BEST OF TURKEY

Over the centuries, many have found themselves drawn to the diverse, beautiful land now known as Turkey. Even today, Turkey ranks among the top travel destinations in the world, thanks to such attractions as the modern and ancient Istanbul,  the wealth of Islamic and Ottoman historic sites and ruins, and the unforgettable landscapes of desert spots like Cappadocia. Add to that the incredible cuisine, the famous bazaars and artisan trades. It’s clear that Turkey travel offers something for everyone.

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Istanbul 

Once serving as the capital of the Ottoman and Byzantine Empires, Istanbul today is the largest city in Turkey and one of the largest in the world. Istanbul stretches across both sides of the Bosphorus, a narrow strait that connects Asia and Europe, making it the only city in the world spanning two continents. Impressive architecture, historic sites, dining, shopping, nightlife and exotic atmosphere all make Istanbul one of the world’s top tourist destinations.

The Old City is where most of the city’s impressive historic sites are found, which include the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Another important district is New City, known for its modern day attractions, skyscrapers and shopping malls. Beyoglu and Galata are popular zones for nightlife and entertainment, while the Bosphorus area is home to beautiful palaces, waterfront mansions and urban parks.

There is no shortage of exciting things to see and do in Istanbul. A shopping affair not to be missed is the Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets. Visiting a Turkish bath is also a great way to experience the local culture. The nightlife scene in Istanbul abounds in numerous restaurants, pubs and nightclubs to suit every budget and preference.

Bursa 

Bursa, Turkey’s fourth-largest city, is located in Anatolia at the foot of Mount Uludag, which is shrouded in mystery and legends. Bursa was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1326 to 1363.

It is a modern, thriving city with a great many historical sites dating from the Ottomans and before, which you can enjoy without having to cope with the masses of tourists that often make a visitor’s life in Istanbul difficult.

Conveniently located toward the western end of the Silk Road, Bursa is famous for its silk market and gorgeous silk products. Add to this the Green Mosque, the origin of Turkey’s shadow theater, the original Iskender Kebab, and plenty of parks and green spaces which also gave Bursa the name Green Bursa, and you’ll see why this is one of my favorite places in Turkey to visit, and why you should go, too.

Konya

One of the oldest cities in the world and best known for its remarkable Seljuk architecture and Whirling Dervishes, Konya is a large city in Turkey’s Central Anatolia Region. In the 12th and 13th centuries, Konya prospered as a capital city under the rule of the Seljuk Dynasty. Today, attractive buildings from that era can still be admired such as the Alaeddin Mosque, which houses the tombs of several sultans. Another popular example is the Ince Minare Medrese, now a museum displaying artifacts from the Seljuk and Ottoman eras.

Although in ruins, the Seljuk Palace is also worth a visit. A modern day architectural attraction is the Seljuk Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in Turkey, featuring a revolving restaurant at the top two floors.

In the 13th century, Konya was the home of the Persian theologian and Sufi mystic, Rumi. His tomb, the Mausoleum of Rumi, with its neighboring Melvana Museum, is a must-see site in Konya. Rumi’s followers founded the Mevlevi Order, which are also known as the Whirling Dervishes due to their famous religious ceremonies in which they spin around and around on the left foot while wearing white, billowing gowns. These ceremonies, also known as Sama, can be observed weekly at the Mevlana Cultural Centre.

Konya also offers beautiful green spaces and parks such as Alaeddin Hill, in the city center, and the Japanese Park with its lovely pagodas, waterfalls and ponds.

Cappadocia

Situated in Central Anatolia of Turkey, Cappadocia is best known for its fairytale landscape of unusual formations resembling chimneys, cones, mushrooms and pinnacles. Natural processes such as ancient volcanic eruptions and erosion have all sculpted these odd formations over the ages, with some of them rising as much as 130 feet (40 meters) high. However, thousands of years ago, mankind added remarkable touches to the landscape by carving out houses, churches and underground cities from the soft rock.

Inhabited as early as 1800 BC, Hittites and other residents chiseled out underground tunnel complexes, seeking safety from invading Persians and Greeks. Much later in the 4th century AD, Christians, fleeing out of religious persecution from Rome, sought refuge in Cappadocia’s tunnels and caves. Today, the region’s natural wonders and historic sites all make it a popular destination.

While much of Cappadocia is located in the province of Nevsehir, some of the main towns in the region are Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Ortahisar and Mustafapasa. Many of these towns offer hotels, restaurants, nightlife options and attractions such as museums, rock castles, fairy chimneys, underground tunnels, old Greek villages, monasteries and handicraft markets. Some of the caves in the region are actually hotels and cater to tourists.

Izmir

İzmir is one of the oldest cities of the Mediterranean world and has been of almost continuous historical importance during the last 5,000 years. Excavations indicate settlement contemporary with that of the first city of Troy, dating from the 3rd millennium BCE. Greek settlement is first clearly attested by the presence of pottery dating from about 1000 BCE. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, the Greek city was founded by Aeolians but soon was seized by Ionians. From modest beginnings, it grew into a stately city in the 7th century, with massive fortifications and blocks of two-storied houses.

Captured by Alyattes of Lydia about 600 BCE, it ceased to exist as a city for about 300 years until it was refounded by either Alexander the Great or his lieutenants in the 4th century BCE at a new site on and around Mount Pagus (modern Kadifekale; 540 feet [165 metres]). It soon emerged as one of the principal cities of Asia Minor (Anatolia) and was later the centre of a civil diocese in the Roman province of Asia, vying with Ephesus and Pergamum for the title “first city of Asia.” Roman emperors visited there, and it was celebrated for its wealth, beauty, library, school of medicine, and rhetorical tradition.

