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CLASSICAL TURKEY TOUR - 7 nights/8 days, arrive any Wednesday January 3-October 31, 2018*
2 nts Kusadasi
1 nt Canakkale
4 nts Istanbul
Priced from $1,695 per person in a double room

*This tour is available year-round on privately escorted basis - rates on request.

Follow the march of empires as you tour elegant remains of Greco-Roman cities along the Aegean coast and monumental Byzantine and Ottoman works in Istanbul.

This Turkey tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 passengers.


Upon arrival at Izmir airport, you will be met by a Ya'lla Tours USA representative and transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

After breakfast, depart for a full day tour of Ephesus. Ephesus is one of the most extensive and complete Greco-Roman cities in the world. It was one of the Seven Churches of the Revelation, and an ancient large port with a population of over 250,000. Walking through the marble streets, visitors can easily imagine the grandeur of this once great city, which was influential in the development of architecture, religion, economic systems and arts. St. Paul lived and preached in Ephesus. Lunch en route. After lunch, visit the Basilica of St. John, and the house of the Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have spent her last days. Return to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

In the morning, depart for Canakkale. En route, visit the Hellenistic city of Pergamum. Christianity reached the city very early and the church was praised for its forbearance during hard times. Visit the stunning acropolis perched 1000 feet above the modern town of Bergama. Lunch en route. Continue to Troy, the legendary city-state of Homer's Iliad. The first excavations were made by German archaeologist Heinrich Schleimann in 1871 and revealed that Troy was not just a myth. See the excavations showing several layers of this civilization and the replica of the infamous Wooden Horse.
Drive to Canakkale for dinner and overnight.

Take a ferry across the Dardanelles and drive to Gallipoli, famous as the site of many WWI battles. Lunch en route. Continue to Istanbul and your hotel for overnight.

Visit the legendary Blue Mosque, named for the beautiful blue Iznik tiles that cover its walls. Then stroll around the historical Hippodrome where chariot races were held.
Continue to St. Sophia, originally a Christian Basilica built by the emperor Justinian in the 6th century, then converted to a mosque during the Ottoman Empire. See the beautiful mosaics on display at the museum.
Visit Topkapi Palace, legendary residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Lunch en route.
Return to your hotel for overnight.

Take a short cruise on the Marmara Sea to Buyukada, also known as Princess Island. See the traditional wooden houses and enjoy great panoramic views. Take a horse carriage through the narrow streets and past the summer homes of some of the most affluent Turks. For lunch, enjoy some great fish in a local restaurant.
Return to Istanbul for overnight.

Visit the Egyptian Bazaar, used as the spice market since 1665. Next, board the ferry which crosses the Bosphorus, visiting both Europe and Asia. Sites along the way include the 15th century Rumelihisar fortress, summer palaces and the unique wooden houses of the area. Drive by coach via the Intercontinental Bosphorus Bridge to Camlica Hill on the Asian side to see the breathtaking view of Istanbul. Visit the Beylerbeyi Palace, the summer residence of Ottoman Sultans with original furniture and magnificent gardens. Lunch en route. Back in Istanbul, visit the Grand Bazaar.
Return to your hotel for overnight.

You will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight.

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January 3-March 31, 2018

April 1-October 31, 2018


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