Private arrival and departure transfers from/to airports in Istanbul and in Cappadocia
Accommodation for 4 nights in Istanbul and 1 night in Cappadocia (cave hotel), in selected hotels sharing double occupancy in standard double room on bed and breakfast basis
Full day, guided Istanbul tour visiting Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar
Full day, guided tour visiting the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), Bosporus boat trip, Underground Cistern
Round trip economy air tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia to Istanbul
Guided Cappadocia tour visiting the three sisters fairy chimneys, the Kaymakli Underground City, the Pasabag fairy chimneys, the Goreme open air museum and the Uchisar Rock Castle
Professional, licensed English speaking guide
Transportation with private AC vehicle
All entrance fees for the guided tour included in the itinerary
All service fees and local taxes
24-hour assistance telephone service
Departs: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Visiting: Istanbul, Hipodromme, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Cappadocia, Underground cities, Goreme, Uchisar and Valleys in Cappadocia
Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Arrival at Istanbul Int'l airport. Welcome and briefing by our representative who will meet you at the airport with your name on a company sign. Private transfer to the hotel for overnight stay in Istanbul
Day 2: Full-day Istanbul tour After breakfast, at approximately 09:00am, pick up from your hotel and your journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul - its three names span more than 2,600 years, nearly 1,600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known; the Byzantine and the Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul (B)
Day 3: Full-day Istanbul tour - Bosporus boat trip After breakfast, at approximately 08:30am, pick up from your hotel and start our tour by first visiting the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar). The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice. Continue with a Bosporus boat trip; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages. Afternoon visit to the Underground Cistern. Overnight in Istanbul (B)
Day 4: Istanbul - Cappadocia tour 08:15 am. Pick up from your hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Arrive in Nevsehir airport where you will be welcomed by your guide and transfer to your hotel for check in. 14:00pm start your private Cappadocia tour. First visit the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup which are most popular as also seen on advertisements. Then we head on to Pigeons Valley. Pigeons have been always important for Cappadocian people. That is why people carved some pigeon houses to keep them in certain places. You will see that the houses for the pigeons are like the houses for the people. We then descend into the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City, one of the largest and deepest among 200 others in Cappadocia. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in a cave hotel (B)
Day 5: Cappadocia tour - Istanbul After breakfast, we start our second day private Cappadocia tour. Drive to Devrent Valley, take a walk through this lunar landscape where different rock formations can be seen. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos Town, which is famous for its tile and pottery workshops. After lunch our next stop is Goreme open air museum, where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos from various centuries decorating the walls of the churches. Then we drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle, which is the highest, most dominant point, giving us a breathtaking panorama. We end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for a panaromic view and for taking photos. Transfer to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Arrive at Istanbul and transfer to your hotel for overnight (B)
Day 6: Istanbul - Departure After breakfast check out from the hotel and private transfer to Istanbul Int'l airport for departure
Rates upon request for higher class hotel accommodation
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