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Turkey — it’s magical and mystical, friendly, fun and fascinating. And it’s one of the Mediterranean’s
Istanbul, with its palaces, mosques and markets, reaches across the Bosphorus and connects two continents. Discover the fragrant spices first carried from the far ends of the Silk Road in the legendary Spice Market. Stand in awe beneath the soaring domed space of timeless Hagia Sophia. And bargain your way through the bustling, colorful, tempting Grand Bazaar.
Venture into Turkey’s interior to hike through the
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Price includes: All entrance fees, accommodations based on two to a room; land transportation, private bi-lingual guide throughout, area specialists, all meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner, bottled water & snacks, Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
Welcome to Turkey! From Istanbul’s mosques to ancient ruins at Ephesus, and from the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia to the warm waters that grace the Turquoise Coast, the mystery and magic of this extraordinary land are yours to discover in this memory-making family vacation.
At the crossroads of East and West and straddling two continents, Istanbul is a cultural and ethnic melting pot. Soaring minarets, bustling marketplaces and non-stop water traffic are part of the city’s daily scene.
- Marvel at the Blue Mosque
- Tour the amazing Hagia Sophia
- Visit the Spice Market
- Explore Basilica Cistern
Once an active volcanic region, Cappadocia has a landscape of surreal beauty, where strange and fanciful rock formations known as the fairy chimneys rise from the surrounding countryside. Entire underground villages, carved out of tuff, soft volcanic stone, are tucked into this region. We all turn into wide-eyed children here as we discover and explore the underground passageways and the mind-boggling numbers of connecting rooms.
- Discover the underground city of Kaymakli
- Hike a valley with strange, fascinating rock formations
- Hot air balloon ride (optional)
- Visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum
- Terra cotta pottery cave workshop
- Hike the Rose Valley (optional)
- Friends Across Borders Meeting (pen pals)
A true highlight of any travel experience, the amazing wonders of Ephesus – the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world – await exploration. The Temple of Artemis (goddess of fertility), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the largest known temple of its time, was once surrounded by 127 Ionic columns.
- Fly to Izmir
- Wishing Wall + option to visit House of the Virgin Mary
- Ephesus Museum
- Visit the Temple of Artemis
- Visit Ephesus
- Drive to Göcek
- Göcek - Board your private gulet!
Enjoy three days aboard a Turkish gulet, a traditional wooden sailboat, sailing along the fabled Turquoise Coast and dropping anchor in quiet coves, discovering sheltered beaches and calling at small harbor towns. Originally the land of the ancient Lydians (685-547 B.C.E.), the region was later colonized by the Greeks and the Romans. Along the way kids will love snorkeling and swimming in the warm waters.
- Morning sail in the Gulf of Fethiye
- The ghost town of Kayaköy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Explore Gemiler Island
- Soğuksu Cove trek
- Morning cruise to Kalkan
- Visit the ruins of the city of Xanthos
- Traditional farming village of Bezirgan
- Lunch in a local home
- The fishing community of Kas
- Snorkel at Aperlae
- Hike to gulet
- Sail around Kekova Island
It has been said that the journey is more meaningful than the destination. The proof lies in the drive to Antalya along the aptly-named Turquoise Coast. Astonishingly azure water gently caresses the coves and ruins of the ancient world that occupy the shoreline. We'll drive along the long road connecting picturesque seaside towns and villages, with our stunning voyage culminating in a stop at the magnificent historic port city of Antalya.
- Disembark in Andriace
- See the famous rock tombs at Myra
- Church of St. Nicholas (a.k.a. Santa Claus)
- Drive to Antalya
- Leisure day for family time
- Optional hike to Termessos
- Tour Topkapi Palace
- Farewell dinner
Armada Hotel is located right in the middle of the action in the heart of Istanbul’s peninsula, with astounding views of both the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. At the core of such an ancient and culturally significant city, the hotel offers the perfect balance of modern comfort and historical charm, decorated with a mix of contemporary and Ottoman styles.
The Lykia Lodge has a warm atmosphere and fantastically beautiful architecture that keeps it in harmony with the region. It is centrally located and only three miles from Nevşehir and Göreme. The 146 rooms are nicely furnished and include an array of in-room amenities: private facilities, satellite TV, wireless Internet access, phone, hair dryer, and a private safe. The Lykia also has both indoor and outdoor restaurants, a chimney-bar, a swimming pool and fruit gardens.
Kalehan is a basic but charming hotel that was built and landscaped in the style of a 100 year old farmhouse using traditional materials. The recently renovated hotel is located a very short distance from the major sites of Ephesus, and each room offers a TV, mini bar, hair dyer, and air-conditioning. All the rooms and the restaurant are surrounded by lush gardens, and the pool is the perfect place to cool off after a day exploring the nearby ruins.
Located in Old Antalya, the Dogan is comprised of four buildings combined to offer 41 rooms. Amenities include television, hair dryer, phone, radio and air conditioning, pool and jacuzzi.. Breakfast is served in the garden of orange trees.
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