|Tours Duration||Starts @ 09:00 Finishes @ 17:30|
|What to see||IN ISTANBUL
* Hagia Sophia
* Blue mosque
* Topkapi Palace
* Grand Bazaar
* Spice Bazaar
* Bosphorus Cruise
* Bosphorus Bridge
* Beylerbeyi Palace
* Camlica Hill
* Suleymaniye Mosque
* Devrent Valley
* Monks Valley
* Uchisar Castle
* Red Valley
* Hospital Monastry
* Underground City
* Pigeon Valley
* Goreme Open Air Museum
Combination of Istanbul and Cappadocia tour offers you most memoraible and reliable tour of turkey. You will read all details about istanbul and cappadocia in the itinerary.
3 Days Istanbul & 2 Days Cappadocia Tours Itinerary
DAY 1 – Arrival to Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul. Met on arrival and transfer to hotel. Today is at leisure and overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2 – Breakfast. You will picked up from your hotel for FULL DAY BYZANTIAN & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR
Hagia Sophia: The former spiritual heart of the Byzantine Empire, considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia is now a museum.
Blue Mosque: Dating from the 17th century, an architectural masterpiece famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets.
Hippodrome: Once the site of Roman chariot racing and Janissary uprisings, this historic square also contains an Egyptian Obelisk, the Serpentine Column from the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and ornamental fountain presented to the Sultan by German Emperor Wilhelm II.
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts: The former palace of Ibrahim Pasha, it now exhibits an extensive collection of nomadic art and ethnography, providing a rich glimpse into the traditional Turkish lifestyle.
Grand Bazaar: An exotic maze of narrow alleys, stunning architectural details and hundreds of shops selling a rich assortment of handmade carpets, gold, silver, leather and other precious goods.
Topkapi Palace: The seat of Ottoman power for three centuries and imperial residence of the Sultans, the Palace also houses one of the world’s most extensive collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, religious artifacts, and other priceless relics.
Suleymaniye Mosque: Overlooking the Golden Horn a short distance from Sultanahmet, this mosque complex once included a soup kitchen, hammam, caravanserai and primary school.
This tour may be done all or partially as a walking tour. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3 – Breakfast. You will picked up from your hotel for BOSPHORUS CRISE & TWO CONTINENTS TOUR
Golden Horn (from the bus)
The arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantine. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, 21 km. long City Walls (from the bus), the strongest fortification of the middle age.
Spice Bazaar: Located at Eminonu behind the New Mosque(Valide Sultan Mosque).It was constructed by Turhan Sultan in 1660 as a pious foundation attached to New Mosque.
Bosphorus Cruise By Boat: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway seperating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavillions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of is marble facade faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries.
The Bosphorus Bridge: Also called the First Bosphorus Bridge (Turkish: Boğaziçi Köprüsü or 1. Boğaziçi Köprüsü) is a bridge in Istanbul, Turkey spanning the Bosphorus strait (Turkish: Boğaziçi)The bridge is located between Ortaköy (European side) and Beylerbeyi (Asian side). It is a gravity anchored suspension bridge with steel pylons and inclined hangers. The aerodynamic deck is hanging on zigzag steel cables. It is 1,510 m long with a deck width of 39 m. The distance between the towers (main span) is 1,074 m (World rank: 13th) and their height over road level is 105 m. The clearance of the bridge from sea level is 64 m. It was the 4th longest suspension bridge in the world when completed in 1973, and the longest outside the United States of America.
Beylerbeyi Palace: Built by Sarkis Balyan Usta by order of Sultan Abdulaziz in 1865. It is on the Asian coast of Bosphorus, which was constructed, in the same style as the Dolmabahce Palace.
Camlica Hill: The highest point in Istanbul.At the top of it you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosphourus from the beautiful gardens, Iandscaped in traditional style.If you climb great Pine Mountain 268m. above sea-level,you will have the opportunity to look over the Golden Horn Sea of Marmara.
End of the tour transfer back to hotel and overnight in istanbul.
DAY 4 – ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
06:35 Depart from Istanbul for Kayseri.
07:50 Arrive in Kayseri. Net on arrival and transfer to Cappadocia.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel or office for Full day North of Cappadocia tour.
In this day you will be able to see:
Devrent Valley : Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
Monks Valley : The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
Avanos : A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
Goreme Open Air Museum : Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast numer of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Göreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.
Uchisar : Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your cave hotel & Overnight.
DAY 5 – CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day South of Cappadocia tour.
In this day you will be able to see:
Kizil Cukur : is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.
Cavusin : One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however.
Hospital Monastry : One of the oldest monastries in Cappadocia.
Kaymakli : Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
Pigeon House : Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
After the tour, transfer to bus Kayseri airport.
20:25 Depart from Kayseri for Istanbul
21:25 Arrive in Istanbul. Tour ends.
Optional Morning Tour in Cappadocia;
CAPPADOCIA HOT AIR BALOON TOUR (1 HOUR)
Short Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Tours offer minimum one hour flight time on the air. You are going to be picked from your hotel early in the morning, usually before sunrise and driven to take-off site. While you are having a light breakfast, you will also see the inflation of the Cappadocia balloon get passanger brief which explains basic rules about Cappadocia balloon flights. Right after the passenger brief, highlight of your Turkey trip will start and you will take-off gently. After taking hundreds of pictures over the valleys of Cappadocia Turkey, you will land and celebrate your flight with champagne. After getting your flight certificates you will be back in your hotel around 08:20 am. So you will have a full day for other activities unless you want a nap.
Standard Cappadocia balloon flight is 150 Euro per person including transfers from / to hotel, a light breakfast, champagne celebration, insurance and flight certificates. We offer 15 Euro discount on cash payments so the rate becomes 135 Euro per person.
Standard Balloon Tour inluding;
– Pick up from your hotel with our luxury vehicles in the early morning.
– Open buffet breakfast with coffee/tea and snacks.
– At around sunrise, our Cappadocia balloons begin to take off.
– Cappadocia Balloons take off around sunrise and ascend approximately 1000 feet
– The duration of the balloon flight is 1 hr.
– Upon landing, we have a champagne toast service.
– A commemorative flight certificate.
– All passengers insured up to 1.000.000 EURO by Allianz.
– Your entire Cappadocia balloon adventure lasts about 3 hours.
– The size of the basket is for 16 to 20 people.
– Participants will be about 16-20 people
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Departure Days: All year round