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ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA
Resident Special EA Citizen Special


From USD   1745* | from £ 0 1273.85*

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Istanbul, is a city packed in history, culture and beauty. Cappadoccia, a region in central Turkey famous for its fairytale scenery, cave dwellings, remarkable rock formations and, of course, the hundreds of hot air balloons that soar in the sky during sunrise each morning. Prepare to be wowed as you wander in this beautiful country full of enchanting stories throughout.

Day 1: Arrival Istanbul - Cappadocia (D)
Arrival in Istanbul. Take a connecting flight to Cappadocia. Arrival at the Nevsehir or Kayseri airport and meeting just outside the arrival’s gate with a sign bearing your name with your driver. Transfer to Cappadocia hotel. 

Day 2: Cappadocia (B.L.D) 
Optional Hot air ballooning over the charming landscape during sun rise is optional this morning time. 
We will start our day with a visit to  local Handmade Carpet Cooperative& Weawing School to see the oldest hand art of Turks. Visit Underground City is one of the thirty-six underground cities in Cappadocia, comprising low, narrow and sloping tunnels. It is very likely that these underground cities were built to withstand attack and could support large numbers of people and their domestic animals for extended periods of time. Uchisar Castle is situated at the highest point of Cappadocia.. Pigeon Valley, pigeon houses or Dove Codes, today, many of caves and small dove codes are used by farmers as pigeon houses to collect the droppings of pigeons which is an excellent natural fertilizer for the orchards and vineyards. Cappadocia is also the Land of the Hittites, a tribe mentioned in Genesis 23. Avanos Pottery Village, is a town set on the banks of Turkey’s longest river, the Kizilirmak or the Red River. It is famous for its fascinating pottery and carpets. Goreme Open Air Museum, it is set in the middle of a valley of rock cones and fairy chimneys. Goreme is one of those rare regions in the world with a spectacular surrealistic landscape of capped pinnacles and fretted ravines in colours that range from warm reds and golds to cool greens and greys. Finally, get a chance to view Turkish semi-precious Turkish turquoise (the name given by Marco Polo which means color of Turks).
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia Hotel

Day 3: Cappadocia-Bolu (B.L.D) 
After breakfast drive to Ankara the capital city of Turkey. En route stop at Salt Lake. Upon arrival to Ankara (ancent Ancyra-Angora) visit the Mouseleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk the founder of Turkish Republic at 1923. He was the national hero who led the Ottoman Army troops at some of the most bloody battles of WW1 and later he was the commander of  the Indepence War of Turkey at 1919 and became the first president until his death at the age of 57 on the 10th November 1938.Since then everybody and literally everything stops in Turkey at 09:05 AM on every 10th of November for 5 minutes to be able to commemorate this great leader and revolutioner. Continue to Bolu for dinner and overnight. 

Day 4: Bolu - Istanbul- (B,L) 
Pick-up from hotel after breakfast. Drive to Istanbul. Upon arrival to Istanbul we will  enjoy Bosphorus Cruise trip. Here, you will be able to soak in the sights and sounds of Turkey’s Asia and Europe sector as you cruise through this water channel that is the very beat of life in Istanbul.  
Visit Spice Market (Egyptian Market), this marketplace was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque complex, with rents from the shops going to support the upkeep of the mosque and its charitable activities. It was called the Egyptian Market because it was famous for selling goods shipped in from Cairo. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 5: Istanbul - Full Day Tour (B.L) 
Visit to Topkapi Palace, which was used by the Ottoman Sultans from the 15th to 19th centuries. We will also see the impressive collection of priceless jewels, crystal, silver and porcelain.(Entrance to the Harem is extra). After lunch break we will see the Blue Mosque, built for Sultan Ahmet I, which is a unique piece of architecture with its six minarets and features 20,000 beautiful Iznik tiles. Visit the ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius, Snake Pillar and German Fountain of Wilhelm II. Walk through the back streets of Old Istanbul and visit  The St. (Haghia) Sophia, which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest building in the world for over 1000 years. See its intricate mosaics and huge central dome. We will end the day with a visit to world famous Grand Bazaar which is one of the oldest and largest shopping markets. Overnight Istanbul. 

Day 6: Istanbul (B) 
After breakfast day at Leisure.

Day 7: Istanbul (B) 
After breakfast day at Leisure.

Day 8: Istanbul (B)
After breakfast day at Leisure until the designated time to meet at the hotel lobby.
Pick-up from hotel 4 hours before flight departure. 
Transfer to Airport to for your international flight and leave Turkey.

**Due to unforeseen circumstances, the sequence of itinerary may subject to changes without prior notice*

Includes:

  • Ac deluxe transportation with free Wi-Fi Access (Mercedes Vito, Sprinter or Volkswagen Crafter Minivan)
  • Breakfast (B), lunch (L), Dinner (D) 
  • Entrance fees, parking, local taxes and highway charges
  • Water during meals
  • Tips for portages in and out at hotels and tips for local restaurants

Excludes:

  • Gratuity to guide and driver (Minimum 6USD for guide + 4USD for driver suggested PP per day)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Visa Expenses if required
  • Portage services in the airport 
  • Any Free Pax
  • Domestic Flights
  • Hot Air Balloon Flight= 220 USD PP
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