Turkey Wonderland with Hot Air Balloon - Leisure Holidays

Turkey Wonderland with Hot Air BalloonTurkey

From RM6,154 / per person for 6 nights
The land of fairy chimneys and amazing landscapes.

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Summary

Istanbul is the place where eat meets west, the only city in the world situated in two continents, Europe and Asia. From Roman-era plumbing to Byzantine mosaics and Ottoman harems, Istanbul has centuries of history to share. Cappadocia has history and landscapes that will keep your mind amazed and your camera clicking. It has a wild, rocky landscape of cliffs and valleys and caves that were formed from wind and water eroding soft volcanic rock. 


• Ground arrangements (transfer/sightseeing tours) are subject to availability at time of booking

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Itinerary

Flight

Return air ticket to Istanbul including taxes.

Sightseeing

Day 1 - Depart to Istanbul


Day 2 - Arrive Istanbul

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel in Istanbul by private vehicle. After check in, free at leisure.


Day 3 - Istanbul Ottoman Tour: Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque (Half Day)

Breakfast in hotel. Meet your guide at your central hotel in Istanbul and begin your tour of the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Hop aboard your convenient ride and head to the Blue Mosque (also referred to as Sultan Ahmet Mosque) one of the premier attractions in Turkey and an important Islamic monument. Built during Ottoman rule under the direction of Sultan Ahmet, admire the six minarets that tower over the dome structure. Then, observe the main chamber’s 20,000 Iznik tiles that are illuminated by 260 windows.

Next, head to Topkapi Palace, the illustrious pinnacle of the Ottoman Empire. Visit one of the world’s oldest and largest palaces full of elegant chambers and heirloom treasures. Stroll with your guide and delve into the interesting history of this palace that sits along the coastline of the Golden Horn.

Continue from Topkapi Palace to the former heart and soul of Constantinople's sporting and political center, the Hippodrome. Learn about this lively area which for 500 years was home to Ottoman sports and even riots! Now a city park called At Meydanı (Horse Grounds), hear how it drew its name from former chariot races. Then, walk with your guide to the ancient granite Obelisk and discover how it was transported from Egypt to Constantinople by Emperor Theodosius in the late 4th century.

Finish your tour with a ride back to your Istanbul hotel. The rest of the day free at leisure.

Please note: On Fridays the Blue Mosque will be closed until 2:30pm for prayer, entry will not be permitted and on Tuesdays Topkapi Palace is closed.

Optional - Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

See Istanbul from three different vantage points on this 3.5-hour tour including a sightseeing cruise, panoramic tour and cable car ride. Take a scenic 1.5-hour cruise on the Bosphorus and admire top Istanbul attractions such as the Bosphorus Bridge and Rumeli Fortress from the water. Then, take a coach drive around the Golden Horn districts to see the former Jewish quarter, old city walls, iron-built St Stephens and other lesser-known treasures. Lastly, catch the cable car up Pierre Loti Hill to witness the stellar city views from its hilltop café.


Day 4 - Cappadocia Tour (Full Day)

After breakfast and check out, get pickup from your hotel to airport for your domestic flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, meet with the driver at the Kayseri airport and then depart for a full day Cappadocia tour visiting Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys, Pasabag (Monks Valley), Avanos, the stunning valley of Goreme and Open Air Museum where the remains of churches and early Christian dwellings, hewn from the rock, date back thousands of years. After the tour, transfer to hotel. Overnight at Cappadocia.

Overnight at Small Boutique Cave Hotel.

Inclusive: Airport Transfer, Lunch, Entrance fees, Transport by air-conditioned minivan


Day 5 - Cappadocia Tour with Hot Air Balloon Ride (Full Day)

Breakfast in hotel. Get ready for a wonderful experience unique to Cappadocia! We will pick you up from hotel at approximately 04.30am (depending on the location of your hotel) and transfer you to the balloon site where you will have the opportunity to watch the balloon being prepared for your flight as you enjoy a light breakfast snack; preparation time is generally 15-20 minutes. 

Your flight will begin at sunrise, where your pilot will climb to a comfortable altitude of about 700 to 1000 meters above ground level. It is from this elevation that you will marvel at the beauty of Cappadocia below you. During certain segments of the flight our pilots are also capable of flying as low as 1 meter above the rock formations which will allow you perfect photo taking opportunities. The Standard Flight is a total of 60 fascinating minutes. There will be a champagne celebration at end of the flight and you will be presented with a Flight Certificate, signed by your pilot, as a souvenir reminder of this magnificent experience. 

You will be returned to your hotel at the end of your tour where you can rest, have breakfast, and then you can continue on with your full-day Cappadocia tour. After having breakfast at the hotel, we will again depart for a full day Cappadocia tour visiting the famous rock churches in the red and rose valley and hike the 5 kms through the Gulludere valley. We will visit the houses and churches of the Christian clergymen in the Cavusin village. 

We will then continue to Kaymakli, and visit the underground city where the early Christians sought refuge. Finally, we will visit the natural castle at Ortahisar. 

After the tour, we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Istanbul. When you land at Istanbul airport we will transfer you to your hotel. After check in, free at leisure.

Inclusive: Lunch, airport transfer 

Remark: Children are not allowed to join to Hot Air Balloon Rides because of the Insurance Conditions.


Day 6 - Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, free at leisure. Make your own arrangement to the airport for your departure home.


Day 7 - Home Sweet Home

Transfer

One way private airport transfer from Ataturk Airport to city center (European side).


Remark: Surcharge applies on private airport transfer from Sabiha Gökçen International Airport (SAW) to city center.


Accommodation

2 nights hotel accommodation in Istanbul as per chosen.

Accommodation

1 night hotel accommodation in Istanbul as per chosen.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Domestic Flight

Return flight from Istanbul to Kayseri airport

Optional Extras

All of the below extras are additional to the price of your tour, and can be selected on the next stage.

Afternoon Bosphorus Tour including Cruise, Golden Horn Coach Tour and Cable Car Ride

3.5-hour Istanbul sightseeing tour with Bosphorus cruise, coach tour and cable car ride. Catch a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill for jaw-dropping views over the city. View the cast-iron Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars and Byzantine City Walls.
Inclusive: Hotel pickup and drop-off, local guide, transport, sightseeing cruise, cable car entrance ticket.

Airport Transfer (SAW)

Private airport transfer per way from Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) to city center.

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