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Cappadocia's caves, ancient Ephesus and a spectacular arrival in Istanbul.
See the sultan's ornately tiled
quarters in the Green Mosque
and tuck into an exemplary doner
kebab in the Ottoman Empire's
birthplace of Bursa. With Bursa
as its starting point, this nine-day
exploration of Turkey takes in the
immortal city of Troy and spends
two days in Kusadasi, where you'll
explore the enormous ancient
site of Ephesus. Spend three days
in Istanbul to experience major
sights such as the Blue Mosque,
Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and
the lively Grand Bazaar.
Clockwise from top:
Hot-air balloons over
Cappadocia; ancient ruins,
Ephesus; birds circling
the Blue Mosque, Istanbul.
The gnomish landscape of
Cappadocia fans out from your
vantage point in a hot-air balloon
as the golden dawn light breaks
over the "fairy chimneys." After
touchdown and breakfast, tour
Göreme, where 2,000 years of
Christian history are carved into
underground cities and churches.
Visit a traditional potter and
Turkish winery to round out
Arrive in Turkey to views over the
Thracian Plain, along an eminently
historic route. Your luxury train,
featuring carefully restored, richly
crafted 1920s cabins, departs
Paris for Istanbul just once a year,
on a lavish six-day journey with
overnight stays in Budapest and
Bucharest. Make a few quick
stops in Sinaia, Romania and in
Varna on the Black Sea.
Your Virtuoso travel advisor
can arrange these exceptional
experiences and more.