3 Centre Holidays: Istanbul & Cappadocia & Gulet Cruise

3 Centre Holidays: Istanbul & Cappadocia & Gulet Cruise

Prices from £1,998 per person

Total 2 weeks holidays: Istanbul 3 nights & Cappadocia 4 nights & Gulet cruise 7 nights

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 .

Day 1: UK to Istanbul

Fly to Istanbul and will be met by our representative for private transfer to your hotel for overnight.

Day 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 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 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 6: 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 finish with a visit to the Selime Monastery, than return to your hotel at approximately 17:00pm.

Day 6: 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.

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 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.

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.

Please note the  above durations are provided as a sample itinerary - you can stay shorter or longer in any points. You may also choose to stay in a different resort or in a different hotel.

Empire Palace Hotel

Istanbul - 4* - Bed & Breakfast


Nowy Efendi Hotel

Istanbul - 4* - Bed & Breakfast


Romance Istanbul Hotel  4*  B&B

Superior  Boutique Hotel  Special category - Istanbul  


Sultania Hotel 4*  B&B

Superior  Boutique Hotel  Special category - Istanbul


MDC Cave Hotel - Cappadocia

4* Bed & Breakfast


Hera Cave Suites  4* B&B Cappadocia


Mithra Cave Hotel 4* B&B Cappadocia


Standard Gulet Fethiye - Kekova -  Fethiye Cruise 


Seyhan Jan Standard Plus


North Dodecanese Greek Islands



Istanbul is uniquely positioned at the crossroads of the Orient and the Occident, with one foot in Europe and the other in Asia. For the perfect Two-centre holiday, combine a stay in Istanbul with a Turkish coastal resort or Cappadocia or just the city break alone.



Cappadocia’s landscape was formed around 30 million years ago when volcanic activity left the region blanketed with ash. The ash solidified into what is known as ‘volcanic tuff’, this is an easily eroded material and as it wore away over many years, it left the distinctive rock formations seen in Cappadocia today.


Istanbul Daily Tours

Day 1 - Istanbul Classic Tour
Duration: 9 am to 4 pm.
Visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul in one full day tour.
St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar.

Day 2 - Istanbul Two Continents Tour
Duration: 9 am to 4 pm
One of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus, is the strait separating two continents Europe and Asia. This tour includes a Bosphorus Cruise and visits the Spice Bazaar, Rustempasa Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorous Bridge and Camlica Hill


Hot-air Balloon Tours

Cappadocia is known around the world as one of the best places to fly with hot-air balloons. The spectacular surrealistic landscape, combined with excellent flying conditions, allows the balloons to gently drift over and between fairy chimneys and pigeon houses hewn from the unique rock formations, through beautiful orchards and vineyards and impressive valleys with distinctive rock formations and features – and then float up over rippled ravines for breath-taking views across the region.

3 Nights Istanbul & 4 Nights Cappadocia & 7 Nights Gulet Cruise: 14 Days Holiday Price from
Istanbul 4*BB & Cappadocia - 4* BB & Standard Plus  Gulet Cruise as FB£1,998

Price Includes:

  • Return flights, internal flights ( mostly we use Turkish Airlines - include complimentary cooked meals and drinks) 
  • Return private transfers in Istanbul & Cappadocia & Gulet Cruise
  • 3 nights in 4*BB Hotel in Istanbul,
  • 4 nights in  4*BB Cave hotel in Cappadocia,
  • 3 days regular sightseeing tours in Cappadocia,
  • 1 week Standard Plus Gulet Cruise as FB

Prices do not include, extra (optional) : 
  • Sightseeing tours in Istanbul
  • Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia

Flights info: 
Return Flights are included in above prices with Turkish airlines (or British Airways where available) flight to Istanbul from Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted, Manchester,  Birmingham, Edinburgh and Dublin. However prices are subject to change depending on flight departure airports and flight timings. We can book any flight from any airport on request. Once you book flights with us, we will issue ATOL certificate for all packages including flights and you will be protected financially for any airline failures.  

Early booking discounts & loyalty discounts

"Our holiday in Turkey exceeded our expectations. Cappadocia was interesting and beautiful. It was exciting staying in cave. Istanbul was amazing. We had very little previous experience of Turkey and Turkish people, so we enjoyed the beauty of the country and friendly hospitality of the people. We felt safe and not at all threatened in the city. The quality of food and service in restaurants was good. Efes beer is very tasty. We were a little confused on our first day in Istanbul as the tour details implied a bus tour, but all become clear when we realised how close all the sights were to our hotel. We had a memorable holiday. Thank you Akin."

Mr David Hyam, 19.5.2019

"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 two days of tours in Cappadocia we went with the local representatives, 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

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"I wanted to send you an e-mail now that we are back from our wonderful holiday. My wife and I wanted to express our sincere gratitude to you and the team at Diamond Star for arranging a truly unique style of holiday that we are still talking about to friends and family two weeks after we came home. The places we have visited, and the things we have seen were truly amazing, it will take a month or more to sort through our photos"  Andrew and June Welch - 24 Oct 2022

"Back from our holiday to Istanbul/Cappadocia what an awesome holiday. The hot air balloon was out of this world. Thank you Diamond Star for making it all possible special thanks to Nazan. I recommend this company to make your dreams come true."  Mrs Angela Bailey - 6 Oct 2022

"We arrived home from Fethiye on Monday, and would just like to thank you and Akin for planning an amazing trip. The gulet was fantastic and as usual, the Ece Saray Hotel was lovely. The staff there are some of the best we have come across, and the breakfasts were great. We are looking ahead to 2023 and were wondering if you could arrange a quote for a similar trip."  Sue and Mike Fedeczko - 28 September 2022

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