On the time of your arrival to Istanbul airport, the welcome staff will be waiting for you at the exit, after then, you will be transported to the hotel.
The Hagia Sophia (Basilica Cistern on Monday), the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, It was used as a church for 916 years but, following the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmed, the Hagia Sophia was converted into a mosque. Afterward, it was used as a mosque for 482 years. Under the order of Atatürk and the decision of the Council of Ministers, Hagia Sophia was converted into a museum in 1935. The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is a historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I. just like many other mosques, it also comprises a tomb of the founder, a madrasa and a hospice. (on Friday, Nuri Osmaniye Mosque instead of Blu Mosque) Hippodrome of Constantinople, located in Sultanahmet/Istanbul, was a public arena mainly for chariot races. The oldest monument of Constantinople is the Obelisk in the Hippodrome, which was erected by the emperor Theodosius I in 390, but is in fact much, much older. Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays), the oldest and the largest covered market place in the world is situated in the center of the city. Topkapı Palace Museum (closed on Tuesdays), that exhibits the imperial collections of the Ottoman Empire and maintains an extensive collection of books and manuscripts in its library. It is housed in a palace complex that served as the administrative center and residence of the imperial Ottoman court from about 1478 to 1856. It opened as a museum in 1924, a year after the establishment of the Republic of Turkey. The Topkapı Palace Museum is notable not only for its architecture and collections but also for the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire that it recalls. At the end of the tour, back to the hotel. overnight in Istanbul.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a domestic flight to Kayseri. After arrival at the airport, transfer to Cappadocia Hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Breakfast in the hotel. Full-Day Goreme& Fairy Chimneys Tour Your day begins with one of the stunning Uchisar rock-castle fortress panoramas. With views across the region, this incredible location is one of the most interesting ancient cities built into the rocks, Uchisar offers perfect panorama to start your Heritage of Cappadocia tour. Next, we will visit the famous UNESCO World Heritage site of the Goreme Open Air Museum. As we walk through the many rock-cut cave churches adorned with intricate paintings from the New Testament, your the guide will explain the history of the churches and the impressive iconography in the murals. We’ll continue our tour with Pasabag Valley (Monk’s Valley) where the iconic Fairy Chimneys dot the landscape. This is the perfect location for your guide to explain how the unique landscapes were formed as you can still see the newly forming fairy chimneys in various stages of erosion - many have caves and chapels or churches located inside. Our tour will continue with a tasty lunch at a local restaurant offering traditional Turkish dishes from the region. The next destination is the town of Avanos, located along the longest river in Turkey. This ancient city was the center of the Hittite pottery-makers and today the same red and white clay from the surrounding hills is used to create the famous pottery. We can watch the artisan potters carrying on the traditions of their forefathers, using the same Hittite kick-wheel techniques that have been used for more than 4000 years and we’ll even have a chance to try the pottery making. Next, we’ll drive to see some of the most spectacular rock formations - sure to awaken your imagination - the famous Devrent Valley (aka. Imagination Valley). Here the rocks have eroded naturally to form magical and interesting shapes which include the well-known camel rock that stands at the entrance of the valley. Before dropping off to your hotel we will stop by the famous three beauties at Urgup (the famous fairy chimneys in Urgup). At the end of the tour, your driver and guide will bring you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After breakfast check out from the hotel, depending on your flight time, transfer you to the airport. This is the end of your tour and we hope to welcome you again.