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Where the Middle East meets the Mediterranean
With its ancient cities hewn out of stone cliffs and ornamental spires that pierce the powder blue sky, Turkey is a country where you may expect to see magic carpets ferrying bejeweled princes from grand palaces to back alley bazaars. The classical sites of Ephesus and Troy intrigue travellers of all kinds, while amazing food and architecture pour throughout the streets, surprising at every turn. Transport yourself to the days of Ottoman sultans with a trip to the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul before gazing upon the iconic Blue Mosque or uncovering the treasures of the city's Grand Bazaar.
From strongholds of antiquity to forward thinking cities
Day 1: Toronto to Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul
Day 4: Istanbul, Troy, Canakkale
Day 5: Canakkale, Pergamum, Selcuk
Day 6: Selcuk, Ephese, Selcuk
Day 7: Selcuk, Aphrodislas, Pamukkale
Day 8: Pamukkale, Sagalasos, Antalya
Day 9: Antalya, Perga, Aspendos, Antalya
Day 10: Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia
Day 11-12: Cappadocia
Day 14: Bolu, Istanbul
Day 15-16: Istanbul
The ruins that make the country
Turkey is full of the mythical and historical, and also home to some of the world's best ruins. The legendary city of Troy holds an unmatched romance in the stories of Helen and Paris, but a very real and tragic past is evident in the impressive archaeological excavations. You'll also visit the ancient city of Pergamum, capital of the Attalid dynasty, where you can tour the Acropolis, temples, palaces and library. For a loftier excursion, you'll wonder at the remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and you'll have time to explore Ephesus - where marble pillars brace some of the best classical ruins in the world.
From the amazing lunar landscape of Cappadocia to the cascading limestone baths at Hierapolis, Turkey is a country whose natural constitution is unmatched. The country's hills are adorned with picturesque villages like that which you'll visit in Sirince, and the waterways provide stunning views of shore hugging towns like Canakkale. You also pass through the magnanimous Taurus Mountains en route to Antalya - Turkey's largest seaside resort where you'll spend two nights. In Cappadocia, partake in an optional hot air balloon ride so you can experience the famous "fairy chimneys" from an incredible perch high above this ancient wonder, and make sure to sooth yourself in ancient mineral baths at Hierapolis.
|Flight Date||Route||Flight Number||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|Jun 02, 2013||Toronto to Istanbul (via Montreal)||TS100||15:35||10:15 +1|
|Jun 17, 2013||Istanbul to Toronto (via Montreal)||TS101||13:20||19:00|