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Highlights of Turkey Escorted Vacation

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
11 Days
Price from
$1,439
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only escorted coach tour with max. 34 participants. Scheduled departures - 11-day/10-night tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Antalya, Perge & Aspendos. Includes accommodation at superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 6 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: Conrad Hotel 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: Conrad Hotel 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 th 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

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum.(B)

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 enjoy this beautiful Mediterranian city. Dinner and overnight in Antalya. (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 – Return

You will be transferred to the Antalya 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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