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Istanbul Art, Culture, and Adventure Itinerary with Cappadocia Day Itinerary

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day 1

Exploring Istanbul's Highlights

Istanbul Itinerary - March 4

Morning. Begin your day with a traditional Turkish breakfast at Karakoy Lokantasi, known for its authentic flavors. After breakfast, visit the iconic Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii) and marvel at its stunning architecture. Then, head to the nearby Hagia Sophia (Ayasofya), a UNESCO World Heritage site, and explore its rich history with a skip-the-line entry and audio guide.
Afternoon. For lunch, savor the delicious dishes at Ciya Sofrasi, which offers a variety of authentic Turkish cuisine. Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi), one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world. Spend the afternoon exploring its countless shops and stalls.
Evening. As the sun sets, enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorus with a live guide and drinks, taking in the panoramic views of the city. For dinner, indulge in the exquisite flavors and elegant ambiance of Sunset Grill & Bar, known for its culinary excellence and breathtaking views of Istanbul.
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day 2

Art and History in Istanbul

Istanbul Itinerary - March 5

Morning. Start your day with a visit to the Topkapi Palace (Topkapi Sarayi), the former palace of the Ottoman sultans. Explore its stunning architecture, courtyards, and royal collections with a ticket and audio guide. For a mid-morning pick-me-up, enjoy coffee and pastries at Maiden's Tower Restaurant with its unique views of the Bosphorus.
Afternoon. After the palace, take a short walk to the Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarayi) and descend into the underground water reservoir. Then, visit the colorful and aromatic Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) to experience the vibrant market atmosphere and sample local spices and delicacies.
Evening. For dinner, head to Pandeli Restaurant, located in the historic Spice Bazaar. Enjoy its renowned kebabs and other Turkish specialties. Cap off the evening with a mesmerizing Istanbul Turkish Dance Show at Hodjapasha Cultural Centre, immersing yourself in the traditional music and dance of Turkey.
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day 3

Magical Day in Cappadocia

Cappadocia Itinerary - March 6

Morning. Embark on an early morning hot air balloon ride over the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia, enjoying panoramic views of the otherworldly rock formations and valleys. After the flight, have a hearty breakfast at a local cafe.
Afternoon. Explore the ancient underground city of Derinkuyu or Kaymakli, delving into the fascinating history of these subterranean complexes. Then, visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to admire the remarkable rock-cut churches and monasteries.
Evening. As the day winds down, take in the breathtaking sunset at one of Cappadocia's panoramic viewpoints. Enjoy a dinner of traditional Cappadocian cuisine at a local restaurant, savoring regional specialties. End the day with a mesmerizing performance of the Istanbul Mevlevi Sema and the Whirling Dervishes Show, a spiritual and cultural experience.
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