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TravelZoo Classics of Turkey with Options

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

Lowest discounted rate ($1,199) is available for departure dates February 4, 18, and March 3 from NYC. Additional discounted rates and departure cities are available for travel in 2016.*Book by December 31, 2015 to secure these rates.Turkey, an intoxicating blend of old and new, of East and West. Experience exciting Istanbul with a full-day tour 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.Scheduled departures - 12 days/10 nights escorted tour visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, and Gallipoli.

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

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

Day

3

Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Renaissance 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 full-day Istanbul Sightseeing tour or Istanbul dinner with belly-dancing entertainment. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul-Ankara

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

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

Day

5

Ankara-Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya 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 a 13th century Caravan Inn. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant. (B,D)

Day

6

Cappadocia

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kapadokya Lodge or similar hotels

Consider an optional early morning balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast, embark on an optional full day tour to Cappadocia visiting Goreme, with its 6th-10th century rock chapels decorated with Christian frescoes, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and Avanos. Enjoy a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Yet another option to consider is the Whirling Dervish Performance. (B,D)

Day

7

Cappadocia-Pamukkale

Deluxe & Superior First Class: 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

Deluxe & Superior First Class: 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

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

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

Day

10

Pergamum-Troy-Canakkale

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Kolin Hotel or similar hotels

Visit the ancient medical center Asklepion in Pergamum. Continue to Troy and tour its legendary walls and the replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale for an overnight. (B,D)

Day

11

Gallipoli-Dardanelles-Istanbul

Deluxe & Superior First Class: Renaissance 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)

Day

12

Istanbul-Return

You will be transferred to the airport. (B)

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