Treasures of Turkey - Preview 2021

02/21/2020 through 10/14/2021
02/21/2020 through 10/17/2021
Insight Vacations

Treasures Of Turkey – Preview 2021
Explore the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy, behold the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia and dive into the history of this fascinating country.


Authentic Dining

  • Cappadocia: Indulge on a regional dinner before watching a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes at a 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai.
  • Istanbul: Toast the culmination of your tour with a lively Celebration Dinner at a popular local restaurant.
  • Uchisar: Enjoy the unique flavours of Anatolia at Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant, an establishment that provides employment for the women of the village.
  • Dining Summary: 14 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L), 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) and 8 Dinners (D) all with tea and coffee.

Insight Experiences

  • Cappadocia: Join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house, where you’ll learn more about their unique way of life.

Top Rated Highlights

  • Istanbul: Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Bosphorus, where you’ll pass Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses.
  • Bursa: Visit the Grand Mosque, the glorious Green Mosque and mausoleum.
  • Ankara: Discover the mysterious Hittite civilisation and visit the mausoleum of Atatürk.
  • Cappadocia: Visit Göreme Open-Air Museum, explore underground cities, rock cut churches, fairytale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.
  • Konya: Visit the beautiful Mevlana Tekke museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dervishes. See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.
  • Antalya: Visit the world’s best preserved Roman Theatre in Aspendos.
  • Pamukkale: See the cascading ‘Cotton Castle’ of milky white travertine pools.
  • Ephesus: Tour one of the world’s finest ancient sites, visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Archaeological Museum.
  • Pergamon: Visit Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world.
  • Gallipoli: Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.
  • Istanbul: Visit the Blue Mosque and St. Sophia museum and gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman sultans at the fabulous Topkapi Palace.


Included Insight Services

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion.
  • On departures with 8 or more guests, personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included – you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Istanbul Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Itinerary

Day 1 Welcome to Istanbul.
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Day 2 Bosphorus Cruise and Bursa.
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Day 3 Cumalikizik and Gordion.
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Day 4 Sophisticated Ankara.
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Day 5 The Underground Cities of Cappadocia Experience.
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Day 6 Konya.
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Day 7 Through the Taurus Mountains.
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Day 8 Antalya's Old Town.
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Day 9 The Pools of Pamukkale.
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Day 10 Izmir.
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Day 11 Ancient Ephesus.
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Day 12 Pergamon, Troy and Çanakkale.
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Day 13 Gallipoli and ANZAC Cove.
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Day 14 Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire.
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Day 15 Farewell Istanbul.
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