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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Countries Visited

Turkey

Cities Visited

Cappadocia , Fethiye , Istanbul , Safranbolu

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia; transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 PM followed by a light dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4 PM
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Full Day Istanbul Tour, Bosphorus Cruise
Begin your day by visiting the Hippodrome, which once served as a stadium for chariot racing and public gatherings. Then, continue on to the newly renovated Blue Mosque, showcasing an impressive combination of blue Iznik tiles and intricate stonework. Next, visit the magnificent St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which was later converted to a mosque. In the afternoon, take a relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Afterward, visit the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Sunday - Topkapi Palace, Balat & Fener Neighborhoods
Head to Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Then, head to the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Afterward, head to the historic neighborhoods of Balat & Fener. Here, the houses are painted in bright colors, laundry is still hanging across the narrow lanes, kids play in the streets and many different cultures and religions live next to each other. View the Greek Orthodox College surrounded by this scenic area
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Travel to and Explore Safranbolu
Today, depart Istanbul and head east toward the Black Sea region. Upon afternoon arrival in the historic town of Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, visit the Crystal Terrace. It consists of a glass platform suspended from the edge of the cliff above the Tokatli Canyon. Admire the wonderful views of the canyon below. Visit the 17th-century Caravanserai of Cinci Hani, a magnificent inn on the famous Silk Road that is now a hotel. The imposing structure is made out of limestone and consists of an entry, courtyard, rooms, stable and a cistern. Afterward, head to the Kaymakamlar Museum House, a typical Safranbolu house, that features all the classic elements of Ottoman houses during the 18th and 19th centuries. After your visit, walk through the historical Safranbolu Bazaar. Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Safranbolu
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Yörük Village, Travel to Cappadocia
This morning, drive to Yörük Village. Stroll along the narrow streets of this museum-like village and view houses built in the traditional Ottoman Turkish style. Some of the oldest wooden houses here are from the 17th century but the majority date from the 19th century. Visit the house of a local family and listen to their stories about the past and present daily village life. Afterward, depart for Cappadocia, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way. Once you arrive in Cappadocia, enjoy wine in one of the valleys. Then, drive to the hotel for dinner
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Goreme Open-Air Museum, Pasabag Valley, Home Hosted Dinner
Awake very early to participate in the optional hot air Balloon Ride that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. Afterwards, have morning tea in a traditional cave home with a local Cappadocian family. Next, visit Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, resembling a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own church. The museum showcases 11 early Christian rock-cut churches containing spectacular frescoes with vibrant colors still luminous after standing for centuries. Drive to the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx. Then, visit a local pottery shop. Have lunch at a local restaurant, then proceed to the Pasabag Valley with its remarkable earth pillars in the midst of a vineyard, also called Monks Valley, before returning to Cappadocia for leisure time. Tonight, a specially arranged home hosted dinner awaits you. Meet with the family, share tales and conversation, and learn about Turkish culinary traditions
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day Cappadocia Tour
Today, embark on a full day exploration of Cappadocia with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. First, visit a carpet atelier where you will have the opportunity to see how traditional Turkish carpets are made. Then, continue to the fascinating Kaymakli Underground City, that features a maze of narrow tunnels and rooms carved from soft volcanic rock. See Pigeon's Valley (Guvercinlik) and visit the area that housed countless pigeons during ancient times. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Cemil Village, the oldest Armenian Village in the world. Here, view the local Armenian houses and visit the most famous Armenian church, Cemil Church, which was abandoned in 1924. This evening after dinner, watch a captivating dance of the Whirling Dervishes, which displays infinite spinning in perfect harmony, is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs, and culture. Experience a seven-century-old ritual, featuring beautiful costumes and live music
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday - Konya, Travel to Sagalassos
Today, depart in the morning for Sagalassos. The drive will take you through the Anatolian countryside with its breathtaking scenery. En route, stop in Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture. Here, visit the Mevlana Museum, housing the works of the 13th century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. Continue the drive to Sagalassos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive at the hotel in Sagalassos for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Sagalassos
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Sagalassos, Travel to Fethiye
This morning, visit the ancient city of Sagalsssos, founded on the slopes of the Taurus mountain range and served as the metropolis of the Roman province of Pisidia. Most of the buildings are well preserved and date back to the Hellenistic and Roman periods. View the impressive great theater with a capacity of 9,000 people. Afterward, travel to Fethiye. Along the way, in the southwestern province of Isparta, visit flower fields of lavender, lily and rose depending on seasonal conditions. Following lunch at a local restaurant continue the drive to Fethiye. Arrive at the hotel late afternoon and check into your room. Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant
Overnight: Fethiye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Full Day Cruise along Fethiye's 12 Islands
After breakfast, travel to the Fethiye Marina where you will embark on a private cruise to the Fethiye Islands. Several stops are included during the cruise for swimming and snorkeling. Savor lunch on the deck and relax, as you take in the stunning natural scenery. Admire views of ancient ruins as you sail in the crystal-clear waters of the Turquoise Coast back to Fethiye. Tonight, have dinner at a local restaurant
Overnight: Fethiye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Dalyan, Boat Cruise to Kaunos
Begin the day with a drive to Dalyan, a delightful riverside town. Embark on a river cruise to the ancient site of Kaunos, dating back to the 10th century BC. Admire the remarkably preserved Greek amphitheater, which displays Roman and Hellenistic features and the remains of an early Byzantine basilica. Marvel at the striking ancient Lycian tombs, carved high in the cliffsides. Several of the façades are adorned with intricate relief and Ionian columns. Following your visit, return by boat to Dalyan, for lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, travel back to Fethiye
Overnight: Fethiye
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13, Tuesday - Flight to Istanbul
Morning transfer to Dalaman airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive in the afternoon and check into your hotel. Tonight, share wonderful memories of your journey and bid goodbye to Turkey and your Tour Manager
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14, Wednesday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip flights New York-Istanbul, Istanbul-New York
  • Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Dalaman-Istanbul
  • 12 nights First Class accommodations
  • 4 nights Istanbul
  • 1 night Safranbolu
  • 3 nights Cappadocia
  • 1 night Sagalassos
  • 3 nights Fethiye
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Tour Highlights

    Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.

  • Discover Istanbul’s extraordinary sights including the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and St. Sophia
  • Embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia
  • Tour the astounding Topkapi Palace with its background of harem intrigue and power politics
  • Hunt for local treasures in the Grand Bazaar and put your bargaining skills to practice
  • Head to the historic and colorful neighborhoods of Fener & Balat
  • View traditional Turkish Ottoman houses in Safranbolu, in the Black Sea region
  • Explore the underground city of Kaymakli in Cappadocia, once refuge for over 5000 people
  • See the extraordinary “fairy chimneys” and the Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Sagalassos, one of the best preserved ancient cities in Turkey
  • Take a full day cruise along Fethiye's stunning 12 Islands
  • Marvel at the striking ancient Lycian tombs, carved high in the cliffsides in Kaunos
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight from Dalaman-Istanbul.
    Arrival and departure transfers are only included for flights to/from Istanbul Airport (IST).

    During Ramadan (Mar 10 - Apr 9, 2024), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

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    Accommodations

    10 Karakoy
    This superior first class hotel is located in the Karakoy neighborhood of Istanbul.

    10 Karakoy
    This superior first class hotel is located in the Karakoy neighborhood of Istanbul.

    10 Karakoy
    This superior first class hotel is located in the Karakoy neighborhood of Istanbul.

    Eresin Hotel Sultanahmet
    This first class hotel is located in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, close to many top attractions.

    Eresin Hotel Sultanahmet
    This first class hotel is located in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, close to many top attractions.

    Eresin Hotel Sultanahmet
    This first class hotel is located in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, close to many top attractions.

    Eresin Hotel Sultanahmet
    This first class hotel is located in Istanbul's historic Sultanahmet district, close to many top attractions.

    Hilton Garden Inn Safranbolu
    This first class hotel is a ten minute drive from the Old Town of Safranbolu.

    Yunak Evleri
    This first class hotel is situated amid Cappadocia's magical landscape in the ancient village of Urgup.

    Sagalassos Lodge & Spa
    This first class hotel is situated in a private pine forest in the town of Aglasun.

    Ece Saray Marina & Resort
    This first class hotel overlooks Fethiye Bay and the Fethiye marina.

    Point Hotel Taksim
    This deluxe hotel is located in the Taksim area of Istanbul.

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