Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Discover the rich and diverse historical landscape of Turkey, exploring the best the nation has to offer, enjoying privileged access and scholarly guiding throughout your journey.

Journey Overview

Discover the rich and diverse historical landscape of Turkey, exploring the best the nation has to offer, from exquisite Istanbul to archaeological wonders that date from ancient Greece to the Ottoman Empire, enjoying privileged access and scholarly guiding throughout your journey.

Journey Highlights

  • Explore Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace in the serenity of private visits arranged exclusively for your group by A&K
  • On a day trip to ancient Ephesus, learn firsthand about the amazing archaeological discoveries made in this one-time home of Saint Paul
  • Discover Turkey’s rich culinary heritage, as you visit a traditional farmers market on the sparkling coast in Bodrum, savour a cooking demonstration in the countryside and stroll a spice market in Istanbul
  • Privately cruise the Bosphorus, passing magnificent palaces, mansions and gardens along the shore
  • Experience authentic Cappadocian culture when you join a local family for lunch in their home, set amid the stunning “fairy chimney” landscape
Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive in Istanbul, where you are met and transferred to your hotel.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

Day 2: Istanbul | Hagia Sophia & Topkapi Palace

Meet with your Resident Tour Director this morning, and then stroll to the timeless Hagia Sophia for a private, before-hours opening, exploring in peace and quiet. Take in the structure’s imposing façade, matched only by the grandeur of its towering, vaulted ceilings within. Next, visit the Basilica Cistern, its marble columns standing since the sixth century. Then, enjoy an exclusive private opening of Topkapi Palace. Ride Like a Local on a public ferry across the Bosphorus to explore the food markets of the Asian side. After lunch, embark on a private cruise of the Bosphorus. Later this evening, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Istanbul | Coffeehouse Culture

Delve into the distinctive Pera district and visit a coffeehouse, learning the story of this uniquely Turkish tradition. Marvel at the Byzantine architecture and mosaics of Chora Church. Fly to Bodrum and check in to your hotel to relax before dinner.
The Marmara Bodrum | Meals: BD

Day 4: Bodrum | Shipwrecks & Their Bounty

Stop by the ancient Theater of Halicarnassos before visiting the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. Continue on for a cooking demonstration showcasing local dishes and an exploration of the local farmers market’s vibrant produce stalls. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.
The Marmara Bodrum | Meals: BL

Day 5: Euromos | Temples Of Zeus, Apollo & Athena

Journey to Euromos to explore the ruined yet magnificent Temple of Zeus. Continue to Didyma to discover the Temple of Apollo, dating to at least 300 BC. Stop for lunch at a local seaside restaurant. Then, proceed to Priene for a walking tour at the age-old Temple of Athena before continuing to Izmir, where you enjoy dinner overlooking the sea.
Swissotel Buyuk Efes | Meals: BLD

Day 6: Ephesus | Historic Archaeological Dig

Embark on a day trip to Ephesus, where Saint Paul once lived. Explore the renowned archaeological park and museum here before enjoying a special lunch in a nearby village. Return to Izmir for an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Swissotel Buyuk Efes | Meals: BL

Day 7: Cappadocia | Fairy Chimneys & Frescoes

Fly via Istanbul to Kayseri, to explore the nearby volcanic stone “fairy chimneys.” View frescoes at the rock-carved churches of Goreme, and visit the stunningly restored Dark Church at this enchanting open-air museum.
Argos in Cappadocia | Meals: BD

Day 8: Cappadocia | The Ancient Art Of Weaving

This morning, enjoy an optional hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia. Then, visit the Goreme Weavers Association on an engaging artisan visit. Next, sit down with a local family for lunch in their home. In the afternoon, explore the fascinating underground city at Kaymakli, which dates to as early as the eighth century BC and includes chapels, kitchens, air vents and living quarters carved out of volcanic rock.
Argos in Cappadocia | Meals: BL

Day 9: Istanbul | Seat Of A Mighty Empire

Today, fly back to Istanbul. This afternoon, visit Dolmabahce Palace, once a seat of Ottoman power, and see the collection of Ottoman royal barges, a hidden gem of the city.
Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas | Meals: B

Day 10: Istanbul | Ottoman Architecture & The Grand Bazaar

Explore Suleymaniye Mosque and Istanbul’s fabled Grand Bazaar, meeting local craftspeople along the way. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll the fragrant stalls of the spice market. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a farewell dinner.
Park Hyatt Istanbul – Maçka Palas | Meals: BLD

Day 11: Depart Istanbul

After breakfast, transfer to the airport to depart.
Meals: B

Journey Details

Internal air included: Istanbul/Bodrum; Izmir/Kayseri/Istanbul
Minimum age is 10 years.
First group event: welcome briefing at 7:30 a.m. on Day 2.
Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 10.
Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.

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Accommodation

Accommodation

Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

One of the world's extraordinary hotels, the Four Seasons Istanbul at Sultanahmet is created from a century old neoclassic Turkish Prison ... Read more

The Marmara, Bodrum

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Marmara Hotel is one of Bodrum’s best hotels. It overlooks the city and the sea from a secluded hilltop vantage among beautiful Mediter ... Read more

Argos in Cappadocia

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

The Argos Hotel is set in the centre of Cappadocia, famous for its distinctive “fairy house” rock formations and ancient archaeological ... Read more

Park Hyatt Istanbul

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2021)

Set is one of the city’s most sophisticated districts, Park Hyatt Istanbul occupies a glorious Art Deco building with a distinctively orn ... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

May 17, 2021 - May 27, 2021
Price AU$10,710pp Single Supplement AU$4,255 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Aug 30, 2021 - Sep 9, 2021
Price AU$10,710pp Single Supplement AU$4,255 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 6, 2021 - Sep 16, 2021
Price AU$10,710pp Single Supplement AU$4,255 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire