Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery

7 days from $3,255 per person*
  • Greet dawn while gliding over sublime hills and valleys on a hot air balloon.
  • Embark on a culinary adventure in one of Istanbul’s most fashionable districts.
  • Tour the legendary Golden Horn with a private guide.
  • Explore labyrinthine, subterranean cities in Cappadocia.
  • Featuring a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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Soak in the rich Ottoman heritage of Istanbul and expose your senses to the mesmerizing wonders of its lively bazaars, then gather your courage and descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Cappadocia.

It all begins in Istanbul where you'll explore magnificent mosques and royal palaces and gain an appreciation for the culinary marvels of the country on a privately-guided evening discovery tour designed to introduce you to the city's most vibrant contemporary neighborhoods. Throughout the journey, your team of experienced English-speaking guides will put their deep local knowledge to work as they bring the city’s impressive collection of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture to life with engaging anecdotes and colorful local legends.

Following a short flight to Cappadocia, journey through its otherworldly landscapes. Here you'll visit the troglodyte dwellings of the Cavusin Valley, witness one of the most poetic sunrises of your lifetime on board a hot air balloon, and view examples of Byzantine art in the historic churches of Goreme Open Air Museum.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Airport (with Assistant) - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Tour - Full Day Tour with Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Basilica Cistern (7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Tour - Grand Bazaar, Süleymaniye Mosque, and Spice Market Tour (5-6 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Boat Cruise Pier - Vehicle/Guide
    • Shared Tour - Bosphorus Cruise - Ticket
    • Private Tour - Taksim at Night Culinary Walking Tour (3 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Istanbul to Cappadocia
    Istanbul to Cappadocia
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Istanbul - Cappadocia [Direct - 1 hr] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Panoramic (with Lunch, 7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Shared Tour - Hot Air Balloon
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Wonders (with Lunch, 7-8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Air - Cappadocia - Istanbul [Direct - 1 hr ] - Economy
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Day 1: Istanbul

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, VIP assistant is provided to assist you through passport control and security to a private lounge.

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.

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites

Comfortable accommodations in a historic setting await at the Tomtom Suites in Istanbul. The hotel is located close to Istiklal Street in one of the trendiest areas of the city. Tomtom Suites is housed in an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, the building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its unique service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom features 20 elegant suites, a terrace offering panoramic views of the old town, and nostalgic ambiance.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tomtom Suites
Tomtom Suites

Day 2: Istanbul

Explore the highlights of Istanbul’s storied Golden Horn on a full day tour, accompanied by a private guide and driver. Start by visiting the ornate residence of the sultans of the past, the Topkapi Palace. Marvel at its incredible architecture and opulent décor as your guide introduces you to the history of the Ottoman empire. Continue to Hagia Sophia, one of Istanbul’s most renowned structures that dominates the Golden Horn’s skyline. Enter this majestic complex and feel immediately in awe of its sheer grandeur and beauty. Take in the intricate mosaics and tiling and let your guide explain how Hagia Sophia is an architectural reflection of the city’s fascinating past. Next, explore the underground Basilica Cistern, the largest of the several hundred reservoirs built beneath the city to provide its inhabitants with water. Stroll through the dim colonnades and keep an eye out for the Medusa heads proudly guarding this ancient technological wonder.

Your next stop today is the Blue Mosque. Head inside and be amazed at its glorious interior and the iconic blue Iznik tiling that earned the mosque its name. Continue to the nearby Hippodrome for a glimpse at what used to be the hub of the local civic life centuries ago. Transfer to the Chora Church, one of the most splendid examples of Byzantine architecture in Istanbul. Visit the onsite museum for an opportunity to appreciate the magnificent, Christian-inspired frescoes and mosaics. Your tour ends when you are transferred back to your hotel.       

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

Day 3: Istanbul

Experience Istanbul’s lively bazaars and explore one of the most celebrated mosques in the city on a privately guided tour. Start your day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Accompanied by your private guide, stroll through the vibrant lanes dotted with countless shops and expose your senses to this melting pot of colors, sounds, and scents. Watch the skillful local artisans and craftsmen work on their masterpieces and try out your bargaining skills. Continue to the Süleymaniye Mosque and enjoy a guided tour of this unmissable and majestic structure that has shaped the landscape of Istanbul for centuries. Walk through the vast, airy interiors and keep an eye out for some of the finest examples of calligraphy in the city. Head to the adjacent gardens for a chance to appreciate stunning vistas of the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Next, make your way to the Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Market. Wander through this captivating marketplace with your guide and take in the myriad of sights, flavors, and aromas. Stop by numerous stalls selling fragrant herbs and decadent treats, or perhaps grab a cup of hot Çay and simply watch the local life go by. 

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Süleymaniye Mosque
Süleymaniye Mosque

Day 4: Istanbul

A private vehicle with driver and guide will provide a transfer between your hotel and the boat cruise pier. Your guide will join you on a public boat cruise down the Bosphorus.

