5 DAYS TASTE OF TURKEY TOUR
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day Meet at the airport, transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
There are two airports in Istanbul. Istanbul Ataturk airport is 20 km away from city center and Sabiha Gokcen airport is 55 km away from city center. Transfer from Ataturk airport to your hotel is included, if you arrive to Sabiha Gokcen airport please contact us for transfer rates.
Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour Pick up at 08:30am from your hotel for the a day tour of old Istanbul city.
Visit to TOPKAPI PALACE The great palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining relics of the Prophet Mohammed. SULTANAHMET IMPERIAL MOSQUE Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the BLUE MOSQUE because of its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. HIPPODROME Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and the Column of Constantine. Lunch break at 13:00pm after the lunch Murtis Tour will then take you to the GRAND COVERED BAZAAR In this labyrinth of streets and passages are more than 4,000 shops with each trade having its own area: the goldsmiths'' street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts and crafts, such as hand painted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware and meerschaum pipes. After the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
-June 15th-17th, August 21st-24th and October 29th - Official Holidays and Religious Festivals: GRAND BAZAAR and SPICE MARKET will be closed.
-June 15th and August 21st - Religious Festivals: All MUSEUMS* and PALACES* will be closed in the morning, until 13:00. *Archeological Museum, Underground Cistern, Chora Church, Mosaic Museum, Rumeli Fortress, St. Sophia Museum, Topkapı Palace, Turkish Islamic Art Museum, Dolmabahçe Palace and Beylerbeyi Palace
-Fridays: All MOSQUES* will be closed in the morning, until 14:30. *Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye Mosque and New Mosque.
-The covered section of Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays as well as on 29th October and religious festivities. Bazaar visits on Sunday consists of outside shops and might be replaced with Grand Spice Market, if necessary.
-Blue Mosque may not be open to visitors during month of Ramadan and if so, will be replaced with another historical Mosque. (16.05-14.06.2016 - Month of Ramadan, 15-17.06.2018 - Festival Period of Ramadan, 21-24.08.2018 - Festival Period of Sacrifice)
-The Harem section in Topkapı Palace is not included in the tour. Some sections in the palace may be temporarily under renovation and close to public. The Gallery section of St. Sophia is not included in the tour.
-St. Sophia Museum is closed on Mondays, Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays and The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sundays.
Day 3 - Istanbul Bosporus Cruise and Istanbul to Cappadocia After breakfast depart for Bosporus Cruise tour. Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosporus Boat Cruise and Grand Spice Bazaar. Tour starting at 08:30. Enjoy the array of sites you can see from the boat including: GRAND SPICE BAZAAR. BOSPHORUS BY BOAT a traditional excursion by boat along the waterway separating Europe and Asia. Lunch break at the Turkish restaurant. After the lunch depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia.
- The boat trip is operated depending on weather conditions. The local cruise boats are with standard conditions and should not be considered of high quality deluxe boats, but rather daily operational boats to introduce you the Bosphorus. Drinks are available on the boat at an extra charge.
Day 4 - Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum You will be picked up approximately 09:30 We will drive you to Derinkuyu underground city, one of the best preserved and deepest Underground cities in Cappadocia. Derinkuyu Underground city is 55 meters deep and 8 levels open to visitors, then visit to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you visit Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. Next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses. After Cavusin you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you visit a pottery work shop, to see how to make potteries. Then you go Pasabagi where you can see three - headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi you visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. Next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. Last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end approximately 18:00 and you will be returned back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 - Cappadocia to Istanbul - End of Tour After breakfast you will have free time in Cappadocia. Today we depart for Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul and then back to home.
5 DAYS TASTE OF TURKEY TOUR Photos
All airport transfer services mentioned inside the itineraryArrival airport transfer to Kayseri / Nevsehir airportDomestic flight from Istanbul to CappadociaDomestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul2 nights’ hotel in Istanbul2 nights’ hotel in Cappadocia4 open buffet breakfasts 3 lunches 4 dinnersGuided Istanbul city tourGuided Istanbul Bosporus CruiseGuided Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air MuseumAll entrance fees mentioned in the itineraryTransportation in a fully air - conditioned, non - smoking coachProfessional English - speaking tour guidesReturn airport transferLocal taxes
Tour Not Includes
International flightsInsurance: All typesTurkey entry visaItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundryAny others expenses which are not mentioned at the included section
If you are looking for something special and extraordinary then look no further. Enjoy first class service and guided transportation through the historical and picturesque sites of Istanbul and the underground cities of Cappadocia. This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. There are no long bus rides just domestic flights getting you to your destination comfortable and relaxed.