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Destination

Turkey

Duration

8 Days

Price

From $2,798 pp*

Imagine the rushing flow of the Bosphorus, its dazzling blue nuances gently guiding you to the feet of spectacular monuments while day’s golden light slowly fades to the faint pink of twilight. Soar over fairy chimneys on a hot air balloon in “The Land of the Beautiful Horses” where deep valleys give way to dreamy orchards and nature reveals its mysterious forces through eerie rock formations. Step back in time on this Classic tour of Turkey, an enchanting land that so richly displays the ruins and antiquities of the Ancient World. Delicious culinary experiences await you at every corner and friendly local smiles assure that you are welcomed. Get ready as history reveals its fascinating secrets and nature unveils its true wonders! Note: Pricing is based on a group of 4 travelers.

Days Activities Accommodations
Day 1
Istanbul
  • Airport Assistance & Transfer
Sirkeci Mansion - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 2
Istanbul
  • Istanbul City Tour
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Sirkeci Mansion - Superior
Bed and Breakfast
Day 3
Istanbul - Keyseri - Cappadocia
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Istanbul - Kayseri
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Cappadocia Panoramic Tour (Lunch Included)
Gamirasu Cave Hotel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 4
Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia Wonders Tour (Lunch Included)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Gamirasu Cave Hotel - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 5
Cappadocia - Istanbul - Izmir
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Kayseri - Istanbul
  • Flight: Istanbul - Izmir
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Pergamum Tour
  • Private Guided & Vehicle
Renaissace Izmir - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 6
Izmir
  • Ephesus Tour
  • Private Guided & Vehicle
Renaissace Izmir - Deluxe Room
Bed and Breakfast
Day 7
Izmir - Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)
  • Flight: Izmir - Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Arrival)
  • Half Day Bosphorus Tour & Cruise
  • Istanbul by Night (Dinner Included)
  • Private Guide & Vehicle
Hotel Sultania - Deluxe
Bed and Breakfast
Day 8
Istanbul
  • Airport Transfer (Depart)

Day 1
Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Upon arrival, you will be greeted by one of our local Travelous, English-speaking representatives who will be holding a sign with your name printed on it. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance to your hotel for check-in.

Istanbul, formerly known as Byzantium, is an unbelievably fascinating city where ancient history meets modernity at its best. As a result of its strategic location along the historic Silk Road and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul is the place where East and West come together in a harmonious fusion of color, sight and sound. The still glorious city of Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Latin Empire and the Ottoman Empire. Today, it is in the top five most visited cities in the world because it offers an abundance of absolutely incredible and unique cultural, historic, architectural, gastronomic and natural wealth.

Enjoy an adventurous evening exploring the area or simply relaxing in your hotel.

Sirkeci Mansion - Superior Room

Day 2
Istanbul

After breakfast, get ready for your fun-filled and in-depth Istanbul tour. Your tour starts with a visit to the Hippodrome, which is the scene of Byzantine chariot races. Then visit the Blue Mosque, which was built between 1609-1616 and has more than 20,000 blue Iznik (Nicaea) tiles. Next, you will visit Topkapi Palace, the imperial residence of Ottoman sultans, housing 600 year-old souvenirs and exhibiting imperial treasure.

Once you've savored a delicious lunch, you will continue to the St. Sophia Museum, one of the greatest marvels of architecture. It was once a patriarchal basilica before it was converted into an Islamic mosque. Now, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. Finally, visit the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, which is the world"s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Go for a "shopping spree" in this labyrinth of more than 4000 shops. Choose leather, carpets, jewels or copper crafts, but be sure to bargain!

Sirkeci Mansion - Superior Room

Day 3
Istanbul - Keyseri - Cappadocia

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure.

Flight from Instanbul to Kayseri.

A local representative will be waiting for you when you land to assist with transfer and hotel check in before starting your tour day.

You'll be amazed by the utterly surreal landscapes where troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st - 10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground is one of Turkey"s finest attractions.

Your guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage Listed Goreme Valley to see fascinating examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village, you will have the opportunity to visit Pigeon Valley where century"s old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs. The pigeon droppings that litter the area have been used as fertilizer on crops for generations. Here you will also have be able to visit an Onyx shop, specializing in historic jewelry designs unique to Turkey (using local materials and craftsmen). For those not interested in shopping, spend a little time relaxing and savor a Turkish coffee at the local cafe.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 4
Cappadocia

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a full day group exploring the wonders of Cappadocia.

Your first stop will be at the Ortahisar, a natural citadel carved in rocks. Then visit Subterranean City of Kaymakli or Derinkuyu, established in the 7th century by Christians fleeing persecution, in which a visitor is able to descend several floor levels. Drive to Cavusin Valley to see the troglodyte dwellings where people lived until mid-20th century.

After lunch, continue on to visit to Red Valley for some stunning views of the surrounding area. The tour will culminate with a visit to a Wine House where you"ll be able to taste delicious local wines. Cappadocia is famous for its fertile vineyards due to the mineral-laden volcanic soil of the area.

