TURKISH DELIGHT by ert634

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                                  TURKISH DELIGHT
                                              OCTOBER 16-28, 2011
Day 1, October 16, Sunday, depart the USA
Depart your home city and meet the group in New York for your included non-stop flight to Istanbul.

Day 2, October 17, Monday, arrival in Istanbul
Upon arrival at Atatürk International Airport your group will be met by your private tour guide and transferred
to the Titanic City Hotel Taksim. After hotel check-in the rest of day is at leisure to rest. In the evening meet
with your tour guide for a walking tour of the pedestrian street of Istiklal in Beyoglu, Taksim followed by
dinner in a local restaurant serving ‘traditional Turkish cuisine’.               Titanic City Hotel Taksim (D)

Day 3, October 18, Tuesday, Istanbul Old City full day sightseeing tour
Meet your local guide for a full day of sightseeing today. Your visits include the Roman Hippodrome, the
Blue Mosque, and the Hagia Sophia. Following lunch you will visit the Grand Bazaar. This evening meet
your tour guide for a dinner with a Turkish show featuring traditional folk dances and a belly dancer.
                                                                      Titanic City Hotel Taksim (B, L,D with entertainment)

  Hippodrome:
  Ancient Hippodrome; an enormous public entertainment arena that once seated as many as 100,000 zealous fans
  witnessing chariot races, executions, and mock battles. Once the centre of Byzantine civic life, it still has an Egyptian
  Obelisk, the Bronze Serpentine Column, and the Column of Constantine.
  Blue Mosque:
  The Blue Mosque is known for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built between 1609 and 1616
  during the rule of Ahmed I. Like many other mosques, it also contains the tomb of the founder, a madrasah (school) and
  a hospice.
  Hagia Sophia:
  Hagia Sophia was a former patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now is a museum. Its massive dome is considered
  the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years. Although it
  is sometimes referred to as Saint Sophia it was dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God rather than a specific saint named
  Sophia.
  Grand Bazaar:
  The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world with more than 58 streets and 4,000 shops, and has
  between 250,000 and 400,000 visitors daily. It is well known for its jewelry, pottery, spice, and carpet shops. The bazaar
  contains two bedestens (domed masonry structures built for storage and safe keeping), the first of which was
  constructed between 1455 and 1461 by the order of Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror. The bazaar was vastly enlarged in
  the 16th century, during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, and in 1894 underwent a major restoration
  following an earthquake.


Day 4, October 19, Wednesday, Istanbul full day Ottoman Relics and Bosphorus Tour
Today after breakfast meet with your tour guide and visit Topkapı Palace and the famous Spice market. Following your
lunch the group will transfer to the dock to enjoy a boat ride on the Bosphorus River. After returning to hotel the rest of the
day is at leisure.                                                                      Titanic City Hotel Taksim (B, L)
Day 5, October 20, Thursday, Full day Ephesus tour
Transfer from your hotel to Ataturk International Airport for an early morning flight to Izmir and your transfer to Kusadasi
for a full day of sightseeing. First visit the House of Virgin Mary, a Christian and Muslim shrine located on Mt. Koressos,
"Mount Nightingale", near Ephesus. It is believed by many Christians and Muslims that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was
taken to this stone house by Saint John and lived there until her Assumption into Heaven . The group will continue to the
Ephesus archaeological site which is perhaps the world’s best preserved ancient city. The most significant relic of the sight
is the immense amphitheatre. Walk along the Sacred way, see the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian style building with the
head of Medusa on the porch, and the magnificent Library of Celsus. Continue to a local village for lunch with time to
learn about some local crafts and rug weaving. Check in to your beach front hotel for the evening,
with dinner included.                              Surmeli Efes Hotel Pamucak Kusadasi (B, L, D)

Day 6, October 21, Friday, Didyma, Miletus, & Priene
Today visit Miletus, an ancient Greek city that sits on a steep hill looking out on a valley below,
and the ancient cities of Priene and Didyma with it’s magnificent Temple of Apollo. Following
these visits return to your hotel to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure as the hotel has a lovely beach. Dinner tonight is at the
hotel.                                                                             Surmeli Efes Hotel Pamucak Kusadasi (B, D)

Day 7,October 22, Saturday, Pamukkale Full day tour of Aphrodisias and Hierapolis historic sites
Today after breakfast visit Aphrodisias and Hierapolis on the way to Pamukkale. Upon arrival check into your 5 star hotel
Spa Colossae for free time to explore the hotel’s “curative waters”.     Spa Colossae Termal Hotel in Pamukkale (B,D)

  Hierapolis:
  Hierapolis was the ancient city on top of the famous Pamukkale hot springs located in south-western Turkey. It is a
  UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hot springs of Pamukkale have been used as a spa since the 2nd century B.C.
  Aphrodisias:
  Aphrodisias, a small city in Asia Minor, was named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. The city was built
  near a marble quarry that was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and their marble sculptures
  became famous in the Roman world.

