Nature of Turkey in 8 Days

Istanbul, Safranbolu, Cappadocia & Bolu

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OVERVIEW
A medium duration of 7 nights and 8 days package tour visiting all important heritage and nature sights of Istanbul, Safranbolu, Cappadocia & Bolu.

Day 1; Istanbul
Dinner,
Arrive at Istanbul International Airport,
Transfer to your hotel and check in,
Free day at leisure,
Overnight in Istanbul,

Day 2; Istanbul
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Old City Icons Tour: Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, Hagia Sophia, Little Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar,
Overnight in Istanbul,

Day 3; Istanbul
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Europe & Asia in a Day Tour: Bosphorus Cruise, Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar, Eyyub Sultan Mosque, Old City Walls, Camlica Hill,
Drive to Safranbolu,
Overnight in Safranbolu,

Day 4; Safranbolu
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Safranbolu City & Natural Sights Tour: Safranbolu Old Town, Clock Tower, Hidirlik Hill, Crystal Terrace, Tokatli (Incekaya) Canyon, Incekaya Aqueduct, Yoruk Village,
Drive to Cappadocia,
Overnight in Cappadocia,

Day 5; Cappadocia
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Regional Tour: Devrent Valley, Pasabag, Avanos, Esentepe Panoramic View Point, Goreme Aydin Kiragi View Point, Uchisar Castle,
Overnight in Cappadocia,

Day 6; Cappadocia
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Hike & Underground City Tour: Red&Rose Valley, Cavusin Village, Ozkonak Underground City, Pigeon Valley, Ortahisar Castle,
Drive to Bolu,
Overnight in Bolu,

Day 7; Bolu
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
Bolu City & Natural Sights Tour: Golcuk Lake & Nature Park, Bolu Museum, Kadi Mosque, Akkaya Travertines,
Drive to Istanbul,

Overnight in Istanbul,

Day 8; Istanbul
Breakfast,
Free day at leisure,
Departure to Istanbul International Airport.

Welcome to Turkey. Get picked up, transfer to your hotel and check in,

Free day at leisure

After dropping your luggage off in the room, head into the town as you are free to hang around in this beautiful city on your own. You can go shopping, try local food and take photos of interesting Istanbul streets.

First overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul,

Full Day Tour of Old City Icons

You can take in some of the most iconic sights of Istanbul in this morning tour that commences with a visit to the Blue Mosque. This magnificent mosque which was designed by Sinan and completed in 1616 is known for its majesty and superb iznik ceramic tiling.

Continue outside to stroll along the Hippodrome. This vast public space was built by the Romans in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD to accommodate events such as chariot races and gladiator fights. It is also home to the Column of Constantine, an Egyptian obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

Next to the Hippodrome we will visit the Hagia Sophia. Originally built in 537 AD as a Greek Orthodox Church, this breath-taking building was converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and is now a museum. Inside there are two floors built around a central nave. It is adorned with superb decorations and has an enormous dome that soars overhead.

A lesser known part of the Hagia Sofia complex is the adjacent structure that houses the Sultan Tombs where five 16th and 17th century Ottoman sultans are interred. Alongside each sultan’s sarcophagus are many others that hold their wives, children and other notables. The tombs are all beautifully designed and feature beautiful examples of tile work, mosaics, calligraphy and kundekari (a decorative form of carpentry consisting of interlocking pieces of wood and mother of pearl).

Not far from Hagia Sophia, this tour also takes you to Little Hagia Sophia Mosque which was constructed in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Church before being converted to a mosque in the early 16th century.  Inside, this small octagonal mosque features a beautiful two-storeyed colonnade, marble pillars and a stunning umbrella dome.

Finish the day tour with a walk through the Grand Bazaar for some shopping or just to absorb the sights, sounds and historic architectural beauty of this bustling market.

Second overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul,

Full Day Tour of Europe & Asia

Take a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, the busy waterway that runs between the Marmara and Black Seas with European Istanbul on one shore and Asian Istanbul on the other.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air, the sea and the sights as you pass magnificent palaces, mosques, mansions and places of historical note.

After getting off the boat at Eminonu, continue your tour into the historic Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar nearby that is bursting with traditional sweets, coffee and spices, and oozing with appeal.

