Cultural Tours

Stretching across two continents, TĂŒrkiye is a paradise where one can experience the four seasons simultaneously... Whether you favor art, history, archeology or nature, you will feel the joy, the passion and the hope of centuries in TĂŒrkiye. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of shining seas in four directions, TĂŒrkiye generously offers her 8000km of active shores to you for your personal discovery and delight. Because of its geographical location, the mainland, Anatolia, has witnessed the mass migration of people shaping the course of its history. Twenty fascinating civilizations render TĂŒrkiye the heiress to 10,000 years of history. On-going examination continues to unearth ancient secrets and bring them once again into the daylight. These lands stand guard over the mysteries of the past. They are safely locked away in the statues of gods and goddesses, temples, theaters, agoras, churches, mosques, madrasah, palaces and caravanserais. TĂŒrkiye provides the perfect sanctuary for them all. Please come and explore the fascinating history of Asia Minor (Anatolia), today's modern TĂŒrkiye. We have prepared several itineraries and sample programs for you to view. Of course, the options are endless. Please feel free to contact us for programs customized to your individual, corporate or family needs. We are happy to accommodate special requests.

  1. A-Level’s Choice

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport arrival hall, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 02 > Morning departure to visit; ancient Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 03 > Early departure for Gallipoli Peace Park & Troy, overnight in Canakkale.
    • Day 04 > Early departure to Ephesus on route visit; Ayvalik, Acropolis and Asclepion of Pergamon, overnight in Seljuk or Kusadasi.
    • Day 05 > After breakfast depart to visit; Ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, Mother Mary’s House, overnight in Seljuk or Kusadasi.
    • Day 06 > Early departure to Hierapolis/Pamukkale on route visit; Sirince village, Aphrodisias ancient city, after visiting Hierapolis and pools of Pamukkale check into the hotel in Pamukkale for dinner and over night.
    • Day 07 > Departure to Antalya to visit; ancient city of Termessos and ancient harbor, overnight in Antalya.
    • Day 08 > After breakfast depart to visit; Amphi-theater of Aspendos, Ancient city of Side, Manavgat Water falls, overnight in Antalya.
    • Day 09 > Early departures to Cappadocia, on route visit; Konya Mevlana museum, Sultan Han Caravanserai, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 10 > After breakfast depart to visit; Goreme open-air museum, Kaymakli Underground city, Avanos pottery town, Uchisar castle, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 11 > Early departure to Ankara to visit; Mausoleum & Museum of ATATURK, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara Castle, Flee market, overnight in Ankara.
    • Day 12 > Early departure to Bursa to visit; Green Mosque & Green Mausoleum, Green Market, overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 13 > Morning departure to visit; Grand Mosque, Silk Market, Olympos Mountain, Great Tree, overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 14 > Early departure to Istanbul en route visit; Ancient city of Nicea, Camlica Hill, Leander Tower, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 15 > After breakfast depart to enjoy Bosphorus cruise, Spice Market, Chora Church Museum, Suleymaniye Mosque, Turkish Night show, overnight in Istanbul
    • Day 16 > Airport departure.

  2. Magic Triangle

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport arrival hall, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 02 > After breakfast depart to visit; Ancient Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 03 > Early check-out to visit Spice market and cruise between Asai & Europe by the Bosphorus ferry. Afternoon flight to Izmir, overnight in Izmir.
    • Day 04 > After breakfast depart to visit; Ancient city of Ephesus, Temple of Artemis, Basilica of St. John, Mother Mary’s House, overnight in Izmir
    • Day 05 > Flight to Ankara to visit; Mausoleum & Museum of ATATURK, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Ankara Castle, Flee market, and drive to Cappadocia for Overnight.
    • Day 06 > After breakfast depart to visit; Goreme open air museum, Kaymakli Underground city, Avanos pottery town, Uchisar Castle, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 07 > Morning flight to Istanbul to enjoy; Chora Church Museum, Pierre Loti Hill, Turkish Night show, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 08 > Airport departure.

