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Istanbul and Cappadocia - 6 Days

Day 1: Istanbul - Cappadocia

Arrive into Istanbul and take a domestic flight to Cappadocia. On your arrival to Cappadocia transfer to the hotel of your choice. Refresh and late in the afternoon we shall take the tour of the underground city and Avanos Village. Underground cities are literally cities build underground. Some of them are really huge – 12 stories below. They were used to hide against invaders during war. Cappadocia has dozens of underground cities.

Deep wells provided water and tall chimneys ventilation. Wine presses, oil storage, livestock pens, cooking-places and even elaborate churches were carved out of the rock so that the inhabitants could live for weeks or months underground until it was safe to emerge and return to their ground-level villages. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 2: Full day city tour of Cappadocia

Breakfast. Today join the tour to visit the Devrent Valley with it's the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk's Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. We shall stop for lunch at the village. In the afternoon visit the Open Air Museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Before returning to your hotel, visit the Uchisar area and at Zelve Valley for its panoramic view and photo stop. Overnight.

Day 3: Cappadocia to Istanbul

Breakfast. Check out and take your flight to Istanbul. Check in to the hotel and refresh yourself. In the evening we shall depart from hotel for Bosphorus cruise dinner and Show, Unlimited Local Drinks – return transfers. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4: Istanbul Half day Old City Tour

Breakfast. Visit the magnificent Byzantine church of St Sophia, one of the finest architectural works in the world; continue to the 17th century Blue Mosque, one of the largest mosques in Istanbul famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets. You will also visit the Hippodrome, the former center of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Finally, visit the historic Grand Bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.

Day 5: Istanbul Afternoon Half Day Asia Tour

Breakfast. The morning is at leisure in the afternoon we shall proceed for the half day Asia Tour ... Your tour begins with a drive across the magnificent Bosphorus Suspension Bridge, which divides the continents of Europe and Asia. Continue to Camlica Hill, the highest point of Istanbul and take photos of the stunning panorama before you. Drive to the summer palace of the Sultans which is in a small village by the Bosphorus called Beylerbeyi. The palace is actually a mansion built in the 19th century influenced by Western architecture. Take a guided tour of its extravagantly decorated interior. End the tour with a visit to Bagdat Street, the most popular street on the Asian side of Istanbul with elegant boutiques and shopping outlets. Overnight.

Day 6: Istanbul

Breakfast. Check out and transfer to airport for your onward destination or flight back home.

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