Splendors of Istanbul and Turkey
and The Lost City of Petra
An Ultra Deluxe 14-Day Private Tour of Turkey and Petra
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Come with us to tour the heartland of Anatolia, meet Turkey’s real people, see how they live, share meals with them, and go beyond what the average tour promises. We’ll meet artisans and learn their crafts, hike through striking landscapes, and explore the deep history, art, culture and society of biblical Cappadocia, the treasures of Istanbul, Ephesus and more. Petra: Famous the world over for their Bedouin ethic of hospitality, Jordan is a gem of the middle east that delights and surprises. Jordan offers the traveler a piece of living history that they can walk through and experience. While the evidence of Jordan’s colorful history tantalizes the traveler, it is closer to you than you would think if the only images you have seen of Jordan are in films. Compare with the 21-Day Version. Combine with Petra and Jerusalem.
Daily Departures. April – Oct. Some tourist sites are closed on different days of the week. Visits in Istanbul may be moved around to accommodate your dates and the sites “open” hours.
DAY 1: WELCOME TO ISTANBUL! Daily: April – Oct!
Our local rep. meets your flight at Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport and escort you to your hotel located in the heart of the city’s historic district.
DAY 2: ISTANBUL’S TOP SIGHTS (BL)
Today we explore Istanbul’s top sights, including the imperial palace of Topkapi, with its sumptuous 500-room Harem (Ticket included), ruled by the second most powerful person in the vast Ottoman Empire: the Valide Sultan (Queen Mother). A short walk takes us to the Byzantine Hippodrome and, beneath it, the eerie Sunken Palace cistern. Finally, we dive into the Grand Bazaar, the world’s oldest “shopping mall,” to look for treasures in its 4000 shops, guided walking afternoon tour of this charming ancient world. Lunch is included in a charming local restaurant with bottled water).
DAY 3: Belle Epoque – ISTANBUL! (BL)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning walking tour: We start with our guide in Karaköy where the Venetian and other earlier foreign bankers and shipping companies set shop and had their headquarters (this is a walk back in time to the Renaissance period), then take the Tünel up to istiklal Caddesi; stop in the whirling dervish tekke, and walk past the various old palatial and historical embassy buildings (now consulates), and point out the charming architecture. Stop for tea (included) at the famous Pera Palace Hotel. Walk at least as far as Galatasaray Square, and have lunch (included) in the Çicek Pasaji (Flower Passage), bottled water is always included with your lunches and dinners on this tour; then walk up to Taksim Square and be picked up for the afternoon tour. In the afternoon we enjoy the “Mehter” Ottoman Military Band Concert. “Mehter,” or Ottoman Imperial Musical band – think about this as a movie set from the 18th century with the band dressed up in 18th and 19th-century Ottoman costume. By late-afternoon, board your private air-conditioned vehicle with your private guide and head back to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 4: ISTANBUL to CAPPADOCIA (BD)
We fly to Kayseri (business class for the domestic flights within Turkey) for an adventure into fabled Cappadocia. This is a journey back into time. Here, you’ll settle in at one of the deluxe cave style hotels (Or more contemporary ones based on your preference). Cave Suites or Gamirasu Cave Hotel.
In the afternoon, we explore the foremost sights in this historic, visually striking region. Our first stop is the Göreme Open Air Museum, with its dozens of ancient cave-churches carved from the soft volcanic stone. Many still contain their beautiful colored fresco decoration. Next we explore the monastic valley of Zelve, where whole monasteries were carved into the rock. In the Pasabag and Dervent valleys we view the “fairy chimneys,” pinnacles of volcanic rock formed by wind and water erosion over millennia. We enjoy a panorama of the Red and Rose Valleys before we head back for our hotel where dinner is included this evening ( bottled water included) . Transfers are always with a Private air-conditioned vehicle and a private chauffeur.