  3. Unexplored North & East

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport arrival hall, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 02 > Early departure to Safranbolu via Bolu, overnight in Safranbolu at 19C original old Ottoman Wooden Houses.
    • Day 03 > Early departure to Samsun, via Kastamonu, on route stop by Kasaba Village, a typical Turkish Moshaph, to visit one of the oldest wooden mosques in TĂŒrkiye, 13th century Mahmutbey Camii. Pass by Taskopru, Boyabat “peddy fields, Gokirmak River)”, overnight in Samsun.
    • Day 04 > Departure to Trabzon, via Ordu, visit an old Church converted into a Theatre in Ordu, and continue to Trabzon, overnight in Trabzon.
    • Day 05 > After breakfast depart to visit; SĂŒmela Monastery, and Hagia Sophia, overnight in Trabzon.
    • Day 06 > After breakfast depart to visit; Uzungol Plateau, trekking in the magnificent nature, overnight in Trabzon.
    • Day 07 > Departure to Erzurum, via Bayburt, overnight and city tour in Erzurum.
    • Day 08 > Departure to Dogubeyazit en route visit; Ancient Armenian capital city Ani, Ishakpasa Palace, overnight in Dogubeyazit.
    • Day 09 > Early departure to Van to visit, old Van and Fortress, overnight in Van
    • Day 10 > Full day Van tour include Mediaeval Tuspa Fortress, Akdamar Island and its church, overnight in Van.
    • Day 11 > After leisurely breakfast departure to Van airport, overnight and free time in Istanbul.
    • Day 12 > After breakfast depart to visit; Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Turkish Night show and overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 13 > Airport Departure

  4. The Aegean & The Mediterranean

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Antalya Airport arrival hall, overnight in Antalya.
    • Day 02 > Full day Antalya tour including, Perge, Aspendos, Side, overnight in Antalya.
    • Day 03 > Early departure for Kas, on route visit Phaselis, Myra, St Nicholas, over night in Kas.
    • Day 04 > Early departure to Fethiye. On route visit; Saklikent, the Rock Tombs of Amynthas, Overnight in Fethiye.
    • Day 05 > Early departure to Marmaris, on route visit; Iztuzu beach, Caretta Caretta’s nests, Dalyan river and Mud bath, overnight in Marmaris.
    • Day 06 > Leisurely day and overnight in Marmaris.
    • Day 07 > Early departure for Ephesus, on route visit; Didyma, Milettus and the house of Blessed Virgin, over night in Kusadasi.
    • Day 08 > Early departure to Hierapolis/Pamukkale, on route visit; St. John’s Basilica, Ephesus, over night in Pamukkale.
    • Day 09 > Departure to Antalya on route visit; Termessos, overnight in Antalya.
    • Day 10 > Airport departure


Adventure Tours

TĂŒrkiye is a land brimming with history, culture and adventure. Take a holiday with a difference. Inject real excitement into your usual sightseeing. Join us for a modern Turkish adventure...Whether you are fascinated by archeological finds...Or, are seeking to indulge in a multitude of outdoor activities...Follow the trail of nomads on horseback through ancient Cappadocia...Trek the lush green countryside of the northern Black Sea region...Take a yacht and scuba dive, soak or bask under the clear blue skies of the Mediterranean Sea...Or, ski the snowy slopes of the Anatolian mountain range...End your days among people noted for their warmth and gentle hospitality...Savor the famed Turkish cuisine by a camp fire under the twinkling stars.

Your trip will be an A-Level’s original.
We provide; specially designed tailor-made programs to suit individual needs with a touch of adventure such as:
Horseback riding in the valleys of beautiful Cappadocia or/and the Black Sea
Yachting along the Mediterranean & Aegean breathtaking coasts
Jeep safaris and rafting in the Koprulu Canyon National Park
Rafting down the Dalaman River
Trekking in the Black Sea region
Living on a working ranch
Scuba diving
Skiing

We ensure A-Class organization and superior facilities at attractive prices. All our tours are accompanied by the highest quality professional guides.
  1. Sporting Lycian Tour

    A package for the truly high-energy outdoor lovers; visit beautiful Lycia set along the famed Turquoise coast. In a country brimming with history, there are few other regions so richly stamped with the footsteps of past civilizations as Lycia. Amidst ancient ruins and Lycian tombs lie the modern charms...an ideal place for a fun-filled trip...for even the most seasoned traveler. For true adventure seekers, a fun-filled outdoor vacation; Trek through Yuvarlak Cay Canyons, thrill through reeds to Iztuzu Beach, raft down a creek and shoot the rapids. Soak all those aching bones in a wonderful mud bath ... experience it all in ancient Lycia.
  2. Black Sea Escapade

    The Black Sea coast of TĂŒrkiye offers a complete contrast to the shores of the Aegean and the Mediterranean. These northern lands are cooler, wetter and greener. The ancient civilizations called the Black Sea the Pontus Euxinus, the Hospital Sea, because of its clement weather. It is indeed a hospitable region with warm, friendly people, often overlooked by tourists. But, for those with a sense of adventure, who long to get off the beaten track, this package will give you a taste of rustic, yet unspoiled village mountain life, a completely different side of TĂŒrkiye. This program can also be converted into a trekking tour.
  3. Anatolian Jeep Safari

