Classics of Turkey First Class Escorted Vacation

Book by November 30, 2018 for Air & Land from $1,199!

Turkey, an intoxicating blend of old and new, of East and West. Experience exciting Istanbul with a full-day tour and enough leisure time to discover its hidden charms. Marvel at the unusual rock formations of Cappadocia, the unique calcium cascades of Pamukkale, and the Roman ruins at Ephesus before stopping at Troy and Gallipoli. 


ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour with max. 40 participants. Scheduled departures - 12-day/10-night tour visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale & Gallipoli. Includes accommodation at moderate first & first class hotels with breakfast daily, 8 dinners, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

USA – Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul – Arrival

You will be transferred to your hotel in Istanbul upon arrival. (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.) The rest of the day is at leisure.

Moderate First and First Class: AC Marriott Macka or similar hotels

Day

3

Explore Istanbul

Consider joining an optional full-day tour of Topkapi Palace (excluding the harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. As the evening draws near, consider an optional dinner with traditional belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Moderate First and First Class: AC Marriott Macka or similar hotels

Day

4

Istanbul – Ankara

After breakfast, consider an optional morning tour of St. Sophia and a Bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: Holiday Inn Ankara Kavaklidere or similar hotels

Day

5

Ankara – Cappadocia

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

Moderate First and First Class: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Day

6

Explore Cappadocia

Consider an early morning optional balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, consider joining an optional tour of  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)

Moderate First and First Class: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Day

7

Cappadocia – Pamukkale

Depart for Pamukkale. En route, you will visit the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana in Konya. Enjoy dinner and an overnight stay in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar hotels

Day

8

Pamukkale – Kusadasi

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 for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: Marina Hotel or similar hotels

Day

9

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House

After breakfast, consider joining an optional tour visiting the ruins of Ephesus and explore the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple before taking a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's cottage. Consider joining an optional afternoon tour to the village of Sirince. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: Marina Hotel or similar hotels

Day

10

Pergamum – Troy – Canakkale

Today, visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Continue to a traditional village where you may have lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy with its legendary walls and the replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for dinner and an overnight stay. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: Grand Anzac Hotel or similar hotels

Day

11

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Istanbul

After breakfast, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, and Chunuk Bair. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. Enjoy a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Moderate First and First Class: AC Marriott Macka or similar hotels

Day

12

Istanbul – Return

You will be transferred to the Istanbul airport for your return flight home. (Your departure transfer is included only if you depart on the actual day the tour concludes. For customers departing later an individual transfer can be organized at an additional cost.) (B)