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Turkish Delights "Revealing the Mystique of Turkey  
Istanbul, Kuşadasi and Cappadocia 


This ultimate Turkish Treasures program, where East meets West is a captivating adventure that uncovers the rich cultural heritage of Istanbul and Kuşadasi. Immerse yourself in the allure of the Ottoman Empire as you explore the iconic landmarks of Istanbul, including the majestic Blue Mosque, the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, and the historic Roman Hippodrome. Navigate the vibrant streets of the Golden Horn, honing your haggling skills as you peruse the world-renowned Grand Bazaar for unique treasures and souvenirs. Delight in the luxury of Topkapi Palace, home to extraordinary artifacts, including the seventh-largest diamond in the world. From the city's bustling energy, journey to the charming seaside town of Kuşadasi, where more unforgettable moments await. Fulfill your dream of visiting one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World as you stand before the magnificent Temple of Artemis, the grand Temple of Hadrian, and the awe-inspiring Library of Celsius in ancient Ephesus. Take time to explore the spiritual wonders of the Basilica of St. John and the revered House of the Virgin Mary. Enhance your ultimate Turkish adventure with an optional extension to Cappadocia seeing Aphrodisias, a sanctuary dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite, the breathtaking travertine terraces of Pamukkale, and the mystical city of Konya, home to the Whirling Dervishes. Every turn on this captivating journey promises impressive moments that will leave an indelible impression on your heart and soul. Join Quest Voyager and take advantage of the opportunity to embark on this special Turkish Treasures package and create lifelong memories.


Destinations Highlights

Experience Istanbul • Where Europe and Asia meet • Learn of the Ottoman Empire • Majestic Blue Mosque • Fascinating Hagia Sophia • Roman Hippodrome • Golden Horn • Bosporus Straight • Topkapi Palace Museum • See the seventh-largest diamond in the world • Galata Bridge • Basilica Cistern • Famous Grand Bazaar • The Aegean seaside town of Kuşadası • Ephesus, the world’s best preserved ancient city • Temple of Hadrian • Library of Celsius • Turkish Rugs - Basilica of St John • House of Virgin Mary • Aphrodisias • Spectacular rock formations of Pamukkale • Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes • The Path of St. Paul • Enchanting Cappadocia • Staying in a cave hotel • Fairy Chimneys • Göreme Open-Air Museum • Whirling Dervish performance, and much, much more.

Program Included Features

  • ROUND TRIP AIR - Air transportation from New York and all intra-Turkey flights

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 7 nights first class hotels

  • MEALS - 12 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch and 4 dinners

  • THE PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Full day Istanbul tour including the Old City, the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia & Basilica Cistern, a half day tour including the Galata Bridge and Grand Bazaar, and a tour of Ephesus and Selçuk. Optional tours available

  • JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY - Our program encompasses cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy and social systems, and interaction with locals such as a Turkish crafts workshop, visit to an elementary school, and Turkish carpet factory

  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director during tours and transfers

  • FIRST-CLASS MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach

  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS – Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport


Cappadocia extension program - included features.

  • FIRST-CLASS ACCOMMODATIONS - 3 nights first class hotels

  • MEALS - 5 included meals consisting of 3 buffet breakfasts and 2 lunches.

  • THE PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: Tours of Pamukkale, Konya, and Cappadocia

  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour

  • FIRST-CLASS MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach

  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport.


Day 1 Leave the USA. Set off on your overnight international trip to Istanbul. Meals and beverages are served on board.

Day 2 Arrive Istanbul, Turkey. Welcome to Turkey! A captivating destination where East meets West and a place that promises extraordinary experiences. Istanbul has a history spanning over two millennia, showcasing an exquisite fusion of cultural influences, architectural wonders, and culinary delights. As you arrive in Istanbul, clear customs, and immigration, your knowledgeable Tour Director will greet you and take you to your hotel. This evening marks the beginning of your journey as you indulge in a delightful welcome dinner at the hotel, setting the stage for adventure and unforgettable experiences. (D)

Day 3 Istanbul - Old City Tour. Embark on a full day exploration of Istanbul's Old City, a captivating journey through the city's rich history and cultural heritage. Begin your adventure at the Roman Hippodrome, once the vibrant heart of Byzantine life. Then, marvel at the iconic Blue Mosque, with its stunning interior adorned by over 20,000 precious Iznik tiles. Experience the magnificence of the Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. Enjoy some free time for a delightful lunch before venturing to Topkapi Palace, the former epicenter of the Ottoman Empire. Discover the Treasury section, showcasing awe-inspiring displays, including the seventh-largest diamond in the world. Conclude your day with a visit to the fascinating Basilica Cistern, an engineering marvel that once supplied water to the city. Immerse yourself in the stories and grandeur of Istanbul's Old City as you uncover its ancient wonders and hidden treasures. (B)


