13 Day Turkish Treasures

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13 Day Turkish Treasures

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Hotel Dates Embark Tour Starts Ship Land Only Air & Land
Thu, May 19  (Sold Out) $1699 $2959*
Mon, May 23  (Sold Out) $1749 $2959*
$1749 $2889*
Thu, Jun 09  (Sold Out) $1749 $2889*
$1749 $3079*
$1709 $3229*
$1559 $3089*
$1559 $3089*
$1609 $3069*
$1509 $2929*
$1749 $3149*
$1459 $2899*
$1409 $3099*
Thu, Sep 01  (Sold Out) $1749 $2889*
Mon, Sep 05  (Sold Out) $1749 $2739*
Thu, Sep 08  (Sold Out) $1709 $2509*
$1709 $2519*
Thu, Sep 15  (Sold Out) $1749 $2719*
Mon, Sep 19  (Sold Out) $1749 $2719*
Thu, Sep 22  (Sold Out) $1749 $2559*
Mon, Sep 26  (Sold Out) $1749 $2899*
Mon, Oct 03  (Sold Out) $1799 $2839*
Only 1 seat left! $1709 $2399*
Mon, Oct 10  (Sold Out) $1749 $2719*
$1509 $2169*
$1559 $2619*
Thu, Oct 20  (Sold Out) $1709 $2879*
$1559 $2349*
$1609 $2659*

Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.
Arrival and departure transfers are only included with arrival into Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST).

Passengers arriving on Day 2 should select flights that arrive no later than 4 PM.

During Ramadan (Apr 2 - May 1, 2022), 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 Ankara and Istanbul are approximately seven to eight hours, and rides to Gallipoli, Antalya, and Cappadocia are approximately four to five 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

  • Round trip flights New York-Istanbul, Istanbul-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Istanbul
    • 1 night Canakkale
    • 2 nights Izmir
    • 2 nights Antalya
    • 2 nights Cappadocia
    • 1 night Ankara
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special Features

  • Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps in Gallipoli
  • Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalized in Homer's epic poem, The Iliad
  • Visit Pergamum, a kingdom dating back to the 4th century, home to the Roman center of Asklepion
  • View the thermal pools at Pamukkale's "cotton castle" of cascading snow-falls
  • View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic

†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 Ankara and Istanbul are approximately seven to eight hours, and rides to Gallipoli, Antalya, and Cappadocia are approximately four to five 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, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 7:30 PM with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Istanbul no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Wednesday - Morning City Tour of Istanbul
Embark on a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. First, head to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Your tour continues at Rustem Pasha Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its large quantities of Iznik tiles, which are set in a very wide variety of floral and geometric designs. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. In the afternoon, join the fascinating optional tour to the St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then continue to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum to view a vast collection of Islamic writings, tiles, and textiles
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum(PM)*
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Anzac Cemetery, Travel to Canakkale
This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. April 25, 2015 marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
Overnight: Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Friday - Visit Troy, Pergamum, Travel to Izmir
This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Saturday - Full Day in Izmir
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Perhaps, relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don't miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus Archaeological Museum, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Izmir
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Sunday - Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale
Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis ("Holy City"), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday - Full Day in Antalya
Spend a full day at leisure in Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," Antalya is an international resort city 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 region. A fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos. On the return trip, visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years
Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Tuesday - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing
Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate 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, both foreign and native, with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. There was even a small mosque, known as "Kosk Mescid," in the courtyard's center where the travelers could conduct religious practices. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where you will arrive in the evening. 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 10, Wednesday - Full Day in Cappadocia
Awake very early to participate in the optional hot air Balloon Ride* that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. After, begin the exploration of the area with stops at Three Graces, Guvercinlik (pigeon valley), Uchisar, and Avcilar Valley. Then, visit a carpet atelier and watch a traditional Turkish carpet weaving demonstration. In the afternoon, join the optional half day tour of Cappadocia. Visit the Open-Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see early Christian churches. Later, explore the village of Avanos and visit a local pottery shop. Conclude the tour at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City. Return to the hotel with free time before dinner tonight
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Cappadocia (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Thursday - Travel to Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk
This morning depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit 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. Continue to the Anatolian Civlizations 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
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Friday - Return to Istanbul
This morning return to Istanbul. Arrive in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions
Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Saturday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Turkey
Depart for Turkey

