Welcome to Turkey - a mesmerizing land of Romans and Ottomans! Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred by a private chauffeur driven car to your hotel. Istanbul is the capital for art and culture with a rich tradition in opera and ballet, theatres, concerts, art exhibitions, festivals, auctions, conferences and of course unique museums. Being an imperial capital for 1500 years, Istanbul has acquired a highly original personality. At every turn in the city, you are faced with Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman palaces, mosques, churches, monasteries, monuments, walls and ruins. Yet Istanbul is not a city living only on its past. It is a vibrant, modern and future-oriented metropolis. With an over-abundance of important historic buildings and exciting new art galleries and museums, visitors have more than enough to see during the day, but it's at night that the place swings into high-velocity, mega-stylish action. (Private)
Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise. (Seat in Coach)
In the afternoon you will proceed on a Bosphorus cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe & Asia. Along the shores there is a delightfully mixture of the past and the present, as well as the grand splendour and quaint beauty of the ancient wooden villas, palaces of marble, fortresses and small fishing villages and visit of Spice Market.
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Hotel 02:00 hrs 13:30 PMOptional Tour: Istanbul By Night
Istanbul by Night (Seat In Coach)
The modern city of Istanbul, once the heart of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, is a fascinating blend of East and West. The graceful minarets and domes of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and mystical Grand Bazaar are some of the landmarks which have attracted travellers and trade for centuries. After a scenic evening drive through this majestic city of illuminated palaces, mosques and bridges by night, savour the flavours of authentic Turkish cuisine with a special evening dinner in an oriental atmosphere, accompanied by live musical and dance performances from a variety of regional Folk Dancers, Belly Dancers and Turkish Musicians in traditional costumes.
Pick Up Point - Istanbul By Night (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrs
Today enjoy morning sightseeing tour of Istanbul city. Visit Byzantine Hippodrome, in which stand the obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodosius and the Serpent Column taken from Delphi by Constantine. Blue Mosque, which has six minarets and a middle dome of 109 feet and Grand Covered Bazaar (closed on Sundays) dating back to 15th century. It covers over 4,000 shops under one roof. The rest of the day is free to discover this breathtaking city on your own. Why not take an optional Istanbul by Night tour from the below mentioned list if you haven't already on the previous day?Optional Tours: Ottoman Art Tour (Seat In Coach)
Visit Topkapi Palace, with famous treasury exhibiting some of the most exquisite treasures of the Ottoman Sultans, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Palace overlooks the famous Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara in Istanbul. This magnificent palace was the ideal military watchpoint with it's natural harbour of the 'Golden Horn'. Continue with a visit to the Rustem Pasha Mosque famous for its large quantities of exquisite Iznik tiles, set in a very wide variety of beautiful floral and geometric designs. The Mosque in Istanbul's Eminönü district by the Golden Horn, is among the city's architectural gems-yet seen by few foreign visitors. Retrace the history and power of the great Ottoman Empire in a tour of Istanbul's imperial quarter, discovering the greatest treasures and monuments of this period, from Islamic Arts in the great Palace and beautiful Mosque with slender minarets...
Pick Up Point - Ottoman Art Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrsAsia Tour (Seat In Coach)
Drive to Asian side via Bosphorus Bridge to visit Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill for a panoramic view of Istanbul. Camlica Hill is a high pine covered bill, atop which sits a restaurant. From here one can inhale the fresh Black Sea air, and possibly obtain the best views of the sprawling metropolis of Istanbul. One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus is a strait winding between two continents and joining two seas. The Black Sea is connected to the Aegean through the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles. It offers a different beauty each season, and in spring it is adorned with the pink flowers of the Judas trees. Beylerbeyi Palace is a palace complex consisting of the main palace building plus five pavilions (Kosk).
