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Exotic Wonders of Turkey

  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Istanbul
  • Canakkale
  • Gallipoli
  • Izmir
  • Ephesus
  • Cappadocia

10 Days Explorations
  • Departing:
  • 21 Aug 2021

The perfect entrée to the Captain’s Choice Black Sea charter - or as a journey on its own - delve into Turkey’s history of conquest and empire. After time in Istanbul we move to evocative ancient cities Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus, by way of Canakkale – with a day visiting Gallipoli by private ferry – İzmir and the unearthly landscape of Cappadocia.

Turkey By Land Extension 2021 Map

Itinerary

A private transfer after our flights brings us to the historic Pera Palace Hotel. The most revered in all of Istanbul, it was built in the 19th century for passengers arriving on the legendary Orient Express train from Venice. Following an afternoon of leisure we enjoy a splendid cocktail and canapes reception.

During our private viewing of the Hagia Sophia Museum, we admire its elaborately designed interior and exquisite mosaics. After a visit to the Süleymaniye Mosque, we board a private boat for a cruise of the Bosphorus Strait, taking in close-up views of magnificent palaces. The waterfront Sait Halim Pasha Mansion hosts us for dinner in a private room.

From Çanakkale, we visit ancient Troy and its much-lauded archaeological museum. Courtesy of a private ferry, we then travel to the Gallipoli peninsula. Here, we view the places where troops valiantly fought and fell; an emotional exploration of a loss of national innocence.

An exclusive dinner at the ancient Greek city of Ephesus with a classical music concert highlights a busy two days around İzmir. We also explore ancient Pergamon and take lunch with a village family. A private lecture will illuminate the lives of the Levantines, the Europeans who lived as expatriates in Ottoman Turkey. A visit to Konak’s Roman-era Agora Open Air Museum and Old Market Place precedes lunch at the modern Lucien Arkas vineyard.

Following an exclusive dinner in Love Valley, a Your World experience beckons, as we soar high above Cappadocia during a hot-air balloon flight. After explorations of the cave town of Zelve and Kaymakli Underground City, we are transfixed by Sufi whirling dervishes at a private Mevlana ceremony.

Returning to Istanbul, those of us joining the Black Sea cruise transfer to the MS Caledonian Sky, while guests concluding their journey enjoy a final night and Farewell Dinner in Istanbul.

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