From ancient cities to huge outdoor markets to the nerve-jangling thick and sweet coffee, Turkey is a hot travel destination right now, as you've read in this space before. But for Frommers.com readers, a cool deal is now available--an additional $100 off already low prices on the Winter Classic Turkey Tours, organized by L.A. based Troy Tours. For a 14-day/12-night tour usually costing $1,399, now goes for $1,299, or less than $100 per day, including airfare.
All you have to do is mention that you saw the extra savings in our humble Newsletter before you make you reservations. Just be sure you use the "Frommers.com Newsletter" name when asking for the $100 off.
The tour visits Istanbul, Ankara, the Cappadocia area (rock churches and frescoes, as well as cave dwellings), Antalya (ruins of Perge, on the Blue Turquoise Coast), Pamukkale (ruins of Hierapolis), Kusadasi (for the magnificent ruins at Ephesus) and Canakkale.
In addition to Ephesus, which I feel is the best collection of Greek (the Turks say "Hellenistic") ruins available to the ordinary traveler, passengers will visit such famous archeological sites as Troy, Pergamum and Aphrodisias, guided by English-speaking, state-licensed guides.
The price is $1,399 pre-discount out of New York and Boston. You get your airfare, 12 nights in 4- and 5-star hotels, roundtrip transfers, comprehensive sightseeing (including entrance fees), daily buffet breakfast and eight dinners. Prices are per person based on double occupancy. The single supplement is $350.
The price (before the Frommers.com discount) from Los Angeles or San Francisco is $1,499, from Seattle or Portland or $1,599, from Chicago or Miami $1449. Guaranteed departures will be on November 1, 3 and 5, on December 21, and in 2003, January 18, February 23 and March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. (The December 21 departure will cost $300 more than the others.)
You can stopover in Zurich or Brussels en route for an additional $100 plus taxes. Stay on in Turkey for an extra $500 deviation fee, and perhaps use an Istanbul hotel for $60 per person per night. Hotels on the tour include the Istanbul Mercure, the Kusadasi Korumar and the Antalya Portobello, the latter two being 5-star, the former 4-star.
For more information or to book, contact Troy Tours at 800/748-6878. Their Web site is www.troytours.com.