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Day 1: Istanbul

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul

After breakfast in your hotel, there is a full day guided tour which includes St. Sophia the cathedral built by Emperor Justinian in 537 which was the largest church in Christendom for a thousand years, the Byzantine Hippodrome with its various monuments including a 3500‐year‐old red granite obelisk brought from Egypt and erected here in 390 AD. The Ottoman Empire produced marvelous architecture and you'll see two of its finest works: Topkapi Palace, home of the sultans, and the famed Blue Mosque of Sultan Ahmet I. After all these visits, you'll venture into Spice Bazaar.

Day 3: Istanbul

After breakfast you start the tour at the Spice Bazaar and it goes on with Bosphorus Cruise. The magical journey which covers both European and Asian shores will let you see the marvelous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School, Arnavutkoy, Bebek and more highlights of Istanbul located on both sides of the bosporus. We will also see the Rumeli Fortress (Rumeli Hisari), which was built by Mehmet the Conquerer in 1452, for preparation of his planned siege of Byzantine Constantinople.

Istanbul view

Day 4: Istanbul

After breakfast you start the tour with Dolmabahce Palace: This area was originally the bay where the navy anchored in the early periods when the Ottomans conquered Istanbul. The place was chosen as the site of the new palace by Sultan Abdulmecit I, since it was by the sea side and close to the city center. Cross the bosphorus Bridge which Unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) within few minutes. Visit Camlica Hill which is one of the highest point of the Bosphorus and Istanbul. The Camlica Hill has a wonderful panorama including the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, Historical Peninsula and islands.

Day 5: Istanbul - Ankara

Today you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Ankara. Upon arrival visit Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Citadel of Ankara and the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Continue to your hotel for overnight.

Day 6: Ankara - Cappadocia

Today you will be transferred to Cappadocia. The transfer will take about 5 hours and upon arrival check into your hotel and remainder of the day will be at leisure.

Day 7: Cappadocia

Full day touring with valleys to see the remnants of some older churches, rock formations and Kaymakli Underground City, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. Stop by Avcilar and pigeons valley to experience the moon‐like topography of Cappadocia continue to Open Air Museum in Goreme to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia in rock‐cut churches with frescoes and paintings (10th to 13th century). and Pasabagi Valley .Proceed to the pottery town of Avanos where Kizilirmak (Hallys), the longest river of Turkey, meanders leaving the red clay on its banks that has been the raw material of pottery for centuries.

Day 8: Cappadocia - Istanbul

Morning optional balloon tour is available on this day. The tour begins with a visit to Pigeon Valley which is large panorama valley continuing to Uchisar. After that continue to the Nar lake which lies in a crater. Water turtles and ducks can be observed. Then to the Ihlara Valley which is the largest, deepest and the longest canyon in Cappadocia. We hike about 3km beside the river in Ihlara Valley. After hiking lunch in Belisirma and continue to Selime. After the tour drive to the airport for your evening flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel.

Day 9: Istanbul

On this last day you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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