Turkey: Marvels and Highlights Tour 2016

11 days / 10 nights

From $904

(land only rates per person and domestic flight)

Turkey Tour Highlights: Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus and much more

Explore the best of Turkey’s history and natural beauty. On our tour of Turkey, you will visit Istanbul’s Sultanahmet District where you can marvel at the Blue Mosque with its beautiful blue tiles and adorning interior walls. Admire Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will also enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus, where you can see the Sunda Strait Bridge that separates Europe and Asia. Travelling out of Istanbul, experience the unique moon-like volcanic terrain of Cappadocia, an important junction point of the Old Silk Road. You will be absolutely amazed at this natural wonder from above, while riding the optional air balloon ride. Leaving Cappadocia, follow the Old Silk Road to Konya and continue to Pamukkale, the “cotton castle”, featuring amazing hot springs. As a finale, enjoy the beautiful archaeological site of Ephesus and Homer’s Troy. You will return home with wonderful memories of this Marvels of Turkey tour that will last a life time.

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A weekly guaranteed tour of Turkey with arrival every Thursday
11 days | 10 nights | 9 touring days

Highlights:

  • Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Gallipoli

Included Features:

  • Private transfer (vehicle&driver only / no assistance) in Istanbul from airport to hotel on Day 1
  • Private transfer (vehicle&driver only / no assistance) in Istanbul from hotel to airport on Day 4 and 11
  • Transportation by a/c motorcoach or minibus
  • Domestic flight from Istanbul to Ankara, including taxes
  • Services of a professional English speaking guide throughout the tour
  • All admission fees to museums and sites mentioned in the program
  • 4 nights accommodations in Istanbul
  • 2 nights accommodation in Cappadocia
  • 1 night accommodation in Pamukkale
  • 2 nights accommodation in Kusadasi
  • 1 night accommodation in Canakkale
  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • 8 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Luggage handling fees
  • All hotel taxes and service charges

Not included features:

  • Airfare
  • Meals not indicated in itinerary
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature

Optional Tours:

  • Cappadocia Balloon Ride: please inquire for rates
    *This tour is a long driving tour and clients will spend minimum 4 hours bus driving per day and 10 hours only 1 day from Cappadocia to Pamukkale.
    * The Hotel standards at the country side are not as good as in Istanbul.
    * This tour is operated as a sit on a coach basis, so there may be more than one spoken language on the bus.

Additional Information:

  • Touring in Istanbul is based on seat in a bus, more than one language may be spoken during the tour
  • US citizens require a passport valid for six months beyond travel dates.
  • Passports must have enough blank space to allow for Turkish entry and exit stamps.
  • Visa is required for Turkey. You can purchase a sticker visa at the Turkish airport or other port of entry for $20 (U.S.) cash.
  • Private tours available by request

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.

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Day 1 - Thursday
Istanbul Arrival

Arrival to Istanbul Ataturk International airport

Meet at airport by our English speaking guide and transfer to hotel (private basis)

Overnight, Istanbul

Day 2 - Friday
Istanbul
Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

Today, visit the Blue Mosque, the 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles, and then the Hippodrome, where chariot races took place during the Roman period. Continue to St. Sophia, the masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. In the afternoon, continue to Topkapi Palace to see the dazzling displays of the treasures of the Ottoman sultans. The final stop is the Grand Bazaar, where there are more than 4.000 shops.

Overnight, Istanbul (B, L)

Day 3 - Saturday
Istanbul
Blue Mosque Turkey

Blue Mosque

Enjoy a half day Bosphorus tour, including Golden Horn, Egyptian Market and Bosphorus cruise by boat; enjoy a Cruise on the Bosphorus, the winding strait that separates Europe and Asia, connecting the Black Sea with the Sea of Marmara. Enjoy the view of the old wooden mansions, Ottoman palaces, and ancient fortresses. Afternoon free

Overnight, Istanbul (B)

Day 4 - Sunday
Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
Ankara

Ankara

Transfer from your hotel in Istanbul to the airport for your morning flight to Ankara, the capital of modern Turkey. Visit the world-famous Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, filled with priceless collections of the prehistoric era and Hittite treasures. Then, drive to the impressive mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic. After lunch in Ankara we drive to and admire the moon-like landscape of Cappadocia.

