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2021 Dates & Prices Single Supplement: $900
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Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, but does include intra-flight from Istanbul-Ankara.
Arrival and departure transfers are only included for flights to Istanbul Airport (IST) and from Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport (ADB).

Passengers arriving on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 5:00 PM.

During Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 11, 2021), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.


Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days, as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however a majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Bus rides to Cappadocia and Antalya are approximately six to seven hours, and rides to Pamukkale and Bodrum are approximately five to six hours. Those who are claustrophobic or have preexisting knee or back conditions may want to avoid visiting the Underground Cities in Cappadocia. Passageways are narrow and may require crouching to navigate. Some hotels in Cappadocia are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is a Classic program For more information, click here.

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Flights New York-Istanbul, Izmir-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Intra-flight Istanbul-Ankara
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 14 nights First Class accommodations
    • 2 nights Istanbul
    • 1 night Ankara
    • 3 nights Cappadocia
    • 2 nights Antalya
    • 1 night Pamukkale
    • 3 nights Bodrum
    • 2 nights Izmir
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 14 breakfasts, 7 dinners (including welcome & farewell dinners)
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features

Special Features

  • Discover Istanbul’s extraordinary sights including the Blue Mosque, St. Sophia and Topkapi Palace
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic
  • Explore the ancient city of Hattusa, capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age
  • See the extraordinary's "fairy chimneys" and the Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Explore the 13th-century Caravanserai of Agzikarahan, a large abandoned city, built on the Silk Road
  • Visit the Pamphylian city of Perge and the ancient city of Aspendos
  • Discover the ancient city of Termessos, built high in the Taurus Mountains
  • View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Admire Myndos Gate, the only surviving gate of the two original entrances to ancient Halicarnassus
  • Walk through the ancient city of Ephesus and learn about its history
  • During the city tour of Izmir, visit the Roman Agora and view the city’s landmark the Clock Tower

†Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

Is This Trip Right for You?

This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days, as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however a majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs, steps, and significant slopes. Bus rides to Cappadocia and Antalya are approximately six to seven hours, and rides to Pamukkale and Bodrum are approximately five to six hours. Those who are claustrophobic or have preexisting knee or back conditions may want to avoid visiting the Underground Cities in Cappadocia. Passageways are narrow and may require crouching to navigate. Some hotels in Cappadocia are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. A variety of airfare options are available for this program, including some low-cost fares which may exclude complimentary checked luggage and advance seat assignments. Please read each offering to ensure you choose the option that best fits your wishes. This is a Classic program For more information, click here.

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DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Istanbul
Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, at approximately 7 PM, attend an orientation meeting at with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner at the hotel. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Full Day Istanbul Tour
Begin your day at the magnificent Blue Mosque with its six minarets. The stunning interior decor, shimmering with over 21,000 blue Iznik tiles, is highlighted by the beautiful floral designs displaying traditional lily, carnation, tulip and rose motifs. On to the Hippodrome that served as a stadium for chariot racing and public gatherings. Continue with a visit to St. Sophia, its massive dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century - architects still marvel at the building's many innovations, once considered the greatest church in Christendom. It was proclaimed a mosque soon after the conquest of the city by the Ottomans in 1453, that later was converted to a museum. Afterward, arrive at Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between the 15th and 19th centuries. The jeweled turban crests, silken caftans and priceless Chinese porcelains of the palace bear witness to the grandeur of a bygone era. End the day at the Grand Bazaar, a favorite place for shopping. You can wander the labyrinth of streets and passages with more than 4,000 shops displaying jewelry, leather goods, carpets and more
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Flight to Ankara
This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Ankara, the capital and second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum's unique exhibits feature Anatolian archaeological artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic Age. Continue to the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, view the vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo-Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and that of Ataturk himself, beneath which lies his tomb.
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Visit Hattusa en route to Cappadocia
Today, depart Ankara and head south towards Cappadocia. Along the way, stop at the ancient city of Hattusa, which was the capital of the Hittite Empire in the late Bronze Age and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. View the famous Lion's Gate, with its rich ornamentation and King's Gate, with its large-scale relief. Visit the impressive citadel that was also the royal residence and explore the Great Temple, dedicated to the supreme deities of the Hittites. Afterward, continue the drive to Cappadocia. Arrive at the hotel in time for dinner
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Explore Cappadocia
Embark on a full day tour of Cappadocia, famed for its temples and houses that are cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations. Visit the Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Goreme Valley to see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Continue to the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx. Visit a local pottery shop before driving to Pasabag Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monks. Marvel at the surreal landscape of mushroom shaped rock formations. Afterward, visit a carpet atelier and watch a demonstration of traditional Turkish carpet weaving. Return to the hotel with free time before dinner tonight
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Full Day Cappadocia Tour
Today, the exploration of Cappadocia begins at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis that features a maze of narrow tunnels and rooms carved from soft volcanic rock. Continue to Guvercinlik (Pigeon's Valley), an area that housed countless pigeons during ancient times, and Güllüdere (Rose Valley) boasting the best views of fairy-chimneys, before returning to the hotel. Spend time at leisure before dinner. Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing, Konya, Antalya
Today, depart in the early morning and travel to Antalya. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Agzikarahan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road. Its main portal gate, adorned with geometric motifs, is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. During the Seljuk period, trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the traveling traders. The caravanserai provided these traders with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. Afterward, head to Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, housing the tomb of the 13th century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. Continue the drive towards Antalya, passing through lush forests, orchards and olive groves. Arrive in Antalya for overnight
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9, Tuesday - Antalya City Tour, Perge and Aspendos
Antalya was founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Long popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to historic ruins in the surrounding area. Take a city tour of Antalya that includes Hadrian's Gate, the Clock Tower, city walls dating back to the 2nd century and a visit to the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years. Then, explore the Pamphylian city of Perge with a history that dates back to the Bronze Age. View the remains of the well-preserved stadium and amphitheater, along with the agora and Roman baths. Continue to the ancient city of Aspendos with its best-preserved Roman theater in Turkey. The theater known for its superb acoustics is still in use, as the stage for the Aspendos International Opera Festival. Return to your hotel and spend time at leisure
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Wednesday - Ancient City of Termessos, Pamukkale
This morning, depart for Pamukkale. Along the way, stop to visit the ancient city of Termessos, built high in the Taurus Mountains at an altitude of approximately 3,300 feet. Due to its remarkable location, the city of Termessos is also called the Eagle's Nest. Explore the ancient site and learn about its history. View the lower city walls, temples and monuments. Admire the spectacular theater, that seated around 4,000 spectators, perched perilously on the hillside, with incredible views of the surrounding mountains. Afterward, continue your journey. Arrive in Pamukkale for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Pamukkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Necropolis & Hierapolis, Bodrum
Depart Pamukkale this morning and drive to Bodrum. En route, stop to visit the Necropolis, a burial ground covered in limestone with ornately decorated marble tombs and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City", situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the Roman ruins of the ancient city and health resort since the 2nd century BC. Later, arrive in the seaside city of Bodrum and check in to your hotel
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Bodrum City Tour
Begin your morning city tour of Bodrum at Crusader Castle, housing Turkey's Museum of Underwater Archeology. The museum features some of the world's oldest known shipwrecks. Later, view the historical windmills standing near the Bodrum harbor before heading to the imposing Myndos Gate. It was constructed in the 4th century BC by King Mausolos and is the only surviving gate of the two original entrances to ancient Halicarnassus. Continue to the Bodrum Amphitheater, one of the city's great historic monuments. Finish the tour at the market for some shopping before heading back. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13, Saturday - Full Day in Bodrum
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Bodrum to explore on your own. Perhaps, head to the beach for a swim in the clear blue waters of the Aegean Sea!
Overnight: Bodrum
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14, Sunday - Ancient Ephesus, Izmir
Depart Bodrum this morning and travel to the ancient city of Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the ancient world" once stood. The ruins at Ephesus are among the best preserved in the region. Now an open-air archaeological museum, Ephesus was once home to notable philosophers, gladiators, and rulers. Walk along the 2000 year old marble and cobblestone streets. The Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, and the two-storied Library of Celsus are some of the ancient sites you'll behold on the walking tour. Visit the Great Theatre, where St. Paul preached and one of the largest theaters in antiquity. Visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary near a grove of olive trees, believed to be her last residence. Afterward, continue to Izmir for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Monday - Izmir City Tour
Embark on a morning tour of the port city of Izmir, known historically as Smyrna with over 3500 years of history. Admire the ancient Roman Agora and learn about Izmir's fascinating past. View one of the city's famous landmarks the Clock Tower. Afterward, visit the bazaar and browse the colorful stalls for souvenirs. The afternoon is free for individual explorations. Tonight, gather for a Farewell Dinner - share wonderful memories of your journey and bid goodbye to Turkey, your Tour Manager, and your newfound friends
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16, Tuesday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Whirling Dervishes Performance

