Istanbul & Cappadocia (TOUR 16 )
Duration: 05 Days / 04 Nights
Highlights: Istanbul, Bosphorus, North & South Cappadocia, Goreme Open Air Museum, Underground City
Note: All Mini Turkey tour packages are modular and you can use these itineraries as a starting point and we can help modify this itineraries to accommodate your personal requirements and desires to find your perfect holiday.
DAY 01 : Arrival to Istanbul
Upon arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be met our staff and accompanied during the transfer to your hotel. You have the afternoon and evening free to relax and/or check out the city. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
DAY 02 : Istanbul Sightseeing Tour
After breakfast meeting tour guide at hotel lobby for full day tour of Istanbul. We start with the Ancient Hippodrome where chariots races and other sporting events took place from the 2nd century A.D. onwards. Then continue to Sultanahmet Cami, also known as the Blue Mosque due to its superb interior decoration and the hand made Iznik tiles reflecting its blue colours from the 16th century. We then continue to the Museum of Hagia Sophia, the jewel in Turkey’s Byzantine crown. Hagia Sophia dates back to 6th century; when it was built, its dome was the largest in the world. Now it is one of the world’s finest examples of Byzantine architecture. We reach the Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) after a short drive. Here you will be amazed with the variety of souvenirs such as rugs, leather, pottery, jewellery, spices you can find or just stroll around for the fun. We have lunch at a local restaurant serving Turkish Cuisine. Free afternoon at leisure. Overnight Istanbul.
DAY 03 : Flight to Cappadocia / North Cappadocia Tour
Breakfast at hotel check out and transfer to Istanbul Airport Internal Terminal for early flight to Kayseri. Upon arrival to Kayseri Airport, meeting tour guide at airport and drive to Urgup Village and check into your Cave Hotel where rooms are dug inside fairy chimneys and 2000 years old cave dwellings with the comfort of any other city hotel and even more. After quick check in you will be picked up from your hotel lobby to join a small group for Cappadocia. Today visit Devrent Valley and Monk’s valley (Pasabagi) where you will find the world famous fairy chimneys. Lunch break in Avanos then on to visit Goreme Open-Air Museum to explore the numerous churches and monasteries with their frescoes. These churches and monasteries where carved from the soft volcanic stone and decorated by Medieval Orthodox Christian Monks around 12th Century AD. A visit to Ortahisar Natural Rock Castle for panoramic views. After tour, return to hotel with the evening at leisure. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 04 : South Cappadocia Tour / Flight to Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel, check out then depart on another full day tour this time starting with a visit to the famous Derinkuyu Underground City which was built as a defense and hiding site during the period of spreading Christianity. Then on to Cavusin Old Christian Village where you will find a triple Apse church and the monastery of St John the Baptist. In Sinasos Old Greek Village you find old Greek and Ottoman houses. The days touring includes an easy grade 3km hike through Red Valley offering some great scenery that would otherwise not be accessible by car and a visit to Uchisar Natural Rock Castle. At end of the tour, collect luggage from hotel reception and transfer on to Kayseri Airport for the return flight to Istanbul. Arrival, transfer to hotel and remainder of evening at leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 05 : Departure
Breakfast at the hotel, check out and as per your flight time transfer on to Istanbul International Airport
* Hotel accommodations in choice of preferred class
* Professional Guide licensed by the Ministry of Tourism
* Noted sightseeing tours on regular group or private guided basis
* Main entrance fees to sights mentioned by the itinerary
* Meals mentioned by the itinerary – Vegeterian meals available
* Required land & or internal flight transportation
* All roundtrip airport transfers with A/C minivans
* Local taxes & handling services
* All tours & travel packages are insuranced by TURSAB
(Association of Turkish Travel Agencies)