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Arrival in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel in the old city. Overnight with breakfast.
Private walking tour : a short walk will take you first to the pearl of Byzance, Hagia Sofia, a 6th century masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, built as a Christian church, converted to a mosque in 1453and made into a museum in the middle of the 20th century.
Walk around the Hippodrome, the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life. See also the the Blue Mosque with its blue tiles,six minarets and a great cascade of domes. We will go down to the Basilica Cistern with its hundreds of columns.
After lunch, we’ll continue to the Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman Sultans from 1465 to 1853, to admire its displays of Ottoman treasures and jewellery. You’ll also see the Sultans’ harem.
Private tour : A short drive along the Golden Horn will take us to the Kariye museum which has the city's most beautiful golden mosaics describing the life of Christ as well as some remarkable paintings especially the one of the resurrection of Adam and Eve. We`ll then visit the renovated museum of Pammakaristos, where one can also see wonderful mosaics followed by a short walk through the neighbourhood of Fener. We’ll stop by the Orthodox Patriarchate, the Greek Orthodox equivalent of the Vatican, and the St. George church.
Short transfer to Sirkeci for lunch before a 1.5 hour cruise on the Bosphorous.
The Strait connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea and separates Europe and Asia, making Istanbul one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the only one built astride two continents. You’ll admire from the water the Dolmabahce Plalace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ciragan Palace and the Rumeli Fortress, ancient wooden villas and bridges.
After the cruise, visit the Spice Bazaar built between 1597 and 1664 with its colourful spice stalls and a little known Ottoman jewel, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, covered with blue Iznik tiles, both inside and out.
Free day to roam at your leisure and explore the Grand Bazaar.
Morning flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival transfer to your cave hotel.Rest of the day at leisure to discover the premises.
Private Tour: We’ll head off by car to the underground city of Derinkuyu, 8 floors deep. Then we continue to the Open Air Museum of Göreme, where a big number of rock churches, monasteries and a refectory allow you to bring alive in your imagination how the Byzantine clergy lived at that time. Your guide will help you understand the meaning of the well preserved frescoes that you will see in the churches.
From there, we’ll go to the amazing Pasabag Fairy Chimney valley which is probably one of the best places to understand the unique geological phenomenon of this incredible region. You’ll see fairy chimneys with multiple “hats” and how hermits lived in them.
We'll pass through the Devrent valley, yet another amazing fairy chimney valley, on our way to the village of Ürgüp with its traditional old houses.
Guided walk: the churches and landscapes of Gulludere and Kizilçukur. Our vehicle will drop us off at our tour staring point in the valley of Zindanonu with its church and pigeon homes.
We will trek down the valley of Gulludere (Rose Valley) and we will visit some cave churches.
We will pass over a splendid view point to reach the valley of Kizilçukur (Red Valley), whose colours and tufa formations are fascinating. About 3 hours of walking (can be shortened or lengthened). Short drive back to your hotel.
Private transfer to the airport and flight to Izmir . Upon arrival, private transfer to your hotel in Kusadasi, the "Bird island”.
Enjoy the next 4 nights half-board at La Vista hotel, the pearl of the Aegean, or similar.
Private tour to Ephesus, the city dedicated to Artemis. Visit the ruins from the period of St. Paul, the Odeon, the Monumental fountain, Temples, the Library, the Great Theatre and the Double Church. You can also visit St. John’s Basilica and his Tomb and the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life as well as the visit old greek village of Sirince.
Leisure on the seaside, facing the greek islands. Spend the day as you please - be it exploring culture and history or enjoying some last rays of sunshine before heading home.
Leisure on the seaside, facing the greek islands. Enjoy your final day of the holidays as you see fit!
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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