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Luxury Small Group Journeys

Turkey: A Journey Through History 2018


11 Days from $6,995

Limited to 18 guests

Savor a land rich in historical detail, as you privately tour Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia, explore historic Ephesus and view the "fairy chimneys" in Cappadocia, where you sit down to tea with a local family.

A&K Advantages

Discover the rich and diverse historical landscape of Turkey, exploring exotic Istanbul as well as archaeological wonders that date from ancient Greece to the Ottoman Empire

Explore Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the serenity of private visits arranged exclusively for your group by A&K

Visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis in historic Ephesus

Privately cruise the Bosphorus, serenely passing palaces, mansions and gardens along the shore

Experience the Cappadocian culture firsthand when you join a local family for tea in their home

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
DAY 2
Istanbul | Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace, in Private
DAY 3
Istanbul/Bodrum | Ancient Arts & Artifacts
DAY 4
Bodrum | Shipwrecks & Their Bounty
DAY 5
Euromos/Izmir | Temples of Zeus, Apollo & Athena
DAY 6
Ephesus | Historic Archaeological Dig
DAY 7
Cappadocia | Fairy Chimneys & Frescoes
DAY 8
Cappadocia | The Ancient Art of Weaving
DAY 9
Istanbul | Tea with a Local Family in Their Home
DAY 10
Istanbul | Ottoman Architecture & the Grand Bazaar
DAY 11
Depart Istanbul

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Pre-Tour Extension: Dardanelles & Troy 3 Days from $1,495 Learn More
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DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul, where you are met and transferred to your hotel for a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2
Istanbul | Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace, in Private

Begin with a private, before-hours opening of timeless Hagia Sophia, exploring in peace and quiet. Next, visit the Basilica Cistern, its marble columns still standing since the sixth century. Then, enjoy an exclusive private opening of Topkapi Palace. Later, stroll the Pera District and visit a coffeehouse, before embarking on a private cruise of the Bosphorus.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3
Istanbul/Bodrum | Ancient Arts & Artifacts

Today, visit the newly renovated Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum to view its extensive collections, and see the nearby Hippodrome. Briefly visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and then enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Tour Chora Church (subject to renovations). Fly to Bodrum and check in to your hotel, where you dine tonight.

The Marmara Bodrum
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, 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. Sit down to lunch at an Aegean courtyard restaurant. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

The Marmara Bodrum
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 5
Euromos/Izmir | 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 an evening at leisure.

Swissôtel Grand Efes
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Meals: 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 here before enjoying lunch at a local restaurant. This afternoon, visit the Museum of Ephesus before returning to Izmir.

Swissôtel Grand Efes
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Meals: 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 Göreme, and visit the stunningly restored Dark Church at this enchanting open-air museum.

Argos in Cappadocia
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Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
DAY 8
Cappadocia | The Ancient Art of Weaving

This morning, enjoy an optional hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. Then, visit the Göreme Weavers Association on an engaging artisan visit. 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.

Argos in Cappadocia
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 9
Istanbul | Tea with a Local Family in Their Home

Today, sit down to tea with a local family in their home before flying back to Istanbul. This afternoon, visit Dolmabahce Palace, once a seat of Ottoman power.

The St. Regis Istanbul
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Meals: Breakfast
DAY 10
Istanbul | Ottoman Architecture & the Grand Bazaar

Ride Like a Local on a public ferry and then explore Suleymaniye Mosque. Visit the Spice Bazaar and Rüstem Pasha Mosque. Then, enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before experiencing Istanbul’s fabled Grand Bazaar. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.

The St. Regis Istanbul
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Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
DAY 11
Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Pre-Tour Extension: Dardanelles & Troy

Pre-Tour Extension: Dardanelles & Troy

3 Days from $1,495

DAY 1:

Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey. Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
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Meals: Dinner
DAY 2:

Drive through the Thracian peninsula, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to Troy, site of the legendary Trojan War recounted in Homer’s epic, The Iliad. Enjoy exploring Troy, learning more about it and mingling with the locals.

Kolin Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
DAY 3:

Travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula to tour sites of the massive battle fought here in 1915, in which Turkish folk hero Ataturk and his troops defeated the western Allied army. Continue to Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


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

  • May 07 - May 17
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    Price
    Single Supplement
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    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
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    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • May 21 - May 31
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
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    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Jun 04 - Jun 14
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
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    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Sep 03 - Sep 13
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
    Availability
    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Sep 17 - Sep 27
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
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    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
    Availability
    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 08 - Oct 18
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    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
    Availability
    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
  • Oct 22 - Nov 01
    Available
    Price
    Single Supplement
    Internal Air From
    Availability
    Price
    $6,995
    Single Supplement
    $2,995
    Internal Air From
    $485
    Availability
    Available

    Optional pre-tour extension available on this departure.

    How many people are travelling in your group?
    Please enter a group size 1-10.
Journey Details

Internal Air: Economy class from $485 (Istanbul/Bodrum; Izmir/Kayseri/Istanbul)

This journey contains some active elements.

Minimum age is 10 years.

First group event: welcome briefing at 6:30 p.m. on Day 1.

Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.

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


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