The Best of Turkey (QR) - 2014 / 2015

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8 days from Istanbul to Istanbul


The Best of Turkey
The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey
The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey
Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire
Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople
Blue Mosque
Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul
The natural site of Pamukkale was formed from large amounts of calcium in the water
The ancient site of Ephesus

Vacation Overview

Enjoy a week vacation in this fascinating country and visit the main highlights: Start in Istanbul where a welcome dinner is included, as well as guided sightseeing with visits to Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, and more. A special visit has been included to the Underground Cistern, mentioned in Dan Brown’s book Inferno. See the Anzac Cemetery, cross the Dardanelles by ferry, and visit the archaeological site of Troy. In Pergamum, visit its museum and the Asclepion. Continue to Ephesus, visit the archaeological site and receive a group picture. In Pamukkale, visit the Hierapolis, in Bursa, the Green Ottoman Complex and the Great Mosque, and in Iznik, visits to the St. Sophia Church and the archaeological museum are included. Return to Istanbul in style and enjoy a leisurely private cruise on the Bosporus, then a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

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ISTANBUL
Welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine at a local restaurant; guided sightseeing, including visits to Topkapi Seraglio, Blue Mosque, Roman Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite visit the underground cistern, and Grand Bazaar, Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private cruise on the Bosporus

DARDANELLES
Ferry crossing of the Straits

ANZAC
Pay tribute to the fallen war heroes at the cemetery

TROY
Guided visit of the archaeological site

PERGAMUM
Guided visit of the Pergamum Museum and Asclepion

EPHESUS
Guided visit of the archaeological site and museum; group picture

PAMUKKALE
Guided visit of the Hierapolis

BURSA
Guided sightseeing including a visit to the Great Mosque

IZNIK
Visit St. Sophia Church and the archaeological museum

NOTE:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.


DAY 1Arrive in Istanbul, Turkey

After arrival at Atatürk Airport, check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to start soaking up the unique atmosphere of this city built on two continents. At 6:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (Dinner)

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DAY 2Istanbul

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 remains 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. Guided sightseeing starts at TOPKAPI PALACE, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Admire the rich and spectacular kaftans of the sultans that were worn during the Ottoman period. Then, tour the HAGIA SOPHIA, followed by the ROMAN HIPPODROME, and visit Sultan Ahmet’s BLUE MOSQUE. Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite A special visit has been included to the UNDERGROUND CISTERN, brought to life in Dan Brown’s best seller Inferno. For a taste of Turkish nightlife, join our optional dinner outing and discover the fascination of belly dancing. (Breakfast)

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DAY 3Istanbul–Troy Area

Visit the colorful GRAND BAZAAR before setting out on your discovery tour of a country with the population of Britain and more than three times its size. Drive along the European shore of the Sea of Marmara and head westward through sunflower and olive groves to the Dardanelles. Visit the WWI 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. Travel by ferry across the Dardanelles to the Troy area for your first overnight in Asia on the Aegean coast. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Dardanelles, a long narrow strait along the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey 
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DAY 4Troy Area–Kusadasi

Enjoy a guided visit of TROY, the perfect place to brush up on Homer’s Trojan War—hollow wooden horse and all! Vistas of the Greek isle of Lesbos greet you as you follow the shores of the Bay of Edremit. Continue south to Pergamum, an ancient center of learning and the arts, and visit its MUSEUM. After lunch, visit the ASCLEPION, a shrine to the Greek god of medicine. Drive to Kusadasi for an overnight. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Kusadasi is on the Aegean coast and the center of the seaside district Kusadasi is a resort town on Turkeys Aegean coast Discover the Turkish port of Kusadasi 
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DAY 5Kusdasi–Ephesus–Pamukkale

Today, visit Ephesus, home of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and later, the capital of Roman Asia Minor. Visit the SITE OF ANCIENT RUINS and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM with its famous statue of Artemis, goddess of fertility and destiny. At this beautiful location, a souvenir GROUP PICTURE will be taken. Then, travel along the Silk Road, and through the lush valley of the meandering Menderes River. Next, Pamukkale. The name means “Cotton Castle” and refers to the spectacular white lime cascades formed by its hot springs. At your hotel tonight, maybe a leisurely bath in a pool of hot thermal water might be just the way to relax after a busy touring day. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The ancient site of Ephesus with its fascinating library of Celcus Ephesus is one of the most beautiful and ancient sites, once known as the capital of the Asian Province of the Roman Empire The ancient site of Ephesus in Turkey The ancient site of Ephesus 
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DAY 6Pamukkale–Hierapolis–Bursa

This morning, 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. Then, enjoy the ever-changing cultivated landscapes and timeless scenes of rural life on your way to Bursa. Spot farmers working their fields or transporting produce in traditional horse-drawn carts. Bursa lies in the shade of the Uludag–also called Mount Olympus of Mysia—a 7,700-foot-high ski mountain surrounded by lovely orchards. Founded by the Greeks, like most ancient cities in this part of the world, and hotly contested during the Crusades, Bursa had its heyday as the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. In the afternoon, visit the GREAT MOSQUE (Ulu Camii). Also on the agenda, of course, are the ancient Covered Bazaar and the Silk Market. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Bursa–Iznik–Istanbul

Visit Iznik, site of the first Ecumenical Council. See its ancient city walls before visiting ST. SOPHIA CHURCH and the ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM. Later, return to Istanbul and enjoy a leisurely private CRUISE on the Bosporus, the narrow strait that links the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara, and separates Asia from Europe. Take pictures of exquisite private residences along the scenic shoreline, and of strategically located castles that once protected the approaches of the city. Tonight, and a farewell dinner with wine has been prepared for you at a local restaurant to celebrate the success of your Turkish adventure. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey and is historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople Flags strung across the streets of downtown Istanbul 
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DAY 8Istanbul

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Motorcoach with free Wi-Fi or minibus; ferry



Full buffet breakfast daily; 6 three-course dinners, including a welcome dinner and a special farewell dinner with wine in Istanbul

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the The Best of Turkey:

  • Archaeological Site of Troy
  • Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  • Historic areas of Istanbul