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Turkey's Crossroads of Faith

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Fly into: Istanbul Fly out of: Istanbul
Total Duration: 10 days

Turkey is a cultural crossroads where the world's major three religions (Islam, Christianity, and Judaism) have coexisted for centuries. It's not uncommon to see a mosque next to an ancient church or synagogue. On this trip, you'll explore some of the most important religious sites in Turkey. Keep in mind that Turkey's bus network is more comprehensive than its train network.

    This Trip's Top Experiences:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Natural Beauty
Days 1-2
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1 Istanbul

A Divided City

  • Most people agree that Aya Sofya is the greatest work of Byzantine architecture
  • The iconic Blue Mosque is covered in 20,000 shimmering tiles
  • The Kariye Museum is filled with glittering mosaics and frescoes
  • History
  • Shopping
  • Architecture
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Days 3-4
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2 Konya

A Whirlwind Stop

  • Watch a performance of whirling dervishes at the Cultural Center
  • Visit the Mevlâna Museum and tomb, dedicated to the founder of the whirling dervishes
  • Explore the unusual Alaaddin mosque, which is built on a hill
  • Art and Culture
  • Archaeology
  • History
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Days 5-6
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3 Cappadocia

Cave Dwellers

  • See the unique volcanic structures in the village of Göreme
  • Spend the night in a cave hotel
  • Tour the early Christian cave churches and underground cities
  • Natural Beauty
  • Archaeology
  • History
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Days 7-8
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4 Antakya

City of Marvels

  • Head to the cave that was once the Church of St. Peter, perhaps the oldest church in the world
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum, which has an excellent collection of Roman and Byzantine artifacts
  • Have lunch at a Syrian-influenced restaurant
  • Archaeology
  • Shopping
  • History
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Days 9-10
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5 Şanlıurfa

City of Marvels

  • Make a pilgrimage to this town where, it is believed, Abraham was born
  • Find a moment of contemplative peace at the carp pools
  • Explore the bustling bazaar and see craftspeople at work
  • History
  • Shopping
  • Archaeology
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