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Upon landing in Istanbul, get transferred to the accommodation. Check-in and unpack and Relax. You have the rest of the day to yourself. You can spend the day exploring the local markets.
Overnight in Istanbul
Fill up on breakfast. There’s a whirl of Turkish experiences in store today! We’ll be heading out around 9.00 AM to explore the city, visit its most iconic sights and local highlights. On our route: The Hippodrome, famed Blue Mosque, St. Sophia (considered one of the architectural marvels of all time), the scandalous and opulent Topkapi Palace, and the Little Hagia Sophia. Then, time for some retail therapy at the Grand Bazaar – it’s an Aladdin’s cave of glittering delights. The noise, the food, the smells, and best of all, the shopping bargains! – this is the ultimate oriental shopping experience. In the evening: time to kick-start your Turkish experience with one of the best activities, a dinner cruise on the Bosphorus (2 Hours Duration). Step aboard your cruise ship and sail down the river looking out at Asia on one side and Europe on the other. On-board, let the good times roll! Feast on traditional dishes as you watch belly dancers, folk theatre, music, and dances – and then, as a DJ spins international and Turkish tunes , it’s time to hit the dance floor!
Overnight in Istanbul
This morning, we’ll be driven to the airport to catch our flight to Kayseri, and then transfer to Cappadocia. Relax at the hotel, or go out for local market stroll. Afterwards, you’re free to enjoy ‘me time’ for the rest of the evening.
OPTIONAL: You can go for a unique experience in the afternoon: an authentic Turkish cooking class. Learn how to make traditional dishes from a local chef.
Overnight in Cappadocia.
Rise and shine! This morning, we’ll take to the skies in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia. Just as the sun peeks over the horizon, drift upwards in a hot air balloon alongside tens of other balloons in bright patterns, while glancing below, you can take in the sight of a magical and bizarre landscape. Trust us, you’ll be talking about this experience long after you’re back on solid ground. (Please note that this is an optional activity at an additional cost of EUR 150-165/person approximately).
After breakfast, we’ll set out to explore Cappadocia on a guided tour. We’ll visit the subterranean city of Kaymakli (which goes eight stories underground!), the world-famous Fairy Chimneys, the village of Avanos for a Pottery-making demonstration, amongst other sites. In the evening, ‘me time’ to relax or explore before dinner at the hotel.
Overnight in Cappadocia
After breakfast, depart to airport to catch the flight to Antalya. Upon reaching Antalya, get transferred to hotel and check-in. You have the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Overnight in Antalya
After the breakfast, head out to explore Pamukkale, meaning ‘cotton castles’ named after the region’s snow-white terraced cliffs, waterfalls and mineral-rich thermal hot springs. And then it is Time to get a closer look at the treasures of the region on a guided tour. We’ll visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis, the ruins of the biggest Necropolis Graveyard of the ancient world, Roman baths, the Basilica and the area’s famous calcium cliffs. Returning back to the hotel, we’ll cap the day with dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
After breakfast, head to airport to catch flight to Istanbul followed by flight back home
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