(13 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Istanbul, Cappadocia, Antalya, Ephesus
This luxurious two-week tour visits the highlights of Turkey at a leisurely pace. With your own private guide and driver, enjoy comprehensive touring in the great city of Istanbul, the underground cave cities of Cappadocia, charming seaside Antalya, and the impressive ruins of Ephesus. Accommodation is at the best luxury hotels in each location.
Begin in Istanbul. During flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, visit sights such as the Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and its Harem, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, an ancient underground cistern, and Istanbul's Spice Market. Shop for carpets and kilim, jewelry, glass, textiles and antiques at the Grand Bazaar and at our favorite boutiques. Enjoy a boat ride on the Bosphorus, the waterway separating old Istanbul from new, Europe from Asia. Also visit Istanbul's most interesting museums, including the Istanbul Modern. There will also be time to enjoy the city's wonderful cafes and most interesting neighborhoods.
Next, fly inland to Cappadocia to explore ancient subterranean cities filled with frescoed churches and cave dwellings in Goreme, Kaymakli and other locations. Also visit a local winery, shops selling the local style of carpets, and a pottery studio. Upon request, hot air balloon rides can be arranged. Accommodation is in a luxury cave-style hotel. From there, drive to Konya and see the imposing green-tiled Mausoleum of Mevlana, the mystic founder of the Sufi sect (Whirling Dervishes). Also visit Aspendos to see the beautifully preserved Roman theater.
Spend three nights in Antalya at an exclusive resort overlooking the blue waters of the Mediterranean. Enjoy a private excursion to see the ruins of the ancient cities of Termessos and Perge.
Continue to Izmir. With your expert private guide, tour the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus, the Terrace Houses and Ephesus Museum, as well as the nearby House of the Virgin Mary.
Finally, fly back to Istanbul for two nights in a room with a view of the Bosphorus.
VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Full-day private city tour
Istanbul - Cappadocia
Private transfer for flight to Cappadocia. Private tour of underground cities and caves
Full-day private tour
Cappadocia - Antalya
Private overland transfer to Antalya for 3 night stay. Visit Konya and Aspendos en route
Full day private touring in Antalya, Termessos and Perge
At leisure at resort
Antalya - Izmir
Private transfer to flight to Izmir for 2 nights
Private excursion to Ephesus and private tour of Izmir's bazaars
Izmir - Istanbul
Transfer and flight to Istanbu. Private transfer to hotel for 2 night stay
Half-day private tour
Private airport transfer
Four Seasons Istanbul or Park Hyatt (first stay)
or Four Seasons Bosphorus (second stay)
Mardan Palace Hotel
Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir Hotel
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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