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SPATA

Is honored to invite You to our

56TH ANNUAL CONVENTION, this time to TURKEY

16-24 October, 2014



Turkey is a country of many faces, with fairytale-like mosques and palaces, legendary ancient cities and fascinating landscape. A richly historical land with some of the best cuisine you will ever taste, one of the world’s greatest cities and scenery ranging from white-sand beaches to soaring mountains.

Below, you can find our DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARY:


DAY 1: OCT. 16 - JFK - ISTANBUL

Depart for your overnight flight


DAY 2: OCT. 17 - ARRIVAL – ISTANBUL

Arrival in Istanbul. You will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

Dinner at the hotel. (D) - THE PLAZA HOTEL www.theplazahotel.com.tr – we will stay for 3 nights


DAY 3: OCT. 18 - ISTANBUL

Today enjoy a full day tour of Istanbul, including Hagia Sophia Church, now a museum, the Blue Mosque, the Byzantine Hippodrome and Topkapi Palace (excluding Harem Section) and Grand Bazaar. Evening at leisure. Dinner at hotel (B,L,D)


DAY 4: OCT. 19 - ISTANBUL

After breakfast:

10:00am – Official Opening Ceremony of SPATA Convention with Polish and Turkish officials

workshop with Turkish travel agencies

Lunch at local fish restaurant

Half day tour - visit the Spice Market and cruise by private boat on Bosphorus, the unique winding strait separating two continents.. Return back to hotel. Evening dinner and Belly dancing performance complimentary from the Turkish Tourist board (to be advised) (B,L,D)


DAY 5: OCT. 20 - ISTANBUL / CAPPADOCIA

Transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. Tour Goreme’s rock chapels decorated with 6th century frescoes, Zelve’s cliff-side Byzantine monastic complex and Uchisar’s natural citadel. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. (B,L,D) - SUHAN HOTEL 5* www.suhanhotel.com


DAY 6: OCT. 21 - CAPPADOCIA / PAMUKKALE

Today depart for Pamukkale. En route visit the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale. (B,L,D) – COLOSSAE HOTEL 5* www.colossaehotel.com


DAY 7: OCT. 22 - PAMUKKALE / BODRUM

Early morning visit the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades and one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then drive to Bodrum and overnight. (B,L) - THE MARMARA HOTEL 5* www.themarmarahotels.com – we will stay for 2 nights


DAY 8: OCT. 23 - BODRUM

Full Day free at leisure. (B)

6:00pm Closed SPATA meeting

Gala Dinner – Official Closing Ceremony of SPATA Convention


DAY 9: OCT. 24 - BODRUM – DEPARTURE

After breakfast you will be transferred to airport


PACKAGE INCLUDED FEATURES:

  • Meet and Assist upon arrival by your representative
  • Private deluxe air-condition motor coach with an English speaking guide
  • 3-Night accommodations at the deluxe Plaza Hotel in Istanbul with breakfast and 2 dinners www.theplazahotel.com.tr
  • Full day sightseeing tour of Istanbul including Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Topaki Palace and Grand Bazaar with lunch
  • Half day visit to the spice Market
  • Private boat cruise on the Bosphorus with lunch at local fish restaurant
  • Istanbul by Night with Dinner and Live belly dancing entertainment
  • 1-Night accommodation at the deluxe SUHAN Hotel (www.suhanhotel.com) with breakfast and dinner
  • Sightseeing tour of Goreme’s Rock chapels, Zelve’s cliff side Byzantine Monastic complex and Uchisar’s citadel with lunch included
  • 1-Night accommodation at the deluxe COLOSSAE Hotel (www.colossaehotel.com) with breakfast and dinner included
  • Sightseeing tour of the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana with lunch
  • Sightseeing tour of the Cotton fortress,the white calcium cascades
  • 2-Night accommodations at the deluxe MARMARA Hotel with deluxe garden views with breakfast daily (www.themarmarahotels.com)
  • Total of 5 lunches at local restaurants included
  • Tips to hotels and restaurants included, Porterage of 1 suitcase (luggage handling) at hotels
  • All transfers included ; Hotel taxes and service charges ; USTOA 1 Million Dollar Consumer Protection Plan