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Destination

Turkey

Duration

6 Days

Price

From $1,749 pp*

Imagine serene Troglodyte villages carefully hewn out of soft rock, sprawling vineyards producing exquisite wines and cruise through the stunning blue waters of the Bosphorus. This exhilarating tour features some of Turkey’s most fascinating sites and wonders! A spellbinding visit to the St. Sophia Museum, once a patriarchal palace, followed by a visit to the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans will leave you utterly awestruck. Follow the legacy of early Christians as you explore the rock-cut Byzantine wonders of Cappadocia. Then, stroll through a lush vineyard and enjoy flavorful wines, owing to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area. To culminate your journey, embark on a legendary Bosphorus tour on a private boat. As a fiery dusk sky fades into night, lookout for lavish sites, such as the majestic Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, set against a background of twinkling lights. Note: Pricing based on a group of 4 travelers.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Istanbul
  • Airport Assistance & Transfer
Hotel Sultania - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Istanbul
  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Hotel Sultania - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Istanbul - Keyseri - Cappadocia
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Istanbul - Kayseri
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Cappadocia Panoramic Tour (Lunch Included)
Yunak Evleri - Suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia Wonders Tour (Lunch Included)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Yunak Evleri - Suite
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Cappadocia - Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Kayseri - Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Cruise & Spice Bazaar
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Yasmak Sultan - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your hotel for check-in.

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium, is an unbelievably fascinating city where ancient history meets modernity at its best. As a result of its strategic location along the historic Silk Road and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul is the place where East and West come together in a harmonious fusion of color, sight and sound. The still glorious city of Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is in the top five most visited cities in the world because it offers an abundance of absolutely incredible and unique cultural, historic, architectural, gastronomic and natural wealth.

Enjoy an adventurous evening exploring the area or simply relaxing in your hotel.

Hotel Sultania - Deluxe Room

Day 2
Istanbul

After breakfast, get ready for your fun-filled and in-depth Istanbul tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which is the scene of Byzantine chariot races. Then visit the Blue Mosque, which was built between 1609-1616 and has more than 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles. Next, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, housing 600 year-old souvenirs and exhibiting imperial treasure.

Once you've savored a delicious lunch, you will continue to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the greatest marvels of architecture. It was once a patriarchal basilica before it was converted into an Islamic mosque. Now, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. Finally, visit the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, which is the world"s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Go for a "shopping spree" in this labyrinth of more than 4000 shops. Choose leather, carpets, jewels or copper crafts, but be sure to bargain!

Hotel Sultania - Deluxe Room

Day 3
Istanbul - Keyseri - Cappadocia

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure.

Flight from Instanbul to Kayseri.

A local representative will be waiting for you when you land to assist with transfer and hotel check in before starting your tour day.

You'll be amazed by the utterly surreal landscapes where troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st - 10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground is one of Turkey"s finest attractions.

Your guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see fascinating examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village, you will have the opportunity to visit Pigeon Valley where century"s old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs. The pigeon droppings that litter the area have been used as fertilizer on crops for generations. Here you will also have be able to visit an Onyx shop, specializing in historic jewelry designs unique to Turkey (using local materials and craftsmen). For those not interested in shopping, spend a little time relaxing and savor a Turkish coffee at the local cafe.

Yunak Evleri - Suite

Day 4
Cappadocia

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day group exploring the wonders of Cappadocia.

Your first stop will be at the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit Subterranean City of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels. Drive to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until mid-20th century.

After lunch, continue on to visit to Red Valley for some stunning views of the surrounding area. The tour will culminate with a visit to a Wine House where you"ll be able to taste delicious local wines. Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.

After the tour, you"ll be brought back to your hotel where you might choose to spend a leisurely evening enjoying the hotel facilities.

Yunak Evleri - Suite

Day 5
Cappadocia - Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

Flight from Kayseri to Istanbul. Duration is 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from the airport to your hotel.

Today, your private guide will take you on an exciting Istanbul sightseeing tour! Begin your day with a visit the lavish Dolmabahce Palace, built by Sultan Abdulmecit between 1843 and 1856 and famous for being the first European- style palace in Istanbul. The Dolmabahce Palace, the primary administrative center of the Ottoman Empire, is also renowned for its collection of European antiquity, furniture and absolutely enormous chandelier.