Pick Up Point - Asia Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 03:00 hrs | Duration - 03:00 hrsFull Day Princess Island Tour (Seat In Coach)
Embark on an enjoyable cruise to the largest of the Prince's Islands in Marmara Sea. Pass four islands with their charming old Ottoman houses to reach Buyukada, the largest of the islands. Take a tour of the island by Phaeton (a horse carriage) and pass elegant old wooden mansions and beautiful natural scenery. Pass elegant mansions draped in brilliant purple bougainvillea and feel as though you have stepped back into a more leisured and gracious age, almost expecting grand 19th century ladies and gentlemen to come strolling down to the waterfront on an afternoon promenade. Following lunch, stroll along the old town of Buyukada and visit the St. George Church. Cruise back to the city.
Pick Up Point - Full Day Princess Island Tour (seat In Coach) | Pick Up Time - 08:00 hrs | Duration - 08:00 hrsFull Day Bursa Tour (Private)
Visit the old Ottoman capital of Bursa. Travel by ferry to Yalova and continue by road to Bursa. See the early 15th century Green Mosque and the Green Tomb where Sultan Mehmet I was buried and which is the symbol of Bursa, is one of the most beautiful samples of Ottoman tomb architecture. See the imperial Great Mosque with its 20 domes and 12 massive pillars and Muradiye cemetery, the last resting place of the Ottoman Sultans. Stop at one of Turkey's protected heritage sites under the slopes of Uludag Mountain - the traditional village of Cumalikizik, with idyllic countryside setting.
Pick Up Point - Full Day Bursa Tour (private) | Pick Up Time - 08:00 hrs | Duration - 08:00 hrsTurkish Bath (Private)
The Turkish Bath, also known as 'hamam' is one of the ancient world's most widely exported customs. For centuries Turkish hamam continues to exist as one of the major components of the Ottoman and Turkish hamam culture with its large and bright dome and unique architectural beauty. The tradition was born generations ago, adopted from Romans and Byzantines and then perfected by the Seljuk and Ottoman Turks. The experience involves a hot sauna followed by a cold dip, relaxation on the hot belly-button stone, ending with a wonderful Turkish massage.
Pick Up Point - Turkish Bath (private) | Pick Up Time - 02:00 hrs | Duration - 02:00 hrs
This morning, transfer to Istanbul airport for morning flight to Kayseri. (Seat in Coach) You will be welcomed by a and representative and transferred to Cappadocia (Seat in Coach).
Enroute visit Kaymakli, Citadel of Ortahisar, the old Cavusin Village and Urgup Wine House. (Seat in Coach) Visit Kaymakli or Derinkuyu Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. Then see the citadel of Ortahisar and the old Cavusin Village and its cave houses. After Lunch proceed on a walking tour of Red Valley and a visit to Urgup Wine House.
Enjoy City sights of Cappadocia. (Seat In Coach) Today, enjoy a full day tour of Cappadocia. Visit to Pigeon Valley and the natural citadel of Uchisar, followed by Goreme Open-Air Museum, which is full of pink, rose and white tapering columns. These tall free standing cones of stone curve and twist as if pulled from earth like taffy. Others are tall like fairy chimneys. The caves were settled in the 4th century as monasteries. Visit some caves on the cliffs to see Byzantine frescoes decorating early Christian churches. Have Lunch at a typical restaurant of the region. Later, visit Kaymakli Underground City; carved out of rock and completely self contained. More than 200 people lived on each of seven floors with the last one 250 feet underground. It is connected to Derinkuyu Underground City by six miles of tunnel. Drive to Pasabagi in Zelve Region and then to Avanos Village. You can shop for some souvenirs before you head back to the hotel.
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Hotel 08:00 hrs 00:00 AMOPTIONAL TOUR: Hot Air Balloon Ride (Private)
Cappadocia is a land of deep canyons and fertile valleys. Enjoy a unique and memorable flight over the unreal and amazing Cappadocia landscape. The spectacular surrealistic landscapes combined with excellent flying conditions allow the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys, pigeon houses hewn into the unique rock formations, orchards and vineyards through impressive valleys, each with distinctive rock formations, colours and features and then float up over rippled ravines for breathtaking views over the region
Pick Up Point - Hot Air Balloon Ride (private) | Pick Up Time - 01:00 hrs | Duration - 01:00 hrs
Today you will be transferred to Kayseri airport for your flight back home (Private). We trust that you enjoyed your Vacation.
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