ISTANBUL & CAPPADOCIA

6 DAYS - 5 NIGHTS

Price

779 $US / Person

Duration

6 Days & 5 Nights
Depart every day for Private & Small Groups

Highlights

Istanbul / Cappadocia

Day 1 : ARRIVAL TO ISTANBUL

Upon our arrival at Istanbul International Airport “Ataturk”. Meet, assist and transfer to hotel. Its original name is Byzantium then Constantinople. It is a most fascinating city, which actually crosses two continents Europe and Asia. It is a city of amalgamation of bazaars, minarets, mosques, churches, palaces, and restaurants catering to every one’s taste, museums, customs and twelve million people.
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We will enjoy a panoramic bus drive showing the various highlights of this cosmopolitan city such as the Byzantine Walls of Constantinople, the Sea of Marmara and Bosphorus shorelines. Check into our hotel Dinner and overnight.

Day 2 : ISTANBUL (B)

After breakfast, pick up from hotel and our journey begins in Istanbul, the only city in the world situated on two continents. Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul – its three names span more than 2600 years, nearly 1600 of them as the capital of two of the greatest empires the world has known, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque and Hippodrome, where chariot races and the Byzantine riots took place. Visit the Grand Bazaar for shopping. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3 : BIBLICAL ISTANBUL TOUR (B)

Pick up from your hotel and depart for Biblical Istanbul City Tour.
First, visit the Patriarchate at Fener, which is the seat of Orthodox Christianity since Constantine The Great’s declaration as the religion of Roman Empire. Then visit Church of Panagia of Blachernae, the best-known and most celebrated shrine of the Holy Virgin located near Golden Horn. The church is famed with the hagiasma (fountain of holy water), good to cure health problems, and the Hagion Lousma (sacred bath) good to clean the soul where the emperor also came to purify himself. Then see St. Savior in Chora (Kariye Museum) originally a Byzantine monastery with fantastic mosaics and frescoes portraying scenes from a bible, the life and miracles of Jesus. (Closed on Wednesdays) The church is considered one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church.
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After Chora Museum, see Pantocrator (Zeyrek) from outside. It represents the most typical example of architecture of the Byzantine middle period in Constantinople and is, after Hagia Sophia, the second largest religious edifice built by the Byzantines still extant in Istanbul.
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Then visit Church of St. Mary Pammacaristos, once housed the Patriarchate for a while after the conquest. The Parekklesion, besides being one of the most important examples of Constantinople’s Palaiologan architecture, has the largest amount of Byzantine mosaics after the Hagia Sophia and Chora Church in Istanbul. See Zoodochos Pege at Balikli, dedicated to the Mother of God at Pege, with an underground cistern, full of gold fishes related to a well – known miracle, and the fountain of holy water. Visit St. Sergius and Bacchus from outside, a landmark in Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture.
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This Byzantine building with a central dome plan was erected in the 6th century and was a model for the Hagia Sophia, the main church of the Byzantine Empire. Then see Hagia Eirene from outside, the old patriarchal church with its impressive size stands next to Hagia Sophia. The building reputedly stands on the site of a pre – Christian temple. It ranks, in fact, as the first church built in Constantinople. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 4 : ISTANBUL - CAPPADOCIA (B)

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for 07.00 a.m. flight.to Cappadocia. Arrive in Kayseri, meet by your guide, and transfer to your hotel. Leave your luggage at the hotel and start for Private Cappadocia tour. First meeting with Cappadocia, visiting Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys in Urgup, which are the most popular and seen on advertisements. Then we head on to Pigeons Valley, Pigeons have been always important for Cappadocian people. That is why people carved some pigeon houses to keep them in certain places. You will see that the houses for the pigeons are like the houses for the people. Then we descend into the center of the earth in the Kaymakli Underground City one of the largest and the deepest of 200 others in Cappadocia. After the tour program drive to your hotel.
Overnight in a cave hotel.

Day 5 : CAPPADOCIA - ISTANBUL (B)

After breakfast take our second day private Cappadocia tour. Drive to Devrent Valley; take a walk through this lunar landscape where different rock formations can be seen. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos Town, which is famous with tile and pottery workshops. After lunch, our next stop is Goreme Open Air Museum where you will enjoy the fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos from various centuries decorating the walls of the churches. Then we drive to the Uchisar Rock Castle, which is the highest and the most dominant point, giving us a breathtaking panorama. We end the day visiting Esentepe Windy Hill for panoramic view and taking photos. Transfer to the airport for flight back to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul. Transfer to the hotel for overnight.

Day 6 : HOME (B)

Pick up from hotel and transfer to Istanbul airport for flight back home. End of services.

   MEALS:   B= Breakfast / L= Lunch / D= Dinner

  • 5 nights accommodation at 4 star hotels including breakfast. YES
  • All transportation in Turkey by private a/c vehicles YES
  • 5 breakfast YES
  • Entrance fees to the sites and museums written on itinerary YES
  • English Speaking – Bible Oriented Tour Guide YES
  • Tips to the hotels and restaurants YES
  • Istanbul – Cappadocia return domestic flight ticket YES
  • Local Taxes YES
  • Tips to Guide & Driver NOT
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary. NOT

 Number of Pax

Departure

Per person

Small Group Tour (Max. 10 people)
  Every Day
  779 – USD
(Private) 2 – 3 Pax
  Every Day
  1199 – USD
(Private) 4 – 5 Pax
Every Day
  899 – USD
(Private) 6 – 10 Pax
Every Day
  799 – USD
(Private) 11 – 20 Pax
Every Day
  759 – USD
(Private) 21 – 29 Pax
Every Day
  689 – USD
(Private) 30 – 44 Pax
Every Day
  639 – USD
Single Supplement
  160 – USD
Triple Room Discount
  30 – USD
  • Istanbul
  • Cappadocia

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