This 14-day small-group
tour by Argeus
Tourism & Travel begins
in Istanbul and
Ankara, Antalya, Şirince and Pamukkale,
as well as biblical Cappadocia,
and the ancient cities of Ephesus, Aphrodisias, Didyma, Hierapolis,
Perge, Aspendos and Phaselis.
Really, you see all
the high points of Turkey in only two weeks.
The boutique hotels you'll
stay in are among my favorites:
small, charming, historic,
located. You benefit from Argeus's
ability to reserve rooms in these choice
places even at preferred travel
The touring party is limited
to 10 travelers—more
like a group of friends than
a "tour group:" enough fellow travel
enthusiasts to promote camaraderie,
not enough to bog you down.
Argeus's tours offer excellent
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Here are departure dates for 2014:
(Departures on other dates are possible;
rates vary depending on the number
of persons in the group)
May and September are two
of the best months to
travel in Turkey. Tour fee
is about $312 per person per day, a very reasonable
rate for what you get. (See
below for details.)
Here's a short version of
the tour itinerary (click
here for the full
Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul (D)
Transfer to the Blue
Ev) hotel in
Wander and browse
until the evening cocktail reception and briefing by your guide.
Day 2: Istanbul (BLD)
Palace & Harem, Rüstem
Pasha Mosque, Egyptian
(Spice) Bazaar, Grand
Day 3: Istanbul (BLD)
4: Istanbul & Kuşadası (BLD)
then drive to Kuşadası and
the La Vista Hotel.
Day 5: Ephesus (BLD)
of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus,
John's Basilica, Temple
of Artemis, İsa Bey Mosque.
Day 6: Priene, Miletus & Didyma (BLD)
Priene, Miletus, Didyma.
Day 7: Aphrodisias & Pamukkale (BLD)
Hierapolis, Pamukkale. Richmond
Thermal Hotel Pamukkale.
Day 8: Phaselis & Antalya (BLD)
Museum, and the Tuvana Hotel.
Day 9: Perge & Aspendos (BLD)
afternoon at leisure (Lara Beach).
Day 10: Antalya & Konya (BLD)
Drive to Sagalassos, Beyşehir and Konya, Mevlana
tomb of Rumi. Hich Hotel.
Day 11: Silk Road, Ihlara
& Cappadocia (BLD)
Road, Sultanhan, Cappadocia,
Valley, Kale Konak boutique hotel
with cave rooms.
Day 12: Cappadocia (BLD)
Open Air Museum, Paşabağı
Fairy Chimneys Valley, Avanos, Göreme Open
Air Museum, Uçhisar.
Day 13: Cappadocia (BLD)
Valleys, Taşkınpaşa, Mustafapaşa (ancient
City at Kaymaklı.
Day 14: Flight to Istanbul (B)
Flight to Istanbul.
the full, detailed itinerary.
—Minimum 6, maximum 10 persons on
guaranteed departure dates
US$4365 per person double occupancy
(single supplement: US$1000) (contact
Argeus for fees for other dates)
—Infants 0-2 years free; children
2-12 years 50% discount; student (13
to 17 years) discount 10%
Your Tour Includes:
—Accommodation as described
in the tour itinerary
—Most meals, as shown in the
tour description (B= buffet breakfast;
L = lunch; D = dinner)
—Transportation within Turkey,
including flights (but international
transport to Turkey is NOT included),
and ground transport in a luxury air-conditioned
—Licensed professional multilingual
—All admission fees to museums
Your Tour Does NOT Include:
—International airfares (ie,
fee on arrival in Turkey (details)
—Personal travel insurance
—Gratuities (tips), which are
customary, but voluntary at your discretion
You may wish to stay several more
days in Cappadocia (optional, at extra
cost), perhaps to take a hot-air
balloon flight, to hike in
the lovely valleys, sample ithe region's wines,
or explore the local markets.
If so, we can arrange additional hotel
nights, a guide, car-and-driver, rental
car, or any other activities you might
desire. Just let us know.
If you wish, we'll be happy to arrange
additional nights at your hotel in Istanbul
(optional, at extra cost) so you can
shopping or see even more
of the imperial city, perhaps the Great
Palace Mosaic Museum,
or the Archeological
Museums, or the Museum
of Turkish and Islamic Arts.
They're all just a few minutes' stroll
from the hotel.
For more information and availability,
Argeus. When you do,
TTP. Here's why.
—by Tom Brosnahan