• Istanbul

    Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey’s cultural, economic and historical heart.

  • Istanbul

    After breakfast, travel beneath the city to the Basilica Cistern or “Sunken Palace.” Next, see the brilliant mosaics of the Hagia Sophia, which dates back to the year 537. Continue to the 400-year-old Topkapi Palace. This sprawling complex contains holy Muslim relics such as Mohammed’s cloak and sword and is considered one of the best examples of palaces from the Ottoman period. Have lunch in the Pera District, a bustling area brimming with restaurants, shops and historical sites. In the afternoon, a private guide will take you on a cruise down the Bosphorus, a stunning strait that forms the boundary between Europe and Asia.

  • Istanbul

    Visit the Walls of Constantinople, which protected the city from attacks waged from both the land and sea. Inside the walls you will find the Chora Museum, comprised of brilliant mosaics and frescoes dating back to the 14th century.

  • Istanbul

    See the work of Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect who designed an estimated 360 structures. Begin at the Suleymaniye Mosque, a spectacular domed structure and the largest mosque in the city. Continue to the Rustem Pasha Mosque, famous for its magnificent floral and geometric designs crafted from Iznik tiles. Finally, bask in the exotic scents of the Spice Bazaar before ending your day at the sprawling Grand Bazaar. One of the largest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar takes up 60 streets and contains 5,000 shops selling everything from leather goods and gold jewelry to inlaid weapons.

  • Cappadocia

    Take a short flight to Cappadocia, known for its “fairy chimneys” (formations created from volcanic eruptions), caves and labyrinths – many of which have been turned into historic mansions and cave houses. Begin your journey at the Göreme Open Air Museum, where you will see numerous churches carved from rock.

  • Cappadocia

    Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia and see the breathtaking landscape from above. Later, wander through the Kaymakli Underground City, which contains a labyrinth of churches, living spaces, kitchens, tunnels, wine and oil presses and more. After, travel to the city of Avanos, known for its pottery crafted using traditional techniques with clay from the Red River.

  • Izmir

    Board a relaxing flight to Izmir, an ancient city located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Wander through the Agora and see the stone ruins of an ancient market constructed by Alexander the Great. Then, explore the Kemeralti Market, where you can find jewelry, carpets, clothing, kitchen utensils, Turkish coffee and other goods. After, enjoy a meal at one of the many excellent restaurants while looking out over the glistening Mediterranean Sea.

  • Izmir

    See the largest collection of Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean as you explore the ancient city of Ephesus. Surrounded by soaring mountains, this architectural wonder is characterized by intricately carved statues, massive arches, towering columns and a breathtakingly grand theater hewn from rock. Stop by the village of Camlik and see how weavers use animal wool dyed with natural root and plant coverings to create beautiful carpets.

  • Euromos and Bodrum

    Begin your day at the fortified city of Euromos, where you can wander through a hillside peppered with olive trees and ancient ruins. Next, visit the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Housed in a castle overlooking the sea, this museum takes visitors into the worlds of ancient mariners and contains relics salvaged from shipwrecks.

  • Depart Istanbul

    Board a flight home at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport.

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