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Hot air balloon over Cappadocia
Half Board in Kaplankaya
Daily Breakfast elsewhere
Price includes a hot air balloon excursion in Cappadocia and guided excursions as mentioned in the itinerary
Explore the best of Istanbul with a private guide taking you from grand palaces to the bustling bazaar
Experience the vast landscapes of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon
This itinerary is perfect from late April to October
End the stay with some relaxing beach time with crystal-clear turquoise waters
Turkey has a comfortable year-round climate. Spring and autumn, from March to May and September to November respectively, are marked by mild to warm days and cool nights. The summer months from June through August provide warm to hot days and pleasant evenings. Winter falls from December through February and days are crisp and evenings can be cold. The year-round temperature range is 6°C to 15°C (January), 11°C to 21°C (April), 22°C to 34°C (July), 15°C to 27°C (October).
This varied and engaging itinerary is designed to give you a fantastic insight into Turkey, combining the cultural sights with wild and romantic landscapes and the beautiful Turkish coastline. Explore the magnificent mosques and bustling bazaars of Istanbul with an expert guide before rising up in a hot air balloon to gain a birds-eye view of the unique, rocky landscape of Cappadocia. Finally take time to recline and relax at the beach or enjoy some water sports on the emerald coast.
Beginning in Istanbul we’ve included a local guide to take you through the fascinating history of the old city as you explore the historical sites such as the imposing Hagia Sophia mosque, the enchanting Basilica Cistern and the beautiful Topkapi Palace.
Istanbul is of course also a haven for shopping, with over 5,000 stalls in the Grand Bazaar alone. Navigate the colourful lanes with your expert guide who’ll introduce you to some unique artisans and showcase local handicrafts and traditional weavers. You'll then pay a visit to the vibrant spice market where, overwhelmed by delicious smells, you'll have the chance to sample some local delicacies such as Turkish Delight and mouth-watering pastries.
If you want to add something extra special we can also include a private yacht cruise down the Bosphorus, where you can view the differing architectural influences of this sprawling city, as well as seeing the forts that guard the entrance.
From Istanbul a short flight, around an hour and a half, takes you world’s away from Istanbul, to the rocky landscapes of Cappadocia. Here you’ll discover cave houses, enchanting rock formations - known as fairy chimneys- and beautiful frescoes, hidden in 10th century churches, built in to the landscape. There is a wealth of history to uncover here and your guide will explain the important role of the area to the history of Turkey and the Christians who lived here. If you are an active traveller we can also include a guided hike, or even a horse ride, through this breathtaking landscape.
Without doubt, a highlight here is taking to the skies and we've included a dawn hot air balloon flight for you, showcasing the different colours as the sun rises over this unique, breath-taking landscape.
To end this fantastic trip, we've included a few days relaxing next to the glimmering emerald seas of the Turkish coast.
Here you can while away days swimming in the warm Mediterranean Sea, relaxing in the spa or sampling the wide array of water sports on offer. We’d also recommend taking to the water by boat, so you can explore secluded bays, with inviting crystal-clear waters.
This varied itinerary is perfect for those looking for a combination of city, culture and relaxation and is perfect any time from late April to October.
Below the hot and bustling city of Istanbul lies the Basilica Cistern, built in the 6th century. The Basilica Cistern is a stunning architectural feat, and is not to be missed during your stay in Istanbul.
Located in town of Seljuk, Ephesus Museum houses a large collection of artefacts found in Ephesus and its surrounding areas including Cukurici Mound, the basilica of St John and the Temple of Artemis.
Explore Göreme Open-Air Museum , a must see on any visit to Cappadocia. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Göreme is known for its ancient cave churches and impressive frescoes.
Enjoy a half-day private, guided tour of the monuments of the Old City. Your guide will be able to tailor-make the tour for you depending on your interests as well as adjusting your itinerary to avoided crowded times.
Cappadocia, known as the "Land of Beautiful Horses" is the ideal place to explore on horseback.
Rise early to take in the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon, offering unforgettable views over this remarkable area.
Explore the Kadiköy Market and Street Food stalls of Asian Istanbul followed by the renowned Spice Market, stimulating your senses with tantalising sights, sounds and smells.
Explore the serene 7th-Century Keslik Monastery followed by an discovering the fascinating labyrinthine underground city of Derinkuyu.
Enjoy a private tour of the Roman and Byzantine shipwrecks at the medieval Bodrum Castle with the director of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology.
Explore the beauty of Istanbul embarking on a private yacht cruise along the Bosphorus and Golden Horn. Enjoy brilliant views of Istanbul's great landmarks, such as the Topkapi Palace and Rumeli Fortnress.
Take a break from the bustling city of Istanbul, and visit one of its old bath houses for a traditional hammam experience.
The areas surrounding Ephesus are abundant with olive groves, cherry blossoms and vineyards, surrounding charming villages and rolling farmland. Explore this verdant landscape with your guide and taste some local produce.
Turkey is well known for its ceramics and this fascinating museum showcases a range of beautiful items from antique pieces dating back to the iron age to modern pieces from Turkey's top designers.
Winemaking has been a tradition is Cappadocia for centuries, dating back to as far as 2,000 BC using traditional methods to produce a variety of wines. Visit these local wineries with your guide, exploring the flavours and sampling the wines.
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