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Treasures of Turkey

ISTANBUL, ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ANTALYA, PAMUKKALE, IZMIR, EPHESUS, CANAKKALE & TROY

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  • Duration: 14 days
  • Price: from $1,999

    Save up to $800 per couple!!!

For a limited time only save up to $800 per couple on this unforgettable tour of Turkey. Reserve by October 6, 2016 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited for our Turkey vacation packages, so please reserve early.

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Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour of Turkey includes
  • 2 nights in Istanbul
  • 1 night in Ankara
  • 2 nights in Cappadocia
  • 2 nights in Antalya
  • 2 nights in Izmir
  • 1 night Canakkale
  • 2 nights in Istanbul
  • Blue Mosque (Istanbul)
  • Spice Market (Istanbul)
  • Grand Bazaar (Istanbul)
  • Cappadocia Rock Formations
  • Turquoise Coast (Antalya)
  • Ephesus Excursion
  • House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
  • Acropolis (Pergamum)
  • Dardanelles
  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Turkey ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 21 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout

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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, non-transferable 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.
Day 1
Depart USA.
Your fascinating tour of Turkey, the “Crossroads of Civilizations” begins as you depart on overnight flights to Istanbul.
Day 2
Arrive Istanbul (Turkey).
Upon arrival when you visit Istanbul, you’ll be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation. TRYP by Wyndham Hotel (D)
Day 3
Situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Istanbul offers a fascinating blend of east and west. Your guided morning tour includes visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century. Your tour ends with a visit to the vast and bustling Grand Bazaar, world famous labyrinth and passages housing numerous stores where you’ll have shopping opportunities galore. The balance of the day is at leisure and you may wish to join a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorous. (B)
Day 4
Istanbul/Ankara.
Depart for the Turkish capital, Ankara, the country’s second largest city. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, is a vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. You will also visit the fascinating Anatolian Civilization Museum. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own. Swissotel Ankara (B)
Day 5
Ankara/Cappadocia.
Today, travel by road through the Turkish countryside to the world-renowned region of Cappadocia, a breathtaking landscape with striking and bizarre rock formations and underground cities. Dinler Hotel (B,D)
Day 6
Cappadocia.
On today’s guided excursion, visit the Open Air Museum in the Goreme Valley to view early Christian churches decorated with beautifulfrescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. You’ll also visit the Kaymakli Underground City, which was hollowed out of volcanic rock and extends seven to nine floors deep into the earth. It is made up of a maze of corridors, chambers, storehouses, kitchens and churches. Finally, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses as well as pottery and onyx workshops. (B,D)
Day 7
Cappadocia/Konya/Antalya.
This morning visit the 13th century Sultan Han located at a secluded point on the ancient Silk Road between Aksaray and Konya. It was used as a caravanserai during the Seljuk period when trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the traveling traders and their camels. Continue your journey by road via Konya, passing through lush forests, orchards and olive groves on the sloping hills downward to the splendid Mediterrannean Sea. Marmara Hotel (B,D)
Day 8
Antalya.
Full day at leisure to enjoy at your own pace. Your seaside resort hotel enjoys a choice location overlooking Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast. You may join an optional tour ($63) to ancient Perge, the most attractive and well-preserved Pamphylian city that reached its apex during the reign of Alexander the Great. Continue to Aspendos, founded by the colonists from Argos and best known for its huge theater. On this optional tour you’ll also visit the Antalya’s Archaeological Museum that houses artifacts and antiques from 2500 years of Anatolian culture. (B,D)
Day 9
Pamukkale/Izmir.
Journey to Pamukkale and visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hieropolis (“Holy City”), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. These hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C. Later, arrive in Izmir, believed to be the birthplace of Homer. DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Hotel (B,D)
Day 10
Ephesus Excursion.
Today, venture to explore Ephesus considered to be the world’s best-preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world and among its impressive structures you will marvel at the Library of Celcus, Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater and the Odeon. Later, visit to the House of Virgin Mary, a shrine said to be the final home of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus. Return to Izmir. (B,D)
Day 11
Pergamum/Canakkale.
Drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit the Acropolis, an impressive structure that houses the Temple of Trajan, the Heroon Shrine, the Sanctuary of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. You’ll also view the Theater and the Library of Pergamum, whose collection came second only to that of Egypt’s Alexandria. Arrive in Canakkale. Iris Hotel (B,D)
Day 12
Troy/Istanbul.
This morning, marvel at the classical city of Troy as you tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer’s epic poem the Iliad. Cross by ferry the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean and Black Sea and arrive in Istanbul. Upon your return to Istanbul, you may delight in a visit to the Spice Market, the exotic food market selling dried fruits and spices, the underground cistern, the water source of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. This evening savor an included festive farewell dinner. Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel (B,D)
Day 13
On a guided morning tour, a local expert will introduce you to some of the highlights of the city, previously known as Constantinople and the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire. Visit the splendid Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 600 years and now a fascinating museum. Here, visit of the Treasury section with the crown jewels and the unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Continue to the ancient Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period and finally, explore the elegant Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. The balance of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 14
Istanbul/USA.
Today we bid our tour of Turkey farewell. Your exciting journey concludes as you arrive New York. (B)

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Optional Tours

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.

Istanbul
Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise ($64 per person)
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.
Cappadocia
Whirling Dervishes Performance ($49 per person)
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.
Antalya
Tour to Perge, Aspendos and Antalya Archeological Museum ($63 per person)
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.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION

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.

Departure Date Airline Depart Return
2017: Currently No Departures Delta Airlines


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 tourPlease make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE

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.

BAGGAGE

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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