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Legendary Turkey: From Istanbul to the Turquoise Coast

September 23 - October 7, 2014
Faculty: Lisa Reilly, Professor of Architectural History

Price : $3,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.
With Air from New York JFK: $4,792
From Washington, D.C.: $5,092

Prices listed differ from brochure prices because they include taxes and departure fees.

A limited number of single spots are available for $995 supplement.

Post-trip Extension to Cappadocia and Ankara: $995 ($195 for extension single supplement)

Small group size limited to 26 guests.
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Overview

Turkey SceneryTurkey—where Europe and Asia meet to form "the cradle of civilization"—is yours to discover on this exclusive 15-day tour. Begin your journey in Istanbul, Turkey's cultural and spiritual heart. The city astonishes with its legendary Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace, one of the world's richest museums. In southern Turkey, you'll find the sacred World War I battlefield of Gallipoli, ferry across the Dardanelles to Troy, and explore the wealth of Greco-Roman ruins at ancient Pergamum. Spend a full day at Turkey's nonpareil classical city, Ephesus. Among its treasures are the grand Library of Celsus and a 25,000-seat amphitheater with excellent acoustics and splendid views. Visit a carpet factory for a demonstration and enjoy lunch in a local village before boarding a privately chartered gulet yacht. For four splendid days cruise the exquisite Turquoise Coast, relaxing and discovering hidden sights, quaint fishing villages, and remote ruins. You'll end your journey in the seaside resort Antalya, with a side trip to ancient Perge. There is an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension for those who wish to see the remarkable rock formations of Cappadocia and Ankara, Turkey's capital.

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Program Highlights

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Meals

13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners

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Faculty

Lisa Reilly (Provence '07, Sicily '08, Turkey '10, World by Private Jet ‘11) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architectural History.  Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. With Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman art and architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She co-teaches a course entitled "Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome" during U.Va.'s January term.

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Itinerary

DAY 1 – Tuesday, September 23
Depart the U.S. for Istanbul, Turkey

DAY 2 – Wednesday, September 24
Arrive Istanbul
After arriving in Istanbul, you’ll meet your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and transfer to your hotel located near Taksim Square, the heart of modern Istanbul.  Please note that as guests’ arrival times may vary greatly (from midday to late afternoon), no group activities or meals have been planned for this day.  We are free to explore the area around our hotel or simply relax after our overseas flights.  Dinner tonight is on your own.

Accommodations:  Hilton Istanbul Hotel

DAY 3 – Thursday, September 25
Istanbul
It’s our first full day in Istanbul, and there’s much on the agenda.  This legendary city, divided by the Bosphorus, separates Europe from Asia, and makes this a place where East and West meet in a fascinating melding of cultures.  On this morning’s tour we set out for a short walk along lively, pedestrian Istiklal Street, lined with boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and late Ottoman-era buildings.  We then travel across the Golden Horn to see the acclaimed mosaics and frescoes at Kariye Museum (formerly the Chora Byzantine church), having the opportunity to view Istanbul’s old city walls along the way.  We’ll drive to the Spice Bazaar area, overlooking the Golden Horn, to visit Rustem Pasha, a small, intimate mosque with exquisite Iznik tiles set in beautiful floral and geometric designs.  From Rustem Pasha we take a short walk to Istanbul’s renowned Spice Bazaar, with exotic spices, nuts, and dried fruits from around the world.  After lunch on our own here, we take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, the waterway that separates Europe from Asia.  Late afternoon we return to our hotel; this evening we take a short walk to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner of traditional Turkish fare.