Also known as the "Sema Ritual", Whirling Dervish performances began with the inspiration of Mawlana Jalaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. The captivating dance of the Whirling Dervishes, which displays infinite spinning in perfect harmony, is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture. It is a rare opportunity to experience a seven-century old ritual, featuring beautiful costumes, live music with flutes, string and percussion, and the amazing sight of the Dervishes whirling on the stage.

Approximate tour duration is 3 hours.

Day #7 01 Apr 2021 - 31 Dec 2022 $50.00
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13 Day Affordable Turkey, December 2019
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It was wonderful! The highlight of the trip was our tour guide, Cagdas. The knowledge of his country and its history was outstanding in addition of being very dedicated to the group and our well being. Our luggage did not arrive in Istanbul and he was key in retrieving our luggage before we left to Canakkale. This has been the best trip ever. And my family enjoy the same way as I did. Gate 1 has great guides and drivers. The bus and the hotels were all first class and the organization of every tour, lunch, dinner, shows, were 100% on time and excellent, making it transparent for us, the traveler. Great Job Gate 1.

Cristiane A. Miami, FL
13 Day Affordable Turkey, November 2019
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Fantastic. Perfect time, not hot and humid, not crowded. Driver Ruffat was excellent. Tour coordinator/guide Dilek was superb, very intelligent and knowledgeable, has a very good sense of humor and very attentive to the minutest details of our needs. A real people's person. She really is a big asset to Gate 1. An excellent tour coordinator and guide. Hotels and locations were great, staff service was excellent, tours were great and very informative and educational, and above all tour price was unbeatable. My wife and I and my sister in law plan to do this trip again with the rest of our family members in the future.

David B. Cypress, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, November 2019
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It was awesome we are so satisfied with Gate 1 Travel our friends were amazed with all the the hotels, cities, driver and Dalin the guide was amazing and his knowledge of the culture really made our trip amazing. I can’t stop thanking Gate 1 for this amazing experience. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.

Carol R. Doral, FL
13 Day Affordable Turkey, October 2019
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It was great. We learnt so much about the country. Really happy the way the tour was run. Our guide Dalim was one of the best guides we have ever had. What an amazing man with such a great heart and so patient. He has so much knowledge, there wasn’t any question he couldn’t answer. We would definitely recommend Gate 1 Travel to anyone wanting to travel. Very very happy. Thank you so much.

Wendy V. Warnbro, Australia
13 Day Turkish Treasures, September 2019
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It was an absolutely wonderful trip. Every day was packed with so many important and beautiful things to see. Our tour guide Erdal did a fantastic job--his knowledge of the country was nothing short of impressive. Thanks to Gate 1 for this beautiful experience!

