(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir)
Gather your courage as you descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu where Christians fled to escape 7th-century persecution.
You’ll also explore the underground dwellings of the Cavusin Valley where people lived away from the gaze of the modern world until the mid 20th century; see the distinctive volcanic rock formations of the ‘Valley of the Fairy Chimneys’ from a hot air balloon ride; and marvel at the ancient homes carved into solid rock at Goreme National Park. Elsewhere, take in panoramic views of Cappadocia from the mountain castle at Uchisar; view examples of Byzantine art in the historic churches of Goreme Open Air Museum; sip wine in Cappadocia’s fertile vineyards; and immerse yourself in the busy bazaars, ancient architecture and vibrant cultural life of Istanbul.
Your team of experienced English-speaking guides will put their deep local knowledge to work as they bring Istanbul’s impressive collection of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture to life with engaging anecdotes and colorful local legends. They’ll also guide you through Turkey’s rich bounty of stirring natural sights as you enjoy modern luxury at a collection of premium hotels and serene retreats that will exceed your expectations.
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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 Levni Hotel (4*) is easy to reach on foot from the train station Sirkeci. The hotel's major touristic places like the SultanAhmet area, Blue mosque, Seaport, Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Place, and the Hagia Sophia are all close by. This luxury hotel has a total of 75 beautifully furnished rooms and suites. Enjoy your leisure time in the indoor swimming pool or fitness room. All kinds of delicacies are available to savour in the hotel's restaurant, with specialties for vegetarians and diabetics as well. In the evening there is the hotel bar or the cozy wine and beer pub. The hotel also has its own bistro that provides light snacks.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy your flight from Cappadoccia to Izmir. The flight has a stopover in Istanbul.
Enjoy a full day tour of Ephesus with a private vehicle and driver-guide. Your private driver-guide will take you to Selcuk, to visit the world-famous Antique City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. In the afternoon a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she lived her last years, and Basilica of St. John. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Izmir and dropped off at your hotel. Lunch and entrance fees are included.
The KEY Hotel (4*) has a prime location with 21 of its rooms either with direct or partial views of the sea. Set in the heart of the city, the KEY Hotel is a luxury-driven lifestyle hotel. The hotel is located in the commercial hub of Izmir, along the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by traditional buildings from the 1930s. The Hotel is by the promenade of the Gulf of Izmir and within walking distance to the shopping districts of Konak as well as Alsancak. The hotel offers 34 elegantly appointed rooms with state of the art technology; 31 guest rooms, 1 Executive Suite, 1 Deluxe Suite and 1 Grand Suite. Overlooking Kordon, the promenade by the bay of the city, The KEY Restaurant and Bar showcase international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The hotel also offers a fitness room for guests.
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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