Accommodations:  Hilton Istanbul Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – Friday, September 26
Istanbul
This morning we cross over Galata Bridge, which spans the Golden Horn, and tour Old Istanbul, home of splendid mosques and magnificent palaces.  Our first stop here:  the ancient Roman Hippodrome with its 3,500-year-old obelisk brought from Egypt in 390 CE, where chariot races once took place.  We continue on to the marvelous Blue Mosque, topped by six slender minarets.  Inside is one of the world’s great collections of blue Isnik tiles (20,000 of them), along with 260 stained glass windows.  Next we visit the Islamic Art Museum, housed in a 16th-century grand vizier’s palace and displaying an expansive collection of Islamic art spanning the 8th to the 20th centuries.  The museum showcases rugs, calligraphy, carvings, and recreations of lodgings and rooms from different periods such as a 19th-century Ottoman parlor and a nomadic tent.  After enjoying lunch together at a local restaurant we continue on to famed Hagia Sophia, which was the world’s grandest cathedral when it was built in 537 CE; it was converted into a mosque in the 15th century and is now a museum.  We return to our hotel late afternoon; the remainder of the evening is free.  Dinner tonight is on your own.

Accommodations:  Hilton Istanbul Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5 – Saturday, September 27
Istanbul
On this morning’s tour we visit splendid Topkapi Palace, dramatically set on a promontory with remarkable views over the Bosphorus.  This vast palace, the home of Ottoman sultans, once housed as many as 4,000 royals, courtiers, and hangers-on.  Among other magnificent artifacts on display here we see priceless paintings, jewel-encrusted swords, and delicate porcelains.  Then we visit the Basilica Cistern, built by Emperor Justinian in 532 CE, the marble-columned underground chamber that provided water to Istanbul in antiquity.  Fed by nearly 12 miles of aqueducts and supported by 336 columns, the cistern once held more than 21 million gallons of water.  Our next stop is the vast Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets with some 5,000 shops and stalls selling goods of all kinds, including jewelry, pottery, leather, and Turkish delicacies.  The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for independent exploration; you have your choice of many excellent restaurants for lunch and dinner on your own.

Accommodations:  Hilton Istanbul Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast

DAY 6 – Sunday, September 28
Istanbul / Gallipoli / Troy / Assos
We rise early to begin our full day of travel to the northern Aegean Coast for a brief visit of Gallipoli, where in 1915 Allied troops faced the Turkish army led by Lieutenant-Colonel Mustafa Kemal, also known as Ataturk, the man who later became the leader of modern Turkey.  Large numbers of casualties were suffered here, and we pay our respects to those who gave their lives as we visit ANZAC Beach Cemetery.  Then we travel across the Straits of the Dardanelles to Troy, once believed to have existed only in Homer’s epic poem.  But Heinrich Schliemann discovered the real Troy in the 1870s; indeed, excavations have revealed the remnants of at least nine civilizations here dating back 5,000 years.  After an exploration of the ruins and relics here, we continue on to Behramkale, ancient Assos, where we spend the night. 

Please note:  Because of the Nazlihan Hotel’s small rooms and limited space, in addition to your one piece of checked luggage you will need to bring a smaller, soft-sided “carry” bag for your overnight stay in Assos.  This additional bag should be small and flexible enough to fit inside your checked luggage.

Accommodations:  Nazlihan Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 – Monday, September 29
Assos / Pergamum / Izmir
This morning we depart for Pergamum, once one of the richest small kingdoms in Asia Minor, which housed one of the world’s largest collections of books.  Here we visit the magnificent Acropolis, which contains the ruins of Pergamum’s acclaimed 200,000-volume library, so large it challenged the world’s greatest library in Alexandria, Egypt.  In fact, the Egyptians were so afraid that Pergamum would attract scholars away from Alexandria that they cut off the area’s supply of papyrus, forcing the invention of pergamen (Latin for parchment) made from animal hides rather than papyrus reed.  Along with the library, the Acropolis also boasts a great theater seating 10,000 and the marble-columned Temple of Trajan.  Below the theater lie the ruins of the Temple of Dionysus along with the Altar of Zeus, in a marvelous setting shaded by evergreen trees.  Much of Pergamum has been lovingly restored; it is now considered one of the premier ancient sites in Turkey.  After enjoying our lunch in a typical Turkish kebab restaurant, we continue on to Asclepieum, a sanctuary and healing center built in the 4th century BCE in the name of Ascelepius, god of healing.  Later this afternoon we travel to Izmir and our hotel, where we dine together tonight.

