From Topkapi Palace and Ataturk's Mausoleum to the ancient ruins of Ephesus and Cappadocia's rock-carved underground cities, TourCrafters' 10-day escorted tour of Turkey hits all the highlights of this fascinating country that spans Europe and Asia.
The land-only tour departs from Istanbul on most Fridays from March 7 to November 14. The price in March is $799; from April to November it is $899, including nine nights accommodation in 4- or 5-star hotels, arrival and departure transfers, daily buffet breakfast, six dinners, sightseeing, transportation by deluxe coach, an English-speaking Assistant, English-speaking professional guides, all entrance fees, luggage handling in the hotels, service charges and taxes.
The itinerary covers sightseeing in Istanbul , Ankara , Cappadocia, Konya , Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus , Bergama (Pergamon) Troy , Canakkale and back to Istanbul to cross the Dardanelles to Gallipoli, site of the World War I battle. The tour ends in Istanbul. Though much is included in the tour, along the way there are also optional activities: a dinner and Turkish show in Istanbul , a balloon tour of Cappadocia, a visit to the traditional village of Sirince .
TourCrafters can arrange the lowest-priced air fare to Istanbul , or travelers can use frequent flyer miles or even tack this tour on the end of a European vacation.
The prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, and are subject to availability. Reservations must be paid for within 72 hours of booking.