Deborah T. Vineland, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, September 2019
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We would highly recommend this trip. . Our guide was terrific. His name was Emray. The history of Turkey is fascinating. I took a 12 week lecture course prior to departure and our guide was very accurate and enthusiastic. The hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia was great fun. Many friends and family members were concerned for our safety before we left. Their concern was completely unfounded. We found the Turkish people, that we came into contact with, to be very welcoming and friendly. Thank you for offering this opportunity.

Ed B. North Chesterfield, VA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, September 2019
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Our trip was wonderful. We had an amazing time and enjoyed it very much . But the best part of the trip was our tour guide, Mr. Tan. He was the most knowledgeable guide we had ever. The pride in his country, his heritage and his obvious love of history impressed everyone on the trip. Thanks to him we learned a lot about Turkish history and culture. This trip was an amazing introduction to Turkey.

Nataliya P. Brooklyn, NY
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2019
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My trip was amazing like the previous one, I had a wonderful time. Everything went smoothly from day one till I returned home safe. Thank you Gate 1. And special thanks to our guide Sayat who made our stay pleasant and fun; he is so kind, funny, he took good care of us like we were a family. Gate 1 is lucky to have him. I am looking forward to my next trip with you which I've already booked.

Maral T. Québec, Canada
Turkish Odyssey, June 2019
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The Turkey tour was fantastic! Wonderful accommodation, small group with great people, clean and comfortable bus, and a GREAT guide, Sayat!

James K. Calgary, AB
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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Our Turkey trip was intense ( a lot of walking ) but wonderful in many ways. The history is just amazing. Walking through the ruins of ancient civilization thousands of years ago was surreal. Our tour director Metin was excellent/ very knowledgeable in the history of Ancient times as well as Turkey. The tour driver Kadir was great as well. Thank you for being a part of a wonderful/ memorable trip.

Marylou S. East Brunswick, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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We had a wonderful time and was quite amazed at Turkey overall. It was nothing like what we were expecting. We never felt unsafe which for many people is a reason for not going. Highlights were the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, in Istanbul, Ephesus and Heiropolis on the road and, of course Cappadocia. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Arlene S. Ontario, Canada
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2019
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Our trip was awesome, excellent selection of cities, perfect location of hotels, and most of all the guide, Cagdas (hoping pronounced correctly) was very informative, accommodative and professional. Last but not the least the driver Farhaat, never made us think that we were in the bus and his driving was flawless. Once again very memorable trip and hopefully we will be looking for further Gate 1 tours.

Mohammedi and Farida S. Stirling, Australia
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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I can't think of any other word to describe our trip to The Magnificent Turkish Treasure. What an amazing itinerary........The hot air balloon ride in Coppadocia, Pamukkale, Ephesus and the visit to the House of the Virgin Mary, the underground city and all the other sites. It was an awesome and unforgettable trip. Our Tour Director Mehmet is a walking encyclopedia (I'll give him a 10). Our hotels are all 5 stars. Gate 1 you're # 1! This is our 6 Gate 1 trip. I'm in the process of booking Egypt and Morocco.

Vincent and Aurora L. Dumont, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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Our trip to Turkey was great! I had a fabulous time. I would like to especially commend our awesome tour manager, Dilek. With her degree in Archaeology, she is extremely knowledgeable of the complicated history of Turkey. We got in depth information of all the sights we visited. She has a great sense of humor which made those long drives fun and interesting. She is very good with people and managed to keep everything harmonious and on schedule despite the 41 personalities she had to deal with. She ensured that all our needs were taken cared of and reasonable requests were accommodated. In addition, I would also like to mention that Ekrem is an excellent driver who made sure that we got to our destination safely. He kept the bus clean and orderly at all times which made the bus rides very pleasant. Gate 1 is very fortunate to have both Dilek and Ekrem on your team.