    Travel by Jeep across the mystical Anatolia; experience the rugged diversity of nature, culture, history and unfettered beauty of central TĂŒrkiye. Encounter snowcapped mountains. Be mesmerized by the colorful, wildflower-covered highlands. Ride the endless stretches of wheat fields and bedrock glowing in shades of gold and violet. And, be enchanted by the “Whirling Dervishes" of Konya.
  4. In the Footsteps of the Cappadocian Nomads

    A trekking tour of Cappadocia with a difference
 Escape the maddening crowds, trek through primitive villages, scale ancient mountains, discover life in the hidden valleys of long ago. Take off on foot to explore this well-known area on a yet undiscovered route...where few have ventured...meet and mingle with the locals, experience the nomadic life of the "Yoruk's" and the shepherds of Aladaglar, meet the red Mountains head-on, drink Turkish tea freshly brewed with clear spring water, set down your picnic fire and watch the changing hues of this uniquely amazing land formation... slumber in a shepherds tent, awake to the dawn like you've never seen it before.

Cruising on the shores of Anatolia is a privilege...and it is yours to enjoy. You find yourself at the magical point where the blue and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean meet the green pine trees of Taurus Mountains. You remember that you are sailing aboard the world famous Gullets into your perfect, unforgettable holiday.

  1. The Coast of Light

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Antalya Airport arrival hall, and transfer the yacht, which will be moored in  Antalya Setur Marina. Welcome Cocktails aboard. Sail from Antalya to visit the ancient site of Phaselis  and Andriace bay. The ancient harbor of Andriace has a good beach for swimming and sunbathing, dinner and overnight at Andriace Bay. (Myra and Demre are approx. 5 km away)
    • Day 02 > After breakfast visit Demre, Myra and St. Nicholas church. In the evening, sail to Gokkaya bays, islets and inlets backed by rolling marquis hills create a succession of pleasant anchorages. Fresh water spring bubbles up into the sea keeping the water refreshingly cool even in the summer, dinner and overnight in Gokkaya bays.
    • Day 03 > After breakfast cruise to Kekova, an Island as well as the name of an ensemble of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient cities. Earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink below the clear water. Continuing west out of Kekova, arrive at Kas harbor, dinner and overnight in Kas.
    • Day 04 > After breakfast set sail for Oludeniz, one of the most astonishingly beautiful spots to moor along the southern Turkish coast, swim in the crystal clear water on the beach of your dreams lunch on board. In the afternoon, sail to, a rugged, rocky, Island called Gemili, where you can still see the ruins of the ancient city, dinner and overnight in Gemili Island.
    • Day 05 > After breakfast sail to the Gulf of Fethiye, a true paradise for yachtsmen who will find dozens of spots to drop anchor along these rugged coasts, each with its own original charm. In the evening, sail to Gocek Bays for dinner & overnight.
    • Day 06 > After breakfast, begin cruising to one of the unspoiled bays called Ekincik. On the way, enjoy some free time before lunch at Semisce Bay. After lunch at Ekincik, a fisherman's motor boat will take you to explore the Dalyan River. Visit Lycian tombs, hot springs, the mud baths and the ancient port of Caunos. Also see the sights of the Greek temples, Roman Baths and the Byzantine church, before enjoying the scenic views overlooking the valleys of Caunos village, and Turtle beach (Caretta-Caretta) Dinner and Overnight in Ekincik.
    • Day 07 > After breakfast sail to Marmaris Bays, overnight at Marmaris Marina.
    • Day 08 > After breakfast disembark the yacht for return flight with best wishes and fond memories.

  2. A Lycian Dream

    • Day 01 > Meet our representative at the Antalya Airport arrival hall, and transfer the yacht, which will be moored in Antalya Marina. Welcome Cocktails aboard. Sail from Antalya to visit the ancient site of Phaselis.
    • Day 02 > After a leisurely breakfast sail to Ucadalar (three islands) for lunch, to swim and relax. In the evening, we sail to Andriace bay. The ancient harbor of Andriace has a good beach for swimming and sunbathing, dinner and overnight in Andriace Bay. (Myra and Demre are approx. 5 km away)
    • Day 03 > After breakfast visit Demre, Myra and St. Nicholas church, by the evening, sail to Gokkaya harbour, where islets and inlets backed by rolling marquis hills create a succession of pleasant anchorages. A fresh water spring bubbles up into the sea keeping the water refreshingly cool even in the summer, dinner and overnight in Gokkaya.
    • Day 04 > After breakfast move to Kekova, an island as well as the name of an ensemble of picturesque islands, numerous bays and ancient cities. Earthquakes have disturbed the land causing some of the ancient houses to sink below the clear water. Continuing west out of Kekova, arrive at Kas Harbour “ancient Antiphellos” for overnight.
    • Day 05 > After breakfast, sail to a landlocked bay lying through a rocky channel. Ucagiz is a ramshackle little hamlet from a former age. Just east of the hamlet are numerous sarcophagi and a rock tomb by the waters edge. In the evening sail to Karaloz Bay. This miniature fjord is a grand and wild place. The landscape is rugged with scanty marquis on the rocky slopes, the water is crystal clear and the fishing in the vicinity is good.
    • Day 06 > After breakfast at Karaloz bay sail to Porto Ceneviz where huge mountains drop sheer into the sea on either side of the lonely cove to form the coast's most magnificent anchorages.
    • Day 07 > After breakfast move to explore the ruins of Olympos, or swim and relax. Arrive at Antalya Setur Marina in the evening.
    • Day 08 > After breakfast in Setur Marina, disembark the yacht for the airport

