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Turkey: A Journey Through History 2021

11 days with Abercrombie & Kent   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
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DAY 1 ARRIVE ISTANBUL, TURKEY
Arrive in Istanbul, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
 
DAY 2 ISTANBUL | HAGIA SOPHIA & TOPKAPI PALACE
Meet with your Resident Tour Director this morning, and then stroll to the timeless Hagia Sophia for a private, before-hours opening, exploring in peace and quiet. Take in the structure’s imposing façade, matched only by the grandeur of its towering, vaulted ceilings within. Next, visit the Basilica Cistern, its marble columns standing since the sixth century. Then, enjoy an exclusive private opening of Topkapi Palace. Ride Like a Local on a public ferry across the Bosphorus to explore the food markets of the Asian side. After lunch, embark on a private cruise of the Bosphorus. Later this evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 ISTANBUL | COFFEEHOUSE CULTURE
Delve into the distinctive Pera district and visit a coffeehouse, learning the story of this uniquely Turkish tradition. Marvel at the Byzantine architecture and mosaics of Chora Church. Fly to Bodrum and check in to your hotel to relax before dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 4 BODRUM | SHIPWRECKS & THEIR BOUNTY
Stop by the ancient Theater of Halicarnassos before visiting the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. Continue on for a cooking demonstration showcasing local dishes and an exploration of the local farmers market’s vibrant produce stalls. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 5 EUROMOS | TEMPLES OF ZEUS, APOLLO & ATHENA
Journey to Euromos to explore the ruined yet magnificent Temple of Zeus. Continue to Didyma to discover the Temple of Apollo, dating to at least 300 BC. Stop for lunch at a local seaside restaurant. Then, proceed to Priene for a walking tour at the age-old Temple of Athena before continuing to Izmir, where you enjoy dinner overlooking the sea. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 EPHESUS | HISTORIC ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG
Embark on a day trip to Ephesus, where Saint Paul once lived. Explore the renowned archaeological park and museum here before enjoying a special lunch in a nearby village. Return to Izmir for an afternoon and evening at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 7 CAPPADOCIA | FAIRY CHIMNEYS & FRESCOES
Fly via Istanbul to Kayseri, to explore the nearby volcanic stone “fairy chimneys.” View frescoes at the rock-carved churches of Goreme, and visit the stunningly restored Dark Church at this enchanting open-air museum. (Breakfast, Dinner)
 
DAY 8 CAPPADOCIA | THE ANCIENT ART OF WEAVING
This morning, enjoy an optional hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. Then, visit the Goreme Weavers Association on an engaging artisan visit. Next, sit down with a local family for lunch in their home. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating underground city at Kaymakli, which dates to as early as the eighth century BC and includes chapels, kitchens, air vents and living quarters carved out of volcanic rock. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 9 ISTANBUL | SEAT OF A MIGHTY EMPIRE
Today, fly back to Istanbul. This afternoon, visit Dolmabahce Palace, once a seat of Ottoman power, and see the collection of Ottoman royal barges, a hidden gem of the city. (Breakfast)
 
DAY 10 ISTANBUL | OTTOMAN ARCHITECTURE & THE GRAND BAZAAR
Explore Suleymaniye Mosque and Istanbul’s fabled Grand Bazaar, meeting local craftspeople along the way. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll the fragrant stalls of the spice market. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 11 DEPART ISTANBUL
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart. (Breakfast)
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All This Included
Discover the rich and diverse historical landscape of Turkey, exploring the best the nation has to offer, from exquisite Istanbul to archaeological wonders that date from ancient Greece to the Ottoman Empire, enjoying privileged access and scholarly guiding throughout your journey.
 
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations (Where Available)
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available)
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Highlights
  • Explore Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the serenity of private visits arranged exclusively for your group by A&K.
  • On a day trip to ancient Ephesus, learn firsthand about the amazing archaeological discoveries made in this one-time home of Saint Paul.
  • Discover Turkey’s rich culinary heritage, as you visit a traditional farmers market on the sparkling coast in Bodrum, savor a cooking demonstration in the countryside and stroll a spice market in Istanbul.
  • Privately cruise the Bosphorus, passing magnificent palaces, mansions and gardens along the shore.
  • Experience authentic Cappadocian culture when you join a local family for lunch in their home, set amid the stunning “fairy chimney” landscape.
Accommodations
Istanbul: Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Bodrum: The Marmara at Bodrum
Izmir: Swissotel Buyuk Efes
Cappadocia: Argos in Cappadocia
Istanbul: Park Hyatt Istanbul - Maçka Palas
Notes
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $485 (Istanbul/Bodrum; Izmir/Kayseri/Istanbul)
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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