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Treasures of Turkey

Duration of this Trip 11 Days Priced From $3,400 per person

Turkey is a mosaic of East and West. No other country has been so pivotal in the history and culture of two continents for thousands of years. A hypnotic blend of standing stone monuments, rising minarets, gleaming tiles, and Byzantine gold, Turkey holds two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the world's first cathedral at St. Peter's cave; Turkey is as intricate and surprising as the beauty of its marbled papers and as magical as its dazzling shrines and temples. Join us to delight in the treasures of Turkey!

At a Glance

Duration

11 Days

Priced From

$3,400 per person

Departures

April 15-25, 2016

May 24-June 03, 2016

September 16-26, 2016

October 10-20, 2016

April 7-17, 2017

June 18-28, 2017


Itinerary

Days 01-03: Istanbul Days 4-5: Cappadocia
Days 6-7: Konya-Bodrum
Day 8-9: Kusadasi-Ephesus-Kusadasi
Day 10: Istanbul
Day 11: Departure

Itinerary

Day 01 Istanbul

Arrive in Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul. The tour guide will meet you and you will be transferred to your hotel for accommodation.

Day 02 Istanbul

Istanbul was the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. Sightseeing tour to Hippodrome, Topkapi Palace , St.Sophia Church (Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern), one of the finest and largest architectural works of art in the world,and the Blue Mosque. Enjoy the beauty of Istanbul Grand Bazaar.
Late afternoon visit to the Istanbul's Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.

Day 03 Istanbul

This morning we visit the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar), mystical smells of different aromas of various spices. We will embark on a ferry boat and start our .Bosphorus cruise of the Bosporus Strait and visit Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace, the last residence of Ottoman Sultans with 365 rooms and 22 saloons. Bosphorus Bridge, unique chance to step from one continent (Europe) to another (Asia) within 2 minutes and Camlica Hill, exposing a panoramic view of Istanbul and Bosphorus from the best point of view.

Day 04 Istanbul/Cappadocia

Morninf flight to Cappadocia. Upon arrival you will start your tour of breathtaking Cappadocia. Kapadokya is the ancient and modern name of a remarkable region in Central Anatolia. Renowned for its awe-inspiring natural rock formations - which were utilized for everything from housing to churches and even complete underground villages - Cappadocia is as magical today as it was when early farmers discovered the fertile powers of the volcanic ash that covered the area thousands of years ago. You will first visit Goreme. The open air museum of Goreme consists of steep cliffs and many hidden churches dating from the second half of the 9the century and later. After lunch we will continue to Uchisar, where you will visit Uchisar Fortress. Uchisar is the name of a town and the fortress in the town. This 60 meter-high fortress was not built but carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking view of all the surrounding Cappadocia formations.

Day 05 Cappadocia

This morning we will continue to explore Cappadocia. First we will visit the remarkable underground city of Kaymaklı. Beginning in the second century AD, as successive armies swept across Asia Minor, the residents of Cappadocia created uniquely defensible communities by digging approximately eight stories down into the volcanic tufa stone. Next we will visit Pasabag – a site of natural beauty, where you can take the best pictures of the remarkable landscape of tufa cones.

Then we will drive to the town of Urgup. We shall visit the Turasan Winery. Cappadocia is one of the main wine production areas in Turkey, and Turasan winery (found in 1943) is the biggest producer in the area. Here you will have chance to try local wine. After this visit we will proceed to Avanos, a small town famous for its pottery and carpets. It is built along the banks of Kizilirmak (Halys) River, the longest river originating and ending within the borders of Turkey. Here you will visit a pottery workshop, and try your skills in this traditional centuries-old Cappadocian craft. Also visit a local carpet workshop, where you will have a chance to learn about all aspects of this traditional Turkish craft, from silkworm cultivation, to spinning, dyeing and the traditional patterns and weaving techniques.

Day 06 Cappadocia / Konya / Pamukkale

Scenic drive to Pamukkale via Konya (ancient Iconium), one of the oldest cities in Anatolia. After lunch, we will visit Mevlana Tekke, the most famous monument in Konya and the object of pilgrimages from all over the world, since it is the tomb and shrine of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, the founder of the Mevlevi Order of Whirling Dervishes. The tomb was converted into a museum after the Proclamation of the Republic. In the museum there are items which belonged to Mevlana and other dervishes as well as valuable samples of hand-painted kerchiefs, handwriting, ornaments, wooden works of art, instruments for Mevlevi music, carpets and kilims. The most appealing section of the tomb is the Kubbe-i Hadra (Green Vault) above the graves of Hz. Mevlana and his son Sultan Veledin. The inside of the structure, built by Architect Bedreddin during the Seljuk Period in 1396, is coated with green tiles. The inner walls of the tomb were embellished with plaster relief and designs. The sarcophagus of Hz. Mevlana is one of the superior samples of wooden crafts of the period. After this visit we will leave Konya and continue to Pamukkale. Pamukkale (Hierapolis) has always been a very popular settlement where the hot springs were believed to have healing powers, so the city became the center of a pagan cult in antiquity and is a spa resort today. Enjoy the thermal waters at your hotel.

