(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir)
Ancient rock formations stand in rigid skyward salute in an other-worldly landscape as the setting sun casts its golden hue on the prehistoric valleys of mysterious Turkey.
Encounter all the major sites of thriving Istanbul as you tour the city’s stunning Byzantine architecture, ancient Hippodrome where chariot races were once held, and the world’s largest covered bazaar. You’ll also witness Istanbul’s distinctive skyline from the water as you cruise the Bosphorus by sunset on an unforgettable dinner cruise, and travel further on to Cappadocia where you’ll see the amazing ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations of Devrent Valley, visit a natural citadel carved from rocks, explore eerie underground cities, and sample the region’s famed wine at a volcanic vineyard. In Bodrum, marvel at the castle of St. Peter built by the Knights of St. John and the ancient remains of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus. En route to Izmir, you’ll visit the remarkable Antique City of Ephesus and stroll the celebrated marketplace of old Smyrna built at the foot of the Pagos Hills by Alexander the Great.
As you explore ancient ruins in the golden glow of a Turkish sunset and gaze upon prehistoric rock formations in millennia-old valleys, history takes on a vivid new significance in this thrilling land. Your experienced team of English-speaking guides and private drivers will weave a rich tapestry of Turkish cultural life – past and present – and you’ll enjoy the finest food, amenities and design in a premium collection of luxury hotels that seamlessly meld old-world charm with modern-day comfort.
Enjoy a personalized vacation that best suits your needs, developed by one of our experienced destination experts. Relax during your trip with our 24/7 support and expert local guidance.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle, driver, and assistant is provided.
A welcome package with a city map, e-tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul with a private guide who will show you the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops, and Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans. The Harem section of Topkapi Palace is not included.
Enjoy a gourmet lunch (included in the tour cost).
Sleep in this morning and relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a Bosphorus River cruise with dinner on a private yacht this evening. You will cross the Bosphorus by driving on the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul. While sailing up the Bosphorus, you will see Ottoman palaces, waterside mansions, and modern villas that line the European and Asian coasts. The panoramic view of Istanbul by the Bosphorus at night will both be memorable. After the cruise you will be brought back to your hotel.
A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.
Enjoy a direct flight from Istanbul to Capadoccia. The flight duration is about 1 hour.
During this full day tour, 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 you will depart from Avanos to see the beautiful examples of Byzantine art in the churches of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Then you will be driven to Uchisar Castle, the highest point of the region, with a fabulous panoramic view over Cappadocia. The tour will be concluded with a visit to Pidgeon Valley.
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 the mid 20th century. After lunch a visit to the Red Valley and 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 a private city tour of Bodrum and visit St. Peter's Castle, a beautiful castle built by the Knights of St. John. After you will go to 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, you will visit the ancient amphitheatre. Karia Princess and Underwater Museum's entrance fees at the castle are not included and need to be paid on the spot.
Enjoy a transfer with a private vehicle and driver from Bodrum to Izmir. En route you will have a full day tour in Ephesus. Your private guide will take you 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. After the tour you will continue on to your hotel in Izmir.
Start your private tour with a 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 Alexander 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, which allowed people to climb the elevated part that is separated by the coastal strait. 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. The 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 meter 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 sell souvenirs and handicrafts.
Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
The Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*) is located in one of Istanbul's trendiest and most naturally beautiful neighbourhoods. A chic city retreat on Istanbul’s glorious seafront is surrounded by indigo waters and mountaintops. The building is a former 19th-century Ottoman palace that was transformed into a hotel sanctuary of luxury and comfort. Experience a seldom-seen side of Istanbul, with legendary Four Seasons service there to ensure you enjoy every moment of your luxury hotel stay in Istanbul. A cosmopolitan escape unlike any other in Istanbul, each luxury hotel room at the Four Seasons Bosphorus is a bright and airy example of what happens when new meets old, with the best possible results. Chic, luxury Istanbul hotel-room interiors mingle with centuries-old architectural details as balmy sea breezes give way to panoramic waterfront, garden, and city views. As always, Four Seasons signature service is a quiet presence as you relax, dine, and celebrate among Bosphorus's most beautiful and historic spaces.
Anatolian Houses (5*) is located in a very special part of Göreme, and constitutes of public spaces and private suites that are carved into the rocks, just to reflect the unique architectural style of Cappadocia’s history. The unmatched architecture, and the mystic ambience of Anatolian Houses perfectly matches the overall qualities of Cappadocia and provides guests a perfect experience of qualified service and unlimited comfort.
The Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay (5*) is far enough for solitude and close enough that you can have just as much civilization as you want. Kempinski Hotel Barbaros welcomes sophisticated travellers to the most untouched part of the peninsula; sprawling on the 70.000 square meters of a picturesque land on the shores of Gokova Bay. Each and every one of the 173 rooms and suites has its own balcony or terrace to enjoy the magnificent views of the Aegean Sea. The Spa, one of the largest spas in the Mediterranean, the biggest infinity pool in the region, and the finest service are some of the signature details of this glorious property.
The KEY Hotel (4*) has a prime location with 21 of its rooms either with direct or partial views of the sea. Set in the heart of the city, the KEY Hotel is a luxury-driven lifestyle hotel. The hotel is located in the commercial hub of Izmir, along the Aegean Sea. Surrounded by traditional buildings from the 1930s. The Hotel is by the promenade of the Gulf of Izmir and within walking distance to the shopping districts of Konak as well as Alsancak. The 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 KEY Restaurant and Bar showcase international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The hotel also offers a fitness room for guests.
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April 21, 2014
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April 21, 2014
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Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
"Our trip was fantastic!!! I cannot say enough good things. Lianne worked with our exact dates and time frame beautifully.Our drivers were prompt and friendly. The private guides were so knowledgeable. We left with an appreciation of the history, the culture, and the beauty of Andulasia. We were very pleased and will certainly recommend your company to friends and family."
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November 05, 2013
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Couples Dellinger & Hubbell ,
November 06, 2013
"We've been raving to everyone about the food, the friendliness of the people and the amazing history and sites in Turkey. Yes, we want to go back."
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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September 24, 2013
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We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia using Kensington earlier this year which was a fantastic trip."
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