Reed Travel Features
NEW ORLEANS -- Aras Tours is offering a trio of tours to Turkey
that will take clients to almost all corners of the country from
Istanbul to Izmir on the western Aegean coast, to Antalya and the
ancient Pamphylian cities by the Mediterranean Sea, to Trabzon and
the mountain pine forests of the northern Black Sea and Lake Van
and the Hittite sites of eastern Turkey.
Tours run from 12 to 15 nights and include deluxe or the best
hotels available, most meals, sightseeing, air-conditioned
transportation, tour escort/guide, transfers, tax and service
Programs can be booked with or without air, and generally have
two or more departures a month through October.
The Romance of Eastern Turkey is one of three comprehensive
escorted tours that Aras Tours is offering this season. The
15-night itinerary takes travelers from Istanbul to the Eastern
region, visiting Kars and the medieval churches of Anim Mount
Ararat, Lake Van, the beehive houses of Harran, the monumental
heads on the slopes of Mount Nemrut and Cappadocia.
Departures are scheduled monthly May through October.
The price ranges from $2,475 to $2,575 per person, double, with
air from New York. Rates for land-only packages start at
Another 15-night offering is Asia Minor Civilizations &
Istanbul, which starts with two nights in Istanbul before leaving
for Bursa, Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya and the Mediterranean
antiquities of Perge, Aspendos and Side from a base in the port
town of Antalya.
It continues to Aphrodisias, Pamukkale, and Izmir, then to
Sardis, Pergamum, Troy and Canakkale, before returning to Istanbul
for two nights. Per-person prices start at $1,375 for land-only
bookings, and at $1,895 with land and air.
Aras Tours' 12-night the Best of Turkey makes a shorter circuit
from Istanbul to Cappadocia and to Antalya, returning to Istanbul
via the same western Turkey attractions as the longer Asia Minor
Civilizations tour routing.
The land-only portion of the tour is priced from $1,295, and the
land and air price is from $1,595.
To book, call (800) 208-2727 or (504) 522-5600.