Overnight: Cappadocia (B, L, D)

Day 5 - Monday
Cappadocia
Cappadocia, Turkey Tour

Cappadocia

Today, enjoy a full day tour of Cappadocia, where we visit the natural citadel of Uchisar, the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with its beautiful cave-churches hewn out of rocks and its colorful frescoes. Then, visit the monastic valley of Zelve, the Valley of Fairy Chimneys and the caves of the ancient village of Avanos. After lunch en route drive to Kaymakli, a veritable underground city carved from the soft volcanic rock by early Christians.

Overnight: Cappadocia (B, L, D)

Day 6 - Tuesday
Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
Konya, Jewish Heritage Tour Portugal

Konya

After breakfast we continue our journey to Konya, following the ancient Silk Road. After lunch in this holy city we visit the shrine of Mevlana, the great mystic, who inspired the rituals of the “Whirling Dervishes”, and has been visited by St. Paul and St. Barnabas. Seljuk Turks made it the capital of their Anatolian Empire. After lunch continue to Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) – an apt description of the natural phenomenon of fantastic white limestone terraces. At sunset visit the ruins of the necropolis and the great baths of Hierapolis.

Overnight: Pamukkale (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Wednesday
Pamukkale - Aphrodisias - Kusadasi
Pamukkale Turkey, Marvels of Turkey tour

Pamukkale

Morning departure to Aphrodisias. Visit the beatufilly excavated Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite, with its near-perfect stadium, theater, odeon and temple. After lunch continue to Kusadasi.

Overnight: Kusadasi (B, L, D)

Day 8 - Thursday
Ephesus
Ephesus Ruins

Ephesus Ruins

Depart for Ephesus, one of the world’s finest archaeological sites. Visit the Arcadian way, the splendid façade of the Library of Celsus and see the Amphitheater, still used for concerts. After lunch, visit the House of the Virgin Mary, spectacularly situated above the ruins and then proceed to the Basilica of St John.

Overnight: Kusadasi (B, L, D)

Day 9 - Friday
Kusadasi - Pergamum - Troy
Troy

Troy

After breakfast, we drive north through the rich olive orchards along the Aegean coast to Bergama, the ancient Pergamum and the impressive site of an ancient kingdom. Visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and the famous library, before viewing the ruins of Asklepeion. After lunch continue to Homer’s Troy. Visit the ruins of nine cities built on top each other, and an enormous reconstruction of the famous Wooden Horse. Dinner and overnight in Canakkale.

Overnight: Canakkale (B, L, D)

Day 10 - Saturday
Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul
Gallipoli, Jewish Heritage Tour Turkey

Gallipoli

Morning drive to Gallipoli crossing the strategic Dardanelle straits. Visit Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery, scene of fierce fighting in World War 1. Lunch en route. Return to Istanbul.

Overnight: Istanbul (B, L)

Day 11 - Sunday
Istanbul - US

A private driver will transfer you to the airport for your flight home. (B)

(B) Buffet Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner

Note: All itineraries are subject to change

*A minimum of 2 passengers is required for regular tour service.
All tours are subject to availability and should be confirmed within 72 business hours.

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Dates and Rates

Valid April 1 – October 31, 2016

Rates are Land Only and Per Person

 DOUBLE OCCUPANCYSINGLE SUPPLEMENT
4* HOTEL$904 per person$203
5* HOTEL$1,134 per person$283
OPTIONAL TOUR:
Cappadocia Balloon RidePlease inquire
*This tour is a long driving tour and clients will spend minimum 4 hours bus driving per day and 10 hours only 1 day from Cappadocia to Pamukkale.
* The Hotel standards at the country side , are not as good as in Istanbul.
* This tour is operated as sit on a coach basis, so there may be more than one spoken language on the bus.
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Hotel Info

4 STAR HOTELS
IstanbulCappadociaPamukkaleKusadasiCanakkale
Taxim EresinHotel PerissiaLycus RiverTatlisesAkol
5 STAR HOTELS
IstanbulCappadociaPamukkaleKusadasiCanakkale
Hotel MarmaraDedemanColossaeEphesus SurmeliKolin

* If the above hotels are not available, comparable hotels will be confirmed.

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