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Luxury Tailor Made Travel

Tailor Made Turkey: Crossroads of Empires Past


11 days from $8,995

Private Journey

Travel with your private party on this Luxury Tailor Made Journey, departing when you choose and with expert local guides leading the way; you can even customize the itinerary to your interests.

Independently explore Turkey, touring Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia in Istanbul: the archaeological ruins of Ephesus as well as Bodrum, rich in maritime history; and discover the marvelous Fairy Chimneys of Cappadocia.

A&K Advantages

Journey with a specially certified national guide, who tailors sightseeing activities to your interests, on an itinerary that includes visits to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Discover archaeological wonders in the unrivaled Ionian city of Ephesus

Soak up the sights, sounds and scents of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar

Admire Istanbul's skyline on a private Bosphorus cruise

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
Day 2
Istanbul | The Imperial City
Day 3
Istanbul | Crossing the Bosphorus
Day 4
Cappadocia | Caves of God
Day 5
Cappadocia | Incredible Underground City
Day 6
Izmir | Archaeological Grandeur of Ephesus
Day 7
Bodrum | Wonders of Ancient Ionia
Day 8
Bodrum | Maritime Archaeology
Day 9
Istanbul | Echoes of the Ottoman Empire
Day 10
Istanbul | Suleymaniye Mosque & the Grand Bazaar
Day 11
Depart Istanbul

Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.

Day 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul, former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, where you are met and provided VIP assistance through immigration and customs procedures. Transfer to your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Day 2
Istanbul | The Imperial City

Visit timeless Hagia Sophia, with its marvelous Byzantine architecture, and the sixth-century Basilica Cistern. See the nearby Hippodrome, city walls and Chora Church. Stroll the Pera District, an ancient section of the city also called Beyoglu — today a thriving center of arts and entertainment. Stop at a coffeehouse for a cup of kahve prepared Turkish style.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3
Istanbul | Crossing the Bosphorus

Briefly visit the Istanbul Archaeological Museum, and then discover Topkapi Palace, the headquarters for the Turks who once ruled most of the Mediterranean. Ride Like a Local as you board a public ferry and cross the Bosphorus. Disembark in Kadiköy, a neighborhood on Istanbul’s Asia side, pausing at a local market.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4
Cappadocia | Caves of God

Fly to Cappadocia and explore the frescoes at the rock-carved churches of Göreme. Next, take in the Fairy Chimneys (curious rock spires) of Paşabağ, a cave town honeycombed with dwellings hewn from the soft volcanic rock ages ago. This afternoon, visit the potters of Avanos and witness their time-honored craft.

Argos in Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5
Cappadocia | Incredible Underground City

This morning, enjoy an optional hot-air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. Next, delve into the fascinating underground city at Kaymakli, exploring its chapels, kitchens, air vents and living quarters — all carved from volcanic rock. Proceed to the Red Valley for an engaging artisan visit with the Göreme Weavers Association. Then, sit down to tea with a local family in their home. Later this afternoon, tour local vineyards to learn about Turkish winemaking and sample regional varietals.

Argos in Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6
Izmir | Archaeological Grandeur of Ephesus

This morning, fly to Izmir. Continue overland to explore the remains of the great Ionian city of Ephesus. Access the breathtaking Terrace Houses (provided excavation work is not taking place). Unmatched as an archaeological site, the sheer size and grandeur of the ruins make this the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean, complete with stunning frescoes that reveal aspects of ancient life here. Also believed to be the place where Mary, the mother of Jesus, lived out her later years, Ephesus is adorned with temples.

Swissôtel Grand Efes
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7
Bodrum | Wonders of Ancient Ionia

Today, head south toward Bodrum, pausing to explore the remains of the great ancient Ionian city of Priene and the age-old Temple of Athena. Continue on, stopping to take in the Temple of Apollo at Didyma and the ruined yet magnificent Temple of Zeus at Euromos.

The Marmara Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8
Bodrum | Maritime Archaeology

Explore picturesque Bodrum, the home of Herodotus, the “Father of History,” and visit the Museum of Underwater Archaeology, which honors the crucial role that maritime activities have played in the history of civilization. Enjoy your afternoon at leisure to continue exploring Bodrum with its stunning harbor, or simply relax. Schedule permitting, visit a local weekly farmers market.

The Marmara Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9
Istanbul | Echoes of the Ottoman Empire

This morning fly back to Istanbul. Visit Dolmabahce Palace, once a great seat of Ottoman power. This afternoon, embark on a private cruise of the Bosphorus. Alternatively, consider extending your journey to include a two-night visit to the Turquoise Coast before returning to Istanbul.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Meals: Breakfast
Day 10
Istanbul | Suleymaniye Mosque & the Grand Bazaar

Enter the beautiful domed 16th-century Suleymaniye Mosque, created by the great Ottoman architect Sinan, whom Frank Lloyd Wright called “the supreme master builder of all time.” Afterward, explore the dazzling Grand Bazaar, a monument to the “Rise of Istanbul.” Wander, shop and bargain among its 3,500 shops. Explore the Spice Bazaar as well as the Rustem Pasha Mosque, also built by Sinan, to marvel at its breathtaking tile decorations.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
Meals: Breakfast
Day 11
Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

Meals: Breakfast

Enhance Your Journey

Elevate your experience with a host of options available for an additional cost.

Accommodation Options

Alternate hotels and room upgrades are available for this journey.

Turquoise Coast Extension

Add two days in Turkey’s Turquoise coast, cruising the Dalyan River, exploring the ruins of once-mighty Caunos and encountering the nesting sea turtles of Iztuzu Beach. Spend the second day of your extension exploring the ruins of the Lycian Peninsula or cruising the Turquoise Coast aboard your own private gulet (traditional Turkish boat).

Craft Traditional Turkish Art

Try your hand at the traditional Turkish art of marbling, pottery, calligraphy or painting with expert instruction from a local artisan.

Cook Like a Local

Join your instructor for a Chef’s Table demonstration of traditional Turkish recipes. Then, savor the delicious regional dishes you’ve prepared with your chef.


Priced from $8,995

Internal air from $490

Prices are per person, double occupancy for the itinerary as published for 2018 travel. Supplements may apply over holidays, festivals and special events. Subject to availability. International air not included.

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