Eloisa C. San Bruno, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2019
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It was a wonderful trip! It was my first trip with a tour and also my first with Gate 1. It exceeded my expectations. Turkey was amazing and the experience Gate 1 provided allowed me to experience this. The tour agenda was physically tiring, but to be expected for the amount of activities and distances traveled throughout Turkey. Particularly I need to give credit to the Tour Manager, Ender, who was absolutely fantastic - extraordinarily knowledgeable, caring and friendly, and looked out for our best interests, safety, and just went above and beyond. It was a memorable trip. Thanks Gate 1 for the entire experience!

Geraldine K. San Gabriel, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, April 2019
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We really enjoyed our trip to Turkey. Our guide had a PHD in History and really knew the history and the culture of the country. The hotels, food and the people of Turkey were great. The entire trip was very well organized. I would truly recommend this trip. Thank you Gate 1!

Frederick S. Lutz, FL
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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We had a great trip. The guide Cagdas and our driver Kadir were excellent. Cagdas managed to teach us a lot of history in an interesting way so that no one was bored. A highlight was the balloon ride and I would advise everyone to try it. The accommodation and included meals were very good.

Maureen M. New South Wales, Australia
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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It was a wonderful trip! We want to especially commend our guide, Ahmet. He was possibly the BEST GUIDE we have had with Gate 1 or any other travel company. Turkey has a complicated and very long history compared to many other places we have visited. He was extremely knowledgeable about all the places we visited, and gave us appropriate in-depth information based on our interests. I had done some preliminary reading on ancient history, and when quizzed, he definitely knew his stuff! Big smile! He handled the sensitive religious transitions and eras perfectly - he gave narratives about the different times and transitions without offending any culture or belief system. Not an easy thing to do in some cases... He would offer an opinion at times, but would ALWAYS preface these comments as his opinion and not as a 'fact'. This was much appreciated by all in our group. Above all, Ahmet had a very funny sense of humor and we would all laugh at some of the 'lost in translation' and different cultural difference situations. He is extremely kind, and always put the needs of his customers, us, in first place and did everything in his power to keep 29 different personalities all in a 'happy place'. He is completely thorough in his duties, and executes these duties flawlessly. I have some special dietary needs, and he always attempted to do his best to make sure that I was accommodated. He worked diligently with the hotels to help everyone with their needs. You have a valuable employee, thank you for sharing him with us.

Kathryn K. Chandler, AZ
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2019
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What a fabulous time Elizabeth and I had, it was great. As usual Gate 1 ticked all the boxes, fantastic guide (a walking history book), wonderful driver, beautiful hotels, great food, lots of "pit stops" and lots of time for good photo opportunities. Turkey itself was amazing - the incredible history, the ruins, the bazaars, Gallipoli - what can I say, one of the best trips Elizabeth and I have ever done. We loved Istanbul, felt safe all the time walking around on our own and the Turkish people were very welcoming. I would recommend this trip to anyone. Can't wait for the cruise in October!

Jean S. Tasmania, Australia
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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Our tour of Turkey was wonderful! The group we traveled with was well-suited to each other, and our tour guide, Ender, was a wealth of information. Thank you for a great experience Gate 1!

Ann T. Fallbrook, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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It was excellent. Our tour guide, Senol, was easily the best guide we have ever had ... Turkey is a wonderful country ... Senol was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of background information - he was a school teacher before and he still has good teaching skills. Our fellow travelers were a fun bunch and we enjoyed each other's company ...

Sheila V. San Jose, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2019
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Fantastic despite of the cold weather. Kudos to our tour guide Senol who is very knowledgeable, good sense of humor, always have a way for us to feel comfortable and at ease. I’m looking forward to my next trip, a River Cruise to Russia. And also a big thank you to our reservation agent for all of her quick responses to all my questions. Gate 1 .... the best!!!!

Janice R. San Antonio, TX
13 Day Affordable Turkey, November 2018
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We had a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed Turkey. Our guide Shenoy was superb. Very patient and very well versed with history, geography and all aspects of Turkey. We enjoyed the coastal Turkey as well as the central part of Turkey. Great food, and very hospitable people. Gate 1 did it again!

