Hagia Sophia interior view in Istanbul, Turkey.

Highlights of Turkey Tour: History & Culture

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Countries Visited

Turkey

Places Visited

Istanbul, Ephesus, Cappadocia, Kusadasi

Suggested Duration

13 Days

The history and culture of Turkey are intertwined. Istanbul is filled with modern luxury and comfort. Ottoman palaces stand alongside the Bosphorus. Ancient cities near the Aegean continue to spellbind visitors. Byzantine churches sparkle with gilded frescoes. The country’s past is alive and thriving. On this 13-day exploration you will find the collection of East and West, where ancient cultures have become modern marvels. From the classical history to the natural landscape, underground cities...

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the iconic sites of Istanbul with enough time to truly experience the rich history and culture of each destination, from the Suleymaniye Mosque to the Topkapi Palace
  • Witness the breathtaking landscape of Cappadocia
  • Traverse the cave churches of Cappadocia that are carved into the cliffs and mountains
  • Discover the depths of the underground city of Kaymakli
  • Explore the most complete classical city in Europe at Ephesus
  • Venture off the classical beaten path to visit the exceptional ancient cities of Priene and Aphrodisias

Detailed Description

Turkey will fascinate you with culture and history on this custom tailored tour through the country’s fabled landscapes and ancient cities. Immerse yourself in classic colonnades. Wander through magnificent domes. Indulge in the aromas of the Spice Market in Istanbul and stroll through the underground cities of Cappadocia. Admire the Byzantine frescoes that decorate cave churches and witness the extravagant halls and architecture of the Topkapi Palace. Discover the wealth of Turkey through its unforgettable natural wonders, unparalleled ancient life, and legendary eclecticism of East and West.

Your exploration begins with your arrival in Istanbul. The capital of Turkey is an eclectic mixture of Europe and Asia, religious and trendy, ancient and contemporary. A full day private tour will take you to the city’s iconic sites. Topkapi Palace and the Hagia Sophia will highlight the incredible opulence and artistry of the city’s past. The following day you will visit Istanbul’s gems, from Rustem Pasha to the Dolmabahce Palace. The Blue Mosque is colorful and vibrant. It fills the ancient skyline with classic minarets and a large tiled dome. Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, which is the largest mosque in the country. In the morning you will fly to Izmir and visit the ancient city of Ephesus.

Priene and Didyma are historical cities that date back to the Greek and Roman Ages and offer insight into the lesser known, but still elegantly exhibited, settlements. The next day visit Aphrodisias, which was a city dedicated to Aphrodite. Transfer from Izmir to Urgup in Cappadocia and spend three nights exploring the region’s famous landscape. Sultan Han is an ancient inn fortified by Ottoman walls. Discover the exceptional lunar landscape of Devrent Valley and the amazing cave churches in the Zelve and Goreme Open-Air Museums. Meander through the subterranean tunnels to see the underground city of Kaymakli before returning to Istanbul. The following day you will have a private transfer to the airport and make your way home.  

For more tour options, see the Turkey tours section or read the reviews for travel agents for Turkey.

Starting Price

$3,375 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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  • 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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