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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Tuesday - 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, at approximately 7 PM, attend an orientation meeting at with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day Istanbul Tour
Begin your day at the magnificent Blue Mosque with its six minarets. The stunning interior decor, shimmering with over 21,000 blue Iznik tiles, is highlighted by the beautiful floral designs displaying traditional lily, carnation, tulip and rose motifs. On to the Hippodrome that served as a stadium for chariot racing and public gatherings. Continue with a visit to St. Sophia, its massive dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century - architects still marvel at the building's many innovations, once considered the greatest church in Christendom. It was proclaimed a mosque soon after the conquest of the city by the Ottomans in 1453, that later was converted to a museum. Afterward, arrive at Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. The jeweled turban crests, silken caftans and priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace bear witness to the grandeur of a bygone era. End the day at the Grand Bazaar, a favorite place for shopping. You can wander the labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelry, leather goods, carpets and more
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Flight to Ankara
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara, the capital and second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilizations 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. Continue to 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.
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Visit Hattusa en route to Cappadocia
Today, depart Ankara and head south towards Cappadocia. Along the way, stop at the ancient city of Hattusa, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the famous Lion's Gate, with its rich ornamentation and King's Gate, with its large-scale relief. Visit the impressive citadel that was also the royal residence and explore the Great Temple, dedicated to the supreme deities of the Hittites. Afterward, continue the drive to Cappadocia. Arrive at the hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Explore Cappadocia
Embark on a full day tour of Cappadocia, famed for its temples and houses that are cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations. Visit the Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Goreme Valley to see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Continue to the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx. Visit a local pottery shop before driving to Pasabag Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monks. Marvel at the surreal landscape of mushroom shaped rock formations. Afterward, visit a carpet atelier and watch a demonstration of traditional Turkish carpet weaving. Return to the hotel with free time before dinner tonight
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day Cappadocia Tour
Today, the exploration of Cappadocia begins at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis that features a maze of narrow tunnels and rooms carved from soft volcanic rock. Continue to Guvercinlik (Pigeon's Valley), an area that housed countless pigeons during ancient times, and Güllüdere (Rose Valley) boasting the best views of fairy-chimneys, before returning to the hotel. Spend time at leisure before dinner. Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing, Konya, Antalya
Today, depart in the early morning and travel to Antalya. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Agzikarahan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road. Its main portal gate, adorned with geometric motifs, 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 with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. Afterward, head to Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, housing the tomb of the 13th century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. Continue the drive towards Antalya, passing through lush forests, orchards and olive groves. Arrive in Antalya for overnight
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Antalya City Tour, Perge and Aspendos
Antalya was founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," 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 area. Take a city tour of Antalya that includes Hadrian's Gate, the Clock Tower, city walls dating back to the 2nd century and a visit to the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years. Then, explore the Pamphylian city of Perge with a history that dates back to the Bronze Age. View the remains of the well-preserved stadium and amphitheater, along with the agora and Roman baths. Continue to the ancient city of Aspendos with its best-preserved Roman theater in Turkey. The theater known for its superb acoustics is still in use, as the stage for the Aspendos International Opera Festival. Return to your hotel and spend time at leisure
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Ancient City of Termessos, Pamukkale
This morning, depart for Pamukkale. Along the way, stop to visit the ancient city of Termessos, built high in the Taurus Mountains at an altitude of approximately 3,300 feet. Due to its remarkable location, the city of Termessos is also called the Eagle's Nest. Explore the ancient site and learn about its history. View the lower city walls, temples and monuments. Admire the spectacular theater, that seated around 4,000 spectators, perched perilously on the hillside, with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, continue your journey. Arrive in Pamukkale for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Pamukkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Necropolis & Hierapolis, Bodrum
Depart Pamukkale this morning and drive to Bodrum. En route, stop to visit the Necropolis, a burial ground covered in limestone with ornately decorated marble tombs and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City", situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Roman ruins of the ancient city and health resort since the 2nd century BC. Later, arrive in the seaside city of Bodrum and check in to your hotel
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Bodrum City Tour
Begin your morning city tour of Bodrum at Crusader Castle, housing Turkey's Museum of Underwater Archeology. The museum features some of the world's oldest known shipwrecks. Later, view the historical windmills standing near the Bodrum harbor before heading to the imposing Myndos Gate. It was constructed in the 4th century BC by King Mausolos and is the only surviving gate of the two original entrances to ancient Halicarnassus. Continue to the Bodrum Amphitheater, one of the city's great historic monuments. Finish the tour at the market for some shopping before heading back. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Full Day in Bodrum
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Bodrum to explore on your own. Perhaps, head to the beach for a swim in the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea!
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Sunday - Ancient Ephesus, Izmir
Depart Bodrum this morning and travel to the ancient city of Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the ancient world" once stood. The ruins at Ephesus are among the best preserved in the region. Now an open-air archaeological museum, Ephesus was once home to notable philosophers, gladiators, and rulers. Walk along the 2000 year old marble and cobblestone streets. The Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, and the two-storied Library of Celsus are some of the ancient sites you'll behold on the walking tour. Visit the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached and one of the largest theaters in antiquity. Visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary near a grove of olive trees, believed to be her last residence. Afterward, continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Izmir City Tour
Embark on a morning tour of the port city of Izmir, known historically as Smyrna with over 3500 years of history. Admire the ancient Roman Agora and learn about Izmir's fascinating past. View one of the city's famous landmarks the Clock Tower. Afterward, visit the bazaar and browse the colorful stalls for souvenirs. The afternoon is free for individual explorations. Tonight, gather for a Farewell Dinner - share wonderful memories of your journey and bid goodbye to Turkey, your Tour Manager, and your newfound friends
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Istanbul, Izmir-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Intra-flight Istanbul-Ankara
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Istanbul
  • 1 night Ankara
  • 3 nights Cappadocia
  • 2 nights Antalya
  • 1 night Pamukkale
  • 3 nights Bodrum
  • 2 nights Izmir
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • Special Features

  • Discover Istanbul's extraordinary sights including the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic
  • Explore the ancient city of Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age
  • See the extraordinary's "fairy chimneys" and the Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the 13th-century Caravanserai of Agzikarahan, a large abandoned city, built on the Silk Road
  • Visit the Pamphylian city of Perge and the ancient city of Aspendos
  • Discover the ancient city of Termessos, built high in the Taurus Mountains
  • View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire Myndos Gate, the only surviving gate of the two original entrances to ancient Halicarnassus
  • Walk through the ancient city of Ephesus and learn about its history
  • During the city tour of Izmir, visit the Roman Agora and view the city's landmark the Clock Tower
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

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    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight from Istanbul-Ankara.
    Arrival and departure transfers are only included for flights to Istanbul Airport (IST) and from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB).

    During Ramadan (Apr 2 - May 1, 2022), 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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    Eresin Taxim Premier Hotel
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    Point Hotel Ankara
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    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos-Cappadocia
    This first class hotel is about a 10 minute drive away from the town center of Avanos.

    The Marmara Antalya Hotel
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    Doga Thermal Health & Spa
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    The Marmara Bodrum
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the city of Bodrum and the Aegean Sea.

    Renaissance Hotel Izmir
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