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Turkey Itinerary

The Best of Turkey

 Including a week on a luxury yacht sailing the Mediterranean Coast

Dates:  May 9 - 27, 2024

Dates:  May 9 - 27, 2024

Appx. Cost: $7,800 per person, dbl. occ. 

Turkey Itinerary:

18 Nights/19 Days

Limited to 10-12 persons

 

Overview:

5 nights:  Istanbul:  Boutique Hotel , Sultanahamet Historic District

4 nights: Cappadocia:   5 * Cave Hotel 

2 nights: Ephesus area:  Sirince

7 nights: Sail Turquoise Coast:  Luxury gulet.  All bedrooms have en-suite bath.

 

What’s Included:

Fully escorted tour

All accommodations

All domestic transportation including two flights and private minivan with air conditioning 

All airport transfers

Entrance fees to sites and museums in itinerary with professional English speaking guide

Meals:  breakfast every day; breakfast, lunch and dinner on yacht; 4 group dinners

Yacht:  Full crew, captain, cook, server and boat crew, all expenses except personal drinks
Tips for all in itinerary

Itinerary:

Day 1:  Welcome to Istanbul.  Each person will be met at the airport and transferred to the Sultanhan Hotel (or similar) located within walking distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and the Grand Bazar.  Welcome dinner. The White House, Istanbul (D)

Day 2:  Guided tour of the historic area of Istanbul, one of the great capitals of the world whose history spans 2600 years and sits on the cross-road between Europe and Asia.    Visit the Sultan’s Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Hippodrome where the Emperor Constantine held chariot races.  Visit and shop the Grand Bazar and spice market.  Istanbul (B)

​Day 3:  Boat trip up the Bosphorus with a view of the Black Sea.  Enjoy a relaxing day of the sites along the waters that separate Europe from Asia - the only country that includes 2 continents.

​Day 4:  Fly to Kayseri, Cappadocia.  Transfer to luxury cave hotel in Urgup .  Tour the Uchisar Citadel, the highest point which provides a breathtaking panorama of this fairy wonderland. Rooms carved out of the tufa rock are connected by passageways and stairs. Continue to Esentepe Windy Hill for another panoramic view.  Cappadocia  Sacred House or similar. (B,D)

 Day 5:  Visit the Three Sisters Fairy Chimneys and Pigeon Valley where local inhabitants carved out homes out of the rock for their pigeons similar to their own homes.  From the heights, descend to the underground city of Kaymakli, one of the largest and deepest of 200 such cities in Cappadocia.  Built in the 8th and 7th centuries BC they were safe refuges from invading armies over millennia.  Christians occupied them for protection against the Mongolian invasions. They were even connected by underground passageways. Cappadicia (B)

Day 6:  Visit a local handicraft center. Walk through the unique landscape of the Devrent Valley where the volcanic tufa has been carved by wind and erosion into small fairy chimneys and animal shaped rocks. This valley is also known as Imaginary Valley and Pink Valley.  Continue on to the Fairy Chimney Valley and town of Avanos, famous for its tile and pottery.  After lunch, continue to the Goreme Open Air Museum famous for its fantastic rock churches and beautiful frescos.  It was occupied for centuries and was home for early Christian leaders.  Cappadocia (B)

​Day 7:  Tour to Keyseri 800 year old antique and carpet market and  see the rare wild horses of turkey.

We hope these roaming horses, Turkoman horses "yilki" will be near Keyseri when we are there so we can see these rare beauties. 

​Day 8:  Fly to Izmir and to Sirence, Enjoy the car-free mountain village of Turkey with wandering cobble stone alleys, shopping and a glass of local wine. Terrace Houses (B)

​Day 9:  Visit Epheses and Virgin Mary's house, Sirence (B)

Day 10: To Fethiye to embark on a week-long luxury yacht (gulet) adventure along the Turquoise Coast of the Mediterranean. On board (B, D)

Day 10-17:  Luxury yacht along coast with touring villages, enjoying coves, dining on board, relaxation and enjoying good times.  On board (B,L,D)

Day 17:  Disembark the yacht, and fly to Istanbul.  Free evening (B)

​Day 18: Free day in Istanbul shopping, walking and relaxing with farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 19:  Transfer to international airport (B)

 

Optional: 

Hot air balloon, cooking classes, Turkish baths and many other activities.

Not included: 

International flight, personal expenses, airport/visa fee, activities & meals not included in itinerary.

 

Please contact us with your interest.

TimbuktuTours@yahoo.com

www.TimbutuTours.com

 

Travels that will change your soul.....

Dates:  May 9 - 27, 2024

2024 Appx. Cost: $7,800 per person, dbl. occ.  (exact cost will be known soon)

If you want on the list, please let us know and we will notify you personally

of exact trip cost and dates as soon as rates are confirmed for the new year.

Travels that will change your soul.....

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