A Photography Experience: In Junction of Two Continents

Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours, The tour will start at your arrival to Istanbul Airport. We'll meet you there at the main exit. to The tour ends at the airport  for the return flight

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Our travel itineraries revolve around creating opportunities for photography. Unlike many excursions that offer excursions "adapted" to travelers in general, our tours are designed exclusively for nature lovers and landscape photography. Our trips give you more time on the field to work on specific angles while observing nature, rather than rushing and running from one place to another The pace of our travels is usually relaxed, but prepared for not wasting time. Even if the weather is bad or an activity needs to be canceled, we are working hard to make sure there is always a backup plan.We usually go out with the sunrise and sunset to capture breathtaking images in the dim light of the Golden and Blue hours. We often take the midday breaks when the light is too strong, to be able to recharge our batteries and our body before returning to the field.
ItineraryDay 1: Istanbul ArrivalStop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulTransfer to your Hotel Palace Dlx Category or similar 5*****Duration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Pera Palace DlxDay 2: Istanbul : Street photography dayStop At: Sultanahmet Square, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 1 minuteStop At: Kapali Carsi, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 1 hourStop At: Misir Carsisi, IstanbulGuided VisitDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Sirkeci Station, IstanbulGuided visitDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Marmaray, IstanbulPassage to Asian side by underground tunnel under BosphorusDuration: 15 minutesStop At: KIz Kulesi, IstanbulPhotography of Maiden towerDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, IstanbulFree time Duration: 1 hourPass By: Karakoy Rihtim, IstanbulGuided Stop At: Istiklal Street, IstanbulGuided visit of Istiklal avenue and BeyogluDuration: 1 hour 30 minutesStop At: Cicek Pasaji, IstanbulWith a free drink insideDuration: 30 minutesMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Pera Palace DlxDay 3: Istanbul / Adana / Aladağlar ExpeditionStop At: Aladaglar, Kayseri, Kayseri ProvinceAfter breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Adana. Upon arrival departure to Aladağlar National Park following a very scenic road. Lunch and briefing before walking the camp area. (4 km) we will have mules to carry our heavy equiptments. Upon arrival installation and preparation for sunset shots. Dinner (lunch boxes) around the camp fire. We will have coffe and tea. Overnight in mountain camper house when available or in tents (provided by us) however you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bag keeping warm until until -10°C (14°F)Region, Fauna and FloraThe name “Ala-Daglar” (Crimson-Mountains) comes from the rusty colour of its hills in the sunset. Aladaglar National Park hosts the tallest mountains of the Central Taurus Mountains of Turkey. The area covers four regions as Demirkazik, Yedigoller, Kaldi and Torasanlar, which have their highest peaks respectively as; Demirkazik (Demirkazık) 3756 m, Kizilkaya (Kızılkaya) 3771 m, Kaldi (Kaldı) 3688 m and Vayvay 3565 m. Depending on the season, you’ll be encountering everything from floral bouquets and goat herds to heavier snow nearer the limestone peaks. Besides these highland beauties the woodland shelters red pine, black pine and fir trees. Aladaglar National Park is also the home of the famous Capra ibex, and other animals like wild boar, wolf, weaser and coyote. Bird watchers all around the world visit Aladaglar as well, to spot the various wild and singing birds(Caspian Snowcock, Crimson-winged Finch, Red-fronted Serin, Snowfinch, Wallcreeper, Radde's Accentor, Alpine Accentor, Horned Lark, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Rock Thrush, Finsch's Wheatear, Ortolan Bunting, Chukar, Ortolan Bunting, Black Redstart) of the region. More than fifty endemic plant species have been observed in the area, which was declared a national park in 1995. Nine of these are seen solely in this area. The Aladaglar National Park present rich diversity in terms of bird and butterfly pecies. Some of the birds of prey one can see are the rock eagle, bearded vulture, and peregrine falcon. Wildlife includes wild goats, bears, lynx and sable.Included Meals: Breakfast , lunch and camp dinner in form of small lunch box. Tea and Coffe in the camp site. Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Aladaglar BungalowsDay 4: Aladağlar – CappadociaStop At: Love Valley, Goreme, CappadociaSunset photographyDuration: 1 hourStop At: Aladaglar National ParkAfter the camp breakfast , we start to descend the valley on our own rythm until our bus waits for us. Before proceeding to Cappadocia, we will take our last shots from this unique area. Upon arrival to Cappadocia region, transfer to your Hotel Acropolis or similar charming cave hotel in Ürgüp village. Briefing and departure for sunset shots in Love Valley. Dinner in Ürgüp. Included Meals: Camp breakfast lunch and dinner.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave Hotel or similar cave hotelDay 5: CappadociaStop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme, CappadociaEarly morning departure (04:00 am) before sunrise to photography the take-off of hot air baloons. Cappadocia has been choosen by National Geographics as the best place to fly over in a hot air baloon, therefore we will also experience it. We offer you this unforgettable experience because we want to embrace the region from another angle. The landscapes that are offered to the eyes are absolutely incredible: green valleys, steep plateaus, numerous canyons, rocky peaks, fairy chimneys and rocks whose troglodyte dwellings can be seen in a beautiful palette of colors marvelously completed by the farandole of balloons.Return to the hotel for the breakfast. Departure from hotel afternoon to overview of the most visited sites in the region: discover small churches troglodytes of the Goreme valley, and stop in front of the Avcilar Valley rocky peak. This journey will end in Uçhisar with a friendly moment around a glass before taking our sunset shots. Duration: 6 hoursStop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar, CappadociaSunset photographyDuration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave or similar cave hotelDay 6: Cappadocia – Beypazarı Stop At: Lake Tuz, SereflikochisarAfter breakfast departure to photography Mount Hasan, inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province with an elevation of 3,268 m. Continuation to Tuz Gölü to photography the lake. Lake Tuz is the second largest lake in Turkey with its 1,665 km2 (643 sq mi) surface area and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. (It exceeds our imagination; 1500 kms2 of salt and twice as large as Singapore). Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Beypazari, BeypazariLunch during visit and continuation to Beypazarı that still preserves the magical atmosphere of an Ottoman town. Houses like white boxes lean against the slope, their plaster facades delineated by dark wood beams and adorned with wooden doors and windows. Named the town of carrots and nurturing a deep respect for the orange vegetable, nearly 70 percent of Turkey's carrots are grown in Beypazarı. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Beypazarı Hotel or Zerde KonakDay 7: Beypazarı – Nallıhan – IstanbulStop At: NallIhan Bird Sanctuary, NallihanAfter breakfast continuation to Nallıhan Bird Paradise which is one of the most valuable freshwater sites in Turkey with respect to nature photography; bird, butterfly and plant observation; eco-tourism activities; and also increasing nature conservation values. Nallıhan Bird Paradise is an ideal place for nature photography and bird watching due to presence of large number of birds all seasons and it’s geological and landscape values.A 425-hectare area which was located at the junction of Aladağ Stream and Dam of Sarıyar, has been set as a Wildlife Development Area due to it’s intense bird population and hunting is prohibited in this area. Different ecological habitats such as willow grove, reeds and tamarisks which grew near the Aladağ Stream, extensive farmlands, groves, steppe areas, rocky cliffs and hills and presence of rich nutrient provides shelter for different bird groups in the area. 191 bird species have been observed to date in Nallıhan Bird Paradise. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner: Farewell dinner at Karaköy Lokantası Restaurant Accommodation included: Pera Palace DlxDay 8: Istanbul Departure Stop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, IstanbulTransfer to the airportDuration: 45 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 7x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 6x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 7 nights
