This morning we fly to Istanbul, swapping the sparkling waters of the Med for the vibrant clamour of one of the world’s most historic and culturally fascinating cities. Formerly known as Constantinople, the vibrant centre of the old Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, Istanbul is a chaotic entrepot of cultures, history and architecture that sits resplendently overlooking the green waters of the Bosphorous. Cappadocia region lies on a wide plateau, formed by the lava flows and ash from the eruptions of the now extinct volcanoes Erciyes, Melendiz and Hasan Mountains in the region. The area has remarkable rock formations, with churches carved into odd-shaped rocks, and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Turkey. There are more than 220 churches, most of which are located in the Cappadocia area.
- Topkapı Palace
- Blue Mosque
- Kaymaklı Underground City
- Goreme Open Air Museum
Day 1 : Istanbul
Meet the group at the airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 2 : Topkapi Palace – Blue Mosque
In the morning we start our tour at the old part of Istanbul. First Ancient Hippodrome the scene of chariot races and the center of Byzantine civil life, stood in the open space in front of the Blue Mosque. We will see tree charming monuments. Then we pass to Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque) is more familiarly known as Blue Mosque because its interior gleams with a magnificent panelling of blue. It was built by architect Mehmet between 1609 and 1616. Afternoon we will visit Topkapı Palace, is administrative palace of the Ottoman Dynasty, that rule on three continents for centuries. Amaze of buildings at the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. In these opulent surroundings, the sultans and their court lived and governed. Then we pass to visit Mısır Carsısı (Spice bazaar) next to Yenı mosque in Emınonu, transports you to fantasies of the mystical East. The smell of the whole kinds of spices fill the air. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : Bosphore Tour and Grand Bazaar – Flight to Kayseri
We embark on our ferry through Bosphorus is a water pass, that spans 36km between Black sea and the Sea of Marmara and 700m. wide at the narrowest point. At this location, on the either side of the strait, stands the two medieval castle built by the Ottoman Turks for the conquest of the city Anadolu hisari (14th century) in Asia, and right across, the awesome Rumelihisari constructed in the 15th century. Afternoon visiting of Covered Bazaar ,the world largest covered market. This labyrinth of the streets and passages houses more than 4.000 shops. Covered bazaar is still commercial centre of the old city. After visit we will be transferred to airport and fly to Kayseri. Transfer to Cappadocia. Overnight at hotel.
Day 4 : Avanos – Zelve – Kizilcukur Valley – Cavusin
In the morning we visit Anavos town, on the banks of the Kizilirmak river, displays attractive local architecture and is known for its handicrafts. Pottery is the most popular handicraft and rug weaving and knotting is also making a come-back. We drive to Zelve, It was an important religious centre during the Iconoclastic Period with its monasteries and churches. Continue to Kizilcukur Sometimes known as the ‘’red hole’’ Kızılcukur is probably the hottest valley in region. Hidden in its array of fairy chimneys is The church with grapes where there are frescos depicting viniculture and fruit growing. Watching the sunset is very famous from this valley. We pass trough Cavusin village of a collapsed section of early Christian cave city. This was caused by a huge rockslide, which together wit earthquakes and natural erosion has caused a split in the plateau. The atrium of the church at cavusin hac cascaded down, exposing some of the frescoes. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5 : Ihlara Valley – Goreme
In the morning we drive to Ihlara valley the narrow, steep-sided Ihlara valley, dotted with rock cut churches, was once the favourite retreat of Byzantine monks. This valley was formed by primeval earthquakes and the was once rushing river is now a quiet stream. As we visit the winding valley, with cliffs reaching up to 170m in some places , we see small garden cultures that originally would have provided for the colonies and made them self supporting. we drive to visit 13th century Agzikarahan caravanserai. The caravanserais built to develop the trade on the Silk road. To stay in the caravanserai was free for the people. It usually contains resting places, stables for the animals, etc. Transfer back to Cappadocia. Overnight hotel.
Day 6 : Cappadocia – Kaymakli Underground City – Goreme Open Air Museum
In the morning we drive to visit the fascinating underground city of Kaymakli (8 floors on 57 m. underground !). all underground cities used by Christian of the seventh century, who were fleeing from persecution. They sheltered from the iconoclastic strife of the Byzantium as well as other invasions in these safe and well- hidden complexes. Afternoon visit Goreme Open Air Museum, a monastic complex of rock churches and chapels covered with frescoes, is one of the best-known site in the region. Most of the chapels date from the 10th to 13th centuries and many of them are built on an inscribed cross-plan with a central cupola supported by four columns. Overnight hotel.
Day 7 : Uchisar Castle – Urgup After breakfast visit Uchisar castle, is famed for its immense first-shaped tower of volcanic tuff. This citadel, the highest point in Cappadocia, offers a stunning panorama of the Goreme Valley. Drive to Mustafapasa village, a small village of region, in the central Cappadocia is steeped in Greek Orthodox history, specifically the Ottoman years before the Turkish War of Independence in the early 20th century, when Turks and Greeks lived side by side in harmony. We have free time in the afternoon in Urgup city for shopping. Overnight at hotel in Cappadoccia.
Day 8 : Home Transfer to Kayseri airport, end of the service.