Exploring Turkey is a great idea as it has diverse sceneries, prestigious archaeological finds, wondrous mosques and fantastically-situated buildings, not to mention its never-dying spirit of culture and adventure. Moreover, people love its marvellous history and mouthwatering food.
where you are met and privately transferred to your in the Old Town.
Explore the masterpieces of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture: the sixth-century Basilica Cistern and the timeless Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest surviving examples of Byzantine architecture. Visit Topkapi Palace, a resplendent complex that is the former seat of the Ottoman government. Explore the Pera District, the presentday heart of Istanbul, and go atop the ancient Galata Tower for 360-degree views of this beautiful city.
Your guide travels with you throughout the program. Fly to Cappadocia to see the rock-carved churches at Göreme. The unique landscape of this area was created by volcanic, geological and erosive activity. Here, amid the soft type of rock called tuff, one of the most ancient and influential monastic movements took root in the fourth century. Retire to your boutique hotel, renovated from authentic Cappadocian housing.
This morning you may choose an optional hot air balloon excursion (cost not included) over Cappadocia. Then, explore the underground village of Kaymakli. After lunch, visit the potters of Avanos, who have practiced their craft for more than 4,000 years.
Fly to Izmir and view the remains of the great Ionian city of Ephesus, the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean.
Explore the ruins of Priene, the massive Temple of Apollo at Didyma and the temple at Euromos en route to Bodrum.
Discover Bodrum's fascinating Museum of Underwater Archaeology, housed in a former castle and containing many artifacts salvaged from the surrounding waters.
Fly to Istanbul and view the City Walls; then visit Dolmabahçe Palace, the largest and finest example of Ottoman Baroque architecture in the city. Continue with a private afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus.
Explore the Suleymaniye Mosque, a symbol of the Golden Age created by the great architect Sinan. Visit the 3,500-stall Grand Covered Bazaar.
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