General

Starts: Istanbul
Finish: Kusadasi
Duration: 7 Days – 6 Nights
Places Visited: Istanbul & Cappadocia

Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul
Arrive at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome briefing and orientation walking tour of the hotel area. Your guide will lead you through Taksim area and show you near-by restaurants, gift shops and the like. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight = Istanbul

Day 2 – Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Old City. The tour includes major historical sites of the city: the ancient Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.
Hippodrome: The ancient Hippodrome, an enormous public entertainment arena that once seated as many as 100,000 zealous fans witnessing chariot races, executions, and mock battles. Once the center of Byzantine civic life, it is still decorated by the Egyptian Obelisk, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.

Blue Mosque: With its massive central dome flanked by six slender minarets, the Blue Mosque stands as the single most recognizable monument on the Istanbul skyline. Built between 1609 and 1616, during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I, the enormous complex also included a hospital, caravansary, public kitchen, marketplace, schools and the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet I. The mosque’s immense interior, flooded with sunlight streaming through 260 windows, is decorated with more than 20,000 precious Iznik tiles detailing traditional flowers of Ottoman design. In fact, it is the deep blue glow of the tiles in sunlight that gives the building its name.

Hagia Sophia: This famous basilica was constructed in the 6th century A.D. It is often described as the greatest work of Byzantine architecture. Once the Church of Holy Wisdom, Christendom’s crowning glory, and now a museum, the church once glittered with mosaics, and art treasures filled every corner. Today, Hagia Sophia is the fourth largest building constructed as a church in the world. It was dedicated to Hagia Sophia which means Divine Wisdom, an attribute of Christ.

After this visit we will stop for the lunch on own at one of Sultanahmet’s restaurants, and then continue to Basilica Cistern.

Basilica Cistern or Underground Palace: Istanbul was one of the most often besieged cities in the world and has always needed permanent water supplies. As a result, many underground cisterns were built during the Byzantine Empire. Water was brought to these big reservoirs from far away sources through aqueducts. The largest and most ornate of these cisterns is Yerebatan Sarayi. In its construction, columns and capitals of earlier temples were used and this provides a very decorative appearance.

Grand Bazaar: The area of the Grand Bazaar was a trade center during the Byzantine period. Two bedestens (domed masonry structures) were built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror to enrich the economic life in the city. Later on as people needed more places for trade, they added other buildings outside these structures. Today, the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar is very interesting and has consequently become a very popular place for visitors to explore a labyrinth of streets and passages housing eighteen entrances and more than 4,000 shops.
In late afternoon, return to the hotel for some time at leisure.
Overnight = Istanbul
Meals = Breakfast

Day 3 – Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel, meet with your guide and depart for a full-day sightseeing tour featuring Topkapi Palace Complex, the Spice Market, and Bosporus Cruise by public boat, passing by authentic city quarters located on both Asian and European shores of the Bosporus Strait.

Topkapi Palace Museum: Topkapi was the second palace built in Istanbul after the conquest. It was a residence for the Ottoman Sultans and includes a maze of opulent buildings which were at the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. This palace, where the sultans and their courts and harem lived and governed, is now one of the world’s richest museums.

Next, we will visit the Spice Market which was built as part of the Yeni Cami complex and has since been an exciting covered market filled with the fragrant scent of spices from the Orient. After this visit, we will have lunch on own at one of the near-by restaurants, overlooking Golden Horn Bay, which separates the old city from the modern city center.

Further, we will embark on a public boat and start our cruise of the Bosporus Strait. The Bosporus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is about 20 miles long and varies between one-half and one and one half miles wide. This boat ride takes you past the late Ottoman Palaces, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as beautiful wooden mansions and modern villas of the 19th & 20th centuries which form this elegant section of the city
After the cruise we will transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight = Istanbul
Meals = Breakfast

Day 4 – Istanbul & Cappadocia
This morning after breakfast you will check-out and transfer to Istanbul Airport where you will board your flight to Kayseri for Cappadocia.
Upon arrival, meet with your local guide and start to discover the wonders of Cappadocia. On your way to the hotel you will visit Goreme Open-air Museum and Uchisar Fortress.

Goreme: The open air museum of Goreme consist of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from the second half of the 9C and afterwards.

Uchisar Fortress: Uchisar is the name of a town and the fortress in the town. This 60 meter-high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocia formations.

