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14 Days - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Sirince, Pamakkale, Fethiye, Saklikent Gorge, Antalya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Safranbolu

Tour overview:

This comprehensive tour of western and central Turkey covers most places a visitor would want to see. Starting in that world city situated on two continents, Istanbul was until May 1453 Constantinople, the capital of East Rome for a thousand years. From here travel down into Minor Asia with its historical places going back to Greek antiquity. Return by way of the southern Turkish coast and central Turkey with its capital Ankara to Istanbul.

Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your hotel. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2 - Istanbul - City Sightseeing
Full day guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and Spice Market. (B)

Day 3 - Istanbul / Gallipoli / Canakkale
Today we drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine and 57th Regiment Memorial. Then cross the Dardanelles from the Eurpean side into Asia. Continue to Canakkale. BD)

Day 4 - Canakkale / Troy / Pergamum / Kusadasi
Drive to legendary Troy; the site where the legendary Trojan War took place, crossing the mountain Ida and arrive in Pergamum. Then continue to Kusadasi. (BD)

Day 5 - Kusadasi - Ephesus & Sirince
A short drive to visit Ephesus, we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets and leather. Lunch in a nomadic tent in Selcuk to taste Turkish Gozleme. We continue to the village of Sirince, one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. You may be able to do shopping and taste delicious wines of the village. (BLD)

Day 6 - Kusadasi / Hierapolis / Pamukkale
Morning drive through the meandering plain and cotton farms and then arrive to Pamukkale. Time to enjoy the beauty of the lime cascades and also visit ancient Hierapolis. (BD)

Day 7 - Pamukkale / Koycegiz / Fethiye
This morning we drive to the lakeside town of Koycegiz. Here we take a boat cruise to turtle beach and cover ourselves in mud at the local mudbath. Afternoon continue to Fethiye. (BD)

Day 8 - Fethiye - Kayakoy Greek Village & Oludeniz
Morning explore the quaint Greek Village of Kayakoy. Afternoon we visit Oludeniz with the opportunity to swim. (B)

Day 9 - Fethiye / Saklikent Gorge / Antalya
Today we visit the stunningly beautiful Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon. After tracking along the canyon we will continue to Antalya crossing the Tauros Mountains and, upon arrival, visit Duden Waterfall. (BD)

Day 10 - Antalya / Aspendos / Konya / Cappadocia
Early departure for Konya, enroute stop by Aspendos' ancient Theater. Upon arrival to Konya, we tour the monastery of the Mevlana Whirling Dervishes. Then have an afternoon drive to Cappadocia via Seljukian Caracanserai - a fine example of the ancient Silk Road. (BD)

Day 11 - Cappadocia
Early in the morning an optional balloon tour is available. After breakfast full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme and natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch in a cave restaurant to taste the famous pottery Kebap. An optional and fun Turkish folklore evening with dinner is available tonight. (BL)

Day 12 - Capppadocia / Ankara / Safranbolu
Morning departure for Safranbolu. On the way stop by Ankara and visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum in Ankara. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. We continue our drive to Safranbolu, a UNESCO world heritage town which is considered an open air museum. Tonight we stay at an old Ottoman mansion. (BD)

Day 13 - Safranbolu / Istanbul
Morning visit of the old town of Safranbolu where you can taste a fine sample of Turkish delights, then continue to drive to Istanbul. Afternoon visit Grand Bazaar. (B)

Day 14 - Depart Istanbul
Transfer to airport for your departure flight. (B)

    Arrive Return Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
    Mar 23 Apr 5 $2,195 $2,995  
    Apr 6 Apr 19 $2,195 $2,995  
    Apr 27 May 10 $2,195 $2,995  
    May 4 May 17 $2,195 $2,995  
    May 11 May 24 $2,195 $2,995  
    May 18 May 31 $2,195 $2,995  
    May 25 Jun 7 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jun 1 Jun 14 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jun 8 Jun 21 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jun 15 Jun 28 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jun 22 Jul 4 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jun 29 Jul 12 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jul 6 Jul 19 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jul 13 Jul 26 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jul 20 Aug 2 $2,195 $2,995  
    Jul 27 Aug 9 $2,195 $2,995  
    Aug 3 Aug 16 $2,195 $2,995  
    Aug 10 Aug 23 $2,195 $2,995  
    Aug 17 Aug 30 $2,195 $2,995  
    Aug 24 Sep 6 $2,195 $2,995  
    Aug 31 Sep 13 $2,195 $2,995  
    Sep 7 Sep 20 $2,195 $2,995  
    Sep 14 Sep 27 $2,195 $2,995  
    Sep 21 Oct 4 $2,195 $2,995  
    Sep 28 Oct 11 $2,195 $2,995  
    Oct 5 Oct 18 $2,195 $2,995  
    Oct 12 Oct 25 $2,195 $2,995  
    Oct 19 Nov 1 $2,195 $2,995  
    Oct 26 Nov 8 $2,195 $2,995  
    Novotel Bosphorus Karakoy  
    Ramada Resort Kusadasi or Charisma Deluxe  
    Doga Thermal  
    B.W. Khan  
    Alfina (Cave)  
    Imren Lokum or Cinci Han1  
    Istanbul (last night)        
    Ramada Old City  
Inclusions & Highlights
  • Accommodation in first class and boutique style hotels
  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Arrival and departure airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Local guides
  • Spice Market
  • Historical sights
  • Troy
  • Ephesus
  • Underground tour of Cappadocia
  • Limestone terraces of Pamukkale
  • World Heritage Site of Hierapolis
  • World Heritage Town of Safranbolu
  • Join-in tour
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