Welcome to Turkey! Arrive in istanbul,at crossroad of Europe and Asia, and transfer to your hotel . The rest of day is at leisure for you to rest,relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Overnight in Istanbul
Day 2 Highlights of Istanbul
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 09:00 to begin your walking tour in the capital of three great empires. Your tour begins at the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is famous for its collections of treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. You will chase the memories of the sultans and the Ottoman Empire through 400 years of the most glorious victories, happiest moments, and mournful days.(The Harem is not include the itinerary since it is mainly under restoration)
From Topkapi Palace you walk to Hagia Sophia via a cobblestone road filled with old Ottoman houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, welcomes you with its legends and mosaics. You will have a chance to touch the history of this church, a main attraction of the city since its construction.
After lunch you will walk toAfter lunch you will walk to and visit HIPODROME: The former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. You will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, Serpentine Column from Delphi and fountain of Willhelm II and visit the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahment Mosque. One of the biggest mosques and principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline, the Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century. Once inside the mosque, blue Iznik tiles and stained glass will surround you.The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
The final stop will be the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will provide the history of the Bazaar as well as some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4000 shops. Your tour will end at approximately 17:00
Day 3 Continents Tour
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 09:00. The first stop of the day will be the Rustempasa Mosque noted for its interior covered with some of the most exquisite Iznik faience tiles ever produced. You will next travel to the Spice Market known for its dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts, seeds, and the well-known family of confections, Turkish Delight. While known for its vast selection of edibles, jewelry and other goods can be found as well.
After leaving the Spice Market you will board a boat to travel across the Bosphorus, one of the world's best-known natural straits. Traveling from the European side to the Asian side of the strait, you will visit Camlica Hill to take in the panoramic view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. You will then have lunch at a local restaurant where you can sample classic Turkish cuisine.
Following lunch you will travel over the Bosphorus Bridge, with its famous "Welcome to Europe" sign, along with the unique opportunity to step from one continent to another.
The remainder of the afternoon will be spent visiting picturesque Ortakoy where you can relax with a Turkish coffee before your guided 1.2 kilometer walk of the Istiklal pedestrian street. Istiklal, known for its local hangouts and nightlife is where your tour will conclude at 1700 with your guide returning you to your hotel.
Day 4 Istanbul- Cappadocia
Take the morning flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Arrival and meeting at the airport just outside the arrival gate with a sign bearing your name and transfer to Cappadocia. Catalkaya (tree beauty) Visiting the symbolic fairy chimneys of cappadocia. Continue with Red valley and Rose valley.The hiking in Red valley with your local tour guide (wonderful rock formations,pigeon houses,natural tunels,churches. Visiting Cavusin village to see cave and stone houses where abondened in 1952.Lunch at specific local dishes.Tour to Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia.This underground has 8 floor but 4 floor open to visitors. continue with Pegeon valley, pigeon houses and colorful rock formation. After the tour drive to your hotel.Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 Cappadocia – Istanbul
Meeting at the hotel reception at 09:00am. After breakfast, first meeting with the lunar landscape of Cappadocia: rock formations beyond belief in Devrent valley; walking in Pasabag near Zelve; "fairy chimneys" where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies". Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). Continue to Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Transfer to airport to take the evening flight to Istanbul and leave Cappadocia.
Hot Air ballooning with sunrise (extra)
Price: 1050 EUR per poerson for party of 2, 900 EUR per person for party of 4, 850 EUR per person for party of 6,
Price include: Professional licenced guide, enter fees to mentiıned sites, Deluxe van with driver, domestic flights, Accomondation with breakfast in mentiıoned hotels,domestic flights, all mentioned transfers and local taxes.
What is extra: Meal, hot air ballon ride and personall expenses!