Day 1 Arrival at Istanbul Airport and Hotel Transfer
Move Team meets you to transfer you to your hotel with your private vehicle. You will receive your tour documents and short information about Istanbul.
Day 2 Full Day Classic Tour of Istanbul // Byzantine & Ottoman Relics
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your professional licensed tour guide for a full day tour of Istanbul. Sultanahmet Mosque : The beauty, splendor and significance of this mosque is so much that the entire area is named after it. The mosque was commissioned by the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed I and is the first Ottoman church with 6 minarets. Hippodrome : The hippodrome was re-built by Constantine and was shaped as a horse-shoe at 480 mt in length and 117 mt in width, with 100,000 person capacity. It was used as a symbol of the strength of the empire. During the Byzantine era it was the center of sports activities in Constantinople and it is today called Sultanahmet Square with its four relics: Wilhelm II German Fountain, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine (Spiral) Column, Constantine Column. Topkapı Palace : The oldest and largest palace in the world is Topkapı Palace. It has served as the command post of Ottoman State for around 400 years in Sarayburnu, Istanbul and continues to remain spectacular to the day. Hagia Sophia : Hagia Sophia museum is number one among the most frequently visited museums in Istanbul and in Turkey. It is a significant structure for two major religions and continues to defy the times. It has survived major fires and earthquakes and reached modern day. Grand Bazaar : Grand Bazaar’s architecture stands out in grandeur and has been known as one of Istanbul’s most significant centers of commerce for over 500 years. The Bazaar attracts shoppers of all ages and dates back to Byzantine times while hosting a rich culture structure developed during Ottoman era. Overnight stay is in Istanbul
Day 3 Full Day Bosphorus Tour // BOSPHORUS & TWO CONTINENTS TOUR
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your professional licensed tour guide for a full day tour of Istanbul. Dolmabahçe Palace : Dolmabahçe Palace was commissioned by the 31st Ottoman sultan, Abdülmecid. It was designed with a western view in keeping with the modernization aim of Ottomans. There are numerous extremely valuable pieces of art here. If you are curious about the final stages of Ottoman Empire, you must discover the mysteries of Dolmabahçe Palace. Spice Bazaar : Spice Bazaar is one of Istanbul’s oldest covered bazaars and was actually built to bring in funds to the mosque during the construction of New Mosque. The bazaar is famous for its herbalists and rows of spices, Turkish delight, nuts and dried fruit paint an appetizing picture. Bosphrous Tour : The beauty of the Bosphrous is well known around the world. The shores of the strait have been home to many civilizations throughout history. The most significant thing about Bosphrous is that it is a passage that separates the European and Asian continents. Walls of Istanbul : Constantinople Walls were built by Constantine the Great to surround and protect the city when it was appointed as the new capital of the Roman Empire. They still raise awe to this day. The Golden Horn : It is the world’s largest natural port and the entry to Bosphrous. This hard to miss view will amaze you. Overnight stay is in Istanbul
Day 4 Istanbul / Cappadocia
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your Move representative to be taken to airport with our private vehicle as per your flight time. Devrent Valley: A visit to Devrent Valley, called by locals as dream valley, made up of hundreds of oddly shaped fairy chimneys. Paşabağ: Best mushroom shaped fairy chimneys in the region. A walk among churches and monasteries. In Avanos, you can discover the secrets to pottery, a heritage from Hittite Empire, followed by a visit to Kızılırmak river and hanging bridge. Göreme Open Air Museum: We will visit this open air museum consisting of tens of churches and monasteries, listed in the World Heritage List. Hotel transfer at the end of the tour.
Day 5 Cappadocia Tour
Following breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your professional licensed tour guide for a full day tour of Cappadocia. Güllüdere Valley: You can hike along the valley for one of the most beautiful nature hikes in Cappadocia and discover the famous rock churches. Çavuşin : Ancient Greek settlement village famous for Christian houses and churches Ortahisar Castle: Ortahisar Castle, where storage caves similar to those in Uçhisar Castle can be observer and a visit to Kaymaklı (or Özkonak) Underground Cities: one of the most beautiful underground cities in Cappadocia Güvercinlik Valley: Pigeon houses and colorful rock formations Three Beauties: Ürgüp fairy chimney family, mother, father and child fairy chimneys are very famous in Cappadocia. Hotel transfer at the end of the tour.
Day 6 // Return to Istanbul // Departure (B) Transfer from your hotel to Cappadocia Airport and flight to Istanbul. Tour ends upon arrival. (You may opt to extend your travels by adding extra nights in Istanbul. Please advise..)