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Istanbul & Cappadocia Explorer

> DAY 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. After clearing customs and immigration, your representative will meet you at the airport and assist you to your private transfer. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure in Istanbul.

> DAY 2: Istanbul – Istanbul Classics Tour
After breakfast enjoy a half-day tour of the classical sites of Istanbul. Begin at the magnificent Hagia Sophia. This marvelous Byzantine basilica was built in the sixth century and today is sometimes called the Eighth Wonder of the World. Continue to the Blue Mosque, one of the best examples of classical Turkish architecture, this 17th-century Ottoman mosque is famed for being the only in the world with six minarets. You will visit the Hippodrome, the former centre of sporting and political activities in Constantinople. During the visit you will be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II. Your tour will end at the Grand Bazaar, which in addition to its historical importance, is a bazaar that will tempt you with its rich collection of precious handmade carpets, jewelry, leather and souvenirs. (B)

> DAY 3: Istanbul – Bosphorous Cruise
Today you will enjoy a Bosphorous Cruise tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the 17th century Egyptian Spice Bazaar which is full of the mystical aromas of various spices and colorful shops selling fruit, vegetables, flowers, and fish etc. Next you will board your Bosphorus Cruise boat. The Bosphorus is the waterway separating the two continents of Europe and Asia. As you travel, you will enjoy extravagant baroque palaces of the Ottoman sultans: Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, the Besiktas commercial district, Rumeli Fortress, the Ortakoy area known for handicrafts and night life, and the famous Kizkulesi light house. (B)

> DAY 4: Istanbul
Spend a day at leisure exploring more of Istanbul’s amazing sites and museums and soaking up the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Ask your Leisure Travel Consultant about their favorites. (B)

> DAY 5: Istanbul, Cappadocia
After breakfast transfer to the airport to meet your flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxury Cappadocia hotel and enjoy the afternoon at your leisure or take an optional tour. (B)

> DAY 6: Cappadocia – Goreme Tour
After breakfast your half-day private tour begins by visiting the Goreme Open Air Museum, Cappadocia's most famous attraction, a complex of several painted cave-churches carved out by Orthodox monks between 900 and 1200 A.D. The paintings and decoration represent the flowering of a uniquely Cappadocian artistic style. Afterward, you will visit the small villages of Cavusin and Ortahisar, admiring their rock-cut dwellings and stone houses that have long since been abandoned. After the tour you can either return to your hotel for a leisurely afternoon or extend your day with an option tour of Kaymakli Underground City. (B)

> DAY 7: Cappadocia
Enjoy a day of leisure admiring the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia. There are many wonderful things to experience such as an optional hot-air balloon ride or an option tour of the Cappadocia region, including Uchisar, the regions highest spot, Soganli Valley, with churches dating back to the 9th to 13th centuries, and Ihlara Valley, known for its rock-cut underground dwellings. (B)

> DAY 8: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Kayseri Airport for your morning flight to Istanbul where you will connect to your international flight. (B)

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