Fabulous Tour of Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea

Join SFCIR On Their Fall 2015 Adventure

Akdamar Island-Van

September 6 – September 27, 2015

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CIR Travel Committee is pleased to offer to CIR members and friends, a tour of Eastern Turkey and the Black Sea.

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Departure Dates

September 6 – 27, 2015
(22 days/20 nights)

Tour Price

$3,600.00 per person in double room with 10 ~ 12 guests traveling together (16 should be upper limit). $800.00 single supplement.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation for 20 nights at selected 3, 4 and 5 star hotels and/or restored Ottoman mansions, special boutique hotels.
  • Breakfast daily
  • 10 dinners
  • Daily private sightseeing by comfortable air-conditioned minibuses or vans including professional driver
  • English speaking and knowledgeable guide
  • Entrance fees to sites indicated in bold on the itinerary
  • One domestic flight in Turkey (Istanbul-Antakya)
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • Baggage handling
  • Boat trip to Akdamar Island
  • Complete information package with itineraries, travel and visa information, and luggage tags.

CIR has selected Treasures of Travel based in Edmonds, Washington to lead a tour for its members. Graham Umit Dogan will be our tour leader. Umit, a Turkish-American, is fluent in Turkish and quite familiar with the sites we will visit. The tour lasts 22 days (20 nights) and will visit Antakya, Sanli Urfa, Mardin, Van, Kars, Erzurum, Artvin, Trabzon, Amasya, Sinop, Amasra and Istanbul. The tour will have an archaeological theme visiting many museums, ancient churches, caravanserais and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. In addition, the Turkish cuisine is delightful. Umit has also offered to help with hotels and tours if travelers wish to spend more time in Istanbul before or after the tour.

The price of this land tour of $3600 per traveler includes airfare from Istanbul to Antakya after arrival in Istanbul, comfortable 3-4-5 star hotels, daily breakfast, ten dinners, land travel by air conditioned Mercedes bus and paid admission to all museums and sites of interest that we will visit. The single supplement charge is $800. There will be no additional payment due CIR as there has been in previous CIR trips.

Anecdotal feedback from CIR members has been that you wanted CIR to offer more exotic destinations. This tour will certainly meet that criterion. Additionally, the price is quite reasonable considering the length of the trip and quality of the archaeological and cultural destinations.

The summary of the tour explains many details. To book your space on the tour, please contact Graham Umit Dogan directly at Treasures of Travel with the code ET-SFCIR: telephone 800-572-0526 or umit@treasuresoftravel.com. You may visit www.treasuresoftravel.com to learn more details as well as terms and conditions. Please make your deposit check of $500 per traveler payable to Treasures of Travel and mail it to PO BOX 714, Edmonds, WA 98020. Treasures of Travel do not accept credit cards. If you cancel your reservation for a group tour 60 days or more before departure, both your deposit and full payment will be refunded less a $100 per person service charge.

The tour will be operated by Treasures of Travel: 800-572-0526/425-775-2250; www.treasuresoftravel.com.

To book the tour*, please contact Graham Umit Dogan: umit@treasuresoftravel.com.

*When booking SFCIR members and friends should give the code ET-SFCIR.

Umit will be accompanying the group as tour guide throughout the visit.

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