What To Expect:
Turkey Travel Tour Highlights
This delightful introductory tour offers travelers the chance to sample all of Turkey’s many charms. Start with three nights in dynamic Istanbul and tour the main highlights of the city before heading to Izmir, the “Pearl of the Aegean”, for a two-night stay. Make your way to Ankara, the capital of the nation and the final resting place of its founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. From here, head to Cappadocia, whose landscape has dazzled travelers for centuries. The region is a stunning example of the interplay between natural and human forces in fashioning a unique atmosphere. Trade wealth passing through the region encouraged the settlement of many communities, particularly early Christians, who carved churches into the soft hills and decorated them with wall paintings that survive to this day. Visit the fascinating villages of Goreme and Uchisar which are surrounded by rock-hewn churches. Selcuk caravanserais still remain with their fine architecture and stonework testimony to the region’s past wealth. Also visit the carpet and pottery workshops in the region: many artisans work in Cappadocia, inspired by the region’s history and natural beauty. Return to Istanbul for leisure time in the city. Accommodation is at the Ciragan Palace Hotel, where you will be immersed in the finest Ottoman style. Continue to Antalya, the southern Mediterranean city offering sublime beach resorts and excellent museums before concluding your journey in Istanbul.