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Classic Turkey
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Our Classic Turkey tour spends an idyllic 14 days exploring the past – and the present – on one of the most beautiful countries in the world. From icons like Istanbul's Blue Mosque to the intriguing underground city of Kaymakli, this great-value journey covers Turkey's essential wonders with a few surprises along the way. As you traverse diverse lands and cultures, you'll meet local craftspeople like the rug-makers of Cappadocia, who carry on the ancient methods of their trade.

Day 1 - Depart U.S.

Depart the United States for Istanbul, Turkey on Turkish Airlines.

Day 2 - Istanbul

Hos Geldiniz! Welcome to Turkey! Upon your arrival in Istanbul, you will be met by a Troy Tours representative and transferred to your hotel.
Meals: Dinner is your own.

Day 3 - Istanbul

After breakfast, you will visit the Blue Mosque, built in only 7 years by order of Sultan Ahmet I in 1609. It gets its name from the blue Iznik tiles that cover the inside. Stroll through Topkapi Palace, with its impressive displays of jewelry, porcelain, clocks, miniatures, textiles, and religious artifacts. "Topkapi" means "Gate of the Cannon" for the Byzantine arsenal once situated where the Palace now stands. Visit St. Sophia, the Christian masterpiece whose construction was presided over by the Emperor Justinian. The day's tour ends with a visit to the Grand Bazaar, a shopper's delight with more than 4000 shops from which to choose. 
Meals: Dinner is your own

Day 4 - Ankara

Today you will cross the Bosphorus to the Asian Continent and continue to Ankara. You will visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum housed in a 15th century covered bazaar and inn. It contains a rich collection of Hittite artifacts, which date to the beginning of the 2nd century B.C. There are also masterpieces of other cultures that flourished in the Anatolian heartland.
Meals: Dinner is your own

Day 5 - Cappadocia

After breakfast, your tour continues to Cappadocia, passing a large salt lake. Enroute, you will visit a Caravanserai, many of which were built throughout the countryside by Seljuk and Osmanli rulers as inns for weary travelers and their animals. You will then stop at the picturesque village of Uchisar. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 6 - Cappadocia

Today's visit takes you to the labyrinthine tunnels of an underground city, with numerous levels carved out of the earth containing chapels, living quarters, kitchens, stores, and cellars. Many of these amazing cities were so well hidden that they were not discovered until the 1950's. The tour then proceeds to Goreme Valley and the open-air museum of Zelve, with their impressive rock churches and frescoes. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 7 - Antalya

After breakfast, drive to the holy city of Konya, home of the Sufi mystic, Mevlana Rumi, and visit the Museum of the Whirling Dervishes and the Selcuk Mosaic Museum. 
Continue to Antalya, the jewel of Turkey's Mediterranean coast, aptly named the "Turquoise Coast." 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 8 - Antalya

Today's half-day tour takes you for a visit to the vast ruins of Perge, with its Acropolis, thermal baths, Roman basilica, and paving stones that still exhibit the marks of chariot wheels. The Aspendos Theater is next. The remainder of the day is free. We recommend you stroll through the charming Old Section of Antalya. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 9 - Pamukkale

Today, your tour travels to Pamukkale, where calcareous water cascading over the mountainside, forming numerous levels of water basins and white stalactites, has given it the colorful name of "Cotton Fortress." While there, you will visit the ruins of Hierapolis, founded in 190 B.C. by the King of Pergamum. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 10 - Kusadasi

After breakfast, visit Aphrodisias, the remains of an ancient city that flourished in the 1st century B.C. Archaeological excavations are ongoing, uncovering a wealth of artifacts, the remains of a once thriving community of 60,000 inhabitants. Continue to the resort town of Kusadasi. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 11 - Kusadasi

You will have a half-day tour of the ruins of Ephesus, one of the largest archaeological sites in the world. Founded in the 13th century B.C., it was an important center of Christianity, where the Apostles Paul and John preached the infant religion. Return to Kusadasi. The afternoon is free. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 12 - Canakkale

After breakfast, drive along the Aegean to the famous ruins of Pergamum, the site of one of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor. Next, visit legendary Troy where you can see a replica of the wooden horse. Once thought to be the figment of literary imagination, Troy was uncovered due largely to the efforts of Heinrich Schliemann, who steadfastly believed in its existence, using his own money to successively uncover nine different settlements in Troy. 
Meals: Dinner is at the hotel.