DAY 5: EXPLORING CAPPADOCIA – WHITE VALLEY (BL)
Today we explore the foremost sights in this historic, visually striking region and continue our explorations of Cappadocia with a visit to the natural rock hewn citadel of Uçhisar, one of the highest points in Cappadocia, and the nearby Pigeon Valley. Then we explore the lunar landscape of the White Valley to see its spectacular rock pillars, fairy chimneys, tunnels, caves and passages, after the tour we drive through the typical Cappadocian towns of Ürgüp and Ortahisar to experience daily life in this rich farming region, and perhaps to do some shopping, lunch is included enroute with bottled water, then we make the short drive to Avanos, a traditional pottery-making town, to visit its innovative “cave cultural center”. The staff and students welcome us to enjoy Turkish tea and sweet cakes. We return to your hotel for a good night’s rest. Private air conditioned vehicle – Private chauffeur – Private guide.
DAY 6: CANYONS – LABYRINTHS (BD)
We drive across the rolling steppe of Central Anatolia to the dramatic canyon of Ihlara, filled with historic churches. A leisurely walk takes us through this dramatic scenery and past a dozen churches to the villages of Belisirma and Selime. Following our canyon walk, we drive to the town of Derinkuyu and descend into an underground labyrinth carved thousands of years ago. Hundreds of cave-rooms and passageways descend eight levels into the earth. Store-rooms, kitchens, larders, and churches show that this “underground city” was capable of housing thousands of people when danger threatened. On our way back we stop at the striking Agzikarahan Caravansaray, built by the Seljuk Turks in the 11th century as a way-station for the rich camel caravans plying the Silk Route between Europe and Asia.
In the evening we visit an underground restaurant for a traditional Turkish folklore show, with dances and costumes from several regions rich in folklore, including Gaziantep, the Mediterranean, and the Black Sea. The mysterious and alluring art of belly-dancing, round out this enjoyable evening of traditional Turkish dance.
DAY 7: Kayseri/ IZMIR / Kusadasi (B)
We fly to Izmir via Istanbul (business class for the domestic flights within Turkey), from Izmir Airport we drive to Kusadasi and your hotel where dinner is included this evening. Afternoon at leisure.
DAY 8: EPHESUS – KUSADASI (BL)
In the morning light. Then it’s off to biblical Ephesus to see the Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, who came here with the Virgin Mary. Passing the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, we reach Ephesus, the most impressive ancient city on the Mediterranean. Your tour includes the Terraced Houses. After our tour we continue to the hilltop House of the Virgin Mary, said to be her last home on earth.
Sirince Village Tour is included in the afternoon. This old Orthodox Village, 30 kilometers from Kusadasi, was once “Cirkince” (ugly). Indeed its inhabitants gave this name on the purpose as they did not want to be bothered by foreigners nor to share the beauty of their village. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly and called it “Sirince” (pretty). Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish-Greek culture as of the 1920’s; after the Turkish Independence War, people exchange between Greek and Turks has occurred and all the typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. At Sirince Village you will have chance of seeing the local life at a village and purchasing some small local souvenirs and handicrafts. The village is also famous for its local grape and other fruit wines. During the lunch, mingle with the local people of the village as you will be a guest in their village for a simple cup of traditional Turkish coffee at the main coffee house of the village. Depending on the number of guests, a gypsy woman may read your fortune after you finish your coffee. We spend the night again in the Aegean resort of Kusadasi.
DAY 9: Kusadasi (BLD)
Breakfast and lunch are included at the hotel. Full day at leisure to explore on your own, or ask us for available optional tours. Dinner is included at a charming local restaurant with folk music.
DAY 10: Izmir – Istanbul – Amman (B)
After breakfast, you will have morning at leisure. We will arrange for a late check-out in time for the afternoon flight to Istanbul and onward to Amman. When you check-in at the airport you check your luggage all the way to Amman. Drive to Izmir Airport to board your flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, please proceed on your own and follow the signs to check-in and board your connecting flight to Amman. Bon Voyage.
|Sample flights: SUBJECT TO CHANGE without notice:|
|Istanbul-Amman||TK 812||20.45-23.55||Business Class|
Air fare is included back to Istanbul in Business class with tax included connecting onward to Amman in business class. Flights are always subject to change even on a last minute basis. Amman, Petra and while in Jordan, for your convenience: Wi-Fi internet access and mineral water with soft drinks are available in Jordan on board of all the vehicle for our VIP guests.
