CLASSICS OF TURKEY

  • Duration: 11 Days / 10 Nights, departing on Fridays
  • Category: Superior First Class Hotels or Superior Tourist & Moderate First Class Hotels
  • Nights: Istanbul (3), Ankara (1), Cappadocia (2), Pamukkale (1), Kusadasi (2), Canakkale (1)
  • Start: Istanbul, Finish: Istanbul
  • Tour is guaranteed with a minimum of 2 passengers.
Turkey Coach Tour: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Canakkale, Gallipoli
 
2016 Itinerary:
Day 1 Fri:        Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.
 
Day 2 Sat:       Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre 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. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Optional:Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)
 
Day 3 Sun:     Istanbul – Ankara
An optional morning:tour of St. Sophiaa 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, and optional Bosphorus cruise, enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés.Afternoon departure for the capital city of Ankara for overnight. (B,D)
 
Day 4 Mon:     Ankara – Cappadocia
Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artefacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artefacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravanserai en route. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Dinner at a local restaurant. Tonight Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance.Overnight in Cappadocia. (B,D)
 
Day 5 Tue:      Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional:hot air balloon tour and experience floating through the 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 canstill be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the 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. (B,D)
 
Day 6 Wed:     Cappadocia – Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)
 
Day 7 Thu:     Pamukkale – Kusadasi
Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Proceed to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight. (B,D)
 
Day 8 Fri:        Ephesus & Virgin Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theatre, 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 centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Afternoon Optional: tour of Sirince. (B,D)
 
Day 9 Sat:       Pergamon – Troy – Canakkale
Tour the ancient Medical Centre Asclepion in Pergamon. Lunch with the locals in a traditional village. Then 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. Continue to Canakkale for overnight. (B,L,D)
 
Day 10 Sun:   Dardanelles – Gallipoli – Istanbul
In the morning depart for Gallipoli. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, and then drive to Istanbul for farewell dinner and overnight. (B,D)
 
Day 11 Mon:   Istanbul
After breakfast transfer to Airport. End of tour. (B)
Superior First Class Hotels:
2016 DEPARTURE DATES -Fridays-
Per Person
in Double
Single Per Person
in Triple
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20, 27 
June 3, 10, 17, 24
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
August 5, 12, 19, 26
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
October 7, 14, 21, 28 
$1,732 $2,560 $1,622
November 4, 18
$1,523 $2,285 $1,454
December 16
$1,593 $2,355 $1,523
 
Superior Tourist and Moderate First Class Hotels:
2016 DEPARTURE DATES -Fridays-
Per Person
in Double
Single Per Person
in Triple
April 8, 22
May 6, 20
June 3, 17
July 1, 15, 29 
August 12, 26
September 9, 23
October 7, 21
November 4
$1,148 $1,513 $1,106
 

Tour Inclusions: Listed hotels with private facilities (or similar standard equivalents), listed meals (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), professional English speaking guides, air-conditioned vehicles, luggage handling, local taxes and service charges, arrival and departure transfers from and to Ataturk Airport on first and last day of tour.

 

2016 Superior First Class Hotels (or similar): Istanbul – Renaissance Bosphorus, Ankara – Crowne Plaza Ankara, Cappadocia – Cappadocia Lodge, Pamukkale – Colossae, Kusadasi – Charisma, Canakkale – Kolin

2016 Superior Tourist and Moderate First Class Hotels (or similar): Istanbul – AC Marriot Macka, Ankara – Holiday Inn, Cappadocia – Altinoz, Pamukkale – Colossae; Kusadasi – Marina, Canakkale – Grand Anzac

*Please note: Once special booking prices have been paid they are non-refundable.

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