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Istanbul & Cappadocia & Gulet Cruise

The sample itinerary on this page is based on a 2 week three-centre holiday: 3 nights in Istanbul + 4 nights in Cappadocia + 7 nights on board your choice of gulet cruise. If you would prefer to change the duration of your holiday in any way please let us know and we will help you tailor your perfect Istanbul, Cappadocia and gulet cruise experience.

One of our most popular 3 centre holidays sandwiching Cappadocia, one of Turkey’s most fascinating regions, between historic Istanbul and a relaxing gulet cruise. Connections between resorts are made using internal flights. 


Istanbul is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. Standing on the shores of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait where the waters of the Black Sea mingle with those of the Sea of Marmara, Istanbul is also divided by the Golden Horn. Surrounded by water, the city guards the precious remains of the empires of which she has been capital from the Byzantine to the Ottoman. Soak up the history of Topkapi Palace, the centre of the Ottoman Empire, the place from which the Sultans ruled their Empire, or marvel at the sheer beauty of the Blue Mosque and Hagia St. Sophia,  and the incredible Grand Bazaar. However long you stay, your time in this unforgettable city will be a unique experience.


The region of Cappadocia is visually stunning; its haunting landscape is best seen from the air. We highly recommend you take a hot air balloon ride during your stay; it is the most popular way to enjoy the amazing scenery. Eerily resembling a moonscape, soft volcanic rock has sculpted caves, clefts and the magical ‘fairy chimneys’. A stay in this region provides a unique insight into the lives of the early Christians who sheltered here, hiding from persecution in their underground cities with their beautiful churches, decorated with frescoes. It also gives a feel for the lives of villagers in rural Turkey, carrying out traditional handicrafts or working on the land in the same way as they have for hundreds of years. Our atmospheric cave hotels are the perfect setting for a romantic break, and are highly recommended for couples.

Gulet Cruise

Turkey’s coastline is the longest in the Mediterranean; sailing on board an authentic gulet cruise is the perfect way to explore it, meandering at a slow pace and stopping off en route at hidden coves, charming villages and historic sites. You can remain in Turkish waters or cross the Aegean to the Greek islands. This is a great way to explore the region's many hidden treasures and sleepy backwaters, enjoying perfect serenity at sea and making friends along the way. We offer a range of itineraries along the Turquoise coast for the gulet cruises. Some gulet cruises embark from the Dalaman region and others from Bodrum. You will either fly in to Dalaman Airport or Bodrum Airport on a domestic flight before joining your fellow passengers and crew for your gulet cruise.

Sample itinerary

14 night Tailor-made, Three-centre holiday 
3 nights in Istanbul + 4 nights in Cappadocia + 7 nights on board your choice of gulet cruise.

Day 1: UK to Istanbul

Fly to Istanbul and overnight at your chosen hotel.

Day 2 - 3: Istanbul

Choose to explore the city independently or book a sightseeing tour through your representative.

Day 4: Istanbul to Cappadocia

Transfer to the airport and fly to Cappadocia and transfer to your hotel.

Day 5: Fairy Chimneys & Göreme Tour

After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel for a full day small group tour which includes a visit to the Devrent Valley to see the unique ‘fairy chimneys’ and Pashabagi to see the fascinating mushroom shaped Pinnacles. After lunch at Avanos visit the ancient rock-cut churches and Christian settlements of the Göreme Open Air Museum before finally heading to see the natural castle of Üçhisar.

Day 6: Rose Valley and Kaymakli Underground City Tour

You will enjoy another full day small group tour that includes a visit to the Red Valley to explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike 5km through the Gulludere Valley. Visit Cavusin with its famous houses and churches of the Christian clergymen. After lunch visit Pigeon Valley and then the underground city of Kaymakli, which was home to the early Christians, and finish the day with a visit to the natural castle of Ortahisar.

Day 7: Ihlara Valley and Derinkuyu Underground City Tour

Enjoy a third small group tour, this time visiting the huge underground city of Derinkuyu carved out of the rock by the early Christians, continuing to the beautiful Ihlara Valley where you will hike 4km through the valley exploring the hidden churches. Finish with a visit to the Selime Monastery.

Day 8: Cappadocia to your chosen Gulet Cruise

Fly to Dalaman or Bodrum via Istanbul and be met by our rep and transfer to your chosen gulet cruise - including a Greek Island Gulet cruise from Bodrum, or along the Turkish coast from Dalaman airport.

