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  • Soar above the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon.
  • Experience a traditional Whirling Dervish ceremony.
  • Sip fine wines as you tour the Urla Sarapcilik winery.
  • Enjoy private guided tours of Istanbul and Bodrum.
  • Featuring five-star hotels.
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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 private 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. Take in this majestic landscape from your hot air balloon on an early morning sunrise excursion. 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. Spend your last day in Turkey sipping local wines at a vineyard near Izmir. ... Show More »

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. « Show Less

Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Transfer - Private - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver(3)
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
  • Day 2 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(7)
  • Day 3 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private - 1/2 Day St. Sophia Church, Blue Mosque & Byzantine Hippodrome - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - Bosphorus Dinner Cruise - Private Yacht(2)
  • Day 4 Istanbul to Cappadocia
    Istanbul to Cappadocia
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Istanbul - Cappadocia [Direct (1 hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(7)
    • Tour - Private - Whirling Dirvishes Ceremony - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Tour - Shared - Hot Air Balloon
    • Tour - Private - Cappadocia Panoramic (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Private - Cappadocia Wonders (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Cappadocia to Bodrum
    Cappadocia to Bodrum
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Cappadocia - Bodrum [Stop in Istanbul - (4 hr)] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 8 Bodrum
    Bodrum
    • Tour - Private - 1/2 Day City Tour - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 9 Bodrum to Izmir
    Bodrum to Izmir
    • Bodrum - Izmir [Ephesus Tour (with Lunch)] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 10 Izmir
    Izmir
    • Private - Urla Winery Visit - Vehicle/Guide/Driver(3)
  • Day 11 Izmir
    Izmir
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Izmir - Istanbul [Direct (1 hr)] - Economy
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Day 1: Istanbul

Today you will have an English-speaking guide assistance waiting for you outside of customs with a sign with your name on it. For your added comfort, your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

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.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*)

The Four Seasons Bosphorus 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.

Istanbul
Istanbul
Four Seasons Bosphorus
Four Seasons Bosphorus

Day 2: Istanbul

Explore Istanbul with your own private English-speaking guide and car. The tour includes a visit to the Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans (including Treasury, but excluding the Harem section) and the Grand Bazaar, world’s largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. The tour ends at your hotel.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*)
Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace

Day 3: Istanbul

Enjoy a half a day tour in Istanbul with your own English speaking guide and private car. The tour includes visits to the St. Sophia Church, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture; the Blue Mosque, famous for its architecture as for its blue tiles; the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were held.

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.

Accommodation: Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*)
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Istanbul by Night
Istanbul by Night

Day 4: Istanbul - Cappadocia

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.

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

The Whirling dervishes ceremony is the inspiration of Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi as well as part of the Turkish culture, belief and history in Konya. It symbolizes the different meanings of a mystic cycle to perfection.

The ceremony takes place at Sarihan caravanserai  , which is considered to have been built in 1249 , in the evening for approximately one hour. Also enjoy time to explore the caravanserai prior to ceremony.

Accommodation: Argos (5*)

Located in the heart of this historic region, Argos in Cappadocia was born of the careful restoration of a dwelling that dates back thousands of years and offers its guests a unique lodging experience. With its exquisite location, accommodations spread gracefully over the slope, delightful landscaping that connects the living areas to one another, aesthetic faithfulness to the spirit of the original settlement, exquisite interior decorating and superior service philosophy, this establishment is creating distinction in the region. Its doors are open to anyone who dreams of getting lost in a fairytale land dating back hundreds of years or hear the whispers of history in the underground tunnels that connect the hotel residences.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia

Day 5: Cappadocia

Enjoy a unique experience with fellow adventure seekers, and see Cappadocia from a Hot Air Balloon. While the crew inflates the balloons, you will receive a complimentary light breakfast. The approximately one hour flight will start when the pilot heats the air inside the balloon with the burner to rise into currents with different directions. There is a marvelous view of Cappadocia from above. The pilot will begin the gentle descent when he finds an appropriate landing site. After packing up the balloon, nonalcoholic champagne is served and certificates are distributed. The whole experience lasts 3 to 4 hours, very early in the morning, so you will have the rest of the day to visit the many attractions of Cappadocia.

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.

Accommodation: Argos (5*)
Hot Air Balloon
Hot Air Balloon
Fairy Chimney's
Fairy Chimney's

Day 6: Cappadocia

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.

