Tour of Istanbul and Aegean Coast with Airfare - Dulles

Eight-Day Guided Tour of Turkey from Classic Escapes. Five Departure Dates Available.

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Ancient History and Iconic Holy Sites Along Aegean Coastline

When Hagia Sophia's basilica was inaugurated in 537 CE, it was the largest cathedral in the world, renowned for its massive dome that sits atop a ring of 40 windows. In 1453, the Ottoman Turks transformed the church into a mosque, adding four towering minarets and a mihrab, an Islamic prayer niche. Today, the sanctuary has become one of the country's most popular museums, with more than 2 million visitors each year. During an eight-day, seven-night tour from Classic Escapes, an English-speaking guide leads groups from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul down the Aegean Sea's eastern coast.

Days 1–3: An overnight flight whisks travelers from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport (IST). Upon arrival, a guide leads the way to the Germir Palas Hotel, located in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

Istanbul served as the seat of the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Empires, with several royal palaces built in the process. The 15th-century Topkapi Palace displays the robes, weaponry, and jewelry of the Sultans who ruled the Ottoman Empire from there. Nearby, 20,000 blue porcelain tiles give the Blue Mosque's dome its distinctive color, and a half-mile away, the Hagia Sophia combines restored Christian mosaics with Islamic scrollwork. The visit to Istanbul ends with a trip to the Grand Bazaar, a 15th-century covered market with more than 4,000 shops selling spices, brassware, Lionel Richie action figures, and woven carpets.

Day 4: Groups take the ferry across the Dardanelles Strait to Gallipoli, where World War I memorials have been erected for the more than 100,000 casualties incurred during the war's Gallipoli Campaign. After a stop at the site of the ancient city of Troy, travelers spend the night along the Aegean coast, either at the Kolin Hotel or the Canakkale Grand Assos Hotel.

Days 5–8: Tours explore several ancient ruins that line the coastline. The acropolis of Pergamon was mentioned in the Book of Revelations, and the Roman town of Ephesus features the ruins of Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and a Great Theater where St. Paul once preached.

At the large metropolis of Izmir, once known as Smyrna, ancient monuments and ultramodern skyscrapers blend between the Mediterranean and the surrounding mountains. A city tour through palm-lined promenades culminates at the colonnades of the Hellenic Agora, the city's market, built during Alexander the Great's reign. Finally, a domestic flight hops from Izmir to Istanbul before the final trip back home.

Visit the extended itinerary for more information. A two-day post-trip extension to Cappadocia is also available for an additional fee.

What You Get

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Eight-day, seven-night guided tour of Turkey with international airfare

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required)

  • $2,697, departing May 24
  • $2,697, departing September 16
  • $2,697, departing September 30
  • $2,496, departing November 4
  • $2,199, departing November 18

Solo Traveler packages

  • $3,292, departing May 24
  • $3,292, departing September 16
  • $3,292, departing September 30
  • $3,091, departing November 4
  • $2,794, departing November 18



Included in all options:

  • Round-trip airfare from JFK
  • Airline fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Stay in four- or five-star hotels
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local flight from Izmir to Istanbul
  • Bus transport within Turkey
  • All breakfasts and one dinner in Canakkale

The Fine Print

  • Book by 3/15/12 for all departures
  • Limit 1/person for solo travel
  • May buy multiple of travel-w/-friend options
  • Limit 1/person/departure
  • Valid for option purchased
  • Cancel in writing
  • Groupon non-refundable once redeemed
  • Cancel 75 days prior to departure $250 fee applies; 74-60 days & fee of up to 50% of Groupon price applies; 59 days or less & fee of Groupon price applies
  • Must be 18+ to check in; 8+ stay
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • $207 resort fee/person not included.

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Visit Classic Escape's website by 3/15/12 for all departures.
  3. Choose a date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Hotel Policies

  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are not available.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Eight-day, seven-night guided tour of Turkey with international airfare

Travel with a Friend packages (two Groupons required)

  • $2,697, departing May 24 (up to a $4,269 value)
  • $2,697, departing September 16 (up to a $4,269 value)
  • $2,697, departing September 30 (up to a $4,269 value)
  • $2,496, departing November 4 (up to a $3,934 value)
  • $2,199, departing November 18 (up to a $3,439 value)

Solo Traveler packages

  • $3,292, departing May 24 (up to a $4,864 value)
  • $3,292, departing September 16 (up to a $4,864 value)
  • $3,292, departing September 30 (up to a $4,864 value)
  • $3,091, departing November 4 (up to a $4,529 value)
  • $2,794, departing November 18 (up to a $4,034 value)

    Included in all options:
  • Round-trip airfare from JFK
  • Airline fuel surcharges and taxes
  • Stay in four- or five-star hotels
  • English-speaking guide
  • Local flight from Izmir to Istanbul
  • Bus transport within Turkey
  • All breakfasts and one dinner in Canakkale

Getting There

  • By plane: included international flight departs from JFK

Traveler's Tips

  • Travel with a Friend options are double occupancy. Mention when booking to share a room with a traveling companion; otherwise, Classic Escapes will pair you with a roommate.
  • An optional trip extension to Cappadocia turns the tour into a 10-day, 9-night tour for an additional $795 per person (six-person minimum per trip required). See full itinerary for details.

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