Myths, Legends, and Fairytales of Turkey


Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir

  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Istanbul
  • 4 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Cappadocia
  • 3 Nights Luxury Accommodation at your Choice of Hotel in Izmir
  • Private Half Day Tour of Istanbul with an English-Speaking Guide
  • Private Half-day Hammam Experience
  • Private Full Day Tour of Cappadocia and Goreme Valley with an English-speaking Guide
  • Semi-private Hot Air Balloon Experience
  • Private Cooking Class with the Locals
  • Private Half–day Jeep Safari Tour and Evening Whirling Dervishes Experience
  • Private Full-day tour of Ephesus with wine-tasting
  • Private Full-day tour of Pergamon, Acropolis and Asclepion
  • Airfare from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Airfare from Cappadocia 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
Myths, Legends, and Fairytales of Turkey  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel




Welcome to Istanbul, a captivating metropolis filled with iconic domes, minarets, bustling markets, and vibrant street life. After arriving at the airport, you will meet your private driver who will transfer you to your selected hotel in the city. Afternoon and evening at leisure, spend your time immersing yourself in the local culture and ask your Travelive advisor for their favorite spots and restaurants in the city.


Half Day Gems of Istanbul Tour

Explore some of the most iconic sites in Istanbul accompanied by your English-speaking guide. Your first destination will be the Blue Mosque, a true masterpiece of Ottoman religious architecture. Standing proud with its six minarets and perfectly proportioned dome, it is named after its Turquoise colored tiles made of quartz minerals. You will then continue to Hagia Sophia, one of the largest Christian shrines ever built. Adorned with rich mosaic murals, colossal columns, and exposition of divine serenity, Hagia Sophia is a true world heritage that has accommodated various faiths throughout the different periods of history and is currently operated as a museum displaying Byzantine art and architecture embellished by Ottoman taste. The last stop of your tour will be the Topkapı Palace Museum. The complex functioned as Imperial offices and the residence of the Ottoman sultans, and today the complex displays the imperial treasury, Chinese porcelain, weapons, and Holy Relics.


Pamper Yourself in a Hammam

Enjoy an afternoon of pampering and relaxation in the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam. Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect, designed & built the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam in Istanbul at the request of Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana) in the 16th century (1556-1557 AD). Taking a Turkish Hamam includes relaxing in a hot air room for perspiring (the iliklik). The guests may then move on to a hotter room (the hararet) before cooling down with cold water. Finally, after a relaxing massage, guests retreat to the cooling room for relaxation & refreshments.


Istanbul to Cappadocia

After breakfast and check-out, you will meet your private driver for your transfer to Istanbul Airport and your morning flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival at Kayseri or Nevsehir Airport, you will once again be met by a private driver who will take you to your selected hotel in Cappadocia.


Full Day Cappadocia Tour

After breakfast, you will begin your explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which nature has created an incredibly majestic and colorful world of cones, columns, and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area's volcanic tuff. Some of these strange shapes are as tall as 100 ft. Just like the landscape, the history of the region is equally impressive. Residents have used the soft features of the stone to carve out a fantasy-like environment into homes, stables, shops, and churches creating an unforgettable and intriguing world. Among the places you will visit during this tour are Goreme, Uchisar, Kaymakli, Pasabey, and Avanos, the latter providing you with the opportunity to purchase some of the hand-turned pottery that has been shaped here for millennia.


Hot Air Balloon Ride and Cooking Tour

When in Cappadocia you cannot miss the chance to explore this unique area from above with a sunrise hot air balloon ride. You will meet your driver before dawn and head to the starting location of the balloon lift-off. You will appreciate the tranquility of your morning over the colorful valleys and rock formations, gliding in your balloon. Concluding your experience, you will enjoy a glass of champagne to celebrate the experience.
After some well-deserved rest, you can opt for an additional tour later in the day, and we would suggest immersing yourself in the local culture by participating in a traditional cooking class at a local’s home. You will head to a unique stone house decorated in traditional style (arched ceilings, Turkish textiles & Cappadocia rugs) so that you can experience the real village life of Cappadocia and enjoy world-renowned Turkish hospitality and customs. Savor authentic Turkish food after you have prepared it! All ingredients you will use to create your culinary masterpiece will be organic, including fresh eggs from the homestead, honey from their beehives, and a variety of fruits, vegetables, and spices that are grown in the garden.


Jeep Safari and Evening Whirling Dervishes Experience

Start your day with an off-road adventure through eco-gardens, undiscovered valleys, and the ancient churches of Cappadocia. This tour will take you through rock formations, spectacularly colored landscapes, and the mystery of the fairy chimneys that every history buff will appreciate. Cappadocia Jeep Tours gives you a thrilling non-stop 360-degree panoramic view of one of the most unique landscapes in the world and combines history, nature, and ecology in an immersive experience that will earn you some serious bragging rights once you return home.
Before you leave Cappadocia, you must experience another iconic part of the local culture. Discover the Mevleviye, renowned for their whirling dances and dervishes by witnessing a Sema, one of their dancing ceremonies. The Mevlevi Order, or the Whirling Dervishes as they are known all over the world, was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. Mevlevi believed that during the Sema, the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to commune with the divine freely and jubilantly. After a welcome drink and complimentary Turkish delight upon your arrival, the main program will start at 7 PM with a short traditional Turkish orchestra performance followed by a 45-minute Sema ceremony under the amazing lighting and mystic atmosphere of Hodjapasha.


Cappadocia to Izmir

After breakfast, you will meet your driver and head to Kayseri Airport for your direct or connecting flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, a driver will be waiting to take you to your selected hotel in the city. Afternoon at leisure.


