Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature

6 days from $2,262 per person*
  • Marvel in the glory of the Hagia Sophia with private guide.
  • Explore the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia.
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of Istanbul’s historic highlights.
  • Private transfers throughout.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
Request a Quote

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. ... Show More »

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. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Tour - Private - Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Tour - Private - Ottoman & Byzantine Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Istanbul to Cappadocia
    Istanbul to Cappadocia
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Istanbul - Cappadocia [Direct (1 hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Tour - Private - Cappadocia Panoramic (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Optional: Hot Air Balloon Ride - Vehicle
    • Tour - Private - Cappadocia Wonders (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Cappadocia - Istanbul [Direct Flight] - Economy
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.
Kensington Advantage
Personalized itinerary with private guide & driver. Award winning value.
  • Personalized itinerary that fits like a glove
  • Full attention of your own private guide & driver
  • In-country offices for 24/7 peace of mind
  • Multi-award winning
  • 30,000 delighted clients

With the inside track on the new, the old, the off-the-beaten track and the out-of-this-world, you won't find a more knowledgeable team of destination specialists.

Meet Our Experts
Curators of extraordinary experiences, you won't find a more skillful team.
30,000 Delighted Customers
"Kensington, you've done it again...perfection!"

Don't take our word for it.
Here's what our clients say.

"Fabulous trip. Every aspect from the planning to execution was excellent."

Newsletter Subscription
Have our hand picked trips, news & specials delivered to you.
Thank you for signing up!

Your details have been received and processed successfully.

Day 1: Istanbul

Today you will have an English-speaking guide assistance waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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 (4*)

Tomtom Suites is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "younique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Istanbul
Istanbul
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tomtom Suite
Tomtom Suite

Day 2: Istanbul

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.

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites (4*)
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Day 3: Istanbul

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.

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites (4*)
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Suleymaniye Mosque
Suleymaniye Mosque

Day 4: Istanbul - Cappadocia

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.

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

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.

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave (4*)

Gamirasu Cave Hotel 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.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gamirasu Cave Exterior
Gamirasu Cave Exterior

Day 5: 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.

Accommodation: Gamirasu Cave (4*)
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hot Air Balloons
Hot Air Balloons
Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Cave Dwellings
Cave Dwellings

Day 6: Cappadocia

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Enjoy a direct flight from Kayseri airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is around 1 hour.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from 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 (4*): Istanbul

Tomtom Suites is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "younique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Tomtom Suite
Tomtom Suite

Gamirasu Cave (4*): Cappadocia

Gamirasu Cave Hotel 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.

Istanbul & Cappadocia Signature Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gamirasu Cave Exterior
Gamirasu Cave Exterior

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

Depart from 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.
  • Chuck B — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Everything was perfect. The scheduling of drivers, trains and guides was perfect. Hotel accommodations (rooms) were the best at each hotel. Superb. Kensington Tours out did themselves.

  • Curtis M — October 25, 2017 — Europe

    Our trip experience was excellent. We are very likely to use Kensington again to plan our next trip to destinations that are new to us.

  • Betty Berke — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Our trip was well organized and paced. Guides and drivers were all knowledgeable and friendly. Trip agent was also quite helpful.

  • Cynthia B — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Amazing attention to detail and personalizing the experience for each of us. The tours provided Historical information specific to each of our interests.

  • Alyssa B — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Thank you so much for helping make our honeymoon amazing! You guys made the process of planning and travel stress-free. We will never forget all the amazing experiences we had.

  • Lowell A — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    We totally appreciate the quality of the guides, knowledge, expertise, history of family and relationship, attention to detail. I especially appreciate the personal touch.

  • Kimberly M — September 15, 2017 — Europe

    Fiona was fabulous and planned a dream vacation for us from start to finish. Our guides and tours were all very personable, knowledgeable, and comfortable. Our drivers were very punctual and professional. Our itinerary and tickets kept us knowing exactly where and when we needed to be somewhere. The weather, food and hotels were amazing. We truly had our dream vacation and now need a beach vacation to recuperate from the fast paced vacation we just returned from! Would recommend your agency to anyone! Thank You!

  • James M — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    The information exchange in planning the tour went very well. The tour information and itinerary provided for the trip was the best and most complete for any tour we have taken. All drivers and tour guides were available at the exact minute scheduled. The guide in Athens, particularly, was excellent and answered all of our many questions as well as being very in tune to our needs. We had several questions for local staff and they responded immediately. In addition, we recommend the Hotel Kouros in Mykonos to anyone. A beautiful well maintained hotel with an excellent staff on all levels.

  • Elizabeth N — November 09, 2017 — Europe

    Our guide was very knowledgeable and accommodating. I appreciated the flexibility in catering to elderly travelers. We got so much more out of the trip with a private driver and guide. Worth the money. A memorable success!

  • Ronald C — November 07, 2017 — Europe

    Emma Winter, did an amazing job of trying to match the activities we were looking for. The whole process of arranging and completing our travel plans was seamless and hassle free. I'm definitely looking forward to working with Emma and Kensington Tours for our next excursion.

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.

* USD per person, double occupancy. Custom designed personal tour. Prices subject to change.

Kensington Tours is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring you have a positive experience on our website. You can read our complete Privacy Policy here. You can Contact Us here.

National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime 2014 Travel + Leisure : World's Best Award 2014 Family National Geographic Traveler : 50 Tours of a Lifetime