2021 Legendary Turkey

June 4 – 18, 2021
Tour Operator: Odysseys Unlimited
Price: From $4,492 (airfare included)
Tour Length: 15 days
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Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet.  With its ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and dramatic Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering your small group – limited to 24 travelers – an unparalleled experience.  The 15-day Turkish sojourn begins with four nights in Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World” and Turkey’s cultural and spiritual heart.  Among the famed highlights visited here:  the Spice Bazaar, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, and Topkapi Palace.

Take a private cruise on the Bosphorus, wander through the Grand Bazaar, and explore independently.  Leaving Istanbul, travel to Gallipoli, the haunting World War I battlefield; then ferry across the Dardanelles to storied Troy.  Discover Pergamum, one of Turkey’s most spectacular ancient sites.  Reaching Izmir for a two-night stay, tour Turkey’s incomparable classical city, Ephesus, including its acclaimed “houses of the wealthy,” and enjoy lunch in the beautiful, rustic village of Sirince.

Following a carpet-weaving demonstration, board a private gulet yacht for a distinctive four-night cruise along the exquisite Turquoise Coast.  On this “Blue Voyage,” encounter secluded coves and hidden sights that few visitors see, including the Sunken Baths of Cleopatra, with opportunities to swim, snorkel, and hike.  Disembarking in Fethiye, journey through the Taurus Mountains to the final destination, seaside Antalya.  Visit its acclaimed Archaeological Museum and charming Old Town and tour Perge’s outstanding Grecian ruins.  After exploring ancient Konya, discover the bizarre rock formations and underground cities of Cappadocia and the Goreme Valley with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour extension.

Schedule of Events

  • Day 1 : Depart U.S.
  • Day 2 : Istanbul
  • Day 3 : Istanbul
  • Day 4 : Istanbul
  • Day 5 : Istanbul
  • Day 6 : Istanbul | Gallipoli | Troy | Assos
  • Day 7 : Assos | Pergamum | Izmir
  • Day 8 : Izmir | Ephesus
  • Day 9 : Izmir | Göcek
  • Day 10 : Cruising
  • Day 11 : Cruising | Dalyan
  • Day 12 : Cruising
  • Day 13 : Fethiye | Antalya
  • Day 14 : Antalya | Perge
  • Day 15 : Depart for U.S.


We offer the Tar Heel Travel program as a service to our alumni and friends of the University. As travel is a GAA member perk, we require one traveler per room to be a member of the General Alumni Association in order to be eligible to travel. For more information or to join the GAA, contact the membership office at (800) 962-0742 or join online.

Additional Information

Note: Tour schedule is subject to change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking as some of the finest attractions are located in areas not closely accessible by motorcoach.

Please review all tour documents carefully, especially visa, vaccine and health and safety information. Dietary accommodations cannot be guaranteed. Please contact the tour operator directly if you have any concerns participating in the tour. 

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All 2021 prices and itineraries (including port order) are tentative and subject to change; final pricing adjustments may occur after the release of marketing materials.

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