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A Sampler of Turkish Treasures(sm) (11 days)

Turkey At Its Best - Private Tours by Newport International

Ankara, Turkey To Istanbul, Turkey

Valid for Departures Now Through: 14 Jul 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Ankara, Turkey
TBD Lunch

Arrive at Ankara airport. Transfer to hotel. Welcome Cocktail and dinner at hotel.

Day 2
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey, and The Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations, a world-class museum. After lunch in Ankara, fly or drive to Cappadocia. Tonight, enjoy dinner with entertainment in a cave restaurant. Overnight stay in Urgup.

Day 3
Cappadocia, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in an underground city with many stories, among churches carved in volcanic rock and decorated with frescoes, as well as within a landscape of Fairy Chimneys. Dinner at the hotel

Day 4
Izmir, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Transfer to the airport in Kayseri for your flight to Izmir (via Istanbul).* Transfer to your hotel in Izmir. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 5
Izmir, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in Ephesus while walking on marble streets,  admiring the theaters, temples, baths, and the famous library; also visiting the Basilica of St. John, the House of The Virgin Mary, and the Archaeological Museum. Dinner at a restaurant in Izmir

Day 6
Çanakkale, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sightseeing in Pergamum (present day Bergama) to see the Acroplis and the Aesculapion, the ancient hospital from Roman times. On the way, stopover at a quaint village for a Private Morning Coffee  as guest of a Turkish Family in their restored 150 years old stone house. After visiting Bergama, you will have lunch lunch before starting on the drive towards Çanakkale,   On the way, you will see Troy, the city immortalized in Homer’s Iliad, before reaching Çanakkale on the Straits of Dardanelles. Dinner will be at the hotel in Çanakkale.

Day 7
Bursa, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive on to Bursa. Lunch will be at a famous Döner Kebap (Gyro) restaurant in Bursa, where the tastiest version of this famous dish was first created. Visit the Green Mosque and Green Mausoleum, examples of early Ottoman architecture, and walk by the Silk Bazaar. Dinner will be at the hotel

Day 8
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch

Drive to Istanbul, shortening the trip with a ferry boat ride along the way, arriving in Istanbul in the early afternoon.  Evening is at leisure in Istanbul.

Day 9
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Visit the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome Square, the Underground Cistern, and the St. Sophia Museum. After lunch (on the grounds of Topkapi Palace), proceed for the tour of  Topkapi Palace; afterwards, visit the Covered Bazaar. Dinner shall be at a special restaurant

Day 10
Istanbul, Turkey
TBD Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Cruise on the Bosphorus, sailing between Asia and Europe with the famous Istanbul skyline as backdrop.  Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant on the European shore.  Visit Dolmabahçe Palace, the last opulent residence of the Ottoman Sultans.  If possible, attend a performance of the Janissary Band, the world’s first military band, which also influenced the music of Mozart and Beethoven, at the Military Museum**. Farewell Cocktail and dinner at a special location.

Day 11
Istanbul, Turkey
None Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for the flight to your next destination

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A Sampler of Turkish Treasures!  


Turkey offers more than a thousand interesting places to see! But, most people consider Istanbul, Ephesus and Cappadocia to be the highlights of their travels in Turkey. So, we have designed a tour that covers these and several more places of interest in just 11 days: From the mystical Cappadocia with its underground cities and "Fairy Chimneys" to the magnificent Ephesus; then to Troy, immortalized with the wooden horse; and finally to Istanbul, the only city in the world that spans two continents. On your next trip, you can spend more time in each of the places that you consider to be the "highlights" of Turkey for you. We are using Deluxe or "best available" hotels on this tour


11-Day Tour Private Tour Can Start On Any Wednesday in Turkey

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By: Charlie1


Reviewed on: 29 Oct 2013

Abdullah, our private guide was phenomenal. He tailored the daily excursions to our needs and made every detail fascinating. We loved having lunch with him every day eating at local places; one place was better than the next. He was perfect!
Travel Advisor:  Leah Bergner

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By: SHuff


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2014

Newport International set up an amazing and memorable tour. The guides were full of important cultural and historic information. They all spoke wonderful English. Great selection of places to see in Turkey. Both interesting and beautiful.
Travel Advisor:  Marsha Dolbow
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