Day 4 Istanbul – Galata Bridge - Grand Bazaar Tour. Today embark on an unforgettable tour to discover the charms of Istanbul. Begin with a stroll along the Galata Bridge, where you can capture breathtaking views of the bustling ferry boats and local fishermen while enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the restaurants and coffee houses. Take a moment to snap a selfie with the iconic Galata Tower or the majestic Topkapi Palace in the distance. Next, cross the Golden Horn by coach, arriving at the Caferağa Medresesi. This cultural hub promotes and teaches traditional Turkish handicrafts such as ceramic tile art, calligraphy, jewelry making, and carpet weaving. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of Turkish craftsmanship as you see artists at work. Then onwards to the world-renowned 15th-century Grand Bazaar. This historic covered market is a shopper's paradise, housing 4,400 authentic shops, 61 covered streets, and employing 25,000 staff. Immerse yourself in the bustling ambiance as you browse a diverse array of treasures, including handmade carpets, Turkish silver, copper, bronze souvenirs, high-quality ceramics, onyx, and leather goods. (B)


Day 5 Istanbul. Today is a day of leisure, allowing you to explore the vibrant city at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the bustling markets, savor delectable cuisine, or embark on an optional tour to the enchanting Spice Bazaar, Ortaköy fishing village, and a picturesque cruise on the Bosphorus. Begin your day at the Spice Bazaar, a rich and aromatic treasure trove for sensory experiences. Immerse yourself in its bustling atmosphere, filled with colorful stalls offering an enticing array of spices, teas, Turkish delight, and other delightful culinary pleasures. From there, embark on a captivating cruise along the Bosporus Strait, a narrow waterway that divides Europe and Asia. Admire the late Ottoman Palaces, such as Dolmabahçe and Beylerbeyi, as well as the elegant wooden mansions and modern villas that dot the shoreline. The final stop is the charming Ortaköy fishing village, known for its harmonious coexistence of Turks, Armenians, Greeks, and Jews throughout the centuries. (B)


Day 6 Istanbul - Kuşadasi. After breakfast at your hotel in Istanbul, you will fly from Istanbul Airport to Izmir, the third-largest city in Turkey. Upon arrival, prepare to be enchanted by the scenic journey that awaits as you travel to the idyllic seaside town of Kuşadası. Nestled along the picturesque Aegean coastline, Kuşadasi offers a harmonious blend of natural beauty, captivating history, and vibrant culture. With its pristine beaches, translucent turquoise waters, and breathtaking sunsets, Kuşadası is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. It is the perfect gateway to the awe-inspiring ancient city of Ephesus, where you can immerse yourself in the wonders of one of the world's most impeccably preserved archaeological sites. As the day unfolds, take the opportunity to unwind and savor the delightful moments. This evening indulge in a dinner served at your hotel. (B,D)


Day 7 Kuşadasi - Ephesus Tour. Today a fascinating journey awaits as you drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Ephesus was once the provincial capital of Asia during Roman times and boasted a population of approximately 250,000. Explore the remnants of this great site, including the monumental amphitheater that can still accommodate 24,000 spectators for events today. As you walk along the Sacred Way, marvel at the innovative water and sewer system ingeniously constructed beneath the marble paving stones. Witness the architectural wonders of the Temple of Hadrian, adorned with a Corinthian-style design and the head of Medusa as protection against evil spirits. Admire the magnificent Library of Celsius, a testament to the grandeur of ancient knowledge. Your journey continues to Sultanköy, where you will partake in the intricate art of rug-making. Enjoy lunch, showcasing ingredients sourced from Sultanköy's own farm and orchards. In the town of Selçuk, explore the artifacts housed in the Museum of Archaeology, further immersing yourself in the region's rich history. Return to the hotel, allowing time to relax and savor a delightful dinner, reflecting upon the extraordinary experiences of the day. (B,L,D)


