July 14, 2003 -- If you mention "Frommers.com Newsletter" before booking, you'll get $100 off the already low price of a classic winter tour to Turkey this year, a 14-day (12-night) deal costing just $1,399 before the discount.
With this price, you will get roundtrip air out of New York's JFK or Boston, 12 nights' lodging at 4- and 5-star hotels, daily buffet breakfast, eight dinners, comprehensive sightseeing (including entrance fees), roundtrip airport/hotel transfers, private air-conditioned transport and more.
The tour, which operates from November 2003 through March 2004 visits glorious Istanbul (with its St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkai Palace and the Grand Bazaar), Ankara (the capital, featuring a marvelous Hittite Museum), the Cappadocia area (underground city, Goreme Valley, rock churches), Konya (Whirling Dervishes Museum), Antalya (on the famed Blue Turquoise Coast), Pamukkale, Kusadasi and Canakkale. You'll have an opportunity to visit some of the most famous archeological sites in the world, including those at Ephesus (which I think is still the best such site for Western civilization's early ruins), the legendary Troy, Pergamum and Aphrodisias. All visits are guided by English-speaking, state-licensed, guides.
Costs (before the exclusive Frommers.com discount) from other gateway cities include $1,499 out of Chicago, Miami, Los Angeles or San Francisco, and $1,599 out of Seattle or Portland, Oregon. Guaranteed departure dates are November 1, 3 and 5, as well as December 21 in 2003; January 18, February 23, and March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 in 2004. The December 21 departure will cost $300 extra. Stopovers are permitted in Zurich or Brussels, and extensions in Turkey are also easy to arrange for an extra fee.
All rates are per person double occupancy. Tour prices do not include airport departure taxes and fees. For more information or to book, contact Troy Tours at www.troytours.com or 800/748-6878 (reservations), 310/417-3460, fax 310/417-8849.
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