Your adventure through Turkey begins in Istanbul—the gateway between the East and the West and a city with Greek, Roman, and Venetian heritage (along with Ottoman, of course).u003c/pu003enu003cpu003eThe legacy of the latter is perhaps most visible in the imperial mosques that jostle amid the skyline, and you’ll explore these alongside an expert guide who will illuminate the legacies of past rulers. See the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia, among other iconic landmarks. Afterward explore the city’s incredible cuisine, such as delicious mezes and fresh seafood.
From Istanbul travel inland to the honeycomb sandstone hills and ‘fairy tower’ rock formations of Cappadocia. You’ll stay in an atmospheric hotel built into the ancient cave dwellings that characterize the region.
Hike to the Guvercinlik Valley and find the secret evil eye tree. Join the parade of balloons at sunrise as you board your own to see this romantic landscape of fairy towers and orchards from above in the golden hour light.
See medieval rock-hewn churches accompanied by an expert in medieval Byzantine art and history. Tour a collection of pottery that dates back to the Neolithic era, displayed, suitably enough, in a huge cave. Ride horses into the Red Valley for an exploration at your own pace before returning to the ranch for a tasting of the local wine.