ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA TOUR Package Details

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ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA TOUR

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.

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Overview

Tour Inclusions:

  • 3 nights accommodation in Istanbul on BB basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia on HB basis
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 local lunches, 2 local dinners
  • Inbound Airport Transfer  and Outbound Airport Transfers
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide during the tours
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Entrance fees of the museums and sites

Itinerary

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Day 1 -Istanbul

Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Apt meet and greet with our assistant and transfer to your hotel (early check-in subject to availability, but we will do our best).

You will be falling in love with this city. It is such colourful and lively. Many shops, cafés, bars, nightclubs are open till late night. You will be amazed with its beauty as well as history and nightlife. Afternoon you will be free to get some rest after your long flight. Lunch and dinner excluded.

Overnight at the hotel

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Day 2 - Istanbul Old City

Breakfast at hotel. Hotel pick-up at around 08:00 am for full-day city tour.

 

HIPPODROME, The scene of ancient chariot races, the ancient Hippodrome, with its four monuments; the GERMAN FOUNTAIN OF WILHELM II, the OBELISK OF THEDOSIUS, the bronze SERPENTINE COLUMN and the COLUMN OF CONSTANTINE.

 

SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 17th century by the architect Mehmet, this is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles.

 

St. SOPHIA  This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great, in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.

GRAND BAZAAR(COVERED MARKET) In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brasware and trays, water ewers, onyxware and meerschaum pipers.

 

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (Drinks are extra)

 

LITTLE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It’s early domed-basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. Temple is founded by powerful emperor Justinianos whose reign was golden age of Roman Empire and now is used as a mosque since 1497.

TOPKAPI PALACE
The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries, housing an exquisite collection of precious gems, jewellery thrones of sultans, robes worn by the sultans and their families; miniatures, the Holy Mantle; CHABER OF SACRED RELICS.

(Harem is not included in the program and visit is due to extra entrance fee.)

 

After finishing the tour, return to the hotel. Overnight Istanbul. (B,L)

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Day 3 - Istanbul Bosphorous and Two Continents Tour

CITY WALLS The first breach of the walls was by the Fourth Crusade in 1204, the second by the cannons and troops of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453.

 

DRIVE BY BUS TO GOLDEN HORN As a natural and extremely secure harbor, the Golden Horn has played an important role in the development of Istanbul. The inlet separates the European shore into two. It is approximately 8 km long, and the widest part is the entrance from the Bosphorus. Two streams drain into this inlet at its far end.

 

SPICE BAZAAR (EGYPTIAN BAZAAR) The air here ıs filled with the enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb and spice.

 

BOAT TRIP ON THE BOSPHORUS An amazing cruise between the two continents, EUROPE and ASIA, along the Bosphorus by the Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi Palaces, wooden villas and mansions up to the Rumeli Fortress.

 

THE RUMELI FORTRESS(FROM THE SEA) (NO INTERIOR VISIT)

 

İstanbul had been besieged many times before Mehmet the Conqueror took the city in 1453,but it managed to defend itself with the help of the Roman city walls.

 

Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. (Drinks are extra)

 

SHOPPING as Turkey is one of the best leather producing countries in the world. We will watch a fashion-show in an outlet center which produces and manufactures different varieus of great quality leatherware. So it’s a good opportunity to have a look at the reasonable priced good quality leather accessories.

 

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE Unique chance to step from one continent (ASIA) to another (EUROPE)

 

BEYLERBEYİ PALACE The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the HAREM on the ASIAN SİDE.

 

ÇAMLICA HILL one of the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of İstanbul and the Bosphorus from the beautiful gardens, landscape in traditional style, as you sip your drinks in a cafeteria.

 

After finishing the tour, return to the hotel and overnight Istanbul.

 

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Day 4 - Istanbul – Cappadocia

After an early breakfast, transfer to the airport to take a flight to Cappadocia

Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel. The rest of day is free.  Overnight in Cappadocia

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Day 5 - Cappadocia

Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to paşabağ (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos.

In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years.

Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uçhisar. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia. (B,L,D)

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Day 6 Cappadocia – Istanbul

After the tour, you will be transferred to the airport for flight to Istanbul

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