The number of tourists visiting Cappadocia,one of the most popular tourism destinations in Turkey,exceeded 2 million people through the first 10 months of 2013. This region is a must see destination!
Sunday arrivals are used as a guideline for this package, however, daily arrivals are available. Our Destination Specialists can provide you with a price for your preferred arrival date.
DAY 01: SUN
- Arrive in Istanbul International Airport. Meeting and greeting by our representative. Transfer to your hotel. Overnight In Istanbul.
DAY 02: MON
- Visit the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 by Mehmet Aga, a student of the Great Sinan with 260 windows and named for the beautiful Iznik tiles which give the mosque its interior colour. Blue Mosque is one of the world’s great buildings with its six slender minarets gracing the outside, while the interior is a sea of blue. The original seventh minaret was later presented to the mosque at Mecca for diplomatic reasons.
Hippodrome was built by the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus in 203 A.D. The hippodrome was a stadium which served as a meeting place for the politicians, for chariot races, wrestling, boxing, and other athletic activities that took place. Obelisk of Theodosius (The Egyptian obelisk) erected by Tutmosis III 1504-1450 B.C. before the temple of Karnak at Heliopolis.
Haghia Sophia The massive dome and four elegant minarets of Hagia Sophia rise above the Istanbul city for more than a millennium, forming the most impressive silhouette on both Asia and Europe’s sky .Not only haunting beauty of its dimly interior, it is one of the largest enclosed spaces in the world.Considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World, Hagia Sophia Cathedral is now a museum.
Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk. Topkapi Palace is now a museum and has unrivaled 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 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 Topkapi 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.
The Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and its 6,000 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. The Covered Bazaar is a maze that expands over 60 streets. The shops inside are filled with jewelry, pottery, spices, carpets and restaurants. Overnight In Istanbul. (B)
DAY 03: TUE
- Visit the Dolmabahce Palace which was built by Sultan Abdülmecid between 1843 and 1856 to exceed the European palaces in extravagance. After the republic was established in 1923, the palace served as Atatürk’s residence during his visits to Istanbul. He died in Dolmabahçe’s harem in 1938. All clocks in the palace still mark the hour of his death.
Proceed to embark on a boat for an unforgettable Bosphorus cruise. The Bosphorus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea (Pontus Euxinus) to the Marmara Sea (Propontis). This boat ride takes you past Ottoman Palaces, as well as beautiful wooden mansions and modern villas of the 19th & 20th century which from this elegant section of the city. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
DAY 04: WED
- After breakfast, flight from Istanbul to Nevsehir - Cappadocia. After landing in Cappadocia visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to pasabag (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos. In the afternoon visit another beautiful open air museum at Göreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castles at Uçhisar. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B/L)
DAY 05: THU
- Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley,and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Güllüdere valley. Then visit Çavusin village.This village is famous for the houses and churches of the christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the pigeon valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli underground city. Where early Christians lived in fear and faith. On the way back visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. After the tour transfer back to the town and free time. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B/L)
DAY 06: FRI
- Proceed to the Nevsehir or Kayseri airport and fly back to Istanbul. After check in at the hotel, day at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (B)
DAY 07: SAT
- You will be transferred to the airport for your return flight. (B)