  3. Turquoise Waters of Göcek

    • Day 01 > Arrival at Dalaman airport, meet & Greet by our representative. Transfer to “Göcek”. Embarkation on the gulet (These locally crafted sailing vessels are built of pinewood and feature pointed bows and rounded sterns). You’ll be welcomed by the captain and his crew. Leave Göcek Marina for a cove located nearby. Welcome dinner on the gulet and overnight.
    • Day 02 > Breakfast on board. Cruise to ‘Ekincik’ The boat trip from “Ekincik” takes you along a rocky coast with small inlets and craggy headlands covered in pine to the mouth of the “Dalyan River”. You will attend a Jeep tour to the site of ancient “Caunos” on the western side of the river. After having dinner at the local trout breeding restaurant return by Jeep to our Gulet.
    • Day 03 > Cruise for ‘Baba Island’, breakfast on board. Before we continue for the Golf of Fethiye, opportunity to swim in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Depending on weather conditions water sports, swimming and free time for leisure. We will visit two other places today: ‘Hamam Cove’ and ‘Tersane Island’
    • Day 04 > Following the breakfast continue to ÖlĂŒ Deniz”(Dead Sea). In the morning, water sports activities, e.g. water skiing, Jet-ski, banana-boat ride, parasailing and windsurfing. Lunch on board and cruise to “Gemiler Island” - or upon request - water sports activities can be shortened and we can cruise to “Kayaköy” where we can hike for about 3 hrs. Barbeque-dinner in a local restaurant and camp fire.
    • Day 05 > Breakfast on board. Cruise to “Göcek” for disembarkation and Transfer to Dalaman airport

 

Religious Tours

History has been incredibly generous to TĂŒrkiye and, has been vital in the history of the three major religions -- Islam, Christianity and Judaism . TĂŒrkiye is one of only few countries where all three religions have co-existed peacefully for centuries. There are many important sites in TĂŒrkiye of interest to people of all faiths.

  1. Islamic Tolerance Tour

    • Day 01 > Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 02 > Fly to Ankara to visit Haci Bayram Veli Mosque & Tomb, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Mausoleum of Ataturk, overnight in Ankara.
    • Day 03 > Departure for Kayseri on route visit Haci Bektasi Veli’s tomb & Museum, Seljuki Tombs, Grand Mosque & Hunat Hatun Mosque, overnight in Kayseri.
    • Day 04 > Depart to Cappadocia. On the way visit the underground city of Kaymakli. Carpet looms and hand art centers in near by village, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 05 > After breakfast depart to visit; Zelve, Uchisar, Goreme Valley, Avanos. Visit hand made Ceramic, Pottery & onix work shops, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 06 > Depart to Konya via visit Sultanhan Kervansarai. Arrive Konya and visit Mevlana Celaleddini Rumi’s tomb & Museum, overnight in Konya.
    • Day 07 > Departure from hotel for full day city tour including, Inceminare Madrasah, Alaaddin Mosque, Mevlana’s master Sems Tebrizi’s tomb & museum, overnight in Konya.
    • Day 08 > Depart for Pamukkale. Arrive and visit Hierapolis and the hot springs & textile factory, overnight in Pamukkkale.
    • Day 09 > Early departure to Kutahya via Afyon, on route visit Grand Mosque and Akmescit from Seljuki period in Afyon and Grand mosque in Kutahya, overnight in Kutahya.
    • Day 10 > Early departure to Bursa via Sogut where the Ottoman Empire was founded. Visit this little town and continue to Bursa to visit Sultan Osman & Orhan’s tombs, Grand Mosque, overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 11 > After breakfast depart to visit; Green mosque & Green tomb, Sultan Murat mosque, Olympos Mountain for the barbeque & leisure, overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 12 > Early departure to Istanbul via Yalova, visit Camlica hill, Bagdat Street, Spice market upon arrival, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 13 > After breakfast depart to visit; Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Museum of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and The Underground Cistern, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 14 > After breakfast depart to visit; Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace & Grand Bazaar, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 15 > Early departure for Edirne to visit Selimiye Mosque, Eski Moque, Uc Serefeli Mosque, Darussifa, Caravansarai, free time for leisure, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 16 > Transfer to airport.

