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Highlights of Turkey

Enchanting Turkey: Istanbul to Cappadocia in 7 Days luxury tour

"Enchanting Turkey: Istanbul to Cappadocia in 7 Days" is a meticulously curated luxury journey designed to reveal the soul of Turkey, from the historical splendor of Istanbul to the mystical landscapes of Cappadocia. Begin your adventure amidst the timeless charm of Istanbul, exploring ancient landmarks, savoring the flavors of Turkish cuisine, and experiencing the city’s vibrant culture. Then, venture into the heart of Cappadocia, where nature and history intertwine in an otherworldly tableau of fairy chimneys, rock-hewn churches, and panoramic vistas. With private tours, exclusive experiences, and luxury accommodations, this journey offers an intimate exploration of Turkey’s rich heritage, captivating beauty, and enduring mysteries.

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul: Embracing the Magic

Welcome to Turkey, a country where continents collide, and history and culture are woven into the fabric of daily life. Your journey through the highlights of Turkey begins with your arrival at Istanbul International Airport. Here, a seamless transition awaits as our driver provides a private transfer to your luxurious hotel, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience.

An Evening Introduction to Istanbul After settling into your accommodation, the enchantment of Istanbul starts to unfold. At 8 PM, meet with your guide at the hotel for an introductory night out in this mesmerizing city. The evening is dedicated to experiencing the vibrant energy and magic of Istanbul. Savor a delightful dinner at one of the city's renowned restaurants, where the flavors of Turkish cuisine will tantalize your taste buds. Following dinner, embark on a night out to feel the pulsating heart of the city, with its blend of ancient charm and contemporary dynamism.

Overnight in Istanbul Your first night in Istanbul promises a restful stay in luxurious comfort, preparing you for the exciting days ahead. As you retire to your hotel, the anticipation builds for the adventures that await in this city that straddles two continents and is steeped in history, culture, and unparalleled beauty.

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Overnight in Istanbul

Experience Istanbul

Day 2 - Old City Walking Tour in Istanbul
Basilica Cistern
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Overnight in Istanbul

Morning Exploration of Byzantine and Ottoman Marvels Begin your day delving into the heart of Istanbul's rich history with a visit to the ancient Hippodrome, once the epicenter of Byzantine sporting and social life for over a millennium. Here, marvel at the Egyptian Obelisk, a testament to the ages, originally carved in 1500 BCE and later transported to Istanbul in 390 AD. This well-preserved monument invites you to ponder the layers of history that define this city.


Discovering the Blue Mosque Next, immerse yourself in the grandeur of the Blue Mosque, an enduring symbol of Ottoman architecture. As a functioning mosque adorned with exquisite Iznik tiles, it offers a glimpse into the spiritual heart of Istanbul. Its spectacular design and peaceful ambiance provide a moment of reflection amid the city's bustling rhythm.

The Hagia Sophia: A Marvel of Architectural Ingenuity The Hagia Sophia awaits as your next marvel - a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture that has stood the test of time. Built in 537 AD, this iconic structure has served as a cathedral, mosque, and now a museum, encapsulating the cultural and religious metamorphosis of Istanbul. Its stunning domes and intricate mosaics are a tribute to human creativity and resilience.

Mysteries of the Underground Basilica Cistern Before lunch, venture into the depths of the Underground Basilica Cistern. This ancient water reservoir, with its forest of marble columns and mystical ambiance, reveals another layer of Istanbul's complex history, offering a serene escape from the city above.

Lunch with a View and Topkapi Palace Relish a lunch that boasts views of the magnificent Hagia Sophia, further enriching your culinary and cultural experience. Post-lunch, a short stroll leads you to the Topkapi Palace, the opulent heart of the Ottoman Empire. Explore its lavish courts, intriguing relics, and the harem that whispers tales of power and intrigue.

An Afternoon of Ottoman Opulence Conclude your tour on the palace terraces, where breathtaking views of the Bosporus await. Here, amidst the backdrop of Istanbul's skyline, enjoy a cup of traditional Turkish coffee, a perfect end to a day filled with discovery.

Return and Relaxation As the day winds down, return to your hotel, enriched by the day's journey through time. The evening is yours to relax and reflect on the captivating stories and sights that make Istanbul a crossroads of civilizations.

Time for Bosphorus

Day 3 - Bosphorus Tour: A Journey Between Continents

Morning: Setting Sail on the Bosphorus Embark on a captivating journey from the heart of Istanbul's old city to the historic Golden Horn, where your private Bosphorus Cruise awaits. As you step aboard, prepare to navigate the waters that gracefully divide the Asian and European continents. This cruise isn't just a voyage across water but a journey through time, offering a window into Istanbul's natural and architectural beauty.

A Floating Glimpse into the 19th Century For over an hour, you'll be adrift in a "natural history channel," where the shores are lined with grand mansions that whisper tales of Istanbul's opulent 19th-century life. These waterfront residences, with their elegant facades and lush gardens, offer a glimpse into the city's past splendor and the lives of its most affluent inhabitants.

