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Classics of Turkey with Options

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

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 superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 7 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

Itinerary

Day

1

USA – Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul – Arrival

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus 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 until you meet your tour director for a welcome briefing.

Day

3

Istanbul at Leisure

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

Enjoy a day at leisure or consider joining an optional full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. In the evening, consider joining an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul – Ankara

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Crowne Plaza Ankara or similar hotels

In the morning, consider joining an optional tour of 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. Continue along the Bosphorus, 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, and restaurants and cafes. In the afternoon, depart for the capital city of Ankara. (B,D)

Day

5

Ankara – Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

In the morning, visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. Continue with a visit of the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Depart for 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 an authentic local restaurant. Later in the evening, consider seeing an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

6

Cappadocia at Leisure

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Consider an early morning optional hot air balloon tour. Experience floating through the volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, consider joining an optional full-day tour of Cappadocia. Visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among rock formations. It 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 and the Red Valley, and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)

Day

7

Cappadocia – Pamukkale

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

After breakfast, depart for Pamukkale. En route, visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. (B,D)

Day

8

Pamukkale – Kusadasi

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today, tour Pamukkale which means "Cotton Castle", describing the white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day

9

Kusadasi – (Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House)

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today, spend a day at leisure in Kusadasi or consider joining a full-day tour to see the ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore the 2,000-year old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see the Virgin Mary's stone cottage. Continue to a regional rug production center to have firsthand experience of this unique art form. (B,D)

Day

10

Pergamum – Troy – Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

After breakfast, depart for Pergamum and visit the ancient medical center Asklepion. Enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional village. Then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for an overnight. (B,L,D)

Day

11

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Istanbul

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

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, and Chunuk Bair. Then, cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul. (B)

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)

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