Explore Istanbul, Ancient Religious Sites, and Cappadocia’s Moon-Like Landscape
Included in all options:
- Round-trip airfare from JFK
- Deluxe and superior first class accommodations:
- 3-night stay at Crowne Plaza Istanbul
- 1-night stay at Kolin Hotel
- 2-night stay at Charisma Hotel in Kusadasi
- 1-night stay at Pam Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale
- 2-night stay at Crowne Plaza Antalya
- 1-night stay at Hilton Garden Inn Konya
- 2-night stay at Lykia Lodge Kapadokya in Cappadocia
- 1-night stay at Crowne Plaza Ankara
- Sightseeing and entrance fees
- All arrival and departure transfers
- Breakfast daily and 11 dinners
- Touring by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional tour director throughout the tour
We’ve listed some trip highlights below, but click here to see a full itinerary.
Days 1–3: Istanbul
- You’ll visit Topkapi Palace, the center of the Ottoman Empire. Its courtyards are adorned with rose gardens and reflecting pools, and the Treasury room has an 86-carat diamond and a sword inlaid with eight-pound emeralds.
- Another highlight: the Grand Bazaar, a marketplace with more than 4,000 shops and restaurants. Fragrant incense smoke hangs in the air here, and handwoven scarves are laid out on display.
Days 4–6: Gallipoli Peninsula
- You’ll check out Anzac Cove, which served as an important battle site during World War I.
- Troy was immortalized in Homer’s Iliad for its role in the Trojan War. You’ll visit these ruins as well as a replica of the wooden Trojan horse that the Greeks used to enter Troy.
- Ephesus is an archaeological site famous for its well-preserved temples and marble streets; while here, you’ll visit a stone cottage said to have been the home of the Virgin Mary.
Days 7–9: Pamukkale and the Turkish Riviera
- Pamukkale translates to “cotton castle” for its white travertine terraces naturally formed by mineral deposits from water that settled here. The waters flow from the natural hot springs at Hierapolis, a sacred city and UNESCO World Heritage Site perched above the city.
- Rocky coasts, waterfalls, and gorges make up Antalya, a gorgeous city on the Turkish Riviera. It’s close to Perge, home to the temple of Artemis.
Days 10–12: Ancient Roman Theaters and Cratered Cappadocia
- In the city Aspendos you can tour an ancient 15,000-person Roman theater that is one of the best-preserved on earth. Meanwhile, at the Mevlana Mausoleum, a green-domed lodge, you can see dervishes perform their traditional whirling dance.
- The New York Times calls Cappadocia “one of Europe’s most dramatic landscapes.” You’ll tour its expansive, cratered landscape that has been likened to that of the moon.
Days 13–15: Ankara
- The tour draws to a close with a visit to Ankara’s Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and its large collection of Hittite artifacts, including some that are nearly 8,000 years old.
- You’ll also have one more leisure day in Istanbul before flying home.
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