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Classics of Turkey Super Saver Escorted Vacation

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
11 Days
Price from
$839
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale

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 - 11-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

  • 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

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours

Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul – Arrival

Moderate First and First Class: Park Dedeman Levent or similar hotels

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.

Day

2

Explore Istanbul

Moderate First and First Class: Park Dedeman Levent or similar hotels

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding Harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

3

Istanbul – Ankara

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

This morning depart on an optional tour of cruise along Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. The tour will be ended in Asia side and drive for the capital city of Ankara for overnight. (B D)

Day

4

Ankara – Cappadocia

Moderate First and First Class: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

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

Day

5

Explore Cappadocia

Moderate First and First Class: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and 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, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B, D)

Day

6

Cappadocia – Pamukkale

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

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)

Day

7

Pamukkale – Kusadasi

Moderate First and First Class: Carina Hotel or similar hotels

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)

Day

8

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House

Moderate First and First Class: Carina Hotel or similar hotels

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince. (B, D)

Day

9

Pergamum – Troy – Canakkale

Moderate First and First Class: Iris Hotel or similar hotels

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)

Day

10

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Istanbul

Moderate First and First Class: Park Dedeman Levent or similar hotels

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)

Day

11

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)

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