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MARVELOUS TURKEY

SPECIAL DISCOUNT of US $100 per person on any 2020 departures when booked and paid for in full by March 31, 2020

Cultural tour of Turkey

Turkey is a unique place in the world. It is an Asian – Middle Eastern country and yet European too - a home to many world civilizations. Rich in history and culture, it is one of the few countries in the world that has to be visited, not once, but over and over again. Our Marvelous Turkey program has been specifically tailored for the first timer’s experience of Turkey. A wonderful introduction to the Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish land of past and present.

Tour Information
Duration : 14 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : 28 persons
Price (From) : US$ 1515
Includes international air
Day 01: Arrive Istanbul
Day 02: Istanbul
(B)
Day 03: Istanbul/Canakkale (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 04: Canakkale/Troy/Pergamum/Kusadasi (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 05: Kusadasi/Ephesus/Sirince/Kusadasi
(B, D)
Day 06: Kusadasi/Hierapolis/Pamukkale (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 07: Pamukkale/Koycegiz/Fethiye (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 08: Fethiye
(B)
Day 09: Fethiye/Saklikent Gorge/Antalya (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 10: Antalya/Aspendos/Konya/Cappadocia (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 11: Cappadocia
(B)
Day 12: Cappadocia/Ankara/Safranbolu (Drive)
(B, D)
Day 13: Safranbolu/Istanbul (Drive)
(B)
Day 14: Depart Istanbul
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Istanbul

Upon your arrival at Ataturk Airport (IST), you will be met by our representative before transferred to your hotel.  Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.  Check in time starts at 1500 hrs.  According to the legend, the Delphic Oracle first instructed the Megarions to establish a city here... During the Byzantine Empire, Constantine chose this very spot as his capital, and it was here that the keys to the city were given to Mehmed the Conquerer... Every emperor and every king cherished dreams of this place... Welcome, then, to one of the most important witnesses of world history.

Overnight: Radisson BLU Pera Hotel or Point Hotel Taksim (2020), Istanbul (2 nights)

Day 02: Istanbul

Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Istanbul, TurkeyAfter breakfast at the hotel, a guided tour to Topkapi Palace , St. Sophia, Blue Mosque.  We are certain that you will be amazed when you discover the variety of historical monuments, including palaces, museums, cisterns, fountains, and pillars, which surround you on all sides. Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. You can experience the magnificence of both the Byzantine Empire and the Ottoman Empire one after the other. The architectural secrets of these two buildings, have yet to be fully unraveled.  A trip to Istanbul is not complete without a visit to the Spice Market. The Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı), otherwise known as the Spice Bazaar, is the place to be to lay in a fresh supply of spices, nuts, honeycomb, Turkish delight, dried figs, caviar and mature hard Turkish cheese. You will encounter Istanbul firsthand, which you have previously only seen on films and postcards, and read about in history books. The day ends wıth an overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)

Day 03: Istanbul/Canakkale (Drive)

After breakfast, we will drive to Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine and 57.th regiment memorial as well as the war museum.  The reason for the campaign was to break the stalemate on the Western and Eastern Front and to help the Russians. It is perceived as a defining moment in the nation's history—a final surge in the defence of the motherland as the Ottoman Empire crumbled. The struggle formed the basis for the Turkish war independence and the founding of the Republic Of Turkey eight years later under Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a commander at Gallipoli. The campaign is often considered to mark the birth of national consciousness in Australia and New Zealand and the date of the landing 25 April, is known as "Anzac Day". It remains the most significant commemoration of military casualties and veterans.

Overnight: Kolin Hotel, Canakkale (1 night) (B, D)

Day 04: Canakkale/Troy/Pergamum/Kusadasi (Drive)

Amphitheatre, Ephesus, Izmir, TurkeyAfter breakfast at the hotel drive to legendary to Troy - Turkish: Truva or Troya, is an ancient city in northwestern Turkey, made famous in Homer’s epic poem, the Iliad. According to Iliad, this is where the legendary Trojan War took place.  Today it is an archaeological site popular with travellers from all over the world, and in addition to being a Turkish national park, It is on the World Heritage list of Unesco. Crossing the legendary mountain Ida arrival to Pergamum visit Acropolis.  The Acropolis of Pergamum (Pergamon) is certainly dramatic, perched atop a high, steep-sided hill to the northeast of the modern city center.  The great temples and dramatic theater are visible from anywhere in the city, as they were meant to be.  Byzantine rule has also left its mark on Pergamum. Excavations however point to a much earlier settlement in Pergamum dating back to the Early Bronze Age.  Pergamum played a significant role in the Ancient Mediterranean stage.  Visiting Pergamon with its well preserved remains before continuing to  Kusadasi for the overnight.