  2. Biblical Tour

    • Day 01 > Arrive Istanbul and transfer to the hotel, overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 02 > Fly to Ankara to visit Haci Bayram Veli Mosque & Tomb, Anatolian Civilizations Museum, Mausoleum of Ataturk, overnight in Ankara.
    • Day 03 > Early Departure for Cappadocia to visit the underground city of Kaymakli, and Uchisar Castle, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 04 > Optional After breakfast depart to visit; Zelve, Goreme Valley and Avanos, overnight in Cappadocia.
    • Day 05 > Early departure for Adana for panoramic city tour and overnight.
    • Day 06 > Depart to Antakya and visit Antakya Mosaic Museum, St. Peter’s Grotto, Samandag and Harbiye, over night in Adana. Biblical Antioch (Acts 6:5; 1 1:19-30; 13:1-3; 15; 1-2; 22-35)
    • Day 07 > Depart to Konya through Tarsus en route visit St. Paul Gate St. Paul’s Well across from the square where he plied the tentmakers trade Cleopatra’s Gate and Lystra in Tarsus Arrival to Konya and visit Mevlana Museum, overnight in Konya. Tarsus (Acts 9:11-30 ;1 1;25 ;2l :29 ;22:3 ;25:29) which was the home of the young Paul who was born there about the time Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
    • Day 08 > Depart for Pamukkale. Visit Yalvac (Psidia), Laodicia on the way. Arrive to Pamukkale and visit Hierapolis and the hot springs. Overnight in Pamukkkale. Lystra where St. Paul preached several times. Yalvac, Biblical “Antioch of Psidia” (Acts 13:14-52) mentioned in the New Testament. It was here that St. Paul changed the world’s history by opening Christianity to the pagan world. Laodicia, One of the seven churches of the Apocalypse. (Act 3:14-22)
    • Day 09 > Drive to lzmir through Alasehir. Visit Philadelphia and Sardis on route. Arrival to Izmir. Overnight in lzmir. Alasehir, Biblical “Philadelphia” (Act 3:7-13) was the least distinguished of the cities of the seven churches. It was the latest to take on importance as a city and only a few ruins are visible now, the city walls, the Acropolis and the remains of the Cathedral. Sardis, One of the most picturesque areas of the Seven Churches is the site of Sardis, was capital of the Lydian Kingdom in the 6th century BC, housing the temple of Artemis which later became a church, the reconstructed Gymnasium and the remains of the largest synagogue discovered in Asia Minor. Izmir, Biblical “Smyrna” (Act 2:8-11), ancient Agora, ascent to Mount Pagos, once called the crown of city, Alexander the Great’s Castle overlooking the pearl of the Aegean, the city of lzmir.
    • Day 10 > Early departure for Ephesus. Visit the house of The Blessed Virgin. Ephesus and the Church of St. John. Afternoon visit to Miletus. Return and overnight in lzmir. Efes Biblical “Ephesus” (Act 1:1; 2:1-7). Probably, the most impressive archeological site in TĂŒrkiye, veritable cradle of early Christianity. St. Paul lived here, preached here and walked through the marble streets.Miletus, hurrying to get to Jerusalem by Pentecost, St. Paul had chosen to put in at Miletus rather than Ephesus because, although he wanted to see the elders of the congregation there, he did not want to spend a lot of time in Asia.
    • Day 11 > Drive to Pergamum via Akhisar. Visit Thyatria in Akhisar, Acropolis and Asclepion in Pergamum. Depart Pergamum for Canakkale. Visit Assos and Alexandria Troas en route. Overnight in Canakkale. Akhisar, Biblical “Thyratria” (Act 2:18-29) another one of the seven churches, remains of the Basilica and some archeological ruins dating back to the Roman period Bergama, Pergamum (Act 2:12-17) The capital of the Roman province of Asia, the great center of culture and commerce and the home of artists, sculptures and scientists Pergamon possesses the ruins of Asclepieum, the sanctuary dedicated to the god of medicine, Asclepius, the circular temple of Telesphorus, the impressive theatre, the celebrated library which once held 200,000 volumes (which later were given to Cleopatra by Mark Anthony), numerous monuments, Sanctuary of Athena, Temples of Trajan and Dionysus, the monumental altar of Zeus, agoras, gymnasiums, gates and walls that give the visitors a vision of how great a city it had been. ALEXANDRIA TROAS, Paul visited Alexandria Troas at least twice: The first was when he and Timothy had wanted to go to in to Bthynia but had been prevented by the Holy Spirit instead they skirted Mysia and reached Troas where during the night Paul saw a vision of a Macodonian asking him to come and help him. (Act 16:7-10) Probably Luke joined them here from this point. In Acts the story is in the first person plural, “we." Rather than spending much time in Troas, they found a ship quickly and sailed first to Samothrace and then went on to Neapolis and Philippi.ASSOS, In Paul’s third Journey he went by land from Alexandria Troas to Assos. Luke and the others took the ship and they met in Assos. (Act 20:13-14)
    • Day 12 > CANAKKALE / ISTANBUL Visit Troy in Canakkale. Drive to Istanbul. Visit Galata Tower in Istanbul. Overnight in Istanbul. TRUVA (TROY), Its association with the poet Homer and the “Trojan War” makes this site a place of tourist attraction. Excavations made in the area have revealed nine levels of occupation dating from the end of Chalcollthic to the Roman period, which extends over 400 years. Here you can see the pillar house and the ruins of the fortifications of Troy VI and the towers of Troy II. In the site there is a small but interesting museum.
    • Day 13 > ISTANBUL City tour in Istanbul including Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Museum of Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and The Underground Cistern.
    • Day 14 > ISTANBUL Visit Chore Church and Archeological Museum. Afternoon visit to the Grand Bazaar.
    • Day 15 > ISTANBUL Transfer to airport.

