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Turkey Express 2014-2015

10 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Days 1-2 Istanbul
Adorned with treasure from all periods of human history, Istanbul is not only one of the world's most fascinating places, it's also one of its most mesmerising.

Day 3 Gallipoli Peninsula
The Gallipoli Peninsula, a place of devastation and tragedy during World War I, is a place of great beauty and a memorial to all soldiers that fell there.

Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September)
With a picturesque harbour facing the Aegean Sea, relaxed waterside cafes, hills of olive groves and nearby idyllic islands, Ayvalik exudes Turkish charm.

Day 6 Selcuk
Selcuk's claim to fame is its proximity to the amazing ruins of Ephesus, although it has its own charm with its orchards, forests and strong cultural roots.

Day 7 Pamukkale
The arresting cascade of travertines and nearby hot springs have attracted visitors to Pamukkale since ancient times.

Days 8-10 Antalya
With cobblestone streets and beautifully preserved Ottoman-style buildings, Antalya's Old Town lies along Turkey's Mediterranean coast and looks on to picturesque mountains.
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800-680-2858 800-680-2858 All This Included
Savour the highlights of Turkey on this 10 day adventure. Travel to Istanbul and the sobering Gallipoli Peninsula, south to the Aegean Coast and then on to the ancient site of Ephesus and the therapeutic waters of Pamukkale. Discover a culture brimming with mysticism as we peel back the layers of Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman history. Packed with highlights, the Turkey Express offers a superb slice of Turkey.
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 0 dinners
  • Transport: Bus, Dolmus, Gulet
  • Boat trip, Istanbul - Leader-led walking tour, Orientation walk Antalya, Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park, Selcuk - Ephesus Archaeological site, Termessos
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Highlights
  • Stroll the lively backstreets of Istanbul
  • Reflect on WWI in Gallipoli
  • Swim the balmy waters of the Aegean
  • Wander the marble streets of Ephesus
  • Experience the dazzling white terraces of Pamukkale
  • Take a ferry to the European shore
  • Bliss out in the seaside playground of Antalya
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Accommodations
Hotel (6 nts)
800-680-2858 800-680-2858 Notes
  • Ages: Min 15.
  • Group Size: Min 1, Max 12.
  • A single supplement is available on this trip.
  • We have an alternative winter itinerary in the months from October to April. During the winter the town of Ayvalik is closed as far as tourist infrastructure is concerned, so on these departures we don’t visit Ayvalik. We travel from Eceabat On day 4 to the town of Bergama where we overnight. Early on the morning of Day 5 we take a guided tour of the ancient site of Pergamon. In the afternoon with continue on to Selcuk, where spend the nights of day 5 and 6. On Day 7 we overnight in Pamukkale and day 8 and 9 are spent in Antalyla.
  • Expect some culture shock. You'll be exposed to signs of poverty and access to services may be sporadic. The food will be quite different to home and English speakers harder to find. Respecting the local culture will make it easier to fit in and really experience the location. Turkey and its eastern neighbours are a fascinating mixture of East and West, as Europe and Asia come together. This can, and often does, mean that you will discover a region which is different to those you have experienced before. There are strong Islamic influences throughout the region, becoming more orthodox the further east you travel. There can be very different attitudes to time-keeping, public cleanliness and service, calls to prayer at 4.30am, lack of hot water and little English spoken. Naturally, this can all test the patience but if you can see this as an exciting new challenge rather than a setback, and if you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by everything that Turkey and the Middle East has to offer.
  • Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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