Please secure your Jordanian visa from the Jordanian Consulate nearest you. Upon arrival, our local rep. will meet you after you clear formalities and proceed to the Four Seasons Hotel Amman: Superior Room.
DAY 11: PETRA (BLD)
Breakfast is always included daily at the hotel. Your private guide will always escort you throughout the Petra trip. We drive south along the King’s Highway, an ancient caravan route all the way to Petra Madaba Church and Moses Lookout. We drive to Madaba to visit the church containing the oldest known map of Palestine and the Holy Land. Continuing to Mount Nebo, we enjoy the panoramic view of the Promised Land the way Moses saw it for the first time: Moses observation point or lookout. Lunch is included en-route with bottled water, tea/coffee are included at Hikayet Sitti Restaurant or similar.
Delicious Jordanian home cooking: In the midst of the beautiful City of Madaba and its narrow streets, a cozy house has been restored to a beautiful restaurant. Jordanian food at its best – home cooking in a Jordanian home turned into a restaurant. Not far from the church that has the mosaic floor. The restaurant offers, as well, an outdoor patio. True warm hospitality! Bottled water is included with all your lunches and dinners on this tour.
Petra, the stunning desert city hewn by the Nabateans from solid cliffs of pink and violet sandstone. Petra was known in the bible as Sela, and rediscovered only in 1812. You’ll feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark as you penetrate into the city through a narrow sandstone gorge, the Siq, and wander among the Temple of the Winged Lion, tombs, Roman theater, and the imposing Treasury. Horse Ride is included in Petra. If you prefer, you may walk if you wish.
Petra has a lot to tell. The visit starts at the visitor’s center, where each person is assigned a Bedouin guided horse for the journey to the entrance of the lost city. After passing some tombs, which are located outside the city, the visitor passes through the SIQ, an immense crack in the Nubian sandstone. It is a winding, one-kilometer-long fissure between overhanging cliffs that seem to meet more than 300 feet overhead.
Near the end of the passage, the SIQ, with great style, makes one last turn and out of the gloom in towering brightness appears Petra’s most impressive monument, el Khazneh – The Treasury. This is one of the most elegant remains of antiquity, carved out of the solid rock from the side of the mountain, is nearly 140 feet high and 90 feet wide.
Beyond el Khazneh the visitor is surrounded on both sides by hundreds of Petra’s carved and built structures, soaring temples, elaborate royal tombs, a carved Roman theater, large and small houses, burial chambers and much more. The Victorian traveler and poet, Dean Burgon, gave Petra a description which holds to this day – “Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.” After that, we will return to the hotel to get prepared for a special dinner. In the evening we will call on you for a unique experience:
Dine as a local:
The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of our chef.
Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza (appetizers) and salads, and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will have get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine of the Levant.
The Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward well-earned. Great care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens, all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.
Tour experience tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.
Hotel: Movenpick Petra: Junior Suite.
DAY 12: Sunrise Over the Dunes – Wadi Rum – The Dead Sea (BL)
Please set your wake up call with the hotel operator. Your guide will reconfirm the exact time. May we suggest a very early morning breakfast to allow you to head out and watch the sunrise over the Sahara. We board a four-wheel-drive vehicle Jeep Tour for an expedition to Wadi Rum, the “Valley of the Moon” where T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) organized Arab resistance to Ottoman rule during World War I. After our visit, we head off north to the Dead Sea and your hotel resort. Deluxe: Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea (Ishtar Superior room). Lunch is included en-route as we head out to the Dead Sea in the afternoon to really allow you time to get to the Dead Sea and Kempinski early as to enjoy the Dead Sea views, the sunset, the hotel spas, luxurious facilities and maybe a swim.
