Turkey is a collection of sights and sounds, cultures and history. On this 8-day tour you will find the mixture of natural majesty and classic cities that will create an ineffable experience. Cruise on the Bosphorus and soar above tabletop mountains. Witness mythological architecture and be inspired by the rainbow colors of aromatic spices. Venture through local neighborhoods to enjoy the flavors of Istanbul or dip your toes into the warm sand along the Aegean Sea. Turkey will show you its beauty...
Istanbul - Where the East Meets West
Istanbul has connected Europe and Asia for thousands of years and continues to bubble with a sensational mixture of culture. Your private transfer meets you at the airport. You are escorted to your accommodation overlooking the Bosphorus. The waterway connects the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Yachts and barges move up and down the waterway. The magnificent domes of the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque stand against the background of the Aegean Sea. The Suleymaniye Mosque stands atop one of the seven hills of Istanbul and adorns the summit like a crown. Independence Avenue is always filled with a jovial energy.
Beyazit University was founded in the mid 15th century and continues to educate students from around the world. Students wear designer jeans and trendy shoes. The Second Hand-Book Bazaar is one of the city’s oldest markets and is located next to the university. It continues to be a hangout for literary circles and students. You can find ancient tattered volumes of books in any language in the stalls that line the shaded pathways. In the evening you can indulge in a fabulous meal at Istinye Borsa Restaurant in the Harbiye district. The food is at once traditional and unique, filled with familiar Turkish flavors that are elevated to majestic proportions.
Istanbul - The Highlights of Istanbul
Cappadocia - Faith in the Rock
Cappadocia - Above and Below
Kusadasi - The Moon to the Sea
Kusadasi - A Home for the Ancients
Istanbul - The Blue Shadow
Istanbul - The Trifecta
- Discover the tremendous opulence of the Ottoman Empire with a tour through Topkapi Palace
- Explore the iconic architecture of the Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque
- Visit the exceptional rock carved churches in the Goreme Open Air Museum
- Venture underground to see the largest underground city in Cappadocia at Kaymakli
- Experience the sensational preserved classic architecture of Ephesus
- Indulge in the culture of Istanbul with time to enjoy the city’s traditional neighborhoods
The famous azure tiles of the Blue Mosque capture the sunlight and shine in the Istanbul skyline. Marble columns line the ancient walkway of Ephesus. Rocks twist and unfold as they extend from the ground like a lush plain. On this custom tailored tour you will discover the iconic sites of Turkey. From the rock carved churches in Cappadocia to the stellar dome of the Hagia Sophia, indulge in the culture and experience the history that has developed from collecting the East and the West for millennia.
Your Turkish discovery begins with your arrival in Istanbul. The marvelous city has brought together the cultures of Europe and Asia throughout history. Settle into your hotel along the Bosphorus where you can see the lavish walls of Topkapi Palace. Spend a full day exploring the city’s majesty. Your guide will take you to the Basilica Cistern and the historic Hippodrome, the Pera district and Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest mosque in Turkey. The following day you will fly to Cappadocia and visit the Goreme Open Air Museum. The churches were carved into the caves during the Byzantine Empire and continue to awe and inspire.
In the morning you have the option of enjoying the sunrise on a hot air balloon excursion; the unique landscape of Cappadocia is best viewed from the sky. Later you will wander through the underground city of Kayamkli, the largest troglodyte city in the region. Transfer to Izmir and settle into your comfortable hotel on the Aegean coast. Travel to Ephesus and be guided through the best-preserved classical city in Europe, experiencing all it has to offer, from the marble architecture to the chiseled reliefs. In the morning you will return to Istanbul and have the day at your leisure to enjoy the local culture and charm. The following day you will have a private transfer to the airport where you will begin your journey home.
$2,699 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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