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Published Aug 12, 2023
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Get ready to discover the enchanting landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality that define this remarkable destination.
Whirling dervishes, Photo by svklimkin on Unsplash
Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Turkish culture, where East meets West, and a fascinating blend of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, and Ottoman influences converge. Watch the mesmerizing Whirling Dervishes, who spin in mystical devotion, and the skilled pottery makers of Avanos, whose hands shape exquisite clay into timeless works of art. Delve into the country's diverse traditions, sample mouthwatering culinary delights, and encounter warm hospitality at every turn.
Travertine terraces, Pamukkale
Prepare to be mesmerized by Turkey's landscapes. Marvel at the otherworldly rock formations of Cappadocia as you glide over them in a hot air balloon. Explore Pamukkale's stunning white travertine terraces, known as "Cotton Castle." And soak up the sun on pristine Mediterranean beaches along the Turquoise Coast. With each new destination, nature's beauty will leave an indelible mark on your soul.
Library of Celsus, Ephesus
From the ancient ruins of Ephesus to the majestic Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey boasts an impressive array of UNESCO World Heritage Sites that showcase its rich historical significance. Wander through the ancient city of Troy, where legends were born. Stand in awe at the at Hagia Sophia, a masterpiece of Byzantine architecture. And step back in time at Hierapolis, a remarkable archaeological site from ancient times. These extraordinary places will transport you through centuries of history.
* Advertised prices may include an "Instant Savings" discount and/or sale discount, available for a limited time. Prices reflect these discounts. Advertised prices are per person, based on double occupancy; single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge. Advertised prices are the best available based on the least expensive travel dates, departure city, and other options, and do not include optional excursions or other optional items. Your total price will vary based upon the dates, flights, and other options you select during the booking process. For packages including flights, prices include Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee, but do not include excess baggage fees or advance seat reservations. Prices and availability subject to change. More about our prices.

† The Carefree Booking policy is not travel insurance and only applies to a new booking—defined as booking without the use of funds on file from a previous cancellation. With our Carefree Booking policy, if you book one of our scheduled departures and decide later not to travel for any reason, you can transfer all payments you've made excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets, towards another available departure date or package, with no change fees or penalties.

Alternately, you can choose to receive a future travel credit for all payments made, excluding the cost of any issued flight tickets; or you can choose to receive a refund for that same amount, minus the deposit, per person future travel credit.

You may use these credits anytime, however they must be used or transferred within 5 years of your booking.

The Carefree Booking policy only applies to your original booking—limiting rebookings to one. Subsequent bookings will be subject to standard cancellation penalties. Additionally, any coupon or discount (other than our Instant Savings) does not transfer from the cancelled booking and therefore will not be applied to the new booking.

Travel protection premiums may be credited to your new tour provided: no claim is filed; (no vendor penalties such as Air, sea or rail etc have been incurred); and your new trip departs within 1 year of the cancellation of your original tour.

Valid for bookings made on or after September 23, 2022 Offer may not be available on all packages, including private and custom group departures and Biblical Journeys. Changes or cancellations requested after final payment due date are subject to our regular change and cancellation fees & policies. For more information and some additional restrictions, see our terms & conditions.

†† $199 deposit available on select packages. Valid for new bookings only. Changes to your package, departure date, or flights may require an increased deposit. If you select our optional travel protection plan, the premium will be added to your deposit. See additional terms & conditions.

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