Your next activity is to embark on an incredible cruise along the Bosphorus- the strait connecting Europe to Asia. Seat yourself comfortably on the deck as you cruise through its stunning blue waters of, enjoying the view of the traditional waterfront houses built by the Ottomans at the turn of this century. From the sea, you will see the Dolmabahce & Ciragan Palaces, the Ortakoy, the Rumeli Fortress, Anatolian Castle, the Uskudar and the Beylerbeyi Palace.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you will continue to the Spicebazaar, one of the largest and most solicited shopping complex in the city. Step back in time in this 500 year-old market as you take in the delightful aromas and wind your way through endless stalls. Return transfer provided to you hotel for an evening at leisure.

Yasmak Sultan - Deluxe Room

 

Day 6
Istanbul

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Turkey! Stay Travelous!

Turkey: The cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia. Historically, the lands of Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans; all have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey.

Hotel Sultania

Hotel Sultania will make you "feel like a sultan" in its 42 luxury rooms,each of which harmonizes the modern lifestyle with traditional Ottoman touch. With its luxuriously inspiring design and landmark old city location,steeped in the history of its surroundings, Hotel Sultania welcomes you withexceptional harem style and world-renowned Turkish hospitality. The hotel rooms have been given the names of the Ottoman Empire's most important Sultan"s wives. This experience will take you back in time, as you enjoy the enchanting stories of their past. Additionally, upon leaving your room at Sultania, you can enjoy one of Anatolian"s most culturally historic events "The Turkish Hamam". Among the many facilities you will find a fully-equipped meeting rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a wellness center, Olive Restaurant with its gourmet cuisine, and of course, the impeccable service of the Yasmak Hotels family.

Deluxe rooms are tastefully decorated with modern furniture, Sultania Hotel "s Deluxe Double Rooms have a marvellous design, relaxing atmosphere and reflects an exquisite combination of Ottoman tradition and modern luxury. All Deluxe double rooms are named after historically significant wives of Ottoman Sultans with their stories. Sultania Hotel"s Deluxe Room promises a comfortable stay at the center of Istanbul. Free Wifi and complimentary water.

Yunak Evleri

Yunak Evleri is a combination of 7 cave houses with a total of 40 private cave rooms dating back to the 5th and 6th centuries and crowned with a 19th century Greek Mansion. These exceptional cave houses are renovated and decorated with care and in their own distinct style while strictly respecting the local character. The decor is elegant and personalized with beautiful hand-crafted furnishings and antiques. All rooms have private patios overlooking the Turkish Mesa. With 40 rooms, Yunak Evleri is small enough to be intimate, yet large enough to offer you privacy.

All suites feature elegant decor is prominent wherever you lay your eyes. With marble floors, handcrafted lace curtains, antique chests and bedside tables, traditional bed covers, old brass bedsteads, old handcrafted writing desks, old kilim carpets and antique lighting have been chosen with care and with simplicity in mind. Suites also include hydromassage or steam baths.

Yasmak Sultan

The Yasmak Sultan Hotel would be delighted to host you in the centre of historical Istanbul; the city holds three thousand years of history and is one of the most treasured places in today's world. Being located on this historical peninsula, the Yasmak Sultan Hotel strives to provide you with homely comfort and safety in rooms which are designed in different sizes (varying from 18-24 squared metres). During your stay, you will experience wonderful Turkish hospitality combining it with all the modern amenities and to ensure so that you feel that you are at a home away from home.

The Deluxe Corner Rooms of the Yasmak Sultan Hotel are glorious and have an area of 22 sqm. Tastefully decorated with modern furniture, all have a marvellous design and relaxing atmosphere that promises a comfortable stay at the center of Istanbul. All Deluxe rooms feature: Satellite TV, Direct Dial Phone, Wireless Internet Connection, Air Conditioning, Safe Box, Minibar, Coffee & Tea Maker, Private Bathroom & Shower.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.      In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.      Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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