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Explore Istanbul & Cappadocia

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Explore the best that Turkey has to offer in one week. Tour Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and many other amazing historical attractions in exquisite Istanbul. Float above the magical volcanic landscapes of Cappadocia in a colorful balloon. Experience authentic local culture, cuisine and wine in the Grand Bazaar, taverns and wine houses.

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8 Days, 6 Nights: Istanbul, Cappadocia
🚩  Small Group Tours, Guarantee Departure. Or Upgrade to Private Tour for $252 

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TRIP OVERVIEW (*UNESCO World Heritage Sites)

  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Historic Areas of Istanbul*
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hagia Sophia
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque)
  • Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square)
  • Chora Church
  • Grand Bazaar
  • Süleymaniye Mosque
  • Spice Bazaar
  • Dolmabahce Palace (Add-on)
  • Bosphorus Private Cruise
  • Cooking with Locals
  • Hot Air Balloon Ride
  • Rock Sites of Cappadocia*
  • Ortahisar (Rock Citadel)
  • Subterranean Cities (Kaymakli or Derinkuyu)
  • Cavusin Valley
  • Wine House

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS TOUR

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE
An Ottoman imperial mosque since the 16th century.

STRIKING ARCHITECTURE

Everything from 3rd century churches, grand imperial mosques and palaces, waterfront mansions built by European settlers to stone houses built during former Anatolian empires. Inspect them close-up as well as watch grand estates pass by on your Bosphorus cruise.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES

Turkey has a remarkable number of archaeological sites spread out all over the country from many past empires and civilizations. From Istanbul’s grand palaces and mosques to the underground cities of Cappadocia, Turkey is a haven for archaeology and history enthusiasts.

  • Experience one of the world’s most famous hot air balloon rides above the fairy chimney rock formations.
Cappadocia Turkey
GRAND BAZAAR
A must see, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

GREAT CUISINE & SPICES SHOPPING

With such incredible food, it’s no wonder Turkey has lots of food shopping opportunities, from neighborhood open-air markets to the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. Taste juicy kebabs, baklavas, fresh seafood and wine from Cappadocia.


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Major USA Airport - Istanbul (IST)

Depart from your North America airport to fly to Istanbul. Night on board the aircraft.
*If your flight departs in the early morning hours, you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day i.e. early Friday morning means Thursday night!
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Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Upon arrival into Istanbul, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free.
*Hotel check-in time is generally 4 pm or later. If your flight arrives in the early morning (e.g. midnight or 7 am) we suggest you add a pre-tour hotel night during booking for a well-deserved rest before starting your tour.
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Istanbul | City Tour

Discover the best of Historic Areas of Istanbul (UNESCO World Heritage Site) on this half day city tour. Visit Topkapi Palace, the ornate residence of the sultans of the past. Stroll to the timeless Hagia Sophia mosque, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture. Take in the structure’s imposing façade, matched only by the grandeur of its towering vaulted ceilings within. Visit Basilica Cistern, its marble columns standing since the sixth century. Visit the Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmed Mosque) that is famous for its architecture as well as its blue tiles and then the Hippodrome (Sultanahmet Square), where chariot races were held. Marvel at the Byzantine architecture and mosaics of Chora Church.
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

TOPKAPI PALACE
This large museum was the main residence and administrative headquarters of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th and 16th centuries.

UNDERGROUND BASILICA CISTERN
This underground water reservoir is known as the Basilica Cistern because it lay underneath the Stoa Basilica.

CHURCH OF THE HOLY SAVIOUR IN CHORA
An interesting cultural transition, this former medieval Greek Orthodox church is Kariye Mosque today.

