Meet our guide at your hotel for a brief tour of Istanbul and orientation about your week-long Family Vacation in Turkey.
See the masterpieces of architecture today; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and the Underground Cistern Yerebatan.
Cruise in between Europe and Asia, an experience only Istanbul can offer, and see the beautiful examples of waterfront civil architecture.
Choose from one of the activities Istanbul has for you; cooking class, glass blowing, treasure hunt in Grand Bazaar, or a Turkish Bath Session.
Take a flight to Cappadocia to explore the beautiful volcanic landscapes and the world-famous fairy chimneys.
Fly in a hot air balloon to appreciate the nature of Cappadocia from a different angle and visit an underground city no other tourists do.
You will drive to one of the airports of Cappadocia for a flight back home or your next destination.
- Bustling Istanbul city
- Hagia Sophia
- Blue Mosque
- Cruising the Bosporus
- Turkish Bath Experience
- Lunar Landscape of Cappadocia
- Hot air balloon flight in Cappadocia
- Horseback ride
- A visit to an Underground City
- Troglodyte dwellings of Cappadocia
- Cave hotel accommodation
Our driver will pick you up from one of the airports of Istanbul and will take you to your hotel for the night. Our guide will meet you in the evening to briefly introduce Turkey and a nice dinner if your arrival time permits.
Day 2 - Walking The Old City of Istanbul
After breakfast, our guide will meet you at your hotel for a memorable walk to the old city of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. It is the official name of the ancient Hippodrome of the Byzantium period and where the masterpieces of Byzantium and Ottoman Empires stand today. After a loop around the Serpentine column, The Walled Obelisk, and The Obelisk of Theodosius, you will visit the Blue Mosque to appreciate the peerless blue colors of the Turkish tiles. You will continue to Hagia Sophia then, which was the throne of the Orthodox Church until the 15th Century with beautiful, intact mosaics covering the gigantic walls of the cathedral. After visiting Hagia Sophia, you will proceed to the Underground Cistern of Yerebatan to see the water supplies of the gardens embellishing the palaces in the ancient times. You will have lunch in a nearby restaurant in the old city and continue to Topkapi Palace to see the glamourous life of the Ottoman Sultans. After seeing the chambers of the holy relics and treasury, you will be able to finish the day with a nice cup of coffee with phenomenal views of the ‘real’ history channel, The Bosporus. Our guide will take you back to your hotel then.
Day 3 - Bosphorus Cruise
Take a little walk from the old the city of Istanbul to Eminonu bypassing Sirkeci, which is the last stop of the Orient Express. After visiting the world-famous Spice Market, our guide will assist you during your Bosporus cruise. You can see the beautiful waterfront mansions of Istanbul, which are necklaces of European and Asian continents. After cruising in between two continents, you will have lunch in Eminonu or Karakoy areas and continue exploring the city of Istanbul in the pedestrian-only street of Beyoglu. After catching the rhythm of Istanbul in Istiklal Street, our guide will take you back to your hotel for your overnight.
Day 4 – Family Activities
Our guide will meet you at your hotel after breakfast and take you to the off the beaten path in Istanbul. You can enjoy a food tour today or go to a glass blowing session, which is among the fun activities to do in Istanbul. You can shop till you drop in Grand Bazaar with your family, which is a real journey to the Medieval Ages, or even play treasure hunt with professionals in there. A private cooking class can be an entertaining and educative activity for all members of your family, or you can go to a traditional Turkish bath to fill your batteries for your Cappadocia expedition. So a day full of options to choose two or three between to get the best of the city. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 5 – Flight to Cappadocia
Our driver will take you to one of the airports of Istanbul for a flight to Cappadocia. Our guide and driver will meet you in front of the domestic arrivals and take you to your cave hotel to change before your short Cappadocia trip. You will first visit the Open Air Museum of Goreme to see the beautiful late Byzantium frescoes painted into the rock-cut churches of volcanic rocks. You will continue to the Monks Valley afterward to see the most amazing landscape of Cappadocia and tall fairy chimneys hiding the history behind the cave monasteries of the region. After a walk among the fairy chimneys of the Monks Valley, you will continue to Avanos town for lunch and a horseback ride by the banks of the Red River or over the poetic landscape of Cappadocia. Our guide will drop you to your cave hotel afterward for your overnight.
Day 6 – Hot Air Balloon flight in Cappadocia and
You will wake up to an experience that your family will never forget. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel early in the morning before the sunrise for a hot air balloon flight over the poetic landscape of Cappadocia. After gently floating in between the tall fairy chimneys and the through the valleys, you will celebrate your landing with a bottle of champagne and fresh fruit juices. Our driver will drop you to your hotel afterward for breakfast.
Our guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel after your second breakfast and take you to a journey to the south of Cappadocia to see the entire old Greek villages and the local life in Cappadocia’s countryside. After having lunch with a local family in one of the villages, you will drive to one of the least visited underground cities of Cappadocia for an ultimate cave dwelling experience and explore the almost untouched caves of the region. You will drive to Uchisar and Ortahisar towns afterward to stop and picture the spectacular views of Cappadocia. Our guide will drop you to your hotel afterward for your last night in Cappadocia.
Day 7 – Departure
Our driver will take you to one of the airports of Cappadocia to take a flight back home or for your next destination.
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