Day 13 - Istanbul

After breakfast, the tour will cross the Dardanelles, the Hellespont of antiquity, and site of fierce battles during World War I. Continue to Istanbul. You will have the evening at leisure.
Meals: Dinner is your own.

Day 14 - Istanbul

Full day at your leisure.
Meals: Dinner is your own.

Day 15 - Return To The United States

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your final departure.

 Transatlantic flights on Turkish Airlines
 Accommodations at 4 & 5 star centrally located hotels
 All airport transfers
 Services of a licensed English speaking guide throughout
 Comprehensive sightseeing
 All admission fees
 Private air-conditioned deluxe van or motorcoach
 Daily buffet breakfast & 8 dinners
 Limited to Maximum 26 participants

Kismet Hotel The charming and stylish Hotellino Istanbul located on a quiet street in Sirkeci offers well-equipped rooms and is a short walk from Haghia Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern, Galata Bridge, and the Grand Bazaar. This beautifully decorated hotel offers excellent service and its staff is always ready to advise guests on restaurants, cafes, sights and happenings in the city. This smoke-free property offers 23 rooms with satellite television, air conditioning, pillowtop mattresses, direct-dial phones, and high-speed internet access. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, bathrobes, and phones.
Crowne Plaza Ankara
Located near a shopping center, the hotels has 117 standard rooms 42 club room. Rooms are decorated with modern and elegant lines for both business and vacation travelers. Standard rooms are 300 sq ft with electronic safe, hair dryer and 110 Volt power socket in the bathroom.
Cappadocia Lodge

Cappadocia Lodge, with a lovely view of the surrounding countryside, is situated just a few minutes from the Goreme town center. All 146 rooms have direct-dial telephones, bathtubs, hair dryers, phones in bathrooms, mini bar, satellite TV with radio channels, make-up mirrors and desks. A swimming pool with poolside snackbar, tennis, fitness center and Turkish baths are some of the facilities at the hotel.

Crowne Plaza Antalya
Kismet Hotel The luxurious Crowne Plaza Antalya Hotel is located on the eastern side of Antalya on top the famous Konyaalti Beach with magnificent views of the Mediterranean. 194 deluxe rooms are furnished in the Marmara's unique style and have Central air-conditioning, Hairdryer, safe, Minibar, Satellite TV, wireless Internet Access, and direct dial telephone.
Pamukkale Richmond Thermal Hotel

In the Kayahayit region of Pamukkale, Richmond Thermal Hotel is situated near the ruins of Hierapolis.
Richmond Thermal Hotel is one of the most exquisite 4-star hotels of the region.
The hotel has a total of 258 rooms equipped with Satellite TV, Air Conditioning, Minibar, Hair Dryer, and Free wireless internet access. Facilities include indoor and outdoor thermal pools, spa, and Turkish bath.

Hotel Charisma De Luxe Kusadasi
The Charisma Deluxe may occupy its own opulent and vibrant world on the Aegean Sea, but the hotel's location, in the Turkish resort town of Kusadasi actually puts it within the perfect range of some of Turkey's finest sites including Ephesus, the spectacular ruins of the ancient Greek city, as well as countless other notable spots in the long history of this gorgeous. This large, modern hotel offers a luxurious and relaxed atmosphere. Situated in its own bay overlooking the beautiful Aegean Sea, the views here are breathtaking. Located on its own private beach, only a short stroll away from the nearby shops and nightlife of Kusadasi. Its 133 rooms are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, TV, minibar, safety deposit box, and balcony. Bathrooms come with jacuzzi and hairdryer.
Tusan Hotel Canakkale
Located within a pine forest on the Gallipoli Peninsula, thes family-run hotel is only 9 miles from the ancient civilization of Troy and looks across the Dardanelles. All 64 rooms room are equipped with Air Conditioning, Hair Dryer, TV, Minibar, and Balcony.