Experience Turkey... Past + Present

+ Meet the merchants and sample their delicacies at the Spice Market in Istanbul, once the last stop on the Silk Road.
+ Cruising the Bosphorus is the best way to see the wooded hills and old mansions that line the shores on the European and Asian sides.
+ Experience traditional Turkish hospitality when you dine in the home of a village family.
+ A hot air balloon ride offers breathtaking views of Cappadocia’s honeycombed hills and towering rock formations.
+ Admire the Byzantine frescoes that adorn the 1,000-year-old cave churches of Goreme.
+ Descend into Kaymakli Underground City, built by early Christians to hide from the Romans.

Visit 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites
  • Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul

    On arrival, you’ll be escorted to the luxurious Ciragan Palace Kempinski. Tonight, enjoy the fine Turkish cuisine at Develi Nisantasi. Meals D
  • Day 2 - Discover Istanbul

    Peel away layers of history, starting on the site of the Hippodrome. Then marvel at the 21,000 Iznik tiles that adorn the Blue Mosque and tour the 6th-century Hagia Sophia c. After lunch, descend into the Basilica Cistern with its 336 marble columns. At the Grand Bazaar, take a break at one of the historic cafes. Meals B+L
  • Day 3 - Touring by land + water

    Start your day at the Topkapi Palace, fabled residence of sultans, courtiers, concubines and eunuchs for nearly 400 years starting in the 15th century. At the colorful Spice Market, once the last stop for Silk Road merchants, our private Tasting Tour offers an intimate and genuine experience of local life and food. Along the way, our guide will introduce you to some of the friendly merchants and chefs. A delightful cruise on the Bosphorus promises fine views of mansions, mosques and wooded hills on both the Asian and European shores. Meals B
  • Day 4 - Along the Dardanelles

    Enjoy the scenic drive to the historic Gallipoli Peninsula. We’ll check in to the luxurious Caeli Hotel in the midst of beautiful vineyards and enjoy lunch followed by a wine tasting. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 5 - Ancient Troy + Alexandria Troas

    Cross the Dardanelles this morning to visit the site of ancient Troy c where excavations have revealed successive settlements going back 4,000 years. Ancient defensive walls and a Roman temple are among the sites to be seen. After lunch, you’ll tour the ruins of Alexandria Troas, an ancient port that dates to the 4th century BCE. Return to the Caeli Hotel for dinner and overnight. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 6 - Onward to Cappadocia

    Return to Istanbul for your flight to Kayseri where you’ll be escorted to the Argos Inn, set on the grounds of a historic cave monastery in the ancient village of Uchisar. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 7 - Cappadocia from above

    Floating silently above in a hot air balloon is the best way to experience these deep valleys, honeycombed hills, and towering rock formations. After breakfast, explore the “fairy chimneys” of the Devrent and Pasabag Valleys. Then tour the cave churches at the Goreme Open-Air Museum c with their 1,000-year-old frescoes. Have lunch at Ziggy Cafe, set in a restored stone house with views over the town of Urgup, and see skilled artisans and weavers at work in the village of Avanos. Enjoy a mesmerizing performance by the Whirling Dervishes and dine with a local family in their home. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 8 - Cappadocia from below

    Experience life in the timeless village of Ayvali, off-the-beaten path and rarely visited. After an organic farm-to-table lunch at Aravan Evi, you’ll descend deep underground to explore the tunnels, kitchens, living quarters and even stables of Kaymakli Underground City, built by early Christians to hide from Roman soldiers and later Ottoman conquests. Meals B+L+D
  • Day 9 - Return to Istanbul

    Fly back to Istanbul for another night at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel. This evening’s dinner at a rooftop restaurant offers views over this exotic city. Meals B+D
  • Day 10 - Depart Istanbul

    Transfer to the airport for your flight. Meals B

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  • Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel - Istanbul, Turkey

    Set in an elegant, splendidly restored Ottoman palace on the European side of the Bosphorus, our renowned luxury hotel is one of the finest places to stay in this exotic city. With 344 square feet of luxury in which to sleep and relax, your spacious guestroom includes a private balcony overlooking the hotel’s park-like setting. Enjoy free WiFi, a minibar with complimentary soft drinks and individually controlled air-conditioning. After sightseeing, you can choose from the Kempinski’s outstanding restaurants – overlooking the Bosphorus and offering a variety of culinary experiences including seafood, Continental and traditional Turkish cuisine.

  • Caeli Hotel - Canakkale, Turkey

    Amidst the gently rolling hills of a picturesque wine estate, our boutique vineyard hotel offers just 21 stylishly furnished guestrooms. With more than 400 square feet of space in which to sleep and unwind, your guestroom offers a furnished balcony or terrace overlooking the estate, luxury en suite bath with walk-in shower and pampering L’Occitane amenities, and a Nespresso coffee machine.

  • Argos Inn - Cappadocia, Turkey

    Set on the site of an ancient monastery in the old hilltop village of Uçhisar, our unique hotel has carefully restored the historical dwellings, tunnels and caves to offer guests an unforgettable experience. As such, no two rooms are alike but all capture the unique heritage and spirit of Cappadocia. Modern furnishings with traditional Turkish accents and an en suite bath promise a comfortable and delightful stay.

Our Original Journey Value

+ Comprehensive expertly-guided sightseeing with never more than 16 guests including all entry fees
+ 22 meals: 9 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners
+ 9 nights in our carefully selected deluxe and luxury hotels
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and both internal flights
+ Luggage handling, all hotel taxes and service charges, and all fees for both included flights

Trip Pricing

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5/7/2019 $5299 $4999
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5/21/2019 $5299 $4999
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9/22/2019 10/1/2019 $5299 $4999
10/6/2019 10/15/2019 $5299 $4999
10/20/2019 10/29/2019 $5299 $4999
11/3/2019 11/12/2019 $4999 $4699
4/26/2020 5/5/2020 $5299 $4999

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There are no upcoming departures for this tour, but our Custom Travel Team can arrange a private departure just for you at an affordable price and on the dates you want.  With your own private car, driver and guide and custom tailored hotels, meals, and sightseeing we can create the journey of a lifetime exactly to your specifications.

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