Overnight: Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 05: Kusadasi/Ephesus/Sirince/Kusadasi

Morning drive to Ancient city of  Ephesus - once, the trade centre of the ancient world, a religious centre of the early Christianity . Here is nothing like standing on the stage of the amphitheater where St. John spoke to the Ephesians, walking through the ruins of the ancient library where scholars studied, and seeing 2000 years old plumbing more sophisticated than in parts of the world today. The ruins that are now visible give you some idea of the city's original composition, and the names associated with the ruins are a reminder of its former status as a major port of the ancient world. The Library of Celsus, which was reconstructed from the original pieces, was originally built in 125 BC by Julius Aquila, and held over 12,000 scrolls, making it the largest library in the Mediterranean. Then we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, leather. Continue to marvelous village of Sirince where you be able to experiance one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey.  The Orthodox Christian Greeks who lived here during the Ottoman empire were famed for the excellence of their wine.  The Muslim Turks who moved here from Thessaloniki in 1924 restarted wine making using local fruits.  You may be able to shop and taste delicious wines of the village. (B, D)

Day 06: Kusadasi/Hierapolis/Pamukkale (Drive)

Celsus Library, Ephesus, Izmir, TurkeyAfter breakfast, visit the ancient the magnificent Hierapolis - whose name means "sacred city," was believed by the ancients to have been founded by the god Apollo. It was famed for its sacred hot springs, whose vapors were associated with Pluto, god of the underworld. The city also had a significant Jewish community and was mentioned by Paul in his Letter to Colossians. Today, Hierapolis is a World heritage site. In addition to interesting Classical ruins, the site offers a thermal Sacred Pool in which you can swim with ancient artifacts, a view of the spectacular white terraces of Pamukkale the lime cascade. You can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale, located next to the ruins of Hierapolis. The extraordinary effect is created when water from the hot springs loses carbon dioxide as it flows down the slopes, leaving deposits of limestone. The layers of white calcium carbonate, built up in steps on the plateau, gave the site the name Pamukkale ("cotton castle").  Continue to your hotel for overnight.

Overnight: Doga Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale (1 night) (B, D)

Day 07: Pamukkale/Koycegiz/Fethiye (Drive)

This morning we drive to the lakeside town of Koycegiz.  Here we take a boat cruise. You will spend a day of relaxing, sunbathing, swimming in deep turquoise waters. Turtle Beach, surrounded by salt water on one side and fresh water on the other, is one of the last breeding grounds of the Sea Turtles and therefore delightfully undeveloped. On our way to the Mud Baths, the boat stops at the magnificent Rock Tombs.
The rejuvenating Mud Baths and Thermal springs of Dalyan have drawn in a legion of famous people over the years like Dustin Hoffman, Sting and David Bowie to name a few.

Overnight: Marina Boutique Hotel, Fethiye (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 08: Fethiye

Resplendently attired juice vendor, TurkeyAfter breakfast we explore the quaint Greek village of Kayakoy, which literally translates as "rock town" and was at one time a thriving Greek populated village - then the area was known as Levissi. Afternoon we will drive you to Oludeniz, where you will have an opportunity to swim.   Ölüdeniz, which means "dead sea" because of the stillness of the water, the lagoon is a nature preserve. With its sheltered (and protected) lagoon beside a lush national park, a long spit of sandy beach and Baba Dağ (Mt. Baba) casting its shadow across the sea. (B)

Day 09: Fethiye/Saklikent Gorge/Antalya (Drive)

Today we visit the stunningly beautiful Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon, set in a spectacular natural park of pine, oak and cedar trees. If you’re interested in culture, natural beauty and history, you will appreciate your time at Saklıkent Gorge Nature Park.  After a short trek along the canyon we continue to Antalya crossing the Tauros mountains, separating the Mediterranean coastal region from Turkey’s Central Anatolian plateau, the Taurus Mountains boast a diverse landscape of rugged limestone crags, shadowed by soaring peaks and towering rock columns. Upon arrival visit Duden Waterfall. The Duden river extends from the Taurus mountains all the way to the Mediterranean and creates two cascades know as the Upper and Lower Duden Waterfalls.  The Upper Duden waterfall is 15m (49ft) high and 20m (65ft) wide and set in a pretty valley. A natural cave has formed behind the falls and it is possible to sit here and watch the cascades.

(2020) After breakfast, we drive to Demre.  Upon arrival, we take our boat to visit the sunken city of Kekova.  Should the weather condition does not permit to make this tour then a visit to St. Nicholas Churh will be provided instead. Afterwards we continue on to Antalya.

Overnight: B. W. Khan Hotel, Antalya (1 night) (B, D)

Day 10: Antalya/Aspendos/Konya/Cappadocia (Drive)

An early departure for Konya, stopping enroute by Aspendos ancient Theater, which is one of the best preserved theatres of the Roman world. The theater has a capacity of 15,000 people and is still used today for performances and festivals. Its galleries, stage decorations and acoustics all testify to its architect Xeno's success. Next to the stage there is a small room, which is used as a small museum where you can see some of the masks and clay tickets from the ancient times. Just above the theater there is the acropolis with a great view of the river from the top, where you can see a basilica, an agora, a nymphaeum and a bouleuterion (council), all of them in ruins. Upon arrival to Konya, we tour the monastery of the Mervlana Whirling Dervishes. Rumi is one of the world's most read poets. During his life, and since his death in 1273. Today, Rumi's tomb is Turkey's second most-visited tourist attraction after the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Rumi was a mystic, a Sufi saint who loved all religions, and whose own religion was love. His followers would (and still do) lose themselves in trance and dance, sometimes spinning like tops for hours on end.  After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, drive to Cappadocia via Seljuk - a fine example of an ancient Silk Road.