DAY 2, Friday - 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, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 7:30 PM with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers, followed by a Welcome Dinner. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in Istanbul no later than 4 PM on Day 2 of the itinerary, or earlier if possible
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Morning City Tour of Istanbul
Embark on a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. First, head to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Your tour continues at Rustem Pasha Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its large quantities of Iznik tiles, which are set in a very wide variety of floral and geometric designs. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. In the afternoon, join the fascinating optional tour to the St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then continue to the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum to view a vast collection of Islamic writings, tiles, and textiles
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum(PM)*
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Anzac Cemetery, Travel to Canakkale
This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. April 25, 2015 marked the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of the Gallipoli Campaign. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
Overnight: Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Visit Troy, Pergamum, Travel to Izmir
This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Full Day in Izmir
Enjoy a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Perhaps, relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don't miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Ephesus Archaeological Museum, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Izmir
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
Overnight: Izmir
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale
Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis ("Holy City"), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - Full Day in Antalya
Spend a full day at leisure in Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," Antalya is an international resort city 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 region. A fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos. On the return trip, visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years
Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum
Overnight: Antalya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing
Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate 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, both foreign and native, with heated rooms, food, medical attention, equipment repair and many other common conveniences. There was even a small mosque, known as "Kosk Mescid," in the courtyard's center where the travelers could conduct religious practices. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where you will arrive in the evening. 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 10, Saturday - Full Day in Cappadocia
Awake very early to participate in the optional hot air Balloon Ride* that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. After, begin the exploration of the area with stops at Three Graces, Guvercinlik (pigeon valley), Uchisar, and Avcilar Valley. Then, visit a carpet atelier and watch a traditional Turkish carpet weaving demonstration. In the afternoon, join the optional half day tour of Cappadocia. Visit the Open-Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see early Christian churches. Later, explore the village of Avanos and visit a local pottery shop. Conclude the tour at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City. Return to the hotel with free time before dinner tonight
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Cappadocia (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Sunday - Travel to Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk
This morning depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit 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. Continue to the Anatolian Civlizations 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
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12, Monday - Return to Istanbul
This morning return to Istanbul. Arrive in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions
Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 13, Tuesday - Depart Turkey
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

This tour's highlights include the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, which houses a collection of Islamic writings, tiles, and carpets as well as various cultural displays that provide insight into Turkish life throughout history. Your tour will also take you to visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $64.00
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Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with lunch

Tour the Ancient City of Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "seven wonders of the ancient world" once stood. Once an important trade center as well as a religious center of early Christianity, the ruins at Ephesus are among the best preserved in the region. Walk along the 2000 year old marble and cobblestone streets. See the Great Theatre that once seated over 24,000 people, dating back to the 1st century AD. Now an open-air archaeological museum, Ephesus was once home to notable philosophers, gladiators, and rulers. The Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, and the two-storied Library of Celsus are some 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. Pass through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Antony and Cleopatra once rode in procession and visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary near a grove of olive trees, believed to be her last residence and the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, which houses thousands of ancient artifacts from the nearby excavation sites. Lunch at a local restaurant follows the tour.

Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $89.00
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Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum

Drive to Perge, a Pamphylian city. Perge was founded in 13th century B.C. It is the most attractive and well preserved Pamphylian city. The ancient theater, stadium, towers, Agora, Acropolis and the Palaestra which were given to Emperor Claudius are the highlights of the ancient city. Continue to Aspendos, founded in 1000 B.C. by the colonists from Argos. Though it is well-known for its theater with a capacity of 30,000 people, the city also boasts a stadium and a fountain. All the ruins in the city have remained from the Roman period and the theater is still being used for contemporary concerts. Later, return to Antalya and visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum which houses artifacts and antiques from 2500 years of Anatolian culture.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $70.00
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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 #9 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $50.00
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Cappadocia Balloon Ride

Depart early in the morning for a fantastic hot air balloon tour that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other methods of flying in that there is no sensation of motion, creating an experience of tranquility unlike any other. Traveling at heights of up to 1500 feet, the feeling is both serene and sublime. Within moments of lifting off, drift over the treetops and discover the spectacular landscape from an unrivaled perspective. The deep canyons and lush, fertile valleys of Cappadocia provide an ideal setting for a memorable flight and it may even be possible to pick apricots from the trees when they are in season.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
The take-off time and the duration of the flight may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary between 50 and 75 minutes according to the wind.

*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Due to inclement weather conditions, this tour may be canceled and refunded. This tour cannot be rescheduled due to local regulations limiting the daily total number of passengers.

