2027 Pre-Eclipse Egypt Trip Turkey Extension with Istanbul and Cappadocia

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6 Days / 5 Nights
Availability : August 9-16, 2024
Istanbul, Turkey
Cappadocia, Turkey
Overview

2027 Egypt Total Solar Eclipse Pre-Extension Turkey Trip-Istanbul and Cappadocia

The following Turkey Extension Tour is only available as a Pre-Trip to your 2027 Total Solar Eclipse Tour in Luxor Egypt and highly recommendable.

 This carefully designed pre-tour option includes two of the countless highlights of Turkey: Istanbul and Cappadocia and can easily be added to your Eclipse Tour 2027 as 80 % of Egypt passengers from USA make their way to Egypt through Istanbul by Turkish Airlines. With our 2 options below you will have an opportunity to visit world famous St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque in Istanbul and explore Cappadocia’s renowned Fairy Chimneys, rock churches, Biblical Frescoes and enjoy staying in a real Cave Hotel.

Turkish Airlines has recently become a world-famous airline brand with its competitive pricing especially to Eastern Mediterranean destinations, frequent connections and excellent onboard services.

 In case your international flight to Egypt would be by Turkish Airlines, we present you two options that should be missed while you will be in the region.

 

Tour starts at

Istanbul, Turkey

Tour ends at

Istanbul, Turkey

Price Includes

  • All domestic flights (2 flights) Istanbul-Cappadocia/ Cappadocia-Istanbul
  • 5 Nights Hotel Accommodation in double occupancy
  • All entrance fees
  • All transportation
  • Daily breakfasts at the hotels
  • Lunches and dinners as mentioned in the itinerary as [L] and [D]
  • English speaking local tour guide
  • Arrival and Departure Transfers

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Any Personal Expenses
  • Gratuities for your guide and driver
  • Travel Insurance
Itinerary

Day 1Jul 27: Istanbul

As you arrive in Istanbul you will be met by Eclipse Traveler representatives and transferred to your hotel. For early arrivals the rest of the day is yours to discover the lively Istanbul City on your own. Tonight, a welcome dinner will be hosted by the founder and owner of the Eclipse Traveler followed by a welcome briefing about the tour days ahead.

Day 2Jul 28: Istanbul Tour (B)

Today after breakfast, we start our day with a visit to the impressive Topkapi Palace, which served as the palace of the Ottoman Sultans between the XVI and XIX Centuries. It has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. We also pay a visit to the magnificent Haghia Sophia (St. Sophia’s Basilica) built by Constantine the Great and reconstructed by Justinian in the VI Century. It is one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. After lunch we will visit the fascinating and impressive Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets, its beautiful blue Iznik tiles, unique architecture, and marble latticework. Then visit the Byzantine Hippodrome, the center of Byzantine life for 1000 years, where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place. We will also visit Basilica Cistern. Then we will finish the day with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, which is the world’s largest and the oldest shopping venue. In the afternoon we will return to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3Jul 29: Fly Istanbul to Kayseri and drive to Cappadocia (B, L)

Transfer from hotel to airport for a short flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia (1 hr, 20 min). Our guide and driver will meet you at the airport and drive to Cappadocia region (approx. 45 minutes). Cappadocia, known for bizarre landscape, underground cities, churches and dwellings carved from the soft volcanic rock. The fantasy landscape of Cappadocia is probably the best-known tourist attraction in inland Turkey. It is a remarkable region and geological wonderland created by the complex interaction of natural and human forces over vast spans of time. The origin of this beautiful land began with the eruption of high two volcanic mountains Erciyes of 3,916m (12,848 ft) in the east and Hasandagi a volcano of 3,253m (10,673 ft) high in the south. Millions of years ago they were active volcanoes, their explosive eruptions spread a thick layer of hot volcanic ash over the region which hardened to a soft and porous stone called tufa or tuff. Over ages of geological time, wind, rain, snow and sand erosion wore away the tuff, carving it into elaborate and unearthly shapes. The strange but extraordinary formation of Cappadocia has had this appearance for millions of years. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 4Jul 30: Cappadocia (B, L)

