Istanbul, Antalya & Cappadocia
8 Days 7 Nights
Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbor and beaches flanked by large hotels. It’s a gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. Remnants remain from Antalya’s time as a major Roman port. These include Hadrian’s Gate, built to honor the Roman emperor’s visit in 130 A.D and 2nd-century Hidirlik Tower, with harbor views.
Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notable sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers) and later used as refuges by early Christians. The 100m-deep Ihlara Canyon houses numerous rock-face churches.
Depart to Istanbul where upon arrival you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel. Check in the hotel & relax. This day will be spent on leisure. Overnight in Istanbul.
Full Day Istanbul Ottoman Relics And Byzantium Tour With Lunch
Post the breakfast, proceed to meeting point from where you will be taken to the tour. Your first stop will be Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya), is a UNESCO-listed museum that contains Ottoman and Byzantine works. From the Golden Age of Byzantine Empire, this once a Christian church is one of the most extraordinary buildings in the history of architecture. Next stop is Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world to survive to our day and also was the primary residence of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. Then, make a visit to the Blue Mosque with six minarets, which was built at the bequest of Sultan Ahmet I, and is one of the best preserved and most significant examples of Ottoman architecture.
Continue to Istanbul Hippodrome where chariot races were held. It was the center of Byzantium’s life for 1000 years and of Ottoman life for another 400 years. Stop by Caferaga Medresesi, a cultural organization that teaches and promotes traditional Turkish handicrafts. A small break for lunch in a local restaurant serving typical Turkish dishes will be served.
The last stop of your journey is the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world. Its numerous shops are bursting with everything you can imagine, from jewellery to silk clothing, and traditional copperware to exotic. Overnight in Istanbul.
Full Day Bosphorus Cruise And Two Continents Tour With Lunch
Post breakfast, proceed to discover the best of Istanbul on a full-day tour that covers the city by land and boat. Your small group travels by comfortable minibus around the city to see attractions including the Spice Bazaar, Rustem Pasha Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace and the vibrant Ortaköy district. You’ll also enjoy a relaxing sightseeing cruise on the Bosphorus River, have lunch with a view on Camlica Hill, and cross the Bosphorus Bridge — which links the continents of Europe and Asia. Hear informative commentary from your guide throughout the day. Check out the spices, fresh fish, flowers and more in the Spice Market. Admire the beauty of Rustem Pasha Mosque and Dolmabahce Palace, take in the cosmopolitan Ortaköy district, and admire waterfront sights from the Bosphorous River cruise, which passes Beylerbeyi Palace, Ciragan Palace, Rumeli Fortress and more Marvel at panoramic views of Istanbul from Camlica Hill. Overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, check out from hotel and meet our representative at hotel lobby, who will take you to airport for your further flight to Cappadocia. Cappadocia, a semi-arid region in central Turkey, is known for its distinctive “fairy chimneys,” tall, cone-shaped rock formations clustered in Monks Valley, Göreme and elsewhere. Other notable sites include Bronze Age homes carved into valley walls by troglodytes (cave dwellers). Upon arrival, our representative will drop you to Hotel. Check in and relax. Rest day is leisure. Later in the evening, dinner will be served in local restaurant. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, proceed to pick up point and start your South Cappadocia tour. On this full-day tour of Cappadocia you'll visit Derinkuyu Underground City, the largest excavated site of its kind in Turkey. At a depth of 85 meters the multi-level city could accommodate up to 20,000 people. Continue to the Ihlara Valley for a 4-kilometer trek. See cave churches from the 7th-11th centuries, most of which feature brightly coloured frescoes. Stop at Belisirma, a typical Anatolian village, to enjoy lunch and visit some of the churches open to tourists. Stop also in Selime town, known for its rock-cut churches and one of the largest rock-cut monasteries in Cappadocia. In Goreme, enjoy the beauty of Cappadocia’s lunar landscapes and the many-colored rock formations. Later in the night, enjoy your dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Antalya is a Turkish resort city with a yacht-filled Old Harbour and beaches flanked by large hotels. It's a gateway to Turkey's southern Mediterranean region, known as the Turquoise Coast for its blue waters. After breakfast at hotel, check out from hotel. Our representative will take you to the airport for your flight to Antalya. Upon arrival at airport, you will be picked by our representative who will drop you to the hotel. Check in and relax for the day. Later in the evening, enjoy your dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Antalya.
Full Day Antalya City & Waterfalls Tour With Lunch
After breakfast, proceed to Antalya City tour with waterfall. Drive by air-conditioned vehicle to the beautiful Düden Waterfalls. Marvel as the Lower Düden Falls cascade over the rocks and fall 40 meters into the Mediterranean Sea. Continue to the national park of Kurşunlu Waterfalls to see the water from a tributary of the Aksu River stream across the rocks and drop from the plateau into the lake. Get back to nature and soak up the surrounding flora and fauna. Next, go to Upper Düden Falls and discover a hidden cave where it’s possible to walk behind the waterfall. Enjoy lunch in the park as you listen to the sound of the falling water. End with a tour of Kaleiçi in the historic city center of Antalya. Admire the Ottoman-era architecture and remains of the Roman walls. Wander the narrow streets lined with stone and timber houses, and see the ruins of Hadrian’s Gate, built to commemorate a visit by the Roman emperor in 130 AD. After the tour, enjoy you dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Antalya.
End with a tour of Kaleiçi in the historic city center of Antalya. Admire the Ottoman-era architecture and remains of the Roman walls. Wander the narrow streets lined with stone and timber houses, and see the ruins of Hadrian’s Gate, built to commemorate a visit by the Roman emperor in 130 AD. After the tour, enjoy you dinner at local restaurant. Overnight in Antalya.
Costing: Per Person Sharing @ Usd 909
The above rates are inclusive of:
- 8 Days 7 Nights accommodation
- 7 Breakfast, 4 Lunch & 4 Dinner
- Full day Istanbul Ottoman Relics & Byzantium Tour
- Full day Bosphorus Cruise & Two Continents Tour
- Full day South Cappadocia Tour
- Full day Antalya City & Waterfall Tour
- All tours are on SIC Basis
- All required airport transfers are on private basis
- Istanbul-Cappadocia-Antalya-Istanbul Flight Tickets
The above rates are exclusive of:
- Flights from your destination to Istanbul
- Any other item not mentioned on the exclusive
03 nights’ accommodation in Grand Durmaz (4*) or similar one in Istanbul
02 nights’ accommodation in Best Western Khan Plus Hotel or similar one in Antalya.
02 nights’ accommodation in Ramada Cappadocia Hotel or similar one in Cappadocia.