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Glories of Turkey Escorted: Istanbul to Istanbul

Duration
15 Days
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Discover the variety of attractions that Turkey has to offer – ancient Roman sites, historical battlefields, Mediterranean beaches, Whirling Dervishes, underground cities, cave dwellers, museums, carpet factories and much more. Also spend time in the exciting cosmopolitan city of colourful Istanbul.


Start your First Class Escorted tour with 2 nights in Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city. It is a city divided into two parts, one in Europe and one in Asia as it straddles the Bosphorus (the Istanbul Strait).  Here enjoy a full day tour taking you to the main sights including Topkapi Palace, and the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, and St Sophia, the enormous former cathedral and mosque that now serves Istanbul as a museum. Enjoy an optional authentic Turkish cuisine in the evening, with belly and folk dancing entertainment.

Your next day is all about infamous battle sites. In the morning, visit Anzac Cove, site of the disastrous Gallipoli landing in World War One. Then in the afternoon, cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. 

Next visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Weave through the olive forests on your way to lunch with some locals in a traditional village and then visit the ancient Medical Centre Asclepion in Pergamum. Later, head south to Kusadasi for 2 nights. 

The following morning brings a visit to the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world. Explore 2,000 year old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Later, visit St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years.  Finally, call in at a rug production centre. 

Depart Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale to see the mineral springs followed by the ancient Roman site of Hieropolis. Overnight in Pamukkele.

Your next stop is the attractive resort of Antalya on the Mediterranean coast for a 2 night stay. You will visit Perge and its famous Temple of Artemis. Afterwards, enjoy relaxing time in Antalya. 

The next day is at leisure although you can enjoy an optional tour of the ancient town of Phaselis or a yacht cruise along the coast. 

The following morning, head north to Konya visiting the ancient city of Aspendos. On arrival in Konya, learn about the Whirling Dervishes and their philosophy. Overnight in Konya. 

Next it’s on to Cappadocia, home to some of Turkey’s most historic ruins. En route, visit a 13th century caravanserai and have a visit to the underground city of Saratli. Spend 2 nights in Cappadocia.

You might consider here an optional hot air balloon ride for a bird’s eye view of the area. 

Visit Goreme located among the rock formations which were first settled back in the Roman period.  Also visit Avanos known for its high quality earthenware. 

In the morning, depart for the capital city of Turkey, Ankara. Explore the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts up to 7500 years old. Overnight in Antalya. 

Travel the next morning overland back to Istanbul. The rest of the day is at leisure. A Bosphorus cruise is highly recommended to enjoy the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Your final night is in Istanbul.

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Duration
15 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,808

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Day 1

Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus

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    Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus



    Centrally located in the vibrant Besiktas area, Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is steps from the city's ferry ports and boasts panoramic views spanning from the Bosphorus Bridge to Old Town. Home to designer malls, beautiful mosques, historic palaces and world-class dining, Istanbul offers the perfect blend ...

    Centrally located in the vibrant Besiktas area, Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus is steps from the city's ferry ports and boasts panoramic views spanning from the Bosphorus Bridge to Old Town. Home to designer malls, beautiful mosques, historic palaces and world-class dining, Istanbul offers the perfect blend of the old and the new. A quick tram ride from the hotel takes you to the best of the city in minutes.

    Conrad Istanbul Bosphorus has everything covered for a fantastic vacation, including complimentary WiFi, a fully equipped gym, two swimming pools, a tennis club and a separate children's pool. Ask about our exclusive services for Chinese travelers. From fabulous cocktails - with views to match - in the Summit Bar, to Mediterranean cuisine in Manzara, the hotel's choice of bars and restaurants is as delicious as it is varied.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Hammam
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Sauna
    • Spa
    • Steam Room

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Day 2

Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 - 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

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Day 3

Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Kolin Hotel

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    Kolin Hotel



    Kolin Hotel had gardens overlooking the Strait, bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness center, spa, billiard, dart, table tennis, table soccer, air hockey, live music at the bars, night ...

    Kolin Hotel had gardens overlooking the Strait, bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness center, spa, billiard, dart, table tennis, table soccer, air hockey, live music at the bars, night club over the weekend and fun times.

    You also have the opportunity to have delicious food from international and Turkish cuisines while watching the magnificent Canakkale Strait.

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Day 4

Troy - Pergamum - Izmir

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then it is on to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Swissotel Izmir

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    Swissotel Izmir



    Set in 12,000 square meters of landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea, the luxurious five-star hotel Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir is conveniently located in the center of Izmir's commercial district, steps away from the heart of the city. Adnan Menderes Airport ...

    Set in 12,000 square meters of landscaped gardens overlooking the spectacular Kordon on the Aegean Sea, the luxurious five-star hotel Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir is conveniently located in the center of Izmir's commercial district, steps away from the heart of the city. Adnan Menderes Airport is less than 15 km away.

    Designed in modern and contemporary style, the 402 luxuriously appointed guest rooms including 55 spacious suites feature state-of-the-art technology and exclusive amenities. Executive rooms and the Swiss Executive Club lounge provide additional luxury and exclusivity.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Bicycles
    • Car Hire
    • Childrens Playground
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Garden
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Pets Accepted
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Shoeshine
    • Solarium
    • Spa

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Ephesus and St. Mary's House - Izmir

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form.

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Day 6

Izmir - Pamukkale

Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel's thermal pool.

