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Turkish Odyssey

Historical and Boutique Hotels

Included Highlights

  • Small group size max 22 people
  • Topkapi Palace and St. Sophia Basilica
  • Grand Bazaar, world’s largest and oldest covered Market
  • Anzac Cove at  Gallipoli
  • Ancient city of Troy
  • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
  • Pamukkale the Cotton Fortress
  • St. Peter’s Castle and Underwater Museum
  • Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Aspendos and its 1800 year-old theater
  • Mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Mevlana
  • Saratli, an ancient secret underground city
  • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
  • Lunch with locals
  • Special dinners at restaurants.

Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453-1852(excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center 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. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the worlds greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli- Dardanelles- Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D

Day 4 Sun: Troy-Pergamum- Izmir
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being setting of Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Izmir for overnight. B L D

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St Mary’s House- Izmir
Tour the ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year old marble streets, a theater, 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 center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. B
Optional: Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 6 Tue: Izmir- Pamukkale
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool. B D

Day 7 Wed: Pamukkale- Bodrum
After breakfast drive to Bodrum and start an explorative tour of Bodrum city by walking around. Overnight in Bodrum. B

Day 8 Thu: Bodrum-Fethiye
After breakfast, late morning departure to foundations of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Afterwards, depart to Fethiye. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Fethiye. B D

Day 9 Fri: Fethiye-Myra-Antalya
After breakfast depart for Antalya, en route visit famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) in Demre and ancient sight of Myra, then continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight. B D 

Day 10 Sat: Perge-Aspendos-Antalya
This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at local restaurant. B D

Day 11 Sun: Antalya-Konya-Cappadocia
Early morning departure for Konya visit mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th century Caravansary and later visit underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 12 Mon: Cappadocia
Early morning optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast  visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which were first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that 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. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional whirling Dervishes performance. B D

Day 13 Tue: Cappadocia-Ankara 
Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area, Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravansary, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner and overnight in Ankara. B D 

Day 14 Wed: Ankara- Istanbul
After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurant and cafes. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. B D 

Day 15 Thu: Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

 

Departure Dates 2018 P/P in DBL Single Supl P/P in Triple
Apr: 19
May:
03,17,31
Jun
: 14,28
Aug: 23
Sep: 06,20,
Oct: 04,18
 

$2730

 

 

$1030

 

$2660

 

Price Includes

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast L lunch and D Dinner
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departures transfers: only on arrival and departure days. Pre or post stay transfers are not included.

Price Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers