Turkish Express

9 days/8 nights

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Day 1 Fri: Istanbul | Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Sat: Istanbul | Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hip- podrome, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sun: Istanbul – Ankara | This morning Optional tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise. Depart for the capital city of Ankara for overnight. B D

Day 4 Mon: Ankara – Cappadocia | Morning departure to view Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Day 5 Tue: 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. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli. B D

Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia – Pamukkale | Drive to Pamukkale. En route we visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight at Pamukkale. B D

Day 7 Thu: Pamukkale – Kusadasi | Today is the day to pay an early morning visit to the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. B D

Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Kusadasi | Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary’s Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi

Afternoon Optional: tour of Sardis or Sirince. B D

Day 9 Sat: Kusadasi | Return transfer to pier

 

Duration: 9 Days/8 Nights

Tour Code: TEX

This program can also be combined with Louis Cruise Line 7 day Greek Island Cruise program to and from Istanbul.

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Departure Dates and Rates

Departure dates (2016)                                                                                                               P/P in DBL               Single Supl.              P/P in Trpl
  • Jan 08
  • Feb 05,19
  • Mar 04,18,25
$955 $355 $935
  • Apr 01,08,22,29
  • May 06,13,20,27
  • Jun 03,10,17,24
  • Jul 01,08,15,22,29
  • Aug 05,12,19,26
  • Sep 02,09,16,23,30
  • Oct 07,14,21,28
$1,065 $400 $1,025
 Nov 04,18 $ 995 $380 $965
  • Dec 16
$1,025 $400 $995
Departure dates (2017)
  • Jan 08
  • Feb 05,19
  • Mar 04,18
$995 $380 $965

Hotels

City Hotels
Istanbul Renaissance Bosphorus (FC+)
Ankara Crowne Plaza Ankara (DLX)
Cappadocia Cappadocia Lodge(SFC)
Pamukkale Colossae Hotel (FC)
Kusadasi Charisma Hotel (DLX)