  3. Jewish Heritage Tour

    • Day 01 > Upon arrival at Istanbul AtatĂŒrk Airport transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul .
    • Day 02 > Visit Galata , when Sephardic Jews in Spain and Portugal were expelled by Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492, Bayazid II invited them to live in the Ottoman Empire and they widely settled in Galata, Galata Tower , the most prominent landmark of Istanbul and one of the most historic monuments in the city, Zulfaris Synagogue Jewish Museum, there is evidence that this synagogue existed in 1671. However the actual building was re-erected over its original foundations presumably in the early 19th Century, the 106 year-old Balat Jewish Hospital, Or - Ahayim , during its short life it witnessed the Balkan War, both Great Wars, and Turkish War of Independence, the largest Synagogue of TĂŒrkiye, Neve Shalom Synagogue , Ulus Jewish Cemetery , Ahrinda Synagogue , in the Balat area which dates back from middle 15 th century, Etz- Ahayim Synagogue in Ortaköy. Overnight in Istanbul. The oldest and the biggest mall in the world is the Grand Bazaar. There are roughly 5,500 shops and 18 streets in this lovely indoor maze. (Closed on Sundays)
    • Day 03 > Visit, Roman Hippodrome, built in the 2nd century AD by Septimus Severus, extended to its colossal dimension by Constantine the Great. Today it is adorned with some fine historic monuments such as; Egyptian Obelisk, Serpentine Column, German Fountain, etc. Blue Mosque built between the years of 1609 and 1616 by Sultan Ahmet I. Because of the 20,000 hand made blue Iznik tiles that decorate its interior, it is known through out the world as ' the blue mosque' Hagia Sophia built by Justinian the Great in the 6th cent. C.E. is a work of art. Today it is regarded as one of the seven wonders of the modern world. One of the biggest and oldest churches in the world is a museum since 1934. (Closed on Mondays) Topkapi Palace , the great palace built in 1479, a maze of buildings, was at the center of the Ottoman Empire where the Sultans and their court lived, ruled, and governed for hundreds of years. (Closed on Tuesdays) Nakkas, Art and Handicrafts' Center for oriental hand made Turkish Rugs and Iznik Tiles. Overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 04 > Early departure to Canakkale. Drive through scenic towns, valleys, fields on the way
 visit Peace Park in Gallipoli. For Turks, Gallipoli is a proud place for it marks the rise to prominence of a gutsy lieutenant- colonel named Mustafa Kemal (better known as AtatĂŒrk) and a turning point in the creation of their sovereign republic. Cross Dardanelles by ferry for Çanakkale . Çanakkale today, is a quiet fishing town and tourist center, and the attractions are mere footnote to the battle grounds were the action really happened. Overnight in Çanakkale.
    • Day 05 > Early Departure to Izmir. On the way visit Priam's Troy ; until 1871, when Henrich Schliemann decided to go dig for buried treasure finding was about as likely as finding Atlantis. Continue to Pergamon ; dominating the summit of a hill almost 1,000 feet high, the Acropolis provides a humbling view of the surrounding plains, aqueducts, and reservoir below. The ancient medical center, Asklepion , built in honor of Asklepios, the god of healing, was also the world's first psychiatric hospital. Overnight in Izmir.
    • Day 06 > Nurtured by the liberal policies of tolerance practiced by the Ottomans, by the 15 th century Izmir became a flourishing center of commerce, although there was hardly a Turk in sight. Asansör Quarter is named after the 19 th century passenger elevator installed to provide access between the upper and lower levels of this hilly neighborhood. Bet Israel, the best preserved synagogue in Izmir. Then drive to Sardis to visit remaining the earliest Synagogue built in Asia Minor. Overnight in Izmir.
