Our most popular 3 centre holiday: combining Cappadocia, truly one of Turkey’s most fascinating and scenic regions, with imperious Istanbul and a relaxing coastal resort of your choice. Connections between resorts on this 3-centre holiday will be made using internal flights.
Total 14 nights: 3 nights in Istanbul + 4 nights in Cappadocia + 7 nights at your choice of coastal resort.
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 in advance.
Day 4: Istanbul to Cappadocia
Pick up from your hotel and private return 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 resort/hotel. (Alternatively you can fly directly to Izmir airport.)
Day 9 - 14: Coastal resort
Relax and enjoy the beauty of the Turkish coast and experience traditional towns and villages for the rest of your holiday.
Day 15: Coastal resort to the UK.
Pick up from your hotel 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.
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.
Diamond Star Experience offers a range of authentic and traditional Turkish resorts to suit all tastes including, Fethiye, Oludeniz, Kalkan, Kas, Selimiye, Akyaka, Gocek etc - please click here to explore all our Turkish coastal resort options.?
Don't take our words.. .
"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