Turkey Highlights

  • Led by private guide, explore the troglodyte dwellings of Cavusin.
  • Soak in the history of Ephesus during a full day tour.
  • Tour Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, Grand Bazaar, and more.
  • Featuring internal flights and private transfers.
  • Featuring expertly selected hotels.
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Gather your courage as you descend into the darkness of the eerie underground cities of Kaymakli and Derinkuyu where Christians fled to escape 7th-century persecution.

You’ll also explore the underground dwellings of the Cavusin Valley where people lived away from the gaze of the modern world until the mid 20th century; see the distinctive volcanic rock formations of the ‘Valley of the Fairy Chimneys’ from a hot air balloon ride; and marvel at the ancient homes carved into solid rock at Goreme National Park. Elsewhere, take in panoramic views of Cappadocia from the mountain castle at Uchisar; view examples of Byzantine art in the historic churches of Goreme Open Air Museum; sip wine in Cappadocia’s fertile vineyards; and immerse yourself in the busy bazaars, ancient architecture and vibrant cultural life of Istanbul.

Your team of experienced English-speaking guides will put their deep local knowledge to work as they bring Istanbul’s impressive collection of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman architecture to life with engaging anecdotes and colorful local legends. They’ll also guide you through Turkey’s rich bounty of stirring natural sights as you enjoy modern luxury at a collection of premium hotels and serene retreats that will exceed your expectations. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Transfer - Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Assistant/Driver
    • Turkey - Welcome Package
    Breakfast
  • Day 2 Istanbul
    Istanbul
    • Private Tour - Walking Tour - Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 3 Istanbul to Cappadocia
    Istanbul to Cappadocia
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Istanbul - Cappadocia [Direct - 1 hr] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Panoramic (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Cappadocia
    Cappadocia
    • Optional: Hot Air Balloon Ride - Vehicle
    • Private Tour - Cappadocia Wonders (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Cappadocia to Izmir
    Cappadocia to Izmir
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Cappadocia - Izmir [via Istanbul ] - Economy
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour (3hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Izmir
    Izmir
    • Private Tour - Ephesus Tour (with Lunch) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Izmir
    Izmir
    • Private Transfer - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
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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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: Tomtom Suites (4*)

Tomtom Suites 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.

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Istanbul
Istanbul
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tomtom Suite
Tomtom Suite

Day 2: Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul and see the most important sights. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the pride and glory of the Byzantine architecture, the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, and the Grand Bazaar, the worlds largest covered bazaar with 4000 shops. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace, the famous residence of the Sultans.

Accommodation: Tomtom Suites (4*)
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

Day 3: Istanbul - Cappadocia

A private vehicle with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Istanbul with service to Cappadocia. The flight duration is approximately one hour. 

A private vehicle with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

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: Gamirasu Cave (4*)

Gamirasu Cave Hotel provides some of the most distinctive and stylish accommodations in Cappadocia. Located in Avali Village near the town of Urgup, the hotel serves as an excellent base for exploring the otherworldly wonders of this mysterious and beautiful region of Turkey. All 35 meticulously designed rooms are housed in troglodyte caves, fully taking advantage of Cappadocia’s fascinating landscape. The hotel itself is housed in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, offering modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual character of the area. At Gamirasu Cave Hotel you are bound to experience the finest in Turkish hospitality in a most unique setting.

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Fairy Chimney's
Fairy Chimney's
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cappadocia
Cappadocia

Day 4: Cappadocia

As an optional activity you may choose to take a hot air balloon ride and have a complete view of 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: Gamirasu Cave (4*)
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Hot Air Balloons
Hot Air Balloons
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Cave Dwellings
Cave Dwellings

Day 5: Cappadocia - Izmir

A private vehicle with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and your hotel. 

Board a flight in Cappadoccia with service to Izmir via Istanbul. 

A private vehicle with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel. 

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.

Accommodation: KEY Hotel (4*)

Boasting a prime, waterfront location in the heart of Izmir, the KEY Hotel offers beautiful accommodations to discerning guests visiting Turkey’s Aegean region. The Hotel is conveniently situated by the promenade of the Gulf of Izmir and within a walking distance from the shopping districts of Konak and Alsancak. It is housed in a former bank, carefully redesigned to conserve the original character of the building and the bygone era, while simultaneously catering to and indulging the needs of a modern traveler. The hotel features 31 elegantly appointed rooms with state-of-the-art technology. The property’s restaurant showcases international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The staff of the KEY Hotel offer the best in Turkish hospitality and take pride in providing each guest with personalized attention.   

