Essence of Turkey: Istanbul & Cappadocia

Embark on a mesmerizing journey through the heart of Turkey with our 8-day Istanbul & Cappadocia Adventure Tour Package. Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of culture, history, and natural wonders as you explore two of the country’s most iconic destinations.

  • Dive into the rich tapestry of Turkish culture by exploring Istanbul’s historic sites like the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque.
  • The well-planned itinerary ensures smooth transitions between Istanbul and Cappadocia, maximizing the time spent exploring each destination.
  • Professional guidance throughout the trip
  • This combination ensures a well-rounded and fulfilling travel experience.
  • Summarizes Turkey’s harmonious blend of old-world charm and modern allure
Duration: 8 Days
Tour Type: Regular
Departure Days: Everyday
Starting Place: Istanbul
Ending Place: Istanbul
Transportation: +

ITINERARY

Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul

Upon landing at the airport in Istanbul, you will be greeted by us in the exit and we will transfer you to your hotel. Check into the hotel. Take some time to freshen up and rest after your journey. Staying overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2 - Day Trip for Istanbul Historical Highlights

08:30 – We will take you from your hotel and transfer you to the Old City area. One of the most important parts of the Old City is the Ancient Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square). It includes the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, German Fountain. You will be fully explained by your professional tour guide. Then we will visit the Hagia Sophia Museum and Blue Mosque. These historical structures are next to each other. After that, we will head to the Topkapi Palace, the former palace of Ottoman sultans, and explore its opulent rooms, treasury, and the Harem section. We will start to explore the Grand Bazaar. You will find out its labyrinthine streets filled with shops offering textiles, ceramics, spices, jewelry, and more.
The tour will end around 5 pm after visiting Grand Bazaar and we will transfer you to your hotel. Staying overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 - Half Day Trip from Bosphorus Cruise to Pierre Loti Hill

You will have breakfast and a free morning at the hotel.
Around 12:30, you will meet us at our meeting point for the tour. The tour will start around 13:00 and you will start your tour by taking a Bosphorus cruise. You will cruise along the strait, taking in iconic landmarks like the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ciragan Palace, and the historic waterfront mansions (yalıs). You will Enjoy the commentary about the historical significance of the sites.
Once the cruise is over, we will take you to the Pierre Loti Hill in Europe Side. You will reach the hilltop using the cable car for a panoramic view of the Golden Horn and Istanbul. You will relax in there for a while.
The day will be over around 5 pm and we will drive you to your hotel. Staying overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 - Fly to Cappadocia & Continue to relax in Cappadocia

You will have breakfast at the hotel.
According to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport and you will fly to Cappadocia from Istanbul.  (Please note that you can choose the flight timing so please let us know which time zone you would like to fly.)
Upon your arrival at Cappadocia airport, we will meet you at the exit of the airport and transfer you to the Cappadocia. Check into the hotel. Staying overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5 - Cappadocia Red Tour

Today you can have a balloon ride at sunrise as an optional activity. Please ask us about it.
09:30  – Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will be transferred to the first destination of the tour.

  • Our first destination will be Paşabağları (Monks Valley), it is famous for its mushroom-shaped rock formations.
  • We will head to Zelve Open Air Museum. The site has been inhabited since the prehistoric period, and over the centuries, it served as a monastic retreat for Christian monks.
  • After visiting the museum, we will see Devrent – Imagination Valley on the way to the Avanos. You will see resemblances to animals, mythical creatures, and other imaginative shapes in the rocks.
  • Once we arrive in Avanos, we will take a break for lunch and learn how to make traditional pottery.
  • After taking a break, we will continue to drive you to Uçhisar Castle to watch the breathtaking view. You will be amazed by the view from Uchisar Castle.

The tour is over around 5 pm. We will drive you back to your hotel. Staying overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 6 - Cappadocia Yellow Tour & Take a Plane back to Istanbul

09:30  – Your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will be transferred to the first destination of the tour.

  • The day will start with hiking in Red – Gulludere Valley. You’ll enjoy the scenic beauty of the valley, with its rose-colored rock formations and lush vegetation, and explore the rock-cut churches and frescoes that provide insights into the region’s history.
  • Our next destination will be Pigeon Valley and it’s famous for its pigeon houses. Pigeons were important for the locals for fertilizing the soil.
  • We will head to Underground City to see a network of tunnels, rooms, and chambers carved into the soft volcanic rock. The underground complex has multiple levels, and each level serves a specific purpose.
  • As a last destination, you will see Cavuşin Village. You will understand that the village is home to historic cave houses and churches carved into the soft tuff rock.

