(9 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis) Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus
This luxurious private tour visits the highlights of Turkey. With your own private guide and driver, enjoy comprehensive touring in the great city of Istanbul, the underground cave cities of Cappadocia, and the impressive ruins of Ephesus.
Begin in Istanbul. During flexible private touring with your own guide and driver, visit sights such as the Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and its Harem, the Rustem Pasha Mosque, an ancient underground cistern, and Istanbul's Spice Market. Shop for carpets and kilim, jewelry, glass, textiles and antiques at the Grand Bazaar and at our favorite boutiques. Enjoy a boat ride on the Bosphorus, the waterway separating old Istanbul from new, Europe from Asia. Also visit Istanbul's most interesting museums, including the Istanbul Modern. There will also be time to enjoy the city's wonderful cafes and vibrant neighborhoods.
Next, fly inland to Cappadocia to explore ancient subterranean cities filled with frescoed churches and cave dwellings in Goreme, Kaymakli and other locations. Also visit a local winery, shops selling the local style of carpets, and a pottery studio. Upon request, hot air balloon rides can be arranged. Accommodation is in a luxury cave-style hotel.
Continue to Izmir. With your expert private guide, tour the magnificent ruins of Ephesus, including the Library of Celsus, the Terrace Houses and Ephesus Museum, as well as the nearby House of the Virgin Mary. Also tour Izmir's bazaars and cultural highlights.
Finally, fly back to Istanbul for two nights in a room with a view of the Bosphorus. Enjoy additional city touring, flexible shopping, or an excursion to the Princes' Islands.
VIP airport assistance. Private arrival transfer to hotel for 3 nights
Full-day private city tour
Full-day private city tour
Istanbul - Cappadocia
Private transfer to airport for flight to Cappadocia. Private tour of underground cities and caves
Full-day private tour
Cappadocia - Izmir & Ephesus
Private transfer to flight to Izmir for overnight. Afternoon private tour of Izmir's bazaars and cultural attractions
Izmir - Ephesus - Istanbul
Private excursion to Ephesus for tour of ruins. Private transfer to airport for flight to Istanbul. Private transfer to hotel for 2 nights
Half-day private city tour, shopping, or excursion to Princes' Islands
Private airport transfer
Four Seasons Sultanahmet (first stay)
Ciragan Palace or Four Seasons Bosphorus (second stay)
Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir Hotel
Per person (double occupancy)
The Artisans of Leisure Style of Travel:
Private touring with your own personal guides and drivers
Preferred rooms in the very best luxury hotels
Firsthand, sophisticated destination knowledge and recommendations from our travel specialists
Itineraries that are customized according to your interests and schedule
Artisans of Leisure upgrades and amenities
A seamless travel experience, including all logistics, skipping lines during touring, restaurant and spa reservations, performance tickets, private airport transfers, internal transportation, VIP and fast-track airport assistance in many destinations
Around-the-clock support in each destination during your trip
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All Artisans of Leisure tours are private and depart daily.
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