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Geo 02 Istanbul & Cappadocia GD 5 Nights

Geo 02 Istanbul & Cappadocia GD 5 Nights

After a few days in fascinating Istanbul, lose yourself in mysterious Cappadocia.

Day 01 Fly / Istanbul (-)
Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon, depart for a half-day Bosphorus Cruise. Take in the sights and sounds of this legendary waterway lined with historic villages, grand wooden mansions, imposing fortresses, and the Baroque summer palaces of the late Ottoman sultans. After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar (closed on Sundays), a thrilling riot of colours, sounds, and the rich smells of exotic spices Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 02 Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, depart for a half-day sightseeing tour of the Sultanahmet district at the heart of old Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia (On Mondays replaced by the Chora Church Museum), built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD. This church is one of the marvels of world architecture. Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. Next, visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets. Walk through the Hippodrome, the stadium of the ancient Byzantium, which held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Finish the tour at the Grand Bazaar, which was the commercial heart of the old city. Its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), you may indulge in a little shopping, Ottoman style. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 03 Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, free at leisure or take one of the optional tours (https://www.geotourismturkey.com/daily-tours/istanbul-2/). Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 04 Istanbul / Cappadocia (B/L/D)
After breakfast transfer to the airport to catch the early flight to Kayseri (suggested flight is at 07:30 hours TK 2010). Upon arrival transfer to Cappadocia and start the sightseeing of the area including;
the Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Drive to the city of Avanos for lunch. In the afternoon visit Open Air Museum at Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Lastly, before returning to your hotel, visit the natural castle at Uchisar. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 05 Cappadocia (B/L/D)
After breakfast depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 depending on the arrival time of the participants from the other hotels, for a tour with 4kms hike through the Rose Valley with visits to the churches. Afterwards visit to the old Christian village of Cavusin. Stop for lunch near Pigeons Valley and then continue on to see the Kaymakli Underground City. You will also visit the Ortahisar natural rock castle. Transfer back to the hotels. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 06 Cappadocia / Istanbul / Fly (B)
After breakfast free till check-out (latest check-out time is 1200 hours) and departure transfer to the airport to catch the flight to the next destination via Istanbul.

Inclusions
* 5 nights accommodation
* 5 breakfasts
* 2 Turkish lunches during the tours in Cappadocia
* 2 dinners at the hotel in Cappadocia
* Return airport transfers on SIC basis
* The tours on SIC basis as per itinerary with English speaking guidance with pick up and drop at the hotel
* Entrances
* Tips and portrage at hotels

Exclusions
* Flights
* Personal expenses
* Lunches and dinners
* Drinks at meals
* Tips to the driver and the guide

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