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Romantic Turkey: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,106

DELUXE | PRIVATE-GUIDED: Spend over a week exploring two of Turkey’s most seductive cities. In Istanbul, weave through the city’s past and present to see magnificent churches, mosques, and markets. Then head to Cappadocia to explore the fairy chimneys and rocky underground homes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.


This 8-day Turkish vacation showcases the two most romantic sites in the country: Istanbul and Cappadocia. It features deluxe accommodations and private tours. 

Your journey begins in Istanbul, the Turkish capital and the only national centre to straddle two continents. The city was known as Constantinople during antiquity and has long been one of the world’s greatest centres of art and culture. A classic tour of the city will take you to some of its many highlights from throughout the ages. Start at Hippodrome Square to see where chariots used to race for massive crowds during Byzantine times. Continue to the religious and cultural monuments of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Topkapi Palace, before closing out your tour at the Grand Bazaar, where you can barter for all manner of goods in one of the world’s great open-air marketplaces. The next day, see the city from the waters of the Bosphorus, which divides the continents of Asia and Europe. You’ll visit the Spice Market and close at the Bosphorus Bridge, built in 1973 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the republic. 

Fly to Cappadocia, the fairy tale region of rock chimneys and caves that resembles the surface of the moon. A tour through the region will showcase its magical landscape. Start at Uchisar Rock-Castle, a fortification at the highest point in the region which offers excellent views over the valley. Continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum to see the steep cliffs and rock-carved churches dating to the 9th century. Swing by Pasabag, known as the Valley of the Monks due to the small rock homes where monks would study and live, and admire the fairy chimneys and rocks that define the region. The next day is at leisure to enjoy the magical landscape. If you want an experience you’ll never forget, book a hot air balloon ride over the valley and enjoy the views of the rocks from high above. 

Fly back to Istanbul for one more night in the capital before heading to the airport the following day and returning home. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,106

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Day 1

Istanbul Airport to Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center

The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers a spa, 24 hour fitness center, rooftop bar and several dining areas. The highlight of the hotel is its location across from Bomontiada, a former historic beer factory turned into a large open-air complex full of restaurants, shops, an art gallery and concert hall. The property is also near Taksim Square (2km) and Dolmabahce Palace (4km).

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center

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    Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel and Conference Center



    The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers …

    The Hilton Istanbul Bomonti is a 5-star deluxe property with modern amenties, upscale and spacious rooms and public areas. The hotel is the largest hotel in Istanbul with 829 rooms and 34 floors. In addition to the indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the property offers a spa, 24 hour fitness center, rooftop bar and several dining areas. The highlight of the hotel is its location across from Bomontiada, a former historic beer factory turned into a large open-air complex full of restaurants, shops, an art gallery and concert hall. The property is also near Taksim Square (2km) and Dolmabahce Palace (4km).

    Facilities

    • Bar
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Parking
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Wellness Center

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Day 2

Classical Tour of Istanbul

Drive to old town and visit Hippodrome Square, the scene of Chariot races and the center of Byzantine civic life. Then visit Blue Mosque, built in early 17th century and known as Blue Mosque because of its magnificent interior decoration with blue Iznik tiles. Continue to St. Sophia Museum, the world's largest church for many centuries and today is the fourth largest one. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, built by Sultan Mehmet II after the conquest of Istanbul in 15th century. The palace housed the sultans and their exotic entourage until mid-19th century. After having served as a mosque for 481 years, the building become a museum in 1934 by the order of Ataturk, the founder of the Republic of Turkey. Today the museum displays priceless collections of the imperial treasury, numerous pieces of Chinese porcelain, traditional costumes of the sultans and their families. Last stop will be at famous historical Grand Bazaar, the largest "souk" covered oriental shopping mall in the world, where you will find 4,400 shops under one roof where each trade has its own street.

Our final stop, Hagia Eirene, the Church of the Holy Peace, is one of the few churches in Istanbul that was never converted into a mosque, as it was used as an arsenal until the 19th century. Hagia Eirene reputedly stands on the site of a pre-Christian temple and has the distinction of being the first church built in Byzantium as it was converted into the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. From there, we visit Gulhane Park, once a part of the outer gardens of Topkapi Palace, where the Edict of Gulhane, a declaration of rights and liberties that played an essential role in the modernization of the Ottoman Empire. After the proclaimation of the Republic, Gulhane Park was for many years home to the Istanbul Zoo.

Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Bosphorus by Boat

On this shared tour, enjoy a drive to the pier in Eminonu for a short visit to historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar). Then, board a private boat for the cruise along the Bosphorus, a narrow strait between the continents of Europe and Asia connecting Black Sea to the Sea of Marmara. After, drive to the Asian Side of Istanbul via transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge, which is unique in the world since it connects Asia and Europe continents. The bridge was built in 1973, the 50th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey and it is the fourth longest suspension bridge in the world.

