Essential Turkey

13 –19 April, 2019 | 7 Days/6 Nights

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It doesn’t take much to fall in love with a land that’s been described as a song. A song created by rain and wind that’s been sung for thousands of years. It’s a charming world, where the earth is a work of art and the skies are an endless blue.

We begin our trip in the historical city of Istanbul. The city that has one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, with the mighty Bosphorus Strait dividing it up. Or perhaps uniting the city.

Istanbul is everything you have read about, everything you have dreamt about, and more! It’s a magical city. It draws you in with its history, its magnificent architecture, its spice markets, and, in more recent times, its rocking night life. It clings to its past, yet is not afraid to duel with the future. Soak up the atmosphere here, take a ride across the Bosphorus, shop, eat, and do all the wonderful things that your mind conjures up when you think about Istanbul.

Cities, empires, and religions have risen and fallen from the unique cave dwellings of Cappadocia and you get to experience the real thing when you stay in a cave hotel. Explore the underground settlements and caves here. Visit the many valleys that dot the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, and marvel at the fairy chimneys. At the crack of dawn, view these chimneys from above as you rise in a hot air balloon and witness a magnificent sunrise sweeping the landscape. You are also in for a gastronomical treat when you sample local fare at a Cappadocian house in Mustafapasa. And, then, top everything off with a whirling dervish performance.

This trip has been kept short, so that you can also join us for Greece right after covering the essentials of Turkey. Why wait?

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Get transported to the Ottoman glory in Istanbul
  • Stay in a cave hotel in Cappadocia
  • Rise above in a hot air balloon over fairy chimneys (optional)
  • Enjoy local fare in Mustafapasa
  • Witness a whirling dervish performance
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PRICE

  • Accommodation on a twin-sharing basis
  • All transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tours as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All museum and site entrances as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking guide throughout the tour
  • Services of a trip lead from Wonderful World throughout the trip
  • GST at 5%
  • Airfare, international and domestic (from Istanbul to Cappadocia and Cappadocia to Istanbul)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Tips for driver and guide
  • Any beverages, alcoholic or non-alcoholic
  • Any personal expenses, such as laundry, phone calls, porterage, etc.
  • Any other item not mentioned in Inclusions above
  • Any cost arising out of unforeseen circumstances like ill‐health, land blocks, bad weather, etc.

ITINERARY

Day1
Day 1 – Saturday, 13th April (includes breakfast and dinner at local restaurant) Istanbul – Arrival
  • Arrive at Istanbul airport. Group transfer to the hotel. (Please check flight timings with us before booking. Private transfer can be arranged at additional cost.) Rest of the day at leisure.
  • Overnight at Richmond Istanbul, Taksim Hotel or similar
Day2
Day 2 – Sunday, 14th April (includes breakfast and lunch at local restaurant) Istanbul
  • - After breakfast at the hotel, meet your guide and enjoy your Istanbul sightseeing tour.
  • Visit the Hippodrome, the centre of the civil activities back in the Hellenistic and Roman times. Here, chariot and horse races and athletic runs entertained the people of Constantinople.
  • Blue Mosque, built between 1609 and 1616, has more than 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles and unique 6 minarets, which is the unique feature of this mosque. - Break for lunch.
  • Continue to Hagia Sophia, the former cathedral of Constantinople, considered as the masterpiece of the early Byzantine architecture, and renowned for its mosaic decoration and architectural style.
  • Visit the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Enjoy shopping in this labyrinth of more than 4000 shops. Be sure to bargain!
  •  Proceed to Suleimaniye Mosque, built by the architect Sinan by the order of Suleyman the Magnificent.
  • Enjoy free time for the rest of the day. Then transfer back to the hotel.
  • Overnight at Richmond Istanbul, Taksim Hotel or similar
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