The Real Deal Vacation package to Turkey includes round-trip airfare from New York City to Istanbul on Delta Airlines; three nights at the Mosaic Hotel in Istanbul; one night at the Akol Hotel in Canakkale; two nights at the Korumar Hotel in Kusadasi; one night at the Pam Thermal Hotel in Pamukkale; one night at the Ozkaymak Konya; two nights at the Peri Tower Hotel in Cappadocia; one night at the Crowne Plaza Ankara; all transfers; 19 meals including 11 breakfasts and eight dinners; sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary; guided tours of the City of Troy, Asclepion at Pergamum, the ancient city of Hieropolis, and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk in Ankara; and the services of an English-speaking tour guide; from $1,499 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Nov. 14, 28, 29, Dec. 11, 2012, Feb. 14, 19, 21, 26, 28, Mar. 5, 7, 11, 2013 ($1,499); add $10 for Feb. 5, 2013; add $20 for Mar. 12, 19, 26, 2013; add $40 for Dec. 18, 2012, Mar. 14, 18, 21, 28, 2013; check Gate 1 Travel's website for more dates.
Gateways New York City ($1,499); additional gateways also available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $470. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By No deadline; based on availability.
Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between New York City and Istanbul starts from $686 in mid-November (Turkish Airlines). Add to that $195 per person including taxes for three nights at the Mosaic Hotel, $65 per person including taxes for one night at the Akol Hotel, $110 per person including taxes for two nights at the Korumar Hotel, $58 per person including taxes for one night at the Pam Thermal Hotel, $55 per person including taxes for one night at the Ozkaymak Konya, $150 per person including taxes for two nights at the Peri Tower Hotel, and $60 per person including taxes for one night at the Crowne Plaza Ankara, and you're spending $1,379 on airfare and accommodations alone. For just $120 more, this travel package gives you airfare and 11 nights in seven cities all around Turkey, plus transportation, guided tours, most meals, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are also available, including a full day guided tour of Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary with lunch for $75, a full day guided tour of the highlights of Cappadocia for $68 per person, or a scenic balloon ride over Cappadocia for from $215 per person. Additional options are available through Gate 1 Travel's website.
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