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Legends of Anatolia Turkey Tour 2013


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Escorted Tour LEGENDS OF ANATOLIA 2013
14 Nights Departure Day : Sunday Start City : Istanbul End City : Istanbul

This small group tour is particularly designed for travelers who want to make their trip "special" in every aspect.

Your Advantages
o Small Group Maximum 10 passengers,
o Bosphorus Cruise,
o Kekova Boat Trip,
o Whirling Dervishes Show,
o Goodbye Drink,
o Farewell Dinner with wine,
o Socialization opportunity with locals,
o Escort by a professional guide-lecturer.

The Legends of Anatolia includes visits of:
Istanbul - Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum - Selcuk - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Sagalassos - Antalya - Kemer - Phaselis - Beysehir - Konya - Cappadocia - Hattusa - Amasya - Safranbolu - Istanbul

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Legends of Anatolia Turkey Tour 2013

  1. 1. TroyDAY 1 SAT Board your overnight flight toTurkey from USA.DAY 2 SUN Arrival in IstanbulUpon arrival, meet with TurkeyVisionrepresentative and transfer to your hotel.Attend briefing about your journey at 7 pm.Dinner and overnight at hotel. • MEALS DDAY 3 MON Istanbul Start your day by visitingSuleymaniye Mosque, a masterpiece by Sinan,the greatest Ottoman architect. Stroll throughthe ancient commercial quarter to see old hansand caravanserais; admire Rustem PasaMosque’s Iznik tiles from 16th c.; spend freetime at the Spice Market. Enjoy lunch in a localrestaurant. In the afternoon, tour the imperialresidence for Ottoman Sultans, Topkapi Palace,with its famous Harem and Treasury. End yourday at the Grand Bazaar. Dinner is on your own.Overnight at hotel. • MEALS BLDDAY 4 TUE Istanbul > Canakkale (212 Mi)In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque,renowned for its 17th c. tiles, as well as theHippodrome, center of the social life in ancientConstantinople. Marvel at the architecturalmiracle of the Byzantine Empire, Hagia Sophia.Cruise on the Bosphorus to discover historicbuildings. Have lunch at a seafoodrestaurant. In the afternoon, continue toCanakkale. Cross the Dardanelles Strait byferry. Dinner and overnight at hotel.• MEALS BLDDAY 5 WED Canakkale > Troy >Pergamum > Selcuk (250 Mi)Explore the site of the ancient city of Troy,whose 3,400-year history spans ninesuperimposed settlements (Troy I to TroyIX). Deepen your understanding of Homer’sepic poem, The Iliad, which immortalizedKing Priam’s glorious city. Continue toPergamum, capital of the Attalid Kingdom.Ride a cable car to the upper city to take inthe ruins of the Acropolis: agoras, temples,palaces, and library (200,000 volumes).In the lower city, visit the Asclepion, asanctuary and healing center dedicated tothe god Asclepius. Dinner and overnight inSelcuk (Ephesus) • MEALS BLDDAY 6 THU Ephesus After breakfast,discover one of the world’s best places tovisualize an ancient Roman city, Ephesus.Explore the Marble Street, Agora, Odeon,and Theater, as well as the Fountain ofTrajan, Temple of Hadrian, and Library ofWhirling Dervishes Ceremony © Izzet KeribarThis small grouptour is particularlydesigned fortravelers who wantto make their trip“special” in everyaspect.Legends of Anatolia22 F O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E V I S I T W W W . T U R K E Y V I S I O N . C O MCelsius. View the remains of the Temple ofArtemis, one of the Seven Wonders of theAncient World. In spare time, sampleluxurious leather goods. In the afternoon,visit the Archeological Museum of Ephesus.Dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 7 FRI Selcuk (Ephesus) > Pamukkale(143 mi) Drive to Aphrodisias, the ancient sitededicated to the goddess of beauty, love, andfertility. Appreciate Anatolia’s best-preservedstadium. At this site which drew artisans toits famous school of sculpture, enjoy theTemple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, theTheater, and the Museum. Following lunch,admire the unreal landscape at the "CottonCastle" of Pamukkale with its white terracesof limestone deposited by thermal watersthrough the ages. See the ancient spa stillused today at Hierapolis. Discover thenecropolis, one of the largest cemeteries ofthe ancient world. Dinner and overnight inPamukkale. • MEALS BLDDAY 8 SAT Pamukkale > Sagalassos >Antalya (209 mi) Drive to the Greco-Romancity of Sagalassos, a recently excavatedarcheological gem with exceptional naturalbeauty. After lunch, cross the TaurusMountains to reach Antalya. Visit Kaleici andstroll through the picturesque streets of theold port. Admire Hadrian’s Gate and HidirlikTower. Dinner and overnight. • MEALS BLDDAY 9 SUN Antalya > Kekova> Antalya (181 mi) In the morning, ifweather allows, drive to Kemer for a cruise-picnic on board of a traditional boat:Relaxing day with sea & sun bathpossibilities. In the late afternoon, visit theancient city of Phaselis, In a beautiful baysurrounded by forest, the region’s most
