Istanbul and Cappadocia Combined Package
Discover Istanbul, the city of two continents, was the capital of 3 different empires. Spend 3 nights in an elegantly renovated cave condo, explore the ancient underground cities where thousands of people once lived, Prepare to be enchanted by the marvelous blend of cultural history and natural wonder. Cave hotel accommodations, professional tour guides, domestic flight tickets, luxury transportation, lunches, and breakfasts provided. Don’t miss a lifetime experience.
Day 1: Istanbul City Highlights Tour (L)
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Hagia Sophia; was the largest building on earth barring the Egyptian Pyramids or the Great Wall of China. It was the religious center of the city during the Byzantine period. Next; Topkapi Palace; As well as being the imperial residence of the Sultan, the palace was also the seat of government for the ottoman empire. It housed the Ottoman sultans for nearly 400 years. Continue to with Hippodrome; Built by the Roman Emperor Septimus Severus in 203AD, during the Roman period hippodrome was the civil center for the people of the city where once 100,000 spectators could be held. Next, Blue Mosque; Built by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmet I in the year 1616, Blue mosque today is one of the most famous landmarks of the old city with its famous six minarets and magnificent dome. Next, Grand Bazaar; With 18 entrances and more than 4000 shops, is one of the greatest bazaars in the World. After the tour drives you to Istanbul Airport for your 1h 30min domestic flight to Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Hotel: Cappa Rossa Cave Suites or similar)
Remarks: Domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia is included.
Day 2: Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia (B, L)
According to your tour pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Explore Goreme Museum; consists of many rock-cut churches from the second half of 9C with beautiful colorful frescoes decorating the walls. Next; Devrent Valley; famous for its quirky animal-shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made by nature. There is even a rock pillar that looks like the Virgin Mary, holding Jesus Christ. Take in the unique lunar landscape of the valley and feel like you’re in another World. Next; Pasabagi which means: the Pacha’s vineyard. This site is also called Monks Valley. The hermitage of Simeon monks was here. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon (Simon) and a hermit’s shelter is built into one of the fairy chimneys with three heads. Pasabag valley contains some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. This style is unique even for Cappadocia and these fairy chimneys are named mushroom-shaped fairy chimneys.
Next Avanos; where you will enjoy typical Turkish Lunch and experience make Potter with local experts. Next, we continue to Goreme Panorama, which has one of the best panoramic views of the fairy chimneys. Next Uchisar the Naturel highest Rock Castle provides a magnificent panorama of the surrounding area. After the tour drives you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Hotel: Cappa Rossa Cave Suites or similar)
Day 3: Underground Cities of Cappadocia (B,L)
According to your pick-up time meet with your guide and start your full-day tour. Visit Rose and Red Valley; is an incredibly unique area of Cappadocia with sharp ridges, tinted in pink especially during sunset! the minerals in the sandstone have a pink tinge. This pink becomes more and more evident throughout the day, peaking at sunset when the sun glows directly onto the Rose Valley giving it that fine shade of pink so many people come to see. Next Cavusin; is surrounded by a valley, which becomes gradually wider, called Red Valley. The houses of the village were cut into massive rock formations. The village is famous for its rock-churches. Next; Pigeon Valley; earned its name from the countless man-made dovecotes (Pigeon Houses) that have been carved into the soft volcanic tuff. Pigeon Valley is one of the best spots for walking in the marvelous Cappadocia region.
Next; Underground Cities; once a place of refuge for 15000 Christians. These settlements were of enormous value to the development of Christianity as they provided shelter and worship and were in use until the end of 7C AD. Witness the ancient bedrooms, church, meeting hall, and food storage rooms in this eight-storey city connected by 30km of corridors and passageways. Tour continues with Ortahisar; famous for its friendly inhabitants, picturesque stone houses, narrow streets and lovely churches as well as the castle-like rock formation after which the town is named. After the tour drives you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia(Hotel: Cappa Rossa Cave Suites or similar)
Day 4: Flight to Istanbul (B)
According to your flight time drive to Kayseri airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul. End of our service.
Remarks: Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul is included.
Specification: Istanbul and Cappadocia Combined Package
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