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Historical Elevator
Historical Elevator
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Izmir
Izmir

Day 6: Izmir

Enjoy a full day tour of Ephesus with a private vehicle and driver-guide. Your private driver-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. In the afternoon a visit to the Shrine of Virgin Mary, where she lived her last years, and Basilica of St. John. At the end of the tour you will be driven back to Izmir and dropped off at your hotel. Lunch and entrance fees are included.

Accommodation: KEY Hotel (4*)
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Celcus Library
Celcus Library

Day 7: Izmir

A private vehicle with an English-speaking driver will provide a transfer between the airport and the city or your hotel. 

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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.

Tomtom Suites (4*): Istanbul

Tomtom Suites 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.

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Tomtom Suite
Tomtom Suite

Gamirasu Cave (4*): Cappadocia

Gamirasu Cave Hotel provides some of the most distinctive and stylish accommodations in Cappadocia. Located in Avali Village near the town of Urgup, the hotel serves as an excellent base for exploring the otherworldly wonders of this mysterious and beautiful region of Turkey. All 35 meticulously designed rooms are housed in troglodyte caves, fully taking advantage of Cappadocia’s fascinating landscape. The hotel itself is housed in a restored thousand-year-old Byzantine monastic retreat, offering modern conveniences without distracting from the spiritual character of the area. At Gamirasu Cave Hotel you are bound to experience the finest in Turkish hospitality in a most unique setting.

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Gamirasu Cave Exterior
Gamirasu Cave Exterior

KEY Hotel (4*): Izmir

Boasting a prime, waterfront location in the heart of Izmir, the KEY Hotel offers beautiful accommodations to discerning guests visiting Turkey’s Aegean region. The Hotel is conveniently situated by the promenade of the Gulf of Izmir and within a walking distance from the shopping districts of Konak and Alsancak. It is housed in a former bank, carefully redesigned to conserve the original character of the building and the bygone era, while simultaneously catering to and indulging the needs of a modern traveler. The hotel features 31 elegantly appointed rooms with state-of-the-art technology. The property’s restaurant showcases international cuisine with an Aegean flair in a contemporary setting. The staff of the KEY Hotel offer the best in Turkish hospitality and take pride in providing each guest with personalized attention.   

Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  KEY Hotel
KEY Hotel
Turkey Highlights Tours 2019 - 2020 -  KEY Hotel
KEY Hotel

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

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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    Outstanding tour. The guides were all great. Everything was top notch.

  • Anthony D. — October 24, 2018 — Europe

    We loved it all!

  • Bianca M. — December 26, 2018 — Europe

    The tour guides were exceptional - especially Michael, the guide for Versailles!

  • Howard K. — September 11, 2018 — Europe

    Edita Kara was outstanding! She was patient through all our changes, accommodating us and providing her professional experience at all times. The hotels as well as the tours were exceptional. We were very pleased with the Kensington package and would use them - and Edita as well - in a heartbeat.

  • Carol W. — October 09, 2018 — Europe

    Every part of the trip was perfectly planned and orchestrated. The drivers and tour guides were wonderful and so informed regarding the sites that we saw. Fabulous trip.

  • Donna Z. — October 19, 2018 — Europe

    The trips into Tuscany were lovely, the cars were clean and the drivers were accommodating. Everything went smoothly and the cooking class in Florence was so much fun. I am looking forward to my next adventure with Kensington.

  • Indira M. — November 24, 2018 — Europe

    Chantal Gouveia has done an excellent job in booking our trip. Chantal was on the top of the local contacts and made our trip as smooth as possible. Local contacts and guides were very knowledgeable and courteous.

  • Susan C. — October 11, 2018 — Europe

    Working with Danny Shanahan was a real pleasure. He was lovely, very professional and knowledgeable. Our trip was just so enjoyable and stress free. The hotels were perfect, the restaurants booked by Kensington were authentic and food was excellent. The flamenco show was so much fun and the venue was relaxing and intimate. Our guides were prompt, smart and passionate about their country. A really wonderful group of individuals. It was very reassuring to know we always had a person on the ground to call if necessary. This was an A-plus trip and we will always have wonderful memories of a beautiful country and it’s warm and welcoming citizens.

  • Marsha H. — August 29, 2018 — Europe

    Kensington gave us exactly the vacation we asked for and more. The hotels were the BEST - centrally located with all the amenities, complimentary breakfast and accommodating staff. The guides were prompt, knowledgeable and willing to bend with our requests. The Welcome Packages held everything we needed for each country.

  • James J. — October 17, 2018 — Europe

    We are very satisfied with the overall tour experience. The tours were very well organized and the guides were extremely knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic.

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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