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Classics of Turkey and Egypt

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
15 Days
Price from
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale

MULTI COUNTRY VACATION - Departs Thursdays - 15 days/13 nights escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli and an extention of 3 nights in Cairo.

Includes

  • Hotel room accommodation at suggested hotels or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing: per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Domestic flights (air & land only)
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

(THU)- Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

(FRI)- You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. A welcome briefing will be held in the evening. (Your arrival transfer is included only if you arrive on the actual day the tour commences. For customers arriving earlier an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.)

Day

3

Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

(SAT)- Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Consider an optional dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul - Ankara

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Movenpick Ankara or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Movenpick Ankara or similar hotels

(SUN)- Consider an optional morning tour of St. Sophia and a Bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon depart for Ankara. (B,D)

Day

5

Ankara - Cappodocia

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

(MON)- Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. Continue to Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route visit a 13th century caravanserai. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and consider joining an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

6

Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

(TUE)- Consider an early morning optional balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, the Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)

Day

7

Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Pam Thermal Hotel or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Pam Thermal Hotel or similar hotels

(WED)- Depart for Pamukkale, en route you will see the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. (B,D)

Day

8

Pamukkale - Kusadasi

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

(THU) - Today visit the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day

9

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's house - Kusadasi

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

(FRI)- Today tour the ruins of Ephesus and explore the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's cottage. Continue to a regional rug production center to have firsthand experience of this unique art form. Consider joining an optional afternoon tour to the village of Sirince. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day

10

Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

(SAT)- Visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Continue to a traditional village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy and tour its legendary walls and the replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for an overnight. (B,L,D)

Day

11

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Crowne Plaza Istanbul Harbiye or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

(SUN)- Morning departure for Gallipoli. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. Enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day

12

Istanbul - Cairo

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Semiramis Intercontinental or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo or similar hotels

(MON)- You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Cairo (not included in land only package). Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

13

Cairo

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Semiramis Intercontinental or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo or similar hotels

(TUE)- After breakfast, our Egyptologist Tour Guide will take you to visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum. (B)

Day

14

Cairo

Deluxe & Superior 2015/2016: Semiramis Intercontinental or similar hotels

Deluxe & Superior 2016/2017: Semiramis Intercontinental Cairo or similar hotels

(WED)- Enjoy a day at leisure in Cairo or consider taking one of the optional sightseeing tours. (B)

Day

15

Cairo - Return

(THU) You will be transferred to Cairo airport for your flight home. (B)

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