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adventure travel trip to Turkey
The Sultanahmet mosque offers an age-old, elegant profile against Istanbul's sky
Dates
  • Jun 22-Jul 8, 2014
  • Sep 7-23, 2014
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 17 days
    Group Size 6-12
    Land Cost $4,295 Details
    Single Supplement $635 Details
    Lodging 2 stars-3 stars
    Grade I-II
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    Cappadocia, Ephesus and the Coast

    Comprehensive itinerary includes the best-known sites and sailing on the Mediterranean

    Explore Turkey's buzzing bazaars, pristine coastline, rural villages and fairy-tale Cappadocian landscapes.  Immerse yourself in historic and cosmopolitan Istanbul.  Enjoy the attractions that have drawn travelers here for millenia.  Begin with Istanbul and the Bosphorus, continue to  Fethiye and Oludeniz, exploring small islands of the Mediterranean while staying aboard a traditional gulet. Visit the Roman ruins at Ephesus, the mountain towns of Sirince and Gokcealan, the spa town of Pamukkale, and Konya and the whirling dervishes. Behold the amazing region of Cappadocia with its otherworldly rock formations, cave churches, and the ancient underground city of Kaymakli.  While touring, be sure to schedule time for a hammam (Turkish bath) treatment, sample the sweets and the spices, listen for the atmospheric calls to prayer, and find at least one opportunity to relax at a sidewalk cafe with cay (tea) and nargileh (water pipe), or a Turkish coffee and some pistachio baklava.


    Brief Itinerary

    Day 1Arrive Istanbul
    Day 2Istanbul
    Day 3Istanbul / Bosphorus
    Day 4Istanbul / Dalaman / Fethiye
    Day 5Oludeniz
    Day 6Yassicalar / Samanlik
    Day 7Fethiye / Sirince
    Day 8Ephesus
    Day 9Sirince / Gokcealan
    Day 10Gokcealan
    Day 11Gokcealan / Pamukkale / Hierapolis
    Day 12Pamukkale / Konya
    Day 13Konya / Cappadocia
    Day 14Cappadocia
    Day 15Cappadocia
    Day 16Cappadocia / Istanbul
    Day 17Istanbul / Onward

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    "We've been to 48 countries, and it's hard to see how our JOURNEYS Turkey trip could have been improved. It was OUTSTANDING. The guide and driver took care of everything in a timely and thoughtful way. Hotels were exceptional, interesting and intriguing. Cappadocia, Aphrodesias, the Toros mountains… all spectacular! Beyond the Bosphorus, April 2012

     
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