Turkey

Treasures of Turkey: A Luxury Small-Group Tour with Insider Experiences and Hot-Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia

Discover Turkey and its ancient history, wondrous architecture, colourful bazaars and incredible cuisine on a 12-day luxury small-group tour (max. 16 travellers). Float above the valleys of Cappadocia in a hot-air balloon, sail the Mediterranean aboard a traditional gulet and taste authentic local flavours — including a farm-to-plate cooking class in a coastal village and wine tasting in Turkey’s deepest underground wine cellar. Includes 11 nights luxury accommodation with stays at Shangri-La Bosphorus and Argos in Cappadocia, daily breakfast and hand-picked gourmet experiences, private transportation, all domestic flights and airport transfers, the services of an expert local, English-speaking guide, insider experiences and so much more.

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12 Days
TWIN SHARE
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on twin share — you must purchase two packages
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Mamara Bodrum Hotel , two nights at Celsus Butik, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, a farm-to-table traditional Turkish cooking experience, a seafood lunch on board a traditional gulet, dinner with a local Turkish family and more
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Bodrum, Izmir to Kayseri, and Cappadocia to Istanbul
12 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Mamara Bodrum Hotel, two nights at Celsus Butik, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, a farm-to-table traditional Turkish cooking experience, a seafood lunch on board a traditional gulet, dinner with a local Turkish family and more
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Bodrum, Izmir to Kayseri, and Cappadocia to Istanbul
14 Days
TWIN SHARE EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person based on twin share — you must purchase two packages
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Mamara Bodrum Hotel , two nights at Celsus Butik, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, a farm-to-table traditional Turkish cooking experience, a seafood lunch on board a traditional gulet, dinner with a local Turkish family and more
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Bodrum, Izmir to Kayseri, and Cappadocia to Istanbul
14 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • This package is valid for one person
  • 11 nights luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Mamara Bodrum Hotel , two nights at Celsus Butik, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, a farm-to-table traditional Turkish cooking experience, a seafood lunch on board a traditional gulet, dinner with a local Turkish family and more
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Bodrum, Izmir to Kayseri, and Cappadocia to Istanbul

Your Itinerary at a Glance:

  • Sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the spectacular Cappadocian landscape
  • Private cruise along the beautiful Bodrum peninsula in a traditional gulet with seafood lunch
  • Tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets
  • Farm-to-table, traditional Turkish cooking experience
  • Wine tasting in Turkey’s deepest underground wine cellar
  • Dinner with a local Turkish family

What We Love….

With itineraries personally designed, tried and tested by our in-house travel experts, you can expect the very best from every Tour Created by Luxury Escapes.

"One of my all-time favourite travel experiences would have to be the hot-air balloon flight over Cappadocia," says Sonia Pilovska, Head of Tours at Luxury Escapes. "There's something exhilarating about floating in a basket suspended from a balloon over a magical valley filled with fairy chimneys. The whole experience is made even more beautiful by the sun rising in the background and hundreds of other hot-air balloons dotting the sky around you. I'd seen so many photos of this throughout my years working in travel, so when I got to be part of this very scene it more than lived up to my expectations. The champagne to toast the safe landing was great and the breakfast in the gardens back at The Argos afterward is the perfect way to end an incredible morning."

What You’ll Love…

The Accommodation – World-renowned Shangri-La splendour and boutique luxury await

The award-winning Shangri-La Bosphorus is nestled on Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait, boasting breathtaking views across the blue waters. In true Shangri-La style classic elegance abounds, with glittering chandeliers, plush fabrics and marble accents throughout. Five-star service and facilities await you, from the blissful CHI, The Spa, with its luxurious private spa suites and hammams, to Chinese fine dining at Shang Palace.

Once a monastery, the award-winning Argos in Cappadocia offers a luxury stay like no other. This world-class boutique hotel, high above the village of Uçhisar, has been carefully built from the surrounding terrain: ancient ruins, caves and underground tunnels. Sleep under beautifully arched stone ceilings and relax in unique and cosy spots at seven different mansions. The hotel has a winery attached, providing an endless flow of top-shelf local and foreign beverages to accompany the superb menu at its award-winning Seki restaurant.