  2. 2. DEPARTURE DATESON BELOW SATURDAYSPricesLANDonlyPricesAIR & LANDfrom New York$2.100 $3.118$2.100 $3.118$2.030 $3.173$2.030 $3.048$2.030 $3.048$2.030 $3.048$2.100 $3.243$2.100 $3.243May 18June 01June 29July 13July 27August 10September 07September 21RATES Land only rates do not include international or domesticflights. Air & Land rates are based on the Turkish Airlines tariff ofOctober 2012 and are subject to change. Airport taxes are includedin our Air & Land rates. NOT INCLUDED Visits and services notmentioned in program. Insurance. Personal expenses and allbeverages. Gratuities to the guide and driver. Visa fee.International & domestic flights (except Air & land rates).FLIGHTS Please call us for more information about flight rates,airport taxes, business class upgrade, add-on rates from most U.S.cities and more.Single Supplement $670PRICES per person in double room(Uchisar and Avcilar). Dinner and overnight.• MEALS BLDDAY 13 THU Cappadocia > Hattusa >Amasya (240 mi) Drive to Bogazkoy.After lunch, visit Hattusa, Hittite capital inthe second millennium BC. Discover thecity’s Lion Gate, Great Temple, Walls, RoyalGate, and Tunnel. Continue to Yazilikaya, arock sanctuary decorated with reliefs ofdeities of the Hittite pantheon. Dinner andovernight in Amasya. • MEALS BLDDAY 14 FRI Amasya > Safranbolu (230 mi)In the morning, visit Amasya with itsimpressive remains. Marvel at the AncientCastle, the Pontic Kings’ Tombs, GokMedrese, the Seljuk mausoleum withMongol mummies Torumtay Turbesi, themedieval mental hospital IlhanliBimarhane, the beautifully landscapedSultan Beyazit Mosque, and Aga Medrese.Also tour Hazeranlar Konagi, a beautifulOttoman residence housing anethnographic museum. After lunch,continue to Safranbolu. Dinner andovernight. • MEALS BLDDAY 15 SAT Safranbolu > Istanbul(256 mi) In the morning, visit Safranbolu,which played a key role in the caravan tradefor centuries. Stroll this museum town(original architecture) to discover the CinciCaravanserai, Kaymakamlar Kiosk, IzzetPasha Mosque, Clock Tower, and bazaar.After lunch, drive to Istanbul. In theevening, enjoy a goodbye drink at the hotelbar. Farewell dinner including wine.Overnight in Istanbul. • MEALS BLDDAY 16 SUN Departure Transfer to IstanbulAirport for your return flight. • MEAL BF O R M O R E U P - T O - D A T E I N F O R M A T I O N P L E A S E C A L L 8 5 5 - 3 3 5 - 6 9 0 0important harbor before Antalya wasfounded. Drive back to hotel. Dinner andovernight. • MEALS BLDDAY 10 MON Antalya > Perge > Aspendos> Beysehir on-the-Lake (155 mi)In the morning, drive to Perge, aspectacular Greco-Roman city. Continue toAspendos, a treasure with the world’s best-preserved Roman Theater still used todayfor festivals and concerts. After lunch,continue to Beysehir on the shore ofBeysehir Lake. Visit Esrefoglu Mosque(13th c.), a magnificent example of Seljukarchitecture. Dinner and overnight inBeysehir. • MEALS BLDDAY 11 TUE Beysehir > Konya >Cappadocia (200 mi) After breakfast, driveto the holy city of Konya, ancient capital ofthe Seljuks. Tour the Museum of Mevlana,honoring the famous mystic poet andfounder of the Sufi Order of the WhirlingDervishes. Visit Aladin Mosque (13th c.) andKaratay Medrese’s ceramic museum.En route to Cappadocia, stop at theSultanhani Caravanserai, Anatolia’s largeststaging post for merchants on the SilkRoad. Arrive in Cappadocia in the lateafternoon and attend a Whirling DervishesCeremony. Dinner and overnight inCappadocia. • MEALS BLDDAY 12 WED Cappadocia (30 mi)Take a full day to discover Cappadocia. Visitthe Goreme Valley, an open-air museumwith rock-cut churches (7th - 13th c.)adorned with biblical frescoes. At ahandicraft center, learn about the arts ofrural Turkey and watch a demonstration ofrug weaving. Tour an Underground City.Take photos at the best vista pointsAmasyaSmall group 16 days up to 10 passengersGUARANTEED DEPARTURES SATURDAYOperates with a minimum of 2 passengers$145Land only $2,030Air & Land $3,048per nightfromLand only from23INCLUDED• Arrival and departure transfers.Transportation by comfortable, air-conditionedvehicles. • Accommodation in double room inspecified hotels or similar.• Entrance fees according to the itinerary.• 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, and 13 dinners.YOUR ADVANTAGES• Small group tour limited to 10 passengers,• Bosphorus Cruise • Kemer cruise-picnic• Whirling Dervishes Show • Goodbye Drink• Farewell Dinner with wine,• Socialization opportunity with local people• Escort by a professional guide-lecturer.HOTELS Istanbul: Aziyade 4* or similarCanakkale: Iris Hotel 4* or similarSelcuk: Kalehan Hotel SC or similarPamukkale: Pam Hotel 4* or similarAntalya: Dogan Hotel SC or similarBeysehir: Anamas Konukevi SC or similarCappadocia: Upper Greek House SC or similarAmasya: The Apple Palace 4* or similarSafranbolu: Kadioglu Sehzade Konagi SC or similarNO HIDDEN COSTSIGHTSEEING INCLUDED PER ITINERARY