After these visits, you will arrive to our hotel, which is going to be your home for the next two nights. After check-in, spend some time at leisure. In the evening you can choose to join an optional program.
Overnight = Cappadocia
Meals = Breakfast

Day 5 – Cappadocia
After breakfast we will start a full-day sightseeing tour of Cappadocia. The biblical realm of Cappadocia is a wonderland of unusual geographic formations sprinkled with green vineyards, fruit orchards and frescoed churches. Wind and rain have eroded the brittle volcanic rock and formed rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colors that range from warm reds and gold to cool greens and grays

We will visit the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Pasabag as well as the Avanos hand-craft center. During our tour we will have lunch on our own at a local village.

Derinkuyu: Remarkable underground city of Derinkuyu. Beginning in the second century AD, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, the resident of Cappadocia created uniquely defensible communities by digging approximately eight stories down into the volcanic tufa stone.

Pasabag: These nature sites are the perfect places to take photos of a remarkable landscape of tufa cones.
Avanos is a small town famous for its pottery and carpets. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Halys) River, the longest river originating and ending within the borders of Turkey. At this handi-craft center, you will be able to learn all about these regional crafts. You may also be able to see demonstrations performed by local craftsmen.
Return to the hotel in the early evening and have time at leisure.
Overnight = Cappadocia
Meals = Breakfast

Day 6 – Cappadocia & Istanbul
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Kayseri airport for Istanbul flight. Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free.
Overnight = Istanbul
Meals = Breakfast

Day 7 – The end of the service
After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight home.
Meals = Breakfast

Price of the package includes:
Accommodation in hotels :
Istanbul (4 nights in Istanbul)
Cappadocia (2 nights in Cappadocia)
Domestic flights within our program itinerary (Istanbul-Kayseri, Kayseri-Istanbul)
5 Meals: 6 breakfasts
Services of a professional tour guide
Modern, A/C, comfortable vans for land transportation
Admission fees to sights and museums
Parking, portage,ferry, toll road
Gratuity (except guide & driver)

Price of the package excludes:
Airfare of international flights and related taxes
Bottled beverages or alcohol
Optional gratuities to trip leaders, drivers
Travel insurance
Visas, laundry, and personal items

