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Turkey Tour

12 Nights / 13 Days tour package starting at USD 969 per person
Destinations Covered: Istanbul - Canakkale - Kusadasi - Denizli - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Bursa 6720
 

A country of many contrasts, Turkey is a unique crossroads between Europe and Asia. Begin in Istanbul—a vibrant city of mosques, markets, peddlers, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame—and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the World War I battle site, then ferry across to Asia Minor. Take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy, then motor through forested countryside to Kusadasi, famous for the Ephesus archaeological site. Continue through the “Greek Meander,” the most fertile region in Turkey. Stop in Pamukkale with the ancient site of Hierapolis and spend the night in the Denizli area. By way of Konya, stop at the great 13th-century Agzikarahan caravanserai, then to Göreme for an included visit to the amazing rock chapels carved by early Christians. Arrive in Turkey’s capital of Ankara. From here, travel into the kingdom of Phrygia to Gordion. Visit King Midas’ tomb before continuing to Bursa, famous for its great mosque, covered bazaar, and silk market. Return to Istanbul and be sure to catch the unforgettable sight of the Bosporus at dusk.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
17-Feb-2013 01-Mar-2013 USD 969
 
24-Feb-2013 08-Mar-2013 USD 1059
 
03-Mar-2013 15-Mar-2013 USD 1159
10-Mar-2013 22-Mar-2013
 
17-Mar-2013 29-Mar-2013 USD 1209
 
24-Mar-2013 05-Apr-2013 USD 1269
 
31-Mar-2013 12-Apr-2013 USD 1349
 
07-Apr-2013 19-Apr-2013 USD 1409
14-Apr-2013 26-Apr-2013
21-Apr-2013 03-May-2013
28-Apr-2013 10-May-2013
05-May-2013 17-May-2013
12-May-2013 24-May-2013
19-May-2013 31-May-2013
26-May-2013 07-Jun-2013
02-Jun-2013 14-Jun-2013
09-Jun-2013 21-Jun-2013
16-Jun-2013 28-Jun-2013
 
23-Jun-2013 05-Jul-2013 USD 1389
30-Jun-2013 12-Jul-2013
07-Jul-2013 19-Jul-2013
14-Jul-2013 26-Jul-2013
21-Jul-2013 02-Aug-2013
28-Jul-2013 09-Aug-2013
04-Aug-2013 16-Aug-2013
11-Aug-2013 23-Aug-2013
18-Aug-2013 30-Aug-2013
 
25-Aug-2013 06-Sep-2013 USD 1429
01-Sep-2013 13-Sep-2013
08-Sep-2013 20-Sep-2013
   
Hotels:

Istanbul: Grand Halic (F)

Canakkale: Tusan (F)

Kusadasi: Grand Onder (F)

Denizli: AREA Herakles (ST) at Pamukkale

Konya: Balikcilar (F)

Cappadocia: Altinyazi (F)

Ankara: Gurkent (F)

Bursa: Almira  (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey
Check into your hotel. In the evening, get to know your fellow travelers with a welcome drink, hosted by your Tour Director.

Day 2: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale
Drive along the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Time to visit the Anzac Cemetery and the site of a bloody World War I battle. Then, a short ferry crossing to Asia Minor. Overnight in Canakkale. (B,D)

Day 3: Canakkale – Troy – Izmir – Kusadasi
First, a visit to the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy. South to the lovely Bay of Edremit with distant views of the island of Lesbos. Through forests of pine, oak, and valonia, head for Izmir, where an orientation drive includes the Karsiyaka District. From here, it’s not far to your hotel in Kusadasi. (B,D)

Day 4: At Leisure in Kusadasi
Enjoy your charming modern resort, located between ancient Ephesus and Priene and blessed with a delightful climate and white sandy beaches. Optional excursions to the Roman/Greek archaeological site of Ephesus and to the Virgin Mary House are available. (B)

Day 5: Kusadasi- Pamukkale – Denizli Area
Once past Aydin, you enter what is known as the “Greek Meander,” the most fertile region in Turkey. Make a first stop this morning for optional sightseeing of the ancient site of Aphrodisias scattered around the village of Geyre. From the town of Denizli, drive north to view the extraordinary sight of Pamukkale with the ancient site of Hierapolis. Overnight in the Denizli area. (B,D)

Day 6: Denizli Area – Konya
Eastwards to Dinar and then past Lake Acigöl, surrounded by cherry gardens and opium fields. Later, splendid mountain scenery on the way to Konya. (B,D)

Day 7: Konya – Goreme – Cappadocia
Morning at leisure. Optional activities include a float trip down the Nenana River and a helicopter ride over the park. Then, dress comfortably for a Wilderness Expedition into Denali National Park to seek out grizzly bear, caribou, moose, and other wildlife. Overnight stay in Denali National Park.(B,L)

Day 8: Cappadocia
Optional sightseeing in the spectacular Cappadocia area. Admire the large natural amphitheater bounded by almost-vertical cliffs into which have been hewn monastic buildings, churches, and underground retreats where early Christians sheltered from Roman persecution. (B,D)

Day 9: Cappadocia – Aksaray – Ankara
North today by way of Aksaray to Ankara. Enjoy an orientation drive of the Turkish capital. Afternoon optional excursions are available to see some of the capital’s highlights. (B,D)

Day 10: Ankara–Gordion–Bursa
From Ankara into the ancient kingdom of Phrygia to Gordion where, according to legend, Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot. Visit King Midas’ tomb. On to historic Bursa in the shadow of the Olympus of Mysia, famous for its Great Mosque, covered bazaar, and silk market. (B,D)

Day 11: Bursa – Ferry Crossing – Istanbul
A morning drive to the shores of the Sea of Marmara, then take a ferry across the Bay of Izmit to Istanbul. This afternoon, enjoy the included sightseeing with visits to the Roman Hippodrome and the Blue Mosque. Tonight, take advantage of the optional dinner outing in Istanbul. (B)

Day 12: Istanbul
Markets, peddlers, and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks, and black coffee—you’ll find this vigorous city irresistible. The view of the city at dusk with its 600 mosques and the Bosporus is unforgettable. Optional possibilities are a morning excursion by private boat on the Bosporus and in the afternoon, the “Historical Tour of Istanbul.” (B)

Day 13: Istanbul
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 3 nights in Istanbul
Accommodation for 2 nights in Cappadocia
Accommodation for 1 night in Cannakkale
Accommodation for 1 night in Ankara
Accommodation for 2 nights in Kusadasi
Accommodation for 1 night in Bursa
Accommodation for 1 night in Denizli Area
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Konya
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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