Tursem Tours unveils a budget 'Turkish Delight'

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 civilization.

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 inhabitants.

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 folk dancing.

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 ancient world.

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 or motorcoach.

An air-inclusive version of the package via Turkish Airways starts at $1,155, with departures from a number of U.S. gateway cities.

For additional information, call Tursem Tours at (800) 223-9169 or log on to the Web at www.tursemtours.com.

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