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Highlights of Turkey
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On 10 Day Highlights of Turkey Tours you will visit Istanbul, where ancient traditions and modern cultures span the bridge between two continents and  see the astounding ruins of Ephesus, standing guard over time and cultures, your journey to Turkey is filled with unparalleled experiences. Finally, you will sail over Cappadocia’s distinctive ‘Fairy Chimneys’ in a hot air balloon and sleep in one of the world’s most stunning hotels there.

Day 1 - Sat, Depart US

Depart for Istanbul, Turkey on Turkish Airlines

Day 2 - Sun, Arrive in Istanbul

Upon arrival, after clearing customs meet Troy Tours representative and transfer to your hotel.
Remainder of the day is at your leisure

Day 3 - Mon, Istanbul; Blue Mosque, St Sophia Church, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar

After breakfast, meet your guide at in the lobby to begin your city tour of exotic city of Istanbul. You will tour the Blue Mosque, famous for its blue Iznik tiles. Next is the , the St Sophia, Church of the Holy Wisdom, a Byzantine church built in 537 A.D. famous for its massive dome, it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until the completion of the Seville Cathedral in 1520. You will continue your exploration with the Topkapi Palace the seat of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. Your final stop is exotic Grand Bazaar with its 4000 shops.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch 

Day 4 - Tue, Istanbul

Full day at your leisure
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 - Wed, Istanbul to Cappadocia

After breakfast, transfer to Izmir airport for a short flight to Cappadocia, upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, check in and visit Cappadocia valley rest of the day
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 6 - Thr, Cappadocia

Centuries of erosion from rain, wind, and water shaped Cappadocia into a striking, surreal moonscape of cone-shaped pinnacles and towers, all in a variety of lovely hues and fairy chimneys. 
Today, you'll discover the underground city of Kaymakli, then the Goreme Open Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and view the ancient rock-hewn churches sculpted in the hillsides almost a thousand years ago by the Medieval Christian monks. Continue on to the small town of Urgup, which has many carved dwellings that are still inhabited. Next is the Discovery Series Art of Pottery in Asia Minor event of this afternoon, offering you the opportunity to visit a cave pottery atelier. You will also be able to see some of the local pottery creations in the atelier. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. On this evening's tour, you have the opportunity to witness a ritual dance performance by the Whirling Dervishes, monks of the Mevlevi sect of Islam founded in the 13th century.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7 - Fri, Cappadocia to Izmir - Ephesus and the Selcuk Museum

After breakfast, early AM transfer to airport for a short flight to Izmir on PC3191  
Upon arrival you will be met at the airport by your guide. Drive to Selcuk Museum featuring important artifacts found at the Ephesus. Short distance away is the Ancient Ephesus, once the main harbor on the Aegean, now known for its spectacular antiquities and ruins. See the Library of Celsus, the Temple of Hadrian, Gate of Hercules, Greek Theater, and other temples, baths, and colonnaded avenues. Return to Izmir at the end of the tour. 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 8 - Sat, Izmir - USA

Your tour ends. Early morning transfer to Izmir airport for the journey home.
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch on the flight
 Transatlantic flights on Turkish Airlines
 3 Domestic flights in Turkey
 Accommodations at 4 & 5 star centrally located hotels
 All private airport transfers
 Services of a licensed English speaking guide throughout
 Comprehensive private sightseeing
 All admission fees
 Private air-conditioned deluxe van or motorcoach
 Daily buffet breakfast and one lunch during tour in Cappadocia

Deluxe Traditional

Istanbul: Sura St Sophia Hotel

Along with 2 restaurants, this smoke-free hotel has a bar/lounge and a poolside bar. Other amenities include a coffee shop/café, a snack bar/deli, and coffee/tea in a common area. All 232 soundproofed rooms provide free WiFi, free wired Internet, and 24-hour room service. For a bit of entertainment, LCD TVs come with cable channels, and guests will also appreciate thoughtful touches like bathrobes and slippers.

Cappadocia: Mithra Cave
In the heart of Cappadocia, this cave hotel features a terrace with beautiful views of the surrounding villages and valleys. The hotel features authentic rooms equipped with luxurious amenities and free Wi-Fi.
The Mithra Cave Hotel has cave rooms and rooms with Ottoman and Greek style. They are all traditionally decorated with handcrafts, carpets, and curtains.
Each morning, a rich breakfast buffet is served at the terrace accompanied with beautiful sunrise. Guests can also enjoy the view of hot air balloons rising over the valley.
The center of Goreme is only a 5-minute walk from Mithra Cave Hotel.
Izmir: Key Hotel
Kismet Hotel               In a historic building at the heart of İzmir, the Key is a 34-room luxury hotel. Hotel facilities include a seafront restaurant, bar and a 250-bottle wine cellar. A wellness space with Technogym and Kinesis equipment is featured on site.
The Key’s stylish and elegant rooms have IPTVs, IP Telephones & iPhone docks. There is free internet access throughout the hotel and complimentary non-alcoholic minibar, tea and coffee in guest rooms.
The Lobby Bar is the perfect spot to relax, complete with an array of books and magazines. You may enjoy aromatic coffee blends here or a variety of cocktails and spirits. In-room dining is available 24/7.