A country of contrasts and history, Turkey is located where the continents of Europe and Asia meet. Because of its geographical location, the lands of Turkey witnessed the mass migration of diverse peoples shaping the course of history. The home to countless civilizations, today’s Turkey developed a unique synthesis of modern and ancient cultures, with its own distinct and unique identity and closer to Western civilizations, yet linked to its predecessors through insoluble threads.
One of our best programs in Turkey!
This all encompassing package begins in Istanbul and visits the major Turkey destinations.
Motor-coach tour to ensure that you see all of the major highlights of Turkey in this fabulous two week tour of Turkey.
Experience Istanbul; see Gallipoli; visit Troy and the famous wooden horse; walk through ancient Ephesus, and visit St. Mary’s house.
Daily Breakfast and most Dinners included.
Click on Itinerary for the daily schedule.
Accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class Hotel categories.
Important Note:Package requires a minimum of 2 passengers to operate.
Istanbul | Arrival and transfer to hotel. Welcome briefing.
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. B
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. B D
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. B L Optional: Dinner at local restaurant
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. Dinner & Overnight at the hotel. B D
Izmir – Bodrum | After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit th castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum. B D
Bodrum – Kos | After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos. Overnight in Bodrum. B
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. B D
Pamukkale – Antalya | After breakfast depart for Antalya, dinner and overnight. B D
Perge – Aspendos – Antalya |This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at the hotel. B D
Antalya – Cappadocia | Early morning departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th century Caravansaray and later visit underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. B D
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. B D
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. B D
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. B D
Istanbul | Istanbul Transfer to the airport for your return flight home. B
- Local taxes and service charges
- Hotel accommodations as featured in the itinerary
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
- Sightseeing as described in the itinerary including entrance fees
- Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
- Professional tour director throughout the tour
- Services of Sunny Land Tours local reps
- Personal expenses, beverages, etc.
- Airport taxes
- Optional tours can be purchased locally
- Customary tips to drivers, guides and Tour Director
Deluxe & Superior First Class hotels Used or Similar:
Istanbul: W Istanbul
Canakkale: Kolin (SFC)
Izmir: Swissotel Grand Efes
Pamukkale: Doga Thermal
Antalya: The Marmara (DLX)
Bodrum: Doria Hotel
Cappadocia: Gamirasu (SFC)
Ankara: Hilton (DLX)
All foreigners must obtain a Turkish visa.
Visas obtained at a Turkish Embassy or Consulate have different validity periods: $60 for single entry visas valid for one year and $200 for multiple entry visas valid for five years. For all tourism and commerce-related entries the traveler is allowed to remain in Turkey for 90 days within a 180 day period. More information can be found at the Turkish Consular Information website and at the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website. U.S. citizens can contact the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey at 2525 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, telephone: (202) 612-6700, or the Turkish consulates general in Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, or New York. Information may also be found atTurkish Embassy in Washington, DC. Overseas, travelers may contact a Turkish embassy or consulate.