Start your tour in Istanbul, the epicenter of Turkey's hustle and bustle, an exciting frenzy of business, nightclubs, entertainment and culture. The city is a haven for those who like all their senses stimulated. Absorb Istanbul's ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influenced architecture. The cityscape is vast, with views of cosmopolitan buildings standing alongside historical buildings. Learn more about Byzantine architecture from one of our expert guides. Take advantage of your guides knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue coloured tiles and architecture. Continue your tour to Byzantine Hippodrome, the renowned Topkapi Palace, and massive bazaar where virtually every knick knack is available. The Intercontinental Suspension Bridge is a must-see for those who want to capture this city from all perspectives. Beylerbeyi Palace, the white marble summer residence of Ottoman Sultans, is also on the agenda for awe inspiring sights. After lunch enjoy a cruise by boat on Bosphorus, the world's narrowest internationally traveled strait. Move forward with a visit to Goreme National Park in Cappadocia, also referred to as "Valley of the Fairy Chimneys". The formations were created after three volcanoes erupted around 30 million years ago. The area is also known for the spectacular houses that have been carved into the rock. Enjoy a complete view of the entire area in a Hot Air Balloon (optional).
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, plane tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Situated in the heart of downtown Istanbul, Yasmak Sultan Hotel (4*) neighbours celebrated museums, mosques, palaces, and shopping areas. Just a short walking distance from the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Grand Bazaar, the centre of old city Istanbul awaits discovery. Yasmak Sultan brings a refreshing alternative to the typical Istanbul Hotel, pairing boutique style with elegant guest service.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, and the Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans.
During this full day tour you will cross the Bosphorus River by driving on the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul. Here, you will have a visit to the Beylerbeyi Palace, the white marble summer residence of Ottoman Sultans during the 19th century. Later, enjoy a cruise by public boat on the Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
During this full day tour, you will be driven to Devrent Valley and then to Pasabagi Valley, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be driven to Avanos, the famous pottery town, to have lunch. After lunch you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will be driven to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, with a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pidgeon Valley.
With its original architecture in perfect harmony with the natural look of the region, smiling staff and excellent service await you. Lykia Lodge, located in this very special region of Turkey, has been hosting tourists coming to the region for many years. Lykia Lodge, sits on a total area of 40.000 sq m, is only 5 km to Nevsehir and Goreme and quite centrally located. Lykia Lodge is the perfect hotel to enjoy Cappadocia's magical geography in comfortable harmony with the region. Dining includes traditional dishes of the region, and wines from grapes of the fertile vineyards of Central Anatolia; enjoy the wonderful fairy chimneys and valleys of Cappadocia from atop a horse, a bike or to fully enjoy this unique panorama the best view is from the sky in a hot-air balloon.
Enjoy a full day tour in Capadoccia and visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit the subterrenean city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several levels underground. You will be driven to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until the mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red Valley and Wine House, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
Enjoy a direct flight from Kayseri airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 28, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
"My trip to Holland and Belgium was a lifelong dream and Kensington Tours made it greater than my dream. I was treated like royalty, even when I missed some of my connections. They quickly solved any problems that U had. All the drivers were courteous and helpful. My accommodations were top notch. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a better tour experience. Thanks to Richard Racicot for booking the best fo me."
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November 06, 2013
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John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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