Accommodations:  Swissôtel Grand Efes- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 – Tuesday, September 30
Izmir/Ephesus
Today we visit Ephesus, perhaps the world’s best-preserved ancient city.  In Roman times, Ephesus was the provincial capital of Asia, with a population of 250,000 at the height of its glory.  An important Christian community arose here, and Ephesus was visited by St. Paul, who later wrote one of his epistles to the Ephesians. Perhaps its greatest claim to fame is the fact that Ephesus once housed the Temple of Diana, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.  Today the magnificently preserved ruins attract visitors from across the globe.  A full day of touring here includes the immense theater that holds 24,000 people and is still used today.  We’ll walk along the Sacred Way, where the rich once lived and where an ingenious water and sewer system was constructed beneath paving stones of marble; see the Temple of Hadrian, a Corinthian-style building with the head of Medusa on the porch to keep away evil spirits; and admire the Library of Celsus, which once held 12,000 ancient scrolls.  Following our visit of Ephesus proper, we’ll visit the Ephesus Archaeological Museum, filled with statuary, ancient relics, mosaics, and artifacts excavated from the site.  We’ll stop for a late lunch in the beautiful, rustic village of Sirince then return to Izmir late this afternoon and enjoy an evening at leisure.  From our well-located hotel, we have our choice of several local restaurants all within a short walking distance.

Accommodations:  Swissôtel Grand Efes- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 – Wednesday, October 1
Izmir / Göcek
Today we continue our journey south, stopping along the way to see a demonstration of the ancient art of carpet weaving at a local factory.  Then we’ll stop in a local village for lunch before we continue on to Göcek, arriving late this afternoon in the serene port town set at the most inland point of the Gulf of Fethiye.  Here we board our 14-guest gulet, a replica of a traditional Turkish fishing boat.  Today’s gulets are built with modern comforts in mind, containing small but cozy cabins with private bath and shower, public areas, and broad decks in an area approximately 85 feet long and 21 feet wide.  Beautiful craftsmanship combined with ancient artistry makes the gulet the perfect vessel in which to cruise the waters of the Turquoise Coast.  After settling in to your cabin, you’ll enjoy your first dinner on board, prepared by the ship’s crew with fresh local ingredients. Tonight you may wish to join others sleeping on deck under the stars.

Accommodations:  Gulet yacht- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 – Thursday, October 2
Cruising – Aga Limani / Cleopatra Baths
Our route for the next few days is along the coastline that Mark Antony is said to have given Cleopatra as a wedding gift.  Named for the brilliant color of its waters, the Turquoise Coast is nature’s gift to all those who travel here.  The swimming is glorious, in crystal clear waters that afford views into the depths.  With the scent of eucalyptus perfuming the air, and forested mountains as our backdrop, we begin our “Blue Voyage” by traveling this morning to the hidden cove of Aga Limani where an optional hike of approximately three hours along an herb-scented trail brings us to Lydea, a little-known Greco-Roman site.  The hike concludes at the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra, built in a breathtaking inlet by Mark Antony for the last Egyptian pharaoh.  Please note that parts of this hike can be strenuous, and the trail has a fair amount of gravel and rock.  Please consult with your tour director if you have concerns about your ability to participate safely on this hike.  If you prefer a less strenuous day, you can choose to stay on board the gulet as it sails to the Sunken Baths to meet up with the hikers.  There’s plenty on board with which to keep occupied, including games, cards, or simply chatting with your fellow guests.

Accommodations:  Gulet yacht- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11 – Friday, October 3
Cruising – Ekincik Cove / Dalyan River
This morning we disembark and drive to Dalyan, an environmentally protected area where we board a small skiff for a trip through an intriguing maze of channels. At the Lake of Koycegiz, we see our first Lycian rock tombs.  These relics, which stretched along the Mediterranean coast from Koycegiz in the West to Antalya in the East, are the few remaining artifacts of this great culture.  After lunch in a local restaurant, we drive to our gulet in Fethiye Bay where we anchor for the night.  Tonight we dine aboard our gullet.

