Estambul, Capadocia y Mar Negro

Duration

7 Days

Physical rate

Moderate

Starting city

Istanbul

Available

April 2022 / March 2023

Cities to visit: Istanbul; Ankara; Cappadocia; Hacibecktas; Safranbolu; Gokgol Magarasi; Eregli; Aydin Pine Forest Waterfalls

Detailed day by day description

Introduction

This tour is a flexible, guaranteed escorted coach tour, guided in English only.

Once the tour is booked, it is guaranteed so it will definitely go ahead, and will never cancel.

The tour is flexible so you can tailor it to suit your needs. By clicking ‘Quote or Book’, you will have an option to choose your start and end date and destinations within the tour parameters. As these tours allow for such flexibility, the same people, tour guides or drivers may not be on your entire journey.

Day
On arrival, transfer from the airport to the hotel. Free time. 

You will receive information about the start of the circuit during the afternoon, or you can check the informative panels in the hotel reception area.
09.00hrs.- Istanbul.- A  sightseeing tour  of the city taking in the walls, the Golden Horn, the fishing district, and Taksim. We will skirt round the Topkapi Palace and admire the exterior of Hagia Sophia. On our tour, we will include a  cable car ride up to the Pierre Loti  viewpoint and we will look round the  Mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent  (the largest in Istanbul). We find ourselves in a city built in two continents. Views over the Bosphorus, with its huge mosques and ramparts: the city has magnificent sights. The visit is accompanied by a local guide, and lasts about two hours (admission to the monuments is not included).  
Free time. 

19.30 hrs - At the end of the afternoon we will provide a  transfer to the Taksim neighbourhood,  the most commercialised and lively area of ??the city. There will be time to dine in one of its many restaurants, and you can also take the old tram that crosses the area or go to see the nearby Galata Tower. 


Today we include a  boat trip on the Bosphorus t hat will last about two hours. We will undertake the trip on a boat exclusively for Europamundo travellers. The Bosphorus is a strait that connects the Black Sea with the Sea of ??Marmara, which separates Istanbul into two parts: the European part and the Asian one. We will enjoy seeing the liveliness of the strait with its multitude of boats. We will pass under the two bridges that unite Europe and Asia and we will admire the palaces of the sultans, the typical wooden houses and the Ottoman villas. 

Free time (an optional visit with tickets and lunch inside the Topkapi Palace is available).
Total distance covered:   750 km.
   
Scenery: Crossing over the suspension bridge spanning the Bosphorus between Europe and Asia. Plateaus of Anatolia. 

06.30 hrs.- Istanbul. We leave the hotel to go to the Istanbul-Pendikque train station. Today we travel by train departing at 08.55 hrs (the schedule can be modified) from the station in the Asia district,  we take the most modern and fast train in Turkey,  a pleasant 4-hour trip through the Anatolian landscapes, perhaps having a coffee in the train café. 

13.07 hrs (estimated) Arrival in  ANKARA,  the modern capital of Turkey. After a time to have lunch in the area of the station, With the coach, we take you to discover the immense museum-mausoleum of Ataturk , the "father of modern Turkey",  

15.00 hrs.  - Ankara - Mausoleum –Departure-.  We continue by coach through the arid regions of Turkey´s interior that take us into Cappadocia. We travel past the salt lake . Brief stop en route to take some photos of the lake.

19.15 hrs.- Arrival at the end of the afternoon in  AVANOS (CAPADOCIA) ,  pleasant town in the center of the  region of Capadocia known for its pottery, its attractive old town with cobbled streets and its views over the river. Time to enjoy the hotel facilities or walk through the streets. Dinner is included. 
Total distance covered: 540 km.
  
Scenery:   We begin with arid and flat landscapes of the interior of Turkey, as we approach the Black Sea mountains and forests are emerging.
Notes:  Hacibecktas is a sacred place for Muslims; We will visit the mausoleum, but maximum respect to the local population in the sacred places. P lease wear appropriate clothing.


08.00 hrs.- Avanos. Departure.  We have a fantastic day in the heart of Anatolia. 


09.00hrs.- HACIBECKTAS , arrival to the sanctuary guards the tomb of Hacibecktas, a Sufi mystic of the 13th Century. We visit with the utmost respect to the pilgrims ( suitable clothes, silence recommended in the sanctuaries ).

10.00 hrs.- Hacibecktas. Departure.
13.15 hrs-  ANKARA.  W e leave a free time to walk around and have lunch in the thriving center of the city. 

15.00hrs.- Ankara. Departure. We continue towards the north of Turkey. The landscapes become greener. 
18.00 hrs.- SAFRANBOLU;  arrival in this wonderful little city which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was an important stopping point on the caravan routes. We will  include a bath in a Hammam,  for you to have this Turkish experience!  Dinner  included.
Total distance covered: 470 km.
  
Scenery:   Forests, valleys, mountains, landscapes on the Black Sea; A rainy and green region different from what you probably have in your mind when you think of Turkey.

08.00 hrs.- Safranbolu. Departure. Today, the leg of our trip follows the Black Sea and its verdant landscapes. 

10.00 hrs.- In  GOKGOL MAGARASI  we provide entry tickets to this magnificent cave with its underground river and its multiple colours. 

11.00hrs.- Gokgol. Departure. Our road goes towards the sea.
12.00 hrs.- EREGLI,  Arrival. Next to the Black Sea, we set aside time to have lunch. We also include a visit to its impressive  Cehennemagzi Magarasi caves and tombs  that are overflowing with mythology. 

15.00 hrs.- Eregli. Departure.
16.00hrs.- EYDINPINAR. On our way back to Istanbul, we stop to relax at EYDINPINAR, with a walk between its green paths to the waterfalls! 

17.30 hrs.- Eydinpinar departure. We travel on the highway towards Istanbul. Passing the suspension bridge that separates Asia from Europe.
20.30 hrs.- Arrival in  ISTANBUL  at the end of the day. 
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