Welcome to Turkey. On arrival in Cappadocia you will be greeted by your friendly Thomas Cook Tour Manager / local representative outside the baggage hall area at the airport. Sit back in the comfort of your coach, drive to your hotel check into and relax (Standard Check in time after 1400Hrs). This is a region where nature and history come together with the most beautiful scenery in the world. Evening free to explore city on your own...Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Nevsehir.
For early risers, you have a chance to experience beautiful landscape of Cappadocia on Hot Air Ballon ride. Post breakfast; begin with your city tour of Cappadocia. Visit Devrent Valley, it has various types of Fairy chimneys. We will walk through the amazing valley. Then you will visit Pasabagi (Monks Valley) where you will see many fairy chimneys with multiple stems and caps unique to this area. Drive to Avanos which is famous with pottery. Then proceed to Goreme Open Air Museum. We will have a photo stop at Uchisar Castle and Esentepe. Visit Kaymakli underground City. Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Nevsehir
Arrive at Istanbul Ataturk Airport. Istanbul is a beautiful city located strategically in two continents. The half part of Istanbul is located in Europe and the other half is located in Asia. The two halves of the city are separated by suspension bridge. It is a cultural and financial hub of Turkey; it was an important city for Roman Empire and Ottoman Empire. Meet and greet our representativeThen, you will check-into the hotel. The other half of the day is at leisure. Overnight, stay at Hotel in Istanbul.
This morning after breakfast, proceed for half day local sightseeing of the city. Visit to St. Sophia (closed on Mondays) was basically constructed for the Eastern Roman Emperor Justanian I in the sixth century. A masterwork of Roman engineering, the massive dome covers what was for 1000 years the largest enclosed space in the world. It tells the story as a city. Byzantine Hippodrome was the sporting and communal centre for Constantinople. There are only very few fragments of original structure surviving as it is only a square today. This hippodrome was mainly popular for horse racing and chariot racing in ancient times. Works from all over the empire ornament the entire Serpent Column, which raises the image of the new capital. With its six minarets and sweeping architecture;the Sultan Ahmed or Blue Mosque in Istanbul impresses from outside. While still used as a mosque, the Blue Mosque has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Istanbul. It was built between 1609 and 1616 and like many other mosques contains tomb of the founder. Inside the mosque the high ceiling is lined with 20,000 blue tiles with different patterns that give it the popular name.Grand Covered Bazaar is one of largest and oldest markets in the world with over 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops. The place attracts 2,50,4000 visitors daily. It is often regarded as one of the first malls in the world. The construction of Grand Bazaar started in 1455 but it achieved its final shape in the beginning of the 17th century. Get back to Hotel for overnight stay.
This morning after breakfast hotel. In the afternoon proceed for half day city tour. The tour starts with a visit to City walls or Walls of Constantinople are sequences of defensive stone walls. They are the last prodigiousrampartarrangement of ancient times, and wasone of the most multifaceted and intricatestructures ever constructed. Golden Horn is a horn shaped estuary that joins Bosphorus Strait to the Sea of Marmara. Therefore it provides a beautiful view of sea. Cable car to Pierre Loti Hill is one of the easiest ways to get to Golden Horn. It provide spectacular around Golden Horn and Istanbul. Bosphorus cruise is one of the most overlooked tourist attraction. The cruise will take you on a ride all the way to Black sea and back. The ferry will leave at the dusk providing a great sunset views of Istanbul. BosphorusStrait is a 31km long waterway that connects the Black Sea to Sea of Marmara. It was founded around 1660 BC. It has become iconic visual representation of the city. Around 180000 vehicles pass to and fro every day. Rumeli Fortress is a medieval castle built on a series of hill on European banks of the Bosphorus Strait. It was built during the reign of Ottoman Empire during 1451 and 1452. It also serves as customs checkpoint and occasional prison. Leander’s Tower also known as Maidens Tower was built during medieval Byzantine period. It is located on a small islet at southern entrance of Bosphorus Strait. It is primarily built as a customs station for ships coming to Istanbul. There are legends associated with construction of this tower which will be unfolded during your visit. Overnight, stay in Istanbul.
After breakfast check out and transfer to airport for your return / onward flight to your next destination. Bid farewell to this beautiful country with fond memories.