Istanbul & Cappadocia - Awesome Experiences

Call us today on

+44(0)208 432 0885

Private trips of a lifetime for busy professionals

Istanbul & CappadociaTurkey

From £1,183 per person for 5 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
Immerse yourself in the continent-crossing city of Istanbul, learn about Turkish culture and Cappadocia from the soaring heights of a hot air balloon.

Perfect for:

Extraordinary & Secret Places
Summary

Turkey

Take in Istanbul’s awesome sights on this five-night trip, before exploring the ancient region of Cappadocia, where the other-worldly scenery harbours Bronze Age cave homes, medieval rock face churches and captivating cultural experiences.

What makes this experience awesome:

  • Private holiday with personal guides and private transport included
  • Explore Istanbul’s famous landmarks with a private guide
  • Cruise the Bosphorus River
  • Ease stress in a traditional Turkish hammam
  • See Cappadocia’s captivating whirling dervishes dance
  • Wander the rock monasteries and fortresses of Cappadocia
  • Soar in a hot air balloon, high above Cappadocia’s stunning scenery

Istanbul is one of the world’s most fascinating cities: one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, it’s an absorbing mix of Sultan’s palaces, sophisticated nightlife and busy bazaars. You’ll spend the first three days of your trip dotting between these with your own personal guide – taking in the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar and one of the city’s famed hammams, amongst other attractions. Next, you’ll fly to the central region of Cappadocia, where you’ll explore rock tombs, mountain fortresses and lunar landscapes before taking to the air in a hot air balloon. 


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole holiday.


Please click the Full Itinerary tab at the top for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers.   


To check other European trips,click here!
To check all of our Turkey trips,click here!


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London to Istanbul cost around £170 per person and take approximately three and a half hours. 

Experience start point: Istanbul (IST)

End point: Istanbul (IST). 

All tour departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers' Club promotion. Click here for more information.

Map
Full Itinerary

Itinerary

Turkey

Day One: Welcome to Istanbul

Touch down in Turkey’s beguiling capital, and your private driver will take you to your hotel ready to begin exploring tomorrow. The rest of the day is yours to relax.

Overnight in Istanbul

Classic - Senatus Hotel

Premium - Dossi Dossi Hotel Old City

Deluxe - Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Meals included: None

Blue Mosque


Day Two: Discover the city

After breakfast, you’ll meet your personal guide who will take you on a private adventure in one of the world’s most enchanting cities. Begin at the the grand Topkapi Palace (closed on Tuesdays), once home to the Ottoman sultans and now a museum brimming with jewels, robes and relics. Break for lunch before visiting the Blue Mosque, famed for its intricate tiled decoration. Next you’ll visit the ancient Hippodrome, where the Byzantine Emperors used to watch chariot races. Afterwards, you’ll walk through the atmospheric back streets of Old Istanbul, stopping at the colourful spice market with its myriad aromas on the way to the bustle of the Grand Bazaar (closed on Sundays). Later, you’ll be driven to the Rumeli Fortress for a boat ride across the Bosphorus to have dinner on the Asian side of Istanbul (your guide can help with recommendations and reservations).

Overnight in Istanbul

Classic - Senatus Hotel

Premium - Dossi Dossi Hotel Old City

Deluxe - Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Grand Bazaar


Day Three: Bosphorus bound

After breakfast, you’ll be whisked off by your guide to visit the splendid Dolmabahce Palace, built in 1843 and later used by President Ataturk. Today you’ll have lunch on the European side of the city, with stunning views across the Bosphorus to the Asian side. Later, you’ll take a cruise along the river sailing past many of the city’s ancient mansions and monuments, including Rumeli Fortress and the Golden Horn. After a hectic day, it’s time to relax in one of the city’s traditional hammams with a steam and massage. There is also the option of arranging a night out with dinner at an authentic shisha lounge. For related costs, see the Extras tab.

