Ionian column at
Wild cyclamen at Phaselis
This 14-day small-group
tour by Argeus
Travel & Events begins
in Istanbul and
Ankara, Antalya, Şirince and Pamukkale,
as well as biblical Cappadocia,
and the ancient cities of Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Didyma, Hierapolis,
Perge, Aspendos and Phaselis. The price includes a one-hour hot-air balloon flight over the moonscape of Cappadocia.
Really, you see all
the high points of Turkey in only two weeks.
The touring party is limited
to 10 travelers—more
like a group of friends than
a "tour group." Enough fellow travel
enthusiasts to promote camaraderie,
not enough to bog you down.
The boutique hotels you'll
stay in are among my favorites:
small, charming, historic,
located. You benefit from Argeus's
ability to reserve rooms in these choice
places even at preferred travel
May, early June, September and early October are the best times to
travel in Turkey. Here are departure dates for 2018 (all Sundays):
(Departures on other dates are possible;
rates vary depending on the number
of persons in the group.)
is about $313 per person per day, all in, a very reasonable
rate for this high-quality tour. (See
below for details.) Argeus's high-quality tours offer excellent
value for money, but to realize this you
need to know how
to judge tours. Please read
Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul
Transfer to your hotel.
Wander and browse
until the evening cocktail reception and briefing by your guide. (D)
Day 2: Istanbul
Palace & Harem, Rüstem
Pasha Mosque, Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar, Grand
Day 3: Istanbul
Church Museum. (BLD)
4: Istanbul & Kuşadası
then drive to Kuşadası and
the La Vista Hotel. (BLD)
Day 5: Ephesus
of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus,
John's Basilica, Temple
of Artemis, İsa Bey Mosque. (BLD)
Day 6: Priene, Miletus & Didyma
Priene, Miletus, Didyma. (BLD)
Day 7: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale
Hierapolis, Pamukkale. Richmond
Thermal Hotel Pamukkale. (BLD)
Day 8: Phaselis & Antalya
Museum, and the Tuvana Hotel. (BLD)
Day 9: Perge & Aspendos
afternoon at leisure (Lara Beach). (BLD)
Day 10: Antalya & Konya
Drive to Sagalassos, Beyşehir and Konya, Mevlana
tomb of Rumi. Hich Hotel Konya. (BLD)
Day 11: Silk Road, Ihlara
Road, Sultanhan, Cappadocia,
Valley, Kale Konak boutique hotel
with cave rooms. (BLD)
Day 12: Cappadocia
Hot-air balloon flight, Cappadocia, Dervent
Open Air Museum, Paşabağı
Fairy Chimneys Valley, Avanos, Göreme Open
Air Museum, Uçhisar. (BLD)
Day 13: Cappadocia
Valleys, Taşkınpaşa, Mustafapaşa (ancient
City at Kaymaklı. (BLD)
Day 14: Flight to Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul. Extend your stay in the city of the sultans if you wish. (B) Read on:
the full, detailed itinerary.
You may wish to stay several more
days in Cappadocia (optional, at extra
cost), perhaps to take a hot-air
balloon flight, to hike in
the lovely valleys, sample ithe region's wines,
or explore the local markets.
If so, they can arrange additional hotel
nights, a guide, car-and-driver, rental
car, or any other activities you might
desire. Just let them know.
If you wish, they'll be happy to arrange
additional nights at your hotel in Istanbul
(optional, at extra cost) so you can
shopping or see even more
of the imperial city, perhaps the Great
Palace Mosaic Museum,
or the Archeological
Museums, or the Museum
of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
For more information, the full itinerary, and availability,
Argeus. When you do,
TTP. Here's why.
—by Tom Brosnahan
The Sultan Ahmet (Blue) Mosque,
Moonscape of Cappadocia.
Tetrapylon gate, Aphrodisias.
Mountain scenery on the
drive from Antalya to Konya.
Tomb of Rumi in Mevlana Museum, Konya.
Argeus Travel & Events staff.
The Great Theater, Ephesus.