The Best of Turkey tour is an ideal choice to see the main historic sites and major attractions of Turkey within 9 days. You’ll see the best of Istanbul and its ancient structures, from the mosques to the Roman-influenced architecture. After a short flight to Cappadocia, you’ll experience this amazing landscape. While staying at luxurious cave hotels at night, travel and explore the lunar-like topography and cave mosaics by day. With a one-hour flight to Izmir, spend a few days exploring the classical sites of western Turkey, including the vast avenues of ancient Ephesus, a traveler’s delight.
$2,390 Land Only
This will be a small group of 10 people, Space is limited.
What is included in the tour
- 8 nights in hotel (double occupancy). The hotels are 4-star;
- Breakfast & Dinner Daily
- Domestic flights: Istanbul-Cappadocia, Cappadocia-Izmir -Istanbul
- Airport Transfers
- Entrance fee to sites
What is NOT included in the tour
- Optional gratuities to your guides and drivers
- Airfare. (We can make your flight arrangement)
- Alcoholic Drinks (available to purchase)
- Personal Expenses
- Entry visas to Turkey (purchased online before arrival)
- TRAVEL INSURANCE: Travel Insurance is not included in the purchase price. For your convenience, we offer travel insurance through *Travelex Insurance Services. For questions, quotes, or to purchase travel insurance, visit Travelex Insurance or call (800) 228-9792 and use the code 26-0057 for Elias Tours.
- An enormous public entertainment arena, it once seated as many as 100,000 zealous fans who came to watch chariot races, executions, and mock battles. Formerly the center of Byzantine civic life, it is still marked by the Egyptian Obelisk, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
- With its massive central dome flanked by six slender minarets, the Blue Mosque stands as the single most recognizable monument in the Istanbul skyline. Built between 1609 and 1616, the enormous complex also included a hospital, caravansary, public kitchen, marketplace, schools, and the Mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet I. The mosque’s immense interior, flooded with sunlight streaming through 260 windows, is decorated with more than 20,000 precious Iznik tiles detailing traditional flowers of Ottoman design. In fact, it is the deep blue glow of the tiles in the sunlight that gives the building its name.
- This famous basilica was constructed in the 6th century A.D.. It is often described as the greatest work of Byzantine architecture. Once the Church of Holy Wisdom, Christendom’s crowning glory, glittered with mosaics and artistic treasures. Today, the Hagia Sophia is the fourth largest building constructed as a church in the world. It was dedicated to Hagia Sophia which means Divine Wisdom – an attribute of Christ.
- Istanbul, besieged countless times, has always needed permanent water supplies. As a result, many underground cisterns were built during the Byzantine Empire. Water was brought to these big reservoirs from distant sources via aqueducts. We will visit the largest and most ornate of these cisterns.
- The area of the Grand Bazaar was a trade center during the Byzantine period. Two domes were built by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror to enrich the economic life of the city. Today, the atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar is mysterious and intriguing. It has become a very popular place, where visitors explore a labyrinth of streets and passages housing eighteen entrances and more than 4,000 shops.
- The home for 400 years of ruling Sultan’s in Istanbul, this is a not-to-be-missed site. The second palace built in Istanbul after its conquest by the Turks served as the center of the Ottoman Empire between the 15th and 19th centuries. This palace’s maze of opulent buildings is where the sultans, their courts, and their harems lived and governed.
- This covered market, built as part of the Yeni Cami (New Mosque) complex, is filled with the fragrant scent of spices from the Orient.
- This narrow, navigable strait between Europe and Asia connects the Black Sea to the Marmara Sea. It is about 20 miles long and up to one and a half miles wide. Our cruise will take us past the late Ottoman Palaces – Dolmabahce and Beylerbeyi, as well as beautiful, wooden mansions and modern villas built in this elegant section of the city during the 19th & 20th centuries.
- Once a leading city of Rome - it fell prey to silting up of the harbor - which also lead to the cities downfall and protection, to our benefit as it is now one of the best-preserved cities from the ancient world.
- A delightful mix of ancient ruins mostly cave churches and unbelievable topography and rock formations - it is a delight to behold especially at sunrise and sunset.