A country of many contrasts, Turkey is a unique crossroads between Europe and Asia. Begin in Istanbul—a vibrant city of mosques, markets, and historic buildings of Byzantium Constantinople fame—and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the World War I battle site, then ferry across to Asia Minor. Take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy, then motor through forested countryside to Kusadasi, famous for the Ephesus archaeological site. Continue through the “Greek Meander,” the most fertile region in Turkey. Stop in spectacular Pamukkale and the ancient site of Hierapolis and spend the night in the Denizli area. By way of Konya, stop at the great 13th-century Agzikarahan caravanserai, then to Göreme in Cappadocia for an included visit to the amazing rock chapels carved by early Christians and to view the spectacular rock formations. Arrive in Turkey’s capital of Ankara. From here, travel into the kingdom of Phrygia to Gordion. Visit King Midas’ tomb before continuing to Bursa, famous for its great mosque, covered bazaar, and silk market. Return to Istanbul and be sure to catch the unforgettable sight of the Bosporus at dusk.
Inside visits and special features:Shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description including admission charges where applicable.Sightseeing:Visits to Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Izmir, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Sultanhan Karavanseray, Konya, Rock Chapels in Göreme, Ankara, King Midas’ Tomb in Gordion, Bursa
ISTANBUL Grand Halic Hotel (F)CANAKKALE Ida Kale (ST)KUSADASI Marina (ST)DENIZLI AREA Herakles Hotel (ST) at PamukkaleKONYA Pasapark (F)CAPPADOCIA Altinyazi (F)ANKARA Radisson Blu (F)BURSA Almira (F)
Buffet breakfasts daily; 8 dinners
NOTES:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler. Visas are not issued at Istanbul airport.December 21 Departure – New Year’s Eve Reveillon in Istanbul
Transportation: Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach; Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings