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Istanbul, the Black Sea and Cappadocia

Journey Synopsis

Icon Holidays : Eastern Mediterranean : Turkey : Istanbul, the Black Sea and Cappadocia
Days: 10 Days
Nights: 9 Nights
Validity: 2016-2017
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Icon Select: $7260.00
Executive: $6520.83
Classic: $7166.67
Premium: $9197.92
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Day 1:

Istanbul  

Meet and greet on arrival and a private transfer to your hotel.

Spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2:

Istanbul

Today take a guided city tour including the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St Sophia’s Basilica and the Soliman Mosque.

This will be followed by a walk through the Grand Bazaar.

Then, the choice is yours – learn to belly dance, take a cooking class or relax at a traditional Turkish Hamam.

This morning take part in a cooking demonstration designed to showcase Turkish regional vegetables and spices.  After meeting your chef, you will be involved in handling the ingredients with hands-on cooking preparing a four course traditional meal.

A sommelier will complete the preparation with an introduction to several Turkish wines from different regions, before you enjoy the delicious cooking and receive your official Turkish Cooking certificate.

Overnight: Istanbul (B)

Day 3:

Istanbul

Continue your guided city tour with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the Chora Church and a panoramic view of the city.

Take a unique Bosphorus cruise before transferring back to your hotel.

Overnight: Istanbul (B)

Day 4:

Istanbul - Safranbolu

Drive to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Safranbolu where you will see old Ottoman houses and view traditional culture as you walk along the streets where you will see traditional arts and crafts.

Overnight: Safranbolu (B)

Day 5:

Safranbolu - Sinop

Leave for Sinop.  En route visit the ancient tombs at Boybat.

On arrival in Sinop visit the Sinop Castle with it’s breathtaking view before visiting the Alaadin Mosque.

Overnight: Sinop (B)

Day 6:

Sinop - Amasya

Drive to Amasya, the oldest settlement in this region and famous for it’s royal tombs.

Overnight: Amasya (B)

Day 7:

Amasya - Corum

Take a guided tour of Amasya including the Green River, Amasya’s wooden houses and the Beyazit Mosque.

Continue on to Corum for over night stay.

Overnight: Corum (B,D)

Day 8:

Corum - Cappadocia

Continue on to the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusas to view the Lion’s Gate, the Tunnel, King’s Gate, the Citadel and the Grand Temple.  Then proceed to Yazılıkaya where you can view ancient bas-reliefs.

Overnight: Cappadocia (B,D)

Day 9:

Cappadocia

Tour the Kaymakli Underground City then visit Avcilar to view the moon-like topography Cappadocia is famous for.

Continue to Goreme and the open-air Museum, Pasabagi Valley and Avanos.

Tonight have dinner in the cave restaurant in Cappadocia before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: Cappadocia (B,D)

Day 10:

Cappadocia

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Istanbul.

End of services (B)

Accommodation

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Istanbul      
Ciragan Palace Kempinski (Sea View Room) Crown Plaza Old City (Standard Room) Sultanahmet Palace (Standard Room) Sultanhan Sumahan (Standard Room)
Cappadocia      
Cappadocia Cave Resort (Deluxe Room) Museum (Deluxe Suite) Tourist (Standard Room) Yunak Everli (Standard Room)
Safranbolu      
Asmazlar Konagi (Corner Room) Asmazlar Konagi (Corner Room) Celik Palas (Standard Room) Gulevi (Standard Room)
Sinop      
Sinop Antik Hotel (Dublex Suite) Sinop Antik Hotel (Standard Room) Sinop Antik Hotel (Standard Room) Sinop Antik Hotel (Standard Room)
Amasya      
Buyuk Amasya Hotel (Standard Room) Buyuk Amasya Hotel (Standard Room) Buyuk Amasya Hotel (Standard Room) Emin Efendi (Standard Room)
Corum      
Anitta (Suite Room) Anitta (Standard Room) Anitta (Standard Room) Anitta (Standard Room)
     
     
     
     

Inclusions

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Hotel Accommodation based on 5star / 4star / boutique hotels depending on the clients preference
  • Meals are as indicated in the itineraries with code letters: B (Breakfast), L (Lunch), D (Dinner)
  • Professional  English Speaking Tour Guides during all sightseeing tours.
  • A/C luxury Vehicle with driver during sightseeing tours and transfers 
  • Luggage handling in the hotels 
  • Local Taxes
  • Museum Entrance fees 
  • Kayseri – Istanbul / Cappadocia - Istanbul flight

Exclusion

  • Personal expenses 
  • Customary gratitude to your guide and driver
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