Turkish Delight - Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys


Istanbul, Cappadocia

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Cappadocia
  • Private Full Day Tour of Istanbul with an English-Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Half Day tour of Goreme Open Air Museum with an English-Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with an English-Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Airfare from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Airfare from Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • All Transfers and Luggage Handling within Turkey
  • All Transportation is Provided by Deluxe Air-Conditioned Private Vehicle
Turkish Delight - Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel




Welcome to Istanbul, a city also formerly known as Byzantium and later Constantinople, and a metropolis where East meets West, creating a captivating mosaic of diverse influences. Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Afternoon at leisure, perfect for a relaxing walk or a chance to savor a gourmet dinner at a local restaurant.


Full-Day Private Istanbul Tour

After breakfast, you will meet your guide and start a tour that will show you the most spectacular and historically significant sites in Istanbul. You will start with the Hippodrome and the remains of the giant arena that functioned as the site for sporting events and political activities of the old city in the Roman and Byzantine eras. From there, you will head to the Blue Mosque. Just opposite St. Sophia, this exquisite mosque built in the name of Sultan Ahmet is famous for its blue Iznik (Nicean) tiles and is unique for having six minarets. You will also explore St. Sophia (the Church of Divine Wisdom) one of the greatest marvels of architecture. You will then continue to the Topkapi Palace, the former location of the Imperial offices and residence of Ottoman Sultans and now a magnificent museum exhibiting the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, calligraphy, and countless other artifacts. Your last stop for the day will be the Grand Bazaar, a historical shopping center that ranks as the biggest souk in the world, with nearly 4000 shops featuring antiques, gold, carpets, and leatherwear.


Half-day Tour of Istanbul with Basilica Cistern, Spice Market, and Bosphorus Cruise

Today’s tour will let you explore some exquisite sites of Istanbul such as the Basilica Cistern, and the vibrant spice market, while your city experience will be perfectly completed with a relaxing Bosphorus tour. You will start with the exploration of Basilica Cistern constructed in 532 AD built by Justinian to hold the water supply for the Great Palace. Inside, you will be enchanted by a mesmerizing forest of 336 exquisite columns, among which are two columns adorned with the captivating heads of Medusa at their bases. Next, you will venture into the Spice Market, a bustling bazaar that has been a spice and herb haven for centuries. Immerse yourself in the vibrant colors, fragrant aromas, and lively energy of traders haggling over exotic spices, teas, and Turkish delights. Cap off your half-day adventure with a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus. Glide past historical landmarks, grand palaces, and quaint fishing villages that line the shores.


Istanbul to Cappadocia

After breakfast and check-out, you will meet your driver and head to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Once you arrive, you will once again be met by your driver and start your journey to the selected hotel in Cappadocia. Afternoon and evening at leisure to soak up the views, local culture, and mouthwatering cuisine.


Cappadocia tour with Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride

If you are searching for the ultimate views of Goreme and the fairy chimneys, you can opt for a hot air Balloon ride. Optional Hot-Air Balloon flight. Your journey begins in the quiet pre-dawn hours, where the anticipation builds as you witness the inflation of the vibrant hot air balloons against the dark Cappadocian sky. Once you are in the air, you’ll be treated to an unparalleled bird's-eye view of Cappadocia's iconic fairy chimneys, valleys, and rock formations so get your camera ready!
After a few hours of rest, you will meet your guide at the hotel and continue your exploration of Cappadocia, but this time from ground level. visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that unfolds like an ancient open-air gallery. Explore the intricately carved rock-cut churches and monasteries that date back to the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. Marvel at the vibrant frescoes that adorn the interiors, depicting scenes from the Bible and providing a glimpse into the rich cultural and religious history of Cappadocia. From the historical marvels of the Goreme Open Air Museum, you will continue to the breathtaking landscapes of the Red Valley. Wander through the unique rock formations, chimneys, and fairy-tale-like landscapes that characterize this region.


Kaymakli Underground-Uchisar & Home Cooking

Today, you will descend into the depths of Kaymakli Underground City, a subterranean complex crafted by early Christians to evade invaders, featuring living quarters, kitchens, and ventilation shafts across five levels. Conclude your day at a traditional stone house adorned with arched ceilings, Turkish textiles, and Cappadocia rugs. Prepare, cook, and savor an organic Turkish meal made from fresh ingredients, including eggs from house-grown chickens, honey from the beehives, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices grown in the garden. Embrace the essence of Cappadocian village life and Turkish culture.



After breakfast, you will meet your driver and head to Cappadocia airport and catch your flight to Istanbul from where you will then take your flight back home.

Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel

Nestled in Karakoy's historic district along the Bosphorus, The Peninsula Istanbul embodies Turkish culture and top-tier hospitality within Galataport, a waterfront renaissance. Comprising four splendid buildings, including three meticulously restored historic structures, the hotel welcomes you by land or sea. Unwind in spacious rooms and suites adorned with bespoke furnishings featuring stunning views through expansive windows. The Peninsula Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Indulge in Turk-Asian cuisine at Rooftop Restaurant & Bar or savor Mediterranean-inspired fare at The Lobby. Topside Bar offers panoramic Bosphorus vistas and innovative cocktails by renowned Chef Fatih Tutak, ensuring an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

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Unwind in unparalleled luxury, where East meets West along the shimmering Bosphorus shoreline, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul embodies the essence of historical grandeur. From serene rooms to opulent royal suites, the hotel offers unparalleled comfort and elegance. Rejuvenate your senses with treatments in a tranquil Zen Garden setting. Embark on a gastronomic journey with world-renowned restaurants like Hakkasan and Novikov, showcasing a fusion of culinary delights against the stunning backdrop of the Bosphorus. Completing the experience, & The Bar offers unforgettable moments with original cocktails and panoramic views, making it a favorite rendezvous in Istanbul. Boasting legendary service and timeless design, this urban oasis promises an unforgettable stay.

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Experience the epitome of modern luxury at the St. Regis Istanbul, where timeless elegance meets contemporary innovation. Nestled in the vibrant Nisantasi district, this 5* hotel offers an unrivaled location surrounded by designer boutiques and historic architecture. Enjoy personalized service with the signature St. Regis Butler, indulge in rooftop dining at Wolfgang Puck's Spago, or unwind at the verdant terrace of St. Regis Brasserie. Luxuriate in the Iridium Spa, featuring private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art facilities. Retreat to beautifully appointed suites adorned with original artwork and enjoy breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. With pet-friendly accommodations and impeccable amenities, your stay at The St. Regis Istanbul promises unparalleled luxury and comfort.

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Located in Istanbul's prestigious Dolmabahce area, The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul offers breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, with cultural attractions within easy reach. Boasting 243 rooms and suites, including the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Suite, the hotel epitomizes lavish living. Indulge in personalized service at the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, with exquisite amenities and panoramic vistas. Unwind at the state-of-the-art spa, complete with Turkish Hamam and an indoor swimming pool. Dining at the hotel is a culinary delight, with two Michelin Guide-listed restaurants showcasing Anatolian and Japanese Peruvian cuisine against the backdrop of the Bosphorus. Experience unparalleled luxury and gastronomic excellence at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul.

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The Bank Hotel Istanbul is located in Karakoy, one of the most prominent neighborhoods of Istanbul known for its history. Karakoy welcomes its guests with views of Turkey's world-famous historical peninsula. With its sophisticated design, the Bank Hotel Istanbul promises more than just ordinary accommodation for its guests. With a magnificent view of old Istanbul, the restaurant on the rooftop offers an unforgettable experience for its guests with international cuisine. The Bank Hotel Istanbul sits in a region that hosts artists, a concept intertwined with art, respecting the locals and international guests. The Bank Hotel Istanbul is perfectly located to explore bohemian Beyoglu and the historical Sultanahmet.

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Experience the allure of The Galata Istanbul Hotel-MGallery, a charming boutique hotel promising an exceptional travel experience. Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, this luxury 5* establishment boasts unparalleled views of the iconic Galata Tower and the enchanting Golden Horn. Immerse yourself in elegant accommodation, blending modern comforts with traditional charm. Indulge in the rejuvenating Cesme Hamam, a 300-year-old spa tradition meticulously preserved by the hotel. Mesai Karakoy beckons with a culinary journey where Turkish flavors intertwine with modern gastronomy. Enjoy delightful dishes, breathtaking vistas, and a vibrant atmosphere, creating memories to cherish in Istanbul.

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In the heart of Istanbul, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus boasts a luxurious boutique experience with 67 rooms and a spa. Conveniently located steps away from Taksim Square and the serene greens of Gezi Park, the hotel offers easy access to the city's top attractions, including Istiklal Street and the Bosphorus. Each room, inspired by the renowned Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, features panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Gezi Park, blending homey comfort with modern design. Delight in the hotel's outlets, including the Silver Spa offers luxurious treatments and the Delma Grill Bar serving authentic Mediterranean and Turkish cuisines against panoramic Bosphorus views. With its timeless design philosophy and top-notch amenities, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus promises an unforgettable stay in Istanbul.

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Experience unparalleled luxury at Museum Hotel, the only Relais & Chateaux property in Turkey. Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, it boasts a unique living museum concept, where every corner exudes thousands of years of history. Each of its 34 cave and stone rooms is adorned with priceless antiques, offering a glimpse into the region's rich past. Indulge in tantalizing Turkish cuisine crafted by renowned Chef Saygın Sesli at Lil'a, the on-site restaurant. Unwind with a relaxing massage overlooking the stunning Cappadocian landscape or enjoy a traditional Turkish barber experience as you watch hot-air balloons float by. Elevate your visit to Cappadocia with a stay at the Museum Hotel.

