Arrival in Turkey (Istanbul) and meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel.
Day-2: ISTANBUL (OLD CITY) - CAPPADOCIA
The tour starts with a visit to the ancient Hippodrome. The original building of the Hippodrome was built in the 3rd century A.D by Septimus Severus. The Hippodrome was the civil center for the people. In the Hippodrome, you may also see the Egyptian Obelisk (Dikilita˛), The Serpentine Column, The Constantine Column and the German Fountain of Wilhelm 2.
The tour continues with a visit to The Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Camisi). It was built by Sultan Ahmet I in the 17th century. Visitors are fascinated with its beautiful blue tiles.
This is followed by a visit to Topkapi Palace which was the second palace in Istanbul for the Ottoman sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries.
After lunch the tour continues with a visit to the St. (Hagia) Sophia which was built by the Emperor Justinian. It was the largest church in the world for many centuries and today it is the fourth largest. You will see its beautiful mosaics, exquisite samples of Byzantine art.
We will also visit the Underground Cistern which is the largest and most ornate cistern in Istanbul.
The tour continues with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. (You will have free time in Grand Bazaar to wonder through the vast maze and see the beautiful crafts.)
When we finish this segment, we will transfer to the airport for the flight to Cappadocia (Kayseri airport).
Upon arriving at the Kayseri airport, we will make the one hour trip to our hotel in the heart of Cappadocia.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day-3: CAPPADOCIA – Green Tour
After breakfast we start with a spectacular View over Goreme from Esentepe, here you will see a complete view of Goreme Valley and Village consisting of Fairy Chimneys, Rock formations and Cave Houses.
We continue our drive to the Derinkuyu Underground City, this City is one of the best preserved settlements in Cappadocia, the excavated depth is approximately 85m and as well as containing the usual Refectories, Church’s and Wineries it has a large room on the second floor that was a Missionary School with Study rooms.
Proceed to the Famous Ihlara Valley, The gorge is 16km long and both sides are lined with Rock carved Churches and Houses, our leisurely walk is 4km along the River deep in the Valley where you are free to explore the Hidden Churches.
At the end of the walk lunch is served at a quaint Restaurant in Belisirma Village on the River. On route back to Cappadocia we visit the Selime Monastery which was carved out of Rock by the Christian Monks in the 13th century, the size of this Church is truly astonishing.
We will stop briefly at Yaprakhisar Panoramic Point for another view of this great Monastery (This is also the spot where the famous Star wars Movie was shot)
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day-4: CAPPADOCIA - Red Tour
After breakfast in the hotel we will visit Devrent Valley to see the lunar landscape and different rock formations. We will walk in Paşabağ to see the highest fairy chimneys and the caves where the Christian monks secluded. Lunch in Avanos and a visit to a traditional pottery workshop for demonstration. In the afternoon we will visit Göreme Open Air museum and see the rock-cut churches and beautiful frescoes and paintings of 10th through 13th century.
After museum we will go to the Uchisar rock castle for the beautiful view of Cappadocia valleys. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Transfer to Kayseri airport for the flight to Istanbul and then to the hotel.
Day-5: ISTANBUL (BOSPHORUS CRUISE and DOLMABAHCE PALACE)
Today we will go to the Bosphorus. First, we will visit the Egyptian Spice Market. It was built in 1664 as part of the Yeni Cami complex. Today, you may buy spices and Turkish delight. The tour continues to the Galata Bridge and Golden Horn.
We will visit the incredible 19th century Dolmabahce Palace. The palace was built by Sultan Abdulmecid. It consists of 285 rooms and 46 halls that house approximately 600 paintings. We continue up the Bosporus and cross over to Asia, going up Camlica Hill for a view of Istanbul.
After lunch we will visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, with its well-organized archeological and ethnographical sections. The Bosphorus cruise (ferry) begins in the afternoon. Bosphorus is a narrow strait between Europe and Asia connecting the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. We pass by the Rumeli Fortress and you will enjoy crossing from continent to continent.
Overnight in Istanbul.
Transfer to the airport for your international flight and departure from Turkey.