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Overview

Discover two of Turkey’s top destinations on this two-day on this convenient 4-night tour. Hotel lodging and internal flights are included to ensure a smooth and happy trip. In Istanbul, see the famed Byzantine and Ottoman landmarks. And in Cappadocia, enjoy two days of exploring this region’s otherworldly nature, man-made caves and Derinkuyu Underground City as well as UNESCO-listed Göreme Open-Air Museum. This tour includes accommodation in Ottoman-style hotels for four nights in addition to airport transfers and select meals. An optional hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia is also offered. This small-group tour is limited to 12 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • 4-night Istanbul and Cappadocia tour including round-trip internal flights
  • See Istanbul’s Byzantine and Ottoman highlights including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace
  • Marvel at the volcanic peaks, cones, caves and villages of Cappadocia
  • Visit Cappadocia highlights such as the Devrent Valley, the frescoed chapels of UNESCO-listed Göreme, and Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Enjoy four nights’ hotel accommodation in charming Ottoman-style hotels in Istanbul and Cappadocia
  • Upgrade to enjoy a dawn hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia
  • Enjoy personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people
Your small-group 4-night tour of Istanbul and Cappadocia begins in Istanbul. Orient yourself to Turkey’s cultures and customs on a full-day tour of Istanbu’s best sights. Then, fly to Cappadocia, where you will have the opportunity to explore this unique region and its lunar landscapes. Enjoy two days of exploring its caves, villages, trails and skies. If you choose, you can upgrade to partake in a sunrise hot air balloon ride on Day 4. Then, fly back to Istanbul, where your tour concludes. 

Indulge in an 'S' Class (Special Class) hotel — accommodations that  boast typical Ottoman appeal — for your first two nights in Istanbul. In Cappadocia, bed down for two nights in a unique, S-Class cave hotel. Breakfast and other select meals are included, as are domestic flights between Istanbul and Cappadocia.

Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul Airport or Hotel – Istanbul 'S' Class Mina Hotel or Similar
Start your experience with a transfer from Istanbul Atatürk or Sabiha Gokcen Airport to your 'S' Class hotel. Or, if you're already in Istanbul, enjoy a transfer from your central Istanbul hotel to the 'S' Class Mina Hotel or similar. After you've checked in, the evening is yours to spend as you wish. Perhaps enjoy dinner at the hotel or any of the city’s tempting array of restaurants.
Overnight: ‘S’ Class Mina Hotel or similar in central Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul (B, L)After breakfast, meet your guide at your hotel and set off on a city tour to see Istanbul’s Ottoman and Byzantine highlights. Board a luxury Mercedes minivan and drive into old Sultanahmet, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site for its mosques, palaces and relics that date back to these two, powerful empires, when Istanbul was known as Constantinople.
Take in Topkapi Palace, seeing the precious treasures of what was the Ottoman seat of power between the 15th and 19th centuries, and admire the spectacular Hagia Sophia, once the greatest church in Christendom before it was converted to a mosque in 1453. See its dome and golden Byzantine mosaics and listen as your guide recounts its turbulent history.
After a delicious lunch at a local restaurant, head inside the Blue Mosque to view its vast expanses of blue Iznik tiles, and pose for photos at the Hippodrome, a city park that once staged ancient chariot races. Then, head into the Grand Bazaar to peruse its massed ranks of souvenir, carpet and trinket stalls.
In the late afternoon, enjoy a drop-off at your hotel in time for dinner (own expense).
Overnight: ‘S’ Class Mina Hotel or similar in central Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul – Kayseri – Cappadocia (B, L)After an early hotel breakfast, travel by minibus to the airport for your flight to Kayseri in central Turkey. After your 1.5-hour flight, meet your guide and drive to the north Cappadocia region in an air-conditioned Mercedes minibus, your transport for the duration of your Cappadocia tour.
Start at the Devrent Valley, where volcanic cones and ‘fairy chimneys’ — mushroom-shaped pinnacles — crowd the hillsides. Discover from your guide how wind and water erosion shapes the formations, and then visit Monks Valley, whose conical rocks once offered seclusion for monks and hermits.
After a stop at the pottery town of Avanos and lunch at a local restaurant, admire the hand-carved dovecotes of Pigeon Valley and visit Göreme Open-Air Museum. Roam the rock-cut chapels of this UNESCO-listed gem to see the vivid Byzantine frescoes on their walls, and continue to Uchisar Castle, a stunning natural rock castle riddled with tunnels and chambers.
Later, travel to your boutique cave hotel and enjoy dinner (own expense) and the evening at leisure.
Overnight: ‘S’ Class Courtyard Cave Hotel or similar in Cappadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia (B, L)If you’ve upgraded, begin your day with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. Enjoy a tasty buffet breakfast at the balloon station and then take in breathtaking aerial views on a 1-hour ride. Drift high over the sunrise-lit mountains and take photos of the rock villages, canyons and caves below.
Following your flight or — if you haven’t opted for the balloon ride — breakfast at your hotel, travel to south Cappadocia to scout out more natural wonders. Begin at Derinkuyu Underground City, an incredible cave-city dating back to Hittite times that is the deepest of its kind in Cappadocia. Explore its courtyards, tunnels, rooms and even its cemeteries, where the dead were buried until they could be taken above ground.
Continue through the stunning, 10-mile (16-km) gorge of the Ihlara Valley and visit Selime Monastery, an astonishing monastery-fortress complex hewn in the 13th century and consisting of a vast, hollowed-out cathedral, monastic quarters and secret passageways.
See the cliff-face caves and houses at Yaprakhisar as your guide reveals how they featured in several Star Wars movies. Then, visit the gigantic Agzikarahan Caravanserai, a 10th-century stone compound complete with refectories and chambers that provided much-needed shelter for the caravan trains that traveled the ancient Silk Road.
Return to your hotel by minibus and spend the evening as you wish.
Overnight: ‘S’ Class Courtyard Cave Hotel or similar in Cappadocia
Day 5: Cappadocia – Kayseri – Istanbul (B)After breakfast at your hotel, transfer to Kayseri airport for your return flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, conclude your tour with a drop-off at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Sabiha Gokcen Airport, or your original starting point in Istanbul.

