(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir)
Start your tour in Istanbul, the epicenter of Turkey's hustle and bustle. A frenzy of business, nightclubs, entertainment and culture, the city is a haven for those who enjoy stimulating their senses. Absorb Istanbul's ancient structures, from its mosques to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empire influenced architecture. The cityscape is vast, with views of cosmopolitan buildings standing side by side to old traditional buildings. Learn more about Byzantine architecture from one of our expert private guides. Take advantage of your guide’s knowledge on visits to St. Sophia Church and the Blue Mosque, known for its blue coloured tiles and architecture. Continue your tour to Byzantine Hippodrome, the renowned Topkapi Palace, and the massive bazaar where virtually every knick knack is available. The Intercontinental Suspension Bridge is a must-see for those who want to capture this city from all perspectives. Beylerbeyi Palace, the white marble summer residence of Ottoman Sultans, is also on the agenda for awe inspiring sights. Our guides will offer their knowledge on attractions and points of interest. After lunch enjoy a cruise by boat on Bosphorus, the world's narrowest internationally traveled strait. Continue on to Goreme National Park in Cappadocia, also referred to as "Valley of the Fairy Chimneys". The formations were created after three volcanoes erupted around 30 million years ago. The area is also known for the spectacular houses that had been carved into the rock. Enjoy a complete view of the entire area in a Hot Air Balloon (optional). Explore Bodrum area and visit Ephesus, the best preserved classical city of the Eastern Mediterranean. Visit Pergamum, an ancient Greek city in Turkey. As an alternative to this, we can offer you a tour to Pamukkale, one of the most famous Thermal Springs & Spas in Turkey.
Enjoy a private airport transfer today with a car/driver and airport assistant.
A welcome package with your vouchers, a city map, plane tickets (if relevant) and any other touristic information that you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
The Four Seasons Bosphorus is a 19th-century Ottoman building that has been completely restored and modernized. It has 166 guest rooms (of which 28 are suites), all with flat-screen HDTVs and wired and wireless high-speed Internet connections. East-facing rooms have marvelous Bosphorus views. Facilities include Turkish and Mediterranean restaurants with Bosphorus views, a lobby lounge, spa with hamam, heated outdoor swimming pool with whirlpool, pool-side terrace and grill, and private dock. Located north of Besiktas on the European Bosphorus shore, it's only a short walk from Yildiz Palace and Park, and the ferry docks at Besiktas.
Enjoy a privately guided full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the St. Sophia Church, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture (excluding the Gallery floor); the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles; Byzantine Hippodrome, where once chariot races were held; and the Grand Bazaar, world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (The Harem section is not included in the tour).
Enjoy a gourmet lunch (included in the tour cost).
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Enjoy Bosphorus cruise with dinner on a private yacht this evening. You will cross the Bosphorus by driving through the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over the Asian side of Istanbul. While sailing up the Bosphorus, you will see Ottoman summer palaces, waterside mansions and modern villas which line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night and dinner will both be memorable. After the cruise you will be transferred to the hotel.
Airport transfer with your private car and driver.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
Enjoy a full day tour with your own private car and guide in Cappadocia. You will be driven to Devrent Valley and then to Pasabagi Valley, to see the amazing fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. From here you will be driven to Avanos, the famous pottery town, to have lunch. After lunch depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will be driven to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, where we have a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. Conclude with a visit to the Pidgeon Valley.
Anatolian Houses (5*) is a comfortable boutique hotel in Göreme, with several premium services, including an outdoor swimming pool. It's only a walk of 15 minute walk away from Anatolian Houses to the Göreme Open Air Museum. The guest rooms and suites are designed and carved faithful to the traditional Cappadocian cave houses and rooms, with niches, columns, barrel vaults and domes just as you'd find in Göreme's age-old dwellings.
Enjoy a full day tour in Capadoccia and visit the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit the subterrenean city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several levels underground. You will be driven to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red valley, finally a visit to a Wine House, Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.
Immerse yourself in true Turkish culture when you are welcomed into the home of a local family. Enjoy a traditional feast of fresh, local Cappadocian food. 100% of the proceeds of this visit are provided to the local Turkish family in thanks for their generous hospitality.
Enjoy your domestic flight from Kayseri to Bodrum with a stopover in Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours.
Enjoy an airport transfer with your private car and driver.
The Marmara Bodrum (5*) is located over Bodrum, on the main road that leads to the town. 96 spacious and comfortable standard rooms come with balcony or terrace and comfortable seating indoors and out. The Marmara Bodrum hotel boasts full amenities. The Tuti restaurant delights with panoramic views of the hotel setting as well as with its new trend Turkish cuisine. There are two swimming pools, one outdoor and a semi-olympic swimming pool as well as a gym, various tennis courts and squash. For guest's rest and well-being, the hotel also disposes of a Turkish steam bath, a Jacuzzi, and a sauna with views of Bodum. The spa provides a wide assortment of treatments for body detoxification, relaxation of the mind and skin revitalisation.
Enjoy a private tour of Bodrum and visit the Castle of St. Peter, a beautiful castle built by the Knights of St. John. A look at the remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, then proceed to see one of the windmills, a symbol of the region. En route visit the ancient amphitheatre. (Karia Princess and Underwater museum's entrance fees at the castle are not included in the tour price and need to be paid on the spot).
Enjoy a full day tour with your private car and guide. Drive to Selcuk, to visit the world-famous Antique City of Ephesus, including the Arcadian Way, the Antique Theater, the Roman Baths, and the Celcus Library. Your day ends with a drop off at your Izmir Hotel.
The KEY Hotel offers 34 elegantly appointed rooms with state of the art technology; 31 guest rooms, 1 Executive Suite, 1 Deluxe Suite and 1 Grand Suite. Overlooking Kordon, the promenade by the bay of the city, the hotel has a prime location with 21 of its rooms either with direct or partial views of the sea. The KEY Restaurant and Bar showcase international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The hotel also offers Fitness Room for their guests.
Meet and drive to the Agora, the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna located at the foot of the Pagos Hills. It is said that the Agora was built during the reign of Alexandra the Great. Destroyed by an earthquake in 178 AD, it was rebuilt by Faustina, the wife of Marcus Aurelius. Turkish and German archaeologists excavated the site between 1932 and 1941, and the Agora has now been arranged into the Open Air Museum of Izmir.
Next visit is to Historical Elevator, built in 1907 by Nesim Levi to allow people to climb the elevated part of the area that is separated by the coastal strait by a steep cliff with a total of 155 stairs. Asansör is one of the principal landmarks of Izmir. The old water operated elevator system is replaced by an electrical version in 1985 by the Izmir Municipality.
Our final stop is at Kizlaragasi Hani, a caravanserai built by Haci Beşir Ağa in 1744. The typical Ottoman inn is an impressive construction with a 4,000 square metre courtyard and a roof covered completely with lead. Originally an inn for travellers from the East carrying silk and spices, today the caravanserai shelters stalls selling souvenirs and handicrafts.
Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Depart from Istanbul airport - end of itinerary.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of Turkey for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/turkey.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Ankara. Government: Republic since 1923. Language: Turkish. Kurdish is also spoken by a minority in the southeast. French, German and English are widely spoken in major cities and tourist areas. Religion: Muslim, mostly Sunni, with a very small Christian minority. Turkey is a secular state which guarantees complete freedom of worship to non-Muslims. Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Telephone: Country code +90. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is mostly good, but can be patchy in some rural areas in eastern Turkey. Internet: Internet cafes exist in main urban areas. Some restaurants and hotels have Wi-Fi Internet access.
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