The best tour in with 5 star deluxe hotels and quaint
authentic deluxe boutique cave hotels in Cappadocia. Enjoy first class
service and guided transportation through the historical and
sites of Istanbul, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pamukkale, Perge, Aspendos and beautiful views of the Mediterranean
coast in Antalya before seeing the underground cities of Cappadocia.
This an exquisite tour for you with all the bells and whistles. This
tour involves no long bus journeys, only short domestic flights ensuring
that your travel is relaxing and comfortable. This tour will bring tears
of joy. We want to offer the best and the most luxurious travel
throughout Istanbul, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya and
Cappadocia whilst maintaining quality of service, quality of life and
value for money. If you have 2 weeks you can enjoy the sea, sun and
experience the 7 Wonders of Turkey.
Day 1 - Istanbul - Arrival Day
Welcome to Turkey, arrival into Istanbul. Transfer from airport & check
in to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 2 - Private Istanbul City Tour
We depart at 09:00 for the Istanbul City Tour. Topkapi Palace: The great
palace of the Ottoman sultans from the 15th to the 19th centuries
housing an exquisite collection of crystal, silver, and Chinese
porcelain, robes worn by the sultans and their families, the famous
jewels of the Imperial Treasury, miniatures, the Holy Mantle; enshrining
relics of the Prophet Mohammed.
Sultanahmet Imperial Mosque: Across from St. Sophia built in the 16th
century by the architect Mehmet, is known as the Blue Mosque because of
its magnificent interior decoration of blue Iznik tiles. Hippodrome:
Ancient Hippodrome, the scene of chariot races, with the three
monuments; the Obelisk of Theodosius, the bronze Serpentine Column and
the Column of Constantine. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 3 - Istanbul to Izmir / Kusadasi
Free Day until the afternoon for your domestic flight to Izmir. Transfer
from airport & check in to your hotel in Kusadasi. Overnight in
Day 4 - Private Ephesus Tour
A fully Guided Ephesus Tour starts at 09:00, one of the best preserved
ancient ruins in the world. A visit to Ephesus - once the commercial
centre of the ancient world - is a highlight of any visit to Turkey. The
city, whose wealth and patronage supported its splendid architectural
program, was dedicated to the goddess Artemis. Her enormous temple, once
considered one of the seven wonders of the Ancient World and rebuilt
several times, dates in its latest form from the third century B.C. The
tour of the ruins also includes a theatre, gymnasium, agora and baths,
as well as the Library of Celsus. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 5 - Private Day Trip to Turkish Village Sirince
Sirince's construction style today belongs to Anatolian Greeks. The
houses on the slopes of the settlement exist today in their original
state with their white painted walls. Enjoy the breathtaking views at
entrance of the village and experience the lively village streets.
Sirince is popular for its unique building style, houses, streets and
authentic apple wine made by the villagers. In 1922 the Anatolian Greeks
immigrated back to Greece and the Turks settled here in place. There are
ancient remains of 42 Churches and Monasteries in and around the
village. Sirince is also known as Ephesus in the mountains. Sirince is
one of the few Government Protected Areas (G. R. A) of Izmir, meaning
its Original Authentic buildings are well preserved. The two Churches in
the village center are particularly well preserved dating back to
Anatolian Greek times. Overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 6 - Private Pamukkale Tour
08:30 we depart on our tour of Pamukkale Tavertine's and the ancient
city of Hierapolis. You will visit Domitian Gate, Colonnaded Gate, and
Cathedral, Red waters of Karahayit. After lunch we will visit Pamukkale
Museum, and The Travertine's of Pamukkale. Overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 - Private Pamukkale to Antalya
After breakfast we depart for Antalya (5 hours drive). Antalya in
ancient times covered all Pamphylia that means the land of all tribes.
Attalia, the ancient name of Antalya, is derived from that of the
Pergamon King Attalos II Philadelphus, who founded the city on the
Pamphylian seacoast around 150 BC. It is known that it was visited by
St. Paul by way of Perge in 46 A.D., and that it was an important
trading centre in the 2nd century A.D. The Emperor Hadrian's visit in
130 A.D. was also commemorated with new monuments. Check into your
hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover Antalya. Overnight in
Day 8 - Private Perge - Aspendos Tour
After breakfast depart for Perge and Aspendos (30 minutes drive).
PERGE: According to the Geographer Strabon. Perge was founded by Akhas
who came here after the Trojan wars. Perge was first mentioned in 334 BC
when Alexander the Great passed through here. In the following years,
Perge went under the control of Pergamon when the Kingdom of Pergamon
became a part of the Roman city. Especially in the first and the second
centuries BC, Perge became one of the richest towns in Pamphylia.
Therefore it is not a surprising that St. Paul started his campaign in
Anatolia from Perge in 46 AD. After the tour of Pergamon, we will depart
for Aspendos. Lunch break on the way.
ASPENDOS: The eastern land of Antalya was called Pamphylia in ancient
times. Aspendos (Belkis) lies 47km east of Antalya in the Pamphylian
plain. In 486 BC, Greeks and Persians had a great battle here (Greeks
won, they didn't stay for long). During the reign of the Roman emperor
Marcus Aurelius (161-80 AD). Aspendos is most renowned for its theatre,
which is the best preserved ancient ruin of the area. It was built by
Romans and maintained by Byzantines and Seljuks. The ruins of the
ancient city are extensive and include a stadium, an agora, and a
basilica. Overnight in Antalya.