Duration5 Hours
Day 4

Istanbul Hotel to Airport

Duration45 Minutes

Istanbul to Kayseri: One way flight

Duration1 Hour

Kayseri Airport to Cappadocia Hotels

Duration1 Hour

Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa

Cappadocia Cave Resort is a 5-star hotel situated in picturesque Nevsehir, set on a hill overlooking Guvercinlik Valley and boasts astonishing views of Cappadocia. Featuring traditional interior designs with stone-based architecture and elegant rooms. Within 4km from Goreme which has the greatest outdoor museum of the world and just a 10-minute walk from Uchisar Kalesi (Uchisar Castle).

Meal Plan Buffet Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa

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    Cappadocia Cave Resort and Spa



    Cappadocia Cave Resort is a 5-star hotel situated in picturesque Nevsehir, set on a hill overlooking Guvercinlik Valley and boasts astonishing views of Cappadocia. Featuring traditional interior designs with stone-based architecture and elegant rooms. Within 4km from Goreme which has the greatest outdoor museum of …

    Cappadocia Cave Resort is a 5-star hotel situated in picturesque Nevsehir, set on a hill overlooking Guvercinlik Valley and boasts astonishing views of Cappadocia. Featuring traditional interior designs with stone-based architecture and elegant rooms. Within 4km from Goreme which has the greatest outdoor museum of the world and just a 10-minute walk from Uchisar Kalesi (Uchisar Castle).

    Facilities

    • 24 hour Front desk
    • Accessible Facilities
    • Babysitting Services
    • Bar
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Bike Rental
    • Currency Exchange
    • Executive Lounge Access
    • Fitness Centre
    • Kids club
    • Laundry Service
    • Meeting and Event Facilities
    • Outdoor Patio Area
    • Parking facilities
    • Pool
    • Restaurant
    • Sauna
    • Shuttle Service
    • Sundeck
    • Wake-up service
    • WI-FI

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Day 5

Private Highlights of Cappadocia

On this private tour, you will start with a visit to Uchisar Rock-Castle (the highest point in the region). Uchisar looks like a maze of carved rooms, venturing inside, you will be able to reach the highest point of the castle and enjoy the best views of the Pigeon Valley. The Pigeon Valley is a 6km valley connecting both the towns of Uchisar and Goreme, popular for trekking or long walks. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum which consists of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from second half of 9th century. Then visit Pasabag, also know as Valley of the Monks, it is one of the most popular areas in Goreme with its mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys and rocks. Continue to visit the villages of Avanos. It is a small town famous for its pottery. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Hayls River), the longest river originated and ending within the borders of Turkey with 842 miles of length. Those who want may also enjoy famous "testi kebab" as well, the traditional kebab in the Cappadocia region.

Duration7 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Cappadocia Hotels to Kayseri Airport

Duration1 Hour

Kayseri to Istanbul: One way flight

Duration1 Hour

Istanbul Airport to Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Swissotel The Bosphorus

Swissotel the Bosphorus is a 5-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. Tastefully decorated, combining the warmth of a Turkish culture and contemporary Alphine design. Featuring an award-winning Purovel Spa & Sport with luxurious holistic spa treatments from all over the world. The hotel has a convenient access to all the main historical attractions, designer shops, exclusive bars and restaurants, all within a 13 minute walk.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Swissotel The Bosphorus

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    Swissotel The Bosphorus



    Swissotel the Bosphorus is a 5-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. Tastefully decorated, combining the warmth of a Turkish culture and contemporary Alphine design. Featuring an award-winning Purovel Spa & Sport with luxurious holistic spa …

    Swissotel the Bosphorus is a 5-star luxury hotel right in the centre of Istanbul on the European banks of the Bosphorus. Tastefully decorated, combining the warmth of a Turkish culture and contemporary Alphine design. Featuring an award-winning Purovel Spa & Sport with luxurious holistic spa treatments from all over the world. The hotel has a convenient access to all the main historical attractions, designer shops, exclusive bars and restaurants, all within a 13 minute walk.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 8

Istanbul Hotel to Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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DEPARTURES:

Daily: April to October

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private arrival and departure airport transfers
  • 4 nights deluxe accommodations in Istanbul
  • 3 nights deluxe accommodations in Cappadocia
  • Flights Istanbul-Cappadocia (Kayseri)-Istanbul
  • Private transfers between hotels and airports throughout
  • Private Classical Tour of Istanbul
  • Bosphorus by Boat excursion
  • Private Highlights of Cappadocia
  • Tickets and entrance fees to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Daily breakfast

PRICE EXCLUDES:

International flights
Travel insurance
Visa fees if applicable
Excursions not specifically indicated
Meals and beverages not specifically indicated
Items of a personal nature
Gratuities

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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