Indulgently relaxing and endlessly soothing, this unique tour threads together the history of today's modern luxury spa. Salubriously relax in ancient hamams, bathe in waters once savored by Cleopatra, and use a private luxury yacht to sail between hot springs and hidden thermal baths. An eclectic range of therapeutic treatments blend renowned tradition with modern style, and 3,000 years of spa history is etched into the marble pools and ornate ceilings.
Istanbul – Sensual Spa Welcomes to an Exotic City
This vacation is a complete escape and every detail has been carefully selected and planned. From the moment you land in Istanbul there's absolutely nothing to interrupt the stress-free atmosphere and royal pampering. A luxury chauffeur greets you in arrivals and whisks you off to your fabulous five-star accommodation. Forget about your bags. Get dropped at the spa where a two hour hamam experience provides an aromatic welcome to the city. Relax on the hot stone as soothing classical music mingles with the mist. Be gently massaged into a blissful mood and then lounge in pools that complete the stress alleviation.
The opulent spa is modern and luxurious yet based on the ancient traditions of the city's hamams. In some respects it aesthetically resembles spas at home. However, there are sensual and exotic tones that confirm you've landed in the birthplace of therapeutic indulgence. With the call to prayer resonantly levitating above Istanbul, and sunset casting a pink hue across the rooftops, dinner will be served on your private balcony overlooking the city.
Istanbul – Beautiful Sultanahmet Tour and a Traditional Hamam Experience
Istanbul – Lavish Topkapi Palace and the Therapeutic Powers of Istanbul's Oldest Hamam
Cappadocia – A Day of Sublime Landscapes and Surreal Caves
Pamukkale – Iridescent Terraced Pools and Soothing Hot Springs in Pamukkale
Pamukkale – Relaxing in the Ancient Spa of Hierapolis and Swimming Above Greek History
Marmaris – The Marble Remains and Greco Roman Brilliance of Aphrodisias
Turquoise Coast – Luxury Sailing to Hot Springs and the Ancient City of Caunus
Turquoise Coast – Evocative Lydian History and Bathing in Cleopatra's Hamam
Turquoise Coast – Sailing to Kas and a Gentle Afternoon on Cafe Terraces
Antalya – Departure
- Absorb the famous scrubbing and renowned treatments of Istanbul's famous hamams, 500 years of healing history shining amongst the steam and hot stones
- Discover the white wonderland of Pamukkale's calcite pools and enjoy limitless spa treatments in this ancient Greco Roman spa town
- Recreate evocative history as you bathe in the hamam used by Cleopatra and indulge in hot springs once reserved for Roman emperors
- Spend a day in the ancient spa of Hierapolis and swim above Greek columns and marbled sculptures
- Enjoy three days on a private luxury yacht, sailing the Turquoise Coast and connecting an eclectic mix of ruins, hot springs, villages, and calm bays
- An on-board masseuse is part of your select yacht crew, enabling unlimited treatments as you sail on calm sapphire waters
- Savor the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia and spend a night in an evocative cave hotel
The luxury spa is not a modern concept. The hamams and baths of Turkey have soothed emperors and queens for many millennia, their therapeutic brilliance emanating from natural steam and thermal waters. Tracing the indulgent history, this unique tour is the ideal antidote to the pressures and stresses of modern life. Escape into private pools, be scrubbed in sultans' hamams, lounge in waters hiding Greek columns, and sail to hot springs hidden within forests. Almost every day features a spa or thermal bath yet this is not a one-dimensional escape. An eclectic range of treatments recreate the indulgence of bygone eras, your body and soul hibernating beneath the healing secrets that have shaped 21st century spas. It's also a journey into antiquity, reliving a time when the spa was an idolized reserve of rulers. Expect to be treated like visiting royalty throughout.
Start in Istanbul, your bags left at the reception of your five-star accommodation as a spa treatment sensually welcomes you to the city. Over these three days you will spend the mornings exploring Istanbul's fabulous famous sights, like the Hagia Sophia and its historic neighborhoods of boutique shops. Afternoons are filled with the city's centuries-old hamams, the beautiful domed rooms filled with steam as you lie back to be aromatically scrubbed. On day four you fly to Cappadocia and a day of sublime landscapes enjoyed from a boutique cave hotel. Days five and six recreate Greco Roman therapy in Pamukkale. Indulge in thermal baths, lounge in pools that twinkle above an ancient Greek city, and savor the fabulous views of the town's historic calcite pools. These two days blend the bathing memories of Roman queens with unrivaled escapism.
Day seven takes you to the Turquoise Coast and you stop to admire resplendent Aphrodisias en route. Your luxury private yacht is docked at Marmaris and it provides elegant transport for the next four days. Gently sail to hidden islands and secluded bays, a discreet crew providing impeccable service and a journey far off the standard tourist trail. Swim in shimmering clear waters, explore thermals used by Cleopatra, and discover how ancient Greek empires built marble walls around natural hot springs. An on-board masseuse completes the feeling of sheer bliss as you slowly journey along calm waters and evocative coastlines. On day ten you dock in the cute town of Kas before you depart from Turkey the next morning. Or, if you would like to extend your vacation, please visit the tours to Turkey page.
$3,713 per person (excluding international flights)
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