The Istanbul Local Guides Team we will be honored to host you in our beautiful country. Turkey is a very rich country in terms of culture, history and natural beauty. We recently tailored a special nine (9) day itinerary for visitors to enjoy the varied treasures of Turkey. You will experience Turkey through the eyes of a local. Apart from main tourist attractions, you will experience the hidden gems of our stunning country. You will start your trip by visiting a Roman Capital, Constantinople. Other days you will find yourself exploring the beauties of the natural rock formations of Cappadocia. You will also visit a temple commissioned by Alexander the Great as well as finding yourself enjoying the hot springs of Hierapolis, to which Cleopatra owed her beauty. Let us be your companion in this memorable trip.
Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey! Your driver will pick you up from Istanbul airport and transfer to your hotel. The rest of day is at leisure for you to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. Overnight in Istanbul in a boutique hotel.
Day 2: Highlights of Istanbul
Your guide will greet you at your hotel at 09:00 to begin your walking tour in the capital of three great empires. Your tour begins at the Topkapi Palace, the former imperial residence from which the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled for nearly 400 years. Today a spectacular museum, it is famous for its collections of treasury of the Ottoman Royal Family. You will chase the memories of the sultans and the Ottoman Empire through 400 years of the most glorious victories, happiest moments, and mournful days.
From Topkapi Palace you walk to Hagia Sophia via a cobblestone road filled with old Ottoman houses. This 6th century church, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture, welcomes you with its legends and mosaics. You will have a chance to touch the history of this church, a main attraction of the city since its construction (The Harem is not include the itinerary since it is under restoration).
After lunch in a local restaurant, you will visit the Blue Mosque, also known as the Sultanahment Mosque. One of the biggest mosques and principal adornments of the Istanbul skyline, the Blue Mosque was built in the 17th century. Once inside the mosque, blue Iznik tiles and stained glass will surround you. The Basilica Cistern (Turkish: Yerebatan Sarayı - "Sunken Palace"), is the largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul The cistern, located 500 feet (150 m) southwest of the Hagia Sophia on the historical peninsula of Sarayburnu, was built in the 6th century during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Justinian I.
The final stop will be the Grand Bazaar. Your guide will provide the history of the Bazaar as well as some helpful tips on navigating its more than 4000 shops. Your tour will end between 16:00-1700. Overnight in Istanbul in a boutique hotel.
Day 3: Istanbul-One day Two Continents
Today you will explore two different sides of Istanbul, Europe and Asia. Your guide will meet you at the hotel at 9:00am. The first stop will be the Spice Market, with vendors selling spices, dried fruits, cheeses, sausages, jams, nuts, seeds, lokum (Turkish Delight) and other edibles and collectibles. After the Market, you will cruise the Bosphorus to see the beautiful Asian and European coastlines of Istanbul. The Bosphorus is a unique natural water strait with both sides filled in Palaces, Yalis (old Ottoman Houses), historical mosques and many other buildings and many neighbourhoods with their own unique cultures. Following the cruise you visit Camlıca hill, the highest spot of Istanbul, offering one of the best panoramic views of Istanbul and Bosphorus. After lunch in a local restaurant, you will cross the Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Asia) to another (Europe) including a sign which reads '' Welcome to Europe’’. You will then visit one of the most beautiful districts of the city, Ortakoy, where you can take beautiful pictures and taste turkish coffe with the view of amazing Bosphorus. Then it will be time to walk around Istiklal Street, where locals hang out. While you are walking (1.2 km) your guide will describe the buildings. Your tour will end between 16:00-17:00 at your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul in a boutique hotel.
Day 4: Istanbul- Cappadocia
This morning you will fly from Istanbul to Cappadocia. Upon arrival you will be met just outside the arrival gate with a sign bearing your name and be transfered to Cappadocia to meet your local guides and begin the tour. Amongst the places you are visiting today is Catalkaya, also known as three beauties, with the symbolic fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, Rose Valley and Red Valley. You can hike with your local guide in order to enjoy wonderful rock formations, pigeon houses, natural tunnels and churches. Your next stop will be Cavusin village to see caves and stone houses which were abandoned in 1952. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. In the afternoon your will be visiting Kaymaklı Underground City, one of the most interesting underground cities in Cappadocia. This underground city consists of eight floors out of which only four of them open to visitors. You will continue with Pigeon Valley with pigeon houses and colorful rock formations. During the tour you will have a chance to see demonstrations of handicrafts. Overnight in Cappadocia a boutique cave hotel.
