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TURKEY, LAND OF CONTRASTS


Float in a hot air balloon over the mystical “fairy chimneys” of Cappadocia; marvel at a private performance of Whirling Dervishes in a rock cave.


Turkish Delights


Any town that’s had three names (Istanbul, Byzantium, Constantinople) is bound to have an identity crisis (Greek, Ottoman or Roman?) but then Istanbul also straddles two continents, Europe and Asia... in a secular Muslim country that is hip and cosmopolitan, where all the cultures of the ancient world meet, overlap and blend into something unexpected, and so you may find yourself standing awestruck before the elegant grandeur of the Blue Mosque... savoring the exotic flavors in Turkish cuisine... exploring the tunnels in the underground city of Kaymakli... walking the ruins of Ephesus, once home to a virgin goddess and the Virgin Mary... fathoming a palatial underground cistern guarded by Medusa’s heads... feeling the passion of Rumi in the ecstatic whirl of a Dervish... breathing the intoxicating aromas of the Spice Bazaar... searching the caves of Cappadocia for early Christian paintings...flying over the fairy chimneys of Göreme Valley... sipping a cup of Turkish coffee and reading your fortune in the dregs: You are about to embark on a fabulous journey...


48 Istanbul MARMARA SEA OF


BLACK SEA


TURKEY


AEGEAN SEA


Ephesus Izmir


Antalya Cappadocia Konya Maximum Elevation: 5,987 ft.


MEDITERRANEAN SEA


1. ARRIVE ISTANBUL Tour begins: 6:30 PM, Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul. A transfer is included from Atatürk Airport to the Ceylan InterContinental Istanbul, located in Taksim, the heart of modern Istanbul; Tauck’s guest rooms have stunning views of the Bosphorus. Join us this evening for a welcome cocktail reception and dinner. Meals D


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