Accommodation: Argos (5*)
Cave Dwellings
Cave Dwellings

Day 7: Cappadocia - Bodrum

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Enjoy your domestic flight from Kayseri to Bodrum with a stopover in Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours.

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay (5*)

Nestled on the cliffs overlooking pristine Barbaros Bay, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum is located on its private bay towards the magnificent Aegean Sea, offering its guests a unique luxurious vacation. In one of the spacious rooms or luxurious suites, you’re guaranteed your vacation will be a sophisticated and fulfilling experience. Through a rich variety of restaurants, bars and the magnificent Sanitas Spa, they strive to serve you the Kempinski promise of European luxury. The hotel also has an indoor pool and an outdoor infinity pool for guests enjoyment.

Bodrum
Bodrum
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

Day 8: Bodrum

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.

Accommodation: Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay (5*)
St. Peter's Castle
St. Peter's Castle

Day 9: Bodrum - Izmir

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. 

Accommodation: Swissotel Grand Efes (5*)

Swissotel Buyuk Efes is located in the center of Izmir’s commercial district, set in lush landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea. Designed in a modern and contemporary style, the luxuriously appointed guest rooms include state of the art technology and exclusive amenities. At Swisshotel Buyuk Efes, guests can enjoy traditional Turkish and contemporary cuisine in a variety of stylishly elegant restaurants. The hotel's rooftop terrace and Spa are ideal for relaxation, and guests have the chance to indulge in a calming massage before a dip in the outdoor hotel pool.

Izmir
Izmir
Swiss Hotel, Izmir
Swiss Hotel, Izmir

Day 10: Izmir

Depart from Izmir for a visit to Urla Winery. The foundations of Urla Sarapcilik were laid as when Mr. Ortabas and Uzbas Ltd started their own vineyards some ten years ago and started working on how to promote the town of Urla as a center of attraction as well as a town with its’ own wine brand. Being decisive of opening up new doors by reanimating and diversifying a phenomenon in the historical texture of the region which is being gradually renowned in touristic terms, Urla Sarapcilik has started off with the belief of producing the select “Urla Boutique Wine” (château wine) which it believes will attract attention and respect all over the world some day. Roundtrip transfer with private vehicle, English speaking Guide and entrance fee is included. 

Accommodation: Swissotel Grand Efes (5*)
Grapes
Grapes

Day 11: Izmir

A transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel with a private vehicle and driver is provided.

Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.

Accommodation:
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Four Seasons Bosphorus (5*): Istanbul

The Four Seasons Bosphorus 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.

Four Seasons Bosphorus
Four Seasons Bosphorus
Four Seasons Bosphorus Lobby
Four Seasons Bosphorus Lobby

Argos (5*) : Cappadocia

Located in the heart of this historic region, Argos in Cappadocia was born of the careful restoration of a dwelling that dates back thousands of years and offers its guests a unique lodging experience. With its exquisite location, accommodations spread gracefully over the slope, delightful landscaping that connects the living areas to one another, aesthetic faithfulness to the spirit of the original settlement, exquisite interior decorating and superior service philosophy, this establishment is creating distinction in the region. Its doors are open to anyone who dreams of getting lost in a fairytale land dating back hundreds of years or hear the whispers of history in the underground tunnels that connect the hotel residences.

Argos in Cappadocia
Argos in Cappadocia

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay (5*): Bodrum

Nestled on the cliffs overlooking pristine Barbaros Bay, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum is located on its private bay towards the magnificent Aegean Sea, offering its guests a unique luxurious vacation. In one of the spacious rooms or luxurious suites, you’re guaranteed your vacation will be a sophisticated and fulfilling experience. Through a rich variety of restaurants, bars and the magnificent Sanitas Spa, they strive to serve you the Kempinski promise of European luxury. The hotel also has an indoor pool and an outdoor infinity pool for guests enjoyment.

Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay
Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay

Swissotel Grand Efes (5*): Izmir

Swissotel Buyuk Efes is located in the center of Izmir’s commercial district, set in lush landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea. Designed in a modern and contemporary style, the luxuriously appointed guest rooms include state of the art technology and exclusive amenities. At Swisshotel Buyuk Efes, guests can enjoy traditional Turkish and contemporary cuisine in a variety of stylishly elegant restaurants. The hotel's rooftop terrace and Spa are ideal for relaxation, and guests have the chance to indulge in a calming massage before a dip in the outdoor hotel pool.

Swiss Hotel, Izmir
Swiss Hotel, Izmir
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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