Escorted Tours Turkey

Escorted Tours Turkey

Grand Tour of Turkey

2015, 2016, 2017
14days/13nights

Tour#7

Cappadocia Grand Tour of Turkey


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

ITINERARY
Day 1 Thursday. Istanbul.
Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing. Rest of the day free.

Day 2 Fri : Istanbul Full day tour to include some of the most famous tourist sites: the Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the majestic St. Sophia, the symbol of ancient Byzantine, and the colorful Grand Bazaar. Optional : Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. (B)

Day 3 Sat : Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale
Drive to GALLIPOLI, through the European lands of Turkey. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone pine cemetery, Chunuk Bair all famed WWI sites, then across the Dardanelles Strait to the Asian side by ferryboat to Canakkale for overnight (B,D)    

Day 4 Sun : Troy - Pergamum - IZMIR
Visit the ancient TROY of Homer, see its legendary walls and the replica of the wooden horse. Before arriving into Pergamon, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village.  Continue to Pergamum where we will visit the remains of the ancient Medical Center Asclepion, the earliest known hospital in the world. Continue on to Izmir for overnight.(B,D, L)

Day 5 Mon : Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Izmir
Leave for EPHESUS, cradle of early Christianity considered the best preserved Greek-Roman city in the world. We will see the streets made of marble, the famous library of Celsius, remains of temples, the Odeon and other public buildings. Continue on to the top of the nearby hill to visit the HOUSE where the VIRGIN MARY spent the last years of her life. Visit a rug factory to view a demonstration of this typically Turkish art and craft.  Optional dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 6 Tue : Izmir - Pamukkale
Drive through fertile valley's to  Pamukkale to view its white lime cascades where pure white travertine forms frozen waterfalls. We will also visit Hierapolis, the noted Roman spa where ancient Romans used to find healing in the mineral waters. You will have a chance to swim in the thermal spring pool of your hotel. Overnight at a spa hotel in Pamukklae. (B,D)

Day 7 Wed : Pamukkale -Perge-  Antalya
Morning depart for Antalya, the capital of the Turkish Riviera bathed  in sunshine for 300 days of the year. We will visit the ancient city of Perge, one home to the Greek mathematician Apollonius. Perge is famouse for its temple of Artemis and an acropolis dating back to the Bronze Age. In the afternoon relax at your deluxe hotel on the shore of the Mediterranean. (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 the Turquoise cost of the Mediterranen . Dinner at a special local restaurant. (B,D

Day 9 Fri : Antalya –Aspendos- Konya
After breakfast depart for Konya. En route visit the famous theatre in Aspendos considered the best preserved theatre of antiquity in the world. Continue to visit the  Mevlana Mausoleum of a Sufi mystical philosopher of Islam. The mausoleum was also the  the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, known as the order of the Whirling Dervishes. Continue to the Karatay Koran School (800 year old building) once  a Selcuk theological seminary. Overnight in Konya . (B,D)

Day 10 Sat : Konya- Cappadocia
Morning departure for Cappadocia , on the way visit 13th century Agzikarahan caravansary then continue to the land of Fairy Chimneys .We pay a visit to one of the famous underground cities of  Sarhatli built for protection from intruders with its several stories deep tunnels, corridors, halls, kitchens, stables and wine making rooms. Check in our hotel . 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 pottery village, Pasabagi, Red Valley, with its beehive dwellings, monasteries carved in tufa and mushroom-like rock formations. We will have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. (B,D)

Day 12 Mon : Cappadocia – Ankara
Morning departure for Ankara and drive trough the Salt Lake area. Afternoon tour of the Ataturk Mausoleum who was the father of New Turkey. The highlight of the day is a visit to the  and Anatolian Civilizations Museum with it world famous Hittite exhibition and other remains of varied Anatolian cultures dating back to pre-historic settlements to 8000 B.C.(B,D)

Day 13 Tue : Istanbul
After breakfast drive to Istanbul,. Afternoon Optional: half day Bosphorus Cruise on the strait that separates Europe from Asia with many wooden villas, Ottoman palaces, gardens and cafes decorating both shores. We will also include a visit to the Spice Market for some last minute shopping. Tonight enjoy a  farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 14 Wed : Istanbul
Transfer to the airport(B)

2015- 2016 Rates per person in US$ Per Person in double room Single Supplement Per Person
in triple room
Oct 15, 22, 29   2015 1695 737 1645
Nov 05, 19 2015
(2016 Dates) • Jan 14 • Feb 11, Mar 10, 24, 31 2016
1395 684 1365
17 Dec 2015 1545 765 1445
Apr 07, 14, 28, May 05, 12,19, 26, Jun 02, 09, 16, 23, 30, Jul 07,14, 21, 28, Aug 04, 11, 18, 25, Sep 01, 08, 15, 22, 29, Oct 06, 13, 20, 27 2016 1695 737 1645
Nov 3, 17 2016 1395 684 1365
Dec 5, 2016 1545 684 1445
2017 Dates
Jan 12, Feb 16,
Mar 02, 09, 23, 2017
1393 684 1365

 

Child reduction (ages 5-11) sharing the same room with two adults- max. 2children): 25%

 

Price includes:

  • Deluxe or superior first class hotels (see below table for hotel names)
  • Meals as indicated on itineraries (B,L,D)
  • Tours as per itinerary if not marked as optional
  • English speaking guides throughout the land tours 
  • Private air-conditioned transportation, luggage handling
  • Arrival and departure transfers on the first and last day of the tour
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Included Highlights:
    • 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 Castle
    • Aspendos and its 1800 year-old theater
    • Mausoleum of Sufi philosopher Mevlana
    • Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World
    Heritage Site
    • Saratli, a secret underground city
    • Hiking through the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia
    • Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara
    • Lunch with locals
    • Special dinners at restaurants

Price excludes:

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

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Hotels Used :

City  Hotels 2015-2017
Istanbul   Radison Blu Sisli DLX
Canakkale Kolin (Superior First Class)
Izmir Swissotel (DLX)
Pamukkale Thermal Colossae (SFC)
Antalya Crown Plaza (DLX)
Konya  Hilton Garden Inn (SFC)
Cappadocia  Nevhesir Cappadocia Lodge(Superior First Class)
Ankara Hilton (Deluxe)

 

Pre or post tour accommodation rates in Istanbul  2015- 2017:

US$ 92  per person based on double accommodation
US$ 205 per person based on single
US$ 82 per person based on triple