2019 Turkey Itinerary (October 1st-12th, 2019) Cost of Land-only portion, per person, based on double-occupancy: $ 3500. Single rooms are occasionally available.
[The next tour in 2020 is May 12-23rd, 2020. The cost for the 2020 tour will be around $3,500 again, based on double occupancy.]
October 1st, Tuesday ARRIVAL Arrival in Istanbul and check in hotel on own during the day. Overnight at our hotel in Istanbul
Oct 02,Wednesday ISTANBUL Kucuk Hagia Sophia, Sokollu Mehmet Pasha, Sultanahmet Mosque. Overnight at our hotel in Istanbul
Oct 03, Thursday ISTANBUL Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace Overnight at our hotel in Istanbul
Oct 04, Friday ISTANBUL / BURSA Leave Istanbul and depart for Bursa. Upon arrival in Bursa visit the Yesil Cami (Green Mosque), the Yesil Turbe (Green Tomb) and the Medrese comples near the tomb, the Ethnographical Museum.The tour continues with the Covered Bazaar, "Bedesten", or the Koza Han, an attractive Ottoman building with its architectural style and also a center of silk trade
Overnight at hotel in Bursa.
Oct 05, Saturday BURSA/ ANKARA After breakfast, lecture at the UluCami in Bursa. Then, depart for Ankara. Overnight at hotel in Ankara.
Oct 06, Sunday ANKARA /CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast, morning visit to Ataturk's mausoleum. Then, leave Ankara and drive to Cappadocia.
Overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Oct 07, Monday CAPPADOCIA Depart for full day Cappadocia tour. First drive to Uchisar, the point where you can see a great part of the region from the top of the natural fortress. Then proceed to the open air museum through Goreme Valley. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant. The last visit will be to Zelve. After having some free time for shopping as the area is known for its handicrafts like carpet, onyx and pottery making, you will return to your hotel.
After some free time, depart for the performance of the Whirling Dervishes. Overnight at hotel in Cappadocia.
Oct 08, Tuesday CAPPADOCIA / KONYA Leave Cappadocia and drive to Konya, visit the mosque of Shems-e-Tabrizi, the spiritual master of Jalal ud-Din Rumi. Overnight at hotel in Konya
Oct 09, Wednesday KONYA / ISTANBUL Spend all day in Konya, visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana Rumi and Mevlana cultural center. Visit Karatay Theological School (madrasa), Sadr ud-Din Qunawi, tomb of Ateshbaz veli, village outside of Konya. End of the day transfer to Konya Airport for the flight to Istanbul. Arrival in Istanbul and drive to hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul. Suggested flight;
Oct 10, Thursday ISTANBUL Tour Uskudar, and visit with Cemalnur Sargut (female Sufi master) . Overnight at your hotel in Istanbul
Oct 11, Friday ISTANBUL Visit Taksim and National Jewish Synagogue, shopping free time. Goodbye dinner. . Overnight at our hotel in Istanbul
Oct 12, Saturday DEPARTURE After breakfast depart from hotel. Transfer to the airport will be on your own.