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.Whereas the incredible rock houses and 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 Turkey, On arrival at Istanbul take a connecting flight to Cappadocia, semi arid region in central Turkey, full of other worldly natural sites, most notably the "fairy chimneys" . On arrival get transferred to the hotel. Evening free at leisure to soak in the ambiance of the city. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Cappadocia
After breakfast proceed for a full day tour to 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. Avanos, the famous pottery and craft center since Hittite times. Enjoy hand made ceramics. fashion design jewelry. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Cappadocia.
Today after breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed for a tour to Kaymakli underground city; even though the whole city has not been completely opened, and since only 4 floors have been uncovered. It is accepted as the widest underground city of Cappadocia, among the explored ones. The number of the storage rooms in such a small are supports the idea that a great number of people resided here. Archeologists think that this could have been up to 3500 people. Later board the domestic flight to Istanbul (on your own cost) . Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.
After breakfast enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul that includes Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletics 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. Later St. Sophia- the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years. Visit Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Finally the Grand Bazaar, world famous shopping arcade with over 4,000 shops under one roof. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.
After delicious breakfast proceed for the Spice Market, the last stop of Silk road where today still types for spices, Turkish delights, Turkish Coffee, herbal teas and souvenirs are offered. By this tour you will experience the Bosphorus Cruise by public boat, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. At both sides house the Imperial palaces, kiosks, pavilions, gardens and today's million dollars of mansions will be seen. Dinner & overnight stay at hotel in Istanbul.
After breakfast check out from the hotel say good - bye to your new friends and proceed towards Ataturk Airport to board your flight with sweet memories.