EXPLORE TURKEY
November 20 - 30, 2022

All inclusive package, see details at the bottom of the page.

$2,500 Departing from Houston, TX.

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TENTATIVE TURKEY ITINERARY (subject to change)

 

20-30 November, 2022

 

DAY 1

NOVEMBER 20 - FLIGHT FROM HOUSTON TO ISTANBUL – Depart 8:40 PM


DAY 2

NOVEMBER 21 – Arrival  ISTANBUL 5:20 PM


DAY 3

NOVEMBER 22 - CITY TOUR IN ISTANBUL
Full day visit  to the city visiting Hagia Sophia, culmination of  Byzantine art and the pearl of Istanbul; Next, visit the Topkapi Palace, residence of the Ottoman sultans for four centuries, including the treasure and sacred relics. Lunch at a  local restaurant and visit to the  Blue Mosque, a prodigy of harmony, proportion and elegance; and the Hippodrome that preserves the Obelisk of Theodosius, the Column Serpentine, emperor William's Fountain and the Egyptian Obelisk. Dinner and a night in hotel.


DAY 4

NOVEMBER 23 - ISTANBUL / BOSPHORUS WALK / ANKARA
Breakfast. Departure in the morning for one of the most famous activities in Istanbul, a boat trip along the Bosphorus, a canal that separates Europe and Asia. During this journey you will be able to appreciate  the  palaces of the Sultans, old and typical wooden houses and enjoy the history in a different way. Lunch. Next, we will make one of the  star visits, the spice bazaar, constituted by the Ottomans 5 centuries  ago and used since then. After the visit we left for Ankara, capital of the Turkish Republic. Arrival at our hotel Dinner and Accommodation.


DAY 5

NOVEMBER 24 - ANKARA / CAPPADOCIA
Breakfast. and departure for a panoramic visit with our coach to tour the second most populated city in Turkey (Ankara), a modern and cosmopolitan city full of  history and ancient culture. Later, we will visit the Mausoleum of Anitkabir, symbol of Ankara, as the founder of the Turkish Republic. Lunch. Continuation to Cappadocia. On the way we will see the second  largest  lake in Turkey, the Salt Lake. Arrival in Cappadocia. Dinner and overnight.


DAY 6

NOVEMBER 25 - CAPPADOCIA
OPTIONAL BALLOON (early morning)
Breakfast at the hotel. Visit of this fascinating region and original landscape, formed by the lava spewed by the Erciyes and Hasan volcanoes 3 million years ago. We will visit the Göreme Valley, an incredible Byzantine monastic complex formed by rock-cut churches with beautiful frescoes. Next, we will visit the Avcilar Valley  and the Pasabagi and Gόvercinlik Valleys where you can admire the best view of the volcanic forms called "fairy chimneys". Lunch. We will visit typical carpet and stone workshops that work with onyx and turquoise. Dinner at the hotel. Hotel accommodation in Cappadocia.


DAY 7

NOVEMBER 26 - CAPPADOCIA / KONYA / PAMUKKALE
Breakfast at the hotel. Early departure to Konya, capital of the Seleucid sultans. Here, we will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, poet and philosopher who founded the mystical and religious sect of the Dancing  Dervishes. Continue to Pamukkale and Hierapolis, ruins of an ancient Hellenistic. Lunch. Visit to the famous Cotton Castle, natural wonder of gigantic white waterfalls, stalactites and natural pools formed over the centuries by the passage of waters loaded with calcareous salts from of the hot springs. Arrival at the hotel, dinner and overnight.


DAY 8

NOVEMBER 27 - PAMUKKALE / EPHESUS / IZMIR
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure in the morning to Ephesus, Greco-Roman city, ancient capital of Asia Minor and one of the best preserved of antiquity where the Temple of Hadrian, the Temple of Trajan, the theatre and the Library of Celsus. Visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, where she spent the last years of her life. Lunch. Overnight in Izmir. Dinner and hotel.


DAY 9

NOVEMBER 28 - IZMIR / PERGAMA / ÇANAKKALE
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart Izmir and drive to Pergamum. Pergamum, Greek Pergamon, ancient Greek city in Mysia, situated 16 miles from the Aegean Sea on a lofty isolated hill on the northern side of the broad valley of the Caicus (modern Bakır) River. The site is occupied by the modern town of Bergama. During the first and second centuries CE, Pergamon was also famous for its extensive hospital and healing sanctuary dedicated to the god Asclepius. It stood over half a mile from the acropolis and the main portions of the city, to which it was attached by a paved and colonnaded processional way. See the ancient Acropolis with its dramatic hillside theater, a decent archeological museum, the huge Red Basilica, and the many marble columns of the Asclepion (medical center).

Drive from Pergamum to Troy. The city of Troy is one of the most famous ancient sites in history. One of the reasons why Troy is a confusing site to visit is because there’s not just one city, but nine, built one on top of the next. Troy I dates back to about 3000 BC, Troy II (the layer that Schliemann excavated) is from about 2500 BC. The bit most people are interested in, the Troy from Homer’s story, is Troy VI, which dates back to the Late Bronze Age, about 1700–1180 BC. The ninth and final period of occupation was under the Romans, up to about 500 AD.

Drive from Troy to Çanakkale.  Dinner and overnight in Çanakkale.


DAY 10

NOVEMBER 29 - ÇANAKKALE / ISTANBUL 
Early  morning departure  to Gallipoli. Explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials  scattered around  the  battlefields of World War I. The  tour includes sights such as ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and Cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and Cemetery, Nek, Johnston's Jolly. At the end of the tour, continue drive to Istanbul. Dinner and overnight.


DAY 11

NOVEMBER 30 - ISTANBUL / AIRPORT. 
Breakfast and departure airport.


Flight back to Houston 2:30 pm / Turkish Airlines, flight 33
Arrival in Houston 7 p.m.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transfers in & out

  • Guide

  • Tickets and visits according to itinerary

  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotels throughout  the trip

  • Some lunches

  • Visas

PRICE NOT INCLUDED: - Gratuities - Drinks &  personal expenses.

Explora Turquía 
Noviembre 20 al 30, 20022