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Istanbul Adana Domestic Flight,
  • Transport with air-conditioned minivan
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Local taxes
  • National Park fees
  • Local guide
  • Professional photography guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Airport Transfer
  • Entry/Admission - Sultanahmet Square
  • Entry/Admission - Kapali Carsi
  • Entry/Admission - Sirkeci Station
  • Entry/Admission - Marmaray
  • Entry/Admission - Istiklal Street
  • Entry/Admission - Cicek Pasaji
  • Entry/Admission - Aladaglar
  • Entry/Admission - Love Valley
  • Entry/Admission - Goreme National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Uchisar Castle
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Tuz
  • Entry/Admission - Beypazari
  • Entry/Admission - NallIhan Bird Sanctuary
  • Entry/Admission - Istanbul Airport Transfer

What’s not included

  • International Flights,
  • personal expenses,
  • optional tips for the guide
  • Sleeping bags (resistant to -10C-14F)

Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul Arrival Stop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, Istanbul Transfer to your Hotel Palace Dlx Category or similar 5***** Duration: 1 hour No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Pera Palace Dlx
Day 2: Istanbul : Street photography day Stop At: Sultanahmet Square, Istanbul Guided visit Duration: 1 minute Stop At: Kapali Carsi, Istanbul Guided visit Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Misir Carsisi, Istanbul Guided Visit Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Sirkeci Station, Istanbul Guided visit Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Marmaray, Istanbul Passage to Asian side by underground tunnel under Bosphorus Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: KIz Kulesi, Istanbul Photography of Maiden tower Duration: 30 minutes Stop At: Kadikoy Carsisi, Istanbul Free time Duration: 1 hour Pass By: Karakoy Rihtim, Istanbul Guided Stop At: Istiklal Street, Istanbul Guided visit of Istiklal avenue and Beyoglu Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes Stop At: Cicek Pasaji, Istanbul With a free drink inside Duration: 30 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch Accommodation included: Pera Palace Dlx
Day 3: Istanbul / Adana / Aladağlar Expedition Stop At: Aladaglar, Kayseri, Kayseri Province After breakfast transfer to the airport for a flight to Adana. Upon arrival departure to Aladağlar National Park following a very scenic road. Lunch and briefing before walking the camp area. (4 km) we will have mules to carry our heavy equiptments. Upon arrival installation and preparation for sunset shots. Dinner (lunch boxes) around the camp fire. We will have coffe and tea. Overnight in mountain camper house when available or in tents (provided by us) however you are encouraged to bring your own sleeping bag keeping warm until until -10°C (14°F) Region, Fauna and Flora The name “Ala-Daglar” (Crimson-Mountains) comes from the rusty colour of its hills in the sunset. Aladaglar National Park hosts the tallest mountains of the Central Taurus Mountains of Turkey. The area covers four regions as Demirkazik, Yedigoller, Kaldi and Torasanlar, which have their highest peaks respectively as; Demirkazik (Demirkazık) 3756 m, Kizilkaya (Kızılkaya) 3771 m, Kaldi (Kaldı) 3688 m and Vayvay 3565 m. Depending on the season, you’ll be encountering everything from floral bouquets and goat herds to heavier snow nearer the limestone peaks. Besides these highland beauties the woodland shelters red pine, black pine and fir trees. Aladaglar National Park is also the home of the famous Capra ibex, and other animals like wild boar, wolf, weaser and coyote. Bird watchers all around the world visit Aladaglar as well, to spot the various wild and singing birds(Caspian Snowcock, Crimson-winged Finch, Red-fronted Serin, Snowfinch, Wallcreeper, Radde's Accentor, Alpine Accentor, Horned Lark, Alpine Chough, Red-billed Chough, Rock Thrush, Finsch's Wheatear, Ortolan Bunting, Chukar, Ortolan Bunting, Black Redstart) of the region. More than fifty endemic plant species have been observed in the area, which was declared a national park in 1995. Nine of these are seen solely in this area. The Aladaglar National Park present rich diversity in terms of bird and butterfly pecies. Some of the birds of prey one can see are the rock eagle, bearded vulture, and peregrine falcon. Wildlife includes wild goats, bears, lynx and sable. Included Meals: Breakfast , lunch and camp dinner in form of small lunch box. Tea and Coffe in the camp site. Duration: 10 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Aladaglar Bungalows
