Turkish Delight

Day 1 - Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey. Welcome to Istanbul! At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 - Istanbul. Founded by the Greeks as Byzantium more than 2,500 years ago, renamed Constantinople in 330 AD when Constantine the Great elected it the capital of the Roman Empire, and finally called Istanbul after the Ottoman conquest in the 15th century, the city on the Bosporus always was and still is one of the most exciting places in the world. Its strategic location as gateway between Orient and Occident, the Islamic and the Christian worlds, and the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, predestined it for a turbulent history. Start your sightseeing at Emperor Justinian's HAGIA SOPHIA and Sultan Ahmet's BLUE MOSQUE, magnificent monuments to two competing world religions standing peacefully side by side. Next, turn to the TOPKAPI SERAGLIO, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the Crown Jewels and the spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. You may wish to join the optional Bosporus cruise, and this evening, the optional dinner outing. (B)
Day 3 - Istanbul - Bursa. Tour the GRAND BAZAAR with its tiny shops, and receive the famous EVIL EYE Turkish amulet as a souvenir. Then, set out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Cross the Bosporus and then follow the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the Gulf of Gemlik. Here, you head inland towards the Uludag, also called the Mount Olympus of Mysia, a 7,700-foot-high skiing mountain. Bursa lies in its shadow, surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the great monuments to this period: the ornate GREEN OTTOMAN COMPLEX, the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii), and the ancient Covered Bazaar. (B,D)
Day 4 - Bursa - Boyuzuk - Gordion - Ankara. Motor into the heart of the Anatolian Highland. After a break at Boyuzuk, head for GORDION. Tour the excavation museum of the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Phrygia, where Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot and, thus, opened the way to Asia. Hear about the legend of King Midas with the golden touch as you visit the ruler's great EARTH TUMULUS. Then, visit the MAUSOLEUM OF ATATÜRK, the revered founder of the republic. Overnight in Ankara, capital of the Turkish republic since 1923 and the country's second-largest city. (B,D)
Day 5 - Ankara - Cappadocia. Morning visit to the MUSEUM OF ANATOLIAN CIVILIZATIONS with its unique collection of Hittite sun discs, stag cult figures and reliefs, and Phrygian metalwork. In the afternoon, head through the salt steppes and swamps of central Anatolia towards the volcanic plateau of Cappadocia, and stop south of the great salt lake Tuz Golu. Tonight, why not attend the mystical performance of the traditional sema ceremony of the Whirling Dervishes in a caravansary? (B,D)
Day 6 - Cappadocia. Excursion to Goreme & Ozkonak. Experience the unreal moon-like landscape of Goreme with its ROCK CHAPELS, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carved by the early Christians and decorated with frescoes dating from the 6th to the 10th centuries. [LF] Visit a ROCK-CUT CAVE HOUSE, and taste Turkish coffee or tea offered by the family living there. See the Castle of Uchisar on the way to the underground city of OZKONAK. Then, enjoy the sweeping panorama at ancient Ortahisar on the way back to the hotel. A souvenir GROUP PICTURE will be taken. (B,D)
Day 7 - Cappadocia - Sultanhani - Konya. This morning, stop at the fortress-like CARAVANSARY OF SULTANHANI. Then, westwards to the land of the Whirling Dervishes and to Konya. The Iconium of antiquity occupies a fertile island in the arid Anatolian steppes. Man has lived here since the early Stone Age, and the town had its moment of glory as the capital of the mighty Seljuk Empire from 1078 to 1307. Today it thrives on agriculture and the manufacture of fine carpets. Afternoon sightseeing features visits to three outstanding Seljuk structures: the MEVLANA MONASTERY of the Dervishes, now a museum; the KARATAY MEDRESE (theological school); and the elegant INCE MINARET. (B,D)
Day 8 - Konya - Antalya. Drive across the Taurus Mountains into the luxuriant green forests, orchards, and olive groves on the hills sloping down to the sparkling blue Mediterranean Sea. You enter an area only recently discovered by discerning European vacationers. (B,D)
Day 9 - At Leisure in Antalya. A full day to enjoy this Mediterranean paradise and to discover its antique treasures. (B,D)
Day 10 - Antalya - Hierapolis - Pamukkale. Turn inland across two mountain passes and arrive in Pamukkale. The name means "Cotton Castle" and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs. Visit the fascinating archaeological site of HIERAPOLIS, the thermal resort founded by a Pergamene king in 190 BC and greatly enlarged and embellished by the Romans. At the hotel tonight, a leisurely bath in a pool of hot thermal water might be just the way to relax. (B,D)
Day 11 - Pamukkale - Ephesus - Izmir. Follow the valley of the Menderes River to Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus and, later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. When St. Paul arrived here, he was so awestruck that he asked: "Is there a greater city?" Visit one of the best-preserved ancient AMPHITHEATERS, then drive up to the CHAPEL marking the site where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her last days. Overnight in Izmir (Smyrna), Homer's birthplace on the Aegean coast. (B,D)
Day 12 - Izmir - Pergamum - Troy Area. Start with visits to the PERGAMUM MUSEUM and the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Then, enjoy vistas of the Greek island of Lesbos as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue to TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer's Trojan War"hollow wooden horse and all! Spend the night at nearby Canakkale. Before dinner, [LF] a LECTURE on healthy detox with Mediterranean cuisine will teach you how to prepare the famous Turkish flat bread with fresh wild nettle and goat cheese using 16th-century techniques. (B,D)
Day 13 - Troy Area - Gallipoli - Istanbul. By FERRY, cross the Dardanelles back to Europe and the 21st century. Visit the World War I battlefields on the Gallipoli Peninsula, where Allied troops, mainly Australians and New Zealanders, suffered heavy casualties in a disastrous campaign. Pay tribute to the heroes of those tragic months of 1915 at the ANZAC CEMETERY and the LONE PINE MEMORIAL. Then, drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara back to Istanbul. Before your farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant, [LF] enjoy a highlight visit to the UNDERGROUND CISTERN, brought to life in Dan Brown's bestseller Inferno. (B,D)
Day 14 - Istanbul. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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  Tour Name   Turkish Delight
  Tour Code  
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  Tour Duration    14 Days
  Start City:   Istanbul
  End City:   Istanbul
  Price From   USD $2,039.00   See in Cart
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Features