After the cruise we will visit The Eyyub Sultan Mosque which is a significant building and requires special reverence.

This tour also takes you on a drive around part of the 20 km of magnificent stone walls of old Istanbul that date from the 5th century. This series of walls surrounded the old city, featured 55 gates and 400 towers and is still an integral part of Istanbul.

Later you will drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the summit of Camlica Hill which is popular for its magnificent panoramic views and the opportunity to take some great photos.

Evening ride to Safranbolu, drop off at your hotel upon arrival, check in,

Overnight stay at your hotel in Safranbolu,

Full Day Tour of Safranbolu City and Natural Sights

Today’s tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and walk into the nostalgic streets of this beautiful town originally dates back to 3000 B.C., settled by the Ottomans in the 14th Century and got the shape of Ottoman architecture afterwards.

We then walk to the first Clock tower of Ottoman Empire which is in the town center here in Safranbolu and was built in 1797 by Izzet Mehmet Pasha who was the Grand Vizier of Sultan Selim the 3rd.

We pass to the Hidirlik Hill from Clock tower on top of the town to have panoramic views of whole Safranbolu, have a sit and enjoy the scenery. It is also an important part of the town being the place where first Turks came here were deployed.

We next continue with the Crystal terrace which consists of a glass platform attached to a cliff edge 80 meters above Tokatli (Incekaya) Canyon and has incredible views of it.

We will have a short walk to Incekaya Aqueduct which was also built by Izzet Mehmet Pasha between the years of 1794 – 1798 to supply water to Safranbolu. Its length is 116 meters, maximum hight over the Canyon is 60 meters and width varies between 1.10 – 2.20 meters.

Lastly will visit Yoruk Village which is also called ‘’The Museum Village’’ of Safranbolu. The town was taken under protection by the Ministry of Culture in 1997 due to the fact that it was a true Turkish Village and the magnificence of its historical buildings. During the Ottoman Empire period Safranbolu was two separate towns and the Village was the center of  Nomadic tribes.

Evening ride to Cappadocia, drop off at your hotel upon arrival, check in,

First overnight stay at your hotel in Cappadocia,

Full Day Regional Tour

The tour starts with a pick up from your hotel and drive to Devrent Valley first, also called Imagination Valley which is one of the most popular valleys of Cappadocia. In here you will see hundreds of fairy chimneys (rock formations) and some of them look like animal shapes or some objects.

After Devrent Valley we will continue our tour visiting Pasabag, also called Monks Valley where you will see the best examples of fairy chimneys. Most look like mushroom  shape like a smurf village.

Our next stop will be near Uchisar Castle to take some photos, the biggest fairy chimney of Cappadocia where Romans built hundreds of caves inside and used  as a castle during their period.

The last stops of the day will be the two view points in Goreme to watch the town from, one called Esentepe and the other called Aydinkiragi. Great places to get pictures with the golden yellow sunset colour on the fairy chimneys.

We will drive back to your hotel after this beautiful Cappadocia day,

Second overnight stay at your hotel in Cappadocia,

Full Day Hike and Underground City Tour

We will start the day with a pick up around 08:30 am from yoır hotel and driving to Red&Rose Valley to start our tour with a 4 kms hiking (Guests who do not wish to walk can remain in the tour bus) This valley has beatiful rock formations and during our walk  you will see some hidden cave churches.

We will arrive Cavusin village which was a Greek village in the past and one of the oldest settlement villages of Cappadocia famous with its cave houses.

We then drive and visit Ozkonak underground city, believed it was built by the Byzantine people of Cappadocia, although the age is uncertain and could be older. The Ozkonak underground city was discovered in 1972 by a farmer. When later excavated, revealed the whole underground city could house 60,000 people for up to 3 months. Only 4 floors are now open to visit, the complex in total contains 10 floors. As difference from other underground cities, Ozkonak has holes above entrance tunnels right after sliding stone entrance doors used for dumping hot oil on enemies and like all otherunderground cities in the area has a water well, ventilation system, winery and sliding stone doors.

Continue with the Pigeon Valley where thousands of Pigeons live in the dove cotes carved into the soft Volcanic rocks and cliffs.

Lastly, we will stop near the second biggest fairy chimney of Cappadocia called Ortahisar Castle to shoot some photos.