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Duration1 Night
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Doga Thermal Health and Spa

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Day 7

Pamukkale - Bodrum

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Muse um that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World
in 2000s. Overnight in Bodrum.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Doria Hotel Bodrum

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    Doria Hotel Bodrum



    The sun rising on Aegean crystal water, has been bidden farewell throughout centuries on Gundonumu where Doria Hotel is located on a top hill: a relaxing corner with it unique Aegean bays view, historical mills and Black Island view, hidden in Bitez which is a ...

    The sun rising on Aegean crystal water, has been bidden farewell throughout centuries on Gundonumu where Doria Hotel is located on a top hill: a relaxing corner with it unique Aegean bays view, historical mills and Black Island view, hidden in Bitez which is a small village, famous with its natural beaches and tangerine gardens. Doria Hotel hosts the relaxation like your home in a minimalist modern architecture, White colours of unique Aegean atmosphere and one of the most enjoyable beach in Bitez.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Lounge(s)
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    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 8

Bodrum - Kos

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos Dinner and overnight in Bodrum.

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Day 9

Bodrum - Antalya

After breakfast depart for Antalya, en route visit famous Termessos Ancient City, then continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Crowne Plaza Antalya

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    Crowne Plaza Antalya



    With open views of the Mediterranean Sea this 5 star property offers a luxury stay. Indoor and outdoor pools provide a welcome respite from the heat.

    With open views of the Mediterranean Sea this 5 star property offers a luxury stay. Indoor and outdoor pools provide a welcome respite from the heat.

    Facilities

    • Airport Shuttle Service
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Barbeque Facilities
    • Beachfront
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Childrens Playground
    • Currency Exchange
    • Cycling
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Fitness Centre
    • Free WiFi
    • Games Room
    • Garden
    • Gift Shop
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor Pool
    • Ironing Service
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Massage Treatments
    • Outdoor Pool
    • Private Beach Area
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Solarium
    • Spa and Wellness Centre
    • Sun Terrace
    • Terrace

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Day 10

Perge - Aspendos - Antalya

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 11

Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

Early morning departure for Konya visit mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th century Caravansaray and later visit underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

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Duration2 Nights
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Gamirasu Cave Suite

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    Gamirasu Cave Suite



    Gamirasu Hotel is located near Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia, Ayvali village, with its 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms, and it is the first rock hotel of the region, put into service in 1999. The hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat ...

    Gamirasu Hotel is located near Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia, Ayvali village, with its 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms, and it is the first rock hotel of the region, put into service in 1999.

    The hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine Era, offers a strikingly beautiful nature, serenity and contemporary comfort in a pristine village of unspoilt beauty, without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years.

    Some parts of the hotel were used by istian priests until one thousand years ago. It is the only hotel in the Cappadocia region which contains a Byzantine Orthodox church from the 11th century and in this day, the kitchen which once belonged to the monastery is our kitchen, their dining hall is our dining hall. Some of our rooms are the cells in which priests retreat into seclusion once.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Babysitting Services
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Drycleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Free WiFi
    • Ironing Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Photocopier
    • Private Check In and Check Out
    • Shoeshine
    • Shuttle Service (Surcharge)
    • Tour Desk

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Day 12

Cappadocia

Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner at a special local restaurant or you can join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.

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Day 13

Cappadocia - Ankara

In the morning, depart for the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world.

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Duration1 Night
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Hilton Hotel Ankara

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    Hilton Hotel Ankara



    Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara Hilton SA hotel lies near the capital's commercial and diplomatic activity. Relax in a guest room at Ankara Hilton SA, featuring a separate work area and Wi-Fi. Hold any event in style; the ...

    Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara Hilton SA hotel lies near the capital's commercial and diplomatic activity. Relax in a guest room at Ankara Hilton SA, featuring a separate work area and Wi-Fi. Hold any event in style; the Kavaklidere ballroom is an elegant venue for conferences and celebrations for up to 750 guests. Refurbished in April 2014, our cozy lobby lounge is a great spot for socializing and offers live piano music on weekdays.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Babysitting Service
    • Bar
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Currency Exchange
    • Drycleaning
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Gift Shop
    • Hot Tub
    • Indoor Pool
    • Laundry
    • Luggage Storage
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna
    • Shoeshine
    • Shops
    • Terrace

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Day 14

Istanbul

After breakfast, depart on a scenic drive to Istanbul. In the afternoon join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

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Duration1 Night
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Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel

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    Radisson Blu Sisli Hotel



    A premier hotel in the Sisli area of Istanbul, the Radisson Blu houses guests within walking distance of the bus and metro stations and Cevahir Shopping Mall. The impressive atrium lobby showcases a sleek contemporary design complete with unique hanging art fixtures. The impressive decor ...

    A premier hotel in the Sisli area of Istanbul, the Radisson Blu houses guests within walking distance of the bus and metro stations and Cevahir Shopping Mall. The impressive atrium lobby showcases a sleek contemporary design complete with unique hanging art fixtures. The impressive decor continues into all 291 rooms and suites, which provide exceptional amenities like Free high-speed, wireless Internet access. On-site dining options feature local Turkish cuisine and quick bites, while the indoor and outdoor pools beckon travelers to take a cool dip.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Airport Shuttle (Surcharge)
    • Bar
    • Barber/ Beauty Shop
    • Business Centre
    • Car Hire
    • Concierge
    • Currency Exchange
    • Express Check In/Out
    • Facilities for Disabled Guests
    • Family Room
    • Free WiFi
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Newspapers
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Sauna

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Day 15

Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

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DEPARTURES:

2017: 12 Jan; 16 Feb; 2, 9, 23 Mar*. and then every Thursday until 26 Oct..

* Jan., Feb., Mar. departures operate on a different itinerary. Please inquire for details.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals as indicated on itineraries
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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