9 NIGHTS / 10 DAYS
Day 01 :Bhubaneswar – Delhi –Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, the city that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. Transfer to your hotel. Brief orientation followed by a free day to enjoy at your own leisure.
Day 02 : The Blue Mosque
Full day tour takes you through the splendid attractions of Istanbul. Visit St. Sophia, the most magnificent Byzantine Church. It was a mosque during the Ottoman period and a museum today. See the Byzantine Hippodrome, the former center for sports and political activities of Constantinople. View the Obelisk of Theodisius from Egypt, the Serpentine Column and the German Fountain of Wilhelm II. The Blue Mosque stands out as a magnificent 17th century Mosque famous with its six minarets and 25,000 pieces of blue Iznik tiles decorating the interior. After lunch, visit Topkapı Palace, the former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was once ruled. Proceed to the Grand Bazaar, famous for its 4,000 shops of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs.
Day 03 :Egyptian Spice Market,Boat Cruise & Beylerbeyi
Morning visit to the Egyptian Spice Market, built in the 17th century, followed by a boat cruise between Europe and Asia which past the Ottoman Palaces of 'Dolmabahce' and Beylerbeyi' palaces and many beautiful 19th and 20th century wooden houses, mansions, and modern villas. After lunch at a fish restaurant overlooking the Bosphorus, drive to Çamlica Hill, the highest point in Istanbul, offers magnificent panoramic views across the city and the Bosphorus. After a short drive we reach the small village of Beylerbeyi, to visit the 19th century Summer Palace of the Ottoman Sultans with its original furniture and magnificent garden. Overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Bursa
Departure from Istanbul in the morning transferring across the Sea of Marmara by ferry to Yalova enjoying the lovely countryside views. Continue on to Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and an important trading and cultural center. Bursa has some impressive monuments from the early Ottoman period. It is also a popular thermal center. We'll have lunch at one of the typical Turkish Restaurants in the town. Visits will include the Ulu (Great) Mosque, the Silk Market, Green Mosque, Tombs of Osman and Orhan and the Muradiye Complex. Return to Istanbul late evening.
Day 05:Land Walls of Theodisius, Chora secularized museum & Blachernae Palace
Morning departure for a half day tour including a visit to the Land Walls of Theodisius, sheltering the city built in 410, followed by the Aqueduct. We'll also see the Church of Chora, considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church, later converted into a mosque, then finally a secularized museum. Nearby visit the Blachernae Palace, once the seat of emperors. In the evening depart for 'Turkish 'Night' at one of the most exclusive night clubs of the city. Your evening will include a full meal with traditional Turkish delicacies and drinks, and a show with belly dancers, Turkish music and folk groups from various areas.
Day 06: Princes's Islands
Full day Princes's Islands tour. Cruise across the Sea of Marmara to Princes's Island, stopping at Büyükada, the popular summer resort with sandy beaches and pinewood trees. This was once a pleasure island of Byzantian princes. We'll tour the island in horse-drawn carriages before lunch. During the afternoon you'll have time at leisure for strolling around in the harbour area.
Day 07:Istanbul to Cappadocia,Mount Ericyes,Sahinefendi & Sinasos
Morning transfer to Istanbul Airport for a flight to Kayseri airport. After a quick photo stop near Mount Erciyes we'll visit the Karabas, Yılanlı and Kubbeli Churches with 45 minutes free time in the area. Visit to Sahinefendi Village where the 12th century Kirksehitler church, with beautiful frescoes, stands. Continue on to the old Greek village Sinasos with traditional stone houses with carved facades. After lunch visit the famous 'Fairy Chimneys' in Urgup and Ortahisar Castle.
Day 08: Derinkuyu,Ihlara Valley, Yaprakhisar village and Selimiye Monastery
Visit Pigeon Valley where strange caves dot the area. Next we'll see Derinkuyu, an underground city where thousands of people took refuge, along with their livestock, from persecution during the Byzantine period. See Ihlara Valley a 10 mile long gorge cut into volcanic rock. Walk along the valley and stop for lunch in a restaurant by the river. Visit the Yaprakhisar village and Selimiye Monastery before returning back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 09: Goreme Museum,Zelve Valley & Avanos
Full day touring in Cappadocia; visit the Goreme Open-Air-Museum with its fairy chimneys and dozens of cave churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. After lunch in the area, visit the Zelve Valley, the earliest-settled and last-abandoned monastic valley. Then we'll see the natural Citadel of Uçhisar, the tallest point in the Cappadocia region, continuing on to the town of Avanos, famous for its earthenware pottery and ceramic trade dating back to the Hittites.
Day 10: Departure
Time to bid farewell with sweet memories of your experiences. Tour Ends.
Tour Includes :
- • Return economy class airfare from Bhubaneswar.
- • Tourist visa
- • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis
- • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
- • Boat cruise between Europe and Asia viewing palaces, mansions and villas
- • Luxury Coach transfers & sightseeing as per Itinerary
- • All entrance fees of the sightseeing as per itinerary.
- • Services of Tour Manager throughout the tour.
- • Guide Tips, Driver tips & Restaurant Tips.
- • Daily 1 bottle of mineral water.
- • Govt. Service Tax.
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