Turkey - Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus, and the Amazing Coastline - May, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012 at 4:45 PM - Monday, June 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM (EDT)
Istanbul, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus and the Amazing Coastline...
Friday, May 25 to Monday, June 4 (Including Memorial Day)
- Visit spectacular Ephesus and Pamukkale
- Cappadocia Tour
- Visiting Ihlara Valley/ Derinkuyu Undeground City
- Visiting Devrent Imagination Valley, Zelve open air museum
- The Fairy Chimneys, Avanos, Göreme Open air museum
- Visiting Keslik Monastery, Soganli Valley, Kaymaklı Underground City
- Visiting Blue Moscue, St. Sofya Church, Old Hipodrom Square
- Visiting Spice Bazaar or enjoying a cruise on the Bosphorus
- Visiting Dolmabahce Palace, Çamlica Hill, Bosphorus Bridge
- 9 nights accommodations; breakfast daily
- All Group Transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in private van
- Guided by English-speaking tour managers throughout
- Entrance fees per itinerary
Booking Details / Pricing: (Land only pricing)
$1,295 - make deposit by March 23
$1,395 - make deposit by April 6
$1,495 - make deposit by April 20
Fly with us: International flight with Turkish Airlines, add $995
Questions / RSVP: IgorBass@DynamicOutdoors.com
Friday, May 25 - Depart JFK 6.25 pm
Saturday, May 26
On arrival in Istanbul, transfer from Atatürk airport to our hotel and check-in.
Remainder of the day at leisure, explore Istanbul or take an optional bosphorus boat tour: View the Golden Horn and see Rumeli Fortress
Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul
Sunday, May 27
Today after breakfast enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul.
Dive into the heart of Istanbul City, including visits to St. Sophia, the great Byzantine basilica built in the 6th century, and the world-famous Blue Mosque.
Continue to the Roman Hippodrome, the ancient site of chariot races and competitive athletic events, before a final stop to visit the renowned Grand Bazaar, the world's largest covered market, featuring over 58 streets and more than 4000 shops.
This afternoon visit to the Topkapi Palace, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Visit the Treasury Rooms which house 700 years worth of priceless Endurun Treasure, making for the largest national trove in the world.
Continue to visit the famous Mosque of Süleyman the Magnificent, built in the 16th century, and regarded today as one of the greatest buildings in the world.
Upon return to your hotel, enjoy a relaxing drive along the Golden Horn and view the ancient Roman fortification walls en route.
Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul**1
Cappadocia is the region where the nature and history come together with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. This is an area best known for its unique moon-like landscapes as at Göreme, underground cities such as Kaymakli, cave churches, the monasteries at Zelve, of homes carved into the rocks.
Monday, May 28
After breakfast, transfer to airport and catch our flight to Kayseri/ Nevşehir**1
Overland transfer: early morning departure by van to Kayseri/ Nevşehir**1
After Hotel check-in and lunch; ½ DAY Tour: Devrent Valley, followed by a visit to the Zelve Open Air Museum; Monk’s Valley; Göreme Open Air Museum featuring the most impressive of all rock-carved churches in Cappadocia.
Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia
Tuesday, May 29
After breakfast, Full Day Tour: The day starts at Red Valley for a hike through orchards and vineyards between fairy chimneys and rock-carved houses. Continue the walk in rose Valley. Afterwards, visit the old Christian village of Çavuşin. Following a lunch break, visit Pigeon Valley; Kaymaklı Underground City, Ortahisar Castle and Mustafapaşa Village.
Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia
Wednesday, May 30
Very early breakfast and departure for Pamukkale via Konya - Lunch in Konya
Overnight: Hotel in Denizli
Pamukkale has always been a popular SPA site where the hot springs were believed to have healing powers, while the city Hierapolis grew above the cascades and became the center of pagan cults and then early Christianity in antiquity.
Thursday, May 31
After breakfast, Morning Tour of Pamukkale - then transfer west to Ephesus/ Selçuk
After hotel check in, rest of day open to explore...
Hiking and Beach options available
Overnight Hotel in Selcuk (Izmir)
Friday, June 1
Today after breakfast, CLASSICAL EPHESUS Tour
Magnificent, inspiring, gorgeous, amazing, extraordinary... These are only a few of the words that may describe Ephesus. However no one could adequately describe Ephesus with words alone; one has to see Ephesus to appreciate it. A visit to Ephesus, one of the largest and best-preserved ancient cities in the world, a vast open-air museum, is a must for those who are interested in archaeology and culture. The many other sites around Ephesus cannot be forgotten, so we satisfy those with specialist interests and extend our tour to include all.
End of day transfer to Bodrum
Overnight: Hotel in Bodrum
Saturday, June 2
After breakfast, explore Bodrum - Sailing and beach options available:
Bodrum is one of the most important centers of trade, art and entertainment as it has been since centuries ago… This coastal town in which traditional and modern life go along hand in hand in an excellent harmony opens it arms for those who want to be acquainted with her and live her.
One day Yachting and beach options available.
This coastal town has fantastic night life and great restaurants - Perfect place to enjoy the mediterranean life style.
Sunday, June 3
After breakfast, optional half day tour of Bodrum: The resort town sits on the foundations of ancient, mighty Halikarnassos. In a morning discover the historical highlights of the town. Bodrum's Castle of St. Peter is a must-see in Bodrum, and many visitors are surprised to find it houses such a special Museum of Underwater Archaeology in the heart of a small town. As you walk around the castle, there are also wonderful opportunities to take pictures of Bodrum and the bays. Just a 15 minute walk from the castle along the harbour, are the ruins of the once magnificent Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The ancient walls, and the Myndos Gate, and the Ancient Theater complete the picture of ancient life.
Hiking and Beach options available
Evening flight to Istanbul**2 / Overnight: Istanbul**2
Overland/ overnight transfer by van to Istanbul**2
Monday, June 4
After leisurely breakfast, transfer to the airport and catch our 1.05 pm flight to New York - Arrive in New York 4.30 pm
Fly with us - Direct Air Service by Turkish Airlines
1 TK 2 Q FR 25MAY JFKIST HK18 6.25pm - 11.15am CABIN YE
2 TK 1 T MO 04JUN ISTJFK HK18 1.05pm - 4.30pm CABIN YE
If you cancel more than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive a refund minus $200
If you cancel less than 60 days before the date of travel, you would receive 75% refund
If you cancel less than 45 days before the date of travel, you would receive 50% refund
If you cancel less than 30 days before the date of travel, you would receive 25% refund
If you cancel less than 15 days before the date of travel, there won't be a refund possible unless we find replacement for you !
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F A Q:
>> If you want to fly domestically; not drive, will cost your $150 extra per flight...
>> Tipping ($45 for the week) and Turkey Entry Visa ($25/ $30)
>> Optional activities, your own dinners, and drinks, of course, are not included
>> backgrounds ? I'm sorry, we don't check... but I expect most of them to be well traveled...
>> age range: 25 to 45 - the core is in their 30's - professionals from Tri-State and beyond...
>> after, we can change your return date/ flight
>> 2 per room/ same gender: unless requested otherwise.
>> As soon as we arrive; we will talk to the local guides to arrange:
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