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...
Istanbul – Indelible Culture
Welcome to the unforgettable city of Istanbul. The streets are a mixture of modern trends and historic traditions. The trolley runs up and down Independence Avenue. The buildings are European with neoclassical embellishments. Local university students wear designer jeans and Converse. Fresh Turkish coffee emanates from Tahtakale, a neighborhood known for its brimming shops that are crowded close together in the narrow streets. The Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque almost mirror each other in their grace and size. A private transfer will escort you from the airport to your hotel in the heart of the Sultanahmet District. You have arrived and the culture of the city is already brimming.
Istanbul – A Day of Guidance
Istanbul – The Gems of Istanbul
Istanbul – The Tremendous Blue Mosque
Istanbul – The Faithful Strength
Izmir – Classic Ionian
Didyma – Ancients alongside the Mountains
Kusadasi – A Day in Ruins
Cappadocia – The Fame of Cappadocia
Cappadocia – The Surrounding Valleys
Cappadocia – The Fairy Chimneys
Istanbul – The Tunnels are Bigger
Istanbul – Return from History
- 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
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.
$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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