Turkey-where Europe and Asia meet to form "the cradle of civilization"-is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day tour. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey's cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world's richest museums. Then travel south to the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum.
Spend a full day at Turkey's nonpareil classical city, Ephsesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. Board a privately chartered gulet yacht and cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast for four splendid days, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. End your journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to ancient Perge. There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension for those who wish to see the remarkable rock formations of Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey's capital.