After the tour, you"ll be brought back to your hotel where you might choose to spend a leisurely evening enjoying the hotel facilities.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 5
Cappadocia - Istanbul - Izmir

After breakfast, transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for your flight home.

Flight from Kayseri to Istanbul. Duration is 1 hour and 25 minutes.

Flight from Istanbul to Izmir.

Welcome to Izmir. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from the airport to your hotel before starting your tour day.

On this tour, you will visit the most popular sites in Pergamum. Your first stop is one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation that was rivaled only by Ephesus in its wealth, temples, and beauty. Then, visit the ancient Acropolis, which dominates the view from all around. Step back in time as you visit the Library, the great Altar of Zeus, the Sanctuary of Athena, the Temple of Dionysus, the restored Temple of Trajan and the Theatre. South of the Acropolis is the Asclepion, one of the three most famous sanctuaries of Asclepios, the God of Healing. It was an ideal spot for pilgrims to enjoy the medicinal and spiritual benefits of the spa. Walk the Sacred Way to see the Sacred Well and the Serpent Altar - the symbol of modern day medicine.

Renaissace Izmir - Deluxe Room

Day 6
Izmir

Drive through the Turkish countryside to the House of the Virgin Mary where the Blessed Virgin is reputed to have spent the last years of her life. The site was made famous by the visits of Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II. In November of 2006, Pope Benedict the 16th paid an official visit to the House of the Virgin Mary and celebrated mass there. Outside is the Fountain of Our Lady where you can taste or collect this blessed water.

As you enter Ephesus, you will pass through the Magnesia Gate and enter the administrative section of this ancient city. The guided walking tour will take you through one of the most magnificent excavations in the world. You'll see the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastika, the Temple of Hadrian and one of the most famous structures, the Library of Celsus. The facade of the library has two stories with towering Corinthian-style columns on the ground floor and three entrances to the building.

Next, you'll visit the Grand Theater where Paul the Apostle preached to large audiences. It is one of the greatest theaters in antiquity with a capacity of 24,000 seats. You"ll then head to the Arcadian way, where Mark Anthony and Cleopatra once rode in procession. Your final visit is to the remains of St. John's Basilica which overlooks Ephesus and was once a great church built on a 2nd century tomb (thought to hold the remains of St. John). While the church is now in ruins, there are frescoes, mosaics and graceful columns that attest to the glory that marked the place where St. John the Evangelist lived and died.

Renaissace Izmir - Deluxe Room

Day 7
Izmir - Istanbul

After breakfast, you will be transferred in private vehicle with full assistance to the airport for a flight from Izmir to Istanbul.

Flight from Izmir to Istanbul.

Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from the airport to your hotel.

Today, you will embark on an incredible cruise along the Bosphorus- the strait connecting Europe to Asia. Seat yourself comfortably on the deck as you cruise through its stunning blue waters of, enjoying the view of the traditional waterfront houses built by the Ottomans at the turn of this century. From the sea, you will see the Dolmabahce & Ciragan Palaces, the Ortakoy, the Rumeli Fortress, Anatolian Castle, the Uskudar and the Beylerbeyi Palace.

After your adventurous boat tour, you will be taken on an Istanbul by night tour with dinner. This includes visiting floodlit mosques, savoring a mouthwatering traditional meal and then enjoying a fascinating bellydance show.

Hotel Sultania - Deluxe Room

 

Day 8
Istanbul

Unfortunately, we say goodbye to you today. Transfer in private vehicle with full assistance from your hotel to the airport for departure. Keep the memories alive and we hope to see you again in Turkey! Stay Travelous!

Turkey: The cradle of cultures and civilizations connecting Europe and Asia. Historically, the lands of Anatolia, well known as one the earliest settlements, has continued to flourish with the migration of various tribes, and accumulated a large cultural heritage through a line of succeeding empires and civilizations. Ranging from the Sumerians to the Hittites, the Lydians to the Byzantines and the Seljuks to the Ottomans; all have once thrived and expired within the borders of Turkey.

Sirkeci Mansion

Sirkeci Mansion is located on the historical peninsula, also known as "Old City" the ancient part of Istanbul and in a few minutes walking distance to major historical areas such as; Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Gulhane Park, Baslica Cistern, Topkapi Palace, Eminonu Port.You can take long walks away from urban noise and even go for jogging on the grounds in the fresh morning air. The hotel boasts 52 rooms, all with private bathroom bathroom, direct dial telephone, hair dryer and TV. Click for detailed information about the rooms. The hotel has one panoramic terrace restaurant, an indoor restaurant and two meeting rooms.

All superior rooms are equipped with Queen bedding, Jacuzzi, Air Conditioning, Electronic Door Locks, Room Safe, LCD TV with Satellite Channels, High Speed Wi-Fi Internet Access, 24 Hours Housekeeping, Mini Bar andTea/Coffee Making Facilities.

