Grand Tour of Turkey
A country of many contrasts, Turkey is a unique crossroads between Europe and Asia. Begin in Istanbul with its mosques, markets, and historic buildings, and drive along the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles. Visit the WWI battle site, then ferry across to Asia Minor. Take time to visit the remains of Homer’s legendary Troy, then motor through forested countryside to Kusadasi, famous for the Ephesus archaeological site. Continue through the “Greek Meander,” the most fertile region in Turkey. Stop in Pamukkale with the ancient site of Hierapolis and spend the night in the Denizli area. By way of Konya, stop at the great 13th-century Agzikarahan caravanserai, then to Göreme for an included visit to the rock chapels carved by early Christians. Arrive in Turkey’s capital of Ankara, and travel into the kingdom of Phrygia to Gordion. Visit King Midas’ tomb before continuing to Bursa, famous for its great mosque, covered bazaar, and silk market. Return to Istanbul and don’t miss the unforgettable sight of the Bosporus at dusk.
Sightseeing: Visits to Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Izmir, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Agzikarahan Caravanserai, Konya, Rock Chapels in Göreme, Ankara, King Midas’ Tomb in Gordion, Bursa
ISTANBUL Grand Halic (F)CANAKKALE Iris Hotel (F)KUSADASI Grand Onder (F)DENIZLI AREA Herakles (ST) at PamukkaleKONYA Pasapark (F)CAPPADOCIA Altinyazi (F)ANKARA Gurkent (F)BURSA Almira (F)
Buffet breakfasts (B); 8 dinners (D)
Transportation: Scheduled transatlantic flights and airport transfers in Istanbul if Cosmos issues the air tickets. Touring by private first-class air-conditioned motorcoach. Dardanelles Straits and Bay of Izmir ferry crossings