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Treasures of Turkey

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16 Days from $2,050 per person

In ancient times, Turkey was a major player in the Mediterranean. It's in vogue once again, but this time it's the historic sites, natural wonders and value for money that draw in the crowds.

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  1. Board your overnight flight (not included).
  2. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Start exploring the wonders of this glorious city, uniquely located on two continents. At night, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:CVK Park Bosphorus, Istanbul.
  3. Board for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. This is one of the world's busiest waterways, with stately cargo ships plying their way up the main channel while ferries constantly dash across their paths to link the villages on the European and Asian sides of the water. Cruise beneath the spectacular modern suspension bridges, past elegant palaces (built in the 18th and 19th centuries by Turkish nobility) and picturesque fishing villages – where life seems unchanged since ancient times. Back on dry land, leave Istanbul for the 14th century Ottoman capital of Bursa. There is time in the afternoon to hunt for bargains in the bazaar and colourful silk markets or to explore the gracious monuments.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Crowne Plaza, Bursa.
  4. Visit the glorious Green Mosque, Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa before driving to the charming Cumalikizik village with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Move on to Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordion Knot, en route to Turkey's modern capital of Ankara.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:HiltonSA, Ankara.
  5. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum, portraying the fascinating history of Asia Minor from its earliest times. You also visit Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk (Turkey's greatest leader in modern times), before heading to Avanos in Cappadocia.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos, Cappadocia (2 nights).
  6. During your stay in this unique region, visit Göreme's rock-carved churches and see ancient frescoes in the open-air museum. Witness the volcanic landscapes and mushroom shaped ‘fairy chimneys' of the Pasabag Valley, the underground city of Özkonak. After a Turkish carpet making workshop, visit a village house, the home of a Cappadocian local for decades, and experience Turkish hospitality first-hand. Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by a cultural night at a 13th century Seljuk caravansera. The show consists of a spectacular 'Sema' performance of Whirling Dervishes, followers of Sufism, which developed from devout followers of Islam.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos, Cappadocia.
  7. Learn about pottery making in Avanos and visit a 13th century caravanserai. Then, drive to Turkey's most religious city Konya, which was once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes and the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Dedeman/Anemon, Konya.
  8. Descend the Taurus Mountains and drive to Aspendos to visit what is considered to be the best preserved Roman theatre anywhere in the world. Continue on to your hotel for the next two nights and enjoy time to relax.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Rixos Downtown, Antalya (2 nights).
  9. Your day starts with a visit on foot to Antalya's Old Town. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities of the hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace. Suggestions include a stroll around the harbour area or taking a boat trip off the coast.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Rixos Downtown, Antalya.
  10. Pass pine forests and cross the Taurus Mountains on your way to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Tea-cup shaped pools of this ‘Cotton Castle' cascade with light blue water, covering the hillside in a waterfall of white.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Doğa Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale.
  11. Visit the Temple of Aphrodite at amazing Aphrodisias, and be seduced by the collection of sculptural treasures, Greco-Roman statues and ceramics. Then follow the Maeander River Valley, (so full of twists and turns, it gave us the word ‘meander') to your beautiful beachfront hotel in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Charisma, Kusadasi.
  12. Explore one of the world's finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk along the Arcadian Way to view the splendid façade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the ruins, before continuing to the Selçuk Archaeological Museum, where many artefacts from Ephesus are displayed. Stay overnight in the bustling Aegean port of Izmir.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir.
  13. Stop in Pergamon, the impressive site of an ancient kingdom, to visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres of the ancient world. Drive to Homer's Troy to see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and an enormous reconstruction of the famous wooden Trojan horse. The evening is spent in Çanakkale.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Kolin, Çanakkale.
  14. Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry and continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of fierce fighting in World War One. See the battlefields where for nine disastrous months, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic straits, with the loss of over half a million lives. Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and visit the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery before returning to Istanbul.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:CVK Park Bosphorus, Istanbul (2 nights).
  15. In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Also visit St. Sophia, a former cathedral and a mosque which is now a magnificent museum. The afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Then it's time to test your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar. Don't worry, your Local Expert will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! In the evening, join a farewell Celebration Dinner at a colourful local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:CVK Park Bosphorus, Istanbul.
  16. The tour ends with transfers to the airport.
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Included Quality Dining

14 Buffet Breakfasts (BB), 9 three-course table d'hôte Dinners (D); 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee.

Signature Experiences

Istanbul:

  • Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, past Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses. With a Local Expert visit the Blue Mosque and St. Sophia museum and gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman sultans at the fabulous Topkapi Palace.

Bursa:

  • Visit the Grand Mosque, the glorious Green Mosque and mausoleum.

Ankara:

  • Discover the mysterious Hittite civilisation and visit the mausoleum of Atatürk.

Göreme:

  • Explore underground cities, rock cut churches and fairytale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley. In Cappadocia, visit a local home to experience Turkish hospitality.

Konya:

  • Visit the beautiful Mevlana museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dervishes.

Antalya:

  • Visit the world's best preserved Roman Theatre in Aspendos.

Pamukkale:

  • See the cascading ‘Cotton Castle' of milky white travertine pools.

Ephesus:

  • Tour one of the world's finest ancient sites, visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Archaeological Museum.

Pergamon:

  • Visit Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world.

Gallipoli:

  • Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.
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New Year’s Eve Celebration Dinner included in Kusadasi.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey must have a current passport valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Turkey.

  • The currency in Turkey is the Lira (₺). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you when you travel, you can use your debit card or credit card to pay in most places and will usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Turkey. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine. Mediterranean food is simple, delicious, and centered on a variety of fresh seafood, produce, cheeses and baked goods. Turkish specialties to try include Meze (a selection of starters), kebabs, in particular the Shish kebabs (pieces of meat such as lamb threaded on a skewer and grilled) and Doner kebab (lamb and beef roasted on a vertical spit which is then thinly sliced).  For dessert, try baklava, various milk puddings and of course Turkish delight. The national drink is Raki (an aniseed liqueur), which is commonly served throughout the meal either neat or with water. Turkish coffee is strong and served black.

  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Keep in mind that your shoulders and knees should be covered while visiting religious sites. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping at restaurants is less common than in the U.S. When dining out, it’s appropriate to leave 5-10 percent gratuity for good service.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.

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