Day 8 Kuşadasi. Enjoy a hearty breakfast at your hotel before embracing a day of leisure, offering opportunities to unwind, shop, or embark on an optional tour of the Basilica of St. John, Şirince, and the House of the Virgin Mary. Begin your excursion in the town of Selçuk, where you will marvel at the Basilica of St. John, a sacred site believed to be constructed above the burial site of the Apostle John. Just a short distance away, discover the graceful beauty of the Isa Bey Mosque, an exquisite example of Seljukian architecture. Continue your journey to the picturesque town of Şirince, an enchanting Greek Orthodox village that provides a genuine glimpse into Turkish-Greek culture and idyllic rural life. Delight in a delicious lunch at a family-run Turkish restaurant, followed by a visit to an elementary school in Şirince, offering valuable insights into the Turkish educational system as you interact with teachers and students. Conclude this eventful day with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, a revered pilgrimage site believed to be her final residence in Ephesus. Designated as a shrine by the Roman Catholic Church, this spiritual sanctuary offers a profound sense of tranquility and significance. This evening dinner awaits at your hotel. (B,L,D)


Day 9 Kuşadasi to the USA or extend your stay with an optional Pamukkale & Cappadocia extension. As your time in Kuşadasi and the beautiful Aegean coast draws to a close, bid farewell to this captivating destination. This morning, you will be transferred to the airport and embark on your flight back to the USA. (B)


Optional Cappadocia extension

Day 9 Kuşadasi - Pamukkale Tour – Isparta. Following breakfast at your hotel, take a scenic drive to  Pamukkale, where nature has created a mesmerizing spectacle over countless millennia. Witness the stunning travertine formations cascading down the mountainside and forming vast circular basins adorned with stalactites, set against dazzling white calcareous rock. Explore the expansive ancient site of Hierapolis, where you view the waters of Cleopatra Pool and therapeutic hot springs. After a delectable lunch, continue your eastbound journey towards Isparta, renowned as the "rose garden of Turkey." Delve into the spiritual legacy of St. Paul as you trace his footsteps along the popular trek known as "The Path of St. Paul," a route he once traversed during his missionary journeys. Arrive at your hotel in Isparta, ready to unwind and experience the charm of this beautiful region. (B,L)


Day 10 Isparta - Konya Tour - Cappadocia. Today head on a picturesque journey to the captivating city of Konya, nestled in the Anatolian plains. As the birthplace of the renowned whirling dervishes' founder, Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, Konya holds immense cultural significance. Tour the city, the Mevlana Museum, and the majestic Alaeddin Mosque. Rumi's tomb, the final resting place of one of the world's most revered poets, is a respected pilgrimage site and one of Turkey's most-visited attractions. Later, depart Konya and make your way to Cappadocia, a region renowned for its enchanting and eerie landscapes. Upon arrival, settle into your cave house hotel and relish the unique ambiance. In the evening, prepare to be enthralled by the mesmerizing artistry of the Whirling Dervishes. Witness their graceful and hypnotic dance, known as the Sema, as they symbolize the soul's transformative journey toward spiritual enlightenment. Through their intricate movements and captivating twirls, the Whirling Dervishes create a transcendent spectacle that resonates with spiritual significance and profound beauty. (B)


Day 11 Cappadocia - Cappadocia Tour. Today step into the sacred realm of Cappadocia, a remarkable landscape adorned with extraordinary geological formations, verdant vineyards, fruit orchards, and intricately frescoed churches. Witness the fascinating wind and rain erosion results, which have sculpted the fragile volcanic rock into whimsical rock cones, towering pinnacles, and intricate ravines. Delve into the region's rich history as you tour one of the remarkable underground cities, meticulously carved into the volcanic tufa stone, offering a glimpse into the complex communities that thrived in this unique underground world. Begin your exploration at Monk's Valley, where you will encounter the astonishing Fairy Chimneys, reaching heights of up to 130 feet. Continue to the awe-inspiring Göreme Open-Air Museum, nestled within cliffs that house hidden churches dating back to the 9th century. Indulge in a delightful home-cooked lunch in the charming village of Ayvalı. Then explore the intricate network of homes, churches, communal kitchens, and burial chambers designed for defense and survival during the conflict. Conclude your day with a visit to the Avanos Handcraft Center, situated along the scenic banks of the Kizilirmak River. Immerse yourself in the local craft traditions and witness the skilled artisans at work, creating masterpieces of pottery and ceramics. Afterward, head back to your hotel to reflect on an awe-inspiring day. (B,L)


Day 12 Cappadocia to the USA. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to the USA. (B)

Key: (B) – Breakfast, (L) – Lunch, (D) – Dinner

Hotel and Itinerary are subject to change.

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