Day 4: Aladağlar – Cappadocia Stop At: Love Valley, Goreme, Cappadocia Sunset photography Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Aladaglar National Park After the camp breakfast , we start to descend the valley on our own rythm until our bus waits for us. Before proceeding to Cappadocia, we will take our last shots from this unique area. Upon arrival to Cappadocia region, transfer to your Hotel Acropolis or similar charming cave hotel in Ürgüp village. Briefing and departure for sunset shots in Love Valley. Dinner in Ürgüp. Included Meals: Camp breakfast lunch and dinner. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave Hotel or similar cave hotel
Day 5: Cappadocia Stop At: Goreme National Park, Goreme, Cappadocia Early morning departure (04:00 am) before sunrise to photography the take-off of hot air baloons. Cappadocia has been choosen by National Geographics as the best place to fly over in a hot air baloon, therefore we will also experience it. We offer you this unforgettable experience because we want to embrace the region from another angle. The landscapes that are offered to the eyes are absolutely incredible: green valleys, steep plateaus, numerous canyons, rocky peaks, fairy chimneys and rocks whose troglodyte dwellings can be seen in a beautiful palette of colors marvelously completed by the farandole of balloons. Return to the hotel for the breakfast. Departure from hotel afternoon to overview of the most visited sites in the region: discover small churches troglodytes of the Goreme valley, and stop in front of the Avcilar Valley rocky peak. This journey will end in Uçhisar with a friendly moment around a glass before taking our sunset shots. Duration: 6 hours Stop At: Uchisar Castle, Uchisar, Cappadocia Sunset photography Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Acropolis Cave or similar cave hotel
Day 6: Cappadocia – Beypazarı Stop At: Lake Tuz, Sereflikochisar After breakfast departure to photography Mount Hasan, inactive stratovolcano in Aksaray province with an elevation of 3,268 m. Continuation to Tuz Gölü to photography the lake. Lake Tuz is the second largest lake in Turkey with its 1,665 km2 (643 sq mi) surface area and one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world. (It exceeds our imagination; 1500 kms2 of salt and twice as large as Singapore). Duration: 3 hours Stop At: Beypazari, Beypazari Lunch during visit and continuation to Beypazarı that still preserves the magical atmosphere of an Ottoman town. Houses like white boxes lean against the slope, their plaster facades delineated by dark wood beams and adorned with wooden doors and windows. Named the town of carrots and nurturing a deep respect for the orange vegetable, nearly 70 percent of Turkey's carrots are grown in Beypazarı. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Beypazarı Hotel or Zerde Konak
Day 7: Beypazarı – Nallıhan – Istanbul Stop At: NallIhan Bird Sanctuary, Nallihan After breakfast continuation to Nallıhan Bird Paradise which is one of the most valuable freshwater sites in Turkey with respect to nature photography; bird, butterfly and plant observation; eco-tourism activities; and also increasing nature conservation values. Nallıhan Bird Paradise is an ideal place for nature photography and bird watching due to presence of large number of birds all seasons and it’s geological and landscape values. A 425-hectare area which was located at the junction of Aladağ Stream and Dam of Sarıyar, has been set as a Wildlife Development Area due to it’s intense bird population and hunting is prohibited in this area. Different ecological habitats such as willow grove, reeds and tamarisks which grew near the Aladağ Stream, extensive farmlands, groves, steppe areas, rocky cliffs and hills and presence of rich nutrient provides shelter for different bird groups in the area. 191 bird species have been observed to date in Nallıhan Bird Paradise. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner: Farewell dinner at Karaköy Lokantası Restaurant Accommodation included: Pera Palace Dlx
Day 8: Istanbul Departure Stop At: Istanbul Airport Transfer, Istanbul Transfer to the airport Duration: 45 minutes Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
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