    • Day 07 > The rise and fall of Selçuk/Ephesus was directly related to the ebbs and flows of the sea. The wealth of archaeological findings from the ancient city of Ephesus makes Ephesus Museum one of the most important. In a marshy basin just on the outskirts of town are the pitiful remains of yet another plundered Wonder of the Ancient World, the Temple of Diana. One of the highlights of any visit to TĂŒrkiye, Ephesus is one of the best-preserved ancient cities on the Mediterranean. This area is pretty famous for its high quality leather products and village carpets. Visit one of the complexes of leather and rugs. Overnight in Izmir.
    • Day 08 > Early departure to Bursa a thriving industrial and agricultural center
 None of these modern day attractions diminish the importance of Bursa as a major historical center, which reached its heyday in the 14 th century, when the Ottoman Empire was still a twinkle in Orhan's eye. On arrival to Bursa visit ‘Cumalıkızık' village, the earliest Ottoman village which still keeps its character. Overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 09 > Visit 19 th century Gerush Synagogue, the Great Mosque, when building was erected in 1396, architects were just beginning to dabble in the problem of covering large spaces with small domes. Commanding a hill side terrace above the city, the Green Mosque takes its name form the color of the green tiles in the interior. Selçuk influenced Green Tomb, representing one of the noblest of its era, has become the symbol of Bursa. Koza Han, meaning ‘Cocoon Inn', this caravanserai was built in 1490 by Bayazid II to raise funds for his mosque in Istanbul. The inn provided a place for the merchants to trade the last of their goods, as this was the final stop on the Silk Road from China. The lovely park attracts local tourists as much for its tea gardens and stunning views as for tombs of the two founders of the Ottoman Empire Osman and Orhan. Overnight in Bursa.
    • Day 10 > Visit Asian side of Istanbul. This side is a quiet and predominantly upper-class residential area interspersed with stammering of architecturally notable mosques and synagogues. The tree-lined shopping section Bağdat Avenue attracts a local clientele, and just up the hill Çamlıca is an incomparable view of the Bosphorus. Overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 11 > Today's activities are centered on the glorious Bosphorus Strait. But first visit the exotic Spice Market. Built in 1664 as part of the New Mosque complex, it has always been associated with the sale of spices, though today there is much more for sale. Leaving the market take to the water. Sailing along the Bosphorus enables visitors to see the shores lined with handsome buildings; wooden waterside villas known as Yalı, graceful Mosques, 19th century palaces and a lot more. After sailing for about an hour, disembark in Sarıyer, a former fishing town located at the farthest of the Bosphorus Strait. There meet the driver and head back towards the city. Next stop is the Sadberk Hanım Museum, the first private museum in TĂŒrkiye, boasting priceless artifacts dating back as far as 8,000 B.C.E. At night enjoy famous Turkish Night Show with dinner at one of the reputable night clubs. During the show, belly and folk dancers, and singers will make the night unforgettable. Overnight in Istanbul.
    • Day 12 > Airport departure

 

Culinary Tours

For most travelers, cuisine is understandably one of the highlights of traveling. A-Level offers several culinary tours, and we will gladly customize a program to suit your unique level of culinary interest and proficiency. The Turkish Cuisine belongs to the league of great cuisines of world and is known to be the most nutritiously-balanced cuisine. If you are ready to experience thousands of years old recipes and tastes you are most welcome. In addition to culinary demonstrations and hands-on cooking classes, you'll also have the opportunity to:

Visit private kitchens
Experience authentic "local-style" and gourmet dining
Visit colorful local markets
Shop for cooking utensils and ingredients
Private and small-group cooking classes and demonstrations
Enjoy touring of the main highlights of each region - all with emphasis on regional culinary specialties and traditions

