ISTANBUL, ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ANTALYA, PAMUKKALE, IZMIR, EPHESUS, CANAKKALE & TROY
|Itinerary at a glance||Highlights||Your tour of Turkey includes|
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Land + Air
(Land Only Prices Available Upon Request)
|Tour cost airfare included|
|Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $499.
|For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.|
|Visa is required for Turkey.|
|Reservations and Payments
Reservations for Turkey vacation packages can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable deposit (by check) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.
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To enhance and make your visit to Turkey more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are in US Dollars. Payment should be made in cash (US dollars). Credit cards (Visa, Mastercard and American Express) are accepted with a minimum purchase of $200 and subject to a service fee of 3.5% imposed by the local touring company. Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met.
No stay in Istanbul would be complete without a memorable cruise by a private boat along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. Transfer from the hotel to the pier and embark your delightful cruise boat. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Rococo and Baroque style buildings, impressive Ottoman villas and marble palaces. You’ll also see humble fishing villages set against the dramatic outline of the Strait of Istanbul and the architectural wonder of the Bosphorus Suspension Bridges, exemplify the newest symbols of the link between East and West. At the conclusion of the cruise transfer back to your hotel.
The “Whirling Dervishes” performance is also called “the Sema ritual”. The Sema ritual began with the inspiration of Mavlana Jalaleddin Rumi who is one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. The captivating dance of the whirling dervishes, which displays infinite spinning in perfect harmony, is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture. It’s a rare opportunity to experience a seven-century old ritual, featuring beautiful costumes, live music with flutes, string and percussion, and the amazing sight of the Dervishes whirling on the stage.
Drive to Perge, a Pamphylian city founded between BC12-13. It is the most attractive and well-preserved Pamphylian city. View the highlights of this ancient city including the theatre, towers, Agora, Acropol and the Palaestra that was given to Imperial Claudius. Continue to Aspendos and view the well renowned Roman theatre that is still being used for contemporary concerts. Before returning to your hotel visit the Archeological Museum of Antalya later this afternoon.
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Turkey and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|2016: Sep. 14||Delta Airlines||8:00PM||1:00pM|
|2016: Oct. 5||Delta Airlines||5:00PM||5:00pM|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight times are always subject to change.
The airlines above do not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Turkey. American passport holders must obtain a Turkey e-visa online prior to entering Turkey at a cost of $20 per person (subject to change). To obtain an e-visa for Turkey, you can contact the Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System by visiting their website by clicking here. If you have questions, you may reach their call center at (888) 566-7656. Alternatively, we arranged a visa processing service “CIBT” to facilitate the Turkey e-visa for you for an additional handling fee. Please click here to download CIBT’s instructions. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect daytime high temperatures in the 50’s to 60’s in March & November, 60’s to 70’s in April & October and 70’s to 80’s May & September.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
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We experienced this tour over the last two weeks of September 2015. Wonderful, interesting, and educational in all respects. Historical sites awe-inspiring. Guide, Dilek, most friendly and extremely knowledgeable about her country, providing great explanations concerning all sites visited; our bus driver terrific and most patient. Accommodations top notch. The Turkish people are very friendly and hospitable to their foreign guests. Our group was most compatible adding to a positive experience. A tour and country to visit we highly recommend.
This tour was great. Our tour Director has been doing this for years. He is a gem and very knowledgable and funny. I would definitely book with Smartours again.
Treasures of Turkey was a wonderful mixture of interesting cities, historic sites, seaside settings on the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea. Our guide, Oguz Atici, was knowledgeable and clearly loved this history and culture of his country. We covered nearly 2000 miles in a comfortable bus with an unbeatable driver. This is a tough time for Turkey but I wish the best for this beautiful and welcoming country.
I could not have guessed how great this tour was before going. Everything was superior at an unbelievable low cost. Turkey is absolutely safe and the people are friendly. Have no fears and do this tour. Fahti, our guide, was AWESOME.
This tour was fantastic and our tour guide Fahti (spelling) was out of the world. He was very knowledgeable and went above and beyond. On the first day, another guest had a problem with seating. (it was the guest's problem..not the tour guides) and Fahti was able to handle the complaint. To be fair, the guest was very unkind to the Fahti, but Fahti turned it around. The tour was beyond great!!! thanks..
This was our first time with SmarTours and we were so pleased with everything about it, from Turkish Air, the hotels, food, excellent tours, and our fabulous guide, Fatih. We really appreciated Fatih's openness, sense of humor, and his enthusiasm in sharing Turkey with us really gave us a much greater appreciation of Turkey. We were amazed at what a great value our SmarTours was!
This was an incredible vacation, everything went perfecly, the hotels were excellent, the food delicious, the entire trip program was fantastic. Our tour director Fatih was great, he loves his country and thanks of his knowledge of history, culture, stories, great attitude and his good sense of humor make this trip unforgettable for everyone!
We've been on several SmarTours and this may be our favorite. The hotels were nice, food good and our tour director, Fatih, was GREAT. He is very knowledgeable about the history and a great story teller with a wonderful sense of humor. He kept us organized and had every detail in hand. He really seemed to enjoy what he was doing and didn't have the "I've said all this stuff a thousand times before" attitude. We flew on Turkish Airline, and were impressed. They were on time, the food and service was better than most. If you are concerned about the safety of visiting Turkey, don't be. The agenda is no where any troubled borders. We always felt safe.
We had the most amazing trip to Turkey, thanks in large part to our phenomenal guide, Aykud Uzun. He is so knowledgeable and caring, and so enthusiastic about everything we visited. Turkey is a must see. So much history and a fascinating place to visit. The trip was very well organized and great value.
We were amazed about how modern Turkey was. Its highway system rivals the USA. Poverty and slums were practically non-existant. Our hotels were very nice and every Turk we interacted with was courteous and responsive. Judging by the number of Turkish flags we saw flying,I would say they are quite patriotic. Prices there are quite good,compared to western Europe. There are a number of fabulous ruins that are included in the trip. Be sure and take a balloon ride in Cappodocia($225pp)--well worth the trip ! Sali,guide, and his helpers were great to work with. All in all, a great trip we would love to take again. (We went 5/7-20/14 )