Delight in Turkey's most dreamy destinations, from the labyrinthine bazaars of Istanbul to the incredible Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia. Experience the mix of eastern and western culture in Istanbul, uncover the heritage of Ankara and watch the sunrise over Cappadocia's otherworldly landscapes.
Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport ready to catch a flight to Istanbul.* Arrive in the bustling melting-pot of Istanbul, once the capital of Turkey and a city of immense history, wonderful culture and delicious cuisine. Transfer to your hotel, get settled and, if time allows, enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure exploring this historic, lively city. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
* If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Breakfast at the hotel. On the journey to Ankara, we will cross the mountains of Bolu. Arrive in Ataturk and enjoy a visit to the Ataturk Mausoleum, inaugurated in 1953 and dedicated to the founder of Modern Turkey. A walk down The Road of Lions will take you to the Ceremonial Plaza where you will be able to admire the construction of the building consisting of a block of marble and columns weighing 40 tons. Lunch at a local restaurant. We continue our journey towards Cappadocia. Arrival, transfer to the hotel, dinner and accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. We will embark on a tour to the fascinating region of Cappadocia. An original landscape formed by the erosion of soft layers of lava and ash from ancient volcanic eruptions produced by Mount Erciyes and Hasan 3 million years ago. Visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex containing the finest of rock-cut churches, with beautiful frescoes. We will then visit the Valleys of Avcilar and Güvercinlik, where the so-called "Fairy Chimneys" are located, an underground city built by the ancient local communities to protect themselves from attacks. Lunch during the visit to a local restaurant. We will end the day with a visit to the Traditional Hand Made Rug, Onyx and Turquoise Stone Workshops to learn about the production of these products and have the opportunity to purchase good quality souvenirs at good prices. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day. We recommend that you participate in a show of folklore dances*. Set in a typical cave with unlimited regional drinks. Dinner at the hotel and accommodation.
* Folk Dance Show: After having dinner at the hotel in Cappadocia, depart in the evening to attend a folk dance show in a typical cave with unlimited regional drinks.
Breakfast at the hotel. Travel to Istanbul. Arrival and transfer to the hotel. Accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure to visit the Şehzade Mosque (Şehzade Camii, in Turkish). It is one of the most outstanding monuments in Istanbul, as it can be considered the first representation of classical Ottoman architecture. We will then take one of Istanbul's most famous activities, a boat trip on the Bosphorus Channel, a narrow straight that separates Europe and Asia. During the journey, we will see the Sultan's Palaces, old and typical wooden houses and enjoy the history from a different perspective. We will end our day with one of our most popular tours, The Spice Bazaar, once the International Trade Centre established by the Ottomans 5 centuries ago. We will have some free time to explore the vibrant atmosphere. End of the visit in the Egyptian bazaar. Accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. Free day. Free time to explore the city. Accommodation.
Breakfast at the hotel. It's time to bring your adventure through Turkey to an end. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip.
8 days trip including flights*
8 days and 7 nights in destination
LON - IST
IST - LON
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Grand Makel Hotel, Uranus Istanbul Topkapi.
Drinks, tips (40$ for hotels and restaurants) and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* The order of the itinerary will change depending on the day of arrival:
Thursday and Monday arrivals: Istanbul (3 nights) - Cappadocia (3 nights) - Istanbul (1 night)
Friday and Tuesday arrivals: Istanbul (2 nights) - Cappadocia (3 nights) - Istanbul (2 nights)
Saturday and Wednesday arrivals: Istanbul (1 night) - Cappadocia (3 nights) - Istanbul (3 nights)
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.
Children age: 2 - 11 years old (the third bed will be a rollaway bed).
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