Day 5: Cappadocia
Optional! Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Experience (additional)
Your local guide meets you at 09:00am at your hotel. You will have another day enjoying the lunar landscape of Cappadocia, visiting rock formations beyond belief in Devrent Valley. You will walk in Pasabag near Zelve among the "fairy chimneys”, where the voice of wind mixes with the "songs of fairies". Lunch will be in Avanos at a local restaurant. Zelve is also the centre of terra cotta work of art since 3000 BC where you will see a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop. In the afternoon you will be visiting the famous Goreme Open Air Museum to see the best examples of Byzantine art in the region in rock-cut churches with frescoes (10th to 13th century). You will continue to the Uchisar Rock-Castle to have a panoramic view of the valleys of Cappadocia. Overnight in Cappadocia in a boutique cave hotel.
Day 6: Izmir-Ephesus
You will be picked up from your hotel in the morning and transfered to the airport for your flight to Izmir. You will be greeted at the airport with a sign bearing your name and transfered to Ephesus to meet your local guide. You will visit EPHESUS, which is known to be the Commercial, Religious and the Social Center of Antiquity, and one of the highlights of any visit in Turkey. Ephesus is a very well preserved ancient city witnessed by all of the Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilisations. You wil visit the Fountains of Trajan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, the Library of Celcius, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with a capacity of 24.000 spectators, along with many other remnants. After the lunch in a local restaurant, you will be driven to Temple of Artemis (Diana), then on to the House of the Virgin Mary, which was also declared as a pilgrimage place by the Vatican. During your tour you will have a chance to see demonstrations of some handicrafts. Your tour ends between 16:00-17.00. Overnight in Kusadasi in a boutique hotel.
Day 7: Pamukkale
After meeting your local guide your are driven to Pamukkale, also known as "Cotton Castle." On your drive to Pamakkale you will stop for lunch at a local restaurant for a local traditional of Pide. Pamukkale, once known as Hierapolis, is famous for its healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow-white "petrified waterfalls." You will visit the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main street and gates, the thermal baths, the Devil's Hole, and the ancient theatre. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, a sedimentary rock deposited by water from the hot springs. This ancient city also houses the famous Cleopatra antique pool where you can swim amongst the columns of temples (entry is extra). After the tour you will be transferred to Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul. In Istanbul you will be greeted at the airport with a sign with your name on it, and transfered to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul in a a boutique hotel.
Day 8: Istanbul-Golden Horn and Dolmabahce Palace
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel at 09:00. Your first stop today will be the SULEYMANIYE Mosque. This mosque, constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan in 1557, is regarded as the most beautiful of all imperial mosques. In addition to the outside architecture, you will visit the tombs of the Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent and his wife Roxelana. Afterwards, you will drive along the CITY WALLS of Constantinople stretching for 6.5 kilometers from the Golden Horn to the Sea of Marmara and commisioned by Emperor Theodosius II in the 5th century. We will continue by exploring to neighborhoods FENER and BALAT where you will enjoy the most authentic houses of Istanbul and many eastern Orthodox churches and also the Petriarchate of Orthodox Church. Following lunch in a local restaurant, you will continue to Eyup, one of the most important Pilgrimage places on earth for the Islamic World. Afterwards you may wish to stop for a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy the panoramic view of the Old City from the Coffee House of PIER LOTTI.. Your final stop of the day will be the DOLMABAHCE PALACE, which extends for 600 meters along the European coast of the Bosphorus. This palace, constructed between 1843 and 1858 by Sultan I Abdulmecit, contains eclectic elements from the Baroque, Rococo, and Neoclassical styles, blended with traditional Ottoman architecture to create a new synthesis. Dolmabahce has the largest collection of Bohemian and Baccarat crystal chandeliers in the world, and one of the great staircases has balusters of Baccarat crystal. Your tour will end between 16:00-1700. Overnight in Istanbul in a a boutique hotel.
Day 9: Good Bye
Today we say goodbye to our new friends. Your tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport.
Note: This tour is customizable according to your interest and flight schedule.
Note : The price of this tour covers accommodations in hotels as mentioned above or in similar quality hotels.
Note: These prices are valid for early bookings. (minumum 3 months in advance)
Why book this tour with us ?
Turkey is the most beautiful and fascinating country in the world. Our company is dedicated to sharing our passion and knowledge of the art, architecture, and history of this amazing country. Our experienced licensed local guides offer tours of the highest quality which are not only informative but entertaining as well. They know their country in depth and will make you discover the secrets and treasures of this amazing country. We offer customized boutique private tours to meet the specific needs and preferences of our guests. We are a small family business and we take huge pride in our work to ensure that our guests’ expectations of service delivery and value for money are exceeded. We work only with experienced licensed local guides. We aim to provide best attractions, local restaurants and places for shopping. From the time of making your first enquiry through to the end of your visit, you can expect a service which will be efficient, friendly and individual to your requirements.
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