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Istanbul | Cultural Immersion

Experience the lively Grand Bazaar; one of the oldest covered markets in the world. Stroll through the vibrant lanes dotted with over 4000 shops and expose your senses to this melting pot of colors, sounds, and scents. Watch skillful local artisans and craftsmen work on their masterpieces and try out your bargaining skills.
Visit Süleymaniye Mosque and walk through its vast, airy interior while keeping an eye out for some of the finest examples of calligraphy in the city. Head to the adjacent gardens for a chance to appreciate the stunning vistas of the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus. Continue to Spice Bazaar, also known as the Egyptian Market. Wander through this captivating marketplace with your guide and take in the myriad of sights, flavors, and aromas from the stalls selling fragrant herbs and decadent treats.
Optional add-on: Dolmabahce Palace.
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

SULEYMANIYE MOSQUE
An Ottoman imperial mosque since the 16th century.

GRAND BAZAAR
A must see, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

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Istanbul | Bosphorus Private Cruise

This morning, a private cruise aboard a private boat. Sail between the continents of Asia and Europe as you make your way down the Bosphorus. Pass by old wooden mansions and posh marble palaces dotting Istanbul’s shoreline and look out for the majestic mosques of the Golden Horn with their ubiquitous minarets reaching up into the sky. Take in the views of the old Ottoman fortresses and sail past the city’s charming neighborhoods.  
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

BOSPHORUS STRAIT
Cruise through the natural waterway dividing the Asian and European halves of Istanbul.

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Istanbul - Cappadocia | Cooking With Locals

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cappadocia this morning (one hour flight). Private airport-hotel transfer.
This afternoon, learn the secrets of Turkish cuisine by cooking with a Cappadocian family. This cooking class includes authentic local dishes, deserts and pastries followed by dinner.
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast    Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner
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Cappadocia | Hot Air Balloon, Subterranean City

This morning, enjoy your hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. A private transfer to the launch site where you'll join fellow adventure seekers. Your balloon glides over the sublime hills and valleys of Cappadocia giving a true sense of the region’s fairytale terrain. Enjoy a light breakfast and glass of nonalcoholic champagne.
Continue to your full day tour. The Rock Sites of Cappadocia are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Be amazed at the town’s charming stone houses that line its narrow streets and visit the natural fortress that has become an important landmark of the region. Take in the splendid views of the famous fairy chimneys and the majestic Mount Erciyes in the background. Continue your day with a visit to one of Cappadocia’s subterranean cities, Kaymakli or Derinkuyu. Descend into the underground labyrinth and learn the fascinating story of 7th century Christians who established these dwellings in an attempt to flee persecution. Next, transfer to Cavusin Valley for an opportunity to see the peculiar troglodyte settlements that were inhabited until the mid-20th century.
Finish off the day with a visit to a wine house to sample local wine. Turkey has 4,000 years of wine making history and the best Turkish wines come from Cappadocia.
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast   Enjoy local authentic cuisine during your dinner at one of our travel tours. Develop new friendships with other members along the way.  Dinner

CAPPADOCIA BALLOON RIDE
An amazing sight of numerous hot air balloons bobbing and flowing above valleys and volcanic “fairy chimneys”.

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Cappadocia - Istanbul | Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to fly to Istanbul then your flight home.
*Hotel check-out time is generally around 11 am. If your flight departs in the evening or past midnight, we suggest you consider adding a post-tour hotel night during booking, to be comfortable and well rested before your flight home.
  • Breakfast the most important meal of the day. We select fabulous hotels with both local authentic and western breakfast so you are well prepared to enjoy your travel tours.Breakfast

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Hotels We carefully handpick our hotels to ensure they provide you with the best comfort and experience. For Private Tours, you may request a specific hotel as one of the customizable options.  

Destination Premium Class  Luxury Class 
Istanbul
Cappadocia
* Hotels mentioned are subject to availability at the time of reservation.

Accommodation Classification

  • COMFORT ⭐⭐⭐- 3-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • PREMIUM ⭐⭐⭐⭐- 4-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations
  • LUXURY ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- 5-Star Hotels or Equivalent Accommodations

Hotel Check-in and Check-out

Hotel check-in time is generally 4 pm or later. Check-out time is around 11 am. Hotels usually allow early arrivals and late departures to store your luggage in their luggage room for a few hours.

