Turkey has so much to offer it can be difficult knowing where to start. From the magical landscapes of Cappadocia, to the legendary cities of Troy and Ephesus, to the haunting battlefields of Gallipoli and the stunning Aegean Coast. Turkey really does have it all.
We can help. We offer a range of private and group tours to all the major tourist destinations in Turkey, as well as to many of the lesser known ones. Travel in comfort in luxury vehicles and enjoy the history and culture of this great country with the help of professional tour guides. We also offer a full range of exclusive sailing holidays around the fabled “Blue Coast” of Turkey in a traditional Turkish Gulet (wooden sailing boat). With blue seas, fine cuisine, relaxation, nature and culture it is the perfect break for couples, friends and families, or for groups who may wish to charter a whole boat.
ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL (WD)
Arrive in İstanbul, only city on the world that is founded on two continents. Meet with your guide and transfer to the hotel. This evening welcome dinner will be served at hotel.
Today, we will visit Topkapi Palace (Harem section is extra), Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome. After lunch you will see: St.Sophia Museum, Cemberlitas (Burnt Column) and the tour ends about 16:30 with free time at the Grand Bazaar. You will be advised by your guide for getting back to your hotel on your own. Please note that Hagia Sophia closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace closed on Tuesdays and Grand Covered Bazaar closed on Sundays. Accommodation is in Istanbul.
ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA (B-L)
Today, we will start our day visiting Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Drive along the traces of history at Balat viewing Metal Church of St. Stephen the Bulgarian, Jewish Hospital (Or-Ahayim), Fener Orthodox Patriarchate and 22 kms. long Byzantine City Walls, strongest fortification of the middle age. Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc.
Bosphorus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with a possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residentials and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. After tour we depart to airport. Accommodation is in Cappadocia.
After breakfast we start our tour by visiting Red valley and Devrent Valley where the geographical formations remind a place of another planet. Then in Pasabagi, you ll take a stroll between the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From there, driving to Avanos to have lunch. After having the lunch you leave from Avanos to see the most beautiful examples of Byzantine art in Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you ll drive to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where you will have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Then return to the hotel. Accommodation is in Cappadocia.
CAPPADOCIA – ISTANBUL (B-L)
Depart from your hotel for a tour on a 4 km hike through the Rose Valley visiting the churches. Afterwards visit the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch in Pigeons Valley and then continue to see the marvel of construction that is the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar Natural Rock CastleAfter the tour you will be transferred to the airport for taking flight back to Istanbul. We will meet you at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation is in Istanbul.
DEPARTURE FROM ISTANBUL (B)
After breakfast you will have free time shopping in Istanbul until our transfer to Ataturk airport for your flight home.
This sleek contemporary hotel is a 2-minute walk from the nearest tram stop, 10 minutes on foot from the Grand Bazaar and 1.8 km from Hagia Sophia, a renowned museum in a former mosque.
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