Aras Showcases Romance, Asia Minor and Best of the Country

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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 charges.

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 $1,525.

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.

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