  1. Istanbul Gourmet Tour

    • Day 01 > After meeting at the airport, transfer to the hotel along the coast. Check-in to the hotel and relax Upon Request; Transfer by Old-timers [e.g. Chevrolet, Plymouth, De Soto, Chrysler or similar, 3 to 4 people per vehicle either without or with very few luggage Departure from the hotel for a special Ocakbasi Restaurant Ocakbasi means “by the grill”. These restaurants are strictly meat grill restaurants where the guests take place around the grill and enjoy the fresh grilled meat/vegetable right on spot directly from the chef. (Since the capacity of the grill is not, always, enough to seat all of the group participants some guests will be seated at the tables). Together with delicious grilled kebabs we will also taste a variety of the meze’s. These are different types of cheese, vegetables and other starters.
    • Day 02 > Departure from the hotel to Zanussi “Culinary Arts Academy” which is under the supervision of one of the best chefs in Turkey and not only appeal to professionals but also to those amateurs who take cooking seriously. One of the best chefs and specialists in food and beverage sector, who has worked for long years in hotels and gastronomy departments, will also take place with us. In the end we will have, all together, our lunch in the kitchen and of course the main subject of our conversions will be “gastronomy!” A selected Turkish wine will also be served. After lunch, we will drive to Sadberk Hanim Museum, visit this 19th Century Mansion which is converted into a beautiful Ethnographic and Archaeological Museum with exclusive ceramic and jewellery exhibition. On the way back, a tea-break in ORTAKOY, one of the most popular quarters [with restaurants, bars, and sidewalk cafĂ©s] a former fishermen village, located on the Bosphorus. Return to the Hotel. Departure from the hotel for dinner at Giritli Restaurant. Giritli located in the historical peninsula, an old Konak (wooden house), is a great choice especially for the delicious Turkish-Aegean vegetable dishes.
    • Day 03 > Departure from the hotel to visit; Hagia Sophia,Blue Mosque, ancient Roman Hippodrome, Underground Cistern Lunch at Zeyrekhane Restaurant. In the afternoon stroll down on the GRANDE RUE DE PERA, today’s Istiklal Caddesi, famous Fish Market with “Cicek Pasaji” (Flower Passage) In the end of the tour have some drinks in “Algerian Street” Return back to the hotel. Departure from the hotel for dinner to the pier for the embarkation on a local boat (especially to avoid the traffic jam) Transfer across the Bosphorus. Disembarkation from the boat at one of the most elegant fish restaurant of Bosphorus strait. The Kordon Restaurant is located on the Asian shore of the Bosphorus. The breathtaking view over the Bosphorus, intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge, and the European side of Istanbul will accompany you during your dinner. Return to your hotel over the bridge.
    • Day 04 > We are departing early from the hotel to historical Armada Hotel for traditional Turkish breakfast. After breakfast free time in the unique Grand Bazaar. By noon drive to the Feriye Restaurant Feriye is located on the Bosphorus and under the supervision of an excellent international chef Mr. Vedat Basaran offers specialties from the Turkish-Ottoman Cuisine, culinary demonstration followed by degustation and recipes from the chief chef out of the cook books from the 12th century and comparative narration of the two different eras. After lunch take the private boat for the dreamlike Bosphorus Cruise. Enjoy the magnificent view of Ottoman Dynasty Royal Palaces, historical fortress and hundreds of wooden mansions named “Yali” Wine tasting on the boat with the participation of the president of “Wine Lovers Association”. Upon Request a corner of  the boat can be decorated with: Turkish coffee corner with stools, large round copper tray tables, Turkish coffee, Water pipes and a coffee girl dressed with an oriental costume. Disembarkation and return to the hotel Departure from the hotel for the farewell dinner in TUGRA Restaurant located in Ciragan Palace Kempinski. The Restaurant has a unique view of the Bosporus with a world wide famous Cuisine and highest quality of service. Certainly the best of all is the variety of the food which is all translated from old original Ottoman documents. Here you will experience a touch of real Ottoman – Turkish cuisine.
    • Day 05 > Breakfast at the Hotel / Free time at leisure Check-out (until 12.00) Transfer to the airport

Inside Shopping Tours

Shopping can be a highly experiential way of traveling a way to find evocative, one-of-a-kind items, meet local craftspeople, and discover an authentic window into another culture's history, traditions, techniques and aesthetics. All of our tours can be customized to include personalized shopping excursions as part of the private cultural touring. All shopping excursions are tailored to the needs and interests of each traveler. We offer:

Highly personalized shopping customized to the interests of individual travelers
Insider access to off-the-beaten-track sources and specialists dealing in authentic goods of the highest quality
Sophisticated, expert advice from A-Level consultants - discerning shoppers and collectors   themselves who maintain an extensive network of designers, dealers, craftspeople, artisanal, food producers  and other specialists, as well as local boutiques, specialty shops, galleries, wineries and more
Private specialist guides to bridge cultures and languages
Full-service logistical assistance such as packing and shipping from point of purchase to travelers'  homes