(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Kusadasi)
A cave hotel, wild jeep safari, hot air balloon ride, vineyard visit (for the adults), a water park & time at the beach turn timeless Turkey into a one-of-a-kind family adventure. Follow in the footsteps of the ancient Ottomans & Trojans as they discover Istanbul, Cappadocia & Kusadasi with private guide. From the bazaars & souks of Istanbul to Cappadocia’s Valley of the Fairy Chimneys & relaxation on the beaches of the Aegean coast at a family-friendly resort. A kaleidoscope of adventures await to be enjoyed by children of all ages.
This tour features family friendly hotels, delicious cuisine, private guide, driver, transfers, all internal flights & more.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
The Ottoman Imperial Hotel (4*) is situated in a truly privileged location of the city, on an elevated position, surrounded by all the major historical and cultural sites in the heart of the old town. This is an inspiring location all year round, in the middle of the old city, within easy walking distance of Sultanahmet Square and the main historic shopping and harbour districts and just 16 km away from the Atatürk International Airport. The Ottoman Imperial will provide you with traditional Turkish hospitality, comfort, unbeatable views of the Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet Square, as well as a blend of Ottoman and Istanbul cuisine. With its exquisitely furnished guest rooms reflecting Ottoman art, and trend-setting restaurants and bars, the Ottoman Imperial responds to the needs of the most demanding travelers.
Enjoy your walking tour to Cistern Basilica, Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque and Hippodrome. Cistern Basilica is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul. Then walk over to Topkapi Palace, which contains holy relics of the Muslim world. Next, visit the historical Blue Mosque, otherwise known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. To conclude this walking tour, enjoy the Hippodrome, one of the oldest sites in Istanbul.
Spend your afternoon at leisure visiting the Grand Bazaar, a short walk from your hotel. Savour the unique atmosphere in one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. This tapestry of sights, smells and sounds will leave an impression you will not soon forget!
In Istanbul, enjoy a port transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
In the morning, transfer to pier to board a public boat to the Prince’s Islands. Cruise on the sea of Marmara to Buyukada, the largest of the islands. Take a paiton ride to the pine capped hills of the island, admiring the beautiful facades and gardens of old wooden mansions. Lunch is at a fish restaurant (lunch is included). Cruise back to Istanbul by public boat.
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.
Immerse yourself in true Turkish culture when you are welcomed into the home of a local family. Enjoy a traditional feast of fresh, local Cappadocian food. 100% of the proceeds of this visit are provided to the local Turkish family in thanks for their generous hospitality.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel (4*) is an exquisitely restored 30 room, troglodyte cave house in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat that offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area, which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu Cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia.
As an optional activity you may choose to take a hot air balloon ride and have a complete view of Cappadocia.
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.
Experience the spectacular beauty of Turkey's Cappadocia region on horseback. Traversing the countless valleys and mountains by horseback is a unique way to explore and brings riders in touch with the area's breathtaking beauty. Visit Byzantine cave churches and fascinating underground cities or simply take in the breathtaking scenery.
Enjoy your flight from Cappadoccia to Izmir. The flight has a stopover in Istanbul.
Transfer to Kusadasi with private vehicle and driver.
Korumar (5*) located on a cliff protruding the Aegean Sea. Located off Kusadasi, a getaway to explore nearby Kirazli, a traditional Koy village and the Hellenistic remains of Pygale, both within a 20-minute drive. The hotel is constructed on its own private bay which overlooks the nearby Pigeon Island. Rooms open out onto private furnished balconies with sea views. Each room is fitted with satellite TV channels, an intimate seating area and includes en suite bathrooms with either shower or bathtub. Guests can choose among Turkish cuisine and international classic dishes. Food can be enjoyed overlooking the sea on the terrace, or indoor in a more elegant ambiance, both complemented by a varied wine selection. Facilities of the hotel include tennis courts, gym, a traditional hammam, a jacuzzi pool and massage treatments.
Enjoy a jeep safari through Kusadasi today. This is for those who like adventure, and don't mind a little mud and dust. You will see nature at its best!
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Enjoy a day at Europe's biggest aqua park! The entire family will love this park along the Aegean coast. From 80km/hr rides to a kiddie pool with a pirate ship - to a lazy river, there is something for everyone. Not just water, there is a dryland with restaurants and rooms with Wi-Fi and television.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Airport transfer with your private car and driver.
Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.
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