(Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Izmir)
As you float serenely over the distinctive volcanic rock formations of the ‘Valley of Fairy Chimneys’ in a hot air balloon, you’ll get a birds-eye view of this spectacular natural wonder.
This is part of the magic of Turkey, but it doesn’t end there. You’ll also experience it in the hustle and bustle of Istanbul’s vibrant bazaars; in the city’s stunning collection of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture that dominates the old town; and in the historic Blue Mosque that’s covered in blue tiles. There’s much more to see outside of Istanbul as you cruise the Bsophorus; take a walk across the breath-taking Intercontinental Suspension Bridge that connects Europe to Asia; and visit the opulent white marble Beylerbeyi Palace that has served as the summer residence to generations of Ottoman sultans.
Millennia of history await you in the winding alleyways of Istanbul’s old town, amidst the ancient rock carvings of Goreme National Park, and under the soaring ceilings of historic mosques and churches. Your experienced team of local English-speaking guides will introduce you to this secret world with their knowledge of ancient cultural traditions and colorful historic anecdotes. You also have ample time to relax and recharge in a collection of luxury lake-view, bay-side and old-town hotels.
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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.
During this full day tour you will cross the Bosphorus River by driving on the Intercontinental Suspension Bridge to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul. Here, you will have a visit to the Beylerbeyi Palace, the white marble summer residence of Ottoman Sultans during the 19th century. Later, enjoy a cruise by public boat on the Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents.
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.
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.
Enjoy a full day tour with your own private car to Pergamum. You'll visit the Sanctuary of Asclepius, and the Pergamum Acropolis where you can find the Altar of Zeus (said to be "the place where Satan has his throne"). Other spectacular relics are the Trojan Temple, and the world's steepest ancient theater. After the drive back to Izmir you will be transfered back to your hotel.
Enjoy a domestic flight from Izmir airport to Istanbul. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Tomtom Suites (5*) is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "younique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story.
Gamirasu Cave Hotel (4*) is an exquisitely restored 30 room, troglodyte cave house in Ayvali Village near Urgup in the heart of Cappadocia, Turkey. The hotel is located in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat that offers modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area, which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years. Gamirasu Cave Hotel is featured in major international travel guides as one of the best cave hotels of Cappadocia.
The Marmara Bodrum (4*) 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 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, 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.
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.
Vanessa Oquendo ,
April 21, 2014
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Marilynn Weaver ,
April 21, 2014
"All of our guides were beyond fabulous! Our time in Dublin was much too short, would have loved to stay there at least one more full day. Would recommend extending this package to 15 days for any future visits. The train to Edinburgh was super! Beautiful scenery and great steak pies!"
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."
Coby Scherr ,
November 05, 2013
"Everyone involved in our Portugal trip made it terrific. Exactly as advertised. Every event on time and most pleasant. Guides were well-informed, courteous and friendly. Really made for a great journey every time. Each hotel was clean, upgraded and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly folks. Breakfasts were complete -- almost too much to eat. It will always be a wonderful memory thanks to Kensington Tours."
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."
John Edstrom ,
October 22, 2013
"Overall, our tour in Spain was very enjoyable, and well planned and executed. Our private tour of the Alhambra was excellent. Virginia, tour guide for royal palace ruins outside of Cordoba, was also excellent. In Seville, we went to the Flamenco Show/dinner, and the Flamenco was outstanding!"
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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Randy Gramlich ,
October 07, 2013
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Jay Steffan ,
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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