B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Apr. 4 | Los Angeles Q Istanbul
Today we will fly from Los Angeles to Istanbul. Overnight on board.
Day 2**Apr. 5 | Arrival Istanbul | (D)
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.
Day 3**Apr. 6 | Istanbul | (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 or Hagia Sophia, a great architectural beauty and an important monument both for Byzantine and for Ottoman Empires. Once a church, later a mosque, and now a museum at the Turkish Republic. Blue Mosque, also known as the cascading domes with six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque. Blue Mosque is one of the most magnificent buildings in Turkey. The building is not just mosque; it is also a social life complex. Shopping is ending at the Spice Market and Grand Bazaar. Enjoy the smell, color, and noise, a way to understand the lifestyles of the Turkish people. Then, we will enjoy a ferry or cruise along the Bosporus Strait. Return to our hotel and overnight.
Day 4**Apr. 7 | Istanbul – Ankara | (B, L, D)
After Breakfast, we will drive to Ankara, Turkey’s cosmopolitan capital, sits in the country’s central Anatolia region. It’s a center for the performing arts, home to the State Opera and Ballet, the Presidential Symphony Orchestra and several national theater companies. This road trip is fun and interesting. It provides a chance to check out the landscapes, lifestyles, cultures, plantation, and so on. Upon arrival, 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. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Day 5**Apr. 8 | Ankara – Cappadocia | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will drive to Cappadocia, in the heartland of Turkey. It is famous for its dotted fairy chimneys (rock formations). On the way, we will visit Tuz Golu (Lake Salt), whose intense whiteness and sparkling salt crystals look deceptively like snow and ice. Then we continue to Cappadocia. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Day 6**Apr. 9 | Cappadocia | (B, L, D)
This morning, we will wake up early to experience Hot Air Balloon at sunrise. Cappadocia is an amazing and spectacular landscape that has been sculpted by erosion over thousands of years. Today what is left are these amazing troglodyte villages, underground cities that once contained human habitat and beautiful valleys that go for as far as the eye can see. After taking this unique experience, 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 workshop.
Day 7** Apr. 10 | Cappadocia – Konya | (B, L, D)
Today our trips will end at Konya, it is the center of the largest province, the largest plain (Konya Plain) and is among the largest cities in the country. On the way we will make two stops. First, 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. Second, we will visit Caravan Sarai. It was a roadside inn where travelers (caravaners) could rest and recover from the day’s journey. Continue our journey to hotel. Check in and dinner is arranged.
Day 8** Apr. 11 | Konya — 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. 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. Continue our journey to hotel. Check in and dinner is arranged.
Day 9** Apr. 12 | Pamukkale – Kusadasi | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will drive to Kusadasi, a large resort town on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Upon arrival, visit 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. Candy and olive oil are famous here; let’s find a place to shop. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Day 10** Apr. 13 | Kusadasi – Istanbul | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will first visit Leather Outlet Center in the morning. Then, we will drive to city center. Spin around the port city. After lunch, we drive back to Istanbul. Check into our hotel where dinner is arranged.
Day 11** Apr. 14 | Istanbul Q Los Angeles | (B)
Following breakfast, we will drive to airport for our flight back home. 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: $2,588.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $$480)