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13 Day Essential Turkey


Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights NYC-Istanbul
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-flight Nevsehir-Istanbul
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 4 nights Istanbul
    • 1 night Canakkale
    • 2 nights Izmir
    • 2 nights Antalya
    • 2 nights Cappadocia
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers
  • 20 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Special Features

  • Asclepion at Pergamum
  • Pamukkale hot springs
  • Hieropolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Farewell dinner
  • Whisper technology enhanced touring

DAY 1 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Turkey. Your flight includes meals, drinks and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight enjoy a welcome dinner
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3 - Morning City Tour of Istanbul
This morning, enjoy a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a visit to the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Finally, visit St. Sophia – the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace & Grand Bazaar (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - City of Troy Sightseeing, Travel to Canakkale
This morning, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and drive to Canakkale. Upon arrival, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
Overnight: Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 - Pergamum Asclepion Tour, Travel to Izmir
Drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period (289-129 B.C.), and visit the Asclepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Modern treatments that have been used for centuries such as psychotherapy, massage, mud bathing, and herbal medicine were practiced here. Continue to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6 - Full Day in Izmir
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Or perhaps simply relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 - Necropolis & Hieropolis at Pamukkale
Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hieropolis ("Holy City"), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 - Full Day in Antalya
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," Antalya is an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Long popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to historic ruins in the surrounding region
Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing
Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia and visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. During the Seljuk period, trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the traveling traders. The Caravanserai provided these traders, both foreign and native, with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. There was even a small mosque, known as "Kosk Mescid," in the courtyard's center where the travelers could conduct religious practices. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where you will arrive in the evening*
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 - Full Day in Cappadocia
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the area independently. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)**
Optional: Full Day Cappadocia (AM)**
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 - Travel to Istanbul
Following breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. The balance of the day is yours to explore this former capital of the Byzantine Empire
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 - Full Day In Istanbul
Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Istanbul independently. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions
Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise with Spice Market (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13 - Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

*Day 9: If time permits there may be a visit to a local school en route to Cappadocia

**The Cappadocia Balloon Ride tour ends before the Full Day Cappadocia tour begins. Both tours can be done on the same day.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

    Book your Optional Tours before you travel and see more, save time, save money, and protect your investment. Tours purchased while traveling may cost an extra 10% or even more! Tours often sell out - avoid disappointment! Save your cash - many countries do not accept credit cards. Travel insurance only covers services purchased prior to departure.

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    *Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul.
    Arrival and departure transfers are only included with arrival into Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST).

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    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.




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