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Golden Circle

9 Nights/10 Days - Tour of Turkey by plane visiting Istanbul, Antalya, Ankara, Cappadocia region, Izmir, Pamukkale. Breakfast daily and local sightseeing with experts guides

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
  • Domestic flights (air & land only)

Excludes

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

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul - Arrival

You are greeted upon landing in Istanbul and transferred to your hotel by a Key Tours representative. Afternoon is free.

Day

2

Istanbul

Tour Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman sultans, the Hippodrome, site of chariot races, the Blue Mosque, famous for its colorful ceramics, and Saint Sophia, decorated with ancient frescoes. Enjoy the 3,000 shops in the Covered Bazaar. Stay overnight in Istanbul. (B,L)

Day

3

Istanbul - Antalya

A half-day tour of Dolmabahce Palace or a cruise on the Bosphorus, depending on weather conditions. Afternoon transfer to airport and board a short afternoon flight to the city of Antalya. (B,D)

Day

4

Perge - Aspendos

Tour the unspoiled ruins of Perge and the intact, 15,000-person theater of Aspendos. Stay overnight in Antalya. (B,D)

Day

5

Ankara-Cappadocia

Fly to Ankara to view Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day

6

Cappadocia -

Tour Goreme’s rock chapels decorated with 6th century frescoes, Zelve’s cliff-side Byzantine monastic complex and Uchisar’s natural citadel. Stay overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)

Day

7

Cappadocia - Ankara - Izmir

Explore the eight-story underground city of Kaymakli where thousands of early Christians hid from persecutors. Drive to Ankara and board a short afternoon flight to Izmir. (B)

Day

8

Ephesus - St. Mary's House - Izmir

Drive to Ephesus, capital of Roman Asia Minor. Explore its Greco-Roman ruins. Nearby, visit the Virgin Mary’s stone cottage. Stay overnight in Izmir. (B,L)

Day

9

Pergamum - Asklepeion - izmir

Tour Pergamum’s ancient acropolis to view the Altar of Zeus among other treasures. Visit a Roman medical center, work site of the famous physician, Galen. Stay overnight in Izmir (B,L).

Day

10

Izmir - Return

A Key Tours representative escorts you to the airport for your return flight home. (B)