Trip Type : Private Guided
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Marvels of Turkey

Cox & Kings
4.7 . Excellent
96%
Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
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Overview

Highlights

  • Discover the Blue Mosque and elegant Topkapi Palace in Istanbul
  • Search for carpets, clothing, jewelry and other treasures at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar
  • Browse the specialty food stores of the historic Kadikoy Market, then dine in the renowned Ciya restaurant
  • Explore the cave churches of Goreme National Park and the subterranean city of Kaymakli
  • Visit the little hilltop Ottoman town of Sirince to experience the charm of rural turkish life
  • Immerse yourself in the past in the fascinating Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus

Short Description

Begin your travels in vibrant Istanbul, where East meets West on the banks of the Bosphorus. The capital of the great Ottoman Empire enjoyed more than four centuries of imperial patronage, which created one of the most famous skylines in the world. Then venture east to explore the fantastic otherworldly landscapes and cave churches of Cappadocia. End your journey through the highlights of Turkey with a stroll on Ephesus’ Royal Road to see what was once the world’s second greatest library.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Istanbul
End City Izmir

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Turkey

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Trip Includes

  • All hotel accommodations as per the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All transfers and transportation
  • Sightseeing as described in itinerary including entrance fees and services of professional local guides

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Accommodation: Four Seasons Sultanahmed

Upon arrival in Istanbul, you will be welcomed by your Cox & Kings local representative and transferred to your luxury hotel in the heart of the old city. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Day 2: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Four Seasons Sultanahmed

After breakfast, depart with your expert Cox & Kings local guide to begin your exploration of Istanbul in Sultanahmet Square. Spend the morning on Seraglio Point, marveling at the 4th-century reliefs on the obelisk of Theodosius in the ancient Hippodrome. Then, stroll over to one of the city’s iconic monuments — the 17th-century Sultanahmet Camii (Blue Mosque). Nearby, examine the superb mosaics of the great church of Hagia Sofia, built in 360 by Emperor Justinian, as well as the Basilica Cistern, one of the first and largest cisterns in the city.

Day 3: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Four Seasons Sultanahmed

Following breakfast, your journey through history continues at the legendary Topkapi Sarayi, the palace of the Ottoman sultans for over 300 years. In the heyday of the Ottoman Empire, the palace was home to as many as 4,000 people and contained mosques, a hospital and even a mint. Immerse yourself in the opulent world of the Ottomans for the rest of the morning. This afternoon, bargain with friendly shopkeepers at the spice, craft, food and carpet shops of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest markets and destination of travelers for hundreds of years.

Day 4: To Cappadocia

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Argos In Cappadocia

Fly east to the fascinating region of Cappadocia. Upon arrival, drive to Kaymakli, the extensive underground city. Then, ascend to the top of Uchisar Castle for stunning, panoramic views. As you travel through Cappadocia, take time to stop and gaze for a moment at some of the world’s most marvelous landscapes. The deep valleys and towering rock formations have been slowly eroding to create the unique “fairy chimneys,” which in turn have been hollowed out by people to create homes, tombs and churches in the rock.

Day 5: Cappadocia

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Argos In Cappadocia

Embark on an exploration of Goreme National Park with its cave churches and monasteries. Continue to the Ihlara Valley and the Selime Monastery, the largest monastery in Cappadocia. During the 13th century, monks settled in this cave and began carving out the kitchen, living quarters and church that we see today. Don’t miss the elaborate frescoes created hundreds of years ago.

Day 6: To Sirince

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Gullu Konaklari Hotel

Fly southwest to Izmir and then drive up into the scenic hills before arriving in Sirince. After checking in to your hotel, relax for a while on the terrace, which overlooks the picturesque village. Then, perhaps enjoy a walk in town and immerse yourself in the age-old traditions of Turkish country life. This evening, you may like to dine at your hotel or venture out into the village to enjoy a dinner of local delicacies at one of Sirince’s popular restaurants.

Day 7: Sirince

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Gullu Konaklari Hotel

After breakfast at the hotel, explore the Greco- Roman archaeological site of Ephesus, which flourished as a prominent city and seaport between 600 B.C. and 500 A.D. Walk along the Royal Road, a 4th-century white marble chariot thoroughfare, whose most striking sight is the two-story Library of Celsus. Uniquely beautiful, with its restored façade, now the famed symbol of Ephesus, the library once housed 12,000 scrolls of papyrus manuscripts, making it the second largest in the ancient world after the library in Alexandria. As you continue along the Royal Road, your private guide illuminates the history behind some of the ancient city’s major buildings, including the Ephesus Theater and the Terrace Houses, which are currently undergoing excavation. After a traditional Turkish lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, a lovely chapel set in the hills behind Ephesus.

Day 8: Depart Izmir

Meals: Breakfast

Today, you will be transferred to Izmir airport for your onward flight.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Private - your group only

Cancellation Policy:

Should you wish to cancel your travel arrangements, you must notify Cox & Kings in writing. Please note that deposits are-refundable minus a per person administrative fee of $400 if the cancellation is received more than 91 days prior to departure. Please state the reason for cancellation as you may be covered by your insurance policy. For notification received within 90 days of departure, the following cancellation charges are applicable:

  • If Days before Departure is 90 days or longer, then Cancellation Charge is $400 per person administrative fee (some exceptions apply, you will be notified at time of booking)
  • If Days before Departure is 89 to 61, then Cancellation Charge is 20% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 60 to 31, then Cancellation Charge is 50% of total land program price
  • If Days before Departure is 30 to Day of Departure, then Cancellation Charge is 100% of total land program price

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  • International air travel
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  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage fees
  • Personal items and alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities to your guides, drivers, porters and hotel service

Meals Included:

7 Breakfasts and 1Lunch

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