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Turkey, Land of Contrasts

2015 Prices From $4,795 plus on-tour air for 12 Days - Tauck World Discovery

Turkey is truly a land of contrasts, from the blending of east and west as Europe meets Asia in sophisticated Istanbul to people living in homes they’ve dug into the side of a bluff in the Göreme Valley, as you’ll learn on this latest of Tauck’s Turkey tours. Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace tell stories from antiquity in Istanbul; magnificent Ephesus brings the Greeks and Romans into focus; and the fanciful rock formations called "fairy chimneys" have tales to tell about both ancient days and today. Glimpse modern daily life in the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, and imagine it when surrounded by ruins of shops dating back to the Romans and beyond in Perge and the Agora at Izmir, once the marketplace of ancient Smyrna. Gain insights into the mysticism of the Whirling Dervishes... explore an underground refuge of the early Christians... and float over eerie landscapes in a hot air balloon! Discover the contrasts for yourself on these intriguing Turkey tours.

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  1. Itinerary
  2. Pricing & Availability
  3. Accommodations
  4. Before You Go
  5. Reviews (20)
  6. Packing Tips

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Istanbul

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    Day 2

    Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, a yali & more in Istanbul

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    Day 3

    Hagia Sofia & the Blue Mosque

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    Day 4

    Off to Izmir for a winery lunch & the ruins of ancient Smyrna

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    Day 5

    Ancient Ephesus

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    Day 6

    Antalya & the ruins of Perge

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    Day 7

    Archaeology in Antalya

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    Day 8

    Konya, Rumi's tomb & Catalhöyük

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    Day 9

    Cappadocia & the Underground City

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    Day 10

    From Göreme's Fairy Chimneys to Whirling Dervishes

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    Day 11

    Meanwhile, back in Istanbul... the Spice Bazaar & more

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    Day 12

    Homeward bound

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    Note: For activities marked with an asterisk (*), participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

The Tauck Difference

Visited Turkey on my third Tauck tour and I will travel no other way. The trip was incredibly enhanced by the expertise, sense of humor and genuine caring for our well-being by our Tauck Director, whose intense love of history brought everything alive. And I must put in a good word for our local guide in Turkey, a very special person who complemented our Tauck Director in every way. I am anticipating my next trip!

Ellie Fishman, NY

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