From the 7 Hills of Istanbul to Central Anatolia
This combination tour takes you to two of the main attractions of Turkey - first in the bustling metropolis of Istanbul and then in the quiet and bizarre lunar landscape of Cappadocia. The metropolis of Istanbul, is not only the only city, which extends over two continents, it also has a historical background of about 2600 Years and thus one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. The Greeks called Byzantium, the Romans, the Ottomans and Constantinople Istanbul. 1600 Years served the city on the Bosporus as capital of three empires. Wherever one turns, one encounters historic artwork: Greek Ruins, Roman columns, Byzantine churches and Ottoman palaces. And when you walk through the narrow streets of the old town, one crosses mosque courtyards, where pigeons occur in swarms, or you can see seller, who hassle with their customers on the street. A delightful mix of city and oriental fairytale! Cappadocia thrilled with its bizarre landscape, which was formed in thousands of years in the volcanic region of Central Anatolia. The distinctive tuff formations, the artistic wealth of the rock-hewn churches and the beautiful setting of the villages dominate the landscape of Cappadocia. Long-span and short hikes through dense valleys burglary, precipitous gorges and deep-cut canyons with many Tuffgebilden enable every visitor into a fairytale world.
1. Day: Arrival in Istanbul . Greeting by the tour guide at the airport and transfer to hotel.
2. Day: Istanbul: Romans, Byzantines, Ottomans
After breakfast, our tour begins. First we will visit the Topkapı Palace.. . It is an extraordinary building which hosted the Ottoman Empire for 400 years and which had been founded on one of the seven hills of Istanbul; overlooking Bosporus, the Marmara Sea and the Golden Horn. . Then we will visit a place worth of seeing once in life, Hagia Sofia. It is a remarkable building which was built in the sixth century. : After having our lunch we will head for The Basilica Cistern which is one of the magnificent historical structures of Istanbul. Then we will see The Sultan Ahmet Mosque, which is also named The Blue Mosque. It was built in 17. century. 17. During a walk through the back alleys behind the Süleymaniye Mosque. In this square we will see the Ormeli Column, the Burmalı Column and the Dikili Stone. . Dependent upon the time, we will have free time in the Egyptian-Spice Bazaar. and 537, after dinner . arrival . to: arrival . the hotel for the overnight.. (BB)
3.Day: Istanbul: Bazaars and mosques
First we will visit the Süleymaniye Mosque, which Architect Sinan said that it was his foremanship work.. This modest building was built in the 16. century and it completely reflects Ottoman art. 16. During a walk through the back alleys behind the Süleymaniye Mosque. you can go to the Grand-Covered Bazaar,. the Egyptian bazaar, the Galata Bridge , and the Golden Horn. Then visit the Rustem Pasha Mosque, donated by the Grand Vizier and son Süleyman the Magnificent. The mosque is known for its beautiful Iznik tiles. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight.. (BB)
4. Day: Istanbul , the city on two continents
After breakfast we pass the Bosphorous Bridge and arrive to the Anatolian side. We will drink our tea or coffee on the Camlıca Hill by watching the fascinating Istanbul view. . Then we have a Bosporus tour by a boat. . We will see the old mansions, the palaces, the Bosporus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, connecting two continents. . Then we will visit the Eyüp Mosque in the Eyüp district and again in this region we will climb up the Pierre Loti hill by the ropeway and drink our tea or coffee by viewing the fascinating Istanbul landscape.. After our break, , we go to the airport and we fly to Kayseri..
Transfer to the hotel in Cappadocia, . Transfer zum Hotel in Kappadokien. Dinner and overnight for four nights. (HB)
5. Day: Cappadocia
After breakfast, we we will visit the Dervent Valley, also called the Dream Valley.. The shapes you see in this valley are completely related to your power of dream. You can take photos here.. Then we pass to Paşabağları, where you can see the beautiful capped fairy chimneys. We will visit the Goreme Open-Air-Museum, in which first Christian communities lived and in which there is Monasteries Community. Near Avanos we will have lunch and then we will have a panoramic trip around Avanos and the Kızılırmak River. We pass to the pottery workshop again in this area. . We will see how the mud removed from Kızılırmak turns into a work of art ın skilful hands., Then we visit the Onyx workshop. Onyx is a kind of marble which transmits light. You will see the variation of this material. Return to our hotel and dinner. After dinner we leave the hotel and we go to a place where is showed Turkish nights and folklore shows .Overnight at the hotel.. (HB)
6. Day: Cappadocia
First we go to the Ihlara Valley, in which there are various churches. We visit this beautiful valley which has 14 km length and 110 m depth, Then we go to the Derinkuyu Underground City, which is important for the Christian community. We will have lunch in this area. . Then we go to Mustafapaşa, whose old name was Sinasos. . You will have a nice walk in this town. . Return to our hotel, dinner and overnight.. (HB)
7. Day: Cappadocia (HB)
After breakfast, our tour begins for today. First we will visit the Akhal Teke Horse Farm. . We will go on safari with the Anatolian horses.. After a nice tour in this nature with the horses, we return to the farm., We will have our lunch here. . Then we will go to a few beautiful places to take photos. . The nature of the ground allowed here the development of the potteries and brickworks. With photo stops in Hunter, Pasha- Return to our hotel, dinner and overnight..
8. Day: Return from Kayseri to Istanbul. (BB)
Some points could be change depending on the weather conditions
all sightseeing and tours as per itinerary
Overnight in double room 4* Hotels
Daily meals as specified BB or HB
(B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
English speaking local guide from Istanbul / to Kayseri