According to Greek mythology, the Trojan War began when Helen was abducted from Sparta and brought to modern-day Turkey. Her lovely face may have launched 1,000 ships, but if you're looking for a more civilized way to worship Turkish beauty, this week's stunning Escape from Key Tours International is all you need.
Embark on a 12-day, multi-city tour of Turkey with round-trip flights departing from JFK ($1,666 to $1,966 per person), Chicago O'Hare ($1,766 to $2,066 per person), Washington Dulles ($1,746 to $2,046 per person), or LAX or Toronto Pearson ($1,966 to $2,266 per person).* Or, choose packages without flights ($1,149 to $1,249 per person).* All options include round-trip ground transportation, ten nights of first-class, double-occupancy** accommodations, ten breakfasts and seven dinners, an English-speaking tour director, and all taxes and fees.
After your overnight flight to Istanbul, you'll be greeted at the airport and escorted to the Hilton Hotel ParkSA. Your love affair with the country begins in earnest on day three with a full-day tour of the nation's largest and most alluring city, including the ancient Hippodrome of Constantinople and the vast Grand Bazaar, covering more than 60 bustling streets in the heart of Istanbul.
Depart on day four for Ankara—Turkey's capital and one of the world's oldest cities—and spend the night at the Barceló Ankara Altinel hotel. The following morning, you'll visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and pour over enchanting Hittite treasures before journeying to the Cappadocia region and checking into the Dedeman Cappadocia for two nights.
On day six, tour the early Christian-era rock chapels of Goreme, and take a regional pottery workshop in a cave amid the famed "fairy chimney" rock formations. You'll depart the next morning for Pamukkale, with its natural springs and white calcium cascades, and overnight at the Lycus River hotel.
Visit the ruins of the Roman spa of Hierapolis before continuing on to Kusadasi for two nights in the Charisma Hotel. While there, you'll get caught up in the area's bewitching history, including the ruins of Ephesus and the Virgin Mary's cottage.
Day ten includes visits to Pergamum—home to the Altar of Zeus—and Troy, where you'll tour the city's legendary walls and see a replica of the legendary wooden horse used during the Trojan War. You'll spend the evening in the Tusan Hotel in Canakkale before setting out for Istanbul the following morning, with additional sightseeing stops along the way.
By the time you board your flight home, you'll agree: Turkey's beauty is enough to justify 1,000 trips, starting with one unforgettable Escape.
For additional information, view the Key Tours International full itinerary.
*JFK departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($1,966 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,666 per person)
Chicago O'Hare departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($2,066 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,766 per person)
Washington Dulles departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($2,046 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,746 per person)
LAX or Toronto Pearson departures: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($2,266 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012 and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013($1,966 per person)
Without flights: September 20, 22, 27, and 29 and October 4 and 6, 2012 ($1,249 per person); or November 1, 8, and 15, 2012, and January 10 and 24 and February 7 and 21, 2013 ($1,149 per person)
**Prices based on double occupancy. For single-occupancy travel, pay an additional $495 upon booking.
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Key Tours International
A 12-Day Tour of Turkey with Round-Trip Flights ($1,666 to $2,266 per Person) or Without Flights ($1,149 to $1,249 per Person), All Ground Transport, Ten Nights of Accommodations, 17 Meals, and More
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