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Departures dates in 2020:
Starting at $2299 (taxes included per person)
From New York & Chicago: Starting from $2299 taxes included / person
From Los Angeles & San Francisco: Starting from $2469 taxes included / person
Starting at $2399 (taxes included per person)
From New York & Chicago: Starting from $2399 taxes included / person
From Los Angeles & San Francisco: Starting from $2569 taxes included / person
Prices are based on starting rates and may fluctuate depending on availability and the season you are traveling
11 nights / 13 Days
Day 1: USA - Istanbul (Turkey)
Flight with good itinerary.
Day 2: Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, you will meet your tour guide for the transfer to your hotel and complete your check-in. The tour guide will give a briefing at the hotel for the itinerary. Welcome Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Day 3: Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel and depart for a half-day morning tour of Istanbul.
The former center of sportive and political activities of Constantinople. During the visit you’ll be able to see the Obelisk from Egypt, the Serpentine Column from Delphi and the fountain of Willhelm II.
One of the largest mosques in İstanbul dating from the 17th century. It is one of the principal adornments on the skyline of İstanbul and also famous for its blue tiles and 6 minarets.
The former imperial residence from where the Great Ottoman Empire was ruled. Today, it is a spectacular museum which houses one of the largest collections of Chinese and Japanese porcelain and also has sections where you will see the famous 86-carat diamond, the Topkapi Dagger, etc.
In addition to its historical importance, you can discover the different spices, their flavors and healing qualities. Known in Turkish as Misir (Egyptian) Carsisi, the Spice Market is in Eminonu, right next to the Flower Bazaar. It was once built by Hatice Turhan Sultan in 1660. As the name suggests, the shops have hundreds if not thousands of different spices. Bedazzle your senses with the tempting variety of interesting spices used for savory cooking as well as medicines, such as saffron, nigella seeds, chili, cumin, curry etc. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul.
Optional ($): Half-Day city tour of Istanbul including St. Sophia Basilica, the Grand Bazaar and the underground Cistern Basilica. (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $50 USD / person)
Day 4: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale
Early breakfast at the hotel, check out and drive towards Canakkale. Visit the World War I battlefields of the Gallipoli peninsula, where one of the Turkey’s greatest modern military victories took place. After the tour, drive to the hotel, dinner and overnight at your hotel in Canakkale.
Day 5: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Izmir
After breakfast, you will drive to Troy, both factual and legendary, located in the Northwest of Anatolia, in the Southeast of the Dardanelles and close to Mount Ida. It is best known for being the focus of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in the Iliad, one of the two epic poems attributed to Homer.
Visit the archaeological site of this 5000-year-old city, scene of the legendary Fall of Troy in the Trojan War as described in Homer's Iliad, made famous by its wooden horse. See a reconstruction of the fabled Wooden Horse as well as the city ruins from a succession of nine civilizations.
Then drive to Bergama (Pergamum), which was once a great center of culture, still surviving as one of Turkey's finest archaeological sites. Visit the Asclepion, the ancient Roman spa center. After the tour, enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Izmir.
Day 6: Izmir
After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer. Relax in the city and taste authentic Turkish coffee.
Optional ($): Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary full-day tour (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $75 USD / person)
Day 7: Izmir - Pamukkale - Antalya
After breakfast, departure from the hotel to Hierapolis (Pamukkale). Near the city of Denizli is Pamukkale (Cotton Castle), a beautiful and spectacular natural site, unique in the world with its fairy-like, dazzling white cascade. Pamukkale's terraces are made of travertine, which is a sedimentary rock deposited by water from hot springs. The thermal water has been used since the Roman period for the therapeutic powers. You will visit the Roman city of Hierapolis with its Apollo-Temple competing with Delphi, the monumental Nympheum, a 4th century Basilica and the Theatre. Then visit the best-preserved Necropolis. After the tour, drive to Antalya. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Antalya.
Day 8: Antalya
After breakfast at the hotel and enjoy a full day at leisure in Antalya, an international city that has become a prime destination in Turkey.
Optional ($): Visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum, Perge and Aspendos. (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $60 USD / person)
Day 9: Antalya - Cappadocia
After breakfast at the hotel, early departure for Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th century Caravanserai of Sultanhan. The caravanserai provided the traders, both foreign and native, with heated rooms,food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where we will arrive in the evening.
Optional ($): Whirling Dervishes performance. (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $40 USD / person)
Day 10: Cappadocia
After breakfast, enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the area at your own leisure.
Optional ($): Cappadocia Balloon Ride (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $190 USD / person)
Optional ($): Full-day Cappadocia tour. (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $60 USD / person)
Day 11: Cappadocia - Ankara
After breakfast, depart from your hotel to Turkish capital of Ankara. Upon arrival see the Mausoloeum of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the modern Turkish Republic. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. The museum has the finest archeological collection in all Turkey and contains records of every civilization that passed through Anatolia are priceless items from as far back as 7,500 years.
Day 12: Ankara - Istanbul
After breakfast, depart from the hotel and return to Istanbul. Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.
Optional ($): Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise. (To be paid directly with your guide at destination for approximately $50 USD / person)
Day 13: Istanbul - USA
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight home.
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-Round-trip international flights between USA / Istanbul with good itineraries
-Greeting and transfers between the hotel and airport in Istanbul
-Transportation by deluxe motor coach during the tour
-3 nights in Istanbul at the Avantgarde Hotel Taksim Square 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in Canakkale at the Akol 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Izmir at the Park Inn by Radisson Izmir 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Antalya at the Marmara Antalya 5* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-2 nights in Cappadocia at the Kapadokya Lodge 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-1 night in Ankara at the Radisson Blu Hotel Ankara 4* hotel (or similar) in a standard room
-All breakfasts + 1 lunch + 9 dinners (21 meals total)
-Multi-lingual English speaking guide through the program
-Visits as mentioned in the itinerary
-All taxes & fees
Package does not include:
-Frais de bagage (si applicable)
-Personal expenses and optional activities
-Tips: Guides, bus drivers and the hotel staff
-Beverages, snack, lunches, dinners unless otherwise mentioned
-Visa fee: Approx. $60 USD / passenger (To be paid upon arrival in Turkey)
Additional fees apply for rooms in single occupancy. Prices can fluctuate depending on the season and availability of seats
Children from 2 to 11 pay 85% of the price in double occupancy if the room is shared with 2 adults
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