Day 07 Pamukkale / Bodrum

Sightseeing tour in Pamukkale. The ancient city of Hierapolis was founded by Pergamum in the 2C BC. Hierapolis is among the cities of the ancient world in which the grid-plan was applied. For countless millennia a spring located somewhere on the plateau, possibly in the neighborhood of the ancient theatre, has been pouring out streams of hot mineral water. These have plunged down the mountain-side creating in the process enormous circular basins which are fringed with stalactites and surrounded by a huge area of smooth, dazzling, white calcareous rock - hence the Turkish name Pamukkale, Cotton Castle. We will visit the site of Heiropolis and Museum this morning. This afternoon, depart for Bodrum, on the coast, about a 3 hour drive. An impressive medieval castle built by the Knights of Rhodes guards the entrance to Bodrum's dazzling blue bay, in which the Aegean and the Mediterranean Seas meet. Bodrum has gained the reputation as the center of the Turkish art community with its lively, friendly and Bohemian atmosphere and many small galleries.

Day 08 Bodrum / Kusadasi

Have a half day tour of Bodrum this morning including: Castle of St. Peter: The Crusader castle of Saint Peter, or Petronium dominates the town as a major survivor of its past. Standing on a promontory by the harbor which is bathed in surrealistic silver and gold floodlights at night, it was built by the Knights of St. John. The Underwater Archeology Museum: Bodrum Museum of the Underwater Archeology is located inside the Bodrum (St. Peter) Castle. Opened in 1960, the museum is recognized as one of the finest of its kind in the world. After these visits we will leave Bodrum and drive about 2 ½ hours to Kusadasi. Kusadasi, which means "Bird Island" is set in a superb gulf and is known for its sparkling water, broad sandy beaches and large marina with the capacity for 600 boats.

Day 09 Kusadasi / Ephesus sites / Kusadasi

Full day sightseeing tour in Ephesus. Today Ephesus is one of the world's best-preserved ancient cities and its ruins attract visitors from across the globe. In Roman times, Ephesus was the provincial capital of Asia, with a population of some 250,000 at the height of its glory. The most significant relic of the site is the immense amphitheater that holds 24,000 people and is still used today. We will walk along the Sacred Way, where the rich once lived and an ingenious water and sewer system was constructed beneath paving stones of marble; see the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian-style building with the head of Medusa on the porch to keep away evil spirits; and the Library of Celsius, which held 12,000 ancient scrolls which were stored in niches around the walls.

From here we will drive to Sirince village where we will have lunch. This pretty old Orthodox village was once named Cirkince ("ugly"). Indeed its habitants gave it this name on purpose as they did not want to be bothered by strangers. Still after years, visitors understood that the village was not ugly at all and called it Sirince ("pretty").

Today the village is a perfect synthesis of Turkish and Greek culture: all the typical Greek houses, though they kept their original outside characteristics, have received the local layout inside. The most beautiful specimens are open to visitors. After lunch we will have some time to stroll through this village and to interact with the locals. All the narrow streets of the village belong to the women, selling handcrafts of all kinds, olive oil, and home-made wine.

Our last visit will be to the House of the Virgin Mary. Officially declared a shrine by the Roman Catholic Church in 1896, it has since become a popular place of pilgrimage. The chapel is built on the foundation of the house where the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived. In the early evening we will return to Kusadasi for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Day 10 Kusadasi / Istanbul

Morning flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival, you will be met by our guide and driver and will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. You are within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar and many other places of interest.

Day 11 Istanbul. Departure

You will be transferred to the airport to take the flight to your next destination

Land Tour Costs

From $3,400 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$370

Scheduled Departures

April 15-25, 2016

May 24-June 03, 2016

September 16-26, 2016

October 10-20, 2016

April 7-17, 2017

June 18-28, 2017

Trip Highlights

  • Experience the Ephesus area's perfect synthesis of Greek and Turkish culture!
  • Adventure through Istanbul's bustling contemporary metropolis and ancient Byzantine sector!
  • Revel in Cappadocia's gorgeous natural rock formations, flowing rivers, and underground city of Kaymakli!
  • Immerse yourself in Turkey's artistic world in Bodrum!
  • Uncover the tombs of dervishes in Konya, one of Anatolia's oldest cities!

Visited Countries

Turkey

Visited Cities & Places

Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Konya, Kusadasi, Ephesus

Suggested Extensions

Uzbekistan Tour: Golden Road To Samarkand, or Central Asia Stan Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet's Turkey
Shane Brennan "In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand "
John Freely Istanbul: "The Imperial City"

What's Included

  • Domestic Flight tickets
  • Airport transfers and baggage handling
  • Ground Transportation
  • English(French, German)-speaking guide/escort
  • Hotel accommodation in double room
  • Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
  • Entrance fees to museums and monuments

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinners

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Visited Countries

Turkey

Visited Cities & Places

Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Bodrum, Konya, Kusadasi, Ephesus

Suggested Extentions

Uzbekistan Tour: Golden Road To Samarkand, or Central Asia Stan Tour: In the Footsteps of Marco Polo, Silk Road Tour to Iran

Reading Lists

Lonely Planet's Turkey
Shane Brennan "In the Tracks of the Ten Thousand "
John Freely Istanbul: "The Imperial City"

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Treasures of Turkey Tour

An 11 day tour available as scheduled group tour or as custom private tour

Scheduled Departures

April 15-25, 2016

May 24-June 03, 2016

September 16-26, 2016

October 10-20, 2016

April 7-17, 2017

June 18-28, 2017

Land Tour Costs

From $3,400 for 6-10 travelers

Single Supplement

$370