Introduction to Turkey – Tour TR201

This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed.

5 Days, Thursday Departures with 2 Flights (Feb – Dec)

Day 1, Thursday: Istanbul
Meet at the airport Transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2, Friday: Istanbul (B,L)
We depart from the hotel at 08:30 am for an Istanbul City Tour.  First we see the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. The palace houses an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain. see the robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and the Holy Mantle; which enshrines relics of the Prophet Mohammed. Next on the list is the Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, it is known as the Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Outside the Blue Mosque we find the ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races and outdoor entertainment. The Hippodrome is comprised of three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. After a short lunch break we head to the Grand Spice Bazaar for shopping. After the shopping tour come back to Hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3, Saturday: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise – Cappadocia (B, L, D)
After breakfast depart for Bosphorus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Spice Market Tour starting at 08:30. 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 Cappadocia. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 4, Sunday – Cappadocia Underground City & Goreme Open Air Museum  (B, L, D)
At 9:30 am we drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best preserved underground cities in Cappadocia. Than visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, visit Goreme Open Air Museum, famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. Next we visit a pottery workshop, then we view the three headed fairy chimneys in Pasabagi.
After Pasabagi we view some Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5, Monday: Cappadocia – Istanbul (B)
After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight
to Istanbul and then back to home.

Includes:

  • All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
  • Arrival airport transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir airport
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
  • 4 open buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Guided Istanbul city tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
  • 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
  • Local taxes

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry

Hotels (or Similar):

  • Istanbul – Ramada Hotel & Suite Golden Horn
  • Cappadocia – Luxury Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa

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