Lalitha R. Laguna Niguel, CA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2018
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Fantastic our guide Aykut was wonderful & so passionate about his country and history .... 27 years of experience and a former teacher. We will be recommending Gate 1 to our friends and family, excellent service, hotels and food.

Donald S. NSW, Australia
13 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2018
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We travel a lot. For us this is the most memorable trip of our life. Gate 1 did not leave us with anything to complain about. Hotels were beautiful, food was excellent. Our tour Guide was an awesome person, very kind and always helpful. He explained every little detail about the History of Turkey.

Margaret S. Ashburn, VA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2018
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I had a wonderful time and was quite amazed at Turkey overall. It was nothing like what I was expecting. Sinol, the Gate 1 guide, was excellent, he had a great sense of humour and a wealth of knowledge not just on Turkey but the whole region. The accommodation was also excellent.

Donald D. Northern Territory, AU
13 Day Turkish Treasures, July 2018
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The trip was pleasant and the tour guid Mr. Namik is very professional. Hopefully will go back again to Turkey, there are so many cultural and historical places to explore.

Nidal S. Nutley, NJ
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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We would like to thank gate 1 travel it is the first time we traveled with you. And believe us it wont be the last. We are amazed with all your organization your planning...Now let us talk about Ender. He was just the best guide in the world. Kind, loves his country and he transmitted to us all his passion, smart, very cordial, taking care of all of us at all times. There are not enough words to describe him. He was a big part of a successful trip. The driver was an excellent, very kind, just an amazing person. We cannot thank you enough for this wonderful trip, your staff is just perfect and they transmitted to us all good vibes. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lizzet D. Mission, TX
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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The trip was great! In fact It was the best experience I ever had. Very comfortable upscale service. Thoughtfully designed visiting schedule. Knowledgable, friendly and charismatic tour director Ender.

Vladimir Y. Brooklyn, NY
13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2018
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Our trip to Turkey was outstanding! Our guide, Yucel, was a treasure trove of history, archaeology and culture. We learned so much about Turkey that we did not know. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering in the least.

Marlo F. Durango, CO
10 Day Essential Turkey, March 2018
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We had another fabulous trip with Gate 1...The people were kind and hospitable. They thanked us for coming to visit. The country is clean from garbage, homelessness and drugs. We never felt unsafe which for many people is a reason for not going. Our Tour manager/ guide was top notched Delek Celek. She kept us entertained, ontime and was a delight. She was so knowledgable about her country and all the events within her country. We loved Turkey and I was so happy to spread the word through Facebook our wonderful trip. Everything was perfect!!!!!!!!

Suzanne G. Astoria, OR
10 Day Essential Turkey, March 2018
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Fabulous trip. I cannot day enough good things about our guide, Senol. He was absolutely the best. His intimate knowledge of Turkey mixed with his humor made the trip delightful. Everything was managed so well that we didn’t have to worry about anything. The accommodations exceeded our expectations and the buses were very comfortable. Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! And a special thanks to Senol for making me fall in love with Turkey!

Linda B. Payson, UT
10 Day Essential Turkey, December 2017
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In a nutshell, the trip was fabulous in every respect. I could not have been more pleased with the quality of service and all the amazing experiences that were included. The trip was made even more special by the attention, knowledge and caring of our guide, Oguz. He provided a wonderful introduction to his country and was top-notch, truly. I look forward to more adventures with Gate 1!

Kathy H. Apatos, CA
10 Day Essential Turkey, November 2017
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We had a wonderful time. Had the best guide, excellent service, good tour, comfortable bus for land tours and hotels. Balloon ride was terrific. Our group was very friendly. Ender, our tour manager was the best! His superb knowledge of history and top rated hand-holding service at every step of the way is acknowledged. He is an asset to Gate1.

