Upon your arrival to Istanbul, you will meet with our representative at the Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. You will be transferred to your hotel.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and start a full day of sightseeing the old city of Istanbul, discover the Byzantine and Ottoman Relics, visit Saint Sophia Museum, built by Constantine the Great in the 4th century and reconstructed by Justinian in the 6th century. It is one of the architectural marvels of all time. Next visit the Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque), built in the 16th century, unique with 6 minarets and its magnificent interior decoration of the blue Iznik tiles. The Ancient Hippodrome, was the scene of chariot races and contains three monuments: Obelisk of Theodosius, bronze serpentine column and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Before lunch you will visit the Grand Covered Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) one of the oldest and biggest Bazaars in the world with more than 4,000 shops selling souvenirs, rugs and kilims, jewelry, pottery, leather and almost everything. Visit Royal Topkapi Palace, the great palace of the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries. As a last stop, you will visit Suleiman Mosque. Little Hagia Sophia Mosque is known as one of the oldest standing churches in Istanbul dating back to 6th century. It is early domed – basilica architectural plan of famous Hagia Sophia which was applied here first time in the history. The temple was founded by the powerful emperor, Justinian, who reigned in the Golden Age of the Roman Empire. It has been used as a mosque since 1497. At the end of the tour, you will be drooped off your hotel. Transfer to your Hotel.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel and taken to a meeting point. Firstly we will drive along the Byzantine City Walls that surround the Old City. Then we will reach Golden Horn, the river that separates European side into two parts. There we will stop at the Spice Bazaar, a small version of Grand Bazaar, where you can buy Turkish delight, apple tea, Turkish tea etc. After this stop, we will get on the boat and start the Bosphorus Cruise. While we are cruising you will see Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahçe Palace and many other houses and palaces on both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul. When we return to port, we will go to a restaurant for lunch. Afterwards, we will cross the Bosphorus Bridge by van to get to the Asian Side. We will visit Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer house of Ottoman Sultans. Then we will drive to Camlica Hill, which is the highest point in Istanbul. You will have the best view of the city on that hill. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Transfer to your Hotel.
We will pick you up and transfer you to Istanbul Airport for the domestic flight to Kayseri (Cappadocia). On your arrival at Kayseri Airport, your journey will first take you to the Devrent Valley, which is perfect for exploring rock formations of the famous fairy chimneys and then off to Pasabaglari Valley, formerly known as the "Monks' Valley". Next you will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost a thousand years ago. We will stop at a local restaurant for lunch in Avanos and then join the Discovery Series “Art of Pottery in Asia Minor” event for the afternoon, offering you the opportunity to visit a cave pottery atelier. You will continue with a visit to Uchisar Castle, situated at the highest point in the region. Your day will conclude with a visit to Pigeon Valley, the famous grounds where pigeons were trained to deliver messages throughout Central Cappadocia, essential for communication. Transfer to your Hotel.
Our first stop will be the 3 Beauties of Cappadocia where we will learn about how nature has created Cappadocia. Then we will drive to the oldest and most well preserved underground city of Cappadocia. This is the only underground city from the Neolithic Age ruins (6000 BC) inside. You will see Hittite designs on the walls of this underground city, which has 7 levels. After the visit of the underground city we will have chance to see local Cappadocians living in side caves and farming in the heart of Anatolia, Then we will drive to Soganli Valley (old name sogandos) where we will drive on the Silk Road. Then we will visit Tokalı Church, which has well-preserved wall frescos from the 5th century. We will have lunch at the village. Afterwards we will drive to the Sebasos Roman Settlements. Sebasos has one of the most well-preserved mosaic floors of Turkey. Then we will drive to Mustafa Pasa, which is a Greek village. We will have a brief stop at Ortahisar casstle and Rose valley for the most spectacular views of the Cappadocia region. Transfer to your Hotel.
After Breakfast, check-out & transfer to Istanbul International Airport as per your onward flight schedule.
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