Authentic Turkey Adventure
Tour # 12

Historic and Boutique Hotels with a Small Group Escorted Tour

Visit quaint small towns around the Turkish Mediterranean coast. Stay in small, historic hotels and meet the friendly and hospitable  locals.

  11 Days /10 nights

Klakan Turkey small group tour to scenic bays and boutique hotels

Our trip covers what is perhaps the most beautiful part of the Turkish Mediterranean coast, exploring classic sites and seascapes on easy walks. A relaxing and enjoyable holiday in quaint and historical towns with carefully selected, restored local architecture hotels where available. Shopping options at local rug cooperatives, a pottery making workshop, vineyards, onyx factories and first hand interaction with local, friendly Turkish people.

Day 1 Thu: Istanbul 
Arrival. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your boutique hotel. Meet your guide in the evening for a briefing. Overnight.


Day 2 Fri: Istanbul  
After buffet brekfast embark on a full day tour of Istanbul and visit theTopkapi Palace Museum, former residence of the Ottoman Sultans between (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place in Roman times. Continue to the Blue Mosque built by the first Sultans and well known for its blue ceramic tiles. See majestic Hagia Sophia, the symbol of Byzantinum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Laster we visit the Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Tonight 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. Visit 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 the setting of the 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 Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center, the Asclepion the very first known medicla center in the worl, and continue to Izmir for overnight. (B L D)

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House.
Morning tour of  Ephesus, the best reconstructed Greek -Roman city in the world. 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 on top of the nearby hills where she stayed later in life accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug producing center for a short demonstration, then return to Izmir for overnight. Tonight you might one to join and optional dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Izmir. (B)

Day 6 Tue: Izmir – Pamukkale
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the picturesque 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. Overnight spa city Pamukkale. (B D)

Day 7 Wed: Pamukkale – Bodrum
After breakfast departure back to the coast and drive to Bodrum. Free time to explorative the town with its attractive harbour of white wahed houses, restaurants and shops. You can visit Bodrum castle, former stronhold of the Knights of St John and the underwater explorations museum. Overnight in Bodrum. (B)

Day 8 Thu: Bodrum – Cappadocia
After breakfast, late morning departure to the airport for flight to Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight at Cappadocia. (B D)

Day 9 Fri: Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon ride to float through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. Return to the hotel and after breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, settled back in the Roman Christian 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. We will also visit Pasabagi, Devrent Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop.Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (B D)

Day 10 Sat: Cappadocia – Istanbul
After breakfast depart to the airport for flight to Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying on the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Both shores are lined with fine
neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks. After the cruise we take you to the colorful spice markets for last minute farewell shopping and picture taking.Overnight Istanbul. (B)

Day 11 Mon Istanbul
Transfer to the airport to board your international flight.

2018 prices in US$

Departure dates

Per person in double

Single Supplement

Per person in
triple

May 3, 17, 31,
Jun 14, July 19, Aug 23,
Sep 6, 20, Oct 4, 2018

1895

722

1845

Children (ages 5-11 sharing with two adult) : 25% reduction

Includes:
• Small group size max 22 people in modern air conditioned coach
• Accommodation at historical, boutique and cave hotels
• Meals as per itinerary (B L D)
• Arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of the tour
• Licensed and knowledgeable English speaking tour guide throughout
• Flight ticket from Bodrum to Cappadocia and Cappadocia to Istanbul
• Sightseeing as specified in the itinerary with entrance fees
• Lunches with locals and special dinners

Excludes:
Personal expenses
Optional extra tours
Customary tips to the guide and drivers

City 

Hotels

Istanbul 

W Bosphorus hotel (SPC)

Canakkale

Kolin (FC)

 Izmir

Swissotel (DLX)

Pammukale

Doga Thermal (SFC)

Bodrum

Doga (SFC)

Cappadocia

Gamirasu Cave Suites (SPC)

Turkish Trivia          History of Anatolia

 

 

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