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Classics of Turkey with Options

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

Turkey, an intoxicating blend of old and new, of East and West. Experience exciting Istanbul 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.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 superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 8 dinners, 1 lunch, 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
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Transfers not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Local city taxes

Itinerary

Day

1

USA - Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul - Arrival

Superior First & Deluxe : Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure.

Day

3

Istanbul

Superior First & Deluxe : Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

Enjoy an optional 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

Superior First & Deluxe : Crowne Plaza Ankara or similar hotels

Consider an optional morning tour the Spice Market and Bosphorus cruise. In the afternoon depart for Ankara. (B, D)

Day

5

Ankara - Cappadocia

Superior First & Deluxe : Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

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 the 13th century Caravan Inn. (B, D)

Day

6

Cappadocia

Superior First & Deluxe : Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Optional Early Morning Hot Air Balloon Tour - experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise. After breakfast, embark on an optional tour visiting Goreme with its 6th-10th century rock chapels decorated with Christian frescoes, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and Avanos. Have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B, D)

Day

7

Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Superior First & Deluxe : Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar hotels

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

Day

8

Pamukkale - Kusadasi

Superior First & Deluxe : Charisma 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. (B, D)

Day

9

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's house - Kusadasi

Superior First & Deluxe : Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today depart on an optional tour to the ruins of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's cottage, the 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, the library of Celsius, and Hadrian's Temple. Overnight in Kusadasi. (B, D)

Day

10

Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale

Superior First & Deluxe : Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

Visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Tour Troy's legendary walls and 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

Superior First & Deluxe : Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar hotels

Morning departure for Gallipoli. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair battlefield. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. (B, D)

Day

12

Istanbul - Return

You will be transferred to the airport. (B)

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