Today, we will drive you to see Uchisar Castle and the Avcilar valley for a panoramic point to enjoy the scenery of Goreme and Uchisar Castle and other Villages from this point. Uchisar is an excellent place to get a first impression of Cappadocia’s extraordinary geology. It provides panoramic views of Cappadocian valleys and countryside. Then drive to Goreme Open Air Museum which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. You will see the best-preserved rock-cut churches in Cappadocia area with marvelous frescoes painted inside the rock churches. Goreme Open Air Museum, is the best known and most visited site of all the monastic settlements in the Cappadocia region. This steep-sided little valley once housed a thriving monastic community, living and worshipping in houses and churches cut into the surrounding cliffs. It’s also the largest of the religious complexes, and its churches, of which there are over thirty, contain some of the most fascinating of all the frescoes in Cappadocia. The frescoes in these churches, which date from the 5th to the 12th centuries are true masterpieces of Byzantine art.
Drive through Avanos & Red River and then we will go to carpet cooperative and meet with local young girls who are weaving carpets for their wedding ceremonies as an investment of dowry. We get detailed information of” Cappadocia hand-made carpets” and see all of their processes which is normally unallowable.

Day 5Jul 31: Drive to Cappadocia [B, L, D]

Optional Hot Air Balloon flight in the early morning can be a good start the day with sunrise which is the best way to enjoy the breathtaking natural formations of Cappadocia. Cappadocia might be the only place in the world where hundreds of balloons fly nearly every single morning, giving over 2000 people a day the experience of a lifetime. Up to 100 balloons are allowed to take off before sunrise, and another 50 are granted permission to take off half an hour after sunrise.
Today we will start our day by visiting Kaymakli Underground City which is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Cappadocia. The most impressive aspect of the Kaymaklı Underground City is the organised, structured and very well thought nature of the entire city. Stroll through the underground galleries of the underground city where the first Christians hid themselves from their enemies for months at the time of danger. Several brief photo stops at the region. Among the most extraordinary phenomena of Cappadocia region are the remains of underground settlements (cave constructions), some of them are large enough to have accommodated up to 30.000 people. A total of 100 such settlements in the region have been discovered, but only a few have so far been opened to the public. The best known are Derinkuyu and Kaymakli that lie beneath the plateau. Perhaps as long as the Hitite era (1900-1200 c B.C.), men began to burrow into the bedrock, seeking shelter and safety from invaders. Later inhabitants enlarged and extended the maze of tunnels, stairways and ventilation shafts, adding living quarters, animal pens, storerooms, all hewn out of the solid rock.
The largest of these cities had eight or nine levels extending 55m (180 ft) underground. In times of danger, the whole city could be sealed off heavy ‘millstone’ doors rolled across the entrance tunnels. The presence of missionary schools, churches and wine cellars indicate that they were used by Christian Communities in the 2nd and 8th centuries, seeking refuge from Roman and later Arab raiders. There were certainly pre-Christian underground cities in the area as early as 400 B.C. After experiencing the life underground, we will have a tour of panoramic view points in Cappadocia. You will be able to see Devrent Valley Pasabag Valley Zelve Valley. Zelve, another monastic community, and the sides triple valleys are honey combed with stairways, tunnels, storerooms, living quarters, pigeon houses and churches. The churches and dwellings date back to the pre-iconoclastic age (before the ninth century). The valley was inhabited by Turks as recently as the 1950s. the inhabitants simply hacked out their dwellings and churches from rocks. Zelve is one of the most fascinating remnants of Cappadocia’s troglodyte past and is a favorite spot for photographers. The Pigeon Valley, Rose and Red Valleys are also included in our visit of the Famous Valleys of the region. Visits to Pottery Art Ateliers and Turkish Stone production Centers. Overnight in Cappadocia

Day 6August 1: Cappadocia-Kyseri-Istanbul Luxor Egypt [B, L, D]

First, we will drive to Kayseri airport for a flight to Istanbul and then catch our flight to Luxor Egypt.

Hotels
  • Istanbul: Radisson Blu Sisli
  • Cappadocia-Anca Cave Suites
Rates & Booking Info

Per person in Double room: $1,245

Single Room: $ 1,495

Payment Schedule:

  • Deposit: $500 per person is due at the time of booking along with a completed Booking Form
  • Final Payment due by Mar 1, 2024

 

Fill out the Booking Form and e mail to info@eclipsetraveler.com or fax to +1 (888) 514-7070 along with your passport copies.

Fill out the Booking Form and e mail to info@eclipsetraveler.com or fax to +1 (888) 514-7070 along with your passport copies.

Cancellation Terms:

Cancellations must be in writing by email, fax, or mail. Cancellation Penalties are as follows:

  • Booking date – Feb 15, 2024: 35% penalty
  • Feb 16, 2024 – Feb 28, 2024: 60% penalty
  • Mar 1, 2024 – Trip date: 100% penalty

 

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