Day 8, October 23, Sunday, Pamukkale and Antalya
Following breakfast the group will drive to Antalya along the turquoise coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Check into the
hotel and the rest of the day is yours to enjoy this lovely coastal city and the inviting pool at the hotel. Dinner tonight is at
the hotel.                                                                                             Divan Talya Hotel (B, D)

Day 9, October 24, Monday, Full day tour of Kekova, Simena, Myra, St. Nicholas
You will depart Antalya after breakfast for Myra and Kekova. The amazing Lycian tombs were carved into the Cliffside of
the ancient city of Myra. These tombs were the burial place of 4th century B.C. rulers or
noblemen. Myra is the location of the Church of St. Nicholas, the saint now known as Santa
Claus. After lunch on your own, sail over turquoise waters to the picturesque Kekova Island
for a tour. Here you will discover the extraordinary underwater ruins of the sunken city of
Simena and visit the Simena Castle. After your tour return back to your hotel in Antalya for
dinner and perhaps enjoy a stroll along the water.                Divan Talya Hotel (B, D)

Day 10, October 25, Tuesday, Full day tour Perge, Aspendos & Manavgat Waterfalls
This morning you will depart for a full day sightseeing tour of Antalya. First visit Kaleici;
Antalya’s old quarter. Narrow streets, charming cafes and numerous souvenir shops bring a special attractiveness to this
part of the city. From here drive to the ancient site of Aspendos, Turkey’s best example of a Roman city and famous for
having the best preserved theatre of antiquity. Here you will also visit the acropolis of the city with a great view of the
river. After the group lunch visit the ancient site of Perge. Perge was an important city and today it’s ruins include a
theatre, sports training area, a temple of Artemis and 2 churches. Later visit the Manavat waterfalls for time to relax and
take pictures. Return to the hotel for dinner.                                            Divan Talya in Antalya (B, L, D)

                       Day 11, October 26, Antalya to Konya in Cappadocia
                       Today drive to enchanting Cappadocia. En route visit the famous Mevlana Museum, that now holds
                       the tomb of Mevlâna Jelaleddin Rumî, founder of the Mevlevi order of dervishes or Whirling
                       Dervishes. Upon arrival at the hotel you will have a brief orientation and free time to enjoy the
                       amazing landscape of fairy chimney rock formations of the area. Later in the afternoon the group
                       will attend a performance of the fascinating Whirling Dervishes. Watch these mystics as they trans-
form themselves by performing incredible dances featuring beautiful costumes and heart-stimulating live music as they
whirl about the stage.                                                              Karlık Evi Hotel, Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 12, October 27, Thursday, Cappadocia full day sightseeing tour
Today meet your tour guide for a full day tour of the amazing sites of Cappadocia. Visits today include
Goreme open air museum, the Uchisar fortress, the underground city of Kaymakli, the mushroom formations
of Pasabağ and a local craft center at Avanos. At the hand craft center you will be shown regional carpet
weaving and pottery making techniques.                                     Karlik Evi in Cappadocia (B, L, D)

Optional HOT AIR BALLOON: This morning those who choose to join the optional hot air balloon ride will depart the hotel at
5:30am for an incredible flight over the landscape. Included are a full buffet breakfast, a 60 minute flight, and Champagne & orange
juice cocktail celebration upon landing. A fantastic photo opportunity and only $260 per person. Advance reservations with final
payment are required.
  Göreme:
  Göreme located among the "fairy chimneys" rock formations, is a town in Cappadocia. The Göreme National Park was
  added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and dates back to the Roman period of Christianity in Turkey.
  Uchisar:
  Uçhisar is the name of a town and its’ 60 meter-high fortress carved out of a natural hill dominating the area with a breathtaking
  view of all the surrounding Cappadocia formations.
  Avcilar and Pasabağ:
  These are the perfect places to take photos of the remarkable landscape of tufa cones.
  Kaymakli: This underground city is contained within the citadel of Kaymakli and only opened to tourists in 1964. The houses in
  the village are constructed around the nearly one hundred tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as
  storage areas, stables, and cellars. Of the four floors open to tourists, each space is built around ventilation shafts thus each room
  or open space is designed based upon the availability of ventilation.
  Avanos is a small town famous for its pottery and carpets. It is built along the banks of the Kizilirmak River, the longest river
  originating and ending within the borders of Turkey.


Day 13, October 28, Friday, Cappadocia—Istanbul
Today after breakfast it will be time to transfer to Kayseri Airport for an early morning flight to Istanbul, connecting to your
international flight to New York.


                                                      Terms and Conditions
  COST: $4299 per person, double occupancy          $5864 single occupancy
                                      Note: tour is based upon 16 passengers to operate
  DEPOSIT: $500 deposit at time of booking to reserve a place. Limited to a maximum of 20.
  FINAL PAYMENT: August 1, 2011

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  PENALTIES: Deposit to August 1: $150 per person, August 2 and beyond: no refund.

  INCLUSIONS:
  • Roundtrip International airfare between New York and Istanbul. Taxes and fuel charges subject to change.
  • Domestic flights from Istanbul to Izmir and Cappadocia to Istanbul
  • 11 nights first class hotels
  • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Turkish dinner show, including 1 local alcoholic beverage or soft drink per person
  • Whirling Dervishes show
  • Services of a professional English speaking licensed tour guide throughout
  • Private minibus transportation throughout the tour
  • Porterage at hotels and airports for 1 piece of luggage per person
  • Standard tips to guide and driver

  NOT INCLUDED:
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  • Any airline imposed baggage fees
  • Drinks are not provided with included meals
  • Expense of a personal nature or items not specified in the printed itinerary
  • Transportation to New York to meet the group
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