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Highlights of Turkey in 8 Days
Highlights of This Tour:

Turkey is a vast country. It is also an ancient one, continuously inhabited for ten millennia, home to the rise and fall of many of the world's greatest civilizations. It would take months, or even years, to explore fully the cultural, historical and natural riches of this fascinating land. But we've put together a tour that allows a glimpse of some of Turkey's most renowned sites.

We start out by exploring the Byzantine cathedrals, bustling bazaars and towering mosques of Istanbul, an imperial city steeped in almost 3,000 years of Greek, Roman and Ottoman history. After a cruise along the legendary Bosphorus, we fly to the heart of Anatolia, where we visit Cappadocia, a region that amazes and inspires with its surreal landscape, early Christian settlements and timeless way of life. From there, we head for the blue waters and olive groves of the Aegean region, the area where much of what is regarded as Western culture first took shape, a stunning land once crowned by the great marble cities of ancient Pergama and Ephesus. Follow in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, St. Paul, the Virgin Mary...

We arrange air-conditioned, comfortable transport and professional drivers, accommodations in top hotels, knowledgeable, friendly guides and an itinerary that helps you get the most out of your stay in Turkey. Relax, marvel at the glories of this marvelous country. And leave the rest to us.

Detailed Itinerary:

1st Day... Arrive at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport, where you are welcomed and assisted with the transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia




Topkapi Palace

2nd Day... A full-day tour of Istanbul, the fabled capital of three great empires - Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman. We visit Hagia Sophia, the great cathedral that was once the former spiritual heart of the Byzantine Empire and is considered by many to be the 8th Wonder of the World. Then, we explore The Blue Mosque, an architectural masterpiece dating from the 17th century that is famed for its exquisite blue tiles and six elegant minarets, and Basilica Cistern, an ancient underground cistern supported by 336 columns.

After lunch, we tour Topkapi Palace, the home of Sultans and administrative center of the mighty Ottoman Empire. Precious personal belongings of the Ottoman dynasties are on display in the Treasury and the collection of fine Chinese porcelain is among the most extensive in the world. We end the day with a trip to the Grand Bazaar, an exotic maze of narrow alleys, stunning architectural details and hundreds of shops selling a rich assortment of handmade carpets, gold, silver, leather and other precious goods.
Overnight in Istanbul



Sadberk Hanim Museum

3rd Day… A half-day cruise along the Bosphorus, the glistening waters that link Europe to Asia, the physical and spiritual heart of Istanbul. On the way back to our hotel, we visit the Sadberk Hanim Museum, a gracious three-story waterfront mansion housing a rich collection of Anatolian works of arts, antiques and relics dating back to 6,000 BC. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul


4th Day… We begin the day with an early morning flight to Kayseri, a central Anatolian city 100 km from Urgup, a charming town in the heart of Cappadocia. We spend the day exploring the surreal landscape of volcanic tuff sculpted by time and the elements, including fairy chimneys, troglodyte dwellings, sweeping vistas and the picturesque towns of Ortahisar and Uchisar. Overnight in Urgup


5th Day… After breakfast, we visit the Open Air Museum, which is home to literally dozens of rock-carved monasteries and churches adorned with brilliant Byzantine frescoes. We stop at numerous spots to admire the view and take photographs. Lunch at a local restaurant, then we visit rock formations in Pasabag, Zelve's deserted monastery complex, scenic Rose Valley and the pottery-making village of Avanos. Return to hotel. Overnight in Urgup

Clock Tower, Izmir

6th Day... After breakfast, we drive to Derinkuyu, a rock-cut city extending eight floors underground, then visit a 13th century Ottoman Caravanserai. We continue west across the Central Anatolian plains to Ankara, where we catch a connecting one-hour flight to Izmir (ancient Smyrna). Transfer to our hotel for dinner. Overnight in Izmir


7th Day... After breakfast, we drive through lush olive groves on the way to the extensive ruins of Bergama (Pergamum), including the Acropolis, the Bergama Museum and the Asceplion, an ancient Greek and Roman medical center that also has a theater, library and temples. We have lunch at a local restaurant before drive back through Izmir (Smyrna) to Kusadasi, a resort town on the Aegean. Overnight in Kusadasi


Celsus Library, Ephesus

8th Day... After breakfast, we head for nearby Efes (Ephesus), where we spend the day visiting the Chapel of the Virgin Mary, the Basilica of St. John, Efes Museum, the spectacular ruins of Ephesus, including the Marble Street, the largest ancient theater in the world, several recently excavated monuments, and the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. We then return to Izmir for the one-hour flight to Istanbul. Transfer to our hotel.

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Tour Accommodations:
In Istanbul: 4 Star Category Hotels
In Cappadocia: Club Hotel Cappadocia Lodge
In Izmir: Anemon Hotel
In Kusadasi: Korumar Hotel
What is Included?
All transfers
Guide and Air-conditioned transport
3 nights accommodation in Istanbul
4 nights accommodation in Anatolia.
Lunch daily
All museum entrance fees
All parking, porter and hotel tips
VAT (18% Sales Tax)
What is not Included?
Domestic flghts
(Total airline ticket costs: approximately US$ 255)
Guide in:
English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
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