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Turkey: A Journey Through History 2021


11 days from $6,795 per person

Limited to 18 guests

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.

A&K Advantages

  • 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

Itinerary at a Glance

DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey
DAY 2
Istanbul | Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace
DAY 3
Istanbul | Coffeehouse Culture
DAY 4
Bodrum | Shipwrecks & Their Bounty
DAY 5
Euromos | 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 | Seat of a Mighty Empire
DAY 10
Istanbul | Ottoman Architecture & the Grand Bazaar
Day 11
Depart Istanbul
DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
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.

Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet
Meals: 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.

The Marmara Bodrum
Meals: 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.

The Marmara Bodrum
Meals: 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.

Swissotel Buyuk Efes
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 and museum here before enjoying a special lunch in a nearby village. Return to Izmir for an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Swissotel Buyuk Efes
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 Goreme, and visit the stunningly restored Dark Church at this enchanting open-air museum.

Argos in Cappadocia
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 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.

Argos in Cappadocia
Meals: 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.

Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas
Meals: 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.

Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11
Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart.

Meals: Breakfast


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

  • 2021
  • May 17 - May 27
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    $6,795
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    $2,895
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    $485
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  • Sep 06 - Sep 16
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    $6,795
    Single Supplement
    $2,895
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    $485
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  • Sep 20 - Sep 30
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    Single Supplement
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    $6,795
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    $2,895
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    $485
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Journey Details

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.


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