13 Day Turkish Treasures - Thursday Departure

13 Day Turkish Treasures - Thursday Departure


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Turkey

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Morning City Tour of Istanbul
Embark on a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a short briefing and a picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior made of blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Then, head to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. In the afternoon, join the fascinating optional tour to the St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more*
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia & Grand Bazaar (PM)*
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Anzac Cemetery, Travel to Canakkale
This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. April 25, 2015 marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
Overnight: Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Visit Troy, Pergamum, Travel to Izmir
This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Izmir
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Perhaps, relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don't miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Izmir
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale
Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis ("Holy City"), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Antalya
Spend a full day at leisure in Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," Antalya is an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Long popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to historic ruins in the surrounding region. A fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos. On the return trip, visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years
Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing
Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. During the Seljuk period, trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the traveling traders. The Caravanserai provided these traders, both foreign and native, with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. There was even a small mosque, known as "Kosk Mescid," in the courtyard's center where the travelers could conduct religious practices. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where you will arrive in the evening. Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes*If time permits there may be a visit to a local school en route to Cappadocia.
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Full Day in Cappadocia
Explore the area independently on your day at leisure. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes. Begin the day very early on an optional hot air balloon ride that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. On the half day optional tour*, visit the Open-Air Museum in the Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches and the Ozkonak Underground City. Explore the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx, and visit a local pottery shopThe Cappadocia Balloon Ride tour ends before the Half Day Cappadocia tour begins. Both tours can be done on the same day.
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Cappadocia (AM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk
This morning depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, view the vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo-Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and that of Ataturk himself, beneath which lies his tomb. Continue to the Anatolian Civlizations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum's unique exhibits feature Anatolian archaeological artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic Age
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Return to Istanbul
This morning return to Istanbul. Arrive in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions
Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Please Note: Land Price does not include airfare, departure or arrival transfers, airline taxes and fuel surcharges.

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Istanbul, Istanbul-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Istanbul
  • 1 night Canakkale
  • 2 nights Izmir
  • 2 nights Antalya
  • 2 nights Cappadocia
  • 1 night Ankara
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
  • Special Features

  • Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in Gallipoli
  • Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalized in Homer's epic poem, The Iliad
  • Visit Pergamum, a kingdom dating back to the 4th century, home to the Roman center of Asklepion
  • View the thermal pools at Pamukkale's "cotton castle" of cascading snow-falls
  • View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
    Arrival and departure transfers are only included with arrival into Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST).

    During Ramadan (Apr 23 - May 23, 2020), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

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    Accommodations

    Legacy Ottoman Hotel
    This first class hotel is a magnificent work of the National Architecture Movement and is located in the Old City peninsula.

    Kolin Hotel
    This first class hotel is located on the waterfront with views of the Strait of Dardanelles.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Anemon Fuar Hotel
    This first class hotel is located in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    Park Inn by Radisson Izmir
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Izmir.

    The Marmara Antalya Hotel
    This deluxe class hotel is located on the famous Falez cliffs with magnificent sea views.

    Dinler Hotel Urgup
    This first class hotel overlooks the picturesque hills in the lively Urgup section of Cappadocia.

    Holiday Inn Ankara - Cukurambar
    This superior first class hotel is about a ten minute drive from the city center of Ankara.

    Barcelo Istanbul
    This deluxe hotel is a five minute walk from Taksim Square.

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    Ratings based off 13 reviews . Currently showing 8 reviews with comments only.
    By Gloria S on Oct 24, 2019

    Nice trip. Very fast paced

    By Christopher B on Oct 08, 2019

    Turkey is amazing. A few of the hotels were below Gate1 standards

    By Boris G on Sep 26, 2019

    1. Many tours turned out to be optional, which made it difficult to compare. 2. Too many included dinners - too much food, made it difficult to explore local options and imposed time constraints.

    By Durla L on Sep 17, 2019

    We are very pleased with all the arrangements made by Caleb of Affordable Tours.

    By Nina T on Jul 31, 2019

    Love Gate1. This is our 3rd tour with them. They are the best. Great itinerary. Great hotels. Great tour guides. The trips are very educational, not just for our kids, but for us as well. We would definitely travel with them again.

    By Christina K on Jun 20, 2019

    Loved this tour and our guide was spectacular. Only other comment is that it involved a lot of walking......a lot of walking. There was also little or no downtime (i.e shopping other than touristy stuff.) Flight connections in Frankfurt were difficult.

    By Leslie R on Jun 07, 2019

    Tour was very good. Guide (Ender) was knowledgeable and eloquent. He made the stories interesting and did an excellent job.

    By Karen E on Apr 23, 2019

    This was a wonderful trip and I would travel with them again.


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