Turkey, Where Ancient Ruins Meet Eclectic Culture

Key Tours International • Istanbul, Turkey

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With roots dating back to 10,000 BC, the Turkish Anatolian peninsula is one of the oldest continuously inhabited regions on earth. Widely accepted as an international cultural hub, Turkey's legendary landscape—rife with rolling hills, archaic caves, and turquoise coastlines—is brimming with Byzantine architecture and Ottoman ruins. In keeping with the country's taste for the eclectic, a recent influx of hip cafes and mod galleries has attracted a fresh crowd of visitors to this ancient destination. Here, gourmet restaurants and state-of-the-art clubs beckon newcomers looking to mesh mind-blowing relics with avant-garde attractions. In fact, Istanbul was named a European Capital of Culture in 2010.

Explore Turkey's ancient traditions and Escape to one of the modern world's most vibrant destinations with this 12-day getaway from Key Tours International.

What's included?

  • A 12-Day Trip to Turkey, Including:
  • Round-Trip Flights from JFK, LAX, or YYZ to Istanbul Ataturk Airport
  • Round-Trip Shared Ground Transportation via Air-Conditioned Motor Coach
  • Accommodations for Three Nights at the Hilton ParkSA Istanbul, One Night at the Barceló Ankara Altinel Hotel, Two Nights at Lykia Lodge Kapadokya, One Night at the Pam Thermal Hotel, Two Nights at the Charisma Deluxe Hotel Kudadasi, and One Night at the Kolin Hotel
  • Ten Breakfasts and Seven Dinners
  • English-Speaking Tour Guide Service and Baggage Handling
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Taxes, Service Charges, and Entrance Fees Included
  • Priced per Person Based on Double Occupancy (See Fine Print)
  • Recommended Packing List

trip details

day 1

Take Off!

Depart from JFK, LAX, or YYZ International Airports on a flight to Istanbul.

day 2

Arrive in Istanbul

Touch down in Istanbul where you'll be transferred to your home for the next two nights, the Hilton ParkSA Istanbul. Modern rooms feature gorgeous garden views and luxurious extras like marble bathrooms and LCD TVs.

day 3

Venture Out

Start your stay in Turkey's largest city with an optional full-day tour of sites including the Topkapi Palace (excluding the harem), the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. As the sun sets, consider an optional dinner featuring belly-dancing entertainment.

day 4

Sightseeing

Spend the morning exploring Istanbul at your leisure. Or, embark on an optional tour of St. Sophia with an included cruise along the Bosphorus Strait. In the afternoon, depart for Ankara, where you'll spend the evening at the Barceló Ankara Altinel Hotel.

day 5

Mausoleum Tour

Today, you'll visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Afterward, continue to Cappadocia, famous for its moon-like landscapes. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravan Inn before reaching your final destination for the next two nights, the Lykia Lodge Kapadokya.

day 6

Discover Cappadocia

Take to the skies via an optional early-morning hot air balloon tour. After breakfast, embark on an optional tour to Göreme's majestic rock chapels—Pasabagi, Red Valley, and Avanos—decorated with Christian frescoes. Later, explore the area's ancient artistry with a brief regional pottery workshop in one of the scenic caves—included with the optional full-day Cappadocia tour.

day 7

Depart Pamukkale

Depart for Pamukkale, where you'll spend the evening at the Pam Thermal Hotel. En route, you'll see the famous mausoleum of Mevlana, a famed Sufi philosopher.

day 8

Cotton Fortress

Visit the unique Cotton Fortress. Here, mineral springs have formed stunning white calcium cascades in the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Afterward, continue to Kusadasi where you'll spend the next two nights at the Charisma Deluxe Hotel Kusadasi.

day 9

Explore Kusadasi

After relaxing at the hotel, join an optional tour to the ruins of Ephesus—the Virgin Mary's cottage—as well as the city's 2,000-year-old marble streets, the Library of Celsius, Hadrian's Temple, and a local theater.

day 10

Troy & Canakkale

Explore Asklepion, an ancient medical center in Pergamum. Later, tour Troy's legendary walls, as well as a replica of the famous wooden horse used during the Trojan War. Continue to Canakkale, where you'll spend the evening at the Kolin Hotel.

day 11

Gallipoli & Istanbul

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli. Here, you'll visit the ANZAC Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, and the Chunuk Bair battlefield. Cross the Dardanelles to Istanbul and get some rest at the Hilton ParkSA Istanbul before returning home in the morning.

day 12

Return Home

Depart from the Istanbul airport on your return flight to the US.

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  • Signed waiver(s)
  • Government Issued ID

the fine print

  • Credit card information and photo ID is required at check-in; must be 18 or over to check-in
  • Reservation Name must match the name on the traveler's photo identification, which must be presented at check-in. Bookings are non-transferrable
  • Escapes Bookings are only valid for the date(s) purchased and may not be exchanged or redeemed for any other dates; Escapes Bookings are subject to forfeiture
  • Escapes Bookings expire on the date(s) purchased and times indicated on the Confirmation Email. You must redeem your Escapes Booking on the date(s) purchased and times indicated on the Confirmation Email
  • No refunds allowed
  • Not valid toward existing or room block reservations
  • Rates are per person based on double occupancy (two people sharing a room). Each of two guests must purchase an Escape and arrange to stay together at the property. Single occupancy requires an additional fee of $495
  • Voucher includes 12-Day Trip to Turkey, with Round-Trip Flights for one to Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Round-Trip Shared Ground Transportation, Three Nights at the Hilton ParkSA Istanbul, One-Night at the Barceló Ankara Altinel Hotel, Two Nights at Lykia Lodge Kapadokya, One-Night at the Pam Thermal Hotel, Two-Nights at the Charisma Deluxe Hotel Kudadasi, and One-Night at the Kolin Hotel, Ten Breakfasts and Seven Dinners, an English-Speaking Tour Guide Service and Baggage Handling
  • Additional tours available at booking
  • Airline Taxes, Fuel Surcharges, Hotel Taxes, Service Charges, and Entrance Fees Included
  • Review the State Department's website for passport/visa requirements and important announcements before traveling to your destination
  • Nights must be spent consecutively; all inclusions must be redeemed during one stay
  • Other conditions apply
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