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TURKISH DELIGHT
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Turkey
Travel Turkey
Turkey is a unique place in the world. It is an Asian – Middle Eastern country and yet European too - a home to many world civilizations. Rich in history and culture, it is one of the few countries in the world that has to be visited, not once, but over and over again. Our Turkish Delight program has been specifically tailored for the first timer’s experience of Turkey.  A wonderful introduction to the Byzantine, Ottoman and Turkish land of past and present.


Tour Summary
Map
Day
Place
01
Arrive Istanbul
02
Istanbul
03 Istanbul/Bolu
04
Bolu/Ankara/Cappadocia
05
Cappadocia
06
Cappadocia
07
Cappadocia/Konya/Sagalasso
08
Sagalassos/Perge/Aspendos/Antalya
09
Antalya/Pamukkale
10
Pamukkale/Aphrodisias/Selcuk/Kusadasi
11
Kusadasi/Ephesus/Kusadasi
12
Kusadasi/Pergamum/Troy/Canakkale
13
Canakkale/Istanbul
14
Istanbul/Departure

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Turkey covered on this tour
Historic Areas of Istanbul (1985) Strategically located on the Bosphorus peninsula between the Balkans and Anatolia, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean, Istanbul has been associated with major political, religious and artistic events for more than two thousand years. Its masterpieces include the ancient Hippodrome of Constantine, the 6th-century Hagia Sophia and the 16th- century Suleymaniye Mosque, which are now jeopardized by overpopulation, industrial pollution and uncontrolled urbanization.
Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia (1985) In a spectacular landscape, entirely sculptured by erosion, the Goreme Valley and its surroundings contain sanctuaries hewn into the rock, providing irreplaceable evidence of Byzantine art of the post-iconoclastic period. Dwellings, troglodyte villages and underground towns representing a traditional human habitat, dating back to the 4th century, can also be seen there.
Nemrut Dag (1987) The mausoleum of Antiochus I (69-34 B.C.) who reigned over Commagene, a kingdom founded north of Syria and the Euphrates after the breakup of Alexander's empire, is one of the most ambitious constructions of Hellenic times. The syncretism of its pantheon, and the lineage of its kings, which can be traced back through two sets of legends, Greek and Persian, is evidence of the dual origin of this kingdom's culture.
Archaeological Site of Troy (1998) Troy, with its four thousand years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were started in 1871 by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann. In scientific terms, its extensive remains are the most significant and substantial demonstration of the first contact between the civilizations of Anatolia and the Mediterranean world. Moreover, the siege of Troy by Spartan and Achaean warriors from Greece in the 13th or 12th century BC, immortalized by Homer in The Iliad, has inspired great creative artists throughout the world since that time.
Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Istanbul
This evening you are scheduled to arrive Istanbul International Airport.  Once clearing through Customs & Immigration, you will be met & transfer to the hotel.   Dinner is on your own.
Overnight: Novotel Hotel (2 nights)

Day 02: Istanbul
Start your day with the visits of the Blue Mosque, built between 1609 and 1616 for Sultan Ahmet I and inside is decorated with 21,043 tiles from Iznik in a dominant blue color; and the Hippodrome where political, cultural, and sports activities took place during Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman times. Embark on your cruise on the Bosphorus Strait that separates Asia from Europe and connects the Marmara Sea to the Black Sea. You will get the best views of the city and most of the historical monuments in Istanbul. Lunch at a seafood restaurant along the sea. In the afternoon, visit the imposing Haghia Sophia, which marked the apogee of Byzantine Emperor Justinian's reign and you will end the day at the historical Grand Bazaar. Dinner is on your own.  (B, L)

Day 03: Istanbul/Bolu (Drive)
In the morning visit the Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman sultans from 15th to 19th centuries, with its treasures, terraces overlooking the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.  Lunch during the sightseeing. In the afternoon, drive to Bolu.
Overnight: Koru Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Bolu/Ankara/Cappadocia (Drive)
Drive to Ankara, the Turkish capital since 1923. Visit The Museum of Anatolian Civilizations for its rich and unique collections from the Hittites and the others who settled in Anatolia. Make a brief stop for taking pictures at the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. After lunch, continue to Cappadocia.
Overnight: Mustafa Hotel (3 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 05: Cappadocia 
Early in the morning, possibility to participate an optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. After breakfast, a full day tour to explore Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an open-air museum with rock-cut churches (7th-13th centuries) adorned with biblical frescoes. Learn about the art and crafts of rural Turkey at a handicraft center, and attend a lecture on Turkish hand-made rugs. Drive back to hotel for lunch. In the afternoon, visit the Underground City, a multi-level labyrinth for protection during invasions. Admire the impressive rock formations at sunset. (Possibility of an optional folklore show with dinner).   (B, L)

