Istanbul Airports (IST or SAW)
In the morning, explore the Spice Market to feel the exotism of the Orient. Enjoy a langourous boat trip along the European and Asian coasts of the Bosphorus. Enjoy a fish lunch under the Galata Bridge with stunning views over the silhouette of the Old City. In the afternoon transfer to airport and flight to Kayseri or Nevsehir. Continue to Cappadocia. Overnight Meals: B-L-D
Transfer to airport for your onward flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, continue to Kusadasi and overnight . Meals: B
Explore the antique city of Ephesus by wandering along its 2,000 year old marble streets to such famous sites as the theatre and the Celsus Library. In the afternoon, visit the home of the Virgin Mary and a photo stop nearby the Temple of Artemis where only a column remains to indicate where one of the Seven Wonders of the World was. Overnight. Meals: B-L-D
Drive to Pamukkale, popularly known as the ‘cotton castle’. Here, immense tiers of white limestone cascading down a barren hillside you will enjoy the beauty of the terraces. After lunch visit Hierapolis, including the magnificently preserved Necropolis, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths, the devil’s hole, and Masterpiece Theater. Meals: B-L-D
Our trip was excellent and our host Ismail was really good. It was chilly!
The trip was amazing. We had a great tour guide. The only thing was it was packed with lots of events and we had to wake up early every morning. But other than that it was a great trip.
Thank you! It was beyond my wildest expectations. Our guide, Ahmet, had an incredible grasp of the history and religion from antiquity to contemporary times. This enriched our experience and enlivened a simple walk down an ancient street cobbled by the Romans or a view of a mother goddess crafted by the Catalhoyuk. Our guide Ahmed also found opportunities to build connection with the culture. For example, enjoying a Turkish quesadilla prepared by mother and daughter on a domed grill over a wood fire, as he interpreted a lively conversation. Or the time we visited the school and later the carpet center. Precious moments with Turkish people between amazing landscapes, history, and photo ops that deepened my own love of the country and the people. All other Eskapas personnel were equally professional and efficient. I was met promptly at the airport on arrival. The bus driver was both skilled and careful and managed tiny city streets, curving mountain roads, and highways with the same exceptional skill. And upon leaving for home our, transfer was at the hotel just before 3:00 a.m. and took us through the airport to gate security to be sure we got where we were going. All accommodations were excellent and the only problem with the food is that there was too much of it all the time! One thing the hotels could improve upon is the beds. The Legacy Ottoman and the Renaissance both in Istanbul were great. I went at a bit of a risky time though US State Dept. had already lowered the risk just before I left. I never felt unsafe or threatened at any time during my stay. I will absolutely take the Eastern Turkey Tour should it ever come to fruition – might even take the Western tour again! I cannot recommend more highly the tour and this particular team. It was the constant support of guide and driver that made the trip so exceptional.
The trip to Turkey was awesome. Really enjoyed and the local tour guides in each region. They were very knowledgeable and made sure we were all taken care of. Would definitely recommend this trip.