A cruise by public boat on the Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents. The shores offer a beautiful harmony of the old wooden mansions, marble palaces, stunning mosques and modern buildings. Among the most famous to be seen are; Rumeli Fortress, Beylerbeyi Palace, Ortakoy area, Maiden’s Tower. 

Istanbul's irresistible magnetism exudes from its vibrant neighborhoods, where rich Turkish heritage beautifully blends with a forward-thinking way of life, and where culinary gems are waiting to be discovered. This evening, accompanied by your private guide, explore one of Istanbul’s most fashionable districts – Beyoglu. Starting from Taksim Square make your way to the first stop of the night, a burger depot often frequented by trendy Istanbulites. Here you will get an opportunity to sample renown islak burgers, also known as ‘Istanbul-Style Wet Burgers’. Watch the staff prepare these succulent snacks by covering their buns in tomato-garlic gravy to soak up the rich flavors that earned them the well-deserved spot as a local late-night favorite. Bite in and savor the mouth-watering goodness!

Continue down Istiklal Street, a beating heart of this lively area. Make your way to the Çiçek Pasajı, also known as the ‘Flower Passage’. Check out this historic covered walkway and the nearby Nevizdade Sokak arcade with its bustling meyhenes. Drop in and let your guide pick the best starters to sample, such as soslu patlıcan salatası (salad with eggplant) or patçanga böreği (rolls filled with melted cheese). Continue down the corridors of the nearby fish market to a top-notch grill house called Dürümzade. Here, you will relish the same freshly folded dürüms (kebab wraps) that chef Anthony Bourdain tasted in his hit TV show, No Reservations. Munch on this crispy flatbread filled with a juicy meat filling that is sure to satisfy your cravings. Next, walk to a coffee house and enjoy a strong cup of traditional Turkish coffee. Learn about the kahve falı, a local custom of telling fortune based on the leftover coffee grounds. Give it a try by turning your cup over and interpreting the shapes created on the bottom. Tonight’s adventure concludes when you are transferred back to your hotel.

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bosphorus
Bosphorus
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Istiklal Street at Night
Istiklal Street at Night

Day 5: Istanbul - Cappadocia

A private transfer will be provided from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport. 

Board a flight in Istanbul with service to Cappadocia. The flight duration is approximately one hour. 

A private vehicle with driver and guide will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Meet your private driver and guide for an adventure-filled day in magnificent Cappadocia. First, visit the picturesque Devrent Valley. Take a guided walk among its peculiar, sculpture-like rock formations and understand why some call this area the ‘Imagination Valley’. Transfer to the neighboring Pasabagi Valley and spend some time exploring this geological wonder dotted with the ubiquitous fairy chimneys. Make your way to the town of Avanos, renowned for its beautifully intricate pottery. Have lunch at a local restaurant before being driven to the Goreme Open Air Museum. This World Heritage Site showcases some stunning examples of Byzantine art and marvelous frescos in a series of churches carved into the rocky surroundings. Let your guide introduce you to the rich history of this fascinating area as you stroll through the mystical landscape. Your next stop is the Uchisar Castle, the highest point in the region. Take in the unmatched panoramic views of Cappadocia with Mount Erciyes proudly perched in the background. Continue to the Pidgeon Valley, yet another natural gem of this stunning part of Turkey. Relish in its wonderful scenery and don’t forget to take plenty of photographs. Your day concludes as you are dropped off back at your hotel.

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave

Gamirasu Cave Hotel provides some of the most distinctive and stylish accommodations in Cappadocia. Located in Avali Village near the town of Urgup, the hotel serves as an excellent base for exploring the otherworldly wonders of this mysterious and beautiful region of Turkey. All 35 meticulously designed rooms are housed in troglodyte caves, fully taking advantage of Cappadocia’s fascinating landscape. The hotel itself is a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, offering modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual character of the area. At Gamirasu Cave Hotel you are bound to experience the finest in Turkish hospitality in a most unique setting.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fairy Chimney's
Fairy Chimney's
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cappadocia
Cappadocia

Day 6: Cappadocia

There is simply no better way to experience Cappadocia and its extraordinary landscapes than from aboard a hot air balloon. This morning, join fellow adventure seekers and get an opportunity to appreciate one of the most poetic sunrises of your lifetime. Energize on a light complimentary breakfast while your crew completes the necessary preparations before take-off. Once everyone is on board, your aircraft raises slowly into the morning sky and the magnificent vistas of Cappadocia immediately unfold in front of your eyes. Watch dozens of balloons harmoniously lift up above the horizon in preparation for one of Nature’s greatest shows. As the sun beings its slow ascent, the warm rays light up your serene surroundings. Glide over the sublime hills and valleys of Cappadocia and get a true sense of the region’s fairy tale terrain. After about an hour in the air, your pilot beings the gentle descent and lands the balloon. Enjoy a glass of nonalcoholic champagne as keepsake certificates are distributed to all guests. This morning’s tour ends when you are transferred back to your hotel.

