Day 1: ISTANBUL
After arrival at Istanbul Airport you will be transferred to your hotel. What remains of the day will be at your leisure.
Day 2: ISTANBUL
Today you will be exploring Istanbul’s historical heart and discovering many of its highlights. Your first visit will be to Topkapi Palace, the court and residence of the Ottoman Sultans and home to the imperial treasury. Continue to the Hagia Sophia, the ‘Church of Holy Wisdom’, a marvelous basilica built in the 6th century regarded as a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest church in the world for a millennium and its interiors are decorated with stunning golden mosaics. Visit the Blue Mosque often seen in pictures of the Istanbul with its six elegant minarets and deriving its name from the blue Iznik tiles found within. The last visit of the day will be to the Grand Bazaar considered to be largest and most attractive covered bazaar in the world.
Overnight: Istanbul (BL)
Day 3: ISTANBUL – CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, we will visit the colourful, exotic and aromatic Spice Bazaar, a good place to get to know Turkish sweets and spices. Then you will take a cruise on the Bosphorus, the strait that separates European Turkey from Asian Turkey and connects the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas. During the cruise you will be able to see numerous palaces, beautiful forests, mosques, picturesque small villages, Ottoman summer mansions and fortresses dotted all along the coastline. In the afternoon after lunch you will then be transferred to Istanbul Airport for the flight to Cappadocia. On arrival you will be transferred to the hotel and whatever remains of the day will be at your leisure.
Overnight: Cappadocia (BL)
Day 4: CAPPADOCIA
Optional Hot Air Balloon flight will be available this morning.
After breakfast, we will visit Goreme Open air museum. Goreme Open Air Museum is a rocky settlement area that has hosted an extreme monastery life between 4th to 13th centuries D.C. Being UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985, the Goreme Open Air Museum is also one most popular places to see in Cappadocia. Visit Uchisar castle it is in the small, but beautiful town of Uchisar in Cappadocia, Turkey. It’s one of the best viewpoints in Cappadocia and only a short drive or a small trek from the nearby town of Goreme. You will visit the fairney chimneys and Devrent valley also know as the Pink Valley is located on the northern slopes of Aktepe, unlike other valleys in the Cappadocia region, Devrent valley was never inhabited by humans. What draws visitors to the Valley is the incredible pink-hued rock formations and geological anomalies that have been formed by centuries or erosion.
Overnight: Cappadocia (BL)
Day 5: ISTANBUL
After your breakfast, you will be transferred to airport and flight to Istanbul to connect your outbound flight. (B)