Istanbul - Cappadocia
Start from Istanbul and proceed to Cappadocia where you will feel like you have traveled to another planet with its natural landscapes on the moon and its strange rock formations.
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, meet at the airport, and transfer to the hotel. The residence in Istanbul.
Second day: Istanbul, Cappadocia
The tour begins with a visit to the old horse racing field. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century AD by Septimus Severus. The Hippodrome was the civil center of the people. In Hippodrome, you may also see the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilita˛), the Snake Column, the Column of Constantine, and the German Wilhelm Fountain 2.
The tour continues to visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque). It was built by Sultan Ahmed I in the seventeenth century, where visitors are fascinated by beautiful blue tiles. This is followed by a visit to Topkapi Palace, which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman Sultans between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries.
After lunch, the tour continues with a visit to Hagia Sophia built by Emperor Justinian. It was the largest church in the world for centuries and today it is the fourth largest church. You will see beautiful mosaics and impressive samples of Byzantine art.
We will also visit Underground Tank, the largest and largest decorated reservoir in Istanbul.
The tour continues with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. You will have spare time at Grand Bazaar to walk through the vast maze and see the beautiful crafts.
When we finish this part, we will move to the airport on a trip to Cappadocia Kayseri Airport.
Upon arrival at Kayseri Airport, we will make an hour trip to our hotel in the heart of Cappadocia. The stayer in Cappadocia.
Day 3: Cappadocia
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the Devrent Imagination Valley to see the landscape of the moon and its impressive rock formations. We will walk in Pasabag to see the longest imaginative chimneys and caves in which Christian monks lived in their small communities.
Lunch at Avanos and visit a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon, we will visit the Goreme Open-Air Museum and see churches decorated with rocks, beautiful frescoes, and paintings from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries. After the museum, we will go to Uchisar Rock Castle for a beautiful view of the Cappadocia valleys. The stayer in Cappadocia.
Fourth day: Cappadocia, Istanbul
Visit Kaymakli underground city. It is one of many underground settlements in Cappadocia, and the Byzantines used it as a shelter.
A trip to the Soganli Valley. We will visit rock churches with frescoes dating back to the thirteenth century. Then we will enter the village surrounded by the mountains of "table top". Lunch at Soganli Village in a small village restaurant.
We will head to the archaeological site of Sahinfende (Sobisos), a Roman town from the fourth to the ninth century. Discovered by locals in 2002. You will see beautiful mosaics and Roman bath.
The tour continues to Kislik Monastery and look at the cave community with its ninth and eleventh century frescoes.
Next, we will visit Mustafapasa, an ancient Greek village. You will see very impressive examples of Greek homes and churches.
Transfer to Kayseri Airport for the flight to Istanbul and then to the hotel.
The residence in Istanbul.
Fifth day: Bosphorus trip in Istanbul and Dolmabahce Palace
Today we will go to the Bosphorus. First, we will visit the Egyptian spice market. It was built in 1664 as part of the new complex (Yeni Cami). Today, you can buy Turkish spices and food. The tour continues to Galata Bridge and the Golden Horn.
We will visit the stunning Dolmabahce Palace from the 19th century. The palace was built by Sultan Abdul Majeed. It consists of 285 rooms and 46 halls containing about 600 paintings. We continue the Bosphorus and cross into Asia, and ascend to Camlica Hill for views of Istanbul.
After lunch, we will visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, with its well-organized archeological and ethnographic sections. The Bosphorus (Ferry) excursion begins in the afternoon. The Bosphorus is a narrow strait between Europe and Asia that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. We pass by Rumley Castle and you will enjoy crossing from one continent to another.
The residence in Istanbul.
Day 6: Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for your international flight and departure from Turkey.