Spend your day getting to know the history and exploring the spectacular landscapes of Cappadocia, accompanied by your private driver and guide. Start by making your way to Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Be amazed at the town’s charming stone houses that line its narrow streets and visit the natural fortress that has become an important landmark of the region. Take in the splendid views of the famous fairy chimneys and the majestic Mount Erciyes in the background. Continue your day with a visit to one of Cappadocia’s subterranean cities, Kaymakli or Derinkuyu. Descend into the underground labyrinth and learn the fascinating story of 7th century Christians who established these dwellings in an attempt to flee persecution.  Next, transfer to Cavusin Valley for an opportunity to see the peculiar troglodyte settlements that stayed inhabited until the mid-20th century. Break for lunch before being driven to the Red Valley. Feel as if you have been transported to another planet as you marvel at the otherworldly terrain around you. Finish off the day with a visit to the Wine House and get a better understanding why Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards. Upon the conclusion of the tour, you will be dropped off back at your hotel.          

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon
Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cave Dwellings
Cave Dwellings

Day 7: Cappadocia

A private vehicle with driver and guide will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Cappadocia with service to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately one hour. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) ( )

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Tomtom Suites: Istanbul

Comfortable accommodations in a historic setting await at the Tomtom Suites in Istanbul. The hotel is located close to Istiklal Street in one of the trendiest areas of the city. Tomtom Suites is housed in an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, the building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its unique service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom features 20 elegant suites, a terrace offering panoramic views of the old town, and nostalgic ambiance.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tomtom Suites
Tomtom Suites

Gamirasu Cave: Cappadocia

Gamirasu Cave Hotel provides some of the most distinctive and stylish accommodations in Cappadocia. Located in Avali Village near the town of Urgup, the hotel serves as an excellent base for exploring the otherworldly wonders of this mysterious and beautiful region of Turkey. All 35 meticulously designed rooms are housed in troglodyte caves, fully taking advantage of Cappadocia’s fascinating landscape. The hotel itself is a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, offering modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual character of the area. At Gamirasu Cave Hotel you are bound to experience the finest in Turkish hospitality in a most unique setting.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Discovery Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gamirasu Cave
Gamirasu Cave

Depart (Int`l Airport) ( ): Global Location

Depart from the International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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    Fantastic tour that met all our special requests! Our anniversary celebration was perfect! Our grandchildren made so many memories from playing in the fields of the farm to sailing through the fjords and eating desserts at all the bakeries! A marvellous intergenerational experience!

  • Julie S — July 05, 2019 — Europe

    Thank you to Daniel for making our family’s trip to Greece so enjoyable and memorable. We asked him for an “Instagram” worthy trip, and he delivered! The hotels on the islands were stunning, and our private tour guides at each stop easily accommodated our individual wishes. Our trip was the perfect mix of relaxation and exploration.

  • Elizabeth B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was five stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kimberly E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    It was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my rooms, and tours, but after this experience, I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10), but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Lisa B — July 20, 2019 — Europe

    I cannot tell you how impressed we were with your services. Everything from the drivers to the hotels to guides was 5 stars! We never had to wait in line and were treated like royalty. I highly recommend the private boat ride/tour to Capri. It was fabulous! We had never been to Italy and left feeling like we learned so much. We fell in love with the people and culture. We cannot wait to have Kensington book our next adventure.

  • Kim E — July 14, 2019 — Europe

    This was the first time we have used a company of this nature to manage our bookings. Most often I book my own rooms, and tours, but after this experience I would definetely use Kensington again for a trip of this type. Our Destination truly supported us and allowed us to make changes until the plan was just perfect for us. This truly showed when we were in country and everthing went off perfectly. I was worried to have other book items on my families behalf seeing as we were traveling with kids (age 8 and 10) but I feel our destination Expert did take that into account and it was perfect.

  • Keith M — July 13, 2019 — Europe

    There is so much to say about this amazing family trip to northern Spain we just came home from, but in short, the trip was even more than we could have hoped for - From the planning to the tour guides, drivers and accommodations our needs were met and in most cases surpassed. There is no way the trip could have been as successful without the help of Maryanne from Kensington Tours and her team.

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    The trip overall was amazing and all the activities and travel plans went so very smoothly. Our whole familiy really enjoyed every day of the trip. Patrick McCallion, the expert from your agency who helped us, was awesome! He not only set up everything perfectly for us but helped us with reservations for dinners at fine dining places and answered many questions we had in advance. We did leave our glasses in the van at one point in Barcelona and had to contact the local agent who quickly retrieved the glasses for us without any problem. We highly recommend this agency given the quality of the experience, the smoothness of the itinerary, and the flexibility to tailored the experience to our needs. Thank

  • Diana B — June 23, 2019 — Europe

    This was our 6th Kensington tour. We have gone as a couple on trips and taken our children sometimes to destinations all over the world. We have never been disappointed and have had the most personal and professional service. We would not even consider using anyone else. Thank you Alania for everything! Our most recent trip to Russia and Scandinavia was fabulous and perfectly planned!

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

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