Full-day tour of Ephesus with Wine Tasting

Discover the myths, legends, and stories of the ancient city of Ephesus as you explore its vast ruins. This ancient city is believed to have been settled in the 10th century BC by Ionians, Ephesus changed hands many times before becoming a Roman dependency in 133 BC during the reign of Emperor Augustus. Unearthed ruins give a clear picture of the life in Ephesus including roads used by chariots; mosaic pedestrian walkways; the famous 2 story facade of the Celsus Library, constructed from 117-125 AD which contained rectangular niches to hold papyrus scrolls; and an amphitheater which could seat 24,000 people. From Ephesus, you will head to an established winery, where you will get acquainted with their distinct wines. At the Seven Sages (Yedi Bilgeler), you will have an overview of the estate and learn about the property, its history, and the inspiration behind it. In the production area, you will also learn about the wine-making process. You will then continue to the restaurant to sample five different wines.

DAY 10

Day at leisure

Today you can relax at your hotel, indulging in its luxurious amenities for a day of complete relaxation. Alternatively, immerse yourself in the vibrant ambiance of Izmir, venturing out to explore its myriad attractions, from historic landmarks to bustling markets and scenic waterfront promenades.

DAY 11


After check-out, you will meet your private driver for your transfer to Izmir airport for your flight home.

Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  Tours with Travelive, Luxury Travel
Turkish Delight – Byzantine Marvels and Fairy Chimneys  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 Museum Hotel, the only Relais & Chateaux property in Turkey. Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, it boasts a unique living museum concept, where every corner exudes thousands of years of history. Each of its 34 cave and stone rooms is adorned with priceless antiques, offering a glimpse into the region's rich past. Indulge in tantalizing Turkish cuisine crafted by renowned Chef Saygın Sesli at Lil'a, the on-site restaurant. Unwind with a relaxing massage overlooking the stunning Cappadocian landscape or enjoy a traditional Turkish barber experience as you watch hot-air balloons float by. Elevate your visit to Cappadocia with a stay at the Museum Hotel.

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Nestled amidst the captivating landscape of Cappadocia, Argos in Cappadocia stands as a testament to the region's rich history and natural beauty. With a legacy dating back thousands of years, this unique hotel seamlessly blends tradition with modern luxury. Each of its 51 rooms, meticulously crafted over 26 years, offers a distinct experience, boasting breathtaking views of Pigeon Valley and Mount Erciyes. The hotel's renowned Nahita restaurant showcases Anatolian cuisine at its finest, while Seki Restaurant tantalizes taste buds with its award-winning dishes. Unwind by the pool, overlooking the stunning landscape, or indulge in a holistic massage in the therapy room carved into ancient caves. Argos in Cappadocia promises an unforgettable stay where history and luxury converge to create an unparalleled experience.

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Discover the enchanting world of Tafoni Houses in Cappadocia, where each suite is a lyrical expression of love and craftsmanship. Amidst the rustic charm of cave dwellings, journey to a realm of timeless beauty. Meticulously restored antique doors, stone fireplaces, and intricately carved rock shelves adorn the interiors, while fine marble and natural stone accentuate the floors and bathrooms with elegance. Crafted by master artisans, the ironwork and furniture exude Art Deco flair. Indulge in modern luxuries like jacuzzis and in-floor heating, complemented by the culinary delights of The Nest restaurant, where Turkish cuisine is elevated to an art form.

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Indulge in the allure of Kayakapi Premium Caves Cappadocia, the inaugural boutique hotel nestled within Cappadocia's historical Kayakapi Neighborhood, endorsed by UNESCO and the World Heritage Center. This captivating enclave, boasting centuries-old cave houses and architectural marvels, invites you to immerse yourself in its rich heritage. Explore ancient wonders like the 10th Century Cave Church and the Seljuq Empire's Historical Mosque, offering panoramic vistas of Urgup and Cappadocia. Relax in the traditional Turkish Hamam or opt for a relaxing Ottoman Massage. Unwind in the sauna, rejuvenate with high-quality massage treatments, or bask in the panoramic view while lounging by the Davut Agha Mansion's swimming pool. Experience utmost comfort at Uzum Lounge, where you can savor a drink amidst welcoming surroundings.

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What began as a cozy retreat evolved into Taskonaklar, a unique luxury hotel with 25 rooms. Amidst this expansion, the establishment maintained a family-like warmth, offering personalized service and embracing Cappadocia's rich history and culture. Each room, built in harmony with the regional architecture, offers a unique experience, whether in a cave or stone area. The suites, with separate sitting areas and terraces boasting panoramic views, provide ultimate luxury. Celebrate the diverse cuisines of Anatolia, Greece, Armenia, and the Ottoman Empire at Moniq, at the onsite cave restaurant. Local, sustainably sourced ingredients elevate the dining experience, complemented by our garden bars offering an array of beverages amidst stunning vistas. Taskonaklar promises an unforgettable stay, blending luxury, history, and gastronomy in the heart of Cappadocia.

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Carus Cappadocia invites you to experience contemporary elegance amidst the timeless charm of Goreme. Designed without walls, this fine establishment seamlessly integrates with the village, exuding an authentic atmosphere. Embracing a less-is-more philosophy, its interior blends modernity with comfort, providing a sophisticated retreat for discerning travelers. With multiple terraces boasting botanical gardens and breathtaking views, Carus offers serene spaces to unwind. Nestled in the heart of Cappadocia, its design preserves the region's historical value, offering 50 suites and cave rooms, each with a unique touch. Relax by the indoor pool, rejuvenate your senses at the wellness spa, and savor local and international cuisine at HARUNA Restaurant. Experience the essence of Cappadocia at CARUS, where history meets contemporary luxury.

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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.

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