Treasures Of Turkey – Insight Vacations

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Treasures Of Turkey – Insight Vacations

Travel Through Turkey’s Impressive Landscape During a 15-Day Guided Tour

Travel Turkey on this 15-day guided tour. See Cappadocia, where golden landscapes give way to caverns below. You’ll descend into a local resident’s cave house for a tour and talk about their way of life. Later, see whirling dervishes — twirling dancers who will entertain you during a special dinner. In Göreme, explore rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient paintings before dining on the unique flavors served at a local restaurant that supports women from the village. Travel to Turkey’s third largest city, Izmir, and explore one of the world’s finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Here, walk to its gargantuan amphitheater, which could seat as many as 24,000 people. In Istanbul, see the Blue Mosque’s tiled domes and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Try your hand at bargaining in the city’s Grand Bazaar, which includes more than 4,000 shops.

 

Expired on Thursday September 26th, 2024

Expired on Thursday September 26th, 2024

Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. You’ll start in vibrant Istanbul, where a representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be close to Taksim Square, which is famous for its Republic Monument, dining and shopping options.

Accommodation
Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Included Meals
Dinner with Wine

In the morning embark on a cruise along Bosphorus Strait, one of the world’s busiest waterways. Leisurely cruise past the quaint fishing villages that line its shores. Travel towards the old city and see the beautiful Ottoman palaces and fortresses, on the waterfront. Later, leave Istanbul for Bursa. A large city in northwest Turkey, it was the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire. Here we visit the Green Mosque, the Grand Mosque and the Mausoleum complex. There will be time in the afternoon to explore the city’s bazaars, silk markets and historic monuments. This evening, venture to a local restaurant for a tasty meal.

Accommodation
Mövenpick Bursa Hotel and Thermal Spa

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Begin your day of culture in the charming village of Cumalikizik, with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Later you’ll head to Gordion, which was once the capital city of ancient Phrygia, as you make your way to Turkey’s modern capital, Ankara. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your hotel, the Hilton SA. Perhaps take a dip in its indoor pool or unwind in its jacuzzi or hammam.

Accommodation
Ankara HiltonSA

Included Meals
Breakfast

A day for history enthusiasts, explore Turkey’s bustling cultural capital, Ankara. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum and Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey's greatest modern leader and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Later, head to Avanos in Cappadocia. Famed for its unique geological formation, Cappadocia is a scenic delight with golden hills and panoramic views.

Accommodation
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

With its striking golden, volcanic landscapes, underground city and otherworldly buildings, Cappadocia could never be called ordinary. At every turn you’ll be delighted with yet another geographical or architectural surprise.

Today you’ll travel to the striking town of Göreme. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant and get a taste of Anatolia’s regional flavours. This establishment provides employment for the women of the village and supports their financial freedom.

Next, continue on to the Pasabag Valley and visit the underground city of Özkonak where you’ll have time to explore its tunnels and holes with your Travel Director.

Later, join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house. Explore this unique way of living, learning about local traditions and family life. This evening you’ll witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes before dining at a local restaurant.

With its striking golden, volcanic landscapes, underground city and otherworldly buildings, Cappadocia could never be called ordinary. At every turn you’ll be delighted with yet another geographical or architectural surprise.

Today you’ll travel to the striking town of Göreme. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings. Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience at the Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant and get a taste of Anatolia’s regional flavours. This establishment provides employment for the women of the village and supports their financial freedom.

Next, continue on to the Pasabag Valley and visit the underground city of Özkonak where you’ll have time to explore its tunnels and holes with your Travel Director.

Later, join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house. Explore this unique way of living, learning about local traditions and family life. This evening you’ll witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes before dining at a local restaurant.

Accommodation
DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos

Included Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with Wine

Start your day by learning more about traditional pottery making in Avanos. It’s then time to take a journey along the famous Silk Road to visit a 13th century caravanserai, a historic roadside inn where travellers would rest and recover after a day’s journey, most notably along the iconic road itself. Later, you’ll head to Turkey’s most religious city, Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Once here, visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.

Accommodation
Novotel Konya Hotel.

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

You day begins with a scenic drive down the Taurus Mountains to Aspendos, an ancient city in Antalya. Known for having the best-preserved Roman theatre anywhere in the world, learn more as you explore it with your fellow travellers. Continue to your hotel for the next two nights and enjoy time to relax.

Accommodation
Akra Barut

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start your day with a visit to Antalya's pretty Old Town, with its souvenir markets and sweeping sea views. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities at your hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on places to explore in the city, take a stroll around the harbour or perhaps take a boat trip off the coast.