Accommodations:  Gulet yacht- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 – Saturday, October 4
Cruising – Gemiler Island / Kayakoy
Today we sail to our next anchorage, Gemiler Island, where we disembark for a tour of the 6th-century Byzantine monastery here.  After lunch on board, we disembark and drive to the Greek “ghost town” of Kayakoy, deserted after World War I and the Turkish War of Independence.  Residents abandoned approximately 2,000 stone houses that are now restored and preserved as a historical monument.  We explore the town and its two churches, which still retain some of their painted decoration and mosaic floors.  Later we return to our gulet for dinner together and remain anchored in Gemiler tonight, our last night on board.

Accommodations:  Gulet yacht- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 – Sunday, October 5
Cruising – Fethiye / Antalya
This morning we sail to Fethiye, where we disembark, bid farewell to our gulet crew, and board a motorcoach for the drive through the Taurus Mountains to Antalya.  We’ll have lunch upon arrival in this seaside city and bustling hub of the “Turkish Riviera,” followed by a visit to the important Archaeological Museum, whose exhibits highlight the history of the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia.  Dinner tonight is on our own and our evening is at leisure.

Accommodations:  Rixos Antalya Downtown- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14 – Monday, October 6
Antalya / Perge
This morning we set off for a tour of the once-thriving Roman city of Perge, which reached its pinnacle during the era of Alexander the Great.  Among the outstanding ruins here are the ancient shopping arcade, the awe-inspiring 12,000-seat stadium, and a 15,000-seat theater.  Then we return to Antalya for a walking tour of the Kaleici (Old Town), with its stone walls, Old Harbor, and winding lanes.  We see impressive Hadrian’s Gate with its three arches, built to honor Emperor Hadrian for his visit in 130 CE; and the Yivli Minaret, whose fluted column is a symbol of the city.  The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before we gather for a farewell dinner at a local Turkish restaurant.

Accommodations:  Rixos Antalya Downtown- Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15 – Tuesday, October 7
Return to U.S.
If you are returning today to the United States, you will transfer early this morning to the airport for your connecting flight to the U.S.  If you are joining the optional extension to Cappadocia and Ankara, please see the next page.

Meals:  Breakfast

PLEASE NOTE

Since space is limited aboard the gulet, suitcases must be placed under beds or in irregular spaces.  It will be very helpful if your luggage is flexible (duffel bag variety) rather than hard-sided.  In addition, we ask guests to wear clean, soft-soled shoes aboard ship in order to prevent scuffing of the ship’s hardwood floors.  These should be a different pair than what you wear when out exploring during the day; any smooth soft-soled footwear such as boat or deck shoes, tennis shoes, sandals, or slippers is fine.  Last, you may wish to pack a washcloth for your time on the gulet.

In addition, this trip involves considerable walking on uneven or cobblestone streets and at sites of ancient ruins, as well as on stops during the gulet cruise.  You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest.

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary.  Occasionally, though, unexpected obstacles – and opportunities – may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written.  We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly.  In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change.  We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.

For Land Only Guests

When you purchase Legendary Turkey as “land only,” airport transfers and luggage handling at the arrival and departure airports at the beginning and end of the tour are not included.  However, should you be at the arrival airport concurrent with the group of arriving Odysseys Unlimited travelers and see the signs for our motorcoach transfer, you are welcome to transfer with the group at no charge, providing additional seating is available.  However, please note that the motorcoach cannot wait for you; you must be aboard when the coach is leaving.  Similarly, when departing from the last hotel for your flight home, you are also welcome to take advantage of the group transfer, provided there is room and you are on board when the coach is leaving. 

