Magic of Istanbul & Cappadocia
August 9-13, 2022
4 Nights/5 Days
from $1,989 per person
Source Events invites you to combine magical Cappadocia and Istanbul on this 4-night extension.
After our Athens to Istanbul Cruise, your adventure begins in Istanbul, one of the world’s most remarkable cities, full of ancient monuments, awe-inspiring religious buildings, and intoxicating bazaars. Istanbul’s strategic location has attracted many marauding armies over the centuries. The Greeks, Roman, and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay. Exploring the iconic sites of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and Grand Bazaar and cruising on the Bosphorus is sure to be just some of the highlights of spectacular Istanbul.
After 2 days in Istanbul, we fly to Cappadocia is like landing on another planet filled with lunarscape panoramas and ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations. This regions’ accordion ridged valleys, shaded in a palette of dusky orange and cream, are the stuff of psychedelic daydreams. The fantastical topography is matched by human history here. People have long utilized the region’s soft stone, seeking shelter underground and leaving the countryside scattered with underground cavern architecture. Highlights will include staying in one of Cappadocia’s exquisite cave hotels and witnessing the spectacular surreal landscape from a hot air balloon at sunrise.
Join us for our pre-trip: Athens to Istanbul aboard the luxury ship Ponant Le Jacques Cartier!
Source invites you to step aboard your private yacht and join us for the voyage of a lifetime. Discover the beauty and mythology of the Greek Islands and Turkey on a spectacular voyage from Athens to Istanbul aboard Ponant’s luxurious brand-new yacht, Le Jacques Cartier.
- Visit Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia & Cistern
- Visit the Grand Bazaar
- Enjoy a Bosphorus cruise
- Stay in Caves Rooms at Argos Hotel in Cappadoccia
- Enjoy the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia
- Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Drive through the spectacular valley of Cappadocia
- Spectacular farewell dinner in a Cave
- Enjoy Leisure time in a Hammam
Disembark Le Jacques Cartier upon arrival at Galata port, drive to the Old City and visit Suleymaniye Mosque. Enjoy lunch at Halat Restaurant which is part of a private Museum Koc family. After lunch, we’ll visit the spice market and will finish the afternoon with a cruise on the Bosphorus also known as the Strait of Istanbul, is a narrow, natural strait and an internationally significant waterway located in northwestern Turkey. It forms part of the continental boundary between Europe and Asia and divides Turkey by separating Anatolia from Thrace. Afterward, check into the hotel.
Pera Palace Hotel
After breakfast at the Pera Palace Hotel, we’ll visit Old Peninsula including Byzantium Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace, including Harem Section, The Unesco site “The Blue Mosque” and underground Cistern and the Grand Bazaar. Return to hotel for a leisure afternoon and time to visit a Hamman.
Pera Palace Hotel
Depart to İstanbul Airport for departure for those flying from İstanbul taking the flight to Kayseri Airport- One hour drive to Cappadocia Panoramic stop at Esentepe visit a house carved in the rocks to experience the traditional life of a local people. After lunch at “Prokopi Restaurant” visit the local handicraft center. Drive-thru spectacular valley for our local wine tasting. Check into our Hotel
Early morning for Optional Balloon ride. Not to be missed this wonderful adventure with hundreds of Hot Air Balloons flying over the beautiful landscape of Cappadocia. Afterward, return to Argos hotel for breakfast then a tour of Cappadocia, Pigeon Valley, Kaymkli Underground city, Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Rock Castle. After lunch, visit Pottery making workshop in Avanos and visit Devrent Valley. Farewell dinner tonight at the Argos Hotel
Cappadocia to Istanbul
Depart to Istanbul Airport for connecting International flights
Pera Palace Hotel
The Pera Palace Hotel is more than just one of Turkey’s most elegant hotels: it is an historic monument that represents the character, style and spirit of Istanbul. A well-preserved blend of neo-classical, art noveau and oriental style, this iconic hotel was previously graced by Agatha Christie and Ernest Hemingway. The hotel is located in the heart of Istanbul, walking distance to Istiklal Street and Taksim Square.
Argos Hotel Cappadocia
Located in the heart of Cappadocia on the site of an ancient monastery, Argos in Cappadocia has carefully restored the remains of the historical dwellings, underground tunnels, and caves to offer guests not only an unsurpassed place to stay but also a unique perspective from which to view this magical land. Argos in Cappadocia creates a space that lives and breathes the spectacular sunrises and sunsets. You’ll be waking up to a dream with each dawn.
Included in this Journey
- All Hotel Accommodations in Istanbul & Cappadocia
- Daily Breakfast and Lunches
- Welcome Dinner in Istanbul
- Farewell Dinner in Cappadocia
- All tours and entrance fees as described in Itinerary
- Bosphorous Cruise
Not Included in this Journey
- International & Domestic flights
- Turkey Visa Expense
- Personal Expenses
- Covid Test Expenses
- Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
- Travel Insurance (Highly Recommended)
Please Note Passports: Your valid passport should have at least two blank visa pages and should be valid for at least six months after your planned departure from the country you are visiting. U.S citizens may require a visa to be obtained upon arrival in Istanbul. Airport code: IST