Overnight: Crown Plaza Nevsehir Hotel, Cappadocia (2 nights) (B, D)

Day 11: Cappadocia

Aerial view of a hot air balloon flying over the Dovecote Valley, as seen from a hot air balloon, Cappadocia, Nevsehir, TurkeyEarly in the morning there will be optional hot-air balloon ride (extra charge).  Today will be a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymaklı Underground City, It's known that there are more than a hundred of underground settlements in the region and many of them are not open for visits. The underground cities, which used to be a settlement mostly in Byzantine period. In this period, increasing invasions forced local residents to build underground cities for protection and religious purposes.  The Open Air Museum in the Göreme Valley holds the region's best collection of painted cave-churches. Medieval orthodox Christian monks (1000-1200 AD) carved the caves from the soft volcanic stone and decorated them with elaborate Byzantine frescoes. Natural fortress in Uchisar.  In the 15th and 16th centuries, the Byzantine army took advantage of the natural elevation of three of the area's rock formations and used them as natural fortresses.  In the evening there will be an optional to attend a Turkish Folklore diner show performance (extra charge). (B)

Day 12: Cappadocia/Ankara/Safranbolu (Drive)

Morning departure for Safranbolu.  On the way we stop by Ankara and visit  Ataturk Mausoleum – a huge hall, lined in red marble, has simple mosaic decoration recalling the many ages and civilizations, this is the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. The Anitkabir museum is located between the Tower of the National Pact and the Tower of the Revolution. A number of Ataturk's personal belongings are exhibited, including clothes that he wore, and gifts presented to him by visiting foreign dignitaries.  Continue our drive and check in to our hotel Safranbolu - the world heritage town of Unesco.

Overnight: Imren Lokum Konagi, Safranbolu (1 night) (B, D)

Day 13: Safranbolu/Istanbul (Drive)

After breakfast visit the old town of Safranbolu, which was an important caravan station on the main East–West trade route. The Old Mosque, Old Bath and Süleyman Pasha Medrese were built in 1322. During its apogee in the 17th century, Safranbolu's architecture influenced urban development throughout much of the Ottoman Empire. Free time to wander the narrow lanes of the old town, scramble up to the castle and clock tower for a panoramic view and  test the fine sample of Turkish delights then continue to  drive to Istanbul.  In the afternoon we visit the Grand Bazaar, which is one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and 5000 shops, and attracts between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. You will encounter Istanbul firsthand, which you have previously only seen on films, postcards, and read about in history books.

Overnight: Kent (Old City) Hotel, Istanbul (1 night) (B)

Day 14: Depart Istanbul

Check out time is by 1100 hrs.  Transfer to Ataturk Airport (IST) for your flight out.  Please be advised that departure transfer to (IST airport) via the hotel’s shuttle and is only available at 0900 hrs and at 1300 hrs. (B)

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 04; Feb 08; Mar 21; Apr 04 & 25; May 02, 09, 16 & 30; Jun 06, 13; 20 & 27; Jul 04, 11, 18 & 25; Aug 01, 08, 15 & 29; Sep 05, 12, 19 & 26; Oct 03, 10, 17 & 24; Nov 07; Dec 19 US$ 1515 US$ 820 - -
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Apr 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020. US$ 275
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Nov 01, 2020 – Mar 26, 2021. US$ 115
2021 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 02, Feb 06; Mar 20 US$ 1515 US$ 820 - -
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Apr 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020. US$ 275
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Nov 01, 2020 – Mar 26, 2021. US$ 115
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2020 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 04; Feb 08; Mar 21; Apr 04 & 25; May 02, 09, 16 & 30; Jun 06, 13; 20 & 27; Jul 04, 11, 18 & 25; Aug 01, 08, 15 & 29; Sep 05, 12, 19 & 26; Oct 03, 10, 17 & 24; Nov 07; Dec 19 CA$ 2167 CA$ 1173 - -
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Apr 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020. CA$ 394
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Nov 01, 2020 – Mar 26, 2021. CA$ 165
2021 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Departure(s) East Coast West Coast
Jan 02, Feb 06; Mar 20 CA$ 2167 CA$ 1173 - -
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Apr 01, 2020 – Oct 31, 2020. CA$ 394
Supplement surcharge for traveling during Nov 01, 2020 – Mar 26, 2021. CA$ 165


Notes

1) Transfer costs have been based on using Ataturk International Airport. For those arriving at Sabiha Gokcen International Airport a surcharge of USD 50 per person per transfer based on a minimum of two persons applies.
2) Departure transfer hotel/airport on the last day of the tour will be provided by shuttle at 0900 hrs and 1300 hrs.  Any other departure time or on a private basis will be subject to a surcharge of USD 50 per person based on a minimum of two persons.



Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Accommodation as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 21 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • Any airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 28 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
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