Begin your journey in the city of Istanbul, a city ruled over by the Greeks, Romans, Venetians and finally the Ottomans. The chequered history of the city has left its physical mark on the city, as has its physical location straddling two continents and as the final stop on the legendary Silk Road. The Byzantines left mosaics and frescoes in the churches and palaces, many of which still remain and the Ottomans left a series of magnificently decorated imperial mosques making a diverse and varying city skyline. Head out into the city with an expert guide who can divulge the cities secrets and teach you about its storied history. Explore landmarks including the iconic Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sophia. Enjoy some of the best cuisine that Turkey has to offer, everything from Italian classics to flavoursome mezes and freshly caught fish.
From Istanbul head down to the fairy-tale land of Cappadocia home to honeycombed hills and towering boulders. Here, you’ll stay in a remarkable and unique cave hotel. Explore the stunning Guvercinlik Valley by foot and find the secret evil eye tree. Get up early and discover a whole new perspective as you board a hot air balloon at sunrise and soar above this diverse and beautiful terrain. Few experiences can compare to watching the golden sunrise spilling over the spectacular landscape below you. Drift over fairy tale chimneys, orchards and vineyards all glowing under the early morning sun. Explore 10th to 12th century hewn Rock Cut Churches with a renowned art historian to enlighten you about medieval Byzantine art and history. See a pottery collection that dates back to the Neolithic times that are housed in a huge rock cave. Head out on horses into the red valley and explore this rugged land at your leisure before enjoying local wine upon your return to the ranch.