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Treasures of 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
14 days
From: $ 2,399 $ 171 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore the elegant Blue Mosque
  • Visit to the Spice Market, the exotic food market
  • Cappadocia Rock Formations
  • Enjoys a choice location overlooking Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast
  • Explore Ephesus considered to be the world’s best-preserved classical city
  • Visit to the House of Virgin Mary
  • Visit the massive Acropolis, an impressive structure that houses the Temple of Trajan
  • See the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean and Black Sea

Short Description

Experience the Treasures of Turkey with smarTours on our fourteen day, comprehensive tour of this incredible country. Known as the “Crossroads of Civilizations”, Turkey is a vibrant country with a rich history. On this seven-city adventure, your journey provides breathtaking landscapes, striking and bizarre rock formations, Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast, the classical city of Troy, among a variety of other incredible features. Visit The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, The Acropolis in Pergamum, a seaside escape in Antalya, historic Topkapi Palace, and much more.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
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 Istanbul

Trip Includes

  • Round trip airfare from New York (JFK), except for the June 11th departure, which is a Land Only Special date at $1399!
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Intra-Turkey ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations at first class hotels
  • 20 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts (B), 8 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
  • English-speaking tour director throughout 

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

Your fascinating tour of Turkey, the “Crossroads of Civilizations” begins as you depart on overnight flights to Istanbul.

Day 2: Arrive Istanbul (Turkey)

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: TRYP by Wyndham Hotel

Upon arrival when you visit Istanbul, you’ll be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation.

Day 3: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

Situated at the meeting point of Europe and Asia, Istanbul offers a fascinating blend of east and west. Your guided morning tour includes visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century. Your tour ends with a visit to the vast and bustling Grand Bazaar, world famous labyrinth and passages housing numerous stores where you’ll have shopping opportunities galore. The balance of the day is at leisure and you may wish to join a leisurely cruise on the Bosphorous.

Day 4: Istanbul/Ankara

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Swissotel Ankara

Depart for the Turkish capital, Ankara, the country’s second largest city. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, is a vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. You will also visit the fascinating Anatolian Civilization Museum. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore on your own.

Day 5: Ankara/Cappadocia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Dinler Hotel

Today, travel by road through the Turkish countryside to the world-renowned region of Cappadocia, a breathtaking landscape with striking and bizarre rock formations and underground cities.

Day 6: Cappadocia

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

On today’s guided excursion, visit the Open Air Museum in the Goreme Valley to view early Christian churches decorated with beautifulfrescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. You’ll also visit the Kaymakli Underground City, which was hollowed out of volcanic rock and extends seven to nine floors deep into the earth. It is made up of a maze of corridors, chambers, storehouses, kitchens and churches. Finally, visit the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses as well as pottery and onyx workshops.

Day 7: Cappadocia/Konya/Antalya.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Marmara Hotel

This morning visit the 13th century Sultan Han located at a secluded point on the ancient Silk Road between Aksaray and Konya. It was used as a caravanserai during the Seljuk period when trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the traveling traders and their camels. Continue your journey by road via Konya, passing through lush forests, orchards and olive groves on the sloping hills downward to the splendid Mediterrannean Sea.

Day 8: Antalya

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Full day at leisure to enjoy at your own pace. Your seaside resort hotel enjoys a choice location overlooking Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast. You may join an optional tour ($63) to ancient Perge, the most attractive and well-preserved Pamphylian city that reached its apex during the reign of Alexander the Great. Continue to Aspendos, founded by the colonists from Argos and best known for its huge theater. On this optional tour you’ll also visit the Antalya’s Archaeological Museum that houses artifacts and antiques from 2500 years of Anatolian culture.

Day 9: Pamukkale/Izmir

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Hotel

Journey to Pamukkale and visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hieropolis (“Holy City”), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. These hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C. Later, arrive in Izmir, believed to be the birthplace of Homer.

Day 10: Ephesus Excursion

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today, venture to explore Ephesus considered to be the world’s best-preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centers of the ancient world and among its impressive structures you will marvel at the Library of Celcus, Temple of Hadrian, the Great Theater and the Odeon. Later, visit to the House of Virgin Mary, a shrine said to be the final home of the Virgin Mary near Ephesus. Return to Izmir.

Day 11: Pergamum/Canakkale

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit the Acropolis, an impressive structure that houses the Temple of Trajan, the Heroon Shrine, the Sanctuary of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. You’ll also view the Theater and the Library of Pergamum, whose collection came second only to that of Egypt’s Alexandria. Arrive in Canakkale. Iris Hotel

Day 12: Troy/Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel

This morning, marvel at the classical city of Troy as you tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer’s epic poem the Iliad. Cross by ferry the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Aegean and Black Sea and arrive in Istanbul. Upon your return to Istanbul, you may delight in a visit to the Spice Market, the exotic food market selling dried fruits and spices, the underground cistern, the water source of the Byzantine and Ottoman periods. This evening savor an included festive farewell dinner.

Day 13: Istanbul

Meals: Breakfast

On a guided morning tour, a local expert will introduce you to some of the highlights of the city, previously known as Constantinople and the seat of the Eastern Roman Empire. Visit the splendid Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans for almost 600 years and now a fascinating museum. Here, visit of the Treasury section with the crown jewels and the unique collection of Chinese porcelains. Continue to the ancient Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period and finally, explore the elegant Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Day 14: Istanbul/USA

Meals: Breakfast

Today we bid our tour of Turkey farewell. Your exciting journey concludes as you arrive New York.

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Optional Activities

Treasures of Turkey Provides Optional tours below are the details:

  • Istanbul: Afternoon bosphorus cruise from approx. $64 per person
  • Cappadocia: Whirling dervishes performance from approx. $49 per person
  • Antalya: Tour to perge, aspendos and antalya archeological museum from approx. $72 per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

  • Night 1: International Flight: Turkish Airlines or Lufthansa Airlines
  • Nights 2-3: Istanbul: TRYP by Wyndham
  • Night 4: Ankara: Swissotel Ankara
  • Nights 5-6: Cappadocia: Dinler Hotel
  • Nights 7-8: Antalya: Marmara Hotel
  • Nights 9-10: Izmir: DoubleTree by Hilton Izmir Hotel
  • Sair Esref Bulvari 1373 Sok. No:5 Cankaya
  • Night 11: Canakkale: Iris Hotel
  • Nights 12-13: Istanbul: Renaissance Polat Bosphorus Hotel

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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Trip Excludes

  • Passport and visa fees
  • Excess baggage charges, baggage
  • Personal insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours, beverages, other items and expenses of personal nature

Meals Included:

21 meals: 12 Breakfasts and 9 Dinners

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