Constantinople. The Ottaman Empire. The Orient Express. When someone mentions Turkey, it brings alive the places we have read about in High School history class or read in the pages of an Agatha Christie novel. Byzantine-era architecture and culture, mixed with modern day infrastructure and development. It happens only in Turkey.
Turkey remains a historically and culturally significant city. Mount Ararat, Turkey’s highest point is considered to be the resting place of the legendary Noah’s ark, while the invasion of Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) in the eleventh century led to the start of the First Crusade. A look at the various ruins around Turkey speak of the various civilizations which have occupied Turkey over the course of history. The ruins of Ephesus and Aizonai bear witness to the Greek influences while the legendary city of Troy bears Greek and Hittite influences. The Byzantines established great monuments like the Hagia Sophia, known as the world’s largest cathedral for over a 1000 years, while Muslim influences of the Ottamans and the Seljuqs can be seen in easern and central Anatolia. With a variety of foreign influences, Turkey boasts of a wide and varied culture and features on most world travellers ‘must-see’ destinations list.
Born Voyager gives you a chance to explore the mystique of Turkey with a 6 nights/7 days package.
Arrive at Ataturk International airport in Istanbul. Post disembarkation formalities and immigration procedures, our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel, assisting you with the check-in formalities. After freshening up, the rest of the day is yours to explore the city of Istanbul. With a population of between 12-19 million people, Istanbul is one of the largest cities in Europe and serves as a cultural bridge between Europe and Asia. On your first day, get your first real Turkish experience by heading to a Hamam (a Turkish bath). A visit to a hamam is an part of any visit to Turkey and leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed. Spend the evening sipping authentic Turkish coffee at one of the numerous local, waterfront cafes and end your evening with a local meal at one of the local restaurants. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up at 8:30 AM for a half day city tour. The tour stops include visits to the City Walls, a series of stone walls erected as a defensive formation by the Roman emperor Constantine, a cable car dide up to the top of Pierre Loti Hill, named after the French naval officer who was a Turkish sympathizer. The trip then stops off at the Golden Horn, the major estuary of the Bosphorous, serving as the start point for the Bosphorous cruise. The cruise along the strait dividing Europe and Asia showcases the cultural influences and differences between both continents. The cruise also passes the Rumeli fortress, built by Ottaman Sultan Mehmed II in 1452 and the Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower, a former watch-tower, converted into a lighthouse and now transformed into a café. At 12:30 PM the tour drops you back at your hotel, post which you have the rest of the day free. Visit the Haigha Sophia, the Byzantine Cathedral now housing a museum with beautiful relics and intricately designed mosaics, highlighting Istanbul’s role as a major player during the Byzantine era. Spend the evening at the waterfront and then head back to your hotel to relax. Overnight stay in Istanbul.
On Day 3, after an early breakfast, the tour bus will pick you up from your hotel at 8:30 am for a half-day city tour. Tour stops today include the Byzantine Hippodrome, housing the Obelisk brought from Egypt by Theodius as well as the Serpent Column, captured from the famed Oracle of Del[hi by Constantine. The tour also stops at the legendary Blue Mosque, famous for its stunning architecture, ornate engravings, six minarets and a middle dome spanning 109 feet. The tour culminates in the old Bazaar district, visiting the Grand Bazaar, whose architecture dates back to the Ottamans and the Seljuqs. After your tour bus drops you back at your hotel , spend the rest of the day getting in some last minute shopping or having your fill of the local ‘Doner’ cuisine at any of the roadside cafes and eateries. At night, head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay at Istanbul.
After breakfast, the day is yours at leisure until you are picked up by your transfer to the airport for your flight to Kayseri. Post disembarkation formalities, our representative will escort you to your hotel and assist you with the check-in formalities. Once you are checked in to your hotel, spend the rest of your day exploring Cappadocia. The region was created as a result of erosion and rains and strong winds over a thousand years. The mountainous terrain, combined with the cave architecture of the region makes people believe they have landed on another planet. The region is also known for its wines, so spend your first evening relaxing at a café, sipping on a glass of the world famous Cappadocia wine. Head back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
After breakfast at the hotel, get set to explore the Cappadocia region with a full day tour. Todays tour stops include the Deverent valey, home to the peculiar geological formations known as Fairy Chimneys, Pasabaglari, also known as the Monk’s Valley, home to another variant of the fairy chimneys formation and the Avanos region, famed for its pottery dating back to the Hittite occupation of the area. Post lunch at a local restaurant, visit the village of Gorem, famous for rock houses, rock restaurants and rock hotels. The tour stops at the Gorem open air museum which offers a view of the history of the region. Also visit some of the caves and marvel at the Byzantine era frescoes, while stops at the citadels of Usichar and Estepe offer you fantastic panoramic views of the countryside all around you. Return to your hotel room after an action-packed day and relax. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
After breakfast, strap yourself in for another full day of sightseeing. Today, you will visit Red Valley, famous for its trekking trails and views. Explore the rock-cut caves and other forms of cave architecture over the course of a 5 km hike. After the hike, rest in the old Cavusin village, one of the oldest Greek villages in the region. The village is known for its houses and churches. Afer lunch at a local restaurant, visit the grottoes of the Kayamakli Underground city where early Christians hid themselves when escaping persecution. The tour makes a final stop at the Pigeon Valley, offering spectacular views of the natural rock formations and beautiful views of the surrounding regions. Return back to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport to board your flight onwards to Istanbul and onwards from there to your next destination.