Coastal Turkey, Air, 6 nights, From $1,099
Roam the ancient ruins of Troy and Ephesus, take in the spice markets of Istanbul, and explore Kusadasi, one of Turkey's coastal resort cities.
The Real Deal Round-trip airfare from New York City to Istanbul on Turkish Airlines; two nights at the Fantasia Hotel Deluxe ten minutes outside Kusadasi, on the Aegean Sea; one night at the Hotel Akol in Cannakale, with views of the Dardanelles Strait; three nights at the Kent Hotel Istanbul, conveniently located within walking distance of the Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar, and popular Sultanahmet area; six buffet breakfasts and three dinners; transportation within Turkey; arrival and departures transfers; tours and entrance fees, and an English-speaking tour guide, from $1,099 per person—plus up to $73 in airport taxes and fees.
When Jan. 18, 2012 ($1,099); add $100 for Dec. 11, 2011; add $200 for Nov. 6, 16, 2011; Mar. 7, 20, 2012.
Gateways New York City ($1,099).
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees cost up to $73 extra per person. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $399. Does not include $20 fee for a Turkish visa, granted upon arrival. U.S. passports must be valid for at least six months past the travel date with two or more blank pages. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Sept. 21, 2011.
Contact Friendly Planet Travel, 800/555-5765, friendlyplanet.com
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare from New York City to Istanbul starting from $698 in mid-January (Delta). For $474 more, this package gives you airfare, 6 nights' accommodations throughout Turkey, six buffet breakfasts and three dinners, intercountry transportation and transfers, tours and entrance fees, an English-speaking tour guide, and all taxes and fees.
More Several optional tours are available, including a tour of the Museum of Ephesus, Sirince, and St. John’s Basilica in Ephesus for $45 per person; a tour of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace for $50 per person, a Bosphorus Cruise—with a tour of the famous Spice Market—for $55 per person; and a tour of Istanbul by night with dinner and a show for $90 per person.
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