Turkey: A Journey Through History

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Turkey: A Journey Through History



Tour Description:

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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Dates & Pricing

Monday 26 Aug 24 — Thursday 05 Sep 24Starting at $9,795 Get a Quote
Monday 09 Sep 24 — Thursday 19 Sep 24Starting at $9,795 Get a Quote
Monday 16 Sep 24 — Thursday 26 Sep 24Starting at $9,795 Get a Quote
Monday 14 Oct 24 — Thursday 24 Oct 24Starting at $9,795 Get a Quote


ITINERARY

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

Day 2 - Istanbul
Begin sightseeing with a private, before-hours opening of the Museum of Turkish & Islamic Arts, home to a vast array of manuscripts, miniatures, ceramics, glassware, and antique Turkish carpets. From here, visit 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, explore the ancient Hippodrome, which once hosted chariot races, and the city walls, dating to various eras of the city’s storied history. Then visit the newly renovated Chora Church, famous for is outstanding Late Byzantine mosaics and frescos. 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
Revel in the ornately decorated ceilings and spectacular tile work of Topkapi Palace, the one-time imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, and then visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. 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. Gain A&K-exclusive private access to the research and conservation laboratories. Next, savor a Chef’s Table cooking demonstration at a charming restaurant founded by a local self-taught gourmet chef who shares some of her secrets. 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 ageold 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 as well as the weekly farmers market’s vibrant product stalls, 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 and explore the nearby volcanic stone “fairy chimneys.” Then explore the mysterious rock-carved churches of Goreme, and visit the Dark Church, which has been beautifully restored inside to its former stunning glory. This evening, dine at your hotel.

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

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
Ride Like a Local on a public ferry across the Bosphorus to explore Suleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar, and stroll the fragrant spice market. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

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