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Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Ephesus, Izmir, Bodrum, Pamukkale, Perge, Antalya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Istanbul

DESCRIPTION

The stunning innate beauties, exquisite ancient and archaeological places, exhilarating nature sports and heartwarming sandy beaches-all of these wanderlust memories belong to the cultural rich country of Turkey. 

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PRICES INCLUDES FIRST CLASS (5 Stars Hotels) PACKAGES

Single Traveler - $4,800

Two Guests - $3,499 per person

Three Guests - $3,460 per person

Four Guests - $3,425 per person

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Day 1 - Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

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Day 2 - Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment. 

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 3 - Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight. 

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 4 - Troy - Pergamum - Izmir

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being
the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village . Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to İzmir for overnight.

Meals: Breakfast / Lunch.   Optional: Dinner at local restaurant

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Day 5 - Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Izmir

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 6 - Izmir - Bodrum

After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St.Peter and the
renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. 

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 7 - Bodrum - Kos

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum.

Meals: Breakfast

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Day 8 - Bodrum - Pamukkale

After breakfast, drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the
Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 9 - Pamukkale - Antalya

After breakfast depart for Antalya

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 10 - Perge - Aspendos - Antalya

|This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free
for personal activities.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 11 - Antalya - Cappadocia

Early morning departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th
century Caravansaray and later visit underground city of Saratli.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 12 - Cappadocia

Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After break-fast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which were first settled back in the Roman
period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit
Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 13 - Cappadocia - Ankara

Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the
salt lake area, Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner at a special local restaurant and overnight at Ankara.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 14 - Ankara - Istanbul

After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional
halfday Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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Day 15 - Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast 

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TRIP NOTES

NUMBER OF DAYS: 15

LAND TOURS BEGINS/ENDS:

Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul, Turkey

PASSPORT REQUIRED:

Yes

TRAVEL DATE:

June / July 2024

GROUP SIZE:

100

DEPOSIT PER PERSON:

$300 non-refundable deposit per person / subject to change without notice.

FINAL PAYMENT DUE:

March 1st, 2023

LAST DAY TO CANCEL:

March 1st, 2023

INTERPRETERS: 

Heart Cruises will provide ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for this trip.

TOUR FEATURES:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities

  • Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner

  • Licensed guides throughout Turkey

  • Private air-conditioned transportation

  • Luggage handling

  • Local taxes and service charges

  • Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days. 

  • ASL Interpreters

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Airfare

  • Pre or post stay transfers are not included

  • Gratuities

  • Medical attention

  • optional excursions (Hot Air Balloon Tour)

  • Alcohol such as wine, beer and cocktails

  • Travel insurance

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5 Stars Hotels

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Istanbul

W. Istanbul - 5 Stars

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Canakkale

Kolin Otel - 5 Stars

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Izmir

Swissotel Grand Efes

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Pamukkale

Doga Thermal Health & Spa

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Bodrum

Doria Hotel

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Antalya

The Marmara or DoubleTree

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Cappadocia

Gamirasu

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Anakara

Hilton Hotel

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Istanbul

W. Istanbul - 5 Stars

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TRAVEL INSURANCE

Heart Cruises, LLC  recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation Schedule:

120-90 days before commencing travel - 60% of gross fare

89-60 days before commencing travel - 80% of gross fare

59-0 days before commencing travel - 100% of gross fare

Day 1 - Istanbul

Prices are quoted in US Dollars. All itineraries and prices are subject to change without notice.