Our tour begins in the heart of the Turkish peninsula in the ancient city of Istanbul. From our conveniently-located hotel near the imperial center of the Turkish Ottoman Empire our private guide will take us on an epic walking tour, including a visit to the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, The Grand Bazaar, and the relics of the Roman (Byzantine) Empire: Hagia Sophia, Basilica Underground Cistern, and the Hippodrome. Of course no visit to Istanbul would be complete without a visit to the famous spice market, and a tour of the Bosphorus.
From Istanbul we catch a short commuter flight to Cappadocia to see its dramatic geography and historical landscape, suspended in time with a captivating expanse of cliffs and millions of cave dwellers. Our Cave Hotel will be a base for us to explore this surreal landscape and underground city.
We return to Istanbul to board our cruise to the Mediterranean beach resort and historic port of Kusadasi, the gateway to one of the most important ancient cities and largest archaeological site of Ephesus. Our luxury cruise continues for 5 more nights to some of the most popular and beautiful Greek Islands, including Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, and Mykonos, before disembarking in Athens for the return flight home. Extra time in Athens can be arranged to visit theParthenon and other wonders of the ancient Greek civilization.