Turkey's beauty spans the ages, taking you on a journey through Greek myths, Roman legends, mythical landscapes, and the juxtaposition of East and West. Ancient relics mix with longstanding tradition, vibrant colors burst with intricate detail, and ingenious architecture reveals 4,000 years of influence. This handcrafted itinerary is an idyllic introduction to the region's riches, every one of the 11 days offering a fresh angle onto a cultural and historic melting pot.
Ottoman Ankara and the Soothing Landscapes of Cappadocia
The Cappadocia landscape provides the perfect antidote to any travel fatigue; green valleys overflow with surreal eroded rock chimneys, troglodyte caves hide around corners, and there's a wonderful sense of serenity. Cappadocia is your base for the first three days, but before this strange moonscape comes a glimpse at history. Land in Istanbul and connect onto a flight to Ankara, the country's capital. Visit the mausoleum of Attaturk, Turkey's founder, and explore millenniums of empires at the Anatolian Civilizations Museum. From here it's a short drive to Cappadocia, via the pristine Salt Lake and some astounding vistas.
Exploring a Surreal World of Chimneys, Caves, and Churches
Underground Cities and Ongoing Tradition in Cappadocia
Following the Famous Silk Road Caravan Trail to Pamukkale
The Beautiful Mineral Pools of Pamukkale and Two Stunning Ancient Cities
A Day in Ephesus and an Afternoon On the Beaches of Kusadasi
Exploring the Remarkable Remains of Mythical Troy
Cruising the Dardanelles and First Impressions of Istanbul
Exploring Istanbul's Most Famous Sights
A Sensual Journey Across Continents in Istanbul
- Tour the phantasmal landscapes of Cappadocia, where chimeric chimneys cover valleys of intrigue, and rock sculpted churches stand beside weird underground cities
- Gaze across the white wonderland of Pamukkale, the terraced thermal springs epitomizing the geological wonder of Turkey
- Relax on the Aegean Coastline and allow the gentle charm of Kusadasi to offer a more classically Mediterranean side to the country
- Turkey's ancient cities ignite the imagination and you'll experience many of them, including the vast famous remains of Ephesus and Troy
- Soak up the unique atmosphere of Istanbul, the city combining architectural splendor, buzzing markets, opulent palaces, and humble moments exploring some of the world's most impressive religious buildings
- A private driver and guide take you to the famous sites, allowing the tour to run at your own pace
Turkey cascades with classic sights, the landscape imbued with 4,000 years of eclectic history. Troy, Ephesus, Istanbul, the Silk Road, the chimneys of Cappadocia; a collection of eclectic destinations takes you on a journey through the ages, your expert guide joining up the narratives from Greek and Roman, to Byzantine and Ottoman. Over these 11 days you will soak up the beauty of the country's most iconic sights, and it's not just archaeology and history. Traditions live on in cute villages, bazaars bristle with vibrancy, thermal baths imbue new tones, and beaches offer a change of pace. Starting in Ankara and Cappadocia, you cross the Greco Roman allure of Turkey before finishing the trip in the irresistible city of Istanbul.
Start in Ankara, where the mausoleum of Ataturk and a quaint Ottoman house begin the historical musing. This first day takes you to the ethereal valleys of Cappadocia, the weird chimneys and troglodyte dwellings an idyllic backdrop for the first three nights. Hidden amongst the panoramic beauty are underground cities, fresco suffused churches cut into the rock, and villages of longstanding tradition. After your international flight, these are three relaxed days in spellbinding surroundings. From here you pick up the old Silk Road, following the caravansary trail before meandering to the white thermal pools of Pamukkale. Ancient cities cover the landscape, standing proud on mountain tops and screaming of a kingdom's power. Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Pergamum; throughout this itinerary there are many stops that unveil the revered images from Greek mythology. Wonderfully preserved, the temples and columns showcase an architectural splendor that has survived 3,000 years.
From the beach resort town of Kusadasi you explore the vast remains of Ephesos, the history mixing with sand and sea in the afternoons. Nearby Troy was always considered a myth, until the city was “discovered” and excavated 150 years ago. It's deserving of its fame, a vast quarry of ruins in various states of decay and recovery. And yes, that includes a famous sculpted horse. Cruise across the Dardanelles and complete this handcrafted adventure in Istanbul. Its famous sights need little introduction; the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, the Grand Bazaar, palaces stuffed with sultans' opulent treasures. They epitomize the appeal of Istanbul, combining visual splendor with an endearing atmosphere that transcends cultural differences. With two guided days you see the famous and well-known, but also the local side to a city that unifies two continents.
All facets of this itinerary are fully customizable and can be themed to a particular mood; for example, desires for outdoor adventure or romance can easily be accommodated. For other tour options, visit the trips to Turkey section on Zicasso and read the reviews for Turkey tour companies.
$2,855 per person (excluding international flights)
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