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, Feb 2017

Great tour in both cities of Istanbul and Cappadocia.
Istanbul- Hotel was nice and comfy. Decent breakfast. The tour guide was knowledgeable . She fluent in telling us the history of our tour.
Cappadocia- Hotel was great. The staff ensure that we are comfortable in our room. The tour were excellent altough our hotair balloon was cancelled due to unforseen weather. The guides
were humorous . He likes to crack jokes to ensure everybody is alive and not feeling tired. Lastly Mr Ozgur from the main agent was very helpful since our arrival at Istanbul airport till our end of trip. Thanx Viator and CityOfSultans.

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, Dec 2015

This tour was amazing and well organised. I appreciate the itnerary that they gave us upon meeting...

Hakan, the guide for the day trip in Istanbul was very knowledgable and really relateable. He also kindly offer to tailor my trip based on my interests. The Mina Hotel i stayed in had a great view of the city. The transit to Cappadocia was easy. The hot air balloon ride was a clear highlight, one of the best expereinces i've had on travel. Exploring the Selime Monastery and the rock-hewn churches of Goreme were also an amazing experience. The Courtyard Cave Hotel was also a highlight. Murat, is the kindest inn keeper i have ever met. He was attentive and very knowledgable and went out of his way to make you comfortable, with homemade breakfasts and fresh squeezed juice every morning. This tour combines the must see sights, effortless transit, and charming tour guides and hotels. Very impressed.

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, Sep 2015

Our first experience with a package tour and we were not disappointed! Seamless transfers, helpful and informative guides and great hotels! Istanbul was great but my favorite part was Cappadocia! We went for the balloon ride and it was an amazing experience! Also the cave hotel there was the best hotel I've ever stayed in!! Would recommend to anyone!

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, Apr 2015

the tour in Istanbul wouldn't recomend as the hotel and meals even tour guide was not particularly nice. The Cappadocia part was good, especially the courtyard cave hotel and restaurants they took us to.


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