Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul (-)
Today is the first day of your time travelling tour, on your first day you will arrive in to the city of Istanbul where you will then be transferred to your hotel for your first overnight so you can get well rested for your day of exploring tomorrow..
Day 2 – Byzantine & Ottoman Relics Tour, Overnight in Istanbul
Today is your first day of exploring into the history that Istanbul has hiding away, and shall come to a start by you been picked up from your hotel at 08:30am where we will go on to visit St. Hagia Sophia. Hagia Sophia is one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and is of great artistic value with its decorated interior been made up with mosaics and marble pillars. The actual temple itself was so richly and artistically decorated that Justinian proclaimed “Solomon, I have outdone thee “ Justinian himself had overseen the completion of the greatest cathedral ever built up to that time, and it was to remain the largest cathedral for 1,000 years more up until the completion of the cathedral in Seville in Spain. Just across from St. Sophia is the Blue Mosque (May be replaced with another mosque), which is most recognizable from its six minarets, the mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I had decorated the inside with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue colour and because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles is how the mosque came to be called ‘ Blue Mosque’. After we will head on to see the Ancient Hippodrome, here was scene of the all chariot races that took place, and also houses the three famously known monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Our journey will continue on to Topkapi Palace, this great palace was home of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th – 19th centuries and is host to an exquisite collection of cyrstal,silver, and Chinese porcelain, also the robes to which were worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, and the Holy Mantle; with enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. To conclude your first day of touring we will take a short drive to the exotic Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sundays and at Feast days), it is one of oldest/largest covered markets in the world with having upto 61 covered streets and more than 3,000 shops for you to delve into. Your first days tour will come to an end at around 17:00, where you will then take the transfer back to your hotel for the evening and get well rested for tomorrow which will be the 2nd part of your Istanbul tour. (breakfast and Lunch Included)
Day 3 - Istanbul/Cappadocia – Cappadocia Tour 1 (breakfast-lunch)
Pick-up from your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri . Arrive in Kayseri or Nevsehir airport and transfer to Cappadocia for your tour. Visit Devrent Valley was under the water 20 million years ago, it rose up above the water after volcanic eruptions. After years and years, the rocks formed in a variety of different shapes. Then we will go to Pasabagi, also named Monks Valley (Rahipler Vadisi), you can see some special housing and living area here which are also only can be found in this area. After lunch in Avanos, we will visit Goreme Open-Air Museum. Then we will continue to Esentepe where you can see the panoramic view of Goreme valley and Goreme village with fairy chimneys, different rock formations and cave houses. Finally, we will visit the natural rock castle in Uchisar, many rooms connected to anothers with stairs, tunnels or passages. End of the tour transfer to your hotel at Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 4 - Cappadocia Tour 2 / Overnight bus to Antalya (8 hours drive) (breakfast-lunch)
After breakfast check out from the hotel, depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock- cut churches and walk 4-5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavus village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch drive to the Pigeon valley. In the afternoon visitKaymakli underground city where early Christians lived in fear and faith. Transfer back to the hotel around 5:00 pm. at the endtransfer to the bus station for overnight bus to Antalya.
Optional tour : Hot air Ballooning : per person 119.Euros (Not available for under 6 years old). Last minute bookings may not be available. No show release date : 3 days
Day 5 - Antalya Tour, Overnight in Antalya (Lunch)
As we arrive into Antalya we will firstly transfer you to your hotel so you can freshen up before we start our day of exploring Antalya’s treasures (If the rooms are not available you can use the general facilies of the hotel). The tour will begin by a pick from your hotel at 08:15am, where we will make our first visit of the day to Perge the ancient city to which we will see in great detail by it including visits to The Stadium, Roman Gate, Nymphaeum, Roman Bath, Hellenistic gate, Colonnaded Main Street and of course Agora. We will then stop for lunch (lunch included) on the Köprüpazari stream which is near to the Aspendos Theater after you have finished lunch our journey continues on to visit Aspendos Theater and the Historical Aquaducts. Once our tour around Perge is complete you will then be given free time to do some relaxation or shopping.
Day 6 - Flight to Istanbul (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport according to flight time to Istanbul. Meet at the port with the staff and transfer to the hotel. Overnight. Istanbul.
Day 7 - End of the services (Breakfast)
Transfer to the airport 3 hours before your international flight. end of the services.
REGULAR GROUP TOURS & SHOPPING POLICY : There will be visits to local shops (carpet, ceramic, pottery, leather etc) during regular group tours. In Turkey group tours will have up to 18 people. In Greece the number can reach 40.
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All mentioned transfers in the program (some regular, some private).
All mentioned tours in the program including transportation with air-conditioned buses,guidance (in English) and entrance fees (Regular local tours).
(You can ask for other language options for groups).
All meals as described in the itinerary as B Breakfast, L Lunch.
All local taxes.
Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia / Antalya to Istanbul.
Bus ticket from Cappadocia to Antalya.
6 nights accommodation in 3,4 or 5 star hotels according to your choice.
What’s Not Included
International flight tickets.
Drinks with meals (except the drinks served in breakfast).
Visa (if needed).
No extra hidden cost !