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Nestled amidst the captivating landscape of Cappadocia, Argos in Cappadocia stands as a testament to the region's rich history and natural beauty. With a legacy dating back thousands of years, this unique hotel seamlessly blends tradition with modern luxury. Each of its 51 rooms, meticulously crafted over 26 years, offers a distinct experience, boasting breathtaking views of Pigeon Valley and Mount Erciyes. The hotel's renowned Nahita restaurant showcases Anatolian cuisine at its finest, while Seki Restaurant tantalizes taste buds with its award-winning dishes. Unwind by the pool, overlooking the stunning landscape, or indulge in a holistic massage in the therapy room carved into ancient caves. Argos in Cappadocia promises an unforgettable stay where history and luxury converge to create an unparalleled experience.

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Discover the enchanting world of Tafoni Houses in Cappadocia, where each suite is a lyrical expression of love and craftsmanship. Amidst the rustic charm of cave dwellings, journey to a realm of timeless beauty. Meticulously restored antique doors, stone fireplaces, and intricately carved rock shelves adorn the interiors, while fine marble and natural stone accentuate the floors and bathrooms with elegance. Crafted by master artisans, the ironwork and furniture exude Art Deco flair. Indulge in modern luxuries like jacuzzis and in-floor heating, complemented by the culinary delights of The Nest restaurant, where Turkish cuisine is elevated to an art form.

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Indulge in the allure of Kayakapi Premium Caves Cappadocia, the inaugural boutique hotel nestled within Cappadocia's historical Kayakapi Neighborhood, endorsed by UNESCO and the World Heritage Center. This captivating enclave, boasting centuries-old cave houses and architectural marvels, invites you to immerse yourself in its rich heritage. Explore ancient wonders like the 10th Century Cave Church and the Seljuq Empire's Historical Mosque, offering panoramic vistas of Urgup and Cappadocia. Relax in the traditional Turkish Hamam or opt for a relaxing Ottoman Massage. Unwind in the sauna, rejuvenate with high-quality massage treatments, or bask in the panoramic view while lounging by the Davut Agha Mansion's swimming pool. Experience utmost comfort at Uzum Lounge, where you can savor a drink amidst welcoming surroundings.

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What began as a cozy retreat evolved into Taskonaklar, a unique luxury hotel with 25 rooms. Amidst this expansion, the establishment maintained a family-like warmth, offering personalized service and embracing Cappadocia's rich history and culture. Each room, built in harmony with the regional architecture, offers a unique experience, whether in a cave or stone area. The suites, with separate sitting areas and terraces boasting panoramic views, provide ultimate luxury. Celebrate the diverse cuisines of Anatolia, Greece, Armenia, and the Ottoman Empire at Moniq, at the onsite cave restaurant. Local, sustainably sourced ingredients elevate the dining experience, complemented by our garden bars offering an array of beverages amidst stunning vistas. Taskonaklar promises an unforgettable stay, blending luxury, history, and gastronomy in the heart of Cappadocia.

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Carus Cappadocia invites you to experience contemporary elegance amidst the timeless charm of Goreme. Designed without walls, this fine establishment seamlessly integrates with the village, exuding an authentic atmosphere. Embracing a less-is-more philosophy, its interior blends modernity with comfort, providing a sophisticated retreat for discerning travelers. With multiple terraces boasting botanical gardens and breathtaking views, Carus offers serene spaces to unwind. Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, its design preserves the region's historical value, offering 50 suites and cave rooms, each with a unique touch. Relax by the indoor pool, rejuvenate your senses at the wellness spa, and savor local and international cuisine at HARUNA Restaurant. Experience the essence of Cappadocia at CARUS, where history meets contemporary luxury.

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3 Nights Athens Extension

Get a taste of history, culture and cuisine when you head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Spend three nights at one of our top luxury hotels, with magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a full- day tour of the historical highlights around the city, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, the changing of the guards at the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Your three nights/four-day extension includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Cairo Extension

Immerse yourself into 5000 years of history with a visit to Cairo, the enchanting capital of Egypt. Experience some of the world’s most iconic monuments including the Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and so much more. Your 3-night / 4-day extension will include airfare to Cairo. Private transfers, private tours, and 24/7 local assistance.

Nancy & Karen, USA, Turkey - Travelive Reviews

Nancy & Karen, USA

Karen and I have returned from our trip and are just trying to get caught up with everything. We wanted to send you a HUGE THANK YOU for our transfer and tour in Istanbul. Everything worked well. Your staff and the airport, your drivers, and your tour guide were fabulous. It was especially nice to have someone greet us after arriving so late at night in Istanbul.

Thank you!

Wendy, USA, Turkey - Travelive Reviews

Wendy, USA

So I must say without further ado that our guide in Istanbul, was outstanding. She went above and beyond to assist us; she was very knowledgeable and friendly! Because of her, we had the very best impression of Istanbul. Every detail of our trip was carefully designed by your team, and we also want to give special thanks to your Support team who were with us in every step of the trip.

Thank you!

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