Turkish Authentic Adventure Small Group Journey

Starts in
Istanbul
Duration
11 Days
Price from
$2,189
Route
Istanbul, Canakkale
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Turkey is a land where history, culture, and continents collide. Enjoy an authentic journey through its streets, featuring visits to wildly famous and poignant sites like Istanbul, Troy, and Ephesus; lunching with locals in a traditional village; learning to create traditional regional pottery; and shopping at the intoxicatingly and exotically fragrant Spice Market. Dotted with the incredibly fresh and delicious cuisine and passionate, generous hospitality emblematic of the Mediterranean, your trip is all but guaranteed to delight, dazzle, and inspire you - to come back again soon!SMALL GROUP JOURNEY - Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 22 participants. Scheduled departures - 11-day/10-night tour visiting Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus, Bodrum &, Cappadocia. Includes accommodation at superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 5 dinners, 1 lunch, arrival & transfers, touring by minivan or small motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

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
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Touring by mini van or small motor coach

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips and gratuities
  • Flights

Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul – Arrival

Historical & Boutique: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome brieng will be held. 

Day

2

Explore Istanbul

Historical & Boutique: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (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, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see 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. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B) 

Day

3

Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale

Historical & Boutique: Assos Kervansaray Hotel or similar hotels

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

Day

4

Troy – Pergamum – Izmir

Historical & Boutique: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant. (B,L)

Day

5

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House – Izmir

Historical & Boutique: Swissotel Grand Efes or similar hotels

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to experience this unique art form. (B,D)

Day

6

Izmir – Bodrum

Historical & Boutique: Doria Hotel 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 & Overnight in Bodrum. (B,D)

Day

7

Bodrum – Kos

Historical & Boutique: 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 – Cappadocia

Historical & Boutique: Gamirasu Cave Hotel or similar hotels

After breakfast, late morning departure to the airport for flight to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day

9

Explore Cappadocia

Historical & Boutique: Gamirasu Cave Hotel or similar hotels

Early Morning Optional Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through 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 it is high-quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Devrent Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B,D)

Day

10

Cappadocia – Istanbul

Historical & Boutique: Galata Hotel Istanbul - MGallery by Sofitel or similar hotels

After breakfast depart to the airport for the flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul. After arriving in Istanbul in the afternoon, join an optional half day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels park and gardens, restaurants, and cafes. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. (B)

Day

11

Istanbul – Return

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

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