Day 9 - 14: On board an authentic Gulet Cruise

Relax and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish Coast or Greek Islands. Gulets are built from wood in traditional style and are very attractive. Sizes vary and these gulets usually have between 4 to 9 cabins (Greek Island Gulets can be up to 16 Cabins).

Food on board is a highlight and you will enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine with seasonal vegetables and fruits, as well as on-board barbecues with fresh fish and meat. All of our gulets have a large sundeck area for relaxation and have dining areas for informal meals and drinks on deck. 

Most of the gulets we use are of a luxury category and built to a high standard. Each gulet cabin has en suite facilities and all have air conditioning. Bear in mind, however, that air conditioning is restricted to working for limited hours at certain times of the day in order to save energy and avoid too much noise.

One of the highlights of a gulet cruise is the fact that the gulets stop regularly in picturesque bays, normally inaccessible by land for swimming and snorkelling. Gulet cruises are the most informal cruise option, offering a friendly atmosphere and providing personal service.

Day 15: Coastal resort to the UK

Fly back to the UK either via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines or with a different airline directly from Dalaman to the UK.

Please note above durations given for a sample itinerary, you can stay shorter or longer in any resorts, Please ask for quotation.  

Dear Mr. Koc

I've been meaning to write to you for some time, so say thank you for arranging such a wonderful holiday for us.  We had 4 nights B & B at the Empire Palace Hotel in Istanbul, which was wonderfully central, with friendly, helpful staff, and then flew to Cappadocia, staying at the MDC Cave Hotel in Urgup, which was delightful.  The location was outstanding and the hotel quite unique.We have travelled all over the world and I can safely say that this holiday was one of the best - full of new experiences including a trip in a hot air balloon, visiting underground cities, ancient cave dwellings with amazing frescoes and fabulous landscapes. It was fun and exciting. For the first 2 days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representative, who were excellent and our guide, Mustafa Sahin was outstanding.

Thank you again for a brilliant trip and we will recommend your company. We may be interested in Croatia next year.

Yours sincerely,

Barbara Lewis , 30.7.2018


Empire Palace - Istanbul - 4* - Bed & Breakfast 

MDC Cave Hotel - Cappadocia - 4* - Bed & Breakfast 

Gulet Cruise - Full Board & Soft drinks*

* inclusive soft drinks does not apply to Greek island gulet cruises

Departure Dates

Daily flights from Gatwick, (also from  Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Dublin)

Special Offer

Early Booking Discount £50 per person

for bookings made by  28/2/2018

14 nights from £1,299 per person


Please note this is a sample itinerary based on 14 nights - you can stay shorter or longer in any resorts, please ask for a quotation.  

The price of this holiday includes:

  • Turkish Airlines flight to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh or Dublin
  • Transfer from the airport to your hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 nights B&B in the 4* Empire Palace in Istanbul
  • Transfer from Istanbul hotel to airport
  • Flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Transfers from airport to hotel in Cappadocia
  • 4 nights B&B in MDC Cave Hotel in Cappadocia
  • Three full day regular tours in Cappadocia as detailed
  • Transfer from Cappadocia hotel to airport
  • Flight to Dalaman via Istanbul and transfer to your chosen gulet cruise
  • 7 nights Full Board including soft drinks (for Greek island cruises soft drinks are not included)
  • Transfer to Dalaman airport and flight back to the UK either via Istanbul or direct
  • Please note we can include sightseeing tours in Istanbul on request

Hot-air Balloon Trips
If you wish to include a hot air balloon trip this can be pre-arranged for you as an early morning departure before any of your full day small group tours in Cappadocia and is subject to extra charge (approximately £175 per person).

Why Book with Diamond Sky Holidays...

I established Diamond Sky Holidays to offer to our discerning clients the most selective products using the 26 years knowledge and experience I have gained in the holiday industry. Whilst running my previous company Anatolian Sky for 26 years, I personally inspected all products, ensuring the quality of the every aspect. For Diamond Sky I have selected only the finest of those collections with unique products such as Small Ship Cruises, Tailor Made Holidays and relaxing Beach Holidays for families and couples. As a small family run company we take pride in being able to offer you a truly personalised service and we pay attention to the smallest of details. We are passionate about holidays and our biggest satisfaction is seeing our clients with the upmost satisfaction in their holiday. We put memorable experiences and the special memories at the heart of everything we offer.  Please feel free to call me 0121 242 00 36. I am happy to talk to you personally and recommend the ideal holiday to suit your requirements and ensure that you and your family get the perfect holiday you deserve.

Akin Koc

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