Samyeli Travel | ANZAC Tours - Ephesus Tours - Turkey Tours Starts: Istanbul Finish: Kusadasi Duration: 7 Days – 6 Nights Places Visited: Istanbul & Cappadocia Day 1 – Arrival in Istanbul Arrive at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. Meet your guide and transfer to the hotel. Upon arrival enjoy a welcome briefing and orientation walking tour of the hotel area. Your guide will lead you through Taksim area and show you near-by restaurants, gift shops and the like. The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight = Istanbul Day 2 – Istanbul After breakfast at the hotel, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Old City. The tour includes major historical sites of the city: the ancient Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. Hippodrome: The ancient Hippodrome, an enormous public entertainment arena that once seated as many as 100,000 zealous fans witnessing chariot races, executions, and mock battles. Once the center of Byzantine civic life, it is still decorated by the Egyptian Obelisk, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Blue Mosque: With its massive central dome flanked by six slender minarets, the Blue Mosque stands as the single most recognizable monument on the Istanbul skyline. Built between 1609 and 1616, during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I, the enormous complex also included a hospital, caravansary, public kitchen, marketplace, schools and the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet I. The mosque’s immense interior, flooded with sunlight streaming through 260 windows, is decorated with more than 20,000 precious Iznik tiles detailing traditional flowers of Ottoman design. In fact, it is the deep blue glow of the tiles in sunlight that gives the building its name. Hagia Sophia: This famous basilica was constructed in the 6th century A.D. It is often described as the greatest work of Byzantine architecture. Once the Church of Holy Wisdom, Christendom’s crowning glory, and now a museum, the church once glittered with mosaics, and art treasures filled every corner. Today, Hagia Sophia is the fourth largest building constructed as a church in the world. It was dedicated to Hagia Sophia which means Divine Wisdom, an attribute of Christ. After this visit we will stop for the lunch on own at one of Sultanahmet’s restaurants, and then continue to Basilica Cistern. Basilica Cistern or Underground Palace: Istanbul was one of the most often besieged cities in the world and has always needed permanent water supplies. As a result, many underground cisterns were built during the Byzantine Empire. Water was brought to these big reservoirs from far away sources through aqueducts. The largest and most ornate of these cisterns is Yerebatan Sarayi. In its construction, columns and capitals of earlier temples were used and this provides a very decorative appearance. Grand Bazaar: The area of the Grand Bazaar was a trade center during the Byzantine period. Two bedestens (domed masonry structures) were built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror to enrich the economic life in the city. Later on as people needed more places for trade, they added other buildings outside these structures. Today, the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar is very interesting and has consequently become a very popular place for visitors to explore a labyrinth of streets and passages housing eighteen entrances and more than 4,000 shops. In late afternoon, return to the hotel for some time at leisure. Overnight = Istanbul Meals = Breakfast Day 3 – Istanbul After breakfast at the hotel, meet with your guide and depart for a full-day sightseeing tour featuring Topkapi Palace Complex, the Spice Market, and Bosporus Cruise by public boat, passing by authentic city quarters located on both Asian and European shores of the Bosporus Strait. Topkapi Palace Museum: Topkapi was the second palace built in Istanbul after the conquest. It was a residence for the Ottoman Sultans and includes a maze of opulent buildings which were at the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. This palace, where the sultans and their courts and harem lived and governed, is now one of the world’s richest museums. Next, we will visit the Spice Market which was built as part of the Yeni Cami complex and has since been an exciting covered market filled with the fragrant scent of spices from the Orient. After this visit, we will have lunch on own at one of the near-by restaurants, overlooking Golden Horn Bay, which separates the old city from the modern city center. Further, we will embark on a public boat and start our cruise of the Bosporus Strait. The Bosporus is a narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is about 20 miles long and varies between one-half and one and one half miles wide. This boat ride takes you past the late Ottoman Palaces, Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as beautiful wooden mansions and modern villas of the 19th & 20th centuries which form this elegant section of the city After the cruise we will transfer to the hotel for an evening at leisure Overnight = Istanbul Meals = Breakfast Day 4 – Istanbul & Cappadocia This morning after breakfast you will check-out and transfer to Istanbul Airport where you will board your flight to Kayseri for Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet with your local guide and start to discover the wonders of Cappadocia. On your way to the hotel you will visit Goreme Open-air Museum and Uchisar Fortress. Goreme: The open air museum of Goreme consist of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from the second half of the 9C and afterwards. Uchisar Fortress: Uchisar is the name of a town and the fortress in the town. This 60 meter-high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocia formations. After these visits, you will arrive to our hotel, which is going to be your home for the next two nights. After check-in, spend some time at leisure. In the evening you can choose to join an optional program. Overnight = Cappadocia Meals = Breakfast Day 5 – Cappadocia After breakfast we will start a full-day sightseeing tour of Cappadocia. The biblical realm of Cappadocia is a wonderland of unusual geographic formations sprinkled with green vineyards, fruit orchards and frescoed churches. Wind and rain have eroded the brittle volcanic rock and formed rock cones, capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colors that range from warm reds and gold to cool greens and grays We will visit the underground cities of Derinkuyu and Pasabag as well as the Avanos hand-craft center. During our tour we will have lunch on our own at a local village. Derinkuyu: Remarkable underground city of Derinkuyu. Beginning in the second century AD, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, the resident of Cappadocia created uniquely defensible communities by digging approximately eight stories down into the volcanic tufa stone. Pasabag: These nature sites are the perfect places to take photos of a remarkable landscape of tufa cones. Avanos is a small town famous for its pottery and carpets. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Halys) River, the longest river originating and ending within the borders of Turkey. At this handi-craft center, you will be able to learn all about these regional crafts. You may also be able to see demonstrations performed by local craftsmen. Return to the hotel in the early evening and have time at leisure. Overnight = Cappadocia Meals = Breakfast Day 6 – Cappadocia & Istanbul After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Kayseri airport for Istanbul flight. Arrive at Istanbul Airport and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free. Overnight = Istanbul Meals = Breakfast Day 7 – The end of the service After breakfast at the hotel transfer to Istanbul Airport for flight home. Meals = Breakfast Price of the package includes: Accommodation in hotels : Istanbul (4 nights in Istanbul) Cappadocia (2 nights in Cappadocia) Domestic flights within our program itinerary (Istanbul-Kayseri, Kayseri-Istanbul) 5 Meals: 6 breakfasts Services of a professional tour guide Modern, A/C, comfortable vans for land transportation Admission fees to sights and museums Parking, portage,ferry, toll road Gratuity (except guide & driver) Price of the package excludes: Airfare of international flights and related taxes Bottled beverages or alcohol Optional gratuities to trip leaders, drivers Travel insurance Visas, laundry, and personal items Samyeli Travel | ANZAC Tours - Ephesus Tours - Turkey Tours

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