• 7 Days Classic Turkey

    The Turkish landmass has been the stage upon which countless empires and kingdoms have flourished and declined, and its history lingers in famous ruins, mosques lavish with ornament, and that glittering distillation of Ottoman glory, the half-European, half-Asian Istanbul. Even on this short trip in Turkey covering the highlights – Ephesus, Cappadocia and Istanbul, you can witness its magnificent past and breathtaking landscape. [Photo Credit: Andy Yeo]
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7 days
From AED9,900/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 00/01 -Dubai/ Istanbul / Cappadocia
    Fly Dubai/ Istanbul TK 761 0235/0625 (4h 50m) – Daily
      Istanbul/ Kayseri TK2026 0950/1110 (1h 20m) – Daily

     

    Devote the entire day to the wondrous sights of Cappadocia! After lunch, visit Pasabagi also known as the “Valley of Monks”, Valley of Zelve, the “Imagination Valley” of Devrent, Pigeon Valleys, and Uchisar Castle.

    Meals included: Nil

  • Day 02 - Cappadocia

    Optional: Cappadocia Hot-Air Balloon
    Rise early and be rewarded with the landscapes of Cappadocia from the air in a Deluxe Hot-Air Balloon ride (one of the top 3 balloon rides in the world)! Please note that Hot-Air Balloon rides are weather-dependent, and flights are subject to pilot’s discretion.

     

    Today, visit the Rose and Red Valley (best visited early morning or late afternoon for the best light), followed by the labyrinthine underground city of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, certainly not for claustrophobes!

    Optional extension: Ihlara Valley Hike
    Extend a day in Cappadocia and explore the Ihlara Valley. A full-day scenic hike takes you from Ihlara Village, monasteries, hermits’ caves and stopping for lunch on a floating river platform. After lunch, head to the Selime Monastery, the largest monastery in the Cappadocia region. For Star Wars fans, the surrounding area was used for some scenes in the original movie.

    N.B. Please note this hike is not recommended in winter due to severe weather conditions.

    Meals included: Breakfast, lunch

     

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 03 - Cappadocia/ Izmir

    This morning, explore the Goreme Open Air Museum where unique frescoes are painted onto the walls of churches carved into volcanic formations.

    Transfer to airport for your flight to Izmir.

    Fly Kayseri/ Izmir PC2419 1640/1810 (1h30m)- Sun
       Or   PC2419 2135/2305 (1h30m)- Thu

     

    Upon arrival in Izmir, transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 04 - Izmir

    Begin your sightseeing in one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World; the city of Ephesus was dedicated to the goddess Artemis with the best-preserved of Roman ruins.

    In the afternoon, visit the House of Virgin Mary in Selcuk, beautifully nestled amongst the pine-clad hill, and if time permits, also visit the Selcuk Museum.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 05 - Izmir/ Istanbul

    Transfer to airport for your flight to Istanbul.

    Fly Izmir/ Istanbul TK2317 1100/1205 (1h05m)- Daily

     

    Upon arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, transfer to Sultanahmet for a walking tour of the historic district and its iconic sights such as the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (closed Mon) and the Basilica Cistern.

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Day 06 - Istanbul

    Continue your exploration of modern-day Constantinople. Visit Topkapi Palace (closed Tue) the center of power during the heyday of Ottoman Turks. Next, take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, which separates Asia and Europe and witness some of the priciest real estate along the cruise.

    Next, practice your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar (closed Sun), one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

    A cultural evening awaits with a choice of two programs (first come, first served basis only):
    1. Whirling Dervish Ceremony, OR,

    2. Folkloric Dance Show incl. Belly-dancing.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 07 - Istanbul/ Dubai

    Begin your day admiring some of the very finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes at the Church of St. Savior in Chora, followed by a visit to Istanbul’s most important mosque Suleymaniye Mosque and stock up on organic dried apricots and hazelnuts at the Spice Bazaar!

    Have the rest of the afternoon at leisure. We recommend indulging in a traditional hammam, or Turkish Bath, experience.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    If time permits, enrich yourself with one or more of the below programs:

    1. Turkish Cooking Lesson: Save your appetite while learning to whip up a Turkish feast including visiting a local market to shop for ingredients.

    2. Baklava-making Lesson: Visit a local housewife at her home, and learn the art of making the traditional baklava, sweet pastry made up of layers of phyllo dough filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey.

    3. Belly or Gypsy Dancing Lesson: Lose your inhibitions and learn to gypsy dance or belly-dance! Perhaps even show your moves at the next night out!

    4. Helicopter Tour of Istanbul: A 30-minute helicopter tour gives you a bird’s eye view of the Golden Horn, the Historical Peninsula and the lifeline of Istanbul – the Bosphorus.

    Evening, transfer to the airport for your flight back.

    Fly Istanbul/ Dubai TK 758 2025/0150 +1 (14h 25m)- Daily

     

    Arrive in Dubai on Day 08.

    Meals included: Breakfast

 

 

 

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