Discover the Beauty of the East: Istanbul and Cappadocia

Discover the Beauty of the East: Istanbul and Cappadocia


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Experience the captivating fusion of history, culture, and natural beauty on this 7-day journey through Istanbul and Cappadocia. Begin in Istanbul with a mesmerizing exploration of the Ancient Hippodrome and the iconic Blue Mosque, then embark on a scenic Bosphorus cruise offering breathtaking views of the city's skyline. Discover the vibrant energy of the Grand Bazaar before flying to Cappadocia, where surreal landscapes and unique geological formations await. Optional hot air balloon rides provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the region's beauty from above. Explore historical sites like Uçhisar Castle and Goreme Open Air Museum, and trek through the stunning Ilhara Valley. Conclude your adventure by uncovering the secrets of Ozkonak Underground City and enjoying the picturesque Pigeon Valley, before returning to Istanbul and bidding farewell to this enchanting country.




Welcome to Istanbul

On arrival in Istanbul we will be transferred to our hotel. We will spend the next few days exploring but no activities planned for today. A meal in the evening will be organised where you can get to know your group members.


Full day of Exploring Istanbul

After breakfast we will start a full day tour to include the Ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople. It was the largest stadium of the ancient world and hosted chariot races, sporting events and public ceremonies. We will explore it’s fascinating history and admire the four monuments that still stand in the area: the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Serpentine Column, the Walled Obelisk and the Column of Constantine. We will then continue to the Sultan Ahmet Imperial Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, which is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Istanbul, located with stunning views of the sea of Marmara. The mosque was built in 1616 and is an example of Ottoman architecture. We will end the day in Asil Efendi where you can sample the local Baklava, Turkish Tea or shop for souvenirs.

Bosphorus Cruise and Grand Bazaar

After breakfast we will board a Bosphorus cruise to enjoy panoramic views of Istanbul. It’s one of the best ways to experience the beauty of Istanbul. You will enjoy stunning views of the city’s skyline, the European and Asian sides of the city, and the unique architecture of the Ottoman palaces, fortresses and mosques. In the afternoon we will visit the Grand Bazaar for a great way to take in the culture of Istanbul. The bazaar has been around since 1461 and is full of life, with countless vendors and shoppers in a vibrant atmosphere.


Depart Istanbul for Cappadocia

Today we will take a flight from Istanbul to witness the magical landscape of Cappadocia. Cappadocia is known for its incredible natural wonders, from its geological formations like fairy chimneys to the amazing hot air balloon rides that take in the entire region. It’s an amazing place to explore and take in the surreal beauty of the region. This evening we will sample the local delicious cuisine and famous Capoddician Wines.

Optional Balloon Ride for Sunrise and Sightseeing

Today you can start the day with an optional balloon ride in Cappadoccia giving you the opportunity to experience astonishing views of the region’s natural wonders from the sky. You can enjoy the vast landscapes of the region’s valleys and mountains, as well as its historic sites.
We will then start a tour after breakfast firstly visiting Uçhisar Castle which is one of the most important sites in the region, and offers a glimpse into the area’s history. We will explore the ruins and the panoramic views from the top of the castle and then continue onto visit the unique historical site of the Goreme Open Air Museum with stunning scenery and spectacular views and finish the day with the three beautiful fairy chimneys, some of the most iconic sights in the region


Ilhara Valley

After breakfast we will start a full day tour of Ilhara Valley. We will start a short trek of 4k, which is a great way of exploring and discovering the beauty if Cappadocia. You will see unique rock formations, ancient churches, and stunning natural landscapes. After lunch we visit Selime Cathedral and Ozkonak Underground city which is one of the best-preserved cities in Cappadocia. We will then continue onto Pigeon valley known for its beautiful rock formations, the remains of ancient dovecotes, and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. We will then take a flight back to Istanbul

Bid farewell to Istanbul

Today we bid a fond farewell to Istanbul and depart on our flight home



Check FCO Travel Advice and Entry Requirements


Visa Requirements

British passport holders don't currently need a visa for Turkey (please always the gov website for any changes) but if you are joining the trip from any other country, check with your local Embassy.

Vaccinations and Health Advice

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Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is mandatory for all our trips and should include Covid cover for trip cancellation. It must also cover you for any activities that you book that are not included in the itinerary.

Packing List and other Useful information

  • Backpack or day bag

  • Power adaptors- https://

  • Sun protection - hat, sunscreen, sunglasses

  • Travel wipes/ Hand sanitizer/Face Mask

  • Insect repellent

  • Comfortable walking shoes or trainers

  • Clothing- We recommend checking the weather before you go and pack accordingly to the weather can vary depending on the time of year and also to pack a pashmina, shawl or long sleeved top to cover arms when entering mosques and also long trousers.

  • Medication – If you are carrying prescribed medication, you will need to carry a doctor’s note with you to verify this.

The best currency to use whilst in Turkey is the Turkish Lira. Credit cards are widely accepted in Turkey, and there are plenty of ATMs available throughout the country. Major credit cards such as Visa and Mastercard are accepted at most stores and restaurants, while American Express and Discover are accepted at fewer locations.