Istanbul's strategic location has attracted many a marauding army over the centuries. The Greeks, Persians, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found littered across the city. While the incredible rock houses underground cities of Cappadocia; the region of Cappadocia in Central Turkey is home to one of the most spectacular landscapes in the world – deep valleys and soaring rock.
Welcome to Istanbul !!! "If one had to put a single glance to view the world, one should gaze on Constantinople", marveled Alphonse de Lamartine, the 19th century french writer and politician. Sixteen centuries as the legendary capital of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul has long entranced the civilized world. The sole city to span two continents, it physically and metaphorically bridges the cultures and philosophies of Europe & Asia. On arrival at Ataturk Airport our representative will transfer you to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to soak in the ambiance of this beautiful city. Overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.
Today after a delicious breakfast, enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents! Your tour includes Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Blue Mosque; a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Continue to St Sophia – the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then your tour will take you to Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Finally visit the Grand Bazaar, world famous shopping arcade with over 4,000 shops under one roof. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.
Today after a sumptious breakfast, check out from the hotel & depart for Cappadocia by taking an early domestic flight (on your own). On Arrival your tour guide will meet you at the airport and directly take you to visit Kaymakli Underground city, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. You will see the beautiful Pigeon Valley and rock formations that will not cease to amaze you. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Cappadocia
Today after a breakfast, full day tour in Cappadocia. Visit Goreme Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescos depicting various scenes from the Bible. Visit Pasabaglari (Monk’s Valley) to see the world famous fairy chimneys which have unique shape. Later you will visit Avanos, the very well known pottery and craft center since Hittite times. Enjoy hand made ceramics and fashion design jewelry. Dinner & Overnight stay at hotel in Cappadocia.
Today after breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to the airport for your onward Flight with sweet memories to share with your friends and families.