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  • Overview
  • Accommodation
  • Itinerary
  • Fares

A journey overview

  • Istanbul
  • Çanakkale
  • Gallipoli
  • Izmir
  • Ephesus
  • Bodrum
  • Antalya
  • Cappadocia
  • Sanliurfa

16 Days By Private Plane
  • Departing:
  • 2 Sep 2020

Like a mosaic, Turkey’s beauty is crafted by a thousand smaller facets. It’s the crumbling relics left by a succession of empires. The bitter perfume of coffee. Grand mosques cropping up like trees. Fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Crescent moon shores, lapped at by the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. A sensory overload, an amalgam of landscapes, a simultaneity of ancient cities existing within our modern world. In 2020, we follow the fascinating time line of Turkey aboard our own private plane.



Tour Manager - Gordon Higman

Tour Doctor - Dr. Alison Burke

As Your Tour Manager, Gordon Higman Welcomes You On This Journey

Tour Doctor - Dr. Alison Burke

Arriving in Istanbul, our residence for the next three nights is the Pera Palace Hotel. Our first morning is ripe for discovery. We uncover the city’s Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Underground Cistern and the buzzing Grand Bazaar. We feast at Matbah Restaurant, before we are gifted exclusive access to the Basilica of St Sophia.

Our exploration continues at the Church of Chora and the Süleymaniye Mosque. Choose to wander the Egyptian Spice Market, visit the Çukurcuma district, join a cooking class, or enjoy a Turkish Hamman. Tonight we arrive at Sait Halim Pasa Mansion by yachet, a 17th-century estate, where we dine. Our private plane whisks us to Çanakkale and the ancient site of Troy. A lecture is told by Kenan Celik on the Gallipoli campaign before we retire at the Kolin Hotel.

In Gallipoli, we visit Cape Hellas Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine memorial, Bloody Ridge and Chunuk Bair Memorial. Our aircraft is traded for a private coach for the journey to Izmir. We make our way to the temples of Asclepion, dedicated to Asclepius, the first doctor-demigod in Greek mythology. The return journey to Bergama bypasses Acropolis and the altar of Zeus. The Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir is our home for the night.

The Konak Square Clock Tower was built to commemorate Abdulhamid II’s 25th anniversary on the throne. Discover the Agora, the old market place and the Medieval citadel. Amid the streets of Ephesus, away from the crowds, we share an exclusive dinner at the entrance of the Celsus Library. Our next stop is Bodrum. We journey to the Crusaders’ Castle of St Peter’s, now a museum for ancient shipwrecks in the Aegean Sea. We retire at The Bodrum Edition.

A traditional gullet awaits to sail us to Knidos. Once a flourishing port city in 400BC, this former centre for science, art and architecture now lies in ruin across the Datça Peninsula. On return to Bodrum, we rejoin our private plane for the flight to Antalya. We are drawn to the ancient city of Perge with the promise of fascinating Hellenistic history. Our eyes are set on the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and our fine hotel, Argos in Cappadocia.

Join a sunrise hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys. Goreme’s Open-Air Museum, Uçhisar, Pigeon Valley and Three Graces rock formations, as well as the ancient towns of Zelve, Sinasos Village and Avanos, satisfies our itch to explore. You may like to discover the history behind Turkish carpets. Spend evenings at a private dinner among the unusual rock formations in Love Valley and a private Mevlana ceremony.

Our private plane whisks us to Sanlıurfa, the spiritual heart of Turkey. We make our way to Halilur Rahman Mosque, Sanlıurfa Archaeology and Mosaic Museum, the pre-historic site of Göbekli Tepe, and the beehive mudbrick houses of Harran to meet a local family. As evening falls we don classic garments and join in authentic festivities with a themed Sira Night dinner. We turn in at the Hilton Garden Inn.

Lunch today is served on our private plane as we head back to Istanbul. While we’re here, why not celebrate our journey with a splash of Dom Perignon? Back in the bustling city, we return to Pera Palace Hotel, where we are welcomed back like old friends. Our Farewell Dinner is held at Ulus 29, where memories, along with the famous 29 meatballs, are shared among new friends before our flight home.


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