Essence of Turkey
Inside the hamams they slap, slough and scrub. Outside in the bazaar they shout, sell and spruik. Turkey’s reach knows no bounds. Every day is a feast for the senses, and every night unfurls a new blanket of stars.
- Watch sunrise over the mystical landscape of Cappadocia from a hot air balloon
- Sleep in an incredible former monastery, the Argos Hotel in Cappadocia
- Cruise the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean on a private gulet
- Day 1 Istanbul
Be instantly seduced by cosmopolitan Istanbul as you are welcomed on arrival. Meet your travel companions for dinner and toast your first evening in one of the world’s great cities. For the next two nights you’ll be staying in a boutique hotel built in the traditional style of an Ottoman mansion.Sirkeci Konak Mansion
- Days 2 & 3 Istanbul
Follow your nose on a walking tour of the Sultanhamnet area, which also boasts some incredible feats of architecture including Topkapi Palace, Aya Sofia, Basilica Cistern and the six-minaret Blue Mosque.
The best way to explore Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Spice Bazaar is to simply immerse yourself in them.Sirkeci Konak Mansion
- Days 4 & 5 Cappadocia
Enter the surreal and magical world of Cappadocia, including a cave restaurant, before heading underground to the ancient city of Derinkuyu. Tonight’s accommodation is a complex of ancient stone houses, caves and underground tunnels transformed into a boutique hotel.
Take a hot air balloon flight over the colourful valleys, ridges and rock formations of Cappadocia. Explore the Goreme Open Air Museum, home to ancient cave houses; Byzantine cave chapels and monasteries adorned with frescoes from the 10-12th centuries.Argos Hotel
- Days 6 Ankara ~ Antalya
After a morning drive to the capital, Ankara, relive the annals of Turkey’s rich history on a visit to the Anatolian Civilisation Museum. Fly to Antalya. Lose yourself in the narrow winding streets and old wooden houses of the picturesque old quarter of Kaleiçi.Tuvana Hotel
- Day 7 Mediterranean Coast
Sit back and relax as you cruise the Mediterranean in a traditional wooden gulet. Spend lunch on board coming up with new words to describe the ever-changing colours of the Mediterranean Sea and swim in a secluded bay.Tuvana Hotel
- Day 8 Antalya
Discover the most impressive sites of antiquity surrounding Antalya including Termessos, an ancient Pisidian city on the side of Mount Solymos. The remainder of the day is at your leisure before dinner at the old harbour.Tuvana Hotel
- Day 9 Antalya ~ Sirince
Don’t leave Antalya without exploring Konyaalti beach and the marina at Kaleiçi (the centre of old town). A flight this evening takes you to the modern city of Izmir, where you’ll stay in a charming villa in the tranquil hillside village of Sirince.Güllü Konaklari
- Day 10 Ephesus
Explore the famous site of Ephesus ~ one of the best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the world, including a visit to the Terrace House where excavations continue. It is also famous for its Temple of Artemis, one of the original Seven Wonders of the World.
Spend the afternoon sampling the wines and olive oils of the region.Güllü Konaklari
- Day 11 Istanbul
Fly to Istanbul, where you are free to make your own discoveries. Why not revitalise yourself by making an optional visit to a hamam (Turkish bath) in one of Istanbul’s historic bathhouses. An evening boat cruise on the mighty Bosphorus is followed by dinner.Sirkeci Konak Mansion
- Day 12 Istanbul
Enjoy breakfast and a final Turkish tea before you are taken to the airport where you bid Turkey a fond farewell.Hotels listed are subject to change
Essence of Turkey
Getting there and away
This tour starts and ends in Istanbul. Your arrival and departure airport is Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST).
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- Airport meet and greet service
- Reserve leader
- Entrance fees to all sites listed in itinerary
- Additional local guides at some sites
- Quality transport
- Breakfast daily, 4 lunches with local wine, 10 dinners with local wine
- Snacks, bottled water and tips along the way
- Quality accommodation
- Domestic flights where indicated
- Park fees and permits
- International flights
- Airport taxes
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The price of your journey will vary depending on whether you wish to book a group departure, or take a private journey.