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Turkey – The Cradle of Civilization

Price Starting at $5,695.00

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Discover the land of sultans and mystical “whirling dervishes” on a journey to the “Cradle of Civilization.” Visit legendary palaces in Istanbul, watch history come alive as you view the Hippodrome and marvel at the ancient sites of Ephesus, Assos and Pergamum. Experience a modern day version of the age-old ritual of the “whirling dervishes,” and learn about the religious diversity of Turkey – from the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia, to St. Paul’s city of Perge. From the surrealistic landscape of Cappadocia to the unforgettable city of Troy, you too will whirl like a “dervish” from the treasures of Turkey dancing in your mind on your return home.

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Board your overnight flight and arrive Istanbul the next day where you transfer to your stylish hotel located in Taksim, the pulsating heart of old Istanbul. A welcome cocktail and introduction to Turkey is planned in the evening. MIDTOWN HOTEL ISTANBUL.

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Prices vary by season and package. Please inquire by phone at (800) 627-1244 or email for more information and a pricing estimate.

  • Flight between Istanbul and Ankara.
  • Superior accommodations as indicated, or similar.
  • Breakfast daily, all other meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • All touring via air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Cultural guide throughout tour.
  • Water in vehicles and during meals.
  • All applicable hotel taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags and passport wallet.
  • Complimentary emergency evacuation insurance.
Coastal Turkey has hot steamy summers and moderate winters, while Central Anatolia can have extremes of cold and heat during these times. Mid June through August can be quite hot, and after November, it can get very cold in Cappadocia. Ideal times to travel to Turkey are April May and September-October, but no matter what time you visit, Turkey is delightful. Istanbul can be visited at any time of the year if you’re prepared for some rain.