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Join Me, BaldGirlWillTravel on a Girls Trip to Istanbul & Cappadocia Turkey
Discover the joy of traveling in delightful Turkey where you'll witness heartwarming locals, satiate your cravings for delectable cuisines, shop till you drop, and the palaces of Istanbul, explore sweeping mosques. Get a Turkish Bath and Massage and create special moments and memories in a country that is culturally rich and laced with modern chaos. Marvel at the idyllic coastlines to rugged mountains to buzzing cities and barren deserts. Get to know the people of Turkey and experience a blissful stops in Istanbul and Cappadocia.
- Blue Mosque, a marvel Ottoman masterpiece with its matchless collection of six minarets
- Topkapi Palace, a wonderful gathering of pretty courtyards surrounded with porticoes and dotted with pavilions
- Grand Bazaar, thousand of shops crammed together beneath one roof
- Ozkonak Underground City, a supernormal underground structure with a single main passage and built along it by cut volcanic granite
- Three Beauties, an amazing natural formation, is the most famous natural beauty and symbol of Cappadocia
Where will you stay?
- Cappadocia: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos - Cappadocia or similar
- Istanbul: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Piyalepasa or similar
What's included in this trip:
- 3 Nights Accommodation in Istanbul
- 2 Nights Accommodation in Cappadocia
- Daily Breakfast
- Half Day Istanbul City Tour
- Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
- Entrance fees
- All transfers as per the itinerary
What's not included:
- Any Airfare - including the domestic flight from Istanbul to Cappadocia
Travel or any other type of insurance (Note: proof of travel insurance is required for the trip)
- Turkey entry visa
- Items of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, and laundry
- Any others expenses which are not mentioned at the itinerary
Istanbul - Arrival
Welcome to Istanbul! Upon your arrival at Istanbul Ataturk airport our representative will meet you at the international arrivals exit gate, inside the airport and transfer to your hotel. You will be given your room key and the rest of the day is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight: Istanbul
Istanbul City Tour
Pick up at 08:30 am. From your hotel for a day tour of Istanbul’s old city. Istanbul’s Byzantine Hippodrome was the heart of Constantinople’s political and sporting life, and the scene of games and riots throughout 500 years of Ottoman history as well. Monuments decorating the Hippodrome are the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine. Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque, across from St. Sophia, is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles surrounding the walls interior design. Blue Mosque was built in the 16th century by architect Mehmet, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasa, and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is one of the three mosques in Turkey that has six minarets. Topkapi Palace was one of the major residences of the Ottoman sultans for almost 400 years (1465–1856) of their 624-year reign. As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a museum and as such a major tourist attraction. It also contains an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, and important relics of the Muslim world, including Muhammad Cloak and Sword. The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the ’Historic Areas of Istanbul’, which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Lunch break at 1:00 pm. After lunch visit, the Grand Bazaar (Kapaliçarsi) in Istanbul is one of the largest covered markets in the world. In this labyrinth, there are 60 streets and 5,000 shops with each trade having its own area; the goldsmiths’ street, the carpet sellers, Turkish arts, and crafts, such as handpainted ceramic plates, hand-honed copperware, brassware, and trays, water ewers, onyx-ware, and meerschaum pipes.
After the tour, transfer back to your hotel.
Istanbul - Bosphorus Cruise - OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR or Free Day to Explore Istanbul
After breakfast, the day is free at leisure, or do an optional add-on Bosphorus cruise tour at an additional cost.
Istanbul to Cappadocia By flight
Depart for Istanbul Ataturk airport for a domestic flight to Cappadocia. Transfer from the airport and check in to your hotel in Cappadocia.
NOTE: Flight not included, you must book your flight from Istanbul Airport to Kayseri Airport where you will be transported to your hotel in Cappadocia.
