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- Set off for a fascinating tour Turkey - the land where east meets west. Start in Turkey for a city experience before heading to Cappadocia to witness some incredible rock formations
- This is a unique private tour that will enable you to absorb the essence of the country with the aid of your guide in blissful privacy
- Stay in some exciting hotels along the way and enjoy Turkish hospitality
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Your Destinations —
Istanbul is a city of contrasts, a vibrant modern city with an enchanting historic past. Set in a stunning location surrounded by water, the narrow strait of the Bosphorus and the serene Sea of Marmara, separating Europe from Asia, Istanbul has a foot in each. The Bosphorus divides the city into two sides, Asian and European, linked by two magnificent bridges. The European side itself is divided by the Golden Horn, which roughly divides the historic old town of Istanbul, from the modern city.
The Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and The Grand Bazaar are all within a 30 minute walk of each other. It's easy to get around on foot or by tram, which provides a regular service to the pedestrianised main street. If you have a little longer to spend in Istanbul, we would recommend that you set aside some time to visit The Princes Islands. The tranquil atmosphere makes a pleasant contrast to the city itself. Easily reached by ferry or hydrofoil, Buyuk Ada is the most popular with visitors. No cars are allowed but you can take a horse and carriage to visit the Monastery of St. George. The Heart of modern Istanbul is Taksim Square and the surrounding streets, with their excellent restaurants and lively bars have a real cosmopolitan feel.
Cappadocia is a stunning area of other-world rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings, the scale of which is overwhelming. Cappadocia was a refuge for early Christians, who escaped persecution by living and worshipping underground. There are an estimated 3000 rock churches in the region, not all of which are open to the public, the existence of which was discovered by chance in 1907 by a French Jesuit scholar, who was travelling through the area. Some of the most impressive of the churches are located in the Goreme Open Air Museum, which, for the most past, date from 9th and 11th centuries and have stunning wall paintings.
The village of Goreme itself is at the heart of the area's tourist industry, and many of its villagers still live in cave dwellings, some of which have been converted into pensions and boutique hotels. Surrounding the area are the amazing rock formations known evocatively as Peri Bacalari or 'Fairy Chimneys'. Located on the west of Nigde, the stunning Ihlara Vadisi, a gorge which is 10 km long and some 80 meters wide. Popular for trekking, about 12 of its 60 churches are open to the public including the impressive Egritas Church. There are hundreds of underground cities in the region. Two of the most impressive are Kaymakli, which has 8 levels, and Derinkuyu, which reaches down to 55 metres. They were used by Christians fleeing persecution in the 7th century, who created a self-sufficient environment underground including bedrooms. Kitchens and storage rooms. To get away from the crowds visit the picturesque Soganli Valley, with its many houses, tombs and churches, displaying excellent examples of Byzantine paintings.
Your Itinerary —
Arrival in Istanbul, the city that brings two continents : Europe and Asia. Transfer to your hotel. Brief orientation followed by a free day to enjoy at your own leisure (depending on the time of arrival). Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL - Classic Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel meet your private guide and proceed for a full day tour which takes you through splendid attraction of Istanbul. The tour will start by visiting St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum) originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from a bible, the life and miracles of Jesus. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, the former centre for sportive and political activities of Constantinople. Obelisk of Theodosius from Egypt, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain. The Blue Mosque, a magnificent 17th century mosque famous with its six minarets and 25.000 pieces of Blue Iznik tiles decorating the interior. In the afternoon, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the former Imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Today the 15th century Palace displaying the imperial treasury, 3rd richest Chinese and Japanese porcelain collection of the world and other collections scattered in 3 courtyards and vast gardens overlooking the Golden Horn and Bosphorus. Continue to enjoy shopping at Grand Bazaar with its more than 4.000 tiny shops, 58 streets, and alleys is said is the oldest largest indoor bazaar in the world. Overnight at the hotel.
* St. Sophia is closed on Monday, replaced with St. Chora Church.
* Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesday
DAY 3 ISTANBUL - Spice Bazaar & Bosphorus Cruise
After breakfast at the hotel meet your private guide and proceed for a half day tour which takes you through splendid attraction of Istanbul. Morning visit the Egyptian Spice Market, built in the 17th century, is the starting point for this unforgettable excursion between two continents. The following journey is a boat cruise between Europe and Asia which takes us past the Ottoman Palaces of ‘Dolmabahce’ and ‘Beylerbeyi’ palaces and passes the many beautiful 19th and 20th century wooden houses, mansions, and modern villas which all go to make up this elegant part of the city. Overnight at the hotel.
DAY 4 ISTANBUL
Morning at leisure in Istanbul. Afternoon transfer from your hotel to the airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Arrival to the Airport, meet your representative whim will transfer you to your hotel in Cappadocia.
In the morning, meet with your driver and guide at the hotel to be introduced to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, starting with the rock formations beyond; visit Paşabag –three coned fairy chimneys” where the voice of wind mixes with the “songs of fairies”. Continue to Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. In the afternoon visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Göreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th & 13th century).Depending on the period of the season, Göreme Open Air Museum visit time can be altered to avoid crowds of tour buses. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6 CAPPADOCIA / Secret Cappadocia Hike - Full day sightseeing
Red Valley, with its fabulous volcanic rock formations, is in the heart of Cappadocia but away from the tourist crowd. Rock-Cut hermit churches with frescoes and paintings fit with the Valley’s meditative atmosphere, remained intact since the beginning. Our lovely hike will start from a beautiful panoramic point presenting us great light in the morning for pictures. After the short hike we give a refreshment break in the ruined town of Cavusin. After lunch, 20 minute drive will take you to the least visited Underground city; Ozkonak which was discovered by a villager while he was looking for the water disappearing from his irrigation system in his field. Unlike other underground cities, Ozkonak has different ventilation and security system. 3 floors are open to visitors and known to shelter people from persecution and loots. Return to the hotel for leisurely time and overnight stay.
DAY 7 CAPPADOCIA - Transfer to the airport for your flight back to UK via Istanbul.
Your Hotels —
The Sultanahmet Palace Hotel
The Sultanahmet Palace Hotel is located right behind the Blue Mosque and across from the Mosaic museum. It features a restaurant with a sun terrace and Marmara Sea views. All rooms at Sultanahmet Palace have air conditioning and TV. In addition, every room has an en suite bathroom, and some provide views of the Blue Mosque. The Sultanahmet Restaurant serves regional specialties and overlooks the Marmara Sea. There is also a bar which offers outdoor seating on the sun terrace.
Only 250 yards to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, Blue House Hotel is 450 yards to Topkapi Palace. It offers 3 restaurants, free WiFi access throughout the venue and a 24-hour front desk service. All rooms have air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a minibar. Private bathroom includes a hairdryer and a shower or a bath. The Terrace Marmara Restaurant, with the views of Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Marmara Sea, serves dishes from the Ottoman cuisine with à la carte menu options. Breakfast is offered in buffet style at the Garden Restaurant. The third restaurant is located inside and is usually used for winter season.
Located near Cappadocia’s rock formations, Alfina Cave Hotel offers luxury accommodation and free Wi-Fi. Each room is carved into rock and has traditional Turkish motifs and a spa bath. Fairy Chimneys rock formation is only 5 minutes' away and the historical Ürgüp Turkish Bath is in walking distance. Decorated with elegant furnishings and artworks, each room has heating, satellite TV and en suite bathroom with bathroom amenities. The in-house restaurant serves Turkish and international delicacies. Guests can also try a variety of regional wine here.
Your Journey —
Flights: Included with Turkish Airlines
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All flight times are local
Transfers: shared transfers are included.
Please note: flight details are given as a guide only and may change. We will however notify you in advance if flights are more than 2 hours outside the time range given. Flights are non-changeable and non-refundable at time of booking.