NEW YORK -- Tursem Tours unveiled a Turkish Delight package aimed
at travelers on a budget.
The program, which begins at $695 per person, land, combines
some better-known destinations with secondary cities where
participants can get the flavor of Turkey's long history of
The tour kicks off in Ankara, where participants can see ancient
artifacts that range from the Old Stone Age to Hittite periods in
the city's Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.
At Cappadocia, known for its volcanic rock formations carved by
thousands of years of eruptions and erosion, visitors can take in
the cave tunnels, underground homes and churches of the local
Also on the agenda in Cappadocia is a visit to the artisans who
craft rugs and hand-thrown pots as well as a performance of local
Next, participants will have a chance to see a performance by
the whirling dervishes in Konya, followed by a sampling of the
mineral waters of Pamukkale, reputed to have healing powers.
At Hierapolis, the itinerary includes visits to a Byzantine
church and a shrine to Pluto, an ancient god of the underworld.
A highlight of the tour is the stop in the ancient city of
Ephesus as well as the nearby Basilica of St. John and the remains
of the great Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the
Archaeology buffs will appreciate the excursion to Pergamon,
capital of a pre-Roman kingdom, and the ancient city of Troy.
The trip ends in Istanbul, where the itinerary includes a visit
to the Byzantine St. Sophia Church, the Ottoman Dolmabahce Palace,
Topkapi Palace and the Grand Covered Bazaar.
The land rate includes eight nights' accommodations in four-star
hotels, daily breakfasts and buffet dinners, services of an
English-speaking guide and sightseeing via air-conditioned minivan
An air-inclusive version of the package via Turkish Airways
starts at $1,155, with departures from a number of U.S. gateway
For additional information, call Tursem Tours at (800) 223-9169
or log on to the Web at www.tursemtours.com.