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Istanbul & Cappadocia Tours By Bus (6 Days)

Tour Code : ITT-4511
Tour Style : Small Group Tour
Duration : 6 Days - 5 Nights
Departures : All year round, Guarantee Departure
Highlights : Istanbul - Cappadocia


Istanbul & Cappadocia Tours By Bus (6 Days)

TOUR ITINERARY

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN ISTANBUL & TRANSFER TO HOTEL

Upon your arrival at Istanbul airport our transferman will be ready to meet and transfer you to your hotel. Time at leisure, stay overnight in Istanbul.

DAY 2 - BYZANTINE & OTTOMAN RELICS TOUR
08:30
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Old City. In this day you will be able to see:

HAGIA SOPHIA: Byzantium largest cathedral, converted to mosque 1453 by the Ottoman Empire and today open as a museum to see both religion remains.

BLUE MOSQUE: This mosque complex, containing Istanbul's only mosque with six minarets was built by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga for Sultan Ahmed 1st. early 17th century.

HIPPODROME: Center of sport activities and political events of the Eastern Roman Empire.

GRAND BAZAAR: Famous shopping center worldwide. Shopping possibilities for carpet, jewellery, leather etc

TOPKAPI PALACE: Built between 1475 and 1478 by Mehmet II, Fatih, the conqueror of Istanbul, served as the residence of the sultan and administrative seat of the Ottoman Empire for 400 years.

17:00 After the tour, you will be transfered back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 3 - BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS TOUR
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
08:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of Two Continents. In this day you will be able to see:

SPICE BAZAAR: Mystical smells of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, flowers, caviar and dry fish etc...

BOSPHORUS BY BOAT: On the waterway separating the two continents, Asia and Europe. Opportunity to take photographs of marble palaces and ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture, besides modern residences and luxurious apartments.

BOSPHORUS BRIDGE: Unique chance to go from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) in two minutes.

BEYLERBEYI PALACE: The summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent gardens with the harem on the Asian side.

CAMLICA HILL: Offers a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the highest point of the city.

After the tour transfer back to hotel.
19:00 Pick up from your hotel & transfer to bus station.
20:30 Depart from Istanbul. Bus trip takes around 10 hours. There are three breaks on the way for your personal needs.
(Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 4 - NORTH CAPPADOCIA TOUR
07:30
Arrive Cappadocia. Met on arrival & transfer to hotel. You will have some time to relax and fresh up.


09:30
You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of North Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
DEVRENT VALLEY : Devrent is situated on the northern slopes of Aktepe, 1km from Pasabaglari (Monks’ Valley) and 5 km from Avanos. The ruins at Devrent are spread over three valleys, which also house several pointed fairy chimneys with large stems.

MONKS VALLEY : The best place to see three-headed fairy chimneys. Pasabag, the Pasha's Vineyard, is surrounded by incredible natural rock formations; a spectacular scene.

AVANOS : A center of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC, it is a town where you will be invited to visit a traditional pottery workshop, which is possibly set deep into the hillsides. The clay, which comes from the Red River passing through the town, gives life both to the land and to the local economy.

GOREME OPEN AIR MUSEUM : Goreme was an important Christian centre in the early years of the Middle Ages, was a bishopric administered by Mokissos near Aksaray in the 11th and 13th centuries. Despite the vast numer of monasteries, churches and chapels in the vicinity of Göreme, there are not many inscriptions bearing dates. For this reason, these religious buildings are mainly dated according to the iconography or architectural features.

UCHISAR : Uchisar is a troglodyte town situated right in the middle of Cappadocia. It is named after the enormous piece of rock in the center of the town, which was once used as a castle. This extraordinary rock is the highest peak of the area with the view of whole Cappadocia and Erciyes (Argeus) Mountain.

After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel at around 18:00. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 5 - SOUTH CAPPADOCIA TOUR
Breakfast & check out the hotel.
09:30 You will be picked up from your hotel for Full day tour of South Cappadocia. In this day you will be able to see:
KIZILCUKUR :  is an isolated valley behind Urgup. It has beautiful rock formation with some great hidden rock-carved churches. The most interesting part of this area is the countless tracks connecting the small villages and towns through vineyards and gardens like a spider net. It is always possible to see villagers working in the area and offering grapes, apples or apricots to you.

CAVUSIN : One of the oldest settlements in the area, Cavusin is situated 2km from Goreme, on the Göreme-Avanos road. The Church of St.John the Baptist offers a panoramic view of the village. This church and its paintigs date back to the 5th century, making the oldest church in the region. It had a large courtyard which is unusual for Cappadocia, this has been eroded away however.

HOSPITAL MONASTRY : One of the oldest monastries in Cappadocia.

KAYMAKLI : Kaymakli and Derinkuyu underground cities are the two largest and deepest of the 40 others in Cappadocia. They both have eight floors, although not all are open to the public.

PIGEON HOUSE : Visit the pigeon houses and rock formations.

After the tour, transfer to bus station.
20:00 Depart from Cappadocia for Istanbul by bus. (Included meals: Breakfast & Lunch)

DAY 6 - ARRIVE TO ISTANBUL
07:30
Arrive in Istanbul. Met on arrival & Transfer to airport. End of tour and services. (If you would like, you can extend your trip by adding extra nights in Istanbul, please advise.
(Included meals: Breakfast)

Optional add-ons at extra charge: Highly Recommended in Cappadocia: Join hot-air balloon ride; cost per person Eur 130.00 – Enloy whirling dervish show; cost per person EUR 40.00

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What's Included

• Arrival, departure airport transfers and ground transportation.
• Overnight intercity coach ticket (Istanbul to Cappadocia to Istanbul).
• 2 night in Istanbul at 4 star or Boutique hotels including breakfast.
• 1 night in Cappadocia at Cave hotel including breakfast.
• 2 Full Day Tour of Istanbul with lunch.
• 2 Full Day Tour of Cappadocia with lunch.
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coaches on local tours.
• Professional English Speaking Guide.
• Entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
• Services charges and local taxes

Not Included:
Drinks, tips to guide, driver and personal expenses and optional tours.

HOTELS

Istanbul : Yusuf Pasa Konagi http://www.yusufpasakonagi.com/  or Q-inn Hotel OldCity http://www.qinnhoteloldcity.com/
Cappadocia :
Dedeli Konak Hotel http://www.dedelikonak.com or Peri cave Hotel http://www.pericavehotel.com/

PRICES

 Email us for our special discounted prices for 2011

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