Day 9 - Antalya to Cappadocia
After breakfast, we depart for Antalya Airport for our domestic flight
to Cappadocia. Transfer from Kayseri airport to your Cave hotel. The
rest of the day is yours to explore Cappadocia. Overnight in Cave Hotel
Day 10 - Private Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast we shall start our Cappadocia tour including Goreme Open
Air Museum, Dervent Valley, and Pasabag Valley. After lunch, we will
make a shopping tour in which you will be shown some of the ancient arts
of Turkey, including carpet weaving, leather manufacturing and jewellery.
As this will be a guided tour, you will avoid being hassled which will
enable you enjoy the shopping experience whilst gaining the knowledge of
the ancient craftsmen. Free evening. Overnight cave hotel in Cappadocia.
Note: Before the tour there is an option to go hot air ballooning:
The Hot Air Balloon ascends at sunrise and the majestic ride lasts for
approximately 45 minutes; in which we will float through valleys,
between fairy chimneys and caves. The balloon will rise approximately
1000 feet in which you will experience the extraordinary views
Cappadocia has to offer. On landing, champagne will be served to toast
arrival. It is a fantastic journey made by the eccentric landscapes and
the rising sun.
Day 11 - Private Cappadocia Tour
After breakfast we head to one of the most interesting sites of
Cappadocia: Kaymakli Underground City. The Christians hid from the
armies of Rome and the raids of hostile tribes in these self sufficient
cities in which there were halls for stocks of crops barns, rooms,
kitchens & ventilation channels. The second part of our Cappadocia Tour
will include Uchisar Castle, Avcilar, and Pidgeon Valley. Overnight in
Day 12 - Cappadocia to Istanbul
After breakfast you will have free time for shopping in Cappadocia. The
day is yours to enjoy at your own leisure. In the evening we depart for
Kayseri Airport for our domestic flight to Istanbul. The rest of the
evening is yours to explore Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 13 - Private Istanbul Bosphorus & Two Continents
Enjoy a magical Istanbul Bosphorus cruise and Spice Market tour starting
at 08:30. After lunch we will visit the Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus
Bridge, Asian side of Istanbul.
Egyptian Bazaar: The air here is filled with the enticing aromas of
cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint, thyme and every other conceivable herb
Bedesten exhibits the traditional silk weaving courses and carpet
weaving courses authorised by the Ministry of National Education.
Possibility to see jewellery, handicrafts centre and leatherwear show.
Free time provided for shopping.
Bosphorus Cruise: A traditional excursion by boat along the waterway
separating Europe and Asia. The shore is lined with old wooden villas,
palaces of marble, fortresses, and small fishing villages. During the
excursion you will pass the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, and further
along, the parks and imperial pavilions of Yildiz Palace. On the coastal
edge of this park, is Ciragan Palace, 300 meters of its marble facade
faces the shore. At Ortakoy a great variety of artists gather every
Sunday to display their work along the street. Ortakoy is a symbol of
tolerance with a church, a mosque and a synagogue existing side by side
Rumeli Fortress: Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 prior to the
conquest of Istanbul was completed in only four months to control and
protect the infamous Bosphorus passage. It is one of the most beautiful
works of military architecture anywhere in the world.
Beylerbeyi Palace: The summer residence of Ottoman sultans exists in its
original renovated glory featuring original antique furniture and
magnificent gardens with the Harem on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Bosphorus Bridge: Enjoy a unique chance to step from one continent
(Asia) to another (Europe).
Camlica Hill is highest point in Istanbul. At the top of it you can rest
and admire the magnificent panorama of Istanbul and the Bosporus from
the beautiful gardens, landscaped in traditional Turkish Ottoman style.
Shopping at Bedesten: Experience the traditional silk weaving skills of
Turkish women at the carpet weaving courses provided by The Ministry of
National Education. You will get the opportunity to see jewellery,
handcrafts centre and a modern leatherwear show. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 14 - Istanbul - End of Tour
After breakfast check out from your hotel. We hope your private luxury
Turkey tour was a memorable one and we would like to see you in the
future in one of our private luxury tours again. Have a nice trip back
14 DAYS PRIVATE LUXURY TURKEY TOUR INCLUDES:
• Arrival airport transfer from Istanbul Ataturk Airport
• Domestic flight from Istanbul to Izmir
• Domestic flight from Antalya to Cappadocia
• Domestic flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
• 4 nights in Istanbul at 5 star hotel including breakfast
• 3 nights in Kusadasi at 5 star hotel including breakfast
• 3 nights in Cappadocia at Cave hotel including breakfast
• 1 night in Pamukkale including breakfast
• 2 nights in Antalya including breakfast
• Guided private Istanbul City Tour
• Guided private Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise
• Guided private Ephesus tour
• Guided private Turkish Village Tour
• Guided private Pamukkale Tour
• Guided private Antalya Tour
• 2 Full days Cappadocia Tour
• All entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
• Professional English-speaking tour guides
• Return airport transfer to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
PRIVATE LUXURY TURKEY TOUR HOTELS:
• Hilton Hotel
• Ciragan Palace
• Four Seasons Hotel
• Ceylan InterContinental
• Polat Renaissance Hotel
• The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
• Swiss Hotel Istanbul
• Gamirasu Cave Hotel
• Anatolian Cave Suites
• Cappadocia Cave Resort
• Cappadocia Cave Suites
• Charisma De Luxe Hotel
• Fantasia De Luxe Hotel
• Korumar De Luxe Hotel
• Colossae Thermal Hotel
• Polat Thermal Hotel
Prices in 2018 on request
History of Anatolia