(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
"Melissa Field was extremely helpful! She was courteous, professional, knowledgeable, and friendly! She kept me updated on the status of everything and provided timely correspondence. She took ownership for any problems I had and remedied them. I had the most amazing time of my life in Iceland and Paris! I would not have experienced everything without the help of Kensington Tours."
Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
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."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
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!"
Kevin Wilshere ,
October 19, 2013
"Great trip to Spain! Thanks again for all your help, Lianne. The destinations, hotels, guides and everything were all top notch."
Chery Westlund ,
November 07, 2013
"My husband and I took a 3 week vacation to southern Europe and North Africa and had a great time. All the guides were very knowledgeable and bent over backwards to accommodate us. The arrangements made by Kensington went off without a hitch. This is our second trip with Kensington (we went to Peru in 2009) and we will certainly book with them again."
Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
"Thank you for your follow up, we both loved our time in Croatia. It’s really a beautiful place, especially the coast. Your choice of hotels was great. It was an incredible view from the Bellevue hotel in Dubrovnik and the Vestibule in Split was in the best possible location. We were able to relax in our room listening to the wonderful singers in the courtyard and its central location made it so easy to walk anywhere we wanted to see with ease. "
Jay Steffan ,
September 24, 2013
"We just returned from a 10 day trip to Paris and Normandy. We spent three nights in Paris and then enjoyed a seven night cruise on the Seine to Normandy with AMA Waterways. The time in Paris was well spent and has piqued our interest to return for a more thorough visit. Guide Wafaa Lankey was superb in our visit to Versailles. The Seine cruise was relaxing and beautiful. So many wonderful little towns and we wished we had more time in each one to explore and enjoy.
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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