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As an itinerary designer at Precise Tours we believe travelling means freedom and all of our guests must to have flexibility with the tours they book with us. So, we desinged the Best Of Istanbul and Cappadocia Tour itinerary to offer flexibility of choosing a hotel suit your budget, a guide speaking your language and transportation via your favorite vehicle. No waiting, prices update instantly based on the options and quantity selected..
A guide from Precise Tours will be ready at airport before your arrival in Istanbul and transfer you to the hotel you've booked with this travel package. After checking into your hotel, you're free to explore the city, shop or relax. Overnight.
DAY 2: Full Day Tour to Old City Sultanahmet and Historic Attractions
Early morning meet up at your hotel lobby and go for the basic highlights of the old city, in historic peninsula of Sultanahmet. The first of the seven hills on the promontory has been the most important and dynamic part of the city in all ages. The place where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. Guided visit to to Sultanahmet Square, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Grand Covered Bazaar and then have a break for lunch in a charming restaurant. After lunch, we continue with the Topkapi Palace and Little Hagia Sophia Museum. The tour ends around 5.30pm with a transfer back to your hotel. Overnight.
DAY 3: Full Day Tour to Istanbul’s Two Continents and Boat Trip on the Bosphorus
Today’s tour with your local guide includes views of the sumptuous palaces of European shore to magnificent views from the Asian side. First we drive to Spice Market passing through Golden Horn, the arm of the Bosporus and a natural harbor of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of Istanbul. Then we embark on a ferry for a memorable cruise experience along the Bosphorus, the beautiful strait that divides Europe from Asia. Have a short break for lunch and drive across the Bosphorus Bridge to the Camlica Hill, to get most beautiful view from the highest hill in Istanbul. Later, driving back to the European side of Istanbul and visit to the Dolmabahce Palace, the Imperial Residence of the last six Sultans. Returning back to the hotel at around 6.00pm. Overnight.
DAY 4: Istanbul to Cappadocia and Full Day Tour of Esentepe, Uchisar, Cavusin and Urgup
Early in the morning transfer to airport, bus terminal or train gar depending to the options you've selected with this package. Upon your arrival to Kayseri you will be picked up and joined to the full day tour of Cappadocia. Our first real encounter with Cappadocia almost Martian landscape is in the Dervent valley. We visit Pasabag’s “fairy chimneys”, where the voice of the wind harmonizes with songs of the fairies. From here we pause at Avanos center of terracotta art which is a popular destination because of its attractive old town with cobbled streets, and views over the river and is its production of earthenware pottery, it is also the most economic activity in the town. The ceramic trade in this district and its countless pottery factories date right back to the Hittites, and the ceramic clay from the red silt of the Kızılırmak has always been used. A visit to ceramic & tile center to see how the ceramics made by hand. After lunch we visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia. People of Goreme, at the heart of the Cappadocia Region, realized that these soft rocks could be easily carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. These Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art from the post-iconoclastic period. These frescoes are a unique artistic achievement from this period. We complete the tour with a visit to the Uchisar Rock-Castle which has the numerous hollowed-out containers, rock tombs, and a large water cistern all welcome you as silent witnesses to history and human life giving you a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Return transfer to hotel and overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 5: Full Day Cappadocia Tour to Kaymakli Underground City, Red Valley and Cavusin
Pick up from your hotel and visit to Red valley, explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley. Then visit Cavusin village. Old Cavusin was abandoned several decades ago due to avalanches. The current village of Cavusin is located on the road. Old Cavusin, with its rock-cut dwellings and stone houses, had several hermitages. After lunch drive to the Pigeon Valley. In the afternoon visit Kaymakli Underground City, where early Christians lived in fear and faith. The houses in the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city, which is one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia. The underground city was originally carved out as eight floors; however four floors are available to visit. In wartime about 5000 people can refuge in. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. On the way back to the hotel we will visit the natural castles at Ortahisar. Overnight in Cappadocia.
DAY 6: Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight and Return Transfer
Today your tour ends with a return transfer to airport. You may check out before 12.00pm and leave your stuff to the luggage room if your plane, bus or train departs later than the hotel check out time. We will pick you up at least 2 hours before your flight, bus or train departure time. We hope you enjoyed touring with Precise Tours, have a safe trip!
Also, we recommend you to book optional hot air balloon flight and experience it before you leave from the city. The standard hot air balloon flight starts at 5:30am and ends 7.00am with return transfer to the hotel.
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