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Turkish Golf and Touring in Antalya

