Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2022)

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 Topkapi Palace — in the serenity of a private visit arranged exclusively by A&K — as well as the Hagia Sophia
  • 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

This morning, enjoy a private, before-hours visit to the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts, home to a vast array of manuscripts, miniatures, ceramics, glassware, and antique Turkish carpets. Continue to the timeless Hagia Sophia, marveling at the structure’s imposing façade and towering, vaulted ceilings. Next, explore the Istanbul Archaeological Museum Complex, which features three museums – Museum of Classical Archaeology, Museum of Ancient Orient and Tile Museum - in a single park. Cross over the Golden Horn and delve into the distinctive Pera district for lunch and visit a coffeehouse, learning the story of this uniquely Turkish tradition. In the afternoon, 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 the Sultanahmet | Meals: BLD

Day 3: Istanbul | Coffeehouse Culture

Begin your day with a private opening visit to the Cistern of Theodosius, built by Roman Emperor Theodosius II between 428 and 443 to store water supplied by the Valens Aqueduct. Next, revel in the ornately decorated ceilings and spectacular tile work of Topkapi Palace, the one-time imperial residence of Ottoman sultans. It was from here that the Turks ruled most of the Mediterranean and Western Orient. This afternoon, 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 Halicarnassus before visiting the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. Meet with the Institute’s head curator for a behind-the-scenes visit to the laboratories where the research is conducted. Next, savor a Chef ’s Table 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 restored Dark Church, during a private evening opening at this stunning 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. Afterward, return to your hotel for a refreshing Scenic Sundowner and bonfire experience.
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.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul | 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.
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul | 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.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 full vaccination is required for this program.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Four Seasons Sultanahmet

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2022)

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

Argos in Cappadocia

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2022)

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

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Aug 29, 2022 - Sep 8, 2022
Price AU$10,165pp Single Supplement AU$4,320 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
Sep 12, 2022 - Sep 22, 2022
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Sep 26, 2022 - Oct 6, 2022
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Oct 3, 2022 - Oct 13, 2022
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Oct 10, 2022 - Oct 20, 2022
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Oct 17, 2022 - Oct 27, 2022
Price AU$10,165pp Single Supplement AU$4,320 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire

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