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Turkey Express

10 days with Intrepid Travel   Rating: Budget

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Days 1-2 Istanbul
Travel to Istanbul and discover a magical city of minarets, mosques and markets that will inspire and delight. Get to know Sultanahmet or bargain with cheeky vendors in the Grand Bazaar. Be dazzled by the exquisite architecture of the Blue Mosque, sniff out the spice markets or grab a strong Turkish coffee and watch the world go by.
 
Day 3 Gallipoli Peninsula
Reflect on a tragic moment in history amid the moving memorials and windswept scenery along this peninsula. Experience how the stunning natural beauty of Gallipoli makes it hard to believe that one of the most devastating and fiercely fought battles of WWI was fought here.
 
Days 4-5 Ayvalik (May-September)
Take an optional trip to Troy where a little imagination can make the history of the ruins come to life. Later, in Ayvalik, relax on an Aegean cruise across the azure waters.
 
Day 6 Selcuk
See how Ephesus, once the heart of the great Eastern Roman Empire, still retains some of its past glory. Then, maybe delve deeper into the area’s fascinating history at the Ephesus Museum or visit the Basilica of St John in Selcuk.
 
Day 7 Pamukkale
Admire the pools at Pamukkale, which have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. Enjoy a warming dip at Hierapolis and, during winter, stop by Aphrodisias, a city dedicated to the Greek goddess of love and beauty.
 
Days 8-10 Antalya
Discover a bewitching mix of history, charm and modern sophistication in Antalya. Visit the ruined city of Termessos, one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the region. During free time, wander through Kaleici to see relics of Roman, Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman occupation, visit ancient Hadrian's Gate and Hidirlik Tower or be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean.
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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, 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)
Pension (3 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.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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