Accommodation
Akra Barut

Included Meals
Breakfast

Cross the soaring Taurus Mountains to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis, a Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, explore the area with your Travel Director. Later, head back to your hotel, the esteemed Do?a Thermal Health & Spa. Take full advantage of its indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam room and its Turkish bath complex.

Accommodation
Do?a Thermal Health & Spa

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Izmir

Start your morning with a trip to the Temple of Aphrodite, dedicated to the goddess of love, beauty and fertility, in Geyre. Based in the ruins of the ancient city of Aphrodisias, it was the focal point of the city in its heyday. You’ll see the towering, fourteen columns of the temple that have been re-erected. End your day in the quaint Aegan port of Izmir.

Accommodation
Swissotel Büyük Efes

Included Meals
Breakfast

Today you’ll spend the day exploring pretty Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city. A vibrant destination on Turkey’s Aegean coast, it is was founded by the Greeks and has been an important port since ancient times. Explore one of the world's finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the Ephesus ruins and the Ephesus Archaeological Museum.

Accommodation
Swissotel Büyük Efes

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Begin your day of legends with a trip to Pergamon. Once a powerful ancient Greek city, you’ll find the Asklepion temple here. A famous shrine and healing centre, it was built in honour of Asklepios, the god of medicine. Next, head to Homer’s city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war and the backdrop to one of history’s most famous love stories, that of Paris and Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C., can be found beside the city’s walls. After some time exploring, continue your journey to Çanakkale, a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields.

Accommodation
DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale

Included Meals
Breakfast

This morning, cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that, for nine months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought, in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and pay your respects at the Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, return to Istanbul where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Accommodation
Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Included Meals
Breakfast

Today you’ll take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning, visit the historic Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in A.D. 537, it has recently turned from a museum into a mosque and is famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi Palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travellers and toast to your trip over a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

Accommodation
Grand Hyatt Istanbul

Included Meals
Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends, as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onward flights, or for those extending their stay in Istanbul, speak to your Travel Director for tips and tricks on where to head.

Included Meals
Breakfast

Departure Return Definite Group Size Price
28 Apr, 26 May 24 12 May, 09 Jun 24 Definite Departure Classic – Up to 40 Guests $6013
23 Jun, 07 Jul, 04 Aug 24 07, 21 Jul, 18 Aug 24 Classic – Up to 40 Guests $6013
01 Sep 24 15 Sep 24 Definite Departure Classic – Up to 40 Guests $6013
29 Sep 24 13 Oct 24 Classic – Up to 40 Guests $5948

*Prices are in per person based on twin room

*Further Information
Smaller coaches without extra legroom or onboard washroom may be used.

BOOKING TERM & CONDITIONS

UPDATED BOOKING CONDITIONS: The following conditions apply to bookings made before 15 August 2023 or tours departing before 1 April 2024. If you booked after 15 August 2023 and are travelling on or after 1 April 2024, please see the relevant Booking Conditions for your tour.

PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION

Please find here our payment and cancellation terms.
Payment and cancellation terms vary by tour so please review this tour deposit level table to view the terms that will apply.

LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2  ADDITIONAL AIR TICKETS EXTRA ACCOMMODATION CHARGEABLE TRANSFERS
Deposit due per person $200 $350 As per airline policy No additional
deposit required
No additional
deposit required
Final Payment due
(before departure)
60 days 90 days As per airline policy In accordance with
guided holiday
In accordance with
guided holiday
Cancellation Charges (per person) if you cancel your holiday (No. of Days before travel)
90 days and over Deposit Deposit $75 plus airline charges $35 $35
89 – 60 days Deposit 30% $75 plus airline charges $35 $35
59-16 days 30% 60% $75 plus airline charges Higher of $35 or 25% of accommodation price Higher of $35 or 25% of transfer price
15-8 days 50% 90% $75 plus airline charges Higher of $35 or 30% of accommodation price Higher of $35 or 30% of transfer price
7-1 days 90% 100% $75 plus airline charges 100% of accommodation price 100% of transfer price
Departure Day/No show 100% 100% $75 plus airline charges 100% of accommodations price 100% of transfer price

NOTE: Included flights are outlined in each trip itinerary in our brochure or online. Guests travelling on any flight must provide their full name (as appears on their passport), date of birth and gender. Incomplete or inaccurate information may result in additional charges payable directly to the airline or in a worst-case scenario, be denied boarding.

Level 1: Cancellation fees are the minimum cancellation fee charged and is used unless the trip is described as Level 2.

Level 2: These trips are generally trips which include cruise/ferry, train or intra-trip flight elements.

A full list of all trips and levels can be found at Tour Deposit Level.

Expired on Thursday September 26th, 2024

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