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Wonders of Turkey (Premium)

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Cappadocia, Turkey
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12 Days from $1,895 per person

Gifted with natural wonders like Göreme and the white terraces of Pamukkale, ancient Ephesus stands out as Turkey's finest gem.

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  1. Board your overnight flight (not included).
  2. Welcome to a land rich in archaeological sites, historic monuments and an enormous variety of spectacular scenery. On arrival at Istanbul Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. In the evening, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening of dinner and wine.
    meal(s):WD
    hotel:Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus/Marriott Sisli.
  3. Drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the Peninsula of Gelibolu, better known in the west as Gallipoli. Here are the battlefields where, for nine disastrous months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Dardanelles Strait. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. From Eceabat, a 30-minute sea crossing to Çanakkale takes you from one continent to another as you leave Europe for Asia.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Kolin, Çanakkale.
  4. Drive to Homer's legendary city of Troy, where archaeological excavations have established nine levels of habitation, including the great city captured in 1200BC by means of the renowned Trojan Horse.  A huge replica of this stands beside the city's ancient walls. Continue to Pergamon, the seat of an ancient kingdom. Visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world. Carry on to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Izmir, sited overlooking an inlet of the Aegean.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Swissotel, Izmir.
  5. Visit the Archaeological museum at Selçuk where many of the excavated artefacts of Ephesus are displayed. Explore Ephesus itself, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, the splendid façade of the Library of Celsus and see the huge Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, spectacularly situated above the Ephesus ruins, and head to the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Charisma, Kusadasi.
  6. Follow the Maeander River Valley, (so full of twists and turns it gives us the word ‘meander') to Pamukkale, famous for its dazzling chalk-white array of fantastically shaped limestone terraces. See the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The rest of the day is yours to relax and enjoy your hotel's thermal pools.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Doğa Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale.
  7. Head to Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire and home to the mystic Whirling Dervish sect. Visit the Mevlana Tekke, a museum and national monument, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome. See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret before driving across fertile plains to Urgup, in the heart of Cappadocia. En route visit one of the best preserved Seljuk caravanserais in Anatolia.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Alfina Cave Hotel, Cappadocia (2 nights).
  8. In the morning, enjoy an experience to Göreme, a region of volcanic landscapes and rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings, some of which you can see in the open-air museum. Continue to the Pasabag Valley where the scenery is dotted with mushroom shaped ‘fairy chimneys' and troglodyte dwellings. Explore the underground city of Ozkonak. After stopping at a Turkish Carpet center, visit a village house, 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 caravanserai, which consists of a spectacular ‘Sema' performance of Whirling Dervishes, followers of Sufism, which developed from devout followers of Islam.
    meal(s):BB, SE
    hotel:Alfina Cave Hotel, Cappadocia.
  9. Learn about pottery making in Avanos and drive to Ankara to visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey's greatest modern leader.
    meal(s):BB, D
    hotel:Hilton SA, Ankara.
  10. Take a scenic drive through the countryside to Istanbul.
    meal(s):BB
    hotel:Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus/Marriott Sisli (2 nights).
  11. Visit the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles and the Hippodrome where Roman chariot races were held. Then visit Hagia Sophia, now a magnificent museum, before continuing to Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Move on to the Grand Bazaar. Your Local Expert will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! Finally, embark upon a cruise along the Bosphorus waterways. Travelling towards the old city from close to the Black Sea, the scenery complements the grandeur of the Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses. In the evening, join a farewell Celebration Dinner at a colourful local restaurant.
    meal(s):BB, CD
    hotel:Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus/Marriott Sisli.
  12. After breakfast, transfer to the airport.
    meal(s):BB
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INCLUDED QUALITY DINING

10 Buffet Breakfasts (BB) and 6 Dinners, or Buffets, plus tea or coffee (D); plus 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 1 Signature Evening (SE), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) all with wine, plus tea or coffee. 

Signature Experiences

Istanbul:

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

Gallipoli:

  • Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.

Pergamon:

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

Ephesus:

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

Pamukkale:

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

Konya:

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

Göreme:

  • Explore underground cities, rock-cut churches, fairytale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.

Ankara:

  • Discover the mysterious Hittite civilisation and visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk.
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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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Cappadocia

Turkish Folklore Show

Adult Price: €35

A folklore show in a cave setting, featuring vibrant dances from different regions and also a belly dancer. During the show unlimited amount of local drinks, both with and without alcohol, 4 kinds of Turkish ‘meze’ (hors d’oeuvres, appetizers), nuts, fruits and Turkish dessert specialities will be served.

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