Choose Your Trip

8 Day Trip

May 1 – 8, 2021

Pricing

 

Triple $1,250 per person
Double $1,395 per person
Single $1,575 per person

Child rate no bed: $750 per child ages 2-9 years old, above 9 years old Adult rate. Under 2 years old is FREE

All room occupancy must be within family individuals due to Covid-19 guidelines. Single travelers must choose Single room

Trip at a Glance

Day 1  –  Arrival to Istanbul  / overnight in Istanbul

Day 2  –  Full day Istanbul City Tour without lunch / overnight in Istanbul

Day 3  –  One way transfer to Bursa City / Full day Bursa City tour overnight in Bursa-By  Ferry round trip

Day 4  –  One way transfer Istanbul To Keysari /  overnight in Cappadocia

Day 5  –  One way transfer  Kapadokya to Konya / overnight in Konya

Day 6  –  Full Day Cappadocia City Tour without lunch / overnight in Kapadokya 

Day 7  –  Transfer to + Transfer from Istanbul New Airport to Istanbul Hotel  

Day 8  –  Transfer for your international Departure flight

Program Highlights

Istanbul Tour highlights:
• Hippodrome of Constantinople
• Hagia Sophia Museum
• Blue Mosque
• Topkapi Palace Museum
• Sultans Tombs
• Bosphorus Cruise

Bursa Tour highlights:
• Ulu Cami
• Green Mosque
• Mausoleums of Osman Gazi and Orhan Gazi
• Tophane park
• Bursa clock tower

Sogut Tour highlights:
• Ertugul Tomb

Konya Tour highlights:
• Kugulu Park
• Mevlana Museum
• Whirling Dervishes show (optional not included)

Cappadocia Tour highlights:
• Hot air balloon ride (optional not included)
• Kaymakli
• Local carved out homes and churches site
• Local food market

Inclusions/Exclusions

PRICE INCLUDES:

3 Nights in the Crowne Plaza Hotel Old city Istanbul or Similar with Breakfast
1 Night in the Hilton Hotel Bursa or Similar with Breakfast & Dinner
1 Night in the Dedeman Hotel Konya or Similar with Breakfast & Dinner
2 Nights in the Hilton Double Tree Hotel Cappadocia with Breakfast & Dinner
All ground transportation throughout the trip
One way flight from Cappadocia to Istanbul
Experienced English Speaking Local Guide on all tours
1 Full Day Istanbul City
1 Full Day Bursa Tour
1 Full Day Konya Tour
1 Full Day Cappadocia Tour

EXCLUSIONS:

Roundtrip International Airfare
Turkish Visa
PCR cost in Istanbul is not included
Lunch
Tips
Optional Tours (Whirling Dervish show, Hot Air Balloon highly recommended)
*In case of any quarantine due to COVID all expenses are not included for any days

Hotels

Roundtrip International Flight Not Included

Please contact our offices for International ticket options from your local gateway to Istanbul

Qalam – 7 Day Trip

June 1 – 8, 2021

Pricing

 

Triple $1,290 per person
Double $1,370 per person
Single $1,720 per person

Child rate no bed: $750 per child ages 2-9 years old, above 9 years old Adult rate. Under 2 years old is FREE

All room occupancy must be within family individuals due to Covid-19 guidelines. Single travelers must choose Single room

Trip at a Glance

Day 1  –  Arrival to Istanbul

Day 2  –  Full day Istanbul City Tour: Topkapi Palace, Aya Sophia, Blue Mosque

Day 3  –  A day of leisure with a cruise along the Bosphorus 

Day 4  –  Transfer to Bursa. Visit to Ulu Cami Mosque, Green Mosque and Green Tomb

Day 5  –  A leisure day of touring Bursa’s Markets and a cable car ride

Day 6  –  Return to Istanbul for a day of shopping and touring

Day 7  –  Last day in the city to pray in the Blue Mosque before flying home

Hotels

Roundtrip International Flight Not Included

Please contact our offices for International ticket options from your local gateway to Istanbul

Yasir Qadhi – 9 Day Trip

July 1 – 8, 2021

Pricing

 

Triple $1,250 per person
Double $1,395 per person
Single $1,575 per person

Child rate no bed: $750 per child ages 2-9 years old, above 9 years old Adult rate. Under 2 years old is FREE

All room occupancy must be within family individuals due to Covid-19 guidelines. Single travelers must choose Single room

Trip at a Glance

Day 1  –  Arrival to Istanbul  / overnight in Istanbul

Day 2  –  Tour of the Aya Sophia with Evening Bosphorus Cruise

Day 3  –  Full day in Instanbul with tour of Topkapi Palace

Day 4  –  Flight to Izmir

Day 5  –  Full day tour of Izmir with a visit to the ruins at Ephesus

Day 6  –  Flight to Cappadocia with a full day of touring and shopping

Day 7  –  Split day in Cappadocia and flight to Istanbul

Day 8  –  A full day to tour Istanbul on your own and shop for souvenirs

Day 9  –  Last hours to pray in Blue Mosque before returning home

Hotels

Roundtrip International Flight Not Included

Please contact our offices for International ticket options from your local gateway to Istanbul

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Columbus, OH

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