Turkey Odyssey

Turkey Odyssey

$3619 per person

Begin an unforgettable journey through Turkey, a land steeped in history and culture. Start your adventure in Istanbul, where the ancient meets the modern in a vibrant mosiac of sights and sounds. Explore the mystical landscapes of Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and underground cities….

Begin an unforgettable journey through Turkey, a land steeped in history and culture. Start your adventure in Istanbul, where the ancient meets the modern in a vibrant mosiac of sights and sounds. Explore the mystical landscapes of Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys and underground cities. Visit Konya, a city known for its Whirling Dervishes and rich history. 

 

Pamukkale awaits with its stunning white terraces and thermal waters. Discover the ancient city of Ephesus, a testament to Turkey’s rich past. Travel to the picturesque village of Sirince, known for its wine and charm. Explore the historic sites of Canakkale and Gallipoli, where the echoes of past battles still linger. Your journey through Turkey will be a feast for the senses, with its unparalleled cuisine, diverse landscapes, and warm hospitality.

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  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
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Day 1, Friday: Arrive Istanbul
Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul. Hotel: Arena - 4 Star OR Similar Meals Included: None
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Day 2, Saturday: In Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. The day begins with a guided tour of the city of Istanbul. The first stop is the renowned Topkapi Palace, a stunning display of Ottoman history and architectural brilliance. Next, visit the awe-inspiring Hagia Sophia, a monumental structure steeped in history and adorned with magnificent architecture, including striking minarets. Its walls tell the tales of various empires that have risen and fallen in the region over the centuries. Continuing the journey, proceed to the iconic Blue Mosque, renowned for its intricate blue tile work that embellishes the interior walls. Still serving as an active mosque today, it stands as a testament to the enduring spiritual heritage of Istanbul. Concluding the tour, take a leisurely stroll through the bustling Grand Bazaar, a vibrant and historic marketplace that offers a glimpse into Istanbul's rich cultural tapestry. Overnight at the hotel Hotel: Arena - 4 Star OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 3, Sunday: Istanbul – Cappadocia by Flight
After breakfast transfer to the airport to connect flight for Kayseri. Upon your arrival, you'll have the opportunity to visit the Turasan wine factory and indulge in a delightful wine tasting experience featuring the exquisite wines of Cappadocia. Following this, brace yourself for an exhilarating jeep safari adventure across the stunning landscapes of Cappadocia. Starting from Goreme and heading towards Ortahisar, we'll first explore the charming Ortahisar Castle before continuing our journey to Uzengi Valley. As we traverse along the banks of a babbling brook, marvel at the ancient pigeon houses intricately carved into the rocky terrain. Our route then leads us to Sahintepesi, where you can unwind and soak in the serene surroundings. After a rejuvenating break, we'll drive back to Goreme, passing by Pancarlik Church en route. Once the tour concludes, you'll be escorted back to your hotel for an overnight stay in Cappadocia. Overnight at the hotel in Cappadocia Hotel: MDC Cave  (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 4, Monday: In Cappadocia
Optional Tour (Payable Additional): Early morning enjoy scenic views from the Balloon Tour. Following breakfast, enjoy a full-day excursion in Cappadocia, encompassing visits to the underground city, the Open-Air Museum in Goreme, and the natural fortress in Uchisar. During lunch at a local restaurant, delve into the rich history of regional handicrafts such as hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx, and pottery. In the evening, consider an optional night tour (Payable Additional) featuring a captivating Turkish show and dinner. Overnight at the hotel Hotel: MDC Cave  (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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Day 5, Tuesday: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (Distance 642 Kms/Approximately 8 hrs)
After early breakfast depart for Pamukkalwe enroute visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai which served medieval travelers. Its grand architecture and historical significance attract visitors worldwide. Continue drive to Konya and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, an important pilgrimage site which houses the tomb of Persian poet Rumi, spiritual leader of the Mevlevi Order. Overnight at the hotel in Pamukkale Hotel: Addem Pira (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 6, Wednesday: Pamukkale – Izmir (Distance 250 Kms/Approximately 3 hrs)
Following breakfast, explore the ancient Hierapolis featuring the impressive Necropolis and limestone cascade. Continue drive to Selcuk to behold the Temple of Artemis, a renowned wonder of antiquity and known as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Finally, we drive to Izmir. Upon arrival check in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Izmir Hotel: Kaya Thermal  (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 7, Thursday: Izmir – Ephesus – Sirince – Izmir
In the morning, embark on a drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Explore its grand library, theater, and temples. Enjoy lunch in a nomadic tent in Selcuk, savoring Turkish Gozleme. Afterward, proceed to the charming village of Sirince, renowned for its beauty. Indulge in shopping and sample the delightful wines of the village. Finally, return to Izmir for an overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel. Hotel: Kaya Thermal (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Day 8, Friday: Izmir – Pergamum – Canakkale (Distance 317 Kms/Approximately 4 hrs 16 mins)
After early breakfast depart for Bergama to explore the Asklepion and its excellently preserved ruins. Afterwards, journey to Troy, the legendary site of the Trojan War. Finally, proceed to Canakkale for an overnight stay. Overnight at the hotel in Canakkale. Hotel: Kolin Hotel (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 9, Saturday: Canakkale – Gallipol - Istanbul (Distance 308 Kms/Approximately 3 hrs 50 mins)
Following breakfast, traverse the Dardanelles and proceed to Gallipoli to tour Anzac Cove, Nek, Conk Bair, Lone Pine, and the 57th Regiment Memorial. Later depart for Istanbul. Upon arrival check in at the hotel Overnight at the hotel in Istanbul Hotel: Arena (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 10, Sunday: In Istanbul
Breakfast at hotel. The day begins with a tour of the Spice Market area, immersing in the world of Ottoman spices. Sampling Turkish Delight and nuts, explore Istanbul's vibrant colors and scents. Crossing Galata Bridge indulge in baklava before delving into Galata's cultural hub. Along the way to Beyoglu, savor Turkish coffee, sesame pretzels, and roasted chestnuts. In Beyoglu, taste fried mussels, mussel dolma, and pickles, experiencing the city's culinary diversity. Overnight at the hotel. Hotel: Arena (4 Star) OR Similar Meals Included: Breakfast
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Day 11, Monday: Depart Istanbul
After breakfast, check out of the hotel by 12:00 noon. Depending on your flight schedule. Transfer to Ataturk Airport
InclusionsNot Included
Meet and greet on arrivalInternational airfares and departure taxes
Round-trip airport transfersMeals not indicated
Accommodation as described (or similar), with en-suite facilities, based on double occupancyGratuities
Ground transportation and sightseeing as indicated inclusive of entrance feesItems of a personal nature
Meals as described by BLDOptional tours
Local taxes and service chargesEntry visa fees (if applicable)
Services of professional English speaking guidesTravel insurance