Duration : 6 Day / 5 Night Region : Istanbul and Cappadocia Comments : This itinerary is specially for our guests who want the opportunity to visit the most exciting highlights of Istanbul and Cappadocia in a short time.
Day 1: Istanbul
Upon arrival, pick up at Airport and transfer to Hotel. Check in and free time at leisure, overnight stay Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Pick up from your Hotel to for the Icons tour Topkapi Palace Museum: Tour extensively the residence of the legendary Ottoman Sultans, now converted into a museum. It consists of several exhibition halls, including the porcelain section, the armory, the rooms devoted to holy relics and the Treasury, which houses an impressive display of royal jewels. The Harem section is included! Underground Cistern: Built by Justinian after 532, the Basilica Cistern stored water for the Great Palace and nearby buildings. Lost to memory, it was rediscovered by Petrus Gyllius, who came to Constantinople in search of Byzantine monuments. Sultanahmet Mosque/Blue Mosque: This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I between 1609 and 1616 and is located in the district of old Istanbul that is named after this Ottoman Sultan and it is distinguished by its six slender minarets. Roman Hippodrome and Monuments: The ancient Hippodrome was the center of Byzantine social life and the scene of fiercely competitive chariot races. It was located in the square that is now in front of the Blue Mosque and is still the site of ancient relics from its glory days. Hagia Sophia Museum: The Hagia Sophia that you can visit today was the primary church of Byzantine Constantinople and was built upon the site of two earlier churches that had been destroyed. Overnight Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul
Pick up from your Hotel for the Unique Istanbul tour Bosphorus Cruise: We will cruise on the Bosphorus to allow you the prime perspective from which to view the fine palaces, pavilions, Ottoman houses and seaside neighborhoods along the shores of this famous and historic waterway connecting the Black Sea and the Maramara Sea. Rumeli Fortress (From the sea): The largest fortification for the protection of Istanbul built by Sultan Mehmet II in 1451 before his conquest of the city. Cable Car to Pierre Loti: Enjoy the beautiful view from the cable car as you climb the hill to the cafe named for the famous French writer and naval officer, Louis Marie Julien Viaud a.k.a. Pierre Loti (1850 -1923), who wrote fiction based on his experiences in Istanbul. Rustem Pasha Mosque: This majestic and surprising little mosque was designed by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, for the Grand Vizier Rustem Pasha who had married Princess Mihrimah, one of the daughters of Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent. City Walls and Golden Horn by vehicle: As you will ride along the shores of the Marmara Sea with your driver and guide, you will follow a major portion of the city’s Byzantine walls and will continue to follow them when we turn inland from the sea. breached by its attackers. Saint Savior in Chora Church Museum: This delightful church was built in the 11th century just within the Theodosian Walls of Constantinople, as the city was known throughout the Byzantine era. Suleymaniye Mosque: This elegant mosque with its distinguishing four slender minarets was built on the order of Sultan Suleyman by the most famous of Ottoman architects, Mimar Sinan, between 1550 and 1558. Overnight Istanbul
Day 4: Cappadocia
Arrive in Cappadocia by early morning flight. Upon arrival start the day visiting Devrent Valley, also known as “Imagination Valley”, this is the most surreal-looking landscape. Your next stop will be Pashabagi called also the Monks Valley because Christian hermits chose to locate hermit cells and churches in these three-headed pinnacles symbolic of the Holy Trinity. Proceed to Avanos the pottery centre of Cappadocia, this village is set on the banks of the Red River. You can watch the potters at work using kick wheels.Continue to Göreme Open Air Museum the monastery settlement of early Christian monks. Here you can see the best preserved Byzantine cave wall paintings and frescos from the Iconoclastic period. day will end with Uchisar Castle. Overnight in Cave Hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia
Start the day with a walk in Red Valley, famous for its rocks capes, local culture and historical sites. At the end of your walk you will reach Cavusin Village. Here a spectacular rock castle that once housed everyone in the village is awaiting you. Continue driving to Kaymakli Underground City, one of the best preserved and most visited Underground Cities in Cappadocia. It contains all the usual rooms found in an underground city (stables, cellars, storage rooms, refectories, churches, wineries etc.) Continue to Pigeon Valley a spectacular view of old abandoned pigeon cots hollowed out of the caves. Overnight in a Cave Hotel
Day 6: Transfer to Airport for connecting flight home