Istanbul & Cappadocia Tour



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5 Nights / 6 Days

3N Istanbul / 2N Cappadocia


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Arrival to Istanbul Airport. After immigration and customs formalities, board your vehicle for transfer to the hotel.

Overnight in Istanbul

DAY 1: Arrival to Istanbul

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The Blue Mosque

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Today after breakfast; We begin our tour of the Sultanahmet district, the heart of old Istanbul, at Saint Sophia. Built by Emperor Justinian in the 6th century AD, this church is one of the marvels of world architecture.

Its massive dome dominates the skyline of old Istanbul. It is famed for its mosaics, including glittering portraits of emperors and empresses.

Next we visit the Blue Mosque, which owes its name to the exquisite tiles adorning its interior. Dating from the 17th century, it is the only imperial mosque with six minarets.

The Hippodrome, the stadium of ancient Byzantium, held 100,000 spectators and featured objects from all corners of the empire. Of these, an Egyptian obelisk and a bronze sculpture of three entwined serpents from Delphi survive.


DAY 2: Istanbul explore the city (B,L )

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Topkapi Palace

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Afternoon; we begin our tour at Topkapi Palace, which, from the 15th to the 19th century, was the principle residence of the Ottoman Sultans. We will visit the fabulous Imperial Treasury and the Baghdad Kiosk.

Topkapı Palace is now a museum and has unrivalled collections of jewelry, including the Spoonmaker’s Diamond, the 3rd largest in the world, Ottoman court costumes and ceramics, notably one of the world’s finest collection of early Chinese ceramics, much of it gifts from other rulers. Interestingly, some of the ceramics have a special glaze that was said to change colour in the presence of poison.

We also visit the Imperial Armory, displaying centuries of Ottoman weaponry. But perhaps the loveliest features of Topkapı Palace are its courtyards with their ancient trees, and it is easy to imagine the sultan strolling here far from the cares of state and empire.

The last stop, Grand Bazaar, was the commercial heart of the old city and

its 4,000 shops are full of treasures – including carpets and kilims, silks, jewellery, ceramics, icons, and leather goods. Wandering through the Grand Bazaar, indulge in some shopping, Ottoman style.

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The Grand Bazaar

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After breakfast, start your half day tour. Spice Market visit and lastly Bosphorus Cruise by boat, transfer to your hotel afternoon free. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul – Bosphorus Cruise Tour ( B )

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Bosphorus Cruise Tour

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After early breakfast transfer to Airport & flight to Cappadocia and transfer to Your hotel & Start full day sightseeing. First Devrent valley; walking in Pasabag near Zelve ; "fairy chimneys" where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies".

Lunch in Avanos, centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC. and a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop.

Afternoon, visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock-cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century).

Continue to the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia.

Day 4: Istanbul - Exploring Cappadocia ( B,L,D )

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Today after breakfast continue to explore Cappadocia; Depart from your hotel to visit Red valley, and explore the famous rock- cut churches and hike 5 km through the Gulludere valley.

Then visit Çavusin village. This village is famous for the houses and churches of the Christian clegymen. After lunch Drive to the pigeon valley.

In the afternoon visit Kaymaklı underground city; Where early Christians lived in fear and faith. End of the tour, transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Cappadocia City Tour ( B,L,D )OPTIONAL : Early morning available to make hot air balloon riding.

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Hot Air Ballooning

Various turkey tour packages are available at Namaste Turkey so one can plan their trip as per their convenient

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After breakfast c/out from the hotel & transfer to airport flight back to Istanbul & connection with your International flight.

Day 6: Cappadocia - Istanbul – End of the tour ( B )

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3* / 4* / 5* Accommodation as per itinerary (subject to availability) at the time of booking or similar.

Includes 6 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches and 2 Dinners, meals as per itinerary (B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner).

Entrance Fees & Sightseeing as per itinerary.Professional English Speaking guide.All airport transfers.


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1. Half Day Bosphorus Cruise Tour 2. Full Day Istanbul City Tour with lunch 3. 2 different Cappadocia City Tours with


Highlights :

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3 * Hotel – 465 Euro per person in double / single suppl.:140 Euro

4 * Hotel – 600 Euro per person in double / single suppl.:225 Euro

5 * Hotel - 675 Euro per person in double / single suppl.:385 Euro


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REGION 3 * 4 * 5 *


Hamidiye Hotel / Grand Ons

Hotel / Martinenz Hotel

Zurich Hotel / Istanbul Royal

Hotel / Momento Hotel / Victory


Holiday Inn Istanbul Old City


CappadociaBurcu Kaya Hotel

or similarTurist Hotel or

similarDedeman Hotel or



Optional: Hot air balloon - per person 140 euro EXCHANGE RATE: 1 EUR = 86 INR (exchange rate as on the day of payment applicable)VALIDITY: December 2014.At times there may be special deals- enquire at the time of booking.

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All flights, excess baggage fees, airport departure taxes and other relevant taxes.

All meals and drinks not specified in inclusions.Porterage at airport and hotels. Items of a personal nature (i.e. internet, curio,

laundry, beverages, etc.) unless specifically quoted for above.

Tips and gratuities.Visa fees.Optional Tours.Anything not specifically quoted in the inclusions.


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Rates are subject to availability and to further terms and conditions. All prices are correct at the time of printing. Compact travels reserves the

right to alter the published price of any tour due to increasing tariffs, costs and entry fees or fluctuation of exchange rates, such amounts shall be determined at the sole discretion of Compact Travels.

No reservations have been made and accommodation is subject to availability. In case of non-availability, alternate accommodation will be recommended.

All outdoor activities are weather permitting. Smoking is not allowed in the vehicles. Comfort stops will be made en

route. All distances and travelling times are approximate. Peak Season Surcharge may be applicable during Xmas, New Year or

during any special events. Compact Travels Terms & Conditions Apply. Note: Effective 1st July 2012, Service tax will be applicable on all

currencies (payable in INR). All Payments to be made in INR,USD or EUR as per rate of exchange at

the time of booking. Any payments automatically mean adherence to the terms & conditions of

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