Overnight in Istanbul

Classic - Senatus Hotel

Premium - Dossi Dossi Hotel Old City

Deluxe - Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Palace


Day Four: Incredible Cappadocia

Wake early for the 1.5 hour flight to Cappadocia. From the airport, you’ll be driven straight to one of the region’s famous underground cities, used by Christian settlers to hide from invading armies and formed by a maze of narrow passages that criss cross deep underground. From here, you’ll continue to the ancient city of Sahinefendi (Sobesos), scattered with mosaics, chapels and a hammam and only discovered in 2002. Next, it’s the rock-cut Byzantine monastery of Keslik, home to a intricate frescoes and evocative chambers. On your journey between these attractions, you’ll pass incredible scenery: villages scattered about the hillsides and surrounded by table-top mountains. After stopping for lunch, you have three activity options to choose from – horse ride or mountain bike through apricot orchards and vineyards, climbing volcanic stone hills for breathtaking vista on mountain tops, or hike through the Güvercinlik Valley, finishing with a wine-tasting at a local vineyard. You’ll return to your hotel at around 5pm, with time to relax before visiting a captivating show put on by Whirling Dervishes, who famously twirl while in a religious trance. 

Overnight in Cappadocia

Classic - El Puente Cave Hotel

Premium - Anatolian Houses

Deluxe - Taskonaklar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

Valleys


Day Five: Up in the air

Wake early this morning for a trip highlight: travelling high above the incredible mountains and valleys of Cappadocia by hot air balloon. On this sunrise flight, you’ll toast the stunning views with a glass of Champagne, before returning to your hotel at around 8am. After breakfast, you’ll spend the rest of the day exploring the captivating countryside. Start by wandering the compelling troglodyte houses of the Derwent Valley before heading to Pasabag. This valley is home to strange, toadstool-like rock formations, known as ‘fairy chimneys’. You’ll break for lunch in the sleepy town of Avanos, on the banks of the Red River, a centre for terracotta pottery for more than 4,000 years. Watch traditional artisans at work during a workshop, then continue to the Goreme open-air museum, where 4th-century rock monasteries honeycomb the mountains, topped by Byzantine churches. End your day at the surreally beautiful Uchisar Rock Castle, a Byzantine fortress carved into a rock mountain which once harboured Christians escaping persecution.

Overnight in Dalyan

Classic - El Puente Cave Hotel

Premium - Anatolian Houses

Deluxe - Taskonaklar

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Hot Air Balloon


Day Six: Home time

Leave the hotel at around 7.30am ready for the flight back to Istanbul, from where you can catch a connecting flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast

Underground city


Whats included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Private air-conditioned transport throughout tour
  • Return domestic flight IST - CAP - IST

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Optional extras listed
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry


Accommodation

You will get a choice of hotel options for the duration of your experience:

Classic ★★★

Classic hotels provide mid-range accommodation (minimum three-star rated), with comfortable rooms and private facilities. We’ve selected these hotels based on positive client feedback.


Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.


Deluxe ★★★★★

Deluxe hotels are luxury hotels with excellent facilities and service, usually categorised as 4.5 or 5 star. Clients rate them extremely highly.


When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.

To check other European trips,click here!

To check all of our Turkey trips,click here!


Overall meals included: 5 Breakfasts; 4 lunches; 1 dinners


GETTING THERE

Typical return Economy flights from London to Istanbul cost around £170 per person and take approximately three and a half hours. 

Experience start point: Istanbul (IST)

End point: Istanbul (IST). 

All tour departures up to 30th June 2019 are part of our Pioneers' Club promotion. Click here for more information.

Continue on to select date and hotel options
From /per person

Unable to progress as there are currently no step options for this tour
continue
Back
/per person

Select hotel class

TEST tourbank -chooseoptions

Select room option: Price
From /per person
continue

Back
From /per person
Please Wait... We're checking the calendar for you.
From /per person
Please call 0208 432 0885 to book these particular options
continue Continue
Back
From /per person

Select room option: Price
From /per person
Please call 0208 432 0885 to book these particular options
Continue
ACCEPT COOKIESTo give you the best possible experience, this site uses cookies. Using this site means you agree to our use of cookies. We have published a cookies policy, which you should read to find out more about the cookies we use. View cookies policy.