Capturing the Essence of Istanbul The return journey provides unparalleled opportunities to capture the essence of Istanbul's Old City through your camera lens. The panoramic views of ancient domes, towering minarets, and historic fortifications serve as a vivid reminder of the city's rich heritage as the former capital of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires.

Afternoon: Spice Market Exploration Disembark near the vibrant Spice Market, a place where the air is fragrant with the scent of exotic spices once sold by Indian traders en route to Europe during the Ottoman era. Today, the market is a treasure trove of culinary delights, including an array of Turkish Delight shops. Indulge in tasting sessions that introduce you to the wide variety of these sweet treats, a true taste of Turkish culinary tradition.

Discovering the Rustem Pasha Mosque A hidden jewel amidst the bustling market, the Rustem Pasha Mosque awaits your discovery. Renowned for housing some of the finest Ottoman tiles, its intricate designs and vibrant colors rival even those of the Blue Mosque, offering a serene and visually stunning counterpoint to the day's explorations.

Evening: Return and Relaxation After a day filled with discovery and delight, a transfer back to your hotel offers a moment to unwind.


Reflect on the unique experiences of the day, from the serene beauty of the Bosphorus to the sensory pleasures of the Spice Market and the artistic splendor of the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Istanbul continues to reveal its multifaceted charm, making each moment of your journey unforgettable.

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Overnight in Istanbul

Fener and Balat

Day 4 - Fener & Balat Tour: Istanbul's Hidden Gems

Morning: Discovering the Authenticity of Fener and Balat Embark on a journey to the less-trodden paths of Istanbul with a guided tour of Fener and Balat, neighborhoods known for their rich history, cultural diversity, and vibrant street life. This excursion offers a unique opportunity to explore the city beyond the well-known attractions of Sultanahmet, immersing yourself in the authentic everyday life of Istanbul.

Mary Blachernae: A Sacred Visit Your exploration begins with a visit to the extraordinary Greek Orthodox Church of Mary Blachernae, a place of deep spiritual significance. Unique in the world for its Friday morning service, this church is built atop a sacred water source, drawing pilgrims from the Greek community and beyond. The serene ambiance and historical depth of Mary Blachernae offer a poignant start to your day.

Vibrant Streets of Balat Journey next into the heart of Balat, where the streets come alive with color, history, and the buzz of local life. As you walk through this neighborhood, the scene is a rich tapestry of cultures interwoven over centuries. Balat has been a cultural melting pot since 1492, home to Sephardic Jews from Spain, Greek and Armenian Christians, and Muslims, each community adding to the neighborhood's unique character. The labyrinthine cobblestone streets, lined with historic buildings adorned with hanging laundry, synagogues, and churches, offer a glimpse into the daily rhythms and traditions of its residents.

A Break in Balat Pause your exploration to take in the vibrant atmosphere of Balat. Enjoy a moment of people-watching, observing the neighborhood's residents as they go about their daily routines, a testament to the enduring spirit and cultural richness of this historic area.

Afternoon: The Historical Layers of Fener Conclude your walking tour in Fener, where history resonates through the streets. Here, you'll visit the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, an institution steeped in history and tradition. Within its walls lies a column believed to have been used for the binding and flogging of Jesus in Jerusalem, a poignant relic that connects this place to the ancient past.

Reflecting on Istanbul's Diversity As the day comes to a close, reflect on the unique experiences Fener and Balat have offered. These neighborhoods, with their blend of religious, cultural, and historical influences, showcase the complexity and diversity of Istanbul's identity. Your journey through these hidden gems has not only revealed the city's rich tapestry of life but also enriched your understanding of its multifaceted charm.

Experience Cappadocia

Day 5 - Cappadocia: Land of Beautiful Horses and Fairy Chimneys

Morning: Journey to Cappadocia Your adventure takes a thrilling turn as you depart early from your hotel in Istanbul for a flight to Cappadocia, a region renowned for its otherworldly landscapes and rich historical tapestry. Upon landing at Nevsehir airport, our guide and driver will warmly welcome you, ready to unveil the wonders of Cappadocia over the next two days.

Ortahisar Town: A Glimpse into the Past The first stop in your Cappadocia exploration is Ortahisar, a charming town set against the backdrop of magnificent fairy chimneys and known for its old Greek village ambiance. Here, the blend of natural wonders and historical architecture sets the stage for an immersive journey into the region's past.

Goreme Open Air Museum: A UNESCO Treasure Next, venture to the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985. Wander among rock-cut churches adorned with late Byzantine frescoes, each telling a story of faith and artistry that spans centuries. This open-air museum is a testament to the region's rich spiritual heritage and the skill of its ancient artisans.

Lunch and Pottery in Avanos Enjoy a delightful lunch in a local restaurant in Goreme or Avanos, savoring the flavors of Cappadocian cuisine. In Avanos, a town famous for its pottery, visit a workshop to witness the ancient art of pottery-making. Learn how the kick wheel, developed here by the Hittites, continues to shape beautiful creations, connecting the past with the present.

