Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Topkapi Palace Garden-Istanbul-Turkey- 2643639-P

Legendary Turkey

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
15 days
From: $ 3,592 $ 239 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Exotic Istanbul, including Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia
  • Private Bosphorus cruise
  • WWI battlefield of Gallipoli
  • Ruins at ancient Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus
  • Rustic village of Sirince
  • Four-night “Blue Voyage” aboard privately chartered gulet yacht
  • Cruising to secluded coves and hidden sites
  • Opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, hiking
  • Sunken Baths of Cleopatra
  • Ancient site of Perge
  • Antalya’s acclaimed Archaeological Museum

Short Description

Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic Turquoise Coast where we board privately chartered “gulet” yachts for a distinctive four-day voyage, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Istanbul
End City Antalya

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 13 nights’ accommodations: 9 nights in Deluxe and unrated hotels; 4 nights aboard privately chartered gulet yacht
  • 30 Meals: 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey

Day 2: Arrive Istanbul

We arrive in Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart today and transfer to our hotel located near Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned; on our own we can explore the area surrounding our hotel or simply relax.

Day 3: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast  and Dinner

We get our first real taste of this city straddling two continents today as we set out on a walking tour along lively pedestrian Istiklal Street, lined with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and late Ottoman-era buildings. We see the acclaimed mosaics and frescoes at Chora Church (now Kariye Museum) then take a panoramic drive along Istan­bul’s Old City walls. Then we visit intimate Rustem Pasha mosque, with its exquisite Iznik tiles, followed by the renowned Spice Market. After lunch on our own here, we take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia. This evening we take a short walk to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner of traditional Turkish fare.

Day 4: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Today we encounter Old Istanbul, beginning with the ancient Roman Hippodrome, the 3,500-year-old obelisk brought from Egypt in 390 CE. Next we visit the Blue Mosque, with its 20,000 blue Iznik tiles and signature six minarets. We then visit the renowned Museum of Turkish & Islamic Art, housing priceless artifacts from the 8th to 20th centuries. After lunch at a local restaurant we con­­tinue on to Hagia Sophia, the 6th-century church that was Christendom’s most important before becoming a mosque in the 15th century.

Day 5: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we tour splendid Topkapi, for 400 years the palace of Ottoman sultans that today ranks among the world’s richest museums. We continue on to the Basilica Cistern, the marble-columned underground chamber that provided water to Istanbul in antiquity. Our next stop is the Grand Bazaar, the covered market housing some 5,000 shops along 60 “streets.” The remainder of the day and evening is free for independent exploration.

Day 6: Istanbul/Gallipoli/Troy/Assos

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Leaving Istanbul this morning, we travel to the northern Aegean Coast for a brief visit to Gallipoli, haunting site of 31 Allied cemeteries from World War I. Then we ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, once believed to exist only in Homer’s epic poem until the present site was discovered in the 1870s. After touring here we con­tinue south to Behramkale, ancient Assos, where we spend the night.

Day 7: Assos/Pergamum/Izmir

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we ex­plore one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sites: windswept Pergamum, a major power in the 3rd and 2nd centuries BCE, with a wealth of Hellenistic ruins. Then we continue on to Izmir.

Day 8: Izmir/Ephesus

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Few ancient sites com­pare to Ephesus, the world’s best-preserved class­ical city which we explore today. Dating to at least 1300 BCE, Ephesus was Asia Minor’s largest metro­polis and principal port. Our tour includes the Terrace Houses, the recently restored “houses of the rich,” with their outstanding mosaic floors and frescoed walls. Then we enjoy lunch in the rustic village of Sirince.

Day 9: Izmir/Göcek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we journey south to coastal Göcek, stopping along the way at a carpet factory to watch a demonstration of this age-old craft. Late afternoon we board our gulets.

Day 10: Cruising – Aga Limani/Cleopatra Baths

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Our route for the next few days is along the stunning coastline Antony is said to have given Cleopatra as a wedding gift. We begin our “Blue Voyage” this morning as we cruise to the hidden cove of Aga Limani. From here we have the option of taking a three-hour hike to the Greco-Roman ruins at Lydea, ending at the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra. Set in a breathtaking inlet, the Baths offer crystal-clear waters for swimming and snorkeling. Those who prefer a less strenuous day can stay aboard the gulets as we sail to the Sunken Baths.

Day 11: Cruising – Göcek/Dalyan

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

This morning we disembark and coach to Dalyan, an envi­ron­­mentally protected area known for its loggerhead sea turtles. Here we board a small skiff for a trip through an intriguing maze of channels. At the Lake of Koycegiz we see well-preserved ancient Lycian rock tombs on the hills above us.

Day 12: Cruising – Gemiler Island/Kayakoy

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Today we cruise to Gemiler Island to tour its 6th-century Byzantine monastery. Then we coach to the Greek “ghost town” of Kayakoy, abandoned after World War I and now preserved as a historical monument. We explore the town and its churches then return to our gulets for our last night on board.

Day 13: Fethiye/Antalya

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

We cruise this morning to Fethiye, where we disembark then set out by motorcoach through the Taurus Mountains for Antalya. We reach the seaside city in time for lunch and a visit to the acclaimed Archaeological Museum.

Day 14: Antalya/Perge

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning we tour the ruins at Perge, an ancient Greek city once among the world’s prettiest and most prosperous. Then we return to Antalya for a walking tour of its charming Old Town, including Hadrian’s Gate and the lovely Yivli Minaret (Fluted Minaret). This afternoon is at leisure before tonight’s farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15: Depart for U.S.

Meals: Breakfast

This morning we board an early flight for our return to the United States.

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  • Deposit Price: $ 795
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 375

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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Accomodations

  • Divan Istanbul, Istanbul / Days 2-5 / Deluxe
  • Nazlihan Hotel, Assos / Day 6
  • Swissôtel Grand Efes, Izmir / Days 7-8 / Deluxe
  • Gulet Yacht, Gocek / Days 9-12

Trip ID#:

LegTurOdy

Meals Included:

13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners

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