With its long and fascinating history, Turkey connects Europe and Asia, and serves as a gateway between the Islamic and the Christian worlds. Your Turkey tour starts and ends in Istanbul with overnights also in the Troy area, Izmir, Pamukkale, and Bursa. Along the way, you’ll explore many of its ancient monuments, visit some of its famous mosques, and browse some of its wonderful bazaars. You’ll be accompanied by an expert Tour Director who will bring this country to life with in-depth, firsthand knowledge of its history, culture, and secrets.</BR></BR>Guided sightseeing includes many of Turkey’s must-see attractions, such as Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans, and the Underground Cistern, brought to life in Dan Brown’s bestseller Inferno, in Istanbul. Step back in time as you visit the archaeological site in Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded 5,000 years ago; the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site founded in 190 BC; Ephesus, founded in 6,000 BC and with some of the world’s greatest ancient sights; and Pergamum, dating back to as early as 3,000 BC. </BR></BR>On this Turkey tour, you’ll also visit some of its most famous mosques and churches, including Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia and its Blue Mosque, the 17th-century mosque with beautiful blue tiles in its interior; Bursa’s Great Mosque, with construction completed in 1400; and Iznik’s St. Sophia Church, initially built as a basilica in the Byzantine period. </BR></BR>But that’s not all…at the end of your tour, enjoy a 6-night Greek Islands cruise, including Kusadasi on the Turkish coast, Santorini (weather permitting), Agios Nicholaos on Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, and Mykonos. </BR></BR>All of this—and much more—await you on this grand Turkey vacation!
ISTANBUL Welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, visit the Underground Cistern, and Grand Bazaar, [LF] private cruise on the Bosporus with tea and Turkish Delight candyANZAC Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemeteryDARDANELLESFerry crossing of the StraitsTROY Guided visit of the archaeological sitePERGAMUM Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and AsclepionEPHESUS Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum; group pictureSULTAN’S VILLAGE[LF] Learn about the traditional Turkish weaving art and taste local specialties during lunchPAMUKKALE Guided visit of the HierapolisBURSA Guided sightseeing including a visit to the Great MosqueIZNIK Visit St. Sophia Church and the archaeological museumCRUISING Six-night cruise to Istanbul, Kusadasi, Santorini, Crete, Rhodes, Symi, Chios, MykonosHeadsets throughout the tourCruise Details:Rotation of ports of call may vary for congestion reasons at certain ports with or without prior notice.Cabin categories: inside cabin (category IC); outside (category XD)All cabins with two lower beds, private shower, and toilet. Full entertainment program on board. Globus Host service throughout the cruise.Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.Please ask your Travel Consultant for cruise ship details. At time of printing, the ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the Celestyal Crystal, operated by Celestyal Cruises. Certain departures may be operated by other Celestyal Cruises ships of similar standard.
Full buffet breakfast daily; 1 special lunch at the Sultan’s Village; 6 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbu
NOTE:Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
Motorcoach or minibus; ferry; boat cruise. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.