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Discover 3 of Turkey's most popular cities in this cross-country adventure visiting Istanbul, Cappadocia, and Izmir. Explore the countless fascinating sites of Istanbul, ranging from the sacred Blue Mosque to the vibrant Grand Bazaar; cruise along the gorgeous Bosphorus River to see the incredible sights that line its shores; and visit the spunky city of Cappadocia, bursting with fairy chimneys, mushroom shaped pinnacles, and handmade pottery. You will also have the opportunity to see the fascinating white lime cascades and Ancient Acropolis of Izmir, as well as the iconic sights of nearby Ephesus, such as the Temple of Artemis, St. John's Basilica, and the Virgin Mary's Cottage. All this and more awaits you in Turkey: the international crossroads of history, culture, and natural splendor.

Includes

  • Transfers per itinerary
  • Hotels per itinerary or similar
  • Meals per itinerary; (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing per itinerary

Excludes

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

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Istanbul - Arrival

You are greeted upon arrival in Istanbul and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore this amazing city.

Day

2

Istanbul

Enjoy a full-day tour of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace - the residence of the Ottoman sultans, the Hippodrome, the Underground Cistern, the Blue Mosque, and St. Sophia. Enjoy 3,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar. (B,L)

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3

Istanbul

Weather permitting, take a Bosphorus cruise today. Start your day with a visit of the Spice Bazaar. Then cruise along the Bosphorus waterway and view the dramatic sights lining the Bosphorus' wooded shores: mosques, mansions of the Ottoman elite, the Sultan's fanciful gingerbread palaces and hunting lodges, and a fortress built by Fatih the Conqueror. In the evening, you may want to enjoy an optional Turkish dinner including a belly dancing show and an Anatolian cultural performance. (B)

Day

4

Istanbul - Cappadocia

In the morning you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Kayseri in Cappadocia (flight not included). Upon arrival, take a full-day tour of Cappadocia. It will take you to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy chimneys, Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom shaped pinnacles, the city of Avanos famous for its pottery (where you will visit a workshop to see it handmade), and the open-air museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years. Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L)

Day

5

Cappadocia - Izmir

You will be transferred to Kayseri for a flight to Izmir (flight is not included). You will be met at Izmir airport and transferred to your hotel. (B)

Day

6

Izmir - (Pamukkale)

Enjoy a full-day at leisure or consider taking an optional tour to Pamukkale’s white lime cascades or Pergamum's Ancient Acropolis. (B)

Day

7

Ephesus & Virgin Mary's House

Enjoy a full-day tour to Ephesus. You will visit the Tomb of Pollio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domitian, the Library of Celsius, the Bouleuterion, the Great Theater, the Temple of Artemis, St. Johns Basilica, and the Virgin Mary's cottage. (B,L)

Day

8

Izmir - Return

After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (B)