Turkey

Treasures of Turkey - The Ultimate Luxury Small-Group Tour with Insider Experiences & Incredible Inclusions

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. Taste authentic local flavours, including an exquisite dinner at Istanbul’s hottest new restaurant, a farm-to-plate cooking class in a coastal village and wine tasting in Turkey’s deepest underground wine cellar. Includes 11 nights of luxury accommodation with stays at Shangri-La Bosphorus and The Marmara Bodrum, 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:
  • Valid for one person (twin share) – you must purchase two packages
  • 11 nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Marmara Bodrum, two nights at Nisanyan Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including an exquisite celebrity chef-created dinner, 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
14 Days
TWIN SHARE - EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (twin share) - you must purchase two packages
  • 11 nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Marmara Bodrum, two nights at Nisanyan Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including an exquisite celebrity chef-created dinner, 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
12 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • 11 nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Marmara Bodrum, two nights at Nisanyan Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including an exquisite celebrity chef-created dinner, 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
14 Days
SOLO TRAVELLER - EXTENSION
Inclusion Highlights:
  • Package valid for one person (solo traveller)
  • 11 nights of luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Marmara Bodrum, two nights at Nisanyan Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including an exquisite celebrity chef-created dinner, 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

In a unique journey of surprise and discovery, uncover one of the most captivating destinations in the world: Turkey. Happily poised between Asia and Europe, Turkey is an entrancing mix of cultures, historical and modern-day attractions, and one of the world’s most delectable cuisines. Let history unfold in front of your eyes through the splendour of Istanbul, Cappadocia, Bodrum, Pamukkale and beyond; while savouring authentic local produce served up with a healthy dose of famous Turkish hospitality.

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 LE.

"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 wonderfully terrifying about floating in a basket suspended from a balloon over a magical valley filled with fairy chimneys. The whole experience made even more beautiful by the sun rising in the background and hundreds of other hot air balloons dotting the sky around you. Id 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 all expectations. The champagne to toast the safe landing was great - and the breakfast in the gardens back at The Argos afterwards was the perfect way to end an incredible morning."

What You’ll Love…

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

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 Cappadoccia offers a luxury stay like no other. This world-class boutique hotel, high above the village of Uçhisar, has been carefully built from its surrounding stunning 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.

Nestled on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea is The Marmara Bodrum, a spectacularly located boutique hotel with a swimming pool offering sweeping vistas across the white buildings and the glittering blue waters of the coastline. Wake each morning to breakfasts of warm homemade bread accompanied by orange jam crafted using hand-picked fruits from the gardens.

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.

Enjoy an exquisite dinner at Mükellef, one of Istanbul’s finest dining experiences spearheaded by celebrity chef Arda Türkmen. Housed in a simple yet elegant space boasting impressive views over the glistening waters of the Bosphorus and beyond to the Golden Horn and Galata Tower, Mükellef tops the list of fine-dining restaurants in the city, showcasing a menu of traditional mezes inspired by the Turkish meyhane culture with a contemporary twist - all crafted with the freshest, locally sourced produce.

Learn how to craft Turkish cuisine with a hands-on, farm-to-table cooking class using fine local produce, during which you will create delicious traditional meze dishes which you will enjoy followed by 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 Cappadoccia, which once 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 selected by an expert paired with irresistible cheeses.

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 yourself on an unforgettable included balloon flight.

Discover the beauty of Turkey from another perspective as you take to the waters of 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 – Step back in time to the age of Byzantine Empires and Roman Emperors

Turkey’s compelling history dates back 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 together with a local guide, discovering wonders such as the ancient and exquisite Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome where Byzantine Emperors would have once watched chariot races and the Grand Bazaar – one of the biggest and oldest markets in the world, which dates back earlier than the 15th century.

Stroll the streets where 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 of luxury accommodation including four nights at Shangri-La Bosphorus, two nights at The Marmara Bodrum, two nights at Nisanyan Hotel, two nights at Argos Hotel and one night at Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Daily breakfast and a selection of gourmet experiences, including an exquisite celebrity chef-created dinner, 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, as well as 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 of luxury accommodation at the Parion Hotel and Shangri-La Bosphorus
  • Daily breakfast and a lunch
  • A drive through the Dracian Peninsula, and a ferry crossing of the Dardanelles
  • A tour of Troy and a visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula
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