Turkey in 2010 – Tours for first-timers

Turkey is a gorgeous destination for travelers of all ages and incomes. If the fabulous weather doesn’t sell you, the history will — it was once the seat of the Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman Empires. The trouble is, there’s so much to do in Turkey, it’s hard to know how exactly to plan a trip, especially on your first visit. Fortunately, there’s this thing called a guided tour (wink wink). Here are three great Turkey tours for 2010:

European Tours — Classical Turkey
This tour includes major sites in Istanbul, Ankara, and the ancient city of Ephesus’ Temple of Artemis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as Cappadocia’s Kaymakli Undergound City. This is perfect for people who are into history and architecture, and who like to stay in four and five star hotels. Ten days, $945 per person for double occupancy, airfare not included.

Key Tours — Deluxe Glories of Turkey
This 15-day, budget-friendly tour covers sites in
Istanbul, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Gallipoli and the Dardenelles. Thirteen breakfasts and 11 dinners are included, as are the various transfer and admission fees, all for around $100 per day. Fifteen days, $1,499 per person for double occupancy, airfare from New York included.

Turkey at Its Best Private Tour of Western Turkey in Winter
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This ultra-luxe package features sites in
Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamon, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Antalya, and visits to Aphrodisias, Hierapolis and the Aegean coast. Private vehicles, English-speaking guides, transfers, taxes, service and entrance fees are all included, as well as three dinners and all accommodations (four and five star hotels). This trip is only available through March 2010. Ten days, $2,985 per person for double occupancy, airfare not included.

Hope that helps! Safe travels, and here are some links to more great Turkey content on Gadling: