Day 1 13.10.2023 Italy /Istanbul
Meet at the airport and depart by Turkish flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul, transfer to hotel and
Time at leisure for an initial individual discovery of the city.
Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2 14.10.2023 Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. The day begins by reaching Sultanahmet Square, the monumental center of the city. This square is overlooked by the splendid Blue Mosque (exterior tour) and the Roman Hippodrome.
We continue to the Archaeological Museum and after lunch visit inside the Suleiman Mosque, an absolute masterpiece of architect Sinan. Lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon we will take a cable car up Pierre Loti Hill, named after the well-known French novelist who liked to spend time here writing and drinking coffee.
From the top we will be able to see a unique panorama of the Golden Horn. Return to the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 10/15/2023 Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning return to the Sultanahmet district to visit the Hagia Sophia, now converted into a mosque. Built at the behest of Emperor Constantine beginning in 532, the building is a true masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. With a short walk we reach the Serefiye Cistern, also known as Theodosius' Cistern, and visit it inside. After lunch we continue on to the Topkapi Palace, which was the residence of the sultans for many centuries, consisting of a series of several pavilions set in a sumptuous garden, opening onto breathtaking views of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. (Entrance to the harem section is optional and must be booked from Italy). We spend the rest of the afternoon at the Grand Bazaar and have the opportunity to taste some excellent Turkish coffee, an experience worth trying. After dinner at the hotel we are treated to a short night walk to discover the illuminated city. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4 10/16/2023 Istanbul/Ankara
rima breakfast at the hotel.
In the morning we visit the Spice Market with its heady scents and vibrant colors and enjoy a mini
Bosphorus cruise followed by lunch at a restaurant. In the afternoon we leave by bus to Ankara, where we
We arrive for dinner.
Hotel accommodation and overnight stay.
Day 5 Oct. 17, 2023 Ankara / Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel.
In Ankara we visit with the guide the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, with rich collections of Hittite art, the Mausoleum
Of Ataturk, the Father of the Turkish Fatherland. After lunch, we set off toward Cappadocia passing nearby
of the Tuz Golu salt lake, and admiring the extraordinary landscape of the region.
Hotel accommodation, dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6 10/18/2023 Cappadocia
Breakfast at the hotel. Today's day begins with the opportunity to participate in an optional scenic sunrise hot air balloon ride over the beautiful scenery of Cappadocia. (Optional, not included bookable only on site depending on weather conditions). Afterwards we admire the peculiarities of this region, starting with the characteristic "fairy chimneys" and then visiting its villages and monasteries carved into the rock.
We have lunch on the hike. In the afternoon we visit Avanos, a well-known center of ceramics production,
where we can see an artisan at work in a local workshop. After dinner, those who wish may
Attend a ceremony of the Rotating Dervishes. (Optional excursion that must be booked from Italy).
Day 7 Day 19.10.2023 Cappadocia / Italy
Breakfast at the hotel. We reach Kayseri in time to board our flight back to Italy, via Istanbul.