Istanbul – Cappadocia 5 Days
Turkey is a nation straddling eastern Europe and western Asia with cultural connections to ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is Turkey’s modern capital.
Validity – 30 September 18
Day1 Arrive Istanbul.
Meet and greet at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Transfer to hotel (early check-in subject to availability).
Afternoon at around 13:00hrs hotel pick-up for half-day tour. Visits to City Walls, Golden Horn and cable car to Pierre Loti Hill.
Then, Bosphorus Cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Bosphorus coastline is a delightful mixture of the past and the present where one can enjoy the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden mansions, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat, no interior visit) and Leander’s Tower (from the boat, no interior visit).
Lunch and dinner excluded.
Overnight at the hotel
Breakfast at hotel. Hotel pick-up at around 07:50am for half-day city tour. Visits to St.Sophia (closed on Mondays), Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque (closed to visit on Friday mornings due to Friday Pray), which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. Afternoon free at leisure. If desired we can leave the clients at Bazaar, and they can return to their hotels by their own. Lunch and dinner excluded. Overnight at Hotel / Istanbul.
Day3 Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia (B,L,D)
After breakfast at hotel transfer to Ataturk Apt for early morning flight to Kayseri (TK2010 IST/ASR domestic flight).
Upon arrival meet with assistant and drive to Cappadocia. Arrival visit to Red Valley which is one of the most beautiful trekking valleys in Cappadocia. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hiking for 5km through the valley. After hiking, resting in Old Cavusin Village where is one of old Greek Villages in Cappadocia. The village is known with its houses and churches of the Christian clergymen.
After lunch at local restaurant visit to Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Finally visit to Pigeon Valley.
Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia.
Day4 Cappadocia (B,L,D)
Breakfast at hotel. Morning visits to Devrent Valley which has various types of fairy chimneys. Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley) with some other types of fairy chimneys. Avanos Region, known with its pottery, a craft dating back to Hittite period. After lunch at local restaurant visits to Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries.
Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Stop at Citadel of Uchisar and Esentepe for beautiful view of Cappadocia. You will also have chance to take photo in these places.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel / Cappadocia.
Day5 Cappadocia – Kayseri – Istanbul – India (B)
Breakfast at hotel. Free till departure. Hotel check-out latest at 12:00hrs. Transfer to Kayseri Airport to take a domestic flight to Istanbul (anytime between 07:00am-22:00hrs).
Upon arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Apt directly taking international flight back to India.
Per person on twin Sharing Euro 585.00
Tour Price Includes
- 02 Nights accommodation at Mercure Hotel Taksim 4* or similar in Istanbul.
- 02 nights’ accommodation at Peri Tower Cappadocia 4** in Cappadocia
- Daily breakfast at the hotel in Istanbul & all meals in Cappadocia.
- Return airport transfers on seat in coach basis.
- All sightseeing as mentioned in the programme on Seat in Coach Basis.
Tour Price does not Include
- Visa Fee
- Lunch & Dinner unless specified.
- Portrage, Laundry, telephone calls, mini bar, tips
- Anything not mentioned in what tour price includes
- Tour cost is based on the best available prices at the time of costing and are subject to available at the time of booking.
- High Season Surcharge will be applied whenever applicable.