Private guided tours
Day 1 : ISTANBUL
Welcome to beautiful Istanbul, Turkey. After
you have been cleared through customs checks and immigration,
your guide will be waiting at the airport to meet you and help
you with your transportation to your hotel. Once your hotel
check-in has been completed, you are free for the afternoon to
pursue the leisure activities of your choice. You can choose to
unpack and take a rest in your hotel room, or if you prefer you
can take a quiet stroll around the hotel facilities.
Day 2 : ISTANBUL
After departing from your hotel, you will be
taken to visit the Topkapi Palace (Palace of the Cannon Gate),
one of the largest palaces in Istanbul and royal residence of
the Ottoman Sultans for around 400 years. Now a museum, your
visit to the palace will include the opportunity to view the
exhibit of the second largest collection of porcelain in the
World, currently housed in the palace kitchens. This collection
of porcelain is also the most valuable collection of Japanese
and Chinese porcelain in the World.
Your next stop on the tour will be the
Imperial Council Hall, with its stunning domed architecture,
high ceilings and elaborate golden embellishments. Next to see
is the Treasury which houses the historical Ottoman relics. The
morning tour of the Topkapi Palace will be rounded out with a
visit to the many Pavilions. At the completion of your tour of
the Pavilions your guide will escort you to lunch.
After a chance to relax and enjoy a
pleasant lunch your guide will escort you to see the famous
Little Hagia Sophia Mosque, which was built back in 537A.D.
during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great, and
was the biggest church in existence during that era, and remains
one of the largest standing churches in Istanbul to this day.
Located directly opposite to the Hagia Sophia is the
Mosque, famous for its stunning architecture and beautiful
tiles. It is named the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles
that adorn the surrounding walls. Although being a building of
historical significance, the Blue Mosque is still used for
prayer to this day.
A tour of Istanbul would not be complete
without visiting the Hippodrome, where you will be immersed in
the history surrounding Emperor Theodosius. The Hippodrome is a
huge rectangular arena and was where the Greek would race horses
and hold chariot races. Sights to be seen are the Serpentine
Column from Greece, he Fountain of Wilhelm Kaiser II, the
Obelisk from Egypt and the Byzantine Column. After enjoying a
trip back in history, your guide will then escort you to see the
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art where you will view Islamic
calligraphy, rugs, tiles as well as a wealth of other beautiful
arts and crafts from different cultures, regions and eras. You
will also be able to see recreations of rooms and dwellings from
the various periods and regions.
Your guide will then return you to your
hotel where you will spend the night.;
Day 3 : ISTANBUL
Your third day in Istanbul begins with one
of the city's major highlights, the Bosphorus Cruise.
You will board a luxury boat which will cruise along the river
so you can spend a relaxing morning seeing the beautiful vistas
offered by the two sides of Istanbul, the European side and the
Asian side. Buildings of historical and geographical
significance such as the Palaces that line the river, as well as
the Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus
Bridge can all be enjoyed from your seat on the deck.
At the completion of the cruise, you will
arrive at the Sariyer fish restaurants located
close to the river and the Black Sea, where
lunch will be served. After enjoying a delicious lunch, you will
be driven to the Asian side of Istanbul, where you will then
drive up Camlica Hill, the taller of the two peaks that make up
Mount Bulgurlu, 267 meters above sea level. The
magnificent views are well worth the drive and offer many
opportunities for taking great photographs.
Upon leaving Camlica Hill, you will be
driven to Kanlica, a picturesque old town where
you will be able to enjoy some of its famous "yoghurt"
in a local café. After leaving Kanlica you will be driven across
Bosphorus Bridge to arrive in Ortakoy. While in
Ortakoy you will have the opportunity to meet up with some of
the local citizens under the bridge, to capture the moment with
a photograph of the gorgeous silhouette of the city's 'Ortakoy Mosque'.
Ortakoy is home to a vast range of wonderful art galleries,
night clubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants.
The day is ended with a drive back to the
hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 4 :ISTANBUL
Day 4 begins with a drive to the
Saint Saviour-Chora Church, where along the way you
will see the ancient walls of the city. After arriving at the
Church, you will be able to see the intricate golden mosaics
that were inspired by the Bible and the lives of the Virgin Mary
and Jesus. The Virgin Mary spent her last days here. There is a
vast array of magnificent art works and Christian iconography.
You will then leave the Church and be
driven to see the Eyup Mosque, where you will
witness the religious life and the ritual pilgrimages to the
tomb of the beloved Prophet Muhammed. Some of
Muhammed's personal belongings are preserved In the building
that the tomb is in. Following the Eyup Mosque there will be an
uphill drive to enjoy and an opportunity to take photographs of
the beautiful view over the Golden Horn,
followed by an enjoyable lunch in the Pierre Loti Café.