DAY 13: JERASH (BL)
We head back north for Jerash, among the best-preserved Roman cities in the world, to tour its temples, theaters, churches and colonnaded streets. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. Return to the Kempinski Dead Sea.
DAY 14: Amman Airport
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then it is off to Amman Airport. Transfers are as always on a private basis. Bon Voyage.
|Rates per person in USD $ – Minimum 6 Guests:|
|Five Star Hotels||Deluxe Five Star Hotels using
Four Seasons? Hotel Sultanahmet
|Rates per person in USD $ – Minimum 4 Guests:|
|Five Star Hotels||Deluxe Five Star Hotels using
Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet
|Rates per person in USD $ – Minimum 2 Guests:|
|Five Star Hotels||Deluxe Five Star Hotels using
Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES:
- Comprehensive sightseeing by private air-conditioned sedan/ mini coach /vehicle, with a private chauffeur, and private professional licensed guide as listed. This is a private tour, if you wish to change, amend, delete or add any site/tour, we are happy to custom tailor this tour.
- Domestic airfares, within Turkey and between Turkey and Amman in business class with tax included
- All admissions and museum fees
- All transfers in Turkey and Jordan are ALWAYS on a private basis, private air-conditioned sedan, with a private chauffeur, and private professional licensed guide
- Hotel accommodation as listed based on the category of your choice, for example, deluxe properties such as Hyatt, Conrad or an Ottoman Mansion style boutique hotels in Istanbul based on your preference. For Cappadocia we will be happy to book a Cave-Style hotel based on your preference and availability at the time you book with us.
- Table d’hote (set-menu) meals as indicated in the tour itinerary: cB = continental breakfast; L = set-menu lunch; D = set-menu dinner. One large bottled water for each guest with each lunch and dinner meal.
- Visa for Jordan, issued upon arrival, rules are subject to change without notice.
Rate doesn’t include:
- Visa Fee for Turkey: (procure yours online in advance of travel at www.evisa.gov.tr/en/)
- International air fare from/to your home country.
- Trip/travel insurance
- Tips to escorts, drivers, hotel and restaurant staff.
General Sample of best available 5 Star Hotel Listing in Turkey (or similar):
- Istanbul: The famous Istanbul Hilton, the deluxe Gezi Bosphorus Hotel, Conrad Hotel, Hyatt Hotel, Inter.Continental or similar. If you prefer a boutique style Ottoman Mansion Hotel, please let’s know in advance. Sample: Blue House, Arena, Yesil Ev, Sultanahmet Sarayi, Sultanhan or similar
- Kusadasi: Korumar Hotel or similar
- Pamukkale: Colassae Hotel or similar
- Antalya: Talya Hotel or similar
- Konya: Riixos Hotel or similar
- Cappadocia: Museum Hotel, Cave Suites hotel, Kapadokya Lodge or similar
Sample hotels used in Jordan for this tour
These hotels are used for both categories
Your every wish is our command
Experience the lavish lifestyle at the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea. Indulge in true luxury at the lowest point on Earth with the finest facilities and services?. In a region unlike any other, hidden away for centuries in the cradle of time and at 400 meters below sea level, where nature and history have so wonderfully conspired, is the Kempinski Hotel Ishtar.
Set atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills is Four Seasons Hotel Amman, a majestic luxury hotel with large rooms, modern amenities and unparalleled service that set a new standard of quality and excellence.
Movenpick Resort Petra
Five Star Resort in Petra, Jordan
The Movenpick Resort Petra is located directly at the entrance to the historic Jordanian city of Petra. This resort with an oriental flair features an exciting combination of natural stone, handcrafted wood and Middle Eastern fabrics and textures. With 183 newly renovated rooms and suites and a wide variety of restaurants for your culinary cravings, the Movenpick Resort Petra will certainly provide long lasting memories. Enjoy your time spent in one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations.