From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats


Istanbul, Izmir

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Istanbul
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Izmir
  • Private Tour of Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia with an English-Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Tour of the Rooftops of Istanbul English-speaking licensed Guide
  • Private Full Day Tour of Ephesus with an English-Speaking Licensed Guide
  • Private Day Full-day tour of Pergamon, Acropolis and Asclepion
  • Airfare from Istanbul to Izmir
  • Airfare from Izmir to Istanbul
  • All Transfers and Luggage Handling within Turkey
  • All Transportation is Provided by Deluxe Air-Conditioned Private Vehicle
  • Breakfast Daily
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel




Welcome to Istanbul, a vibrant capital that perfectly blends East and West, creating a captivating mosaic of diverse influences. Your driver will meet you at the airport and take you to your selected hotel. Afternoon at leisure - relax and embrace the city's enchanting ambiance.


Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar Tour

Today you will explore the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles and unique with 6 minarets followed by a short walk to the Hippodrome, which was the center of sports events (chariots races and athletic games) and political activities in the old city. From the Hippodrome, you will continue to the Hagia Sophia Complex. Built as the church of divine wisdom, it is still one of the greatest marvels of architecture in the World. The Byzantine Emperor Justinian constructed it as a basilica in the 6th century. Finally, you will visit the Grand Bazaar, the largest and oldest covered Bazaar in Turkey with more than 4,000 shops. A variety of handicrafts, carpets, rare jewels, and souvenirs are all sold in small shops next to each other. The merchants are selling everything from antiques, homewares, books, copperware, and ceramics to gold, and leather goods.


The Rooftops of Istanbul

Explore the mystical city of Istanbul from a new perspective as you visit a mix of its rooftops. Istanbul is built on seven hills and thus has many opportunities for impressive panoramic views. The rooftops in this tour range from Galata Tower, which is a 14th-century Genoese watchtower, the roof of a 19th-century inn for traders, to a 20th-century prison which is currently a luxurious hotel, the Four Seasons Sultanahmet. This tour allows you to visit a combination of famous, well-known rooftops and off-the-beaten-path locations with unforgettable views.


Travel to Izmir

After breakfast and check-out, you will meet your driver and start your transfer to Istanbul Airport for your flight to Izmir. Once you land, a private driver will be there to meet you and take you to the selected hotel in the city. Afternoon at leisure to explore Izmir at your own pace.


Full-day Ephesus Tour

Meet your professional guide and drive to Ephesus for private sightseeing. Start with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, where the Virgin is said to have lived the last years of her life. You will continue by visiting Ephesus, famous throughout the ancient world for its Temple of Artemis. You will first see the Odeon Theatre followed by the Hadrian Temple. Proceed to Celsus Library, the best-preserved structure of its kind. You will discover the Great Theatre which dates to the Hellenistic period. In the 1st century AD, it was successfully reconstructed, and expanded by the Romans until it reached the seating capacity of 25,000. Terrace Houses, also called "the houses of the rich", are located on the hill, opposite the Hadrian Temple, and they will be your next point of interest. You may have a lunch break at a local restaurant and finish your tour with a visit to the Basilica of St. John, where John and the Virgin Mary went between 42 and 48 AD and lived. At the end of your explorations, return to Izmir.


Full-day tour of Pergamon, Acropolis and Asclepion

Today’s tour will take you to Pergamon, a city that boasts a rich history dating back to the Hellenistic period, and a cultural epicenter of the East Roman Empire. Here you will see the Acropolis, the site that features the impressive Temple of Trajan, the Altar of Zeus, and the Theater of Pergamon, showcasing the advanced engineering skills of its ancient builders. The Library of Pergamum was one of the most important libraries of the ancient world, second only to the Library of Alexandria. The ruins of the library sit on a hilltop near the Sanctuary of Athena and other buildings of the Pergamon Acropolis. Then, you will visit the ancient Asklepion, a renowned healing center dedicated to Asclepius, the god of medicine. The innovative medical practices carried out here contributed to the development of modern medicine.


Departure Day

After breakfast and check-out, a driver will be ready to take you to the airport for your flight from Izmir to Istanbul. You will catch your return flight home from Istanbul Airport.

From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
From Ottoman Palaces to Aegean Retreats  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel

Nestled in Karakoy's historic district along the Bosphorus, The Peninsula Istanbul embodies Turkish culture and top-tier hospitality within Galataport, a waterfront renaissance. Comprising four splendid buildings, including three meticulously restored historic structures, the hotel welcomes you by land or sea. Unwind in spacious rooms and suites adorned with bespoke furnishings featuring stunning views through expansive windows. The Peninsula Spa offers rejuvenating treatments and state-of-the-art fitness facilities. Indulge in Turk-Asian cuisine at Rooftop Restaurant & Bar or savor Mediterranean-inspired fare at The Lobby. Topside Bar offers panoramic Bosphorus vistas and innovative cocktails by renowned Chef Fatih Tutak, ensuring an unforgettable gastronomic journey.

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Unwind in unparalleled luxury, where East meets West along the shimmering Bosphorus shoreline, Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul embodies the essence of historical grandeur. From serene rooms to opulent royal suites, the hotel offers unparalleled comfort and elegance. Rejuvenate your senses with treatments in a tranquil Zen Garden setting. Embark on a gastronomic journey with world-renowned restaurants like Hakkasan and Novikov, showcasing a fusion of culinary delights against the stunning backdrop of the Bosphorus. Completing the experience, & The Bar offers unforgettable moments with original cocktails and panoramic views, making it a favorite rendezvous in Istanbul. Boasting legendary service and timeless design, this urban oasis promises an unforgettable stay.

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Experience the epitome of modern luxury at the St. Regis Istanbul, where timeless elegance meets contemporary innovation. Nestled in the vibrant Nisantasi district, this 5* hotel offers an unrivaled location surrounded by designer boutiques and historic architecture. Enjoy personalized service with the signature St. Regis Butler, indulge in rooftop dining at Wolfgang Puck's Spago, or unwind at the verdant terrace of St. Regis Brasserie. Luxuriate in the Iridium Spa, featuring private treatment rooms and state-of-the-art facilities. Retreat to beautifully appointed suites adorned with original artwork and enjoy breathtaking views of the Bosphorus. With pet-friendly accommodations and impeccable amenities, your stay at The St. Regis Istanbul promises unparalleled luxury and comfort.

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Located in Istanbul's prestigious Dolmabahce area, The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul offers breathtaking views of the Bosphorus, with cultural attractions within easy reach. Boasting 243 rooms and suites, including the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Suite, the hotel epitomizes lavish living. Indulge in personalized service at the Ritz-Carlton Club Lounge, with exquisite amenities and panoramic vistas. Unwind at the state-of-the-art spa, complete with Turkish Hamam and an indoor swimming pool. Dining at the hotel is a culinary delight, with two Michelin Guide-listed restaurants showcasing Anatolian and Japanese Peruvian cuisine against the backdrop of the Bosphorus. Experience unparalleled luxury and gastronomic excellence at The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul.

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The Bank Hotel Istanbul is located in Karakoy, one of the most prominent neighborhoods of Istanbul known for its history. Karakoy welcomes its guests with views of Turkey's world-famous historical peninsula. With its sophisticated design, the Bank Hotel Istanbul promises more than just ordinary accommodation for its guests. With a magnificent view of old Istanbul, the restaurant on the rooftop offers an unforgettable experience for its guests with international cuisine. The Bank Hotel Istanbul sits in a region that hosts artists, a concept intertwined with art, respecting the locals and international guests. The Bank Hotel Istanbul is perfectly located to explore bohemian Beyoglu and the historical Sultanahmet.

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Experience the allure of The Galata Istanbul Hotel-MGallery, a charming boutique hotel promising an exceptional travel experience. Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, this luxury 5* establishment boasts unparalleled views of the iconic Galata Tower and the enchanting Golden Horn. Immerse yourself in elegant accommodation, blending modern comforts with traditional charm. Indulge in the rejuvenating Cesme Hamam, a 300-year-old spa tradition meticulously preserved by the hotel. Mesai Karakoy beckons with a culinary journey where Turkish flavors intertwine with modern gastronomy. Enjoy delightful dishes, breathtaking vistas, and a vibrant atmosphere, creating memories to cherish in Istanbul.

