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- from $3,163 PP
- 6 Nights
- Year Round
- 4hrs from London / 9hrs from NYC
Discover some of the most popular sights in Turkey on this magical 7-day tour. The perfect way to explore, you’ll enjoy a mix of private guided tours and time on your own for the ultimate experience. Marvel at the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Hippodrome where chariots once raced to the finish line. Wander through Istanbul’s most famous bazaars, cruise the Bosporus, and then jet off to Cappadocia for a hot-air balloon ride at dawn, a Turkish cooking class, and an adventure through underground cities. As always, hand-selected accommodation to ensure the most comfortable stay will be included throughout.
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- 6 nights of 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation, staying on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Private airport departure and arrival transfers
- Domestic transfers as detailed on the itinerary
- Private Guided Tours of Istanbul
- Private Bosporus Cruise
- Turkish Cooking Class
- Cappadocia Hot-Air Balloon Ride
- Expert trip planning advice
- 24/7 support from our dedicated staff
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1 Istanbul: Arrival into Istanbul
Your enchanting journey through Istanbul and Cappadocia begins in the Turkish capital. Upon arrival to the airport our private driver to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. You’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy at your leisure, whether you prefer to rest up after the long journey, head to one of the many fantastic cafes where you might relax with a drink while doing some people watching or jump right in and explore. The opportunities are practically endless. We recommend sampling a signature Turkish dish like kebabs, perfectly squared cuts of chicken or lamb grilled on skewers, followed by baklava.
Day 2 Istanbul: Private Guided Historic Tour of Istanbul
Istanbul has an incredibly fascinating history and much of it can be glimpsed within its centuries-old landmarks. Explore them with your knowledgeable private starting with Topkapi Palace, a museum that was once the main residence for Ottoman sultans. Marvel at Hagia Sophia, an important site for Muslim worship after Sultan Mehmed II conquered Constantinople, and then head underground to the Basilica Cistern which delivered drinking water to many buildings, including the Great Palace of Constantinople. You’ll also visit the renowned Blue Mosque, and the Hippodrome that was used to host chariot races, along with Chora Church and its on-site museum.
Day 3 Istanbul: Private Guided Cultural Tour of Istanbul
Discover Istanbul’s culture, including its two most famous bazaars on a full-day private guided tour. You’ll start at the most famous of all, the Grand Bazaar where you’ll have the opportunity to bargain for goods and witness the local artisans working at their crafts. Next stop is the Süleymaniye Mosque where you’ll take a guided tour and take in the view of the Bosporus and Golden Horn from the adjacent gardens. The Spice Bazaar also on the agenda, featuring nearly 100 shops selling not only spices, but dried fruits and nuts, Turkish delight, jewelry, souvenirs, and much more.
Day 4 Istanbul: Bosporus Cruise
Today you’ll see the city’s remarkable landmarks from the water by embarking on a private cruise on the Bosporus. A knowledgeable guide will accompany you on the journey as you sail between Europe and Asia on the strait that divides the city in two. You’ll see the mosques on the Golden Horn and their minarets that stretch into the sky, along with majestic mansions, elegant marble palaces, and Ottoman fortresses. Be sure to bring your camera to take advantage of all the photo-ops, not only of Istanbul, but if you’re lucky, you might spot bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoise.
Day 5 Cappadocia: Turkish Cooking Class
This morning you’ll leave Istanbul, taking private transfer to the airport for the one-hour flight to Cappadocia. After settling into your accommodation there, you’ll be taken to a family home in the village of Ayvali to learn the secrets of Turkish cooking. The matriarch of the family will teach you how to prepare local dishes, desserts, and pastries that you’ll help prepare alongside her son. Once everything is done, you’ll be able to sit down with the family and enjoy it, along with the chance to learn more about their daily life. At the end, you’ll be given the recipes to take home.
Day 6 Cappadocia: Hot-Air Balloon Ride + Afternoon Tour
On your last full day, you’ll enjoy a grand finale, the perfect way to celebrate your time in Turkey: a hot-air balloon ride over Cappadocia. Early in the morning, you’ll head to the launch site, enjoying a light breakfast as the balloon is prepared. Hop aboard and rise up into the sky as the sun creeps above the horizon, highlighting the beauty of the landscape below. In the afternoon, you’ll get to know the terrain at ground level, exploring an underground city, a citadel carved into the rock, unique troglodyte settlements, the Red Valley, and more, with lunch included.
Day 7 Departure Day
This trip of a lifetime through Turkey comes to an end today, with your private driver bringing you to the airport in Cappadocia to board your flight back to Istanbul. Once you’ve arrived at Istanbul’s airport, you can begin your journey home, or extend your trip, spending more time in the capital city or heading elsewhere. With so many fantastic destinations both near and far, the options are endless – our travel experts will be happy to make suggestions if you aren’t sure where to go. Otherwise, we hope to have the pleasure of hosting you on another exciting tour in the future.
What's not Included
- As we have clients from all over the world. Our itineraries do not include flights. If you would like us to include flights in your trip, we are happy to do so. Please speak to your travel specialist at the planning stage to include them.
- Gratuities for local guides
- We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance
- Visas if required
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