The day will be over around 5 pm and we will transfer you to the airport to fly to Istanbul.
You will fly to Istanbul on a late evening flight. Upon your arrival at the airport in Istanbul, we will welcome you and transfer you to the city center. Check into the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 7 - Free Day & Enjoying Evening Cruise

Today will be your free day until the evening. You can explore more sights in Istanbul for souvenirs or you can take a rest at your hotel.
19:30 / 20:00 – We will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you to the pier where the boat will depart. The boat sets sail along the Bosphorus Strait, providing panoramic views of Istanbul’s iconic landmarks on both the European and Asian sides. Tonight, you will be served dinner on the boat and you will have some entertainments which include traditional Turkish music, belly dancing, and folk dance shows.
Once the show and dinner ends, we will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 8 - End of the Wonderful Turkey Tour

Breakfast at the hotel and Check out from the hotel. According to your flight time, we will transfer you to the airport. We would like to see you at another time in the future!

INCLUSIONS

  • Domestic Flights to Cappadocia from/to Istanbul
  • Istanbul and Cappadocia group day tours
  • Mentioned meals
  • Accommodation in Cappadocia and Istanbul
  • All mentioned airport transfers on the destinations in the tour program
  • Guiding service on the tours
  • Land transportations for the tours by the touristic vehicles
  • Local taxes & service charges
  • Entrance fees for the sights in the program
  • Personal Expenses
  • Optional activities and tours in Cappadocia and Istanbul
  • Drinks at Lunches
  • Unmentioned meals in the itinerary
  • Pick- up from the hotel in Istanbul for the half-day tour

HOTELS

Hotel in Istanbul

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Olimpiyat Hotel info tripadvisor
Hali Hotel info tripadvisor
Sphendon Hotel Hotel info tripadvisor
Emine Sultan Hotel info tripadvisor
Otel Nanda Hotel info tripadvisor
Sultan Hamit Hotel info tripadvisor

Hotel in Cappadocia

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Heaven Cave Hotel info tripadvisor
Diamond Cappadocia Hotel info tripadvisor
Peace Stone Hotel info tripadvisor
Tibet Stone Hotel info tripadvisor
Nature Park Hotel info tripadvisor
The Cave House Hotel info tripadvisor
ShoeString House Hotel info tripadvisor
Perissia Hotel info tripadvisor
Arte Cave Hotel info tripadvisor

The price of the tour covers hotel accommodations as mentioned above or similar quality hotels.

Option 1: We can upgrade your hotel accommodation according to your request at an additional cost.

Option 2: If you would like to book your hotel, we can cut mentioned hotel price out. And, we can quote a new tour package price without the hotel.

You can book the tour directly online if the mentioned hotels are suitable for you. If not, please make a request.

ACTIVITIES

Option 1: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Flight
Cappadocia hot air balloon flight is the best activity to do in Cappadocia. Book a hot air balloon flight with the best price guarantee.
Option 2: Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon Watching Tour
You should join the Cappadocia hot air balloon watching tour if you want to take amazing pictures and if you have acrophobia.
Option 3: Cappadocia Turkish Night Show and Dinner
Have fun with the traditional Turkish Night Show in Cappadocia. You will have a delicious dinner and unlimited local alcohol.
Option 4: Cappadocia Horseback Riding Safari
Horseback safari is one of the best activities to do in Cappadocia. Firstly we teach you the basic rules, and then you can start exploring Cappadocia.
Option 5: Cappadocia ATV Quad Safari
If you want to explore Cappadocia region while riding ATV, this tour is the best option for you. Includes guiding, pick-up and drop-off.

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REMARKS

  • Certain pickup times for the day tours and transfers will be given at the time of booking.
  • The tours will be done with an English-speaking tour guide on each tour. Please request us for the other languages
  • The departure from Istanbul for Cappadocia is flexible so please inform us if you have a special request about the departure.
  • The order of the sights on the tours may change to avoid congestion.
  • You are kindly requested to present yourself at the pickup point 15 minutes before the pre-advised pickup time.
  • Comfortable shoes and a hat are recommended as shade is limited in the summertime.

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