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.
Total 14 nights: 3 nights in Istanbul + 4 nights in Cappadocia + 7 nights Gulet Cruise.
Day 1: UK to Istanbul
Fly to Istanbul and will be met by our representative for private transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Days 2 - 3: Istanbul
Choose to explore the city independently or book a sightseeing tour through our representative.
Day 4: Istanbul to Cappadocia
Pick up from your hotel and private transfer to Istanbul airport and fly to Cappadocia and meet by our local representative at Kayseri or Nevsehir airport for transferring to your hotel in Cappadocia (private transfer).
Day 5: Cappadocia Fairy Chimneys & Göreme Tour
After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up around 9 am 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 (included in price) 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. Drop off at your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.
Day 6: Rose Valley and Kaymakli Underground City Tour
After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 9 am. 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 (included in price) 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. Drop off at your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.
Day 7: Ilhara Valley and Derinkuyu Underground City Tour
After breakfast our tour guide will pick you up from your hotel around 9 am and 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. After lunch (included in price) finish with a visit to the Selime Monastery, than return to your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.
Day 8: Cappadocia to your chosen coastal resort
Our representative will pick you up from your hotel and private transfer to the Cappadocia airport for flying via Istanbul to Dalaman (your luggage will go directly to your final destination, you will be transferred by your hand luggage to another airplane in Istanbul ). On arrivall you will be met by our representative and private transfer to your chosen Gulet Cruise. Please note if you choose to join a Greek island gulet cruise, then you will be flying to Bodrum airport via Istanbul and your luggage arrangments will be the same as for Dalaman as explained above.
Days 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 6 to 10 cabins .
As an example, we have chosen our top luxury, deluxe gulet - Semercioglu IV, which operates on an all-nclusive basis. Prices include breakfast, lunch, dinner, te & coffee, soft drinks and unlimited alcoholic drinks. The itinerary that you will follow will change depending on the week that you would like to book.
For more information about Semercioglu 4 Gulet click here
Day 15: Gulet cruise to the UK
Pick up from your gulet for the return private transfer to the airport and fly back to the UK. You may choose to fly directly with your preferred airline or remain with Turkish airlines and fly via Istanbul (your luggage will go directly to your final destination, you will be transferred with your hand luggage to a connecting flight in Istanbul).
Please note: the durations above are given as an example, you can stay shorter or longer in any resorts, Please ask for a personalised quotation.
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.
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. 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.
Dear Mr. Koc,
I've been meaning to write to you for some time to 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 was 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.