It is important to note, however, that a motorcoach may not be used for transfers in all cases.  Depending upon the number of guests arriving or departing, we may utilize taxis or smaller vans.  At such times, space restrictions will preclude your joining the group transfer and you will be responsible for your own transportation to or from the airport.

For Guests Taking “CAPPADOCIA & ANKARA” OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION

Meals included:
Post-trip Extension: 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

DAY 15 – Tuesday, October 7
Transfer to Cappadocia
Guests who are joining our optional extension to Cappadocia and Ankara will have a full-day motorcoach transfer via historic Konya, where we stop for a visit to the Mevlana Museum, home of Turkey’s renowned Whirling Dervishes – a mystic order whose members dance wildly to free themselves from earthly bondage.  We have lunch here before continuing on to Cappadocia in central Turkey.  Renowned for its awe-inspiring natural rock formations – which were utilized for everything from housing to churches and even complete underground villages – Cappadocia is as magical today as it was when early farmers discovered the fertile powers of the volcanic ash that covered the area thousands of years ago.  Cappadocia became a haven for the first Christians, who ultimately carved more than 3,000 churches in the porous rock, painting many of them inside with splendidly preserved scenes from the Old Testament.  We reach Cappadocia late this afternoon, and enjoy a buffet dinner this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations:  Uchisar Kaya Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAYS 16 & 17 – Wednesday, October 8     
Cappadocia
For the next two days, we explore more of this unique region.  We tour the rock churches of the Goreme Valley, including the open-air museum with 8th-century murals; and the refuge of Kaymakli, which was constructed over a period of centuries and provided a safe haven for Turks during times of war and conflict.  A maze of tunnels reaching four stories deep, this underground city held as many as 3,000 people who were able to breathe thanks to a ventilation system that allowed fresh air into the complex structure.  We also visit the vast Zelve Valley complex of caves laced with dwellings, churches, and public spaces where villagers lived until just 50 years ago; and marvel at the fairy tale chimneys at Pasabag; and the troglodyte villages of Cavusin and Uchisar.

During a stop in the charming town of Avanos we watch local craftspeople as they practice their arts, which include fashioning beautiful hand-colored pottery; and weaving rugs of natural colored wool, a regional specialty that has been perfected by the Turks over many hundreds of years and continues to be passed down from generation to generation.  We dine both evenings at the hotel. 

For those who wish, an optional early morning balloon ride is available on Day 17 (at additional cost).  The ride offers an unparalleled view of the lunar-like landscape and may be reserved on-site during your stay.  At the time of printing, the cost of the balloon ride is approximately $225 per person.

Accommodations:  Uchisar Kaya Hotel- Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 18 – Thursday, October 9       
Transfer to Ankara
This morning we board a motorcoach for the half-day transfer to Ankara, Turkey’s capital.  Upon arrival we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, where we will gain insights into Turkey’s fascinating past.  One of the exhibits dates back to the earliest known human community, and takes us through civilizations that include the Urartu, Hattie, Hittite, Phrygian, and Assyrian.  The building itself dates

from the 15th century, and is a restored covered market.  As we tour the museum, we will bring together all we have learned about Turkey and its people during our 2½ weeks of traveling.  Tonight we gather one last time for a farewell dinner at the hotel.

Accommodations:  Ankara Hilton- Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 19 – October 10            
Depart Ankara for the U.S.
Early this morning, you transfer to the airport for your connecting flight to the United States.

Meals:  Breakfast

PLEASE NOTE

We will do our best to adhere to our printed itinerary.  Occasionally, though, unexpected obstacles – and opportunities – may arise that will force us to deviate from the itinerary as written.  We would ask you to be open-minded and flexible should we vary the itinerary slightly.  In addition, please note that airline schedules are subject to change.  We will provide you with updated flight information closer to your departure.