Day #10 01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 $219.00
01 Nov 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $189.00
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Half Day Cappadocia

Embark on a half day afternoon tour to Cappadocia. Visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Continue to the village of Avanos that is famous for its production of earthenware pottery. Afterwards, proceed to the Ozkonak Underground City, an ancient city built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis. The city has many strata made up of volcanic granite. Its larger areas are connected to each other by tunnels. Ozkonak had a built-in communication system of pipes on each of its levels, unlike Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, which have no such systems. Each carved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closed against enemies.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $58.00
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Half Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

No stay in Istanbul would be complete without a traditional and unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait exemplify the newest link between the East and West.

Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #12 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $62.00
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Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia & Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum

This tour's highlights include the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum, which houses a collection of Islamic writings, tiles, and carpets as well as various cultural displays that provide insight into Turkish life throughout history. Your tour will also take you to visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque.

Approximate tour duration is 5 hours.

Day #3 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $64.00
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Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with lunch

Tour the Ancient City of Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "seven wonders of the ancient world" once stood. Once an important trade center as well as a religious center of early Christianity, the ruins at Ephesus are among the best preserved in the region. Walk along the 2000 year old marble and cobblestone streets. See the Great Theatre that once seated over 24,000 people, dating back to the 1st century AD. Now an open-air archaeological museum, Ephesus was once home to notable philosophers, gladiators, and rulers. The Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, the steam baths of Scholastica, Temple of Hadrian, and the two-storied Library of Celsus are some 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. Pass through the Arcadian Way, where Mark Antony and Cleopatra once rode in procession and visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary near a grove of olive trees, believed to be her last residence and the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, which houses thousands of ancient artifacts from the nearby excavation sites. Lunch at a local restaurant follows the tour.

Approximate tour duration is 8.5 hours.

Day #6 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $89.00
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Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum

Drive to Perge, a Pamphylian city. Perge was founded in 13th century B.C. It is the most attractive and well preserved Pamphylian city. The ancient theater, stadium, towers, Agora, Acropolis and the Palaestra which were given to Emperor Claudius are the highlights of the ancient city. Continue to Aspendos, founded in 1000 B.C. by the colonists from Argos. Though it is well-known for its theater with a capacity of 30,000 people, the city also boasts a stadium and a fountain. All the ruins in the city have remained from the Roman period and the theater is still being used for contemporary concerts. Later, return to Antalya and visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum which houses artifacts and antiques from 2500 years of Anatolian culture.

Approximate tour duration is 6 hours.

Day #8 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $70.00
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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 #9 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $50.00
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Cappadocia Balloon Ride

Depart early in the morning for a fantastic hot air balloon tour that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. A hot-air balloon flight is unique from all other methods of flying in that there is no sensation of motion, creating an experience of tranquility unlike any other. Traveling at heights of up to 1500 feet, the feeling is both serene and sublime. Within moments of lifting off, drift over the treetops and discover the spectacular landscape from an unrivaled perspective. The deep canyons and lush, fertile valleys of Cappadocia provide an ideal setting for a memorable flight and it may even be possible to pick apricots from the trees when they are in season.

Approximate tour duration is 3.5 hours.
The take-off time and the duration of the flight may vary due to weather conditions. Balloon rides will vary between 50 and 75 minutes according to the wind.

*Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies. Due to inclement weather conditions, this tour may be canceled and refunded. This tour cannot be rescheduled due to local regulations limiting the daily total number of passengers.

Day #10 01 Apr 2022 - 31 Oct 2022 $219.00
01 Nov 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $189.00
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Half Day Cappadocia

Embark on a half day afternoon tour to Cappadocia. Visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Continue to the village of Avanos that is famous for its production of earthenware pottery. Afterwards, proceed to the Ozkonak Underground City, an ancient city built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis. The city has many strata made up of volcanic granite. Its larger areas are connected to each other by tunnels. Ozkonak had a built-in communication system of pipes on each of its levels, unlike Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, which have no such systems. Each carved out room had ventilation provided by holes when the city was closed against enemies.

Approximate tour duration is 4.5 hours.

Day #10 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $58.00
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Half Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise

No stay in Istanbul would be complete without a traditional and unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait exemplify the newest link between the East and West.

