Taste of Turkey – Tour TR712

A 10 Day guided vacation to: Istanbul, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Bodrum, Marmaris and cruise a Gulet on the Lycian Coast.

Thursday departures (Mar-Oct)

Day 1 Thu: Istanbul
Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 Fri: Istanbul
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sat: Gallipoli – Dardanelles – Canakkale
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. B D

Day 4 Sun: Troy – Pergamum – Izmir
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for overnight. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant. B

Day 5 Mon: Ephesus – Izmir
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. B D

Day 6 Tue: Izmir – Bodrum
After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum. B D

Day 7 Wed: Bodrum – Gocek or Fethiye
After breakfast, drive to Gocek or Fethiye to board a gulet yacht. B D

Day 8 Thu: Yacht cruise (Lycian coast)
Sail across beautiful bays surrounded by high-forested hills. B L D

Day 9 Fri: Yacht cruise (Lycian coast)
Continue cruising the Mediterranean coast explore nearby Lycian ruins, swim or simply relax. B L D

Day 10 Sat: Marmaris
End your cruise with breakfast in Marmaris. Transfer: An A/C Vehicle and a driver will pick you up to drive to Gulet or your hotel in Marmaris. B

Note: This is a good itinerary for connecting to the Greek Islands via Rhodes.

Includes:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by
  • B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departures (arrivals to Istanbul Airport). 

Excludes:

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

Hotels:

  • Istanbul – Conrad Istanbul
  • Canakkale – Kolin Otel
  • Izmir – Swissotel Grand Efes
  • Bodrum – Doria Otel

Price Per Person in USD: