Private guided tours
Day 1 :ISTANBUL
Awaken your senses at the alluring city of
Istanbul! Your guide will meet you at the
airport to help you move into your hotel. We understand that you
may need to recharge from your flight, so feel free to relax in
your room or spend the rest of the day at your leisure.
Day 2 :ISTANBUL
On the second day, we continue our tour of
Istanbul. We visit the momentous Sultanahmet Square, also known
as the Hippodrome of Constantinople. Once the
social hub during the Byzantine era, it showcases monuments
amassed by Emperor Theodosius the Great from all over the
empire, such as the Egyptian Obelisk and the Greek
Serpentine Column. It also features the Blue
Mosque adorned with Iznik tiles with six minarets. Then
we will visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia
in the same area.
Also within the Square is the Turkish and Islamic Arts
Museum, where you can feast your eyes on an
extraordinary collection of cultural artifacts and crafts. At
the end of the day, we retreat to the Hotel Marmara Pera, where
we'll be staying.
Day 3 :ISTANBUL
No tour of the city is complete without
sailing the sapphire-blue waters of the Bosphorus River.
You have a choice between a native boat or a yacht. Along the
river, you'll find numerous waterside houses known as "yali". We
proceed to the Sariyer seafood restaurants for
lunch, where you can enjoy a meal by the river.
We reconvene after lunch, and then head for the Asian side of
Istanbul. We then ascend Camlica Hill, the
highest point in the city. From there, we go to
Beylerbeyi Palace to see the life of the sultans and
their guests who are welcomed to stay in their summer residences
in Ottoman era.
Next, we cross over the Bosphorus Bridge to
Erropean continent which offers a lovely view of the city, so be
ready to capture the moment with your camera. After it all, wind
down for an overnight stay in Istanbul.
Day 4 :ISTANBUL
Istanbul is like a jewel - it has many
different facets. On the fourth day of your tour, you're
guaranteed to experience the diversity of this fabulous city.
First off, you'll see the ancient city walls on our way to the
Saint Saviour Church in Chora. The Chora Church
is considered one of the most beautiful Byzantine structures
still in existence; it boasts of intricate golden mosaics
featuring scenes from the Bible.
We continue to the historical Eyup Mosque, the
first mosque built by the Ottoman Turks after taking over
Constantinople. You might catch a glimpse of pilgrims making
ritual visits to the tomb of Abu Ayyub, a beloved companion of
the Prophet Muhammed. At noon, we stop by the Pierre Loti Café,
a hilltop location with a splendid view of the Golden Horn. We
then make a visit to the Patriarchate of Orthodox Christianity
after lunch. It's a well-restored ancient cathedral, still in
use and valued as the centre of Eastern Orthodox
The last stop for the day is Taksim, the city's
colourful leisure district. As you spend the night in Istanbul,
be sure to take a good rest so you'll be refreshed for your tour
of Cappadocia the next day.
Day 5 : ISTANBUL / KAYSERI / CAPPADOCIA
On the fifth day, we'll be flying to Kayseri
to make our way to Cappadocia. Right after
breakfast, pack your bags, check out, and proceed to the
Istanbul Airport. Upon arrival, reunite with your guide so you
can begin discovering the wonders of the region. The first stop
in Cappadocia will be Uchisar, the highest
elevation in the area. Be sure to have your camera ready so you
can snap photos of the amazing view - it's full of valleys,
interesting geological formations, vineyards and rock-dwellings.
After visiting Uchisar Castle, we'll walk
through the village to get a better view of the volcanic houses.
We'll have lunch at a nice eatery, then head for the
Goreme Open Air Museum. This World Heritage Site is a
complex of cave churches from Byzantine times, carved right into
the rock and adorned with impressive frescoes. We could stop by
a carpet-weaving palace along the way, and listen to a local
lecturer about the history of traditional Turkish
carpets. If the weather conditions are pleasant, we'll
cap the day with a spectacular view of the sunset from the
panoramic lookout point.
Day 6 : CAPPADOCIA
If you wish, you can ride a hot air balloon
early in the morning. This optional ride is a truly unique
experience - it lets you appreciate the magnificent landscape
from up above, floating in complete tranquility while sipping
champagne. The one-hour balloon trip also comes with a transfer
and a flight certificate.
First on the day's regular itinerary is the underground
city of Kayamakli, or Derinkuyu, located in the
southern part of the region. An hour's drive away is
Ihlara Valley, where you will find different flowers
and birds, as well as a branch of the longest river in all of
Turkey. If you wish to do so, we can take a two-hour hike
through the valley to see some of the many frescoed churches.
For lunch, we'll pause near the Melendiz River and relish a meal
of freshly-caught trout.
On our way back to the hotel, we'll park by the end of the
valley so you could take photos of the famous Fairy
Chimneys. Though they look like the backdrop to a
science-fantasy movie, these are natural rock formations
sculpted by wind and water. Afterward, we retire in our
Day 7 : CAPPADOCIA / IZMIR / KUSADASI
We check out of the hotel after breakfast, then head for the
Kayseri Airport to catch the plane to Izmir. As soon as you
arrive, meet up with your guide so you can travel to Kusadasi.
We'll visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus
and learn about its many historical monuments: the Agora, the
Library of Celcus, the Trojan Fountain, the Temple of Domitian,
Hadrian's Gate and the Theater. We'll also drop by the
House of the Virgin Mary, where she was believed to
spend the final years of her life.
In the afternoon, we'll take a stroll through Sirince
- a charming village nestled in picturesque green hills. You can
even sample the wine and olive oil that the village is known
for. Finally, we'll go to see the Church of St. John,
which was built over the site where John the apostle was buried.
It's situated on a hill with a good view of the Isa Bey Mosque,
the Artemis Temple, and a glimpse of the Aegean Sea further on.
At the day's end, we head back to our hotel in Kusadasi.
Day 8 : KUSADASI / ISTANBUL
Be ready to check out after breakfast and
proceed to Izmir Airport, so you can board your flight back to
Istanbul. Find your guide as soon as you arrive so you can
proceed with the final leg of the tour. We'll visit the
Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent, Istanbul's largest
mosque and a well-known tourist attraction. This architectural
wonder also contains the burial chamber of the Ottoman Sultan
Suleiman I and of his wife Roxelana.
We then take a trip to the Grand Bazaar after
lunch, so you can buy souvenirs and gifts before you head home.
You'll find numerous shops selling silver, jewellery, leather
goods, beautifully woven kilim rugs, and other items. Afterward,
you'll be taken back to the hotel and you can spend your evening
as you wish.
Day 9 : ISTANBUL / HOME
Your guide will meet with you one last time
in the morning to take you to the airport. This then concludes
the tour and our services. We hope you had an excellent time in
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