Dilip S. Boca Raton, FL
10 Day Essential Turkey , October 2017
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Excellent: Delivered all as promised, price/value was right on. Our guide, Namik, was very well-informed skillful at imparting knowledge, and receptive to questions. He was pleasant, humorous, helpful, and went out of his way to get our group the balloon ride in Cappadocia the day after it had been scrubbed due to weather. The itinerary was excellent, though the early mornings were wearing. Highlights were the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi, in Istanbul, Ephesus and Heiropolis on the road and, of course Cappadocia and the balloon ride. Bus was comfortable and the drivers very professional. Gate 1 gets high marks. I'm already booked for Morocco in December 2018.

Van Z. Ballston Spa, NY
13 Day Turkish Treasures , July 2017
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The trip to Turkey was awesome. Really enjoyed and the tour guide was very knowledgeable and made sure we were all taken care of. Would definitely recommend this trip.

Raziya A. Atlanta, GA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, June 2017
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The trip was amazing. We had a great tour guide. The only thing was it was packed with lots of events and we had to wake up early every morning. But other than that it was a great trip.

Harry M. Chino Hills, CA
13 Day Affordable Turkey , November 2016
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Our trip was wonderful. The weather cooperated so NO RAIN. Our guide was excellent--very personable and knowledgeable and a lot of fun. Driver was excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary. Having been to Turkey previously, we liked seeing different sites, especially the school and having lunch in a private home.

Martha E. Westerville, OH
13 Day Affordable Turkey , October 2016
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Our trip was excellent and our host Ender was really good.

Salim J. San Antonio, TX
13 Day Affordable Turkey , October 2016
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The trip was well organized and the tour manager Ender is very through with his schedule and the time. We really liked the Turkey over all and enjoyed very much. we will look forward some other country tours in the near future.

Anji P. Monmouth Jct, NJ
13 Day Essential Turkey, October 2016
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The trip was great. It met and exceeded all our expectations. Sayat, our guide, was wonderful. His knowledge, experience, and passion really made a huge difference for all of us. Thank you for a great experience.

Laura C. San Diego, CA
15 Day Turkish Treasures, October 2016
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We had a fabulous time. It is certainly the best trip we have taken for many reasons. I was a little nervous to go because of recent unrest in the country but we are so glad that we went. Ender, our guide, was so informed and spoke in depth about all the sites we visited and we learned so much about the people and their history.He also was very kind and warm and we felt like family by the end of the trip. Gate 1 also went over the top in many respects on our trip; we had a full-size tour bus even though our group was small. Also, on the Bosphorous cruise we had a full ship to tour the sites. The sights were amazing! The Cappadocia balloon ride was breathtaking and the ancient sites that were so well preserved had us believing we were a little Roman, All in all a wonderful and memorable trip.

Julia A. Kansas City, KS
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2016
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Thank you! It was beyond my wildest expectations. Our guide, Namik, had an incredible grasp of the history and religion from antiquity to contemporary times. This enriched our experience and enlivened a simple walk down an ancient street cobbled by the Romans or a view of a mother goddess crafted by the Catalhoyuk. Nami also found opportunities to build connection with the culture. For example, enjoying a Turkish quesadilla prepared by mother and daughter on a domed grill over a wood fire, as he interpreted a lively conversation. Or the time we visited the school and later the carpet center. Precious moments with Turkish people between amazing landscapes, history, and photo ops that deepened my own love of the country and the people. All other Gate 1 personnel were equally professional and efficient. I was met promptly at the airport on arrival. The bus driver was both skilled and careful and managed tiny city streets, curving mountain roads, and highways with the same exceptional skill. And upon leaving for home our, transfer was at the hotel just before 3:00 a.m. and took us through the airport to gate security to be sure we got where we were going. All accommodations were excellent and the only problem with the food is that there was too much of it all the time! One thing the hotels could improve upon is the beds. The Legacy Ottoman and the Renaissance both in Istanbul were great. But after that not so much! I was so pleased to see that Gate 1 is still offering a full schedule of the 13 Day Turkish Treasures Tour next spring. I went at a bit of a risky time though US State Dept. had already lowered the risk just before I left. I never felt unsafe or threatened at any time during my stay. I will absolutely take the Eastern Turkey Tour should it ever come to fruition - might even take the Western tour again! I cannot recommend more highly the tour and this particular team. It was the constant support of guide and driver that made the trip so exceptional.

