DESCRIPTION

This Transat Holidays coach tour is offered in 16 days / 14 nights / 38 meals

With this coach tour, discover an itinerary planned by travel specialists so you see all there is to see in Istanbul, Antalya, Cappadicia and Bolu led by a professional guide.

ITINERARY

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DAY 1 : Canada – Istanbul
Depart for Istanbul.

DAY 2 : Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul. Meet your guide and transfer to your hotel. Begin exploring the city with a visit to the Topkapi Palace, home of the Ottoman Sultans. End the day at the historical Grand Bazaar. Enjoy diner at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (Dîner)

DAY 3 : Istanbul
In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque, known for its six minarets, the Hippodrome of Constantinopole and the imposing Hagia Sophia museum. Take an optional cruise on the Bosphorus to enjoy the best city views and historical monuments Istanbul has to offer. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 4 : Istanbul - Antalya (727 km)
Spend the morning and lunch at your leisure. In the afternoon, transfer to the airport for your flight to Antalya. Arrive at your all-inclusive garden-view resort hotel room and enjoy dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, dinner)

DAY 5 - DAY 8 : Antalya
Spend 4 leisure days enjoying the resort experience and life on the beach. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 9 : Antalya - Perga - Aspendos - Antalya (90 km)
Enjoy an excursion across the coastal plain of Pamphylia to the Greco-Roman city of Perga. See the stadium, colonnaded street and theatre. Continue to Aspendos and visit its 2nd century theatre. After lunch, return to Antalya and take a picturesque stroll through the ancient Greek city of Kaleici. Overnight in Antalya. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 10 : Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia (565 km)
After breakfast, depart for the holy city of Konya and visit the Mevlana Museum, 13th century lodge of the whirling dervishes and named after the Sufi mystic and poet. Stop for photos and a visit to the Alaeddin Mosque. In the afternoon, cross the plain of Konya and stop in a caravanserai an ancient merchant hotel of the Great Seljuk Empire. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 11 : Cappadocia (50 km)
In the morning, experience an optional ride in a hot air balloon ($) over the breathtaking, unforgettable lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Visit the Goreme Valley, an outdoor museum of rock-sculpted churches adorned with biblical frescoes. In the afternoon, learn about Turkish handicrafts and handmade rugs and visit the Underground City. End the day admiring the sunset and amazing landscape from a terrace amongst the vines and enjoy folkloric entertainment during an optional dinner show in a troglodyte restaurant ($). Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 12 : Cappadocia (190 km)
In the morning, depart for Soganli Valley to visit its rocksculpted churches and enjoy a barbecue lunch. In the afternoon, visit the ancient cave dwellings and fairy chimneys of the Avcilar and Kiliçlar Valleys and stop for a photo opportunity at the Uchisar and Pigeon Valleys. Attend an optional ceremony of Turkish whirling dervishes ($). Dine at the hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 13 : Cappadocia - Ankara - Bolu (490 km)
After breakfast, drive along Salt Lake to Ankara, the Turkish capital. Stop for lunch and visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Mausoleum of Ataturk. Head to Bolu for dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Bolu. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 14 : Bolu - Istanbul (260 km)
Depart for Istanbul in the morning. See the residential areas of Asian Istanbul, Camlica Hill and the first suspension bridge built over the Bosphorus. Enjoy some leisure before your farewell dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast, lunch, dinner)

DAY 15 : Istanbul
Spend the day at your leisure. Overnight in Istanbul. (Breakfast)

DAY 16 : Istanbul - Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight. (Breakfast)

ACCOMMODATION (or similar)

  • Istanbul : Aziyade Hotel 4*
  • Antalya : Elize Resort 5*
  • Antalya (jour 9) : Grida City 4*
  • Cappadocia : Mustafa Hotel 4*
  • Bolu : Koru Hotel 4*

DEPARTURES

Departures: May 19, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 16, June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11, August 18, August 25, September 1, September 8, September 15 and September 22, 2013

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip flight in Economy Class
  • Roundtrip transfers between the airport and the hotel on tour dates
  • Flight from Istanbul to Antalya
  • Baggage handling limited to one bag per person
  • Accommodation in double occupancy (standard room) with private facilities
  • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
  • The services of a professional English-speaking guide throughout the tour for departures from Montreal and Toronto
  • The services of a professional French-speaking guide throughout the tour for departures from Montreal
  • Visits mentioned in the tour description

NOT INCLUDED

  • Baggage handling
  • All drinks and wine
  • Meals other than those detailed
  • Gratuities
  • Optional tours
  • Fees for visa if required

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 14 hot or cold buffet breakfasts
  • 12 lunches
  • 12 dinners including welcome and farewell dinners

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour of Istanbul including a visit to the Topkapi Palace, Grand Bazaar, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome of Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia Museum
  • Visit to Aspendos and Perga
  • Tour of the historical city of Antalya
  • Visit to the Mevlana Museum in Konya
  • Excursion across the Konya Plain - Stop at a caravanserai of the Great Seljuk Empire of the 13th century
  • Tour of Cappadocia: see its fairy chimneys, rock-sculpted churches, the Underground City and lunar landscape
  • Panoramic drive along Salt Lake on the way to Ankara
  • Visit to the archaeological Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and Mausoleum of Ataturk
  • Sightseeing tour of Asian Istanbul

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REMARKS

  • Book it fast, the seats are limited.
  • Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is subject to change.
  • Indicated distances are subject to change.
  • Travellers should always cover their shoulders and legs when visiting some religious sites.
  • In Europe, hotel rooms are generally smaller than in North America. There are rarely two double beds in a room. Triple rooms usually feature one double bed and one single bed or three single beds or one double bed and one foldaway bed or two single beds and one foldaway bed.
  • Some types of sports equipment, including golf bags, etc., are not accepted in the rooms. They have to be kept in a specific area, which is usually locked
  • All hotels provide towels; some do not offer face cloths.
  • In most European countries the voltage is 220V.
  • This information is subject to change.