Turkey revels in its role as historical theater, the landscape sculpted with over 4,000 years of kingdoms and legends. Greek temples, Roman ruins, a dozen civilizations radiating through ancient cities. This handcrafted luxury Turkey tour package blends the astonishing relics of history with the atmospheric traditions of Turkey, taking you on a journey across Cappadocia, Antalya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Troy,...
Cappadocia – Hypnotic History in Ankara
Turkey's rich history leaves an immediate impression as you start the vacation in Ankara, the capital city bursting with treasures from across the centuries. Land in Istanbul and take the flight to Ankara, where you're met by your guide and driver. The world-renowned Anatolian Civilizations Museum provides a thorough narrative of the land's history, an ideal starting point for exploring the country. Four thousand years stretch out through the rooms before you visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the revered founder of modern Turkey. Lunch then transports you to another era, a grand Ottoman house the setting for the first of many handpicked a la carte lunches on this itinerary. Despite its capital status, Ankara retains a relaxed atmosphere. This is further enhanced as you head into rolling green landscapes and pause beside the glistening Salt Lake. Merely a couple of valleys later, the surreal chimneys of Cappadocia make for a mesmerizing first night in Turkey.
Cappadocia – Fairytale Landscapes and Churches
Cappadocia – Underground Cities and Traditional Villages
Antalya – Beautiful Tauros Mountains and Konya City
Antalya – Roman History and Cleopatra Beach
Antalya – The Ancient Cities
Pamukkale – Soothing Mineral Pools
Kusadasi – Ancient Hierapolis and Aphrodisias
Kusadasi – Iconic History and Archaeology in Ephesus
Cannakkale – Greco Roman Pergamum and Legendary Troy
Istanbul – Crossing the Dardanelles and Onwards to Istanbul
Istanbul – Mesmerizing History
Istanbul – Spices and Palaces
Istanbul – Departure
- Start the vacation with three nights in the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia, the ethereal chimneys hiding rock cut churches, underground cities, and quaint villages
- Explore Roman history in Antalya as the ancient cities unveil massive amphitheaters, beaches named after Cleopatra, and sculpted rocks reminiscent of the empire's power
- Head into the mountains and the lost cities that stand proud on mountain tops and hillsides; like Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Termessos, and Phaselis
- Gawp at the calcified landscape of Pamukkale, the terraces of mineral water shimmering white and blue and making for another surreal experience
- Discover the world famous historic cities of Ephesus and Troy, both vast archaeological sites that deserve their fame
- Istanbul provides a mesmerizing final stop, the beauty of its buildings blending with the sensual delight of its cultural streets
Turkey is an ancient land, a crossroads for civilizations that have always left their mark. Greek mythology stands resplendent and real, Roman relics evoke the power of an empire, Ottoman and Byzantine treasures proudly cascade through cities, and hidden narratives abound; such as churches carved into fairytale rocks, thermal pools shimmering blue and white, nomads in the hills and sun loungers on the beaches. This luxury two week Turkey itinerary takes you through the ages, joining the dots of history and evoking an unrivaled archaeological and architectural splendor. Yet it's not just about what happened in the past; traditions live on and the itinerary is sprinkled with unique opportunities to dine with villagers, explore longstanding customs, and soak up an atmosphere of endearing elegance.
This handcrafted itinerary starts in Ankara and Cappadocia before journeying through mountains and coastlines as it takes in ancient cities from both Roman and Greek history. It then culminates with three nights in Istanbul. Cappadocia's surreal chimneys and caves make a soothing introduction to Turkey, the mythical landscapes an ideal antidote to any travel fatigue. Explore valleys of troglodyte dwellings, wander into vast underground cities, and marvel at the frescos and ingenuity of churches hand carved into the rock. On day four you travel into Antalya, where ancient cities and Roman theaters offer a splendid immersion in the famous empire. Cleopatra Beach, Termessos, Phaselis, Perge; Antalya bursts with treasures to discover over the next few days.
Drive into the mountains where the soothing spa waters of Pamukkale are your overnight stop on day seven. Gasp at the mineral water terraces as they twinkle white and blue, then garner fresh impressions of scale as the ancient cities of Hierapolis and Aphrodisias are revealed. While the itinerary packs in many sights each day, this is a private tour that runs at your pace and always features a leisurely a la carte lunch. With the afternoons and evenings spent on the coast, you're also never far away from a golden stretch of sand. Ephesus and Troy are perhaps the most world renowned of Turkey's old cities, and there's a day dedicated to each of them.
The final three days are spent in Istanbul, where the rich cultures of Europe and Asia are harmoniously juxtaposed. The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the 365 rooms of the Dolmabahce Palace; it's a city that dazzles every visitor and your itinerary includes many of these renowned sights. However, Istanbul also imbues a welcoming atmosphere that brings history up to today, epitomized by the scents of beauty in the Spice Market and the maze of stalls in the Grand Bazaar. Like always, a private guide and driver takes you to both the famous and more offbeat experiences, so for every palace to ogle there's a unique restaurant lunch to savor. While Turkey's historic treasures are what entice visitors to the country, it's the friendly ambiance and mix of styles that leave the longest impression.
$3,635 per person (excluding international flights)
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