Angela M. Portsmouth, NH
13 Day Turkish Treasures, August 2016
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The Turkey trip was wonderful, we got to see and do so many things, Turkey is amazing. Sad to see tourism down and being there, there doesn't seem to be a reason for it. We felt very safe everywhere we went, taxi's, metro and walking great distances both at night and during the day. Turkish people are very welcoming and so friendly, we never worried for our safety. Our tour manager was very knowledgeable and shared so much information with us. I definitely would go back, but there are so many places to see in the world. On to the next adventure.

Nancy G. Pittsboro, NC
13 Day Turkish Treasures , August 2016
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We had an amazing time in Turkey. Now that we are home settling in and continuing to unpack, so many special memories are coming back to us. What an amazing trip. And what amazing people. It truly is a shame to see the hit that their tourism industry is taking right now. I have been recommending everyone I know to check out the Gate 1 Travel Turkey itineraries and not to hesitate to go. The entire time we felt safe and enjoyed every second of this adventure.

Drew W. Sunnyvale, CA
12 Day Istanbul & Athens with 6 Day Iconic Aegean Cruise , June 2016
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We had an amazing trip! I'm so happy with our guides - Senol (Istanbul) and Panos (Greek Island cruise) were both fantastic. My daughter and I participated in a few organized tours, but primarily investigated on our own. Both Senol and Panos gave excellent restaurant and attraction/sightseeing suggestions, clear travel directions and many helpful hints to make our trip easier. It was a fantastic experience and I am so glad we went. As with our previous travel through Gate 1, I am very satisfied with all of the arrangements and the ease of booking. In spite of the violence in Istanbul, I am recommending this trip to my friends. Best wishes and safe travels to Senol and Panos

Christine Q. Baraboo, WI
13 Day Turkish Treasures , June 2016
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It was fabulous! Sayat was a fantastic guide and we had a wonderful time in Turkey.

Daniel P. Roswell, GA
13 Day Turkish Treasures, May 2016
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Our trip was well planned, safe, comfortable, educational and entertaining. I would recommend Turkey's adventure to any one who ever dreamed to see the wonders of Istanbul, who wanted to tour the ancient cities of Troy, Ephesus or Pamphylian, who never lost a desire to experience scenery of the hot springs of Pamukkale or magnificent landscape of Cappadocia from above the ground. Gate 1 helps to make those dreams come true making adventure worthwhile.

Krzysztof L. Chicago, IL
13 Day Turkish Treasures , May 2016
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It was a great trip , enjoyed it very much , wonderful tour guide and staff , great hotels and best food and most of all a magnificent journey in a great land and wonderful hospitable people

Abdul M. W Bloomfield, MI
13 Day Turkish Treasures , May 2016
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Our trip to Turkey was amazing!!!! We are so impressed with Gate 1, and we loved everything about our vacation. A huge congratulations to Metin and our driver "Jason" and the assistant Medgit (I apologize for the spelling!) for providing us with the BEST possible vacation. We could not have asked for friendlier people. The knowledge of all three, especially Metin, and their absolute patience and kindness is something to be marveled at...I wish I could have Metin as my guide for every single vacation we decide to go on next-he was truly remarkable! My husband and I have done nothing but tell people about Gate 1, and what a BEAUTIFUL, hospitable, safe country Turkey is-and we urge them all to travel with your company. Thank you all again for all of your hard work, and to all the behind the scenes people in the offices that don't get enough credit for organizing everything, thank you too!

Dyanna S. Sedona, AZ

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