A short visit in Turkey, including Istanbul, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia and back to Istanbul with no long bus rides, just domestic flights. You will be able to see Istanbul, the Mediterranean region of Turkey and Central Anatolia. This is an Ideal tour for these who love history, culture, sea and sand!
7 Days departing every Tuesday (Feb-Dec)
Visit: Istanbul, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Istanbul
Day 1, Fri: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel for check in and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2, Sat: Istanbul City Tour (B,L)
Pick up at 8.30 am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city. Visit the Topkapi Palace which was the great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. The Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia, was built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. The ancient Hippodrome, scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After lunch we will then take you to the Spice Grand Bazaar for shopping and and then back to hotel for overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3, Monday: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise – Kusadasi (B, L, D)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 8.30am. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including the Spice Bazaar and a Bosphorus boat excursion along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. We take a lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. Then we depart for Istanbul airport for a domestic flight to Antalya. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Tuesday: Antalya Old City Tour and Waterfalls (B,LD)
After breakfast at 8.30am drive to Antalya old City ( Kaleiçi ) Marina, Clock Tower, Hadrian’s Gate, Broken Minaret, Hıdırlık Tower: Kaleici is a small historic part of Antalyas modern city, also known as the Old City of Antalya. In history it was once the sprawling modern Roman town, then the Byzantine Empire, then Seljuks, and finally the Ottoman Turkish town. The Hadrian’s Gate (or Hadrianus Gate or The Three Gates is a triumphal arch which was built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Antalya’s broken wonder is the Broken Minaret of the Korkut Mosque, which itself was built originally as a Roman temple in the 2nd century AD, and thus did not have a minaret at all. Hıdırlık Tower is a landmark tower of tawny stone in Antalya, Turkey, where Kaleiçi meets Karaalioglu Park. It is believed to be built in Hellenistic era on a square plan and later turned into circular tower in 2nd century AD and was either used as a fortification or a lighthouse in the past. we have lunch than depart for Duden waterfalls. All the streams of the region aim at finding their way into the Mediterranean and they pour down the slopes of the Taurus, sometimes overland sometimes underground and reaching their destination, result in lovely waterfalls, of which there are more than twenty. Lunch at the Hotel. After tour come back to hotel and rest of day is yours..Overnight in Antalya.
Day 5, Saturday: Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia (B,L,D)
After breakfast at 8am we drive to Konya. 2.5 hour later we have break for coffee and after some rest drive to Konya for lunch at 1pm and after the lunch visit the imposing green – tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). After the Konya Mevlana tour drive to Cappadocia fro a 6pm arrival and check in. If you wish go Ballooning tomorrow, please contact your guide and register because it will take place first thing the next morning. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6, Sunday: Cappadocia Underground City & Goreme Open Air Museum (B,L,D)
Pick up is at 9.30am for a drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Then a visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you will visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. The Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus and the monks. The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin we have lunch at a restaurant in Avanos. After lunch, a visit to a pottery workshop. Next is Pasabagi where we can see the three headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi, another workshop to see the Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations that look like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end at 6pm when you will be returned to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 7, Monday: Cappadocia – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Finally, we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul.
- All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
- Domestic flight from Istanbul to Antalya
- Domestic flight from Kayseri Airport to Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
- 2 nights hotel in Antalya
- 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
- 6 open buffet breakfasts
- 5 lunches
- 4 dinners
- Guided Istanbul city tour
- Guided Istanbul Bosphorus cruise
- Guided Guided Antalya Old City tour with waterfalls
- Guided Konya tour
- Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
- All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
- Transportation in a fully air – conditioned, non – smoking coach
- Professional English – speaking tour guides
- Return airport transfer
- International flights
- Insurance: All types
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
Hotels (or Similar):
- Istanbul – Ramada Hotel & Suite Golden Horn
- Antalya – 4 Club Falcon Hotel
- Cappadocia – Luxury Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa
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