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Hotel is located near Urgup, the heart of Cappadocia, Ayvali village, with its 35 meticulously restored and designed cave rooms, it is the first rock hotel of the region, put into service in 1999. The hotel, which was used as a monastic retreat in the Byzantine Era, offers a strikingly beautiful nature, serenity and contemporary comfort in a pristine village of unspoiled beauty, without distracting from the spiritual feeling of the area which has been known to be inhabited for more than five thousand years.Some parts of the hotel were used by Istian priests until one thousand years ago. It is the only hotel in the Cappadocia region which contains a Byzantine Orthodox church from the 11th century.

The most prominent features of the deluxe rooms are that their view is over the idyllic Iceridere Valley and they are Ottoman style arched or natural stone rooms. Between 35 sqm and 45 sqm in size, with the option of either king or twin bedding, all deluxe rooms feature: Shower or hot tub in the room, Bath robe and towels, Telephone, Fireplace, Hair dryer, LCD TV, Wi-Fi internet connection, air conditioning and Safe Box.

Renaissace Izmir

Izmir is a large metropolis in Anatolian part of Turkey and popular destination for its Mediterranean climate. The Renaissance Izmir Hotel is centrally located in the heart of Izmir's commercial district, steps from the water front and the Kordon Promenade. You cannot miss the charming facade of the hotel when you are in Gaziosmanpasa Boulevard. The Renaissance Hotel is a signature lifestyle brand within the Marriott International family. The 110 large and sophisticated guestrooms boast luxury bedding and the latest technologies. Luxury bathrooms feature spacious shower with a traditional Bathing Basin, "Kurna". All-day dining serving Mediterranean delights located on the rooftop and the terrace offers sweeping views of Izmir Bay. Leisure facilities include a fitness, spa, Turkish Hammam and plunge pool.

Deluxe Rooms are 344 Sqft in size, option with one king or two double beds, separate sitting area with sofa, and workstation. Bottled water is complimentary throughout your stay.

Hotel Sultania

Hotel Sultania will make you "feel like a sultan" in its 42 luxury rooms,each of which harmonizes the modern lifestyle with traditional Ottoman touch. With its luxuriously inspiring design and landmark old city location,steeped in the history of its surroundings, Hotel Sultania welcomes you withexceptional harem style and world-renowned Turkish hospitality. The hotel rooms have been given the names of the Ottoman Empire's most important Sultan"s wives. This experience will take you back in time, as you enjoy the enchanting stories of their past. Additionally, upon leaving your room at Sultania, you can enjoy one of Anatolian"s most culturally historic events "The Turkish Hamam". Among the many facilities you will find a fully-equipped meeting rooms, an indoor swimming pool, a wellness center, Olive Restaurant with its gourmet cuisine, and of course, the impeccable service of the Yasmak Hotels family.

Deluxe rooms are tastefully decorated with modern furniture, Sultania Hotel "s Deluxe Double Rooms have a marvellous design, relaxing atmosphere and reflects an exquisite combination of Ottoman tradition and modern luxury. All Deluxe double rooms are named after historically significant wives of Ottoman Sultans with their stories. Sultania Hotel"s Deluxe Room promises a comfortable stay at the center of Istanbul. Free Wifi and complimentary water.

Terms and Conditions

What's Included:

  • Accommodation, Activities, Transfers, Meals, and Fees as indicated on your itinerary. Local and international traveler assistance during your tour. Specialised and personalised services.

What's not Included:

  • Airfare to/from the Tour start point, including domestic or inter-country connecting flights, unless otherwise stated in itinerary.
  • tips and gratuities
  • items of a personal nature such as incidentals, excess baggage charges
  • airport taxes/entrance fees, port charges, foreign government departure taxes
  • Visas (unless otherwise indicated), Inspection, Customs, Immigration and Naturalization fees Additional fuel surcharges on cruises
  • Travel Insurance including Medical, Lost Baggage and Trip cancellation
  • Optional activities (golf, watersports, etc.)
  • any other activities or items not explicitly advertised as included in the price of a Tour

 

Reservations/Booking and Deposits:  To book a Tour, each Traveler (or leader of a Group of Travelers) must submit:

 

A.     A completed booking form signed electronically by the main Traveler. By submitting the booking form on the payments page, the traveler accepts our full Terms and Conditions.  

B.     A deposit of 30% of the Tour price (minimum $250 per person), is due immediately upon booking.

C.     The full balance of the trip cost is due ninety days (90) before the trip departure date.

D.      If you book your trip with us ninety days (90 days) or less before the departure date, the full cost of the trip is due at that time.

E.      In the instance payment is made by certified check or wire transfer, reservations will only commence once the check is cleared.

F.      Availability of Services and Accommodations cannot be guaranteed until a Tour is booked.  We will exercise our best efforts to book the Services and Accommodations described in the Tour Itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of Tour date, we may be forced to offer substitutes.  In this instance we will notify you as soon as possible and try to substitute comparable Services and Accommodations based on availability.

G.     Ticketing & credit card processing for international transport and other select domestic airfare pertaining to a specific country is done by a 3rd party and not included in your total land package price unless otherwise stated.

H.     Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $250 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.

       *NOTE: Certain destinations require a 30% non-refundable deposit at the time of booking and therefore, would supersede our standard cancellation policy prior to 90 days in this instance.

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