The Food & Wine – Sample the flavours of Turkey, from street food to fine dining

Foodies will be in their element with a host of hand-selected gourmet experiences showcasing the best of Turkey’s exotic cuisine.

Learn the secrets of Turkish cuisine with a hands-on, farm-to-table cooking class using fine local produce, during which you will create delicious traditional meze dishes to be enjoyed with a drop of local raki, an anise-flavoured spirit native to Turkey.

Spend a memorable afternoon wine tasting in the biggest underground wine cellar in Turkey, SEKI, located in the heart of Cappadocia, which lay undiscovered for tens of thousands of years. Encounter some of the finest wines in the Anatolian region, learn about the wine-making process and sample local drops paired with irresistible cheeses, all selected by an expert.

The Scenery – From the dreamy spires of Cappadocia to the glittering waters of the Mediterranean Sea

From Mediterranean beach resorts to verdant olive groves, ancient rock formations and soaring mountains — when it comes to scenery, Turkey has it all.

Marvel at the landscape of the Cappadocia region with its tall volcanic spires, high plateaus and deep valleys gloriously bathed in light. The region is famous for its dreamlike vistas of hot-air balloons filling the skies — and you will have the opportunity to float above the landscape on an unforgettable included balloon flight.

Discover the beauty of Turkey from another perspective as you take to the Mediterranean Sea off the shore of Bodrum in a traditional wooden gulet boat. Soak up the sights, from coastal villages to lush hillsides, as you make your way to Kara Ada, famed for its mineral springs, stopping to snorkel and swim along the way.

Visit Pamukkale (the ‘cotton castle’) and the ancient Roman ruins of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hierapolis. Marvel at the famous limestone terraces filled with mineral-rich waters and step back in the time at the Necropolis, the main street and gates, the thermal baths, the devil’s hole and Ancient Theatre.

The History – Uncover the age of Byzantine Empires and Roman Emperors

Turkey’s compelling history spans thousands of years. Immerse yourself in an ancient world as you journey from bustling cities to once-forgotten archaeological treasures.

Walk in the footsteps of Turkey’s great emperors on a tour of Istanbul, discovering wonders such as the ancient and exquisite Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, where Byzantine Emperors once watched chariot races, and the Grand Bazaar – one of the biggest and oldest markets in the world.

Stroll the streets Mark Antony and Cleopatra once walked in Ephesus, a dream destination for lovers of history and one of the finest Greek-Roman archaeological sites in the world. Explore the amphitheatre, the Temple of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), the baths, the Library of Celsius and more.

Your Package Includes:

  • 11 nights luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Mamara Bodrum Hotel, two nights at Celsus Butik Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including a tasting trail through Istanbul’s vibrant streets, a farm-to-table traditional Turkish hands-on cooking experience, a seafood lunch on board a traditional gulet, dinner with a local Turkish family and more
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Bodrum, Izmir to Kayseri, and Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • Sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the spectacular Cappadocian landscape
  • Private cruise along the beautiful Bodrum peninsula in a traditional gulet including a sumptuous lunch prepared on board
  • All airport transfers and private air-conditioned transport throughout
  • The services of an expert local, English-speaking guide and entrance fees to all sightseeing listed
  • Insider experiences

Extend Your Time in Turkey with Legendary Troy and Historic Gallipoli

Make the most of your time in Turkey by extending your tour and visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city of Troy, one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and the Gallipoli Peninsula, the scene of one of the most significant battles in Australia and New Zealand's war history.

Tour Extension Includes:

  • Two nights luxury accommodation at the The Hampton by Hilton and Shangri-La Bosphorus
  • Daily breakfast and one lunch
  • Drive through the Dracian Peninsula and a ferry crossing of the Dardanelles
  • Tour of Troy and visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula
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