DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul & Transfer to Hotel
Firstly, after your arrival to Istanbul (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW), pick up at the exit of first gate by driver. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. There is no schedule on your program today. Get some rest – relaxing – refreshment to being your tours. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 2: Free day in Istanbul (Breakfast included)
After having open buffet breakfast in the hotel, you have free day to explore Old City on your own.
If you like to have professional guided tour, we can also arrange for you Istanbul Old City Tour with guide.
OPTIONAL Full day Istanbul Old City Tour BY walk (59 EURO PER PERSON – Lunch included)
* Visited Sights : Hagia Sophia – Blue Mosque – Topkapi Palace – Hippodrome– German Fountain of Wilhelm II – Column of Constantine – Obelisk of Theodosius – Serpentine Columnand Grand Bazaar
Our first destination is Hagia Sophia, the world’s one of the greatest and unique religious structure used as a mosque,a church and also as a museum.
Hagia Sophia is housing two completely different cultures inside it, East and West. When you take a step into the structure you can feel the dance of two opposite civilizations and come across the eye-popping blend of Islamic and Christian influences with extraordinary interior mosaics and an effective history.For more visual description you must witness it with your own eyes, surely you will admire it.
Then our duty is to reconnoitre the other masterpiece, Blue Mosque, built in early 1600s for Sultan Ahmet, and for this reason known as Sultanahmet Mosque in Turkey. Words are inadequate to explain its magnificence and beauty. With its sequental domes and sin slender minarets, Blue Mosque dominates the skyline of Istanbul.
The blue shade of the 27.000 pieces of Iznik quart tiles, giving the mosque its famous name, are very much worth to see.
We are going on exploring the ancient remains of Constantinople. Our next station is the Hippodrome with its 4 monuments:
- the German Fountain of Wilhelm II,
- the Obelisk of Theodosius,
- the bronze Serpentine Column,
- and the Column of Constantine.
Because of Byzantine emperors’ passion for chariot races in thre afternoons, the Hippodrome was the changeless center of sportive and political activities in Constantinople for 1000 years.
Are you ready to be astonished at Topkapi Palace (CLOSE ON TUESDAY), because it has many bewildering sides different from most of the world’s museums.
Topkapı Palace was the administrative, educational and art center of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years. It is a great sample of oriental architecture and includes a variety of activities such as exhibitions of art, books, jewels, plates, costumes, the treasury, and the Holy Relics.
More than just an Imperial Residence of the Ottoman Sultans, it was the seat of the Supreme Executive and Judiciary Council for almost 400 years.
Our last station is the Grand Bazaar (CLOSE ON SUNDAY), Turkey’s the largest covered market at the heart of the Old City, offering excellent shopping.
It has lots of shops in it, and you can find almost whatever you want, such as beautiful Turkish carpets, pottery, tiles, cotton, wool and leather products and so on. This part of the tour is optional, either you can turn back to your hotel with your guide or stay there. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 3: Flight to Cappadocia & Full day Northern Cappadocia Tour (Lunch included)
* Visited Sights: Devrent Valley – Pasabag (Monk’s Valley) – Avanos – Goreme and Open Air museum
With the first lights of the day, you will be picked from your hotel for a flight to Cappadocia. You will be transferred to Istanbul Airport to fly our target destination, Cappadocia.
Once you arrive to Istanbul airport, please proceed to counter to do self check-in and take your boarding pass by presenting your passport. Upon the boarding pass information, please go to boarding gate and embark.
Your flight will last about one hour and when you land you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. (Holding a sign with your name on it.)
Places You Visit
Then we will go on a full day Northern Cappadocia tour:
- starting with Devrent Valley with its eye catching, unique chimneys,
- Pasabag (Monk’s Valley),
- fascinating Avanos,
- the beauteous valley of Goreme and Open Air museum where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the soft rocks and stones, dating back thousands of years, are still standing.
After this stunning and priceless experience, we will transfer to your hotel. You will stay in Cappadocia this night. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 4: Full day Southern Cappadocia Tour & Flight Back to Istanbul (Breakfast and Lunch included)
* Visited Sights: Red and Rose Valley – Gulludere Valley – Cavusin VillageKaymakli (or Ozkonak) Underground City – Ortahisar – Uchisar Castle- Pigeon Valley – Three Beauties Valley
After having breakfast at the hotel, our tour’s second section starts. We will set off again for a full day Southern Cappadocia tour by:
- seeing the famous and unforgettable rock churches in the Red and Rose Valley where the colour of rocks changing throughout the day
- and little hiking through the Gulludere Valley.
In old Greek Cavusin Village we will visit the houses and churches of the Cristian clergymen such as Saint John the Baptist and Nicophoras Phocas.
Afterwards, we will go on to a city rich in historical culture and natural beauties,Kaymakli (or Ozkonak). We’ll visit the underground city where the early Christians sought refuge.
Our last destination is a natural castle at Ortahisar then Uçhisar Castle, the highest point of the Cappadocia. This is a great opportunity to get some great panorama shots of Cappadocia and the fairy chimneys. Pigeon Valley offers a nice view over Uchisar Castle and it has pigeons still living in pigeon houses. The last visit to Three Beauties Valley which is famous with its vine factories and stunning view.
At the end of this priceless day, you will be taken to the Cappadocia Airport for your turning back to Istanbul. After your arrival to airport, you will be welcomed by our representative at the first exit door. Then you will be transferred to your Istanbul hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 5: Transfer to Airport (Breakfast included)
According to your international flight time, you will be transferred to Istanbul New airport (IST) or Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) 4 hours before. You will be able do self check-in. End of our service.