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May 20, 2017

USD 4640.-
Per Person

Sept. 16, 2017
 
 
 
Minimum 4, 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
4 day private cruise along the Turquoise coast, with an A/C gulet
Hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia
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", the 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

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

HIGHLIGHTS of TURKEY - 14 Days;
with 4 day cruise


Departures:
- May 20, 2017
- September 16, 2017

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

Accommodation: Blue House Hotel
Meals : Dinner (D)


Day 2: 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: Blue House Hotel
Meals : Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Dinner (D)


Day 3: 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: Blue House Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 4: Istanbul - Flight to Kayseri - Cappadocia
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 17:40 flight to Nevsehir from where we we take an hour’s transfer to our hotel in Uchisar.
Dinner and overnight in Uchisar.

Accommodation: Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 5: Cappadocia
Hot air balloon ride at dawn. 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: Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel

Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 6: 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: Yunak Evleri Cave Hotel

Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 7: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
As we check out, we start our long but pleasant and spectacular drive to Pamukkale. We make a visit to the Sultanhan Caravanserai, where the medieval merchants used to stay overnight, and then we stop at Konya to visit the world famous Mevlana Museum, formerly the place where the mystic philosophy of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi was taught. Strolling through the streets of Konya, we will have lunch at a local restaurant before heading on to Pamukkale.
Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

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


Day 8: Pamukkale - Hierapolis - Bodrum - Embark on the gulet
We start the day by visiting Hierapolis, only a stone's throw away from our hotel. After we enjoy walking on the calcareous terraces of Pamukkale, we start for Bodrum, taking an en route visit to Aphrodisias, where there was a fertility cult dedicated to Aphrodite. After a well-earned lunch, we drive to Bodrum, and embark on our gulet.

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 9: Gulet

Departure after breakfast. We will cruise for about 3 hours to cross the mouth of the Gokova Gulf and reach Knidos. This city, moved to this strategic important point in the  4th century BC was one of six cities forming a league called the Dorian Hexapolis. Knidos can be considered the point where the Aegean meets the Mediterranean. It has two ancient harbours and we will drop anchor in the larger eastern harbour from where we can see the ruins. The harbour is unfortunately relatively unprotected from the wind so the captain will often dock overnight in Mersincik instead.

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 10: Gulet
After breakfast we will sail to Kisebuku Bay. Lunch and swimming break here. Leaving in the afternoon from here to Cokertme for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 11: Gulet
Departure to Orak island where we will have a swimming and lunch break. The second stop will be in Çiftlik then late in the afternoon, we will arrive at the harbour in Bodrum. Here we will have our last dinner on board.

Accommodation: Gulet
Meals : (B, L, D)


Day 12: Didyma - Miletus - Prienne
After breakfast on board, we say good bye to the crew, disembark from the gulet and head to Kusadasi. On the way, we will first visit Didyma. As the historian Pausanias wrote: 'The sanctuary of Apollo at Didymoi, and the oracle there are more ancient than the Ionian settlement.' As we drive further North, we visit Miletus and then arrive at Prienne, formerly a leading member of the Panionic League.
Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

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


Day 13: 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 14: Izmir - Home
Transfer to Izmir Airport to board a morning flight to Istanbul. Board your homeward flight or book additional nights in Istanbul. Please adv
ise us on your departure flight out of Istanbul so that we could book you on the best connecting flight from Izmir.

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


 
 

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