Ancient homes carved directly into the cliff face at Cappadocia cast long, eerie shadows as you stroll amongst these remarkable centuries-old architectural achievements and ponder life as it must have been for their long-forgotten residents.
Turkey presents a cavalcade of ancient monuments and stirring natural wonders, and perhaps the best way to soak them in is from a hot air balloon ride over the 30-million-year-old volcanic rock formations of the aptly named ‘Valley of the Fairy Chimneys’. Cappadocia is also home to the eerie subterranean cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu that were established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution; the famous pottery town of Avanos; and the beautiful Byzantine art on view in the churches of Goreme Open Air Museum. In Istanbul, stimulate all your senses in the frenzy of culture, history, commerce and nightlife in the city’s bustling bazaars and buzzing old town.
Turkey serves up an overwhelming range of stunning natural sights and vibrant cultural experiences, and your experienced team of local, English-speaking guides will be by your side to guide you through the rich maze of ancient monuments and vibrant city life that makes this country such a wonderful travel experience. You’ll stay in boutique city hotels with an emphasis on the best in customer service and an incredible mountain resort that must be seen to be believed.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
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 with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.
During this private tour you will be brought to Dolmabahce Palace to visit the beautiful 19th century residence of Ottoman Sultans, located on the banks of the Bosphorus. Afterwards, you will be driven to the Spice Bazaar where people have been selling spices, coffees, and herbs for centuries. You will then proceed to the Sultanahmet Square with a visit to the underground cistern, the largest of the underground water reservoirs from the Byzantine era. The pillars were brought from antique cities of Asia minor. The next stop is the Suleymaniye Mosque, commissioned by Suleyman the magnificent, this mosque is a masterpiece of the grand architect Sinan. After the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
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.
As an optional activity you may choose to take a hot air balloon ride and have a complete view of Cappadocia.
The Museum Hotel (4*) is right in the centre of Cappadocia in the village of Uchisar, the highest peak of Cappadocia. The hotel is located at a pinnacle overlooking the whole region including the entire Goreme Valley, Red Valley, Ortahisar, and the White valley. As it stays at the highest point of Cappadocia, guests of the hotel will enjoy the views of the fabulous rock formations and the valleys from the rooms, restaurant, terrace, and bars. Seeing the sunrise and sunset from the Museum Hotel exhibits you unknown sides of Cappadocia with colorful landscape.
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.
Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.
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November 06, 2013
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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
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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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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