be replaced with Chora Museum. Dolmabahce Palace is closed on Mondays and Thursdays. If your tour is on one of these days, Dolmabahce Palace will be replaced with Chora Museum.
The standard baggage allowance is 15 kg check-in baggage + 8 kg cabin baggage for domestic flights where available.
We can change the route, flights, and tour dates according to the client’s travel dates and international flight details.
If you arrive at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport, please contact us for additional transfer rates.
Arrive in Ataturk airport. Meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Istanbul. Free day at your own leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart at approximately 08:30AM for your Istanbul Old City tour. Today we will visit the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, the Obe-lisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. After lunch we will explore Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart at approximately 08:30AM for your morning Bos-phorus Cruise. Enjoy the magnificent view of Istanbul’s landmark such as Dolmabahce Pal-ace, Ortakoy, Bebek, Arnavutkoy, Bosphorus Bridge, etc. After the cruise the tour continues with a visit to Dolmabahce Palace and one of the most famous bazaar in Istanbul, namely the Spice Bazaar. This spice heaven is a great for spice lovers and those who are looking for local delicacies. End of the tour transfer to airport and fly to Cappadocia. Meet your driv-er at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Optional hot air balloon tour before breakfast. After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart at approximately 09:00AM for your Cappadocia Underground City Tour. First, we will visit Red valley to explore its famous rock-cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. We’ll visit Cavusin village, famous for its houses and churches of Christian clergymen. After lunch we’ll drive to Pigeon valley and we’ll visit the Kaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear of invaders. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After breakfast at your hotel, we’ll depart at approximately 09:00AM to visit the sights and unique geographical landscape of Cappadocia, including the Devrent valley and its fairy-chimneys; Pasabag (Monk’s valley) and its mushroom-shaped pinnacles; Avanos, a center of terra-cotta art, for a pottery demonstration and lunch. After lunch, we will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum with its rock-cut churches that date back hundreds of years, many filled with excellent examples of Byzantine art. Our last stop is a visit to the Uchisar rock castle for a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. End of the tour. You will transfer to Cappa-docia airport or bus station.