Discover and Experience Turkey

Cultural Explorations

Turkey continues to be a country of dynamic culture and energy. Host of timeless treasures, the country is a bold fusion of past and present, a cultural mosaic of the East and the West. Formerly known as Asia Minor - Anatolia, Turkey is the motherland of many ancient civilizations that had left their traces to different periods of the history. Orient is present in all your senses yet visibly western in lifestyle, with modern and deluxe facilities.

Highlights

Blue Mosque, Bazzar, Grand Hippodrome, Haghia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Troy, Greco-Roman site of Ancient Ephesus, Pamukkale, Cappadocia, Prize-winning Museum of Anatolian Civilizations

Includes

  • Round-trip international airfare
  • Private English speaking guide
  • 4-star hotel accommodations
  • Breakfast daily, 6 lunches and 8 dinners
  • All transfers
  • Porterage and Gratuities
  • Merit Hosted Tour

Itinerary

  • Day 1  Toronto - Istanbul
  • Day 2  Istanbul - Roman Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia
  • Day 3  Istanbul - Canakkale - Troy
  • Day 4  Canakkale -
  • Day 5  Canakkale - Kusadasi - Pergamum
  • Day 6  Kusadasi - Ephesus, Terrace Houses & House of Virgin Mary, visit Hierapolis “sacred city
  • Day 7  Pamukkale - Konya, visit Tomb of Rumi (the Meviana) the 13th-century mystic philosopher who founded dervish cult
  • Day 8  Konya - Cappadocia, visit Seljuk Turkish caravanserai
  • Day 9  Cappadocia, full-day tour visiting Goreme, the underground city of Kaymakli, Uchisar view Pigeons Valley
  • Day 10  Cappadocia - Ankara, visit Ataturk Mausoleum, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
  • Day 11  Ankara - Istanbul
  • Day 12  Transfer to airport

Tour Leader:

Heather Richards

Heather Richards has been working professionally in travel for 25 years. She has led several tours around the world and is very excited to be your host!

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