This luxury Turkish holiday suggestion combines city, coast and mountains with a mixture of classic sites and some of those less visited: a perfect introduction to this diverse country and done in style with stays at some of the countries loveliest accommodation.
Begin your travels by visiting Istanbul before flying to the coast for a few days at leisure on the Mediterranean. Travel north following the Aegean coastline and visiting the wealth of ancient sites that litter this region before stopping at the mountain village if Sirince, from where you can explore the Roman city of Ephesus.
Fly inland to explore the magical landscape of Cappadocia and end your journey with another few days in Istanbul but this time staying on the mighty Bosphorus.
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Fly London to Istanbul
Istanbul is Turkey's largest city, its cultural and financial centre and the city where east famously meets west. With the western half of Istanbul in Europe and the eastern in Asia, separated only by the mighty and iconic Bosphorus, it is the only metropolis in the world that straddles two continents. It is truly one of the world's great cities.
You will be staying at Four Seasons Sultanahmet, Room only
Full Day City TourYour full day tour begins with a visit to the renowned Sultanahmet Mosque, known popularly as The Blue Mosque, an incredibly beautiful mosque known for its blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles and six minarets. Continue on to the Hippodrome, once the vast arena that functioned as the heart of sporting events and political activities of the old city. From here you continue to the nearby Hagia Sophia, the Church of Divine Wisdom. Ranking as one of the greatest marvels of world architecture, this awe-inspiring building was constucted as a basilica in the 6th century by Byzantine Emperor Justinian. From here short walk to the Underground Cistern, the largest of the many underground cisterns built during the Byzantine Empire to supply the city with water. This cistern is especially fascinating because the Byzantine builders recycled many stone structures-capital heads and columns that had been used in earlier temples. Now an upside down Medusa stares out at you from her watery home. Continue with a visit to the Topkapi Palace. This visit to the imperial palace of the Ottoman Sultans will include tours of the imperial treasury, the Chinese porcelain section, the calligraphy section and many more. Visit the jewellry collection segment of the palace. The tour will end with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellry and carpets.During the visit of the Grand Bazaar taste a Turkish coffee from Sark Kahvesi, historical coffee roasters located in the Grand Bazaar. Each variety has been prepared with a blend of traditional knowledge, experience and an abiding "Love of Coffee".
Half a Day at Topkapi PalaceVisit the impressive Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of the Ottoman sultans for more than four centuries. Housing a series of megalomaniacal and malevolent rulers, this vast complex was built by Mehmut the Conqueror, in the 15th century.In addition to its architectural and historical interest, the palaces exhibits fine collections of porcelains, armour, fabrics, jewellery, miniatures and calligraphy. Also explore the maze of apartments, courtyards and passages of the famed Harem.
Fly Istanbul to Denizli
Travel Denizli to Bozburun via Aphrodisias
Travel south towards the coast and Bozburun, a full day drive. En route visit the site of Aphrodisias, ancient centre for sculptors and artisans and a much less visited wonderful site.
You will be staying at Sabrinas Haus, Bed & Breakfast
Day at Leisure with Driver and Guide at Disposal
Travel Bozburun to Sirince via Didyma & Priene
Travel north along the coast to Sirince, a drive of approx 6-7 hours. En route visit the site of Didyma, the third largest temple in the ancient world after those of Ephesus and Samos and although incomplete still impressive with breathtaking remains from the 8th century BC.Also visit Priene, a city dating back to the 4th century BC, with a wonderful location overlooking to River Menderes.
This pretty mountain village is famous for the liqueur-like fruit wines produced there.
You will be staying at Nisanyan Hotel, Bed & Breakfast
Full Day Sightseeing of EphesusEphesus was one of the wealthiest and most important cities of Asia Minor. The remains that survive, long buried under the silt of the river Meander, testify to the former grandeur of the city and it is certainly the best preserved antique city in Turkey. The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC) which is now one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Also explore structures including houses, government buildings, fountains and terraced houses, all with high quality decorations including wonderful mosaic floors.
Fly Sirince to Kayseri
You will be staying at Anatolian Houses, Bed & Breakfast
Half Day Gentle WalkWalk through the Valley of Love and explore the Mirror Church, appropriately named for its symmetrical frescoes. Continue over the softly rolling hills to Red Valley for a picnic lunch. From there walk down to the old town of Cavusin via the Valley of the Roses, a gentle walk that should take approximately 3–3.5 hours.Central Anatolia's mountain lined plains hide a unique land of fairy chimneys and valleys full of underground cities. The spectacular landscape of Cappadocia is entirely sculpted by erosion.
Half Day Sightseeing of Sobessos & Keslik MonasteryThe recently discovered archaeological site of Sobessos was once a wealthy Roman-Byzantine city. This site has generated a great deal of excitement as nothing quite so big has ever been found in this region before. The remains of a church, tombs, a bath and Roman mosaics have already been uncovered. Continue to the Keºlik Monastery located in a paradise-like green valley. Here you will see the remnants of the Church of the Archangel, the Chapel of Saint Stephen, a huge communal dining area, living quarters and a pool of sacred water. Also observed is a room secured by two mill-stone doors that offered a hiding place to the monks and their guests in times of danger. A secret passage and spy-hole next to this room also allowed one of the senior members of the monastic order to secretly listen to their conversations!
Activities and excursionsPlaces to visit and excursions to do around Cappadocia:- Goreme Open Air Museum.- Keslik Monastery.- Hot air balloon ride over the magical Cappadocia countryside. - Kaymakli Underground city is a vast maze of underground tunnels- Visit Uchisar Citadel, the highest rock citadel in the region.- A Whirling Dervish performance at Saruhan Caravanserai - Avanos the centre of terracotta work art since 3,000 BC
Fly Kayseri to Istanbul
You will be staying at Ciragan Palace Kempinski, Bed & Breakfast
Day at LeisureHave the day at leisure to explore the city.
Fly Istanbul to London
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