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Accommodations

Hilton Istanbul Hotel

Cumhuriyet Caddesi Harbiye, Istanbul, 34367,Turkey

Overlooking the River Bosphorus and surrounded by gardens, the Hilton Istanbul Hotel is situated in the heart of the city’s European side within easy walking distance from the shops and restaurants of Taksim Square and Nisantasi.  This 499-room hotel offers seven restaurants; fitness center; spa with Turkish bath, two saunas, two steam rooms, and massage treatments; outdoor and indoor pool; tennis court; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature a balcony, private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone. 

Nazlihan Hotel

Assos-Iskele Mevkii Behramkale, Ayvacik, Canakkale,Turkey

This rustic harborfront hotel is in a remote and dramatic Aegean setting.  The hotel has two restaurants and a bar.  Air-conditioned guest rooms are decorated in authentic Turkish décor and include private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.  Please note that guest rooms are quite small (please see Day 6 in the itinerary regarding the use of an overnight bag), and there is no elevator.  Lodging alternatives are limited in this region of Turkey; while your one-night stay in this unique location should be quite enjoyable, the amenities (and overall quality) at the hotel will be lower than elsewhere on your tour.

Swissôtel Grand Efes

Gaziosmanpasa Bulvari No: 1, Alsancak, Izmir 35210, Turkey

Centrally located in downtown Izmir and surrounded by landscaped gardens, the Swissôtel Grand Efes overlooks Kordon seafront promenade and the Aegean coast.  This contemporary hotel offers two restaurants, bar, and café; fitness center; spa with steam bath, Turkish bath, salt pool, and Jacuzzi; wellness center; shopping arcade; internet access; laundry services; tennis courts; and indoor and outdoor pools.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

Gulet Yacht

A beautifully crafted motorized sailing vessel built of teak wood with a pointed fore and round aft, a private gulet yacht is the most authentic and relaxing way to cruise the Turquoise Coast.  A large foredeck gives everyone ample space to sit and watch the Mediterranean coastline; in the evening, you may choose to stay up here and sleep under the stars.  Dinner each evening is outside on deck under cover, as the ship’s cook prepares meals praised for their quality and freshness.  All guests stay in small private cabins, each equipped with a shower and toilet.  On board, you’ll also find swimming and snorkeling equipment, perfect for late afternoon dips after you’ve anchored for the day.

The actual amount of time spent under sail is based on local weather conditions and the captain’s discretion and may be very limited.

Rixos Antalya Downtown

Sakip Sabanci Bulvari, Konyaalti Sahili 07050, Antalya, Turkey

Surrounded by spacious gardens and standing across from Konyaalti Beach, Rixos Antalya Downtown overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and Taurus Mountains.  The hotel is fully equipped with a restaurant and several bars; internet access; laundry and dry cleaning services; market; fitness center with spa, Turkish bath, sauna, massage treatments, and Jacuzzi; health center; outdoor pool; and access to a private section of Konyaalti Beach.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

 

“CAPPADOCIA & ANKARA”
OPTIONAL POST-TOUR EXTENSION
Accommodations

Uchisar Kaya Hotel

Yukari Mah Mevkii Adnan, Menderes Cad. No: 15, Uchisar Nevsehir, Turkey

Located near the town center of Uchisar, close to shops and restaurants, the 73-room Uchisar Kaya Hotel is partially carved from the rocks of Cappadocia.  The hotel offers two restaurants and a bar, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, fitness center, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and outstanding views of Cappadocia’s Goreme Valley.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Hilton Ankara

Tahran Caddessi No: 12, Kavaklidere, Ankara 06700, Turkey

This modern tower hotel in the center of the city offers a host of amenities including a restaurant and two bars, fitness center, Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, shopping center, beauty salon, internet access, laundry and dry cleaning services, safe deposit boxes, and indoor pool.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

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Program Fees

$3,895 per person, double occupancy, land only.  

With Air from New York: $4,792
From Washington, D.C.: $5,092
From Charlottesville: $5,192

*Air Inclusive prices Include $397 airline taxes & departure fees

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Post-trip Extension to CAPPADOCIA & ANKARA: $995
Extension Single Supplement: $195

Price includes:

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us at 866-765-2646. Or, e-mail cavaliertravels@virginia.edu with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 95 days prior to departure.