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In the heart of Istanbul, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus boasts a luxurious boutique experience with 67 rooms and a spa. Conveniently located steps away from Taksim Square and the serene greens of Gezi Park, the hotel offers easy access to the city's top attractions, including Istiklal Street and the Bosphorus. Each room, inspired by the renowned Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, features panoramic views of the Bosphorus and Gezi Park, blending homey comfort with modern design. Delight in the hotel's outlets, including the Silver Spa offers luxurious treatments and the Delma Grill Bar serving authentic Mediterranean and Turkish cuisines against panoramic Bosphorus views. With its timeless design philosophy and top-notch amenities, Gezi Hotel Bosphorus promises an unforgettable stay in Istanbul.

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Experience unparalleled luxury at the Izmir Marriott, a prestigious 5* seafront hotel situated in the heart of the city. Boasting a prime location within walking distance of the business district and upscale shopping areas, the property offers 149 exquisitely furnished rooms and suites, each providing breathtaking views of the Aegean Sea or the vibrant city. Whether you are attending meetings, exploring historical sites, or simply unwinding in the comfort of your room, you will find everything you need for a memorable stay. Indulge in culinary delights at Lima All-day Dining Restaurant, enjoy casual drinks at the Lobby Lounge & Alcedo Lobby Bar, or marvel at the panoramic views from Pagos Rooftop Bar. Enhance your relaxation with a spa treatment at Quan Spa, where ancient traditions and natural healing elements blend seamlessly to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.

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Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir, nestled within lush gardens, epitomizes luxury in Turkey’s vibrant Izmir. Overlooking the captivating Kordon Promenade, this deluxe 5* hotel is a haven for both business and leisure travelers. With 402 opulent rooms, including 55 suites adorned with elegant decor, guests are greeted by renowned Colombian artist Fernando Botero’s sculpture, “Man on Horse.” The hotel boasts an impressive art collection, diverse dining options featuring Turkish and international cuisines, and the expansive Purovel Spa. Buyuk Efes Convention Center caters to various events, while the Sky Bar offers panoramic views of Izmir Bay. With top-notch amenities and impeccable service, Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir promises an unforgettable stay.

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Discover KEY Hotel, Izmir's epitome of new, hip, and exclusive lodging. Situated in the city center, this 34-room luxury lifestyle hotel caters to refined tastes. The establishment boasts elegantly appointed rooms and suites offering state-of-the-art amenities and stunning views of the Kordon promenade and the bay. KEY Restaurant serves international cuisine with an Aegean twist, complemented by breathtaking sunset vistas. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner, paired with a selection from the extensive wine cellar, enhances every culinary delight. Adjacent, the Lobby Bar offers a tranquil retreat for coffee, cocktails, and conversations amidst a curated selection of literature. With personalized service, cutting-edge technology, and delectable cuisine in a refined ambiance, KEY Hotel aspires to be your preferred choice in the Aegean region.

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3 Nights Athens Extension

Get a taste of history, culture and cuisine when you head off to Athens, the birthplace of democracy. Spend three nights at one of our top luxury hotels, with magnificent views of the Acropolis. Enjoy a full- day tour of the historical highlights around the city, including the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, the ancient Agora, the neoclassical buildings of Plaka, the changing of the guards at the Parliament building, Lycabettus Hill, and more. Your three nights/four-day extension includes roundtrip airfare from Cairo to Athens, private transfers, hotel accommodations, private tours, and local assistance.

3 Nights Cairo Extension

Immerse yourself into 5000 years of history with a visit to Cairo, the enchanting capital of Egypt. Experience some of the world’s most iconic monuments including the Pyramid of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and so much more. Your 3-night / 4-day extension will include airfare to Cairo. Private transfers, private tours, and 24/7 local assistance.

Nancy & Karen, USA, Turkey - Travelive Reviews

Nancy & Karen, USA

Karen and I have returned from our trip and are just trying to get caught up with everything. We wanted to send you a HUGE THANK YOU for our transfer and tour in Istanbul. Everything worked well. Your staff and the airport, your drivers, and your tour guide were fabulous. It was especially nice to have someone greet us after arriving so late at night in Istanbul.

Thank you!

Wendy, USA, Turkey - Travelive Reviews

Wendy, USA

So I must say without further ado that our guide in Istanbul, was outstanding. She went above and beyond to assist us; she was very knowledgeable and friendly! Because of her, we had the very best impression of Istanbul. Every detail of our trip was carefully designed by your team, and we also want to give special thanks to your Support team who were with us in every step of the trip.

Thank you!

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