5 Days Taste of Turkey - TST5D

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                                                 Istanbul - Cappadocia and domestic flight back to Istanbul


Day 1 - Arrival Day

Istanbul

Upon our arrival at Istanbul International Airport, our representative will meet, assist and transfer you to the hotel. Istanbul was the capital city of Byzantium & Roman Empires and Ottoman State. It is a most fascinating city, which actually crosses two continents Europe and Asia. It is a city of amalgamation of museums, bazaars, minarets, mosques, churches, palaces, and restaurants catering to every one’s taste, customs and fifteen million people. Overnight in Istanbul


Day 2

Day 2

Istanbul City Tour

 After breakfast, we have an Istanbul City Tour. Our first visit will be the  HIPPODROME. The Ancient Hippodrome was the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. We will visit the SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE, which is across from Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque. It was built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Next visit will be HAGIA SOPHIA GRAND MOSQUE. The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque, previously known as the Church of Divine Wisdom, is simply the best of its kind!  The Hagia Sophia Grand Mosque is the greatest surviving example of Byzantine Architecture. For 1000 years, it was once the largest church in the world, decorated with stunning 6th century golden mosaics. Today it is a mosque. Lunch break at 13:00 pm. After lunch, the TravelShop Group will be taken to the ASIL EFENDI, it is a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices for your shopping. Here you will find; Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, small souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all naturel olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.

(Breakfast and Lunch included)

 

OPTIONAL DINNER CRUISE ON THE BOSPHORUS TOUR: Tonight Between 19:30 to 23:30 we have an optional Entertaining Dinner Cruise program on the Bosphorus, where Europe and Asia are connected. You will spend an unforgettable night on the Bosphorus with dinner, unlimited local alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks and a belly dance show, Turkish Folklore show, DJ performance and great entertainment on Bosphorus Dinner Cruise. End of the entertainment at about midnight (00:00 am), and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

 

Please Note: Please do not forget to carry headscarf with you for the visit of religious places as Blue Mosque & Haghia Sophia Mosque.


Day 3

Day 3

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise and Flight to Capadocia

After breakfast enjoy  BOSPORUS BY BOAT; a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. You will see the magnificent sights of the following attractions from your boat. Dolmabahce Palace, and further along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade faces the shore. In Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side for centuries. RUMELI FORTRESS (view from boat), built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the conquest of Istanbul. It was completed in only four months to control and protect the infamous Bosporus passage. It is one of the most beautiful works of military architecture anywhere in the world. BEYLERBEYI PALACE (view from boat), a summer residence of Ottoman sultans. It exists in original renovated glory, featuring antique furniture and magnificent gardens, with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul. Lunch break at a Turkish restaurant. After lunch, we will take you to the GRAND SPICE BAZAAR, which is a unique atmosphere with reasonable prices for your shopping. Here you will find; Exotic Spices and Herbs, Turkish Baklava, Turkish Delights, Turkish Coffee, nuts and fruits, small souvenirs such as Ceramic Handicrafts, Evil Eyes totems, all natural olive oil, soaps and many other goods in Souvenir Shops and stores. After the tour you will be transfer to the Istanbul Airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

Please Note: If you wish to join our optional activity of Cappadocia Hor Air Ballooning for tomorrow, please contact with your guide and register because it will take place early the next morning.
 

OPTIONAL CAPPADOCIA TURKISH NIGHT SHOW: During the evening at 19:30 PM., we have an Optional Tour to enjoy our Turkish Night Shows, which are traditions that have survived from the Ottoman Empire to the present day. You may have great fun in the real caves, with the rich Anatolian food menu, unlimited local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, belly dance show, Turkish Folklore show, DJ Performance and warm service of Anatolian Hospitality. Overnight in Cappadocia.

 


Day 4

Day 4

Cappadocia Underground City & Goreme Open Air Museum

For our guests who will experience the Hot Air Balloon Tour, we will pick you up from your hotel in the most beautiful and unique area of the world at 05:30 in the morning before the sunrise. We will go to the area where hundreds of Hot Air Balloons will take off through the air. We will watch the sunrise over those splendid fairy chimneys and valleys that impress people with their exquisiteness. After our flight for about 1 hour, we will celebrate our experience with champagne when we land and collect our flight certificate. Then we will return to our hotel and have our delicious breakfast.
After breakfast at 09:30am, we will depart for Cappadocia Tour. We will drive to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best-preserved underground cities in Cappadocia. After the Underground City tour, you will visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century, describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to a restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you will visit a pottery workshop, and see how to make pottery. Then you go to Love Valley. Love Valley in Cappadocia, is a hidden valley with scenic formations to say the least. Despite the resemblance to man hood, these amazing rock formations are far from man-made. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Last stop is the Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately at 18.00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)

 


Day 5

Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of the Tour

After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Today we will depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home. We hope your tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the future in one of our tours again. Have a nice trip back home and thanks for choosing IBMT Tours.

(Breakfast included)

 


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* All prices in USD

Includes:

  • All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itinerary
  • Arrival airport transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir airport
  • 2 nights hotel in Istanbul
  • 2 nights hotel in Cappadocia
  • 4 buffet breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Guided Istanbul City Tour
  • Guided Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise Tour
  • Guided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
  • All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
  • Transportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coach
  • Professional English - speaking tour guides
  • Return airport transfer
  • Local taxes
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Domestic flight from Kayseri Airport to Istanbul

 

Excludes:

  • International flights
  • Insurance: All types
  • Turkey entry visa
  • Tipping
  • Hotel room taxes
  • Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

 

Destination

HOTEL CATEGORY & LISTS

Istanbul

5 Star La Quinta by Wyndham Istanbul

Cappadocia

El Puente Cave Hotel

 

 

 

 

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