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Arrival in Istanbul
Your adventure begins as you step foot in Istanbul, a city that effortlessly blends the past and present. Upon your arrival at the airport, our friendly staff will warmly greet you and arrange a comfortable transfer to your hotel. Take a moment to settle in and receive your room key, as the rest of the day is yours to explore this vibrant metropolis. Immerse yourself in the bustling streets, uncover hidden gems, and embrace the unique atmosphere that makes Istanbul truly captivating. Prepare for an unforgettable experience in the city that straddles two continents. Overnight in Istanbul. (Dinner included)
Istanbul City Tour
Embrace the rich history of Istanbul as you embark on a captivating city tour. At 08:30 am, our expert guides will pick you up from your hotel, ready to unveil the wonders of old Istanbul. Brace yourself for a journey back in time as you visit three iconic landmarks.
Discover Topkapi Palace
Step foot into the grandeur of Topkapi Palace, an opulent residence that once served as the seat of the Ottoman Sultans. Marvel at the intricate architecture, ornate courtyards, and stunning views of the Bosphorus. Lose yourself in the stories of empires and sultans that echo through the palace walls.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: A Vision of Splendor
Prepare to be enchanted by the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, with its striking blue tiles and towering minarets. Bask in its serene ambiance and witness the harmonious blend of Islamic and Byzantine architectural elements.
Hippodrome: A Glimpse into Ancient Sporting Glory
Explore the ancient Hippodrome, once the heart of Byzantine Constantinople. Admire the remnants of this grand sporting arena, where chariot races and athletic competitions once captivated audiences. Let your imagination run wild as you envision the vibrant spectacles that unfolded here.
After an enriching morning, savor a delightful lunch break at 1:00 PM. Energized and ready for more, the journey continues with a visit to the Grand Covered Bazaar. Lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets and passages of this bustling marketplace, where treasures from near and far await your discovery.
As the day draws to a close, we'll transfer you back to your hotel. Reflect on the day's adventures and prepare for another captivating day in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Please note: St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays, and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Istanbul Bosporus Cruise and Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
Rise and shine! After a delightful breakfast, prepare for a mesmerizing Bosporus Cruise tour. Step aboard and embark on a magical journey along the sparkling waters of the Bosporus. Admire the panoramic views of Istanbul's iconic landmarks from the comfort of the boat, including the breathtaking Grand Spice Bazaar.
At 08:30 AM, the tour commences, offering you a plethora of sights to behold. Allow yourself to be enchanted by the beauty that surrounds you as you sail through this picturesque strait. Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere and soak in the history and culture that thrive on both its shores.
A lunch break at a Turkish restaurant awaits, where you can indulge in delectable flavors and savor the culinary delights of this enchanting land. After lunch, it's time to bid farewell to Istanbul momentarily as we depart for Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where a domestic flight to Cappadocia awaits.
Upon arrival in Cappadocia, we'll transfer you to your hotel. Take a moment to relax and rejuvenate in this unique landscape, characterized by its otherworldly rock formations and cave dwellings. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Please note: The boat trip is subject to weather conditions.
Get ready for a day filled with awe-inspiring sights and unforgettable experiences in the captivating region of Cappadocia. At approximately 09:30 AM, our knowledgeable guides will pick you up for an immersive tour of this remarkable land.
Ozkonak Underground City: Unveiling the Secrets
Embark on an exploration of Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best-preserved subterranean marvels in Cappadocia. Delve into its intricate network of tunnels, rooms, and passages, and let your imagination transport you to a bygone era.
Uchisar Castle: A Majestic Panorama
Ascend to the highest point of Cappadocia as you visit Uchisar Castle. Behold the panoramic vistas that unfold before you, capturing the essence of this captivating region. Marvel at the rock-carved dwellings and natural formations that dot the landscape, creating a truly breathtaking sight.
Goreme Open Air Museum: A Testament to History
Prepare to be mesmerized by the Goreme Open Air Museum, the heart of Cappadocia's rich history. Wander through the ancient cave churches adorned with vibrant frescoes, marveling at the intricate details that have survived the test of time. Let the stories depicted on the walls transport you to a bygone era.
Cavusin: A Glimpse into the Past
Discover the remnants of an abandoned village in Cavusin, characterized by its ancient cave Greek houses. Wander through its captivating streets, and let your imagination run wild as you envision the lives of those who once called this place home.
Avanos Pottery Workshop: Unleashing Creativity
Indulge your creative side as you visit a pottery workshop in Avanos. Witness the skilled artisans as they mold clay into exquisite works of art, and gain insight into the age-old techniques that have been passed down through generations.
Pasabagi: The Fairy Chimneys
Prepare to be enchanted by the otherworldly beauty of Pasabagi, where three-headed fairy chimneys stand tall against the sky. Capture this mesmerizing sight and let the mystical allure of the landscape capture your imagination.
Cappadocian Handwoven Carpets and Kilims: A Tapestry of Traditions
Step into another workshop, where Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims come to life. Marvel at the intricate designs and vibrant colors that adorn these masterpieces. Gain a deeper appreciation for the rich textile heritage of the region.
Devrent Valley: A Surreal Wonderland
Unleash your imagination as you explore Devrent Valley, aptly named Imagination Valley. Allow the whimsical rock formations to ignite your creativity and transport you to a world of fantasy.
Wine Tasting in Urgup: A Toast to Tradition
Indulge in the flavors of Cappadocia as you visit a wine shop in Urgup for a delightful wine tasting experience. Savor the local wines and raise a glass to the traditions that have shaped this remarkable region.
Three Beauties: A Majestic Finale
The tour culminates at Three Beauties, where three magnificent fairy chimneys adorned with their iconic "hats" stand proudly. Witness this awe-inspiring sight, a true symbol of Cappadocia's enchantment and natural beauty.
As the day comes to a close, we'll return you to your hotel, allowing you to reflect on the wonders you've experienced throughout the day. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner included)
Flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour
After a leisurely breakfast, take some time to explore and savor the beauty of Cappadocia at your own pace. Capture a few last memories in this captivating land before bidding farewell.
Later, we'll depart for Kayseri Airport, where a domestic flight to Istanbul awaits. Relish the final moments of your journey as you soar above the remarkable landscapes you've come to love. Arriving in Istanbul, it's time to say goodbye, armed with cherished memories and the desire to return.
As you head back home, carry with you the captivating stories, the rich history, and the vibrant culture of Istanbul and Cappadocia. This journey has been a testament to the allure of Turkey, a land that seamlessly weaves the ancient and modern, captivating every traveler who sets foot on its soil.