Day 06: Cappadocia
In the morning, depart to Soganli Valley to visit its rock-cut churches. Barbecue lunch in Soganli. In the afternoon visit the Avcilar Valley and the Kiliçlar Valley with their old cave-dwellings and fairy chimneys. Photo stops at Uchisar and Pigeon Valley, best vista points on the way to the hotel Dinner and overnight at hotel. (Possibility to participate to an optional Ceremony of Whirling Dervishes). (B, L, D)

Day 07: Cappadocia/Konya/Sagalasso (Drive)
After breakfast, drive to Konya. En route, visit the Sultanhan Caravanserai, a hotel for merchants during the Seljuk period (13th century) on the Silk Road. In Konya, visit the Museum of Mevlana, the famous mystic poet, and founder of the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes. After lunch, continue to Sagalassos.
Overnight: Sagalassos Lodge Hotel  (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 08: Sagalassos/Perge/Aspendos/Antalya
In the morning, visit Sagalassos - Greco-Roman city, a recently excavated archeological gem of Turkey.  Continue to Antalya for lunch. In the afternoon, two magnificent Roman sites are on our agenda; Aspendos with the best preserved Roman Theater and Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city. On the way to Antalya, discover the tradition of jewelry making on this soil while visiting one of the largest jewelers of Turkey.  (B, L, D)

Day 09: Antalya/Pamukkale 
Leaving Antalya, travel over the Taurus Mountains to Pamukkale. Admire the surreal landscape at the “Cotton Castle” of Pamukkale with its white terraces of limestone deposited by thermal waters through the ages. See the ancient spa, Hierapolis, still used today. Discover the necropolis, one of the largest cemeteries from antiquity to the present.
Overnight: Tripolis Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 10: Pamukkale/Aphrodisias/Selcuk/Kusadasi
Drive to Aphrodisias, the ancient site dedicated to the goddess of beauty, love, and fertility. Appreciate Anatolia’s best-preserved stadium. At this site, which drew artisans to its famous school of sculpture, enjoy the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon and the Theater.  Following lunch, continue to Selcuk to enjoy a mini fashion-show, which let us  appreciate the fine quality of leather production in  Turkey.
Overnight:  Kalehan Hotel (2 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 11: Kusadasi/Ephesus/Kusadasi
After breakfast, discovery of another World Heritage; Ephesus. The site today is one of the best places of the world to visualize an ancient Roman city: Explore the Marble Street, Agora, Odeon, and Theater, as well as the Fountain of Trajan, the Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsius. View the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After lunch, drive to Sirince Village with its old 19th century Greek houses which have been restored to its original content.  (B, L, D)

Day 12: Kusadasi/Pergamum/Troy/Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Pergamum, the capital of the Attalid dynasty. Visit this ancient city where parchment was invented. Highlights include the Acropolis with the ruins of the agoras, temples, palaces, the library which contained 200,000 volumes, the podium on which stood the Zeus Altar which was sent to Berlin, and the impressive theatre built into the steep hillside which provides a wonderful panorama of the surroundings. In the lower part of the ancient city, visit the Asclepion, a sanctuary and a healing center dedicated to the god of healing, Asclepius. Lunch and drive to explore the ancient city of Troy whose history covers a period of about 3,400 years with nine layers of settlements. A reconstruction of the infamous Trojan Wooden Horse stands at the entrance of the site. Continue to Canakkale for overnight.
Overnight: Akol Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 13: Canakkale/Istanbul
In the morning, cross the Strait of the Dardanelles by ferry to Gallipoli and depart to Istanbul.  Lunch on the way. Free time in istanbul in the afternoon. Farewell dinner.
Overnight: Novotel Hotel (1 night) (B, L, D)

Day 14: Departure Istanbul
Check out by 1100 hrs.  Transfer to the airport for your flight out. (B)

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016
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Prices
Departure Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016 Please contact us for details on departure dates & pricing
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
• Hotel accommodation as mentioned or similar
• Meal plan as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
• All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
• Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites
• Local English speaking guides
• Any airfare
• Airport/Departure taxes
• Travel Insurances
• Visa Fees
• Drinks / Beverages with meals
• Tips / Gratuities to Drivers & Guides

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 and average group size of 25 participants

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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