ISTANBUL, ANKARA, CAPPADOCIA, ANTALYA, PAMUKKALE, IZMIR, EPHESUS, CANAKKALE, AND TROY
From the unique rock formations and soaring hot air balloons in Cappadocia to the marvelous cities of Istanbul and Ankara to the special women-only experiences woven throughout the itinerary to allow us to truly connect with locals and immerse ourselves in the country’s culture and traditions, our special women-only Treasures of Turkey tour shows us the heart of Turkey. On our days in Istanbul, we’ll not only visit the Blue Mosque, Byzantine Basilica, Spice Market, and Grand Bazaar, we’ll visit the “Small Projects Istanbul” center to meet with refugee women and learn more about the support this community provides. In Ankara, we’ll visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk and delve into history at the Anatolian Civilization Museum. We’ll make our way to Cappadocia via the scenic countryside and enjoy a cooking class at a special restaurant supporting and empowering women. Then, travel through beautiful Konya to reach Antalya, where we’ll have time to explore its archaeological wonders and enjoy our seaside resort hotel overlooking the Turquoise Coast. We’ll also visit the incredible Pamukkale hot springs before traveling to Izmir for an Ephesus excursion and a visit to a weaving center where we’ll explore a part of Turkey’s national heritage—carpet weaving. Round out this trip with a lecture about women in Turkey and Asia Minor from a historical and cultural perspective from ancient to modern times and stops at the historical and classical cities of Pergamum, Canakkale, and Troy.
For COVID-19 updates, please scroll down to our “Before You Depart” section.
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- 2 nights in Istanbul
- 1 night in Ankara
- 2 nights in Cappadocia
- 2 nights in Antalya
- 2 nights in Izmir
- 1 night Canakkale
- 2 nights in Istanbul
- Blue Mosque (Istanbul)
- Spice Market (Istanbul)
- Grand Bazaar (Istanbul)
- Cappadocia Rock Formations
- Turquoise Coast (Antalya)
- Ephesus Excursion
- House of Virgin Mary (Ephesus)
- Acropolis (Pergamum)
Special Women-Only Departure Highlights:
- Visit to “Small Projects Istanbul” to meet refugee women
- Cooking class at a social development project designed to support and empower women
- Visit to a weaving center to learn more about carpet weaving as part of Turkey’s antional heritage
- Lecture about women in Turkey and Asia Minor from a historical and cultural perspective from ancient to modern times
- Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Intra-Turkey ground transportation and transfers
- Accommodations at first class hotels
- 22 meals: 12 full buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours as indicated in itinerary
- English-speaking tour director throughout
Find your special women-only tour experiences in bold in the itinerary below.
Click the Day-by-Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.
Your fascinating tour of Turkey, the “Crossroads of Civilizations” begins as you depart on overnight flights to Istanbul.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in Istanbul on Day 2.
Arrive Istanbul (Turkey)
Upon arrival when you visit Istanbul, you’ll be met and transferred to your centrally located hotel. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation.
Barceló Istanbul or similar| Dinner
Journey to Pamukkale and visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hieropolis (“Holy City”), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. These hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C. Later, arrive in Izmir, believed to be the birthplace of Homer.
Renaissance Izmir Hotel or similar | Breakfast, Dinner
Today we bid our tour of Turkey farewell. Your exciting journey concludes as you arrive New York.
*The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 13, in Istanbul.
Prices and dates below include round-trip airfare from New York (JFK). Travelers may choose to purchase the tour only, and arrange their own arrival in destination.
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Rates are based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $599.
Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1.800.337.7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 90 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
To enhance and make your visit to Turkey more complete and memorable, you tour director will offer several optional tours and cultural/dining evening activities. All rates are in US Dollars. Payment should be made in cash (US dollars). Optional tours are subject to a minimum number of participants and may be cancelled if the minimum is not met.
Afternoon Bosphorus Cruise
- From approx. $38 Per Person
Whirling Dervishes Performance
- From approx. $32 Per Person
Tour to Perge, Aspendos and Antalya Archeological Museum
- From approx. $50 Per Person
Drive to Perge, a Pamphylian city founded between BC12-13. It is the most attractive and well-preserved Pamphylian city. View the highlights of this ancient city including the theatre, towers, Agora, Acropol and the Palaestra that was given to Imperial Claudius. Continue to Aspendos and view the well renowned Roman theatre that is still being used for contemporary concerts. Before returning to your hotel visit the Archeological Museum of Antalya later this afternoon.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Kocatepe Mah 25
Abdulhak Hamit Cad , Beyoglu
Holiday Inn Ankara Cukurambar
İşçi Bloklari Mah. 1484. Sk., No. 3 (Konya yolu üzeri) Çukurambar, Çankaya / Ankara
Dinler Hotel ÜrgüpUrgup
Fatih, Mehmet Dinler Blv. No: 7, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir, Turkey
Ramada Plaza by Wyndham AntalyaAntalya
Fevzi Cakmak Caddesi No 22, Antalya, Turkey 07100
Renaissance Izmir HotelIzmir
Akdeniz Mah Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No 16 Konak
Izmir, 35210 Turkey
Bogazkent Mevkii Kepez
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented some COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Returning to the U.S.: In accordance with U.S. entry requirements, smarTours will arrange testing for the group in destination. Full details and requirements can be accessed here. The test must be paid in cash at the testing site.
Note: If you are traveling with us on a land-only basis please share your travel plans with us and let us know if you will also need to be tested with the rest of the group.
Please note entry requirements are changing rapidly. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (Turkey)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (Turkey)
Your flights from New York’s JFK Airport to Turkey and back to JFK are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive in JFK at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
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ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please note that flight times are always subject to change.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check in at Istanbul hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on the tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at Istanbul hotel on Day 14 of the itinerary listed on the tour page.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visas are required to enter Turkey. American passport holders must obtain a Turkey e-visa online prior to entering Turkey at a cost of $50 (subject to change). To obtain an e-visa for Turkey, you can contact the Republic of Turkey Electronic Visa Application System by visiting their website by clicking here. If you have questions, you may reach their call center at (888) 566-7656. Alternatively, we arranged a visa processing service “CIBT” to facilitate the Turkey e-visa for you for an additional handling fee. Please click here to download CIBT’s instructions. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and some additional travel tips will be sent to you 10 – 7 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
You may expect daytime high temperatures in the 50’s to 60’s in March & November, 60’s to 70’s in April & October and 70’s to 80’s May & September.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour have several dining choices from coffee shop to specialty restaurants. Average cost for dinner (excluding drinks) in the coffee shop is about $20 per meal per person. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars. Your hotels will be able to exchange for you cash to local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of separates with climate and comfort in mind.
Check out this video from a smarTours traveler on this trip of a lifetime!