Itinerary Highlights

  • Explore the old Sultanahmet district of Istanbul
  • Observe the magnificent mosaics of St. Savior in Chora
  • Take a sunset cruise along the Bosphorus
  • Spend three days seeing captivating Cappadocia
  • Bird-watch in the Sultan Marshes
  • Tour Çatalhöyük, a Neolithic UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus, Miletus and Didyma
  • Enjoy tastings at boutique wineries
  • Relax on the beach or take a private boat tour of the Aegean Coast
  • Spend time at the fascinating Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology
  • Tour the astonishingly ornate Dolmabahçe Palace

Follow in Our Footsteps

Editor’s Itinerary

Duration: 17 Days

The beguiling cities and breathtaking landscapes of Turkey make this history-steeped country a destination worth as much time as your schedule allows. As we discovered on our recent visit, this ancient crossroads remains its wonderfully hospitable self, with an ever-increasing array of luxury hotels and world-class restaurants (Michelin recently awarded a constellation of stars in Istanbul).

An ideal first-time itinerary in Turkey would include an exploration of Cappadocia (famous for its surreal rock formations) and a relaxing spell on the Aegean Coast, bookended by stays in cosmopolitan Istanbul. Of course, this recommended routing can be easily customized to your specific preferences, and either expanded or contracted.