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Turkish Express

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Istanbul, Pamukkale

Begin your journey in Istanbul on the Bosphorus and see amazing sites such as the Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, the famed Blue Mosque and the endless Grand Bazaar. Next, travel to Ankara and visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey, then continue on to Cappadocia. En route, you will have a chance to see a 13th century caravanserai and the underground city of Saratli. Arrive in Cappadocia and take an optional hot air balloon tour over the most unique landscape in Turkey. From here you will visit the towns of Goreme, Avanose, Pasabagi and the Red Valley. Next you will see Pamukkale with a stop at the mausoleum of Mevlana, the Sufi philosopher. Arrive in Pamukkale and take in the white lime cascades and the Roman Hierapolis Health Spa ruins. Travel further through Turkey to the city of Kusadasi where you will tour through Ephesus, home of the Library of Celsius, the famed Gymnasium, Hadrian's Temple and the Virgin Mary's cottage. ESCORTED VACATION - Scheduled departures - 9-day/8-nights packages visiting Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus & Kusadasi Includes an 8-night escorted tour of Turkey (guaranteed departures English only coach tour) including accommodation at superior first class & deluxe hotels with breakfast daily, 5 dinners, arrival transfer, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.


  • 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


  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours




Istanbul – Arrival

Superior First: Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus 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.



Explore Istanbul

Superior First: Renaissance Hotel Istanbul Bosphorus 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. 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)



Istanbul – Ankara

Superior First: Swissotel Ankara or similar hotels

In the morning, consider joining an optional tour of 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. Continue to along the Bosphorus, enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, and restaurants and cafes. In the afternoon, depart for the capital city of Ankara.(B,D)



Ankara – Cappadocia

Superior First: Crowne Plaza Nevsehir or similar hotels

In the morning, visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations with its Hittite treasures and artifacts from the world's oldest city. Continue with a visit of the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Depart for Cappadocia, famous for it's "moon-like" landscapes. En route, visit a 13th century caravanserai. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli. Enjoy dinner at an authentic local restaurant. Later in the evening, consider seeing an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.(B,D)



Explore Cappadocia

Superior First: Crowne Plaza Nevsehir 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.(B,D)



Cappadocia – Pamukkale

Superior First: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar hotels

After breakfast, depart for Pamukkale. En route, visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. (B,D)



Pamukkale – Kusadasi

Superior First: Charisma Hotel or similar hotels

Today, tour Pamukkale which means "Cotton Castle", describing the white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi. (B,D)



Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House – Kusadasi

Superior First: Charisma Hotel 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.(B,D)



Kusadasi – Return

After breakfast,  make your own way to Izmir Airport. (B)

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