• 10 Days Historical Turkey

    This historically in-depth trip takes in the historical highlights beginning with the impressive travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ancient Greek cities of Pergamon, Afrodisias, Hierapolis, and Ephesus. Cappadocia will astound with its fairytale landscapes. Ending back in Istanbul, we explore the Christian world in Fener and Balat, and Ottoman architecture from Suleymaniye to Vefa, on top of the iconic sights in Sultanahmet. [Photo Credit: Andy Yeo]
  • 10 Days Historical Turkey

    This historically in-depth trip takes in the historical highlights beginning with the impressive travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ancient Greek cities of Pergamon, Afrodisias, Hierapolis, and Ephesus. Cappadocia will astound with its fairytale landscapes. Ending back in Istanbul, we explore the Christian world in Fener and Balat, and Ottoman architecture from Suleymaniye to Vefa, on top of the iconic sights in Sultanahmet. [Photo Credit: Andy Yeo]
  • 10 Days Historical Turkey

    This historically in-depth trip takes in the historical highlights beginning with the impressive travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the ancient Greek cities of Pergamon, Afrodisias, Hierapolis, and Ephesus. Cappadocia will astound with its fairytale landscapes. Ending back in Istanbul, we explore the Christian world in Fener and Balat, and Ottoman architecture from Suleymaniye to Vefa, on top of the iconic sights in Sultanahmet. [Photo Credit: Andy Yeo]
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10 days
From AED10,900/Adult

Itinerary

  • Day 00/01 - Dubai / Istanbul / Cappadocia
    Fly Dubai/Istanbul TK 761 0335/0630 (4h 55m) – Daily
    Or Dubai/Istanbul EK 121* 1435/1735 (5h) – Daily

     *For clients flying with EK, you are suggested to stay 1 more night in Istanbul (with supplement).

    Upon arrival in Istanbul Ataturk Airport, clear immigrations and transfer to your domestic flight to Cappadocia.

    Fly Istanbul/Kayseri  TK 2026  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!

    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.

    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            

    Transfer to airport for your flight to Izmir.

    Fly  Kayseri/Izmir PC2419   1640/1810 (1h30m)- Sun
       Or PC2149   2135/2305 (1h30m)- Thu

     

    Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

  • 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 / Bergama / Izmir

    This morning, visit Bergama, the finest archaeological sites in Turkey and home to the second largest library in the ancient world, the steepest Theatre of Anatolia and the Roman Medical Centre ruins of Asclepion. We ascend the Acropolis by cable car then walk back down via the gymnasium situated on the lower terraces of the lower Agora.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 06 - Izmir / Afrodisias / Hirepolis / Pamukkale

    This morning, drive to Afrodisias, the city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love. Next, visit Pamukkale, the impressive cascade of crystal white limestone amphitheatre formation. Also visit Hierapolis, an archaeological site nearby with a mix of pagan, Roman, Jewish and early Christian elements. Continue on to your hotel in Pamukkale for the night.

    Meals included: Breakfast

  • Day 07 - Pamukkale / Denizli / Istanbul

    This morning, drive to Denizli airport for your flight to Istanbul.

     Fly  Denizli/Istanbul  TK 2577 0830/0935 (1hr 5min) - 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.

    Transfer to your hotel for the next 3 nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

  • Day 08 - 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 09 - Istanbul

    Devote a full day to exploring the Christian world in Fener & Balat, and a tour of Ottoman architecture from the historical districts of Suleymaniye to Vefa, ending at Casaba Paxar.

    After lunch, visit the largest mosque complex of the Ottoman empire – the Suleymaniye Mosque and walk in and around Vefa and try out a popular beverage – Boza.

    Stroll around the large Fatih complex, which includes Roman columns, Byzantine churches and large mosques. If your visit falls on a Wednesday, end your tour at one of Istanbul’s most colourful street bazaars – Casaba Paxar.

    Meals included: Breakfast

     

  • Day 10 - Istanbul / Dubai

    Begin your day admiring some of the very finest Byzantine mosaics and frescoes at the Church of St. Savior in Chora. 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 760 2005/0235+1 (4h 30m)- Daily
    Or Istanbul/Dubai  EK 122 1905/0115+1 (4h 10m) - Daily


    Meals included: Breakfast

    Arrive Dubai on Day 11

     

     

 

 

 

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