The turning point of the Silk Road, where East meets West, Turkey is an abundance of natural, cultural, and historical riches, and it’s not hard to understand why.  Its coastline is the eastern edge of the Mediterranean, and it has been the seat of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, all of whom have left an indelible legacy.  Add Istanbul, the essence of exotic, to the mix, and you have one undeniably exhilarating combination.

Destination Overview

We invite you to explore the splendors and treasures of incredible and captivating Turkey with The Evolved Traveler.

Our “Spires and Spices” journey begins in Istanbul, brimming with centuries-old bazaars and markets and home to impressive monuments of the successive empires such as the Blue Mosque and Ayia Sophia. Continue to the otherworldly landscapes of whimsical Cappadocia with its own extraordinary history. Your journey continues to one of the greatest testaments to ancient Turkey’s grandeur,  Ephesus, the world’s best-preserved Roman city.  Finally, enjoy three leisurely days in the resort town of Bodrum, including a full-day, private Turkish gület (sailboat) excursion to swim and snorkel in the warm, crystal-clear waters along the Mediterranean Coast.

Trip Highlights

Explore Istanbul's great monuments including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace

Take in the sights of the Bosphorus on a private cruise enroute to be the personal guests of a Turkish Yali (historic mansion))

Engage with the students of the Livelihoods Innovation through Food Entrepreneurship (LIFE) Project

Reveal in exploring the fairytale landscapes of Cappadocia

Take to the skies in a once-in-a-life-time balloon ride over Cappadocia

Learn the legends of Ephesus, he world’s best preserved Roman city

Swim and snorkeling on your private, full day gulet excursion from Bodrum

Dates & Rates

Price from

$10,895 per person based on double occupancy


Intra Tour Air: $225 USD per person


Any day – this tour is fully customizable


12 days/11-nights

Group size

Private groups of 2 to 12 people

Your Contribution to Sustainable Tourism

Environmental Impact: Measures have been taken to positively impact our environment

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Social Impact: This journey positively affects the local communities visited

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Cultural Engagement: Experiences on this journey provide authentic cultural interaction and connection

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Building Global Community: Evolved Experiences are incorporated into this journey as a means of building our global community

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Carbon Offset

The Evolved Traveler is allocating $95 per person* in conjunction with our partners, Offset Alliance,  to help offset this journey through verified carbon removal and reversals projects.

The amount is determined by calculating the carbon footprint for this journey considering flights to the destination, intra-tour flights if applicable, hotel stays, and ground transportation. An additional 25% is added to the static factors to offset components we cannot immediately account for, such as food.

The carbon emissions accounted for are calculated by using measurement benchmarks determined by the United Nations World Tourism Organization. The projects our carbon-offset donations are distributed to can be seen at

*The amount shown is an estimation for this journey. The exact will be calculated at the time of booking based on the city of origin for flights to the destination, and the specifications of the itinerary.

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