Afternoon: Underground Wonders and Fairy Chimneys The journey continues to Ozkonak to explore the Underground City of Ozkonak, where subterranean passages reveal a fascinating world of shelters and wine cellars. Marvel at the ingenious cave dwellings that offered refuge and a cool respite from the harsh climates above.

Valley of Imagination and Monks Valley Conclude your day amidst the fantastical landscapes of the Valley of Imagination, where fairy chimneys take on shapes of animals and mythical figures. Nearby, Monks Valley (Pasabag) boasts some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, surrounded by lush apricot and grape orchards, offering a taste of the region's natural bounty if visiting in season.

Evening: Retreat to Your Hotel As the day's adventures draw to a close, transfer to your hotel in Cappadocia for a well-deserved rest. Reflect on the day's discoveries, from the historic streets of Ortahisar to the awe-inspiring formations of Pasabag, each moment weaving together a tapestry of memories that capture the essence of Cappadocia's enchanting landscape.


Overnight in Cappadocia

Gems of Cappadocia

Day 6 - Cappadocia: Aerial Wonders and Lunar Landscapes
Hot Air Balloon Cappadocia

Overnight in Cappadocia

Morning: Hot Air Balloon Adventure Begin your day with an exhilarating hot air balloon ride, a quintessential Cappadocia experience. Picked up from your hotel before sunrise, you'll join your pilots for a quick snack and coffee, setting the stage for the adventure ahead. As the balloon preparations unfold, the anticipation builds. Taking off into the early morning sky, witness the breathtaking beauty of Cappadocia from a bird's-eye view. The volcanic landscape, fairy chimneys, and ancient valleys unfold beneath you in a tapestry of natural wonders. After landing, celebrate your aerial journey with a champagne toast and receive your flight certificates as a memento of this unforgettable experience.

Rest and Rejuvenation Following the balloon ride, return to your hotel for some well-deserved rest, allowing you to soak in the morning's adventures and recharge for the day ahead.

Afternoon: Exploring Cappadocia's Peaks and Valleys Refreshed, meet your guide to continue exploring the beauties of Cappadocia, starting with the highest point in the region. Ascend the Uchisar Castle to grasp the creation of Cappadocia's lunar landscape by natural forces. Enjoy the freedom of the panoramic views, reminiscent of the pigeons soaring through the Natural Park.

Pigeon Valley and the Three Beauties Next, journey to Pigeon Valley, named for the thousands of pigeon houses carved into the rocks. It's a photographer's paradise, offering stunning vistas of the unique terrain. Feed the pigeons and capture the essence of Cappadocia's peaceful coexistence with nature.

Continue to the iconic Three Beauties, three of the best-shaped rock formations in Cappadocia, with Mount Erciyes providing a majestic backdrop. This spot offers a perfect opportunity for an unforgettable photo, capturing the essence of the region's beauty.

Love Valley and Red Valley Conclude your day with visits to Love Valley and Red Valley, renowned for their striking rock formations and mesmerizing colors that change with the light. These valleys provide a fitting end to a day filled with exploration and awe.

Evening: Return to Your Hotel As the sun sets on another remarkable day in Cappadocia, return to your hotel to relax and reflect on the day's journey through some of the most extraordinary landscapes on earth. Your Cappadocia adventure has provided memories to last a lifetime, from the silence of a hot air balloon ride at sunrise to the stunning views from Uchisar Castle and the enchanting valleys that dot the region.

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Day 7 - Farewell to Cappadocia: Return to Istanbul

Morning: Departure Preparations As the dawn breaks over the enchanting landscape of Cappadocia for the last time on your journey, today marks the conclusion of your unforgettable exploration of Turkey. After enjoying a final breakfast amidst the surreal beauty that has been your home for the past days, you will check out from your hotel, carrying with you memories and experiences that have enriched your understanding and appreciation of this unique region.

Transfer to the Airport Our team will ensure a smooth transfer from your hotel to either Kayseri or Nevsehir Airports, depending on your flight details. As you prepare to depart from Cappadocia, take a moment to reflect on the adventures that have unfolded during your stay—from the awe-inspiring vistas of the hot air balloon ride to the profound historical insights gained through exploring ancient cities and valleys.

Return Flight to Istanbul Board your flight back to Istanbul, where the journey began, but with a new perspective shaped by the wonders of Cappadocia. The flight offers a moment of transition, from the natural and historical marvels of central Turkey back to the vibrant, cosmopolitan energy of Istanbul.

Conclusion of Your Turkish Odyssey As you land back in Istanbul, your "Highlights of Turkey" tour may have come to an end, but the stories, images, and experiences you've gathered will continue to resonate. Turkey's rich tapestry of cultures, landscapes, and history has offered a journey that transcends mere travel, inviting you into a deeper exploration of its heritage and beauty.

Though the tour concludes, the doors to Turkey's wonders remain open, inviting you to return and discover even more of its endless treasures in the future. Until then, bid farewell to this land of contrasts and carry its essence with you wherever you go.

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