Istanbul Cappadocia Ephesus
(8 Days / 7 Nights)

 

2 Travelers
$3,590
4 Travelers
$2,990
6 Travelers
$2,590
10 Travelers
$2,190

Prices are per person, double occupancy, in US dollars, and in your own private group:
Single Room Supplement: +$790
Subject to availability on dates selected 
A 10% discount is applicable to the following period: November 15 - March 15

Itinerary: 

Day 1: Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport
Meet your guide and enjoy a private transfer to your hotel, located in the charming Old City district of Sultanahmet. Traveling along the old city fortifcation walls, you’ll learn a bit about this exciting city along the way. The remainder of the day is at leisure; why not stretch your legs with a walk around the neighborhood, then perhaps with dinner on your own at a rooftop restaurant. We can suggest several with great views over the Sea of Marmara! 

Day 2: Istanbul
Enjoy two full days of private sightseeing in Istanbul with your knowledgeable guide. Today we explore the Sultanahmet area and visit the Roman-era HippodromeBlue MosqueHagia Sophia Museum, the underground Basilica Cistern, and the Grand Bazaar. (B) 

Day 3: Istanbul
Private sightseeing continues today with visits to the sprawling Topkapi Palace and its Harem Quarters and the Spice Market, followed by a leisurely boat ride on the Bosphorus Strait, and, finally, time permitting, a walking tour through Istanbul's winding backstreets. (B)

Day 4: Istanbul / Cappadocia – Flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir
This morning, after breakfast, enjoy a comfortable transfer to the airport and a short flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, we’ll begin to discover the wonders of this magical region. We’ll explore the beautiful panoramas of Ortahisar Valley and also visit the unique Goreme Open Air Museuma UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterwards, return to your hotel. (B) 

Day 5: Cappadocia
An optional early morning hot-air balloon ride is available for those wishing to try this unforgettable experience. After breakfast, we head out on another private tour  to one of the remarkable underground cities of Cappadocia (such as Ozkonak or Kaymakli), which housed amazingly-complex communities replete with houses, churches, storage areas, a communal kitchen, burial chambers and many more astounding features. Next, we visit the beautiful town of Uchisar -  its natural fortress was used both for housing and defense.  You will also see the iconic and otherworldly fairy chimneys at Pasabag, and the small town of Avanos, known for its local pottery made with clay from the Kizilirmak River. Enjoy a traditional lunch in a cozy family village home. (B, L) 

Day 6: Cappadocia / Flight to Izmir / Sirince old Greek village 
Arrive in Izmir early in the afternoon and drive about one hour to the Ephesus area. We will stop to visit the Basilica of St. John before continuing onto the village of Sirince where your hotel is located. This pretty hillside village is a perfect blend of Turkish-Greek culture, and has impressive views of the vineyards, as well as the peach and olive orchards. You’ll have a chance to socialize with the locals throughout your time here. (B) 

Day 7: Kusadasi / Ephesus
In the morning, we will enjoy an extended visit to the well-preserved ruins of Ephesus. We also visit the recently-opened Terrace Houses, the homes of Ephesus’ elite: they have been  compared with the ruins at Pompeii. Afterwards, we continue on to Sultankoy, where we learn about local rug-making proceses which include silk extraction, dyeing and weaving. Then, we will break for a fresh and organic al fresco lunch using ingredients from Sultankoy’s own farm and orchards. Our final stop of the day will be the town of Selcuk where you can visit the Museum of Archaeology. (B, L) 

Day 8: Kusadasi / Istanbul - Homebound departure
Transfer to Izmir’s Adnan Menderes Airport for a flight to Istanbul, where you will connect to your homebound flight. (B) 

Price of the package includes:

  • Accommodations: 
    3 nights in Istanbul: Hotel Ottoman Imperial - Premium Room 
    2 nights in Cappadocia: Yunak Houses Cave Hotel - Deluxe Room 
    2 nights in Ephesus/Sirince village: Hotel Gullu Konaklari - Stone Room
  • Domestic flights in coach class mentioned in  the program (Istanbul to Kayseri or Nevsehir, Kayseri or Nevsehir to Izmir and Izmir to Istanbul)
  • Meals as indicated by (B, L, D) - B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner 
    9 meals: 7 breakfasts & 2 lunches (includes bottled water)
  • Private, licensed, professional English-speaking guides throughout  the trip
  • All transfers and travel in a non-smoking, modern, air-conditioned vehicle with a driver
  • All entrance fees to the sites and museums mentioned in the program
  • Parking, ferry, and toll road fees
  • Gratuities at restaurants where a meal is included in the program

Price of the package excludes:

  • Airfare for international flights
  • Beverages other than water during included meals
  • Optional gratuities to tour guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Tipping for porters at hotels
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas, laundry, and personal items

Alternate Hotels
If any alternative hotels below are desired below, please refer to the amounts listed for the adjusted rate:

Istanbul:
Biz Cevahir Hotel (Superior Room): -$40 per person double
Sultania Hotel (Standard Room): -$15 per person double
Old City Hagia Sophia Hotel (Hagia Sophia View Room): +$160 per person double
The Four Seasons Sultanahmet (Deluxe Room): +$950 per person double

Cappadocia:
Uchisar Kaya Hotel (Standard Room): -$55 per person double
Argos in Cappadocia (Deluxe Room): +$150 per person double
Museum Hotel (Deluxe Room): +$250 per person double

Ephesus:
Nisanyan Houses, Sirince village (Standard Room): -$80 per person double
Gullu Konaklari, Sirince village (Gulistan Room): -$40 per person double
Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi (Standard Room): - $35 per person double (includes nightly buffet dinner)
Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi (Deluxe Room): +$30 per person double (includes nightly buffet dinner)
La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi (Suite): -$50 per person double

(Note: It is also possible to stay in Izmir when visiting Ephesus. Please ask for hotel options.)

Additional days at each destination and single room rates quoted upon request. 

Optional Extensions

Summer Gulet Program (May - October) 
Discover it all: historic coastal sites and fantastic recreational acitvities on the Turquoise Coast aboard a gulet (a traditional Turkish sailing vessel)!
Gocek - Fethiye Itinerary: (4 days/3 days)
Ekincik - Fethiye Itinerary: (5 days/4 nights)