Evening ride to Bolu, drop off at your hotel upon arrival, check in,

Overnight stay at your hotel in Bolu,

Full Day Tour of Bolu City and Natural Sights

After having breakfast we will first drive to Golcuk Lake and Nature Park which has a stunning beauty with forest and lake.

We will next drive back to the city center and visit Bolu Museum which was opened in 1981 and has collections found around Bolu from all Neolithic, Bronze, Phyrgian, Urartu, Lydia, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman Empire periods.

Next stop will be Kadi Mosque which was built by Demirtas Pasazade Mehmet Bey on the 16th Century in Bolu city center. It is a beautiful Ottoman period mosque with its 16 edged minaret and constitutes one of the marvellous examples of Ottoman kundekari workmanship.

We will lastly go to Akkaya Travertines and see this natural beauty. Guests who wish to swim can enter thermal spring pools at the free time given.

Evening ride to Istanbul, drop off at your hotel upon arrival, check in,

Third overnight stay at your hotel in Istanbul,

Free day at leisure

After having a delicious breakfast, head into the town as you are free to hang around in this beatiful city on your own for the last day of your Turkey trip. You can go shopping, try things you missed while travelling and take last cup of Turkish tea.

Transfer to Istanbul Airport 4 hours before your flight. End of our services here. Thank you for choosing us for your travel in Turkey.

CODE: GITPKG - 03, DURATION: 7N/8D
General Information & Policies About All Packages
If cancelled 60 full days prior to the package’s local start time, the guest will receive a full refund minus the 15% service fee
* If cancelled within 60 full days to package’s local start time, no refund will be made
* Fees include VAT, all services listed in the ‘’Itinerary’’ section of the package
* Please telephone us to make last minute reservations
* If the package is cancelled because of a natural problem/disaster (eg winter flight cancellations because of snow and guests could not arrive in destination etc.), guests will receive a full refund including our own service fees, except for the fees that third parties/local places such as the yacht/hotel/flights etc. do not refund to us

Included
* 2 full day Istanbul tours & Museums entry fees, parking and road tolls
* 1 full day Safranbolu tour & Museums entry fees, parking and road tolls
* 2 full day Cappadocia tours & Museums entry fees, parking and road tolls
* 1 full day Bolu tour & Museums entry fees, parking and road tolls
* Pick up and drop off at your accommodations
* Transportation in A/C non-smoking car or bus with professional English speaking guide and driver and their daily expenses
* Meals as mentioned at above itinerary day by day
* 3 nights accommodation in Istanbul
* 1 night accommodation in Safranbolu
* 2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia
* 1 night accommodation in Bolu
* Airport transfers
* Bus travel
* Private group tours
* Step back in time on a history tour
* All taxes, fees and handling charges

Excluded
* Suggested optional activities
* Tips of driver and guide (4 Euros per person per day)
* International flight tickets
* Insurance: All types 
* Turkey entry visa 
* Items as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry 
* Any other expenses which are not mentioned at the included section

Important Notes
* Old city Icons tour: Pick up by 08:30, drop off by 17:00
* Europe & Asia in a day tour: Pick up by 08:30, drop off by 21:00
* Safranbolu city & Natural sights tour: Pick up by 08:30, drop off by 21:00
* Cappadocia Regional tour: Pick up by 09:30, drop off by 16:00
* Cappadocia Hike & Underground city tour: Pick up by 08:30, drop off by 21:00
* Bolu city & Natural sights tour: Pick up by 08:30, drop off by 20:00
* Hotels' check in time is at 14:00 and check out is at 11:00. In case you are in a tour around the check in and out time, know that you can leave your luggage packed in your room or at the reception together with your room’s key. For your convenience, early and late check in and out could be arranged. Just let us know in advance and also an extra fee will be applied for  this accommodation

Blue line: Driving route
Grey line: Tour cities route
Green line: Walking route
Turquoise line: Cruising route
Istanbul to Safranbolu drive: Approx 400 kms/250 miles
Safranbolu to Cappadocia drive: Approx 520 kms/325 miles
Cappadocia to Bolu drive: Approx 480 kms/300 miles
Bolu to Istanbul drive: Approx 260 kms/160 miles

Tour cities: Istanbul, Safranbolu, Cappadocia & Bolu