  • City Highlights
  • ISTANBUL
    Welcome dinner, and a special farewell dinner at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing including visits to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Seraglio, and Grand Bazaar; receive the famous Evil Eye Turkish amulet; [LF] visit the Underground Cistern
    BURSA
    Guided sightseeing including visits to the Green Ottoman Complex and the Great Mosque
    GORDION
    Guided visit of the excavation museum and King Midas' Earth Tumulus
    ANKARA
    Guided sightseeing including visit to Ataturk's Mausoleum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
    CAPPADOCIA
    Guided visit of the Rock Chapels and [LF] a Rock-Cut Cave House and taste Turkish coffee or tea with the family; see the Castle of Uchisar; visit the underground city of Ozkonak; group picture; guided visit of the Caravansary of Sultanhani
    KONYA
    Guided sightseeing including Dervish Mevlana Monastery, Karatay Medrese, and Ince Minaret
    PAMUKKALE
    Guided visit of the Hierapolis
    EPHESUS
    Guided visit of the archaeological site and Chapel of the Virgin Mary
    PERGAMUM
    Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion
    TROY AREA
    Guided visit of the archaeological site of Troy; [LF] lecture on healthy detox Mediterranean cuisine and learn how to prepare Turkish bread
    DARDANELLES
    Ferry crossing of the Straits
    ANZAC
    Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery
  • Launch Date
  • 09/13/16 8:00pm
  • Meals
  • Full buffet breakfast daily; 12 three-course dinners with wine, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbul
  • Notes
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    • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Title
  • Turkish Delight
  • Transportation
  • Motorcoach; ferry. Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies.
 
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