Turkey Escorted Tour

Classical Turkey Sites 

Visit the Most Popular Classical Sites in Turkey on this fully escorted coach tour: Ephesus and St. Mary's House - Kusadasi, Pergamon, Cappadocia's underground cities, Troy, Ankara and much more.
2016 and 2017     11Days/10nights

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Specials on the First Class Tour.

escorted tour from Istanbul to clasical ancient sites in Turkey on the wst coast

 Book and pay in full by 30 Dec 2015 and get 50% off  on the second person's trip or 100% off on the third person in your party on 2016 departures. Book and pay in full by Feb 28, 2015 and receive US$ 200 off per couple

You have the option of using first Class or superior tourist class hotels throughout the tour. Scroll down for prices

ITINERARY   11days/10nights
Day 1 Fri : Istanbul
Independent arrival on your own at Istanbul airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of the day free to recover from jet lag. Welcome briefing in the evening.
Day 2 Sat: Istanbul
Full day tour to visit the most famous sites including the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), teh remains of the Byzantine Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. ( Full day tour is optional for the Standard tour ) Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day 3 Sun : Istanbul – Ankara
Time at leisure or morning Optional tour of St. Sophia, once the largest structure in the world and symbol of Byzantinum. The visit is followed by a cruise on the Bosphorus strait separating Europe from Asia sailing by the many lovely wooden villas, parks, gardens and cafes on both shores. Afternoon departure for Ankara around 3 p.m.. Late arrival at Ankara. (B,D)
Day 4 Mon : Ankara – Cappadocia
Morning departure to view Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations Turkey's most interesting World class museum displaying Anatolia's ancient past starting around 5000 B.C.. Visit the Mouseleum of Ataturk, who was the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Enjoy a dinner at a local restaurant. We will visit the underground city of Sarati, one of the many secret underground settlements Cappadocia is famous for. Dinner in Cappadocia, possibility to join and optional Whirling Dervishes performance.  (B,D)
Day 5 Tue : Cappadocia
Early morning optional: Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast visit the rock byzantine churches carved in soft tufa at Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia (B,D)
Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia - Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale renowned for it cascading frozen waterfall..En route we visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana, at former lodge of the Mevlevi order of the Whirling Dervishes. Arrive in Pamukkale , dinner and overnight (B,D)
Day 7 Thu : Pamukkale - Kusadasi
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades formed by local mineral springs and visit one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. the popular see-side resort. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi (B,D)
Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House - Kusadasi
Full day tour the famous ruins of Ephesus dating back to Greek -Roman times with its marble streets, temples, odeon and the library of Celsius. Continue to St.Mary’s Cottage where the mother of God spent her last days accompanied by St. John. ( Standard tour - Full day tour to Ephesus is optional )  Continue to  to a local rug factory where you will have a brief demonstration of this venerable art form. Optional tour to the typical village of Sirince. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. (B,D)
Day 9 Sat : Pergamum – Troy – Canakkale
Visit ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum, the oldest known hospital in the world followed by a traditional lunch at a local village with locals.  In the afternoon we will continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. Dinner and overnight at Canakkale. (B,D, L)
Day 10 Sun : Dardanelles – Gallipoli - Istanbul
Morning departure for Gallipoli, the site of tragic battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair, then drive to Istanbul for overnight (B). Enjoy a Farewell Dinner in Istanbul, overnight.
Day 11 Mon : Istanbul – Return
Transfer to Airport (B)

 

PRICES Per person in US$
FIRST CLASS TOUR WITH SUPERIOR FIRST CLASS HOTELS

Departure Dates in 2016 and 2017
11days/10nights
per person in double single supplement per person in triple 
Nov 13, 27 2015 and Jan 8, Feb 5, 19, Mar 4, 18, 2016 1045 400 1025
Dec 18, 2015 1145 471 1095
2016 Dates:
Weekly departures every Friday between
Apr 1, and  28 Oct 2016
1245 474 1195
Nov 4, 18 2016 1095 421 1045
Dec 16, 2016 1145 421 1095
2017 Dates:
Jan 13, Feb 17, Mar 3, 17
1095 421 1045

Pre and post tour accommodation rates in Istanbul in 2016- 2017
US$ 89 per person based on double
US$ 161 per person based on single
US$ 76 per person based on triple

PRICES Per person in US$
STANDARD TOUR WITH SUPERIOR TOURIST CLASS HOTELS

Departure Dates
11days/10nights
per person in double single supplement per person in triple 
2016 dates:
Apr 8, 22, May 6, 20, June 3,17, July 1,15,29, Aug 12,26, Sep 9, 23, Oct7, 21, Nov 4 2016
825 385 795

Pre and post tour accommodation rates in Istanbul 2016-2017:
US$ 64 per person based on double
US$ 111 per person based on single
US$ 59 per person based on triple

Children for both tour categories (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction

Price includes:

  • 10 nights hotel accommodation throughout the tour (see list of hotels)
  • Meals as indicated on itineraries (B,L,D)
  • English speaking guides throughout the land tours 
  • Private air-conditioned transportation, luggage handling
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Included Highlights:
    • Topkapi Palace
    • Grand Bazaar, world’s largest and oldest covered
    market
    • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
    • Saratli, a secret underground city
    • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World
    Heritage Site
    • Walking through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
    • Mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Mevlana
    • Pamukkale the Cotton Castle
    • Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
    • Ancient city of Troy
    • Anzac Cove at Gallipoli
    • NEW Lunch with locals in 2015 and 2016 only
    • NEW Special dinners at restaurants

Price excludes:

  • Personal expenses, optional tours, customary tips to guide and drivers

Hotel used on the First Class Tour in Superior First Class category :

City  First Class Hotels
Istanbul  Crown Plaza Harbiye DLX
Ankara Movenpick  (DLX)
Cappadocia Lykia Lodge (SFC)
Pamukkale Pam Thermal (FC)
Kusadasi Charisma Hotel (DLX)
Canakkale Kolin Hotel (SFC)

 

Hotel used on the Standard Tour with Superior Tourist Class or Moderate First Class hotels:
 

City  Superior tourist class or moderate first class
Istanbul   Marriott Maca 2016 and 2017
Ankara Holiday Inn
Cappadocia Altinoz (STC)
Pamukkale Colossae (SFC)
Kusadasi Marina (STC)
Canakkale Grand Anzac (STC)

 

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