Glimpse of the East

14 days/13 nights

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Day 1 Thu: Istanbul | Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul | Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale | Morning departure for Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D

Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Izmir | Today we visit Troy with its famous wooden horse. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. B L D

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir | Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s cottage and visit a regional carpet production center. Afternoon Optional: tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D

Day 6 Tue: Kusadasi – Pamukkale | Drive through fertile valleys to Pamukkale (white lime cascades) visit Hierapolis and enjoy the thermal pools of our hotel. B D

Day 7 Wed: Pamukkale – Perge – Antalya | Morning drive to Antalya, arrival at mid- noon, pay a visit to the ancient city of Perge, a relax afternoon by the Mediterranean coast. B D

Day 8 Thu: Antalya: Optional Tour of Phaselis or Yacht Cruise | Today is a free day with choices of Optional tours of Phaselis, a coastal ancient city or a lazy yacht cruise along turquoise coast of the Mediterranean. Dinner at a special local restaurant. B D

Day 9 Fri: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya | After breakfast depart for Konya, en route visit the famous theatre in Aspendos. Visit Mevlana Mausoleum and Karatay Koran School, then overnight in Konya. B D

Day 10 Sat: Konya – Cappadocia | Morning departure for Cappadocia, on the way visit 13th century Agzikarahan caravanserai the land of Fairy Chimneys. We pay a visit to the famous underground city of Sarhatli. Dinner at a special local restaurant and overnight in Cappadocia. Tonight Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance. B D

Day 11 Sun: Cappadocia | Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. B D

Day 12 Mon: Cappadocia – Mt. Nemrut | Departure at 8:30am from Göreme. Will stop by the 13th century Seljukian caravanserai Karatayhan. After lunch drive to Kahramanmaras and stop there to have the worldwide famous ice-cream in a nice cafe. Then drive to Kahta check in the hotel. B D

Day 13 Tue: Sanliurfa & Harran | Depart to drive up to mountain is at 3 o’clock a.m. Climbing to the mountain to watch the sunrise between the colossal statues of the king and gods. After sunrise, we will visit the ruins of Mt Nemrut and have free time to walk around. Then drive back to Kahta, using a different road, to see the ruins of Arsemia as well as a Roman bridge of Cendere and the Karakus Tumulusu (Black Bird Tomb). Arrival to Kahta to have breakfast and relax. Drive to Sanlıurfa city, Prophet Abraham’s cave and the pools of holy carp surrounding it. Head to Harran a village of spellbinding mud-brick beehive houses where Abraham spent last years of his life mentioned in the book of Genesis. Overnight in Sanlıurfa city. B L D

Day 14 Wed: Sanliurfa | Transfer to Sanliurfa or Gaziantep airport. B

Note: Eastern Turkey program is locally hosted. It should be noted that the hotel standards in Eastern Turkey may not be the same as Western Turkey. Hotels on Day 12 and 13 will be Standard 3-star hotels.

 

Duration: 14 Days/13 Nights

Tour Code: EAST

 

Price Includes:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days. Pre or post stay transfers are not included

Price Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

 

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Departure Dates and Rates

Departure Transfer (2016) P/P in DBL  Single Supl.  P/P in Trpl
  • May 04,11,18,25
  • Jun 01,08,15,22,29
  • Jul 06,13,20,27
  • Aug 03,10,17,24,31
  • Sep 07,14,21,28
$1,995 $645 $1,945

 

Hotels

City Hotels
Istanbul Radison Blu Sisli Hotel (DLX)
Canakkale Kolin Hotel (SFC)
 İzmir Swissotel( DLX)
Pamukkale Colossae Thermal (SFC)
Antalya Crowne Plaza (DLX)
Konya Hilton Garden Inn (SFC)
Nevsehir Cappadocia Lodge (SFC)
Kahta Zeus Hotel or similar
Sanliurfa El Ruha or similar