Deposits can be made via MasterCard, Visa, or American Express, or by check made out to “Odysseys Unlimited, Inc.”

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

Please read this information carefully, as a payment of a $500 deposit per person represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions.

Payment Schedule: A deposit of $500 per person confirms your reservation. The balance of your invoice is due 95 days (June 20, 2014) before departure.

Not Included in Tour Price: Airfare when purchasing a land only package; costs of passports and visas; personal expenses such as beverages, laundry, room service, and meals not specified; airport transfers when purchasing a land only package; communication charges; optional sightseeing or shore excursions; gratuities to your Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and shipboard personnel, which are at your discretion (suggested gratuity: $10-$15 per day per traveler); travel protection insurance. Additional baggage fees may apply and are subject to change at any time. You should confirm directly with your airline prior to departure.

Cancellation and Refunds: If you must cancel your trip, the effective date of cancellation will be upon our receipt of your written notification. Refunds for cancellations are subject to the following per person charges: Cancel 95 days or more before departure: $200 charge; Cancel 94-65 days before departure: 50% of tour price; Cancel 64-30 days before departure: 75% of tour price; Cancel 29-0 days before departure: No refund. If a guest makes any changes between 94 and 30 days prior to departure, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. will apply a $100 per person administrative fee, in addition to any fees or penalties imposed by third parties. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy for any reason, you will be charged the single supplement. No changes are allowed within 30 days of departure.

Upon reservation you must provide your full legal name as it appears on your passport, your date of birth and gender. In the event an airline ticket is issued with incorrect information you have provided, you will be responsible for charges associated with the ticket’s reissue. 

Responsibility: The liability of the University of Virginia, as sponsor, and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc., as tour operator, is strictly limited. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. purchase transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurant and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing tour arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility for wrongful, negligent, or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents, servants or representatives. The University of Virginia and Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. are not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control, including without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, the defect of any vehicle, or the negligence or default of any third party. All coupons, receipts, and tickets issued are subject to the terms and conditions specified by the air carriers, cruise line, and other independent suppliers. We will make every effort to operate our tours as planned, but we reserve the right to make itinerary changes as necessary. If unforeseen circumstances require us to change a hotel, we will select alternative accommodations of the same or better quality. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

Health and Medical Issues: We request that you be in fairly good health to participate in an Odysseys Unlimited tour. There is a considerable amount of walking, and you must be able to get on and off motorcoaches and ships on your own. If you require the use of a wheelchair or have other personal needs, you must be accompanied by a companion who will assist you. We reserve the right to remove anyone whose physical or mental condition, in our opinion, compromises the operation of the tour or detracts from the enjoyment or safety of the other passengers. In that event, Odysseys Unlimited and the University of Virginia assume no financial responsibility for any unused portion of the tour.

Air Transportation – Important Information: Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. includes in its tour price round-trip economy air from designated gateway cities and contracts with those airlines they feel provide the level of service, routings, and value necessary for your entire trip. While another airline may offer a more direct connection, it may be at a price unavailable at the lower group rates. You will receive your preliminary air scheduled approximately 2 ½ months prior to departure. Please note that seat assignments on your international flight are usually done at airport check-in. Odysseys Unlimited is unable to guarantee any seat assignments. Due to the nature of tour operator tickets, other restrictions apply, including but not limited to, frequent flyer mileage accrual, stopovers, alternate travel dates, upgrades, and airline taxes and departure fees. If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements, land only is available on most tours. Since international and domestic air schedules are subject to change at any time, we recommend that if you choose to make your own airline reservation, you do not purchase non-refundable tickets or those with high penalties for changes. If you choose to make your own air arrangements, Odysseys Unlimited, Inc. shall not have any liability for any loss resulting from cancellation of this tour or changes in this tour.

 

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