Pre-Tour Hotel Add-on and Post-Tour Hotel Add-on

Depending on your flight arrival and departure times we may suggest you consider a pre-tour hotel night and/or post-tour hotel night during booking.   The additional night allows you to be well rested before your tour or your flight home.

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📣   Special Offer 10% Discount Ends February 3, Thursday. Tours must be Completed by Oct 31, 2022. Discount Applies during Booking.

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Premium Small Group (Land Only)

  • Guarantee Departure with 2 Persons & Maximum 12
Year
  • Tour Dates
  • Sunday-Sunday
Premium Hotel
2022 Feb 13 – Feb 20
  • $1,815 $1,634 + Airfare
2022 Mar 13 – Mar 20
  • $1,815 $1,634+ Airfare
2022 Apr 3 – Apr 10
  • $2,060 $1,854 + Airfare
2022 May 8 – May 15
  • $2,060 $1,854 + Airfare
2022 Jun 12 – Jun 19
  • $2,060 $1,854 + Airfare
2022 Sep 11 – Sep 18
  • $2,060 $1,854 + Airfare
2022 Oct 9 – Oct 16
  • $2,060 $1,854 + Airfare
2022 Nov 6 – Nov 13
  • $2,295 + Airfare
 
Small Group Tour Price Details
  • ‣ Required add-on: domestic airfare Istanbul-Cappadocia round-trip. Indicative fare from $200, actual price available at tour booking.
  • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
  • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rate for single travelers is available on request - please inquire.
  • ‣ This tour operates with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 12 guests

Private Tours (Land Only. Choose Your Dates)

Year Tour Dates Premium Luxury
2021 Nov 1 to Dec 15 $2,095 $1,886 + Air $2,290 $2,061 + Air
2022 Jan 16 to Mar 31 $2,095 $1,886 + Air $2,290 $2,061 + Air
2022 Apr 1 to Oct 31 $2,400 $2,160 + Air $2,795 $2,516 + Air
2022 Nov 1 to Dec 15 $2,600 + Air $2,835 + Air
 
Private Tour Price Details
  • ‣ Required add-on: domestic airfare Istanbul-Cappadocia round-trip. Indicative fare from $200, actual price available at tour booking.
  • ‣ Daily departures.
  • ‣ Prices are in USD and are inclusive of all applicable taxes but do not include airfare.
  • ‣ Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Special rates for single travelers or larger groups are available on request - please inquire.
  • ‣ Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply during applicable major holidays. 2021 blackout dates: Dec 16-31 and major holidays. 2022 blackout dates: Jan 1-10, April 16-24, Dec 16-31 and major holidays.
  • ‣ Note that tour prices vary according to season. If your tour straddles two seasons then each portion will be priced according to that season.

Optional Add-on

  • ‣ Dolmabahce Palace Tour

Flight Add-On

  • ‣ We work with all major airlines for the best routes and competitive pricing.
  • ‣ The nearest airport is IST (Istanbul Airport).
  • ‣ Contact us for more detail and pricing.

Inclusions

  • ‣ Private Airport Transfers
  • ‣ Hotel Accommodations
  • ‣ 6 Breakfasts and 2 Dinners (See tour plan for details)
  • ‣ English-speaking Local Guide
  • ‣ Entrance Fees to Monuments & Attractions per Itinerary
  • Hot Air Balloon with Private Transfer

Exclusions

  • ‣ Air Fare
  • ‣ Travel Insurance
  • ‣ Medical Expenses
  • Visa Fee
  • ‣ Gratuity
  • ‣ Personal Expenses
 

Deposit

  • ‣ A deposit of 30% of the land tour price is due within 7 days of booking confirmation. Full payment to be made 60 days prior to the departure date.
  • ‣ The airfare is due upon flight booking.
  • ‣ Monthly installment plan is available - please inquire.

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Optional Add-Ons

  • ‣ Pre-tour hotel night
  • ‣ Post-tour hotel night

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