Cappadocia Vacation Package Included to visit : St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, City Walls, Golden Horn, Spice Bazaar, Bosphorus Cruise, Rumeli Castle, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill, Devrent Valley, Pasa Baglari, Avanos, Goreme Open Air, Museum, Uchisar Castle, Esen Tepe, Piegon Vally, Kizilcukur, Cavusin, Esentepe, Kaymakli, Catalkaya, Hospital Monastery.
Arrival in Istanbul. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Check-in. Free Day. Overnight
Full Day Old City Tour.
Visit the St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. See its intricate mosaics and huge central dome. Continue to the Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and relics of the prophet Mohammed. (Entrance to the Harem is extra). After lunch, we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit the elegant little Sokullu Pasa mosque and the hidden underground Theodosian Cistern. See the Grand Covered Bazaar. This tour may be done all or partially as a walking tour. Overnight in Istanbul
Full Day-Bosphorus Cruise Tour.
BOSPHORUS CRUISE WITH DOLMABAHCE
The tour starts with a visit to the exotic and aromatic Egyptian Spice Market. You may buy spices, caviar, and almost anything imaginable. Continue over the Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn. We will visit the chambers of the incredible 19th c. Dolmabahce Palace. We continue up the Bosphorus and cross over to Asia to Camlica Hill for a view of Istanbul. After lunch visits the Sadberk Hanim Museum, with its well-organized archaeological and ethnographical sections. The Bosphorus cruise begins in the afternoon. We pass by the Rumeli Fortress and you will enjoy crossing from continent to continent traveling down the Bosphorus, which is lined with old Ottoman seaside mansions, marble palaces, and small fishing villages. Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast. Free Day in Istanbul. Overnight
Pick up from your hotel in Istanbul and transfer to airport for flight from Istanbul to Kayseri and Transfer to Cappadocia and you join first-day tour of Cappadocia
Cappadocia Tour North I. Day ( 09:30 to 17:30 )
has various types of fairy chimneys. Among these are those with caps, cones, mushroom-like forms pillar and pointed rocks. With the action of smaller, secondary volcanoes and the action of rivers, wind and flood waters, this layer of stuff has slowly but steadily been eroded to produce the rock formations known as “fairy chimneys”. We will take a walk through this amazing valley.
PASABAGLARI (MONKS VALLEY)
Many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps can be found here, this style is unique to this area. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit’s shelter is built into one such fairy chimney with three heads.
is known for the pottery, a craft dating back to the Hittite period. The red clay which is worked by local craftsmen comes from the residue in the Kizilirmak river. The Kizilirmak, which divides Avanos into two, is Anatolia’s longest river.
GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM
is the place where this religious education was started. You will visit the churhcesö chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. In the 4th century, three important men created a now unity here they are the Great St. Basil, Bishop of Kayseri his brother St Gregory of Nyssa and St. George of Nazianus.
here you will see where the Pigeons and hear of how they were used to help the people. Some examples where to send messages and to fertilize the gra, es. Also you will see a wonderful panoromic view.
is the highest point in the region. The castle and its surrounds used to be the most populated area this settlement, which resembles Ortahisar in style. The top of the citadel provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area.
End of the tour transfer to Hotel Overnight in Cappadocia
CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
Kızılçukur: Here is a valley called Rose valley as well because of the color of the rocks there.This is one ofthe best valleys for hiking in the area.That was also used used by Christians at the end of 5 th centuries,so you will explore the cave dwelling used by them, visiting old churches too.When you have a look from a distance up on a hill,you will notice that the valley has a shape like a finger.So whereever you start hiking you come out from same point.The valleys colors also change up to daylight.Thats why it’s the best place to see sunset in the area.
Çavuşin: This is a village in the early period of Christians having the oldest church of region dating back to 3 rd century.It was exactly settled like a big town where you see lots of cave rooms used as living rooms, sleeping rooms,kitchens,wineries,etc.So all these are waiting for you to explore them.You have a chance to see oldest church of the area which was dedicated to John the Baptist.When you climbed up to the church,try to look at the view from the window.You will love it.There was a big erosion on that area in 1960 s.So unfortunately you cant see the whole settlement.But there are stairs to climb up.So you sont miss this gorgeus view.
Göreme Panaroma: That’s the best view you can ever see in the area.You will have a break on a hill called esentepe where you see all the marvellous looking valleys with different shapes and the volcanoes shaped them.It’s called Esentepe in Turkish which means windy point. When you have a visit there,don’t forget to tie up something on wishing tree.It’s also very common in small cities in Turkey.It’s believed that when you make a wish first and then tie up a piece of cloth or something,your wishes will come true.See if it works…
Kaymaklı: These are probably the most interesting places to see in the area you shouldnt miss.These are quite old as well.There are almost 36 cities like this.And they were first used by Hittites and later by Christians like a shelter in the war times.They carved lots of rooms all connected with tunnels.So they lived in here when the cities were invaded by enemies.The longest period people used here was 3 months in the war times.Kaymaklı underground cave is the 2 nd largest one in the area with it’s 4 levels and 40 meters depth.You have a chance to see the rooms,storange rooms,church,kitchens…5000 people lived here in one time.It’s hard to believe that many lived here.The air condition chimneys and defence systems used in these caves will surprise you during the visit.
Çatalkaya: May be that is known as the most famous fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.You here stop to see conical ones with caps on top.There are two big one done small here that is why they are called there beauties by locals.The rocks with caps on top have always an interesting scene cause caps look as if they will fall down but they can’t.Cause they are one piece,they are not seperate from body.
Hospital Monastery: It’s located almost 1 km far away from Ürgüp town. Here is the fist place in the area used as hospital and health center by Christians.It’s located in Hallaç Valley where you see lots of caves connected.These are very old places from 2 nd centuries.But they still have very nice simple geometrical patterns on them and sections where they stored medicines and praying areas.They also made a church called St. Paul.This was dedicated to him because of his journey to Cappadocia.
End of the cappadocia tour you will be transfered to Kayseri airport fly to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel in istanbul.
Breakfast. Check out From Hotel Transfer to Airport. Fly Home
The End of the Cappadocia Vacation Package