After lunch you will be driven to the
Patriarchate of Orthodox Christianity Cathedral
where you will be able to see the ancient restored church,
followed by an opportunity to experience firsthand the lifestyle
of the citizens of the fabulous city Taksim throughout the rest
of the day. Taksim Square is famous for its
hotels, shops and restaurants, so there will be plenty to see
and do. Taksim is also considered to be the heart of modern
Istanbul and is home to many familiar sights such as Burger
King, and more.
At the end of the day you will be returned
to your hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 5 : ISTANBUL / KAYSERI /CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast at the hotel you will check
out and be transferred to Istanbul Airport, where you will board
a flight that will take you to Kayseri, near Cappadocia.
Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide and you will begin
your discovery tour of the great wonders that Cappadocia has to
Your tour today will begin with a visit to
Uchisar Castle (also known as Landlord's
Castle), which is a massive rock that is the highest of the
region. You will be able to experience views of the different
valleys, enjoy the rock dwelling houses, vineyards and
pigeonaries that are spread over the landscape.
After visiting the castle you will have the
opportunity to enjoy a scenic walk into the village, where you
will get to see the volcanic houses up close. You will then take
a break from the sightseeing to have a nice lunch in a little
Next on the tour of Istanbul's wonderful
sights is a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum,
where the beautiful frescoes that date back as far as the 4th to
13th centuries A.D. can be seen. The Goreme Open Air Museum
contains many fascinating churches and chapels. Along the way
there will be a stop so you can enjoy a visit to a carpet
weaving rug palace, where you will hear an interesting lecture
on the historical significance of Turkish carpet making, given
by one of the locals of the Cappadocia region.
The day will be ended with viewing of a
stunning sunset from one of the best local panoramic view points
You will then be taken to your
accommodations for an overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Day 6 : CAPPADOCIA
Day 6 offers an optional one hour ride in a
hot air balloon in the morning that ends with a glass of
champagne and a flight certificate. If you have never been up in
a hot air balloon before, prepare yourself for one of the most
spectacular experiences to be had in this region, as you
peacefully float over the rock formations that exist in the
various valleys and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the
landscape of Cappadocia below you.
With plenty to see, this day begins with a
visit to the underground city of Kaymakli, the
widest of 36 underground cities in Cappadocia.
Excavated as early as Hittite times, these troglodyte
cave-cities are unique and fascinating. Some of the locals use
the tunnels as cellars, stables and storage spaces.
Alternatively you may visit Derinkuyu located in the southern part of the region.
There are about 100 tunnels under the city but only a few areas
are open for viewing at this time.
After driving for an hour, you will arrive
in the Ihlara Valley,which is a long gorge cut
into volcanic rock. While here you will get to enjoy an
abundance of all kinds of flowers, bird species, located on one
of the branches of Turkey's longest river, as well as beautiful
frescoed churches. Ilhara Valley is home to hundreds of old
churches located in the volcanic rock caves. The whole canyon
consists of a honeycomb of churches and dwellings, and is famous
for being the first place settled by the Christians escaping
from Roman soldiers.
After enjoying the local wildlife and
sights, you will then hike approximately 2 hours into the valley
where you will be able to see inside some of the frescoed
churches. Lunch will be served in the mid-valley, near the
Melendiz River, and you will be able to savor
freshly caught trout from the river.
During the return drive to the hotel there
will be a stop at the end of the valley for you to take
photographs of the fairy chimneys, which resemble the "Sandy
People" from the 1970 "Star Wars" movie.
The local people named them 'fairy chimneys' because they
believed that fairies lived in them. Many of the 'fairy
chimneys' have been hollowed out to form dwellings inside them.
The last stop on today's itinerary is
Agzikarahan Caravansarai (Caravan
Palace), where traders would stop with their camel
trains to rest overnight, take a bath and have their shoes
repaired, among other things.
You will then be returned to your
accommodations in Cappadocia where you will stay overnight.
Day 7 : ISTANBUL
After having breakfast at the hotel you will
check out and be driven to Kayseri Airport to board a flight
that will return you to the city of Istanbul. Your guide will be
at the airport to meet you when you arrive. You will then be
taken to see the splendor of the imperial Suleymaniye
Mosque, where the tombs of sultan Suleyman the
Magnificent and his harem girl wife Roxelana are
located. The Mosque is a beautiful example of a blend of Islamic
and Byzantine architecture and features tall, slender minarets
and large domed buildings.
After taking a break for lunch, you will
then be taken to the Grand Bazaar, to enjoy
perusing shops displaying many types of jewelry, silver goods,
leather goods, carpets, clothing, furniture, and kilim shops.
Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in
the World and is visited by between 250,000 and 400,000 people
every day and employs 26,000 staff. A hive of activity, the
Grand Bazaar is full of color and excitement, and is a mecca for
those wanting to shop for souvenirs and keepsakes to take home
to their families.
At the end of Day 7 you will be returned to your
hotel where you are free to enjoy a leisurely evening and to
prepare for your departure the following day.
Day 8: ISTANBUL / HOME
After checking out of your hotel in the
morning, your guide will meet you to take you to the airport,
where we will farewell you and you will board your flight home.
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