Tour Style : Available to manage on a regular ( SIC-seat in coach ) and on a private basis
Departures : All year round – Guaranteed Departure
Runs on as a private tour : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Runs on as a regular tour : Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Departure City : Istanbul
Price : Per person in a double room – 4* Hotels basis
Hotels : 4* , 5* , Deluxe 5* or Boutique style hotels according to your request and budget
Arrive in Istanbul by …….. , meet and greet at the airport by our reps. Transfer to the hotel on the vehicle.
(Early check-in is not guaranteed / Normal check-in time at hotels is 15:00) Free at Leisure . Overnight in Istanbul.
Breakfast at hotel. After breakfast proceed to full day Istanbul tour with lunch.
We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia*. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive. The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewelry, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style. *On Mondays, when Saint Sophia is closed, we visit the Chora Church, famed for its mosaics and frescoes.
Lunch at local restaurants .
After lunch we begin our tour at Topkapı Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabolous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change color in the presence of poison. We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire. Accommodation at the hotel.
Early in the morning transfer to Ataturk Airport to fly to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport and transfer to Cappadocia region to start the tour. . Visit to Devrent Valley where various types of fairy chimneys are abundant. We will walk through this amazing valley. Thereafter visit Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) with multiple stems and caps, peculiar to this area. After visiting Pasabagi, drive to Avanos which 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 longest river of Turkey. Further to the time for lunch proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum to visit the churches, chapels and monasteries carved into the fairy chimneys from the 10th to the 13th centuries with frescos painted on the walls. Thereafter time to take photos in the neighboring valleys before going back to the hotels (B,L,D at only some hotels)
Optional Balloon Tour
Breakfast at hotel.
Meet at the hotel lobby in the morning and visit to Rose Valley, one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia, and explore the famous rock- cut churches by hiking through the valley. Rest in Cavusin, an old Greek village, known for its Christian houses and churches. After having time for lunch visit Ortahisar Castle, similar to Uchisar Castle in style, where storage caves can also be observed. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City where early christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit to panoramic Pigeon Valley where pigeons contributed to the lives of locals with their manure to fertilize the wineyards. You may also like to taste Cappadocia wine in a local winery. Overnight in Cappadocia (B, L, D at only some hotels)
Breakfast at hotel. After that as per your departure time transfer to Nevsehir or Kayseri Airport.
Accommodation with breakfast as per the itinerary
Return airport transfers on PRIVATE basis from / to Ataturk Airport
Return airport transfers on REGULAR basis from / to Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports
Meals as per itinerary B : Breakfast , L : Lunch , D : Dinner as indicated schedule
The tours on SIC- Regular basis as per the itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotel
Entrances as per the itinerary
Drinks at meals
Porterage at airport
Tips and portrage at hotels
Tips to the driver and the guide
This tour is a Guaranteed Departure Tour and this means that it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.
The tour is available all year round .
There are two international airports in Istanbul (Istanbul Ataturk Airport IST and Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW) We run free arrival or departure transfers from/to Ataturk International Airport. If you arrive or depart Sabiha Gokcen Airport SAW there will be an additional fee. Please contact us for further information.
Regular services from Kayseri or Nevsehir are valid only for the arrivals at around 09.00 and departures at around 19.00. Those that arrive earlier and depart later may need to wait at the airport.
No restrictions are available for the arrival and departure times on the private tours; however, those who arrive on Later flights may be missing some parts of the program and no refund is given for the missing visits stemming from the late arrivals.
Also the tour can be modifiable to private tour with guidance on your native language basis.
We look forward to hearing from you. Please contact us for your group tour needs or to inquire about group pricing.
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