B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1 | Los Angeles – Istanbul
Today we will fly from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Overnight on board.
Day 2 | Arrival Istanbul
Arrival at Istanbul Airport. Proceed to immigration and customs. Meet up with our guide and transfer to the hotel. Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics.
Hotel: Istanbul ~~ Isfanbul Holiday Home Suits 4 *or similar
Day 3 | Istanbul – Bolu | B, L, D
Following breakfast, our journey begins with a drive to the Old City. Major attractions are Sultanahmet Square or Hippodrome of Constantinople. Next is the St. Sophia Blue Mosque, considered one of the finest examples of Byzantine architecture in the world; Blue Mosque, also known as the cascading domes with six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque. After lunch, we will drive to Bolu, a northwestern city. Enjoy the beautiful scenery at Abant Nature Park & Abant Lake. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Bolu ~~ Hampton by Hilton 4 *or similar
Day 4 | Bolu – Ankara – Cappadocia | B, L, D
After Breakfast, we will drive to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey. We will visit Tuz Golu (Lake Salt), whose intense whiteness and sparkling salt crystals look deceptively like snow and ice. After lunch, we will tour Anıtkabir Mausoleum, a memorial to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and the founder and the first president of the Republic of Turkey. Then we continue to Cappadocia in the heartland of Turkey. It is famous for its dotted fairy chimneys (rock formations). Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Cappadocia ~~ Monark Hotel Cappadocia 4* or similar
Day 5 | Cappadocia | B, L, D
Optional Tour ~~~ Hot Air Balloon (Sunrise)
A full day tour is arranged. First, we will stop at Carpet Center. We will be amazed by the rock formations in the Devrent Valley. This afternoon, we will visit the famous Goreme Open Air Museum and see the best examples of Byzantine art in the region. We can enjoy Uchisar Town and get a panoramic view of Pigeon Valley. Lastly, enjoy some local arts and crafts at a jewelry and pottery workshop.
Day 6 | Cappadocia – Pamukkale | B, L, D
We will start our long drive to Pamukkale City, famous for a carbonate mineral left by the flowing of thermal spring water. On the way, we will visit Underground City, where early Christians lived secretly in order to survive and keep their faith and Caravanserai, a medieval “truck stop” for camels. Check into our hotel; dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Pamukkale ~~ Lycus River 5* or similar
Day 7 | Pamukkale – Kusadasi | B, L, D
We will visit the Ancient City of Hierapolis, today called Pamukkale, where Calcareous hot springs descending over cliffs have created fascinating limestone in the form of white terraces and basins. Then we will drive to Kusadasi, a large resort town on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Upon arrival, we will visit Sirince Village, one of the loveliest Aegean Villages in Turkey. Sirince means cute and adorable. Candy and olive oil are famous here; let’s find a place to shop. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Kusadasi ~~ Arora Hotel 4* or similar
Day 8 | Kusadasi – Canakkale | B, L, D
First, visit Leather Outlet Center in the morning. Next is Ephesus, whose excavated remains reflect centuries of history, from classical Greece to the Roman Empire – when it was the Mediterranean’s main commercial center – to the spread of Christianity. Paved streets wind past squares, baths and monumental ruins. After lunch, drive to the seaport city of Canakkale. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Canakkale ~~ Iris Hotel 4* or similar
Day 9 | Canakkale – Istanbul | B, L, D
At the city center, we will see the Wooden Horse which was used in Troy Movie, starring Brad Pitt. We take a ferry on our way back to Istanbul, stopping at Taksim Square, in the European part of Istanbul. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Hotel: Istanbul ~~ Isfanbul Home Suites Hotel 4* or similar
Day 10 | Istanbul | B, L, D
Today we will enjoy a cruise along the Bosporus Strait, ending at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. Enjoy the smell, color, and noise, a way to understand the lifestyles of the Turkish people.
Day 11 | Istanbul – Los Angeles | B
Go to the airport in the early morning. As our tour comes to an end, we take back memorable experiences in Turkey and friendships made during the tour.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
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Price from: $1,988.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $480)