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Glories of Turkey Escorted Vacation

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
15 Days
Price from
$1,989
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale

Get lost in Istanbul’s bustling Grand Bazaar, soar over the otherworldly landscape of Cappadocia in a hot air balloon, and soak up some sun in the glamorous resort town of Bodrum, on the sparkling waters of the Turkish Riviera. Discover history both ancient and modern at Troy, Ephesus, Pergamum, Aspendos, and Gallipoli, and visit lively capital city Ankara. Along the way, feast on fresh seafood and sample Turkish delicacies as you explore this enchanting country. ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour with max. 34 participants. Scheduled departures - 15-day/14-night tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia & Ankara. Includes accommodation at superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 10 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & departure transfers, touring by modern air-conditioned, business class seated 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

Istanbul – Arrival

Deluxe & Superior: HOTEL W ISTANBUL 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

2

Explore Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior: HOTEL W ISTANBUL or similar hotels

Today, enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including a visit to Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 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, and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next, see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century and converted to a mosque by the Ottomans. It is now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. In the evening, consider joining an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

3

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

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

Day

4

Troy – Pergamum – Izmir

Deluxe & Superior: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War. Enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional village.  Then continue to Pergamum and visit the ancient medical center Asklepion. Arrive in Izmir in the evening. (B,L,D)

Day

5

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House – Izmir

Deluxe & Superior: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Today, tour 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. In the evening consider having an optional dinner at a local restaurant. (B)

Day

6

Izmir – Bodrum

Deluxe & Superior: Doria Hotel Bodrum or similar hotels

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner and Overnight in Bodrum. (B,D)

Day

7

Bodrum – Kos

Deluxe & Superior: Doria Hotel or similar hotels

Enjoy a day at leisure in Bodrum or consider joining an optional tour to the Greek Island of Kos. (B,D)

Day

8

Bodrum – Pamukkale

Deluxe & Superior: Doga Thermal Health & Spa or similar hotels

After breakfast, drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. (B, D)

Day

9

Pamukkale – Antalya

Deluxe & Superior: The Marmara or similar hotels

After breakfast, depart for Antalya. Upon arrival check in to your hotel and afterwards enjoy this beautiful Mediterranean city. (B,D)

Day

10

Perge – Aspendos – Antalya

Deluxe & Superior: The Marmara or similar hotels

This morning, visit to the ancient Greek city of Perge, famous for its Temple of Artemis. Continue to Aspendos with its magnificently preserved 15,000-person theater. Return to Antalya and enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the Mediterranean Sea, an area known as the Turquoise Coast. (B,D)

Day

11

Antalya – Konya – Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior: Gamirasu Cave Hotel or similar hotels

Early in the morning, depart for Konya to visit the mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Continue to Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route, visit a 13th century caravanserai and the famous underground city of Saratli. (B,D)

Day

12

Explore Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior: Gamirasu Cave Hotel 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, 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. Enjoy dinner at an authentic local restaurant. Later in the evening, consider seeing an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

13

Cappadocia – Ankara

Deluxe & Superior: Hilton Ankara or similar hotels

Early in the morning, depart for Ankara. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. (B,D)

Day

14

Ankara – Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior: HOTEL W ISTANBUL or similar hotels

After breakfast, depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, consider joining an optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palace, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, and restaurants and cafes. Make time for last-minute shopping at the Spice Market before a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day

15

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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