Turkey: A Journey Through History
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Turkey: A Journey Through History

Starting at $6,995

Destinations & Sightseeing
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Discover the rich and diverse historical landscape
of Turkey, exploring the best the nation has to offer,
from exquisite Istanbul to archaeological wonders
that date from ancient Greece to the Ottoman
Empire, enjoying privileged access and scholarly
guiding throughout your journey.

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Map for Turkey: A Journey Through History

Destination & Sightseeing


Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
Arrive in Istanbul, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Istanbul
Rise early for a private, before-hours opening of the Basilica Cistern, with its marble columns dating to the sixth century. Continue to the timeless Hagia Sophia, marveling at the structure’s imposing façade and towering, vaulted ceilings. Next, revel in the ornately decorated ceilings and spectacular tile work of Topkapi Palace, on an exclusive private opening of this one-time imperial residence of Ottoman sultans. Ride Like a Local on a public ferry across the Bosphorus to explore the food markets of the Asian side. After lunch, embark on a private cruise of the Bosphorus. Later this evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Day 3 - Istanbul
Delve into the distinctive Pera district and visit a coffeehouse, learning the story of this uniquely Turkish tradition. Marvel at the Byzantine architecture and mosaics of Chora Church. Fly to Bodrum and check in to your hotel to relax before dinner.

Day 4 - Bodrum
Stop by the ancient Theater of Halicarnassus before visiting the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. Next, savor a Chef ’s Table cooking demonstration showcasing local dishes and an exploration of the local farmers market’s vibrant produce stalls. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 5 - Euromos
Journey to Euromos to explore the ruined yet magnificent Temple of Zeus. Continue to Didyma to discover the Temple of Apollo, dating to at least 300 BC. Stop for lunch at a local seaside restaurant. Then, proceed to Priene for a walking tour at the age-old Temple of Athena before continuing to Izmir, where you enjoy dinner overlooking the sea.

Day 6 - Ephesus
Embark on a day trip to Ephesus, where Saint Paul once lived. Explore the renowned archaeological park and museum here before enjoying a special lunch in a nearby village. Return to Izmir for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 7 - Cappadocia
Fly via Istanbul to Kayseri to explore the nearby volcanic stone “fairy chimneys.” View frescoes at the rock-carved churches of Goreme, and visit the restored Dark Church at this stunning open-air museum. Afterward, return to your hotel for a refreshing Scenic Sundowner experience before dinner.

Day 8 - Cappadocia
This morning, enjoy an optional hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. Then, visit the Goreme Weavers Association on an engaging artisan visit. Next, sit down with a local family for lunch in their home. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating underground city at Kaymakli, which dates to as early as the eighth century BC and includes chapels, kitchens, air vents and living quarters carved out of volcanic rock.

Day 9 - Istanbul
Today, fly back to Istanbul. This afternoon, visit Dolmabahce Palace, once a seat of Ottoman power, and see the collection of Ottoman royal barges, a hidden gem of the city.

Day 10 - Istanbul
Explore Suleymaniye Mosque and Istanbul’s fabled Grand Bazaar, meeting local craftspeople along the way. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll the fragrant stalls of the spice market. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

Day 11 - Depart Istanbul
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart.

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