This morning, we'll discover some of Istanbul's most famous sites on foot, includingTopkapi Palace
Mehmet the Conqueror started building this complex in about 1459 and it served as the royal palace of the Ottoman sultans until 1853. Today, it is one of the world's richest museums, with a staggering collection of jewels, arms, porcelain, sculpture, manuscripts, and more. Next, we stop at the classic Blue Mosque, so-called for the shimmering blue tiles that line its interior. Flanked by symmetrical soaring minarets, it is one of the defining elements of the Istanbul skyline. This classic of Ottoman architectural design was constructed under the patronage of Sultan Ahmet I, from 1609-1616.Hippodromme,
center of sporting (chariots races,athletics)events and political activities of the old city.
The Blue Mosque,
one of the famous mosgues of the Ottomans are known for it’s blue Iznık tiles and unique with its 6 minarets.Today lunch is on your own.After the lunch. Just a short walk across the square takes us to the Underground Cistern,
the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures—capital heads and columns-- that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at us from her watery home. The tour will end with the visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewelry, and carpets. Overnight at the hotel.
Day4 (Istanbul-Cappadocia) B L D
After breakfast,transfer to the airport for flight to
Cappadocia.village- life- tour-
in- cappadocia- Turkey After arrival in Cappadocia
we drive to a village, the smell of apricots permeates the village as the harvest blankets the roofs of the flat-topped houses. Down in the valley is an almost eerie grouping of cave facades that retain the curvy lines of the smooth cave surfaces. At sunset, the sound of drums in the distance and the image of village women baking the evening meal's bread in ancient rock ovens create an unforgettable vision of rural life.These villages make their living as farmers and herders, and their lands abound with fruit trees and fertile gardens. This afternoon, we'll get an up-close look at life here as we share a traditional, home-cooked meal with alocal family when they welcome us as guests into their stone home, enjoying both the hearty, flavorful food of cappadocia the regionand the warmth and good will of our hosts.
Others may be doing traditional needlework and embroidery, preparing meals, or making molasses or bulgur. Men may be harvesting crops, plowing the fields, or sowing wheat, depending on the season. we may continue the spirited conversation about village life village-life-tour-cappadocia-turkeyand family. Then we enjoy a village stroll and visit a local mosque,village coffe house where only man can go and sit,but we all can go and discover their place.Here is a chance to observe a fascinating way of life that may soon disappear as Turkey becomes increasingly modern and aligned with the West. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 (Cappadocia) B L D
Today you may have an optionalHot-Air Balloon RideCappadocia Balloons Tours
Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most fanciful and recognizable landscapes, and during this optional hot-air balloon flight, we’ll soar over its amber terrain and fairy-tale chimneys, savoring a unique panorama in the quiet, rosy light of dawn.We’ll drive to the famous Goreme “open-air museum,
a group of ancient churches carved from the rock. Most of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Then we take a short drive to Uchisar Castle which is thepopular, panoramic viewing goreme-open-air-museum-tourpoint for Cappadocia. There are many rooms, steps, tunnesl and of these chapels have colorful frescoes inside, which date from the tenth to the 13th centuries. Then we take a short drive to Uchisar Castle which is thepopular, panoramic viewing goreme-open-air-museum-tourpoint for Cappadocia. There are many rooms, steps, tunnesl and galleries inside the castle. Lunch in a local restaurant. Avanos, will provide us with the opp
ortunity to purchase som
e of the hand-turned pottery and tile
that has been shaped here for millennia. Some of the techniques still used date back to Hittite times to 2000 BC. This afternoon we visitZelve open -AirMuseum.
This nature site is the perfect place to take photos of remarkable landscape of tufa cones .Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day6 (Cappadocia) B L D
Ths morning we drive to Kaymaklı Underground City.
During the Hittite era, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, underground cities were built as a uniquely defensible community, some eight stories underground,
We can explore some of the hundreds of rooms, wandering the many narrow, sloping passageways between kitchens with enameled food storage areas, water cisterns, stables, and living spaces—all we
ll ventilated by air shafts. At one time, several thousand people lived here. Following our underground city discovery, we'll see more of this scenic area of
Cappadocia.cappadocia-underground-cityPasabag with its highly remarkable earth pillars can be seen here in the middle of a vineyard, hence the name of the place which means: the Pacha's vineyard.
This site is also called Monks Valley. We will see another interesting rock formation called Dervent valley.
The small fairy chimneys in this valley formwhat looks like a lunar landscape. The valley also has many animal shaped rocks. It looks like a sculpture zoo made but by nature. After lunch we havea hike to Rose Valley.
This is a large valley located between Goreme and Cavusin villages, and is divided into many smaller valleys:cappadocia-pasabag-valley Gulludere, Kizilcukur, Meskendir and Zindanonu Valley
s. This beautiful valley gets its name from the rose-colored rock that varies in hue and intensity depending on time of day, season and weather conditions. Later this afternoon, we have the unique opportunity to get acquainted with the old Turkish carpet-making tradition of Anatolia
. Return to hotel or before dinner we have an optional Whirling Dervish tour,
You can be witness the "Ritual of Sema." The Semazens, also called “Whirling Dervishes,”
believe that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Dinner and overnight.
Day 7 ( Cappadocia- Hittite sites, Corum) B L D
List, former capital of the Hittite Empire, is notable for its urban organization, the types of construction that have been pre
served (temples, royal residences, fortifications), the rich ornamentation of the Lions' Gate and the Royal Gate, andthe ensemble of rock art at Yazilikaya. The city enjoyed considerable influence in Anatolia and northern Syria in the 2nd millennium B.C. Afternoon we drive to Corum near to the sites. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 8 (Corum , Ankara) B L DAfter breakfast We drive to Ankara: to see Anatolian Civilisations. Museum and Ataturk Mousuleum.Turkey’s capital and second largest city. Our first stop will be the fascinating Museum of Anatolian Civilisations (The Hittite Museum) with its display of treasures and artefacts from the Assyrian trade colonies, the mighty Hittite Empire, and the Phyrgian and Urartu civilisations. lunch in local restaurant.We also visit theMausoleum of Ataturk.
This magnificent tomb is in memory of Kemal Ataturk,
commander of the Army for National Independence and the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey. You will be absorbed by the fascinating, life size depiction of life in the trenches, from the Turkish perspective, during the Gallipoli War. Drive to hotel for dinner and overnight in Ankara.
Day 9 (Ankara, Istanbul)
After breakfast ,transfer to Ankara Airport to fly to Istanbul for your flight to abroud.