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May 1, 2016

USD 4365.-
Per Person

May 15, 2016
May 29, 2016
June 12, 2016
Sept. 11, 2016
Sept. 25, 2016
Oct. 9, 2016
 
 
 
Maximum 10 People onboard on each departure
 
 
 
 
Add-Ons and Reductions
Single Suppl.
USD 1000
0-2 Child Reduc.
Free
2-12 Child Reduc.
50 %
Student Reduc.
10 %
 
 
 
 
The Prices Include

Accommodation at the mentioned hotels including breakfast
Lunches and dinners as described in the itinerary
Transportation with an A/C luxury minivan
Professional guiding
Admission fees to the museums and sights
Domestic flight tickets as described in the itinerary
Taxes

 
 
 
 
The Prices Exclude

International flight tickets
Visa fee on arrival to Turkey
Personal travel insurance
Drinks
Non-mandatory but
customary tips

 
 
 
 

Dear Mehmet,

Thank you so much for everything you did to make our trip absolutely amazing!!!!!! We loved all the locations, the "local restaurants", t4e historical sites, the hotels, the magical caves and walkways etc. etc. etc. Your company has certainly organized the very best tour of Turkey that anyone could ever want!!!!!! Your attention to details - and your always prompt response to all of our emails - was so greatly appreciated. I will certainly recommend you to any friends that are interested in a tour of Turkey.

We were so fortunate to have such a great group - our "travel family" as one person said. Erkut was the perfect guide - so incredibly knowledgeable in his field and a fountain of information about so many other things. We had lots of good laughs. It was a perfect two weeks!!!!!!!!

Thanks again for everything.

Gratefully, Kathy

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

CLASSICAL TURKEY - 14 DAYS

Departures:
- May 1, 2016
- May 15, 2016
- May 29, 2016
- June 12, 2016
- September 11, 2016
- September 25, 2016
- October 9, 2016

Day 1: Arrive in Istanbul
Upon arrival at The Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will be met and transferred to The Acra Hotel in Sultanahmet.
You will meet your guide and other tour participants for a cocktail and a briefing on your trip before dinner.

Accommodation: The Acra Hotel
Meals : Dinner (D)


Day 2: Istanbul
Your guide will meet you after breakfast for a tour of the Ottoman Istanbul. A short walk takes you to the Blue Mosque which was completed in 1616. Our next stop will be the Topkapi Palace, more than just a palace, it is an assemblage of museums containing collections amassed by the Sultans for almost five centuries. Our visit also takes you to the famous Harem where the Imperial Family resided. We then stop at Divan Yolu for lunch at a local restaurant.
Next we walk through the old cobbled streets down to Rustem Pasha Mosque and then the Spice Market, where Genoese and Venetian goods were sold at a time when there was no Suez Canal, and all the spices from the East were also brought here after being loaded on vessels in Egypt.
We end the tour with a visit to the Grand Bazaar.
Dinner will be at one of our selected restaurants serving you specialties of Turkish Cuisine.

Accommodation: The Acra Hotel
Meals : Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)


Day 3: Istanbul
Our second day in Istanbul takes us to a number of Byzantine Relics.
We first stroll to the great square which was once the Byzantine Hippodrome. Now it is a great park like area surrounded by the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Underground Cistern, commonly called the Basilica Cistern. The Hippodrome exhibits the Walled Column, The Serpent Column and the Egyptian Obelisque from the Byzantine times and the German Fountain is located in the North end of the Hippodrome.
Next we visit the Hagia Sophia, the most important Byzantine building in the world.
After lunch at a local restaurant we take a short drive to The Chora Church to see the climax of Byzantine Mosaic Art.
Dinner and overnight in Istanbul.

Accommodation: The Acra Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 4: Istanbul - Flight to Izmir - Kusadasi
On our last day in Istanbul, we check out after a leisurely breakfast and take a short drive to the shores of the Bosphorus to visit the Dolmabahce Palace.
Overlooking the Bosphorus, its beauty is incomparable with 14 tons of pure gold used for its interior decoration, its priceless paintings, furniture, and a rich collection of Bohemian crystal in addition to its famous Harem section.
Then we get on board at Eminonu for the leisurely cruise of the Bosphorus to the still unspoiled village of Sariyer.
In the late afternoon, we are transferred to Istanbul Airport for the 17:00 flight to Izmir, then we take an hour’s transfer to our hotel in Kusadasi.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Accommodation: La Vista Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 5: Ephesus
We start early in the morning to beat the crowds and first drive to the Virgin Mary's House; afterwards, we visit Ephesus which was founded in the eleventh century BC by the Ionians. Strolling through the streets of Ephesus, we see the Fountain of Traian, the temple of Hadrian and the Library of Celsus to name a few. We also visit the Terrace Houses: A number of living units where the rich and the dignitary of Ephesus with the most beautiful ground mosaics, frescoes, terra cotta pipe lines and private baths.
Later in the afternoon we will visit St John's Basilica, believed to be the tomb of the Apostle John, Christ's beloved disciple. From the basilica, we will be able to look down on the remains of the temple of Artemis. We end the day with our visit to the Isa Bey Mosque, then we head on to Kusadasi for a well-earned rest.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Accommodation: La Vista Hotel

Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 6: Priene - Miletus - Didyma
After breakfast, we drive first to Prienne, formerly a leading member of the Panionic League. As we drive further South, we visit Miletus and then arrive at Didyma, where we have lunch at a local restaurant, circumstances permitting, across the road from the temple. As the historian Pausanias wrote; 'The sanctuary of Apollo at Didymoi, and the oracle there are more ancient than the Ionian settlement.'
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Accommodation: La Vista Hotel

Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 7: Aphrodisias - Pamukkale
As we check out, we drive to Pamukkale giving an en route visit to Aphrodisias, which was the city dedicated to the cult of Aphrodite. As we visit the Sculptor's Museum in Aphrodisias, we have lunch at a local restaurant. We visit Hierapolis on arrival, then have time to stroll over the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale, or to enjoy the thermal facilities.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Accommodation: Richmond Thermal Hotel Pamukkale
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 8: Phaselis - Antalya
Do not forget to bring your swim wear for this day. After a spectacular drive enjoying views of the mountains, and then pine and cedar trees, we arrive at the scenic coastal route which is surrounded by the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean and the pine forests above. Phaselis, where Alexander the Great wintered before he marched on for the rest of his campaign, is a beautiful Roman port city. If Alexander ever took his armour off and went for a swim, it should be the harbor at Phaselis; and our guests will enjoy swimming in the same harbor with a view of the ruins and the Taurus Mountains.
On arrival to Antalya, we visit the Archaeology Museum which was awarded the Museum of the Year in Europe.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Accommodation: Tuvana Hotel

Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 9: Perge - Aspendos
In the morning, we first visit
Perge, one of the most impressive sites of Pamphylia, and then Aspendos, the world's best preserved ancient theatre. After lunch at a local restaurant near the Aspendos Theatre, we will allow you time in the afternoon to rest & relax at the Lara Beach.
Dinner and overnight in Antalya.

Accommodation: Tuvana Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 10: Antalya/Konya
An early departure after breakfast and a scenic route through Burdur takes us to the beautiful site of Sagalassos. This is one of the very few ancient cities where we can witness how sacred fountains function. After lunch at the town of Aglasun, we continue our drive to the town of Beysehir to visit Esrefoglu Mosque. We arrive at Konya in the late afternoon hours to visit the world famous Mevlana Museum, formerly the place where the mystic philosophy of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was taught.
Dinner and overnight in Konya.

Accommodation: Hich Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 11: Konya/Cappadocia
Today, we drive to Cappadocia, with an enroute visit to Sultanhan Caravanserai, where the medieval merchants used to stay overnight. After this, we arrive in Ihlara Valley and have our lunch at a local restaurant by the river. After the lunch, we walk through the canyon via the Steps of Anatolia to Belisirma village, the ancient Peristrema. Set by the Melendiz River this is known as the “Valley of the Sky”. Churches carved from the rocks form a gallery of early paintings that are remarkable for their accuracy.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Accommodation: Kale Konak Cave Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 12: Cappadocia
Today we introduce you to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia at Dervent Valley, then we head on to Zelve Open Air Museum, which is one of the earliest inhabited and latest abandoned monastic settlements of Cappadocia. Seeing the best examples of the fairy chimneys at Pasabag Fairy Chimneys Valley, we drive further to Avanos, where we have lunch at a local restaurant. Goreme Open Air Museum is where we visit the rock carved churches and colorful frescoes. We end the day hiking up to the top of Uchisar Castle, which is the highest and the most dominant point, giving us a breathtaking panorama of the valleys of Cappadocia.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Accommodation: Kale Konak Cave Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 13: Cappadocia
Our first stop is the Soganli Valley, which is one of the earliest settlements in Cappadocia. After this, we drive back to Urgup through the unspoiled villages of Cappadocia, surrounded by the “table-top” mountains. On the way we visit the Medrese in Taskinpasa, a Theological School of the Seljuk Turks. After lunch in Mustafapasa at an old Greek house hosted by a local family, we descend towards the centre of the earth, with a trip to the Underground City of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of Cappadocia’s many such settlements.
Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Accommodation: Kale Konak Cave Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 14: Cappadocia - Home
Transfer to Kayseri Airport to board a morning flight to Istanbul. Board your homeward flight or book additional nights in Istanbul. Please advise us on your departure flight out of Istanbul so that we could book you on the best connecting flight from Kayseri.

Accommodation: You may book additional nights in Cappadocia or Istanbul.
Meals: (B)


 
 

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