Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2023)

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 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 and the magnificent Hagia Sophia, and stroll the fabled Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
  • 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 & Private Bosphorus Cruise

Rise early for a private, before-hours opening of the Basilica Cistern, with its marble columns dating to the sixth century. Continue to the timeless Hagia Sophia, marvelling at the structure’s imposing façade and towering vaulted ceilings. Delve into the distinctive Pera district and visit a coffeehouse, learning the story of this uniquely Turkish tradition. 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 | Wonders of Topkapi Palace

Revel in the ornately decorated ceilings and spectacular tile work of Topkapi Palace, the one-time imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, and then view the ancient city walls, standing since the time of Constantine. Fly to Bodrum and check in to your hotel to relax before dinner.

The Marmara Bodrum | Meals: BD

Day 4: Bodrum | Oldest Shipwrecks & Exclusive Access

Stop by the ancient Theatre of Halicarnassus before visiting the Bodrum Underwater Archaeology Museum in the Castle of St. Peter, which houses the oldest shipwreck ever discovered. Gain A&K-exclusive private access to the research and conservation laboratories. Next, savour 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 and explore the nearby volcanic stone “fairy chimneys,” which also provide the setting for a refreshing Scenic Sundowner. Next, on an A&K-exclusive experience, enjoy private, after-hours access to the rock-carved churches of Goreme, and visit the Dark Church, before dining at your hotel.

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.

Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul | Meals: B

Day 10: Istanbul | Ottoman Architecture & The Grand Bazaar

Explore Suleymaniye Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. After lunch at a local restaurant, stroll the fragrant spice market. Ride Like a Local on a public ferry across the Bosphorus to explore the food markets of the Asian side. Tonight, enjoy 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.

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

Included with every Marco Polo Journey

  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations (Where Available)
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • Traveller’s Valet Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available)
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests

Customise this Journey

Talk to one of our expert Journey Designers or your travel agent about booking this tour as a private journey for your own small group with family or friends. Or, if you would prefer to travel privately, find out more about creating the perfect bespoke tailor-made journey based on this itinerary.

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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 (2023)

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 (2023)

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

Swissotel Büyük Efes

Turkey: A Journey Through History - A Marco Polo Journey (2023)

Set in expansive landscaped gardens and overlooking the Kordon on Turkey's Aegean Sea, the Swissotel Büyük Efes is Izmir’s best. Accommod... Read more

Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Apr 24, 2023 - May 4, 2023
Price AU$12,070pp Single Supplement AU$5,910 Internal Air (From) Included Availability Call for Availability Enquire
May 8, 2023 - May 18, 2023
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May 22, 2023 - Jun 1, 2023
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Jun 5, 2023 - Jun 15, 2023
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Sep 4, 2023 - Sep 14, 2023
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Sep 18, 2023 - Sep 28, 2023
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Sep 25, 2023 - Oct 5, 2023
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Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 12, 2023
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Oct 9, 2023 - Oct 19, 2023
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Oct 16, 2023 - Oct 26, 2023
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