Groupon Glories of Turkey

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
15 Days
Price from
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale
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ESCORTED TOUR – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour. 15 days/13 nights tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Perge, Antalya, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia and Ankara.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary
  • Travel funds escrow protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Airport taxes
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities

Itinerary

Day

1

USA-Istanbul

Enjoy a relaxing overnight flight to Istanbul.

Day

2

Istanbul-Arrival

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Radisson Blu Sisli or similar hotels

You are greeted upon arrival and escorted to your hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure before a welcome briefing by your tour director.

Day

3

Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Radisson Blu Sisli or similar hotels

Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia (closed on Mondays), and the Grand Bazaar. Consider an optional dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Gallipoli-Dardanelles-Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

En route to Gallipoli, visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunk Bair battlefield and Gabatepe War Museum. Cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale. (B,D)

Day

5

Troy-Pergamum-Izmir

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Swissotel Bosphorus or similar hotels

Visit Troy’s legendary walls this morning and replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Tour the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Enjoy lunch at a traditional local village before you continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight (B,L,D)

Day

6

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House Izmir

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Swissotel Bosphorus or similar hotels

Today tour 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. Visit a regional carpet production center before returning to Izmir. (B)

Day

7

Kusadasi-Pamukkale

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar hotels

Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, which means "Cotton Castle" describing the while lime cascades formed by mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Enjoy a swim in your hotel's thermal pool. (B,D)

Day

8

Pamukkale-Perge-Antalya

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Crowne Plaza or similar hotels

Relax during a scenic drive from Pamukkale to Antalya. Pay a visit to the ancient city of Perge with its street of colonnades. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon by the Mediterranean Sea, an area known as the Turquoise Coast. (B,D)

Day

9

Antalya

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Crowne Plaza or similar hotels

Today enjoy a full day at leisure or consider an optional tour to Phaselis, an ancient coastal city, or a lazy yacht cruise along the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean. (B,D) Note: You can extend your stay for a week at the Crystal Tat Beach Belek Resort (20 miles east of Antalya).

Day

10

Antalya-Aspendos-Konya

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Hilton Garden Inn Konya or similar hotels

After breakfast depart for Konya, en route visit Aspendos with its magnificently preserved 15,000-person theater. In Konya visit Mevlana's Mausoleum, founder of the Whirling Dervishes, and the Karatay Koran School, displaying colorful Turkish tiles. (B,D)

Day

11

Konya-Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Drive to Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route visit a 13th century caravanserai and the famous underground city of Saratli. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia. You can join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

12

Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Cappadocia Lodge or similar hotels

Consider an early morning optional 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 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)

Day

13

Cappadocia-Ankara

Deluxe & Superior 2015: Hilton Ankara or similar hotels

In the morning depart for Ankara. Afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum, founder of modern Turkey, and 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 2015: Radisson Blu Sisli or similar hotels

After breakfast drive to Istanbul. In the afternoon, consider an optional, relaxing cruise along the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe and Asia. 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 airport for your return flight home.(B)

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