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Let’s start to discover the history, mystery and beauty of Turkey. We are starting from İstanbul with both sides of Bosphorus: Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car, City Walls, Rumeli Fortress, Beykoz. Then Bursa, which is the first capital city of the Ottoman Empire. We will visit Ulucamii (Great Mosque), Cumalikizik Village, Green Mosque, Green Tomb and Uludag by cable car. Cappadocia which is best known with its underground cities, cave churches and houses carved in the rocks. The Cappadocian Region with its valley, canyon, hills and unusual rock formation created as a result of the eroding rains and winds of thousands of years of the level presents an otherworldly appearance.
Day 1: After we transfer you to your hotel, Enjoy the free day at Istanbul. And sip your welcome drink at your hotel lobby
Day 2: Hagia Sophia, Byzantine, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace
Day 3: Bursa City Center, Ride to Uludag Mountain, Inkaya Plane Tree (old tree 610 years), Cable Car (telesiyej- chair lift) in Uludag Mountain, Green Mosque, Green Mausoleum
Day 4: Dolmabahce Palace, Camlica Hill, Across to Asia: Bosphorus Bridge, Pierre Loti Hill, Cable Car, City Walls, Lunch on the Boat, Rumeli Fortress, Beykoz
Day 5: Devrent Valley, Pasabag Monk’s Valley, Avanos, Open-air Museum of Goreme, Castles of Uchisar
Day 6: Red Valley, Rose Valley, Cavusin Village, Pigeon Valley, Kaymakli Underground city
If you wish to see the tour details, check out the Detailed Tour Itinerary below.
DAY 1 Istanbul: Arrival & Transfer to Hotel
Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be met with our company representative in the arrivals area of the airport who will be holding a signboard with your name on it. After meet and greet, you will then be transferred from the airport to your hotel in Istanbul. After hotel check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure on your own.
DAY 2 Istanbul: Full-Day Istanbul Byzantine & Ottoman History Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
Hagia Sophia: This ancient basilica, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century, is one of the architectural marvels of all time.
Sultanahmet Mosque: Across from St. Sophia 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.
Hippodrome: Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine.
Grand Cover Bazaar: In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more then 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes.
Topkapi Palace: The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of cyrstal, 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. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3 Bursa: Green Bursa Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast & Lunch)
After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, the tour of Bursa (former capital of the Ottoman Empire before Istanbul) will commence. To reach Bursa, one of the most visited tourist sites in Turkey, you will first drive-in ferryboat to Yalova and then drive to Bursa enjoying the lovely countryside.
For lunch, you’ll taste the famous,” Kebap of Alexander The Great”, and then proceed to Inkaya Plane Tree. After a short coffee break, you will travel to Uludag where you will climb the legendary Mount Olympos, by cable car. If the weather conditions are inconvenient and Uludag is canceled, extra sightseeing in Bursa will be supplemented. Your beautiful day will end with visits to Ulucami (Grand Mosque), the Green Mosque and the Green Mausoleum, and then old Silk Market in the Covered Bazaar. Late in the evening, you will return to Istanbul for the overnight stay in your hotel.
Day 4 Istanbul: Bosphorus Cruise — Fly to Kayseri from Istanbul
(Included Meals: Breakfast )
After breakfast check out from your hotel in Istanbul. Around 8:30 am you will be picked up from your hotel to visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar). Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles, Spice Bazaar has a smell of the fragrance of the exotic East. Following this, you will join a shared boat tour and cruise along the Bosphorus which is a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. You will be able to view the Ottoman palaces, Bosphorus bridge, citadels, centuries-old mansions, and the European and Asian shorelines while onboard the boat.
Dolmabahce Palace Interior Visit: Dolmabahce is the richest palace of whole Ottoman period and is very busy especially in the afternoon by group visits. That's why our tour is a gem as we're going to visit it in the peaceful morning period.
Bosphorus Bridge Across to Asia: Overshadowing Istanbul's traditional architecture is one of the world's largest suspension bridges, linking Europe and Asia.
Shopping Opportunity before having lunch at our boat.
Lunch on the Boat After you embark the boat you will have chance to appreciate the rich open buffet season salads delicious hors d'oeuvre, Chicken Shish Kebap, rice and fruit (Drinks are excluded). (During low season we serve the lunch on the calm water of Golden Horn before heading up to Black Sea)
Rumeli Fortress (From the sea) Legandary fortress best seen by the sea.
The Black Sea: Get the best shot where Bosphorus meets Black Sea.
Beykoz (Stopover): Beykoz is the northern tip of Bosphorus, last stop on the Asian side and the intersection of Marmara Sea and Black Sea
At the end of the tour, you will be dropped back to your hotel to pick your luggage than we will drop off you to Istanbul domestic airport for your flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cappadocia. Check in to your hotel in Cappadocia and the rest of the day is free.
Day 5 Cappadocia: North Cappadocia Tour
(Included Meals: Breakfast& Lunch)
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel to join the full-day tour of North Cappadocia.
DEVRENT VALLEY: Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.
MONKS VALLEY: The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha’s Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.
AVANOS: A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.
GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM: Goreme was an important Christian center in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast number of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Göreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.
UCHISAR: Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Day 6 Cappadocia: South Cappadocia Tour, Fly to Istanbul
(Included Meals: Breakfast& Lunch)
After breakfast at the hotel around 9:30 am you will be picked up and met by your tour guide to begin your full-day tour of South Cappadocia. Your tour guide will brief you on the day’s activities. Your tour will begin with a visit to the Red Valley where you will be able to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike approximately 5 km through the Güllüdere (Rose) Valley.
CAVUSIN: One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintings date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It also has a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, however, much of it has eroded away.
KAYMAKLI: Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.
PIGEON HOUSE: Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.
At the end of the tour around approximately 16:00, you will be transferred to Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for your late evening return flight between 19:00 – 22:00 to Istanbul. END OF OUR SERVICE and TOURS.
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