800 554 7016
top
Connections Boutique Group Journeys

Turkey: Istanbul & the Aegean Coast 2017


11 Days from $4,595

Limited to 24 guests

Visit the Hagia Sophia, explore Topkapi Palace, see Cappadocia's "fairy chimneys" - which you may balloon over - witness the captivating Whirling Dervish dance and meet with local craftsmen at the country's largest farmers' market.

A&K Advantages

Discover a deeply historic and richly varied land, from the wondrous city of Istanbul to the fantastical hills of Cappadocia to the magnificent ruins of Ephesus on the coast

Savor Istanbul's best baklava in the Spice Market and coffee in a local coffeehouse on a Market Connection

Our Spiritual Connection introduces you to the Whirling Dervishes, who access a mystical realm with an ecstatic dance

Visit one of Istanbul's historic culinary landmarks, the Vefa Boza, where locals drink the beverage of their ancient ancestors

Embark on a private boat ride on the beautiful Aegean Sea

Have lunch in a wonderful country restaurant and meet the couple that created a success story in their own kitchen

23 meals, with 10 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 5 dinners

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
ARRIVE ISTANBUL, TURKEY
DAY 2
ISTANBUL | Hagia Sophia and City Walls
DAY 3
ISTANBUL | Palace Splendors
DAY 4
ISTANBUL | Sinan’s Magnificent Legacy
DAY 5
CAPPADOCIA | “Fairy Chimneys” and Dervish Dances
DAY 6
CAPPADOCIA | An Underground City
DAY 7
ANKARA | The Silk Road and Ataturk
DAY 8
IZMIR & KUSADASI | Sojourn on the Aegean
DAY 9
EPHESUS | Wonders of the Ages
DAY 10
KUSADASI | Craggy Ports of the Ancient Greeks
DAY 11
DEPART IZMIR
DAY 1
ARRIVE ISTANBUL, TURKEY

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your beautiful boutique hotel in a neoclassical mansion.

10 Karaköy
View Image Gallery
Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
ISTANBUL | Hagia Sophia and City Walls

Visit the Basilica Cistern and the extraordinary Hagia Sophia. View the city walls that turned back Attila the Hun, then tour Chora Church (subject to renovations). Ride a historic funicular to the district of Pera to see its beautiful buildings from many eras, followed by a visit to a local coffeehouse, where you discover how coffee changed world culture.

10 Karaköy
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
ISTANBUL | Palace Splendors

Explore Topkapi Palace and the Dolmabahçe Palace, then ride the ferry across the Bosphorus at sunset. Go to Kadıkoy to roam its public market.

10 Karaköy
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 4
ISTANBUL | Sinan’s Magnificent Legacy

Explore the dazzling Suleymaniye Mosque, created by master architect Sinan. Time permitting, stop by the Vefa Boza, a local culinary landmark. Visit Rustem Pasha Mosque and taste the town’s best baklava amid the heady aromas of the Spice Bazaar. Continue to Istanbul’s fabled Grand Covered Bazaar, a world unto itself. Later, hop on the tram to Karaköy.

10 Karaköy
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast
DAY 5
CAPPADOCIA | “Fairy Chimneys” and Dervish Dances

Fly to Cappadocia to tour buildings carved from “fairy chimneys.” Explore Göreme Open Air Museum and privately visit the Dark Church. Later, attend a Whirling Dervish presentation for an energetic Spiritual Connection. Tonight, enjoy panoramic views from your hotel’s unique cave rooms.

Museum Hotel
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 6
CAPPADOCIA | An Underground City

Enjoy the early-morning option to go hot air ballooning. Visit the underground city at Kaymakli. Stop for lunch with a local family. Tour a potter’s workshop and visit the Göreme Village Weavers Association for a lecture on rug weaving.

Museum Hotel
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 7
ANKARA | The Silk Road and Ataturk

Trace the ancient Silk Road on a drive to Ankara, where you visit a caravansary (inn and market). In Ankara, tour the Anatolian Civilizations Museum and stroll the Old Citadel and the Memorial of Ataturk, revered reformer of Turkey. Check in to your incredible hotel, once an ancient Ottoman caravansaray on the Silk Road.

Divan Çukurhan
View Image Gallery
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 8
IZMIR & KUSADASI | Sojourn on the Aegean

Fly to Izmir and visit a local winery. Eat lunch at a country restaurant and meet the local couple that created a success story from their own kitchen. Journey to the archaeological site of ancient Ephesus. Visit the Temple of Diana and the recently excavated Terrace Houses to view (by special permission) their mosaic floors and frescoed walls.

Korumar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 9
EPHESUS | Wonders of the Ages

Visit the small but fascinating Ephesus Museum. Continue to Turkey’s largest weekly farmers’ market in Tire, where you meet traditional craftsmen. Lunch nearby at an area rich in natural beauty. Stop by the old town of Birgi to see its 13th-century early Turkish riches. Return to your beachfront hotel in Kusadasi. Later, have dinner at leisure.

Korumar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 10
KUSADASI | Craggy Ports of the Ancient Greeks

Explore the superb ancient Ionian sites of Priene, Miletus and Didyma, where you find the incredible Temple of Apollo. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Korumar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
DEPART IZMIR

Transfer to the airport in Izmir and depart.

Meals: Breakfast


Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy.

  • Oct 16 - Oct 26
    Call for Availability
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Price
    $4,595
    Single Supplement
    $1,595
    Internal Air From
    $330
    Availability
    Call for Availability
Journey Details

Internal Airfare: Istanbul/Nevsehir; Ankara/Izmir (from $330)

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:00 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:30 p.m. on Day 10.

Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.


Destination Information

Download all the information you need to prepare for your journey, from visa requirements to packing recommendations.

Download PDF

Visas & Passports

Visit our partner Visa Central for convenient, one-stop visa and passport processing.

Visit Visa Central

CDC Information

Familiarize yourself with health and immunization requirements for your destination at the Center for Disease Control’s website.

Visit CDC
Chat
Now