Duration: 13 Days – 12 Nights
Hotel: Istanbul – Crowne Plaza Harbiye or Crowne Plaza Old City (DLX), Canakkale – Kolin Hotel (SFC), Kusadasi – Charisma (DLX),Pamukkale – Pam Thermal (FC), Antalya – Crowne Plaza (DLX), Konya – Hilton Garden Inn (SFC), Cappadocia – Lykia Lodge (SFC), Ankara – Crowne Plaza (DLX)
Best of Turkey
Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing.
Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B
Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D
Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Kusadasi
Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, tour ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue on to Kusadasi for overnight. B D
Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s cottage and visit a regional rug production center. Afternoon Optional: Tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D
Day 6 Tue: Kusadasi – Pamukkale
Drive through fertile valleys to Pamukkale (white lime cascades) visit Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools of our hotel. B D
Day 7 Wed: Pamukkale – Perge – Antalya
Morning drive to Antalya, arrival at mid- noon, pay a visit to the ancient city of Perge, a relax afternoon by the Mediterranean coast. B D
Day 8 Thu: Antalya: Optional Tour of Phaselis or Yacht Cruise
Today is a free day with choices of Optional tours of Phaselis, a coastal ancient city or a lazy yacht cruise along turquoise coast of the Mediterranean. B D
Day 9 Fri: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya
After breakfast depart for Konya, en route visit the famous theatre in Aspendos. Visit Mevlana Mausoleum and Karatay Koran School, then overnight in Konya. B D
Day 10 Sat: Cappadocia
Morning departure for Cappadocia, the land of Fairy Chimneys. We pay a visit to the famous underground city of Sarhatli and visit a regional carpet production center. Local dinner in a restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia. Tonight Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance. B D
Day 11 Sun: Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. B D
Day 12 Mon: Cappadocia – Ankara
Morning departure to Ankara through salt lake area, afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum and Anatolian Civilizations Museum. B D
Day 13 Tue: Ankara – Return
Transfer to airport. B
Professional English speaking guide throughout the tour.
Breakfast (B), Dinner (D) as indicated in the itinerary.
All sightseeing and admission fees on the above program.
Arrival Ataturk International Airport & Hotel Transfer
Departure hotel & Ankara Airport transfer.
All transportation in Turkey by private a/c tour coach.
Any tipping you feel appropriate.
Meals unless stated.