Due to limited capacity, advanced booking is recommended for this tour. This is not an exclusive tour and therefore you may be with passengers from other tour companies.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #12 01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2023 $62.00
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13 Day Turkish Treasures, April 2022
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I just wanted to share how magnificent and memorable trip we had after stuck at home for three year feared from COVID. I was eagerly and anxiously planned for this trip. Eagerly, because I was stuck at home for so long and missing the fun of traveling. Anxiously, because I was not sure I am making a right choice as COVID is now diminishing but its not completely gone. I made my decision to go for it by trusting how Gate one takes care of their customers. Gate one was informing us of all the COVID precautions and safety measures to keep us safe as well as giving the fun of our life back to us. We had a wonderful tour guide who treated and took care of us just like his own family member. Keeping the mask available, hand sanitizer and everything that can keep us safe during our travel. I would like to share the names of these this wonderful guide Oguz and driver Hamid who drove us around in his coach bus safely and maintained his bus by providing clean bus, and comfortable ride. I really appreciate traveling with Gate one and will keep going with your company. I shared this experience with my friends and family and they are also looking forward to travel with Gate one soon. As life is too short and There are too many things to explore. Once again, thank you Gate one for choosing the best staff, hotels and taking care of your customers the way you do.

Anita D.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, April 2022
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We just returned from our 13 day essential Turkey vacation , it was amazing! I cannot truly say enough good things about our experience. The history,the silk road, Ephesus, the virgin mary home, the wonderful hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, the beautiful resort hotels and of course our first Turkish bath Hamam! Was so awesome!, but lastly I must really take a minute to share with you that the best part was our incredible tour guide Dilek. She created the most wonderful environment for our group, making everyone feel like a family with our fellow travelers, telling us each morning that she loved us and loved sharing her country with us. She ensured every person was made to feel important and catered to every single need of everyone in our group. Every request or problem was met with kindness and a smile assuring us that everything would be taken care of. She was knowledgeable in all things Turkey, funny, kind, sincere and genuine in her care of us. She never rushed us and kept a wonderful pace. By the completion of our trip we really were a family and had become very close. Dilek is a guide who goes above and beyond to ensure gate1 travelers are truly valued! I must also mention Ronaldo Lassiter in emergency customer service. Prior to our departure there was great concern regarding the Required HES covid tracking system Turkey had in place for most of the pandemic. All websites stated you still needed this to enter the country and it was difficult to acquire and noone was able to assist, except Ronaldo! He assured me he would get to the solution prior to our departure and he did. He was persistent in getting the necessary info and assuring us we would have all we needed to go! With team members like Dilek and Ronaldo, you have earned our loyalty to Gate1.

Kenneth C.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2022
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I recently returned home after being in the 13 day Affordable Turkey tour. I must say it is the trip of a life time. Not only was the scenery beautiful, the locals were super friendly, the history of layers of civilizations abundant at every site, the foods were superb.... but the most fantastic part is our tour manager, Metin. His rich resources of knowledge of the country, the history and cultures greatly enhanced our experience 300% more. The most enchanting part, is his network connection at every stop, how he introduced us with tidbits of relevant information and local residents, we did not have to feel like strangers in a new surrounding, we were like visiting friends along our way. If there were Tour Manager Award of the Year, Metin deserves it every single year! At the end of our trip, everyone wanted to take him home with us. I can not stop sharing my experience with friends after my return, nor can I stop thinking about Turkey, I want to go back again and again!!!

Hsien C.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2022
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Our tour Manager Dilek was outstanding. This was our 14th trip with Gate 1 and Dilek impressed us immensely. She embodied every quality that made our trip one of the best that we have taken. She is a credit to your company. I also want to commend our driver, Arif for his professionalism and expertise.

Jeffrey F.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2022
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An absolutely fabulous vacation. Dilek has been, by far, the best tour manager we've had in all our trips with Gate 1. Her knowledge level was amazing and her ability to share that with us was even better. It is obvious she loves her job and enjoys sharing her impressions and personal life with us. The 29 of us truly felt like a family after just 12 days!! She just knew how to draw out each traveler to make them feel a part of our adventure.

Leigh R.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2022
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My trip to Turkey was an amazing experience, very satisfied with the hotels, food, transportation, tours, and the very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly guide. Ender. I'd definitely recommend friends and family to travel with Gate 1 Travel.

Miguelina M.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, March 2022
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Our tour manager, Aykut is very knowledgeable of the area/places we went to visit. He made the tour fun and exciting with some of his personal anecdotes. Very warm personality, caring and attentive to our needs.

Eva B.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2022
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This trip was the 13 day Affordable Turkey trip. My tour manager was Metin and the coach driver was Sezgin. If asked how many stars, out of 5, that I would give this trip I would not be able to answer. I would only be able to say 6+ stars. This trip was BEYOND incredible thanks to Metin and Sezgin. I felt completely safe during my entire trip. I was traveling solo, and they created an atmosphere that allowed me to be comfortable and make friends with the other travelers. When I would contact my family and friends back home I would tell them how much I felt like the tour group was a big family. Metin was extremely knowledgeable and catered to everyone's needs to allow them to have the best trip possible. I learned so much on this trip. I hope that one day I am able to go back! All of the hotels and restaurants were clean, the staff was kind, and the accommodations were great. The restaurants, both included on the trip and suggested by Metin, were outstanding and delicious! I have never eaten so much food in my life! I would recommend to family, friends, and everyone I meet, to travel to Turkey with Gate1 and Metin. firstname: Jessica

Jessica M.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2022
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My trip to Turkey, was amazing from airport to the airport back for my flight back home. I was impressed of our guide Owuz, he was amazing, funny and informative. I would highly recommend the guide to any other group. To me and my wife, he was very knowledgeable and friendly. He always addressed us while facing and speaking about the destination or the place we were passing. He spoke about his personal connections to the places and of previous groups he fun things they did. History is boring when you have to imagine things even though you are visiting the actual place, he made it interesting by making us imagine by being a part of the whole scenario. His history knowledge was used to entertain us by making us think about the places. Owuz was punctual, organized and not at all demanding, even though he had to adhere to the tour guidelines. Owuz was always kept the information and the tour flowing otherwise it becomes boring. It was a pleasure to be helped on this tour by Owuz. I would highly recommend, him to all the other tour groups to ask for him.

Habib B.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, February 2022
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My husband and I had the Turkey Trip from Gate1 last February and it was the most amazing trip we ever had so far!!! Turkey is a wonderful place! The culture, history, food, people and the landscape are really great! Plus, AYKUT is the BEST Tour Manager/Guide we ever had!!! He's very funny, entertaining, knowledgeable, thoughtful, flexible and very accommodating! He made sure that the 16 of us have the best experience in that trip! We felt like we're a big family that we have a very harmonious relationship with each other. That Turkey trip is one of the most memorable one for me and my husband! It's really a great experience for us to have it with the other 14 people in our group including AYKUT and ARDALL (the best driver we had)! We're really thankful to Aykut and Ardall who made sure that all of us are safe and having a great time! Kudos to those two!!! The hotels were also great as well as the food! The hotel in Kusadasi made us all very happy when they upgraded our rooms with the sea view! They're all great and very efficient! Thank you Gate1 for the great experience we had in our Turkey Trip! Having Aykut and Ardall in your company is a blessing!

Melanie I.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, January 2022
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Wanted to add a few comments on our Tour Manager Serdar. In a word he was outstanding. Perhaps the best tour manager we have ever experienced and we have had some very good ones. He had just the right touch in every situation, expertly worked though conflicts and solved problems expeditiously and creatively. We lost our passports during the trip and he went to great lengths to help us work through this problem. He could not have been more helpful. He also has a wonderful knowledge of history and can express it concisely and in terms we can relate to. And he has a wonderful, warm and likable personality with a great sense of humor. In short he was an outstanding Tour Manager. We could not have asked for better. Great job again Gate One!

William B.
13 Day Affordable Turkey, November 2021
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Once one travels with Gate 1 once you never go back to travel with other companies. Gate 1 had the best hotels and fine food. Gate 1 offers more meals than any other travel company that I have used in the past. The Gate 1 tour managers are knowledgeable and very professional. Everyone in my two tours with Gate1 were very satisfied with this company. I love the fact that Gate 1 is an American company.

Manuel C.
13 Day Turkish Treasures, September 2021
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I would like to say what a wonderful trip we had in Turkey. Meri, our tour guide could not have done a better job. She was very pleasant the whole trip, super knowledgeable about all of the sites histories. Knew all of the rest stops, where the toilets were located, helped with ordering food and was very accurate on informing us of travel times between destinations. Kept the whole group punctual and on time. She is probably the best guide we have experienced so far. Omar, our bus driver, was excellent as well. Very comfortable bus, excellent driving skills, especially in the older cities narrow streets. Was also very pleasant to around. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone.

Brian R.
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

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