There are two major airports in the vicinity: the Kayseri Erkilet Airport (ASR) in Kayseri (approximately a one-hour drive from the centre of Cappadocia) and the Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport (NAV) in the town of Gülşehir (a 40-minute drive from Cappadocia)
Cappadocia Tour with Underground City and Goreme Open Air Museum
You will be picked up at approximately 09:30 am. We will drive you to Ozkonak Underground City, one of the best-preserved Underground cities in Cappadocia. Then visit Uchisar Castle, the highest point of Cappadocia. After Uchisar, you will visit the Goreme Open Air Museum, the Heart of Cappadocia. Goreme Open Air Museum is famous for frescoes dating to the 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The next stop is Cavusin, which is an abandoned village with old cave Greek houses.
After Cavusin, you go to the restaurant in Avanos to have lunch. After lunch, you will visit a pottery workshop, to see how to make pottery. Then you will go to Pasabagi where you can see three-headed fairy chimneys. After Pasabagi, you will visit another workshop to see Cappadocian handwoven carpets and kilims. The next stop is Devrent Valley, which is also called Imagination Valley, where you can see natural rock formations looking like animals. Then you will head to a wine shop in Urgup for wine tasting. The last stop is Three Beauties, three beautiful fairy chimneys with their hats, which is the symbol of Cappadocia. This tour will end at approximately 6:00 pm and you will be returned back to your hotel.
Cappadocia to Istanbul - Departure
Depart for Kayseri Airport for your domestic flight to Istanbul and then back home.
Who is this trip for?
This trip is for you if:
- you are a Black woman over 40 who has been dreaming of travel, but hasn’t been able to get anyone else to go with her.
- you are a Black woman over 40 who loves solo travel for self-care, but would also like to meet up with others, like-minded women.
- You are adventurous, and you like to have fun and new experiences
This trip is NOT for you if:
- you cannot get used to unexpected changes, stepping outside of your comfort zone in countries where American/western standards aren't always available.
- you tend to complain a lot and don't have patience.
- you have difficulty being on time and taking into consideration the value of other peoples time
- you will only eat American food and/or have a very strict particular diet
- you have issues adjusting to last minute changes or curveballs.
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Once your deposit is paid, the booking is considered final. If you wish to modify your reservation, a change fee of $150 USD per person per change/revision will be applicable and must be paid in advance of the change being made. This fee is applicable for changes such as upgrading your room, switching from single to double occupancy, or vice versa.
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Single Occupancy Package
Unavailable as of
February 2, 2024
Deposit: $200.00 per person
This Package includes single occupancy accommodations at designated 4-5 star hotel and all included items in the listed itinerary.
Double Occupancy Package
Unavailable as of
February 2, 2024
Starting At: $1,307.00
Deposit: $200.00 per person
This Package includes double occupancy accommodations at designated 4-5 star hotel and all included items in the listed itinerary.
Price listed is per person
- $1307 per person
-$200 deposit per person
- 2 Travelers per room
- 2 Travelers required at booking
Bosphorus Cruise - Add On
Unavailable as of
February 2, 2024
Join me on a phenomenal cruise on the Bosphorus River
Pickup time is about 08:30 am local time from the hotel.
We will visit Grand Spice Bazaar, which has mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. Shops selling fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, etc.
Then we will go on the Bosporus Cruise, through the waterway separating the two continents, Europe and Asia, with the possibility to take photographs of marble palaces, ancient wooden villas of Ottoman architecture besides modern residential and luxurious apartments. Rumeli Fortress (from the boat – no interior visit), historical armament built by the Conqueror to control and protect the Bosporus. A unique example of military architecture.
Lunch at around 1:00 pm. with a stop to CAMLICA HILL is the highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it, you can rest and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman Style.
SHOPPING TOUR (after cruise) Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of National Education.
You will get the opportunity to see jewelry, a handcrafts center, and a modern leatherwear show.
Enjoy the experience of shopping whilst gaining the knowledge of ancient craftsmen. The rest of the evening is yours to explore Istanbul.