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Legendary Türkiye: from Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast 2025

April 01 - 15, 2025
Length: 15 days
Region(s): ,
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Fascinating sights, scents, and sounds reign in this land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Türkiye engages and beguiles.

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Tour Highlights

  • Your journey begins with a four-night stay in Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World” and Türkiye’s cultural and spiritual heart.
  • Tour Istanbul’s famed highlights: the Spice Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace.
  • Take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia.
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar, a vast covered market housing some 5,000 shops along 60 streets.
  • Visit Gallipoli, haunting site of 31 Allied cemeteries from World War I.
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles to storied Troy, believed to exist only in Homer’s epic poem until the present site was discovered in the 1870s.
  • Tour Pergamum, one of Türkiye’s most spectacular ancient sites.  
  • Spend the day touring Türkiye’s incomparable classical city, Ephesus, including its acclaimed “houses of the wealthy.”
  • Enjoy lunch in the beautiful, rustic village of Sirince.
  • Witness the age-old craft of carpet-weaving during a demonstration at a carpet factory.
  • Travel to the beautiful port city of Fethiye for a two-night stay in a resort hotel overlooking the marina.  
  • Visit the museum-like ghost town of Kayakoy, followed by an idyllic day cruising the tranquil Turquoise Coast on a privately chartered yacht.  
  • Journey along the coastal road with stops in Demre, for a visit to the Church of Saint Nicholas, and the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phaselis.  
  • Cross the Taurus Mountains to your final destination, seaside Antalya, where you’ll tour the renowned Archaeological Museum and charming Old Town.
  • Take an excursion to see the ruins at Perge, an ancient Greek city. 
  • Visit ancient Konya then explore the bizarre rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia and the Goreme Valley on an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.

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