Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour

Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour

This 5 days tour covers the highlights of Istanbul and Cappadocia. If you want to explore both Istanbul and Cappadocia at a limited time, this tour is for you. This tour, which started in the capital of the Ottoman Empire in Istanbul, ends in Cappadocia with an unforgettable hot air balloon flight.

 

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Day 1 : Welcome to Istanbul

Upon your arrival to the Ataturk airport in Istanbul, BellaTurca Travel representative will welcome you with a sign bearing your name and then you will be transferred to your hotel and take a rest.

  • Overnight in İstanbul
Day 2 : Istanbul Old City Walking Tour

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will pick you up around 08:30

Hagia Sophia, once described as the greatest church in Christendom, is certainly a masterpiece with a synthesis of the Occident and the Orient. Built by Constantine the Great in 325 on the remains of a pagan temple. Rebuilt by Justinian and Theodora. In 1453, Mehmet the Conqueror added minarets to the huge, soaring dome and turned the former church into a mosque. The building controversially became a museum in 1935, but the interior retains its religious associations with the Christian mosaics and Muslim calligraphic disks adorning its walls and piers.

Blue Mosque has a special place among the various Ottoman buildings constructed in the Sultanahmet Square. Constructed by Sedefkar Mehmet Aga who took classical Ottoman architecture and the Hagia Sophia into consideration in designing and construction of the Blue Mosque and created an interior space which is more spacious, well lighted and airy than the others. It is known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

Hippodrome, a public park used in the days of the Byzantine Empire for ceremonies and sporting events (chariot races, athletics). Theodosius Obelisk, Serpentine Column, Column of Constantine and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating Hippodrome.

Grand Bazaar is the oldest and biggest closed bazaar of the world. It was founded in 1461. Like an enormous labyrinth, it is a spectacular and unique part of Istanbul with 60 streets and over 3600 stores. The Grand Bazaar offers a wide range of products from copper to glazed tiles, from marriage articles to ready wear, and from various handicrafts to all types of spice.  Western writers often mention the Grand Bazaar in their memories and travel journals.

Topkapı Palace, which had been the seat of government for the Ottoman Empire that ruled three continents for centuries, was constructed between the years of 1460 and 1478 during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II(The Conqueror). It was home to the sultans and their families until the reign of Sultan Abdülmecit. Therefore, it has a very rich collection of porcelains, robes, weapons, shields, armors, miniatures, Islamic calligraphic manuscripts as well as Ottoman treasures and jewellery.

Tour ends around 17:30

  • Overnight in İstanbul
  • Breakfast | Lunch
Day 3 : Dolmabahce Palace & Bosphorus Cruise Tour

After breakfast at hotel, your guide will pick you up around 08:30

Dolmabahce Palace, which was finished in 1855 during the era of Sultan Abdulmecid. Built by two Ottoman architects, Karabet and Nikogos Balyan. The glorious external and internal views of the palace reflect the trends of the period.

Lunch

Boat trip on the Bosphorus, an amazing cruise between the two continents, Europe and Asia. The Bosphorus that connects Black Sea with Marmara Sea and seperates Asia and Europe, is the apple of the World with its unique natural beauty. The Asian and European shores of the Bosphorus are embellished with beautiful waterside residences. You will have chance to see Rumeli Fortress and beautiful mansions of Bosphorus among the cruise.

Pierre Loti Hill, after French writer Pierre Loti had discovered this place it became mentioned as Pierre Loti Cafe. Since so many years, it is most important stop for lovers, for people who want to meet themselves and escape from the city breathing a spiritual peace.

Cable car, ride from the top of the hill to the Golden Horn by cable car.

Golden Horn, approximately 8 km long, narrow horn shape divides the European shore into two. Since it is a natural port, Byzantine and Ottoman Navies and those interested in commercial shipping gathered there. At sunset the water’s colour turns into gold and today the shores are surrounded by pleasant parks and walking paths.

City Walls, the old Istanbul peninsula is surrounded by the old walls like a triangle. The walls, with a lenght of around 22 km, date back to the 5th century during the Roman era.

 

Tour ends around 17:00

  • Overnight in İstanbul
  • Breakfast | Lunch
Day 4 : Flight to Cappadocia, North Cappadocia Tour

Early morning pick you up from hotel and transfer to airport for Cappadocia flight.

Upon your arrival to Cappadocia, BellaTurca Travel representative will welcome you with a sign bearing your name and then you will be transferred to tour office. After welcome drink start your excursion.

Our first stop is the fantastic view point of Uchisar Castle where you will receive information about the rich history of Cappadocia and the unique rock formations.

After the panoramic view point, we visit Goreme Open Air Museum. Your guide will explain the meanings of frescoes covering the walls of thousand-year-old cave churches as you explore this spectacular UNESCO World Heritage site.

Next, we will see a kick-wheel pottery demonstration and our guests are welcome to show their own talent about pottery.

We will have our lunch in Avanos with traditional Turkish foods. After lunch we will visit Pasabag Fairy Chimneys where is also commonly known as Monks Valley. You will have chance to see the famous mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys as well as St. Simeon’s monk cell carved into the rock.

Devrent Valley is well known as imagination valley where you can take fantastic pictures with animal-shaped rock formations.

Our last visit will be Turkish handmade carpet cooperative where you will be informed about process of handwoven kilims and double-knotted rugs from Turkey.

Tour ends around 17:00

  • Overnight in Cappadocia
  • Lunch
Day 5 : Hot Air Balloon Ride & South Cappadocia Tour

Sunrise Balloon Flight over lunar landscape of Cappadocia. After landing celebrate with champagne and back to hotel around 07:30 which will let you take a rest and have a breakfast till excursion’s pick-up time.

Your guide pick you up from hotel around 10:00 and then we will visit Goreme Panorama where you can see wonderful view of Goreme town with its spectacular cave houses.

Then, we will start our hike in the beautiful Red/Rose Valley which will take approximately 4 km and slightly more than one hour. We will see fairy-chimneys, local farms, pigeon houses and cave chapels. Your guide will give information about the history and the unique formations of Cappadocia during the hike. At the end of the hike we will have a quick stop at Cavusin Old Greek Village.

Then we will drive to Love Valley to take amazing pictures of pillar-shaped rock formations of Cappadocia

We will have our lunch with traditional Turkish foods. After lunch we will visit carved underground city which was used by early Christians as a shelter to hide themselves against their enemies.

Next, we will have a stop at the terrific view of Pigeon Valley where you will be informed about carved pigeon houses.

Our final stop will be Onyx factory where you will be informed about semi-precious volcanic stones of Turkey.

Tour ends around 17:00

Transfer to airport for your flight back to İstanbul.

Upon arrival we will drop you off to hotel or airport.

End of our services.

P.S. This tour is customizable like our other Turkey package tours. You can make your own decision about what to eat for dinners that is why we do not include dinners to the package. But if you want to take your dinners inside of the package we can revise it as well.

  • Breakfast | Lunch
 
Tour Type Group Size Price
Escorted Private Tour 2 people   945 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 3 people   800 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 4 people   725 € per person
Escorted Private Tour 5 people   675 € per person
Group Tour Max. 15 people   990 € per person

Included Services

Transportation with A/C Luxury vehicles
Domestic flight tickets
Airport transfers
Professional licensed guiding
Accommodations at boutique hotels or 4 and 5 Stars hotels
Breakfasts and lunches as shown on itinerary
Admission fees to museums and others sights.
All taxes

Excluded Services

Hot Air Balloon Flight
Dinners
All international flight tickets
Personal expenses
Tips (optional)
Personal travel insurance