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Places covered: Istanbul & Cappadocia
Duration: 5Nights/ 6Days
Category: Family Vacation
Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Upon arrival we transfer you to your hotel, you can relax and free time on your own at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel depart for a city Tour of “Sultan Ahmet Center”, the heart of the “Old City” from where the Empires ruled. Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest marvels of architecture, constructed as a basilica by Emperor Justinian. Blue Mosque, facing Hagia Sophia, famous with its blue İznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet. Hippodrome, centre for events like (chariot races, athletics) and political activities of the old city. Serpentine Column, Obelisk of Theodosius and German Fountain of Wilhelm II are the monuments decorating the Hippodrome. The Bazaar, most attractive shopping centre and the biggest “souk” in the world which has 4000 shops selling antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, leatherware and souvenir. Lunch at Turkish Restaurant on your own, then visit Topkapı Palace, the residence of Ottoman Sultans imperial treasury, sacred Islamic relics of Prophet Mohammed, kitchen, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy section etc. The live guide is not allowed in special sections. Later you are dropped back at the hotel for your overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel. Visit Golden Horn (from the bus), the arm of the Bosphorus and a natural harbour of the historical peninsula separating the old and the new parts of İstanbul where the first colonies settled during the Byzantines. The residential area for Byzantine Jews, Italian traders and other non-muslim minorities. Byzantine City Walls, Spice Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar, spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers etc. Later you can board the Bosphorus Cruise, which takes you through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture. Rumeli Fortress, historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosphorus. A unique example of military architecture. If time permits in the morning visit leather showroom. Back to the hotel for your overnight stay at the Hotel.
In the morning after breakfast, check out of the hotel and transfer to the Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Arrival at Kayseri Airport and we transfer you to your hotel, check-in at the hotel and free day at leisure. Overnight stay at Cappadocia Hotel.
In the morning after breakfast at the hotel. Depart to Kaymakli Underground City and Pigeon Valley with many different rock formations and hundreds of pigeon houses. Also later visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. Rose Valley, with some great hidden rock-carved churches. Return to your hotel. Overnight stay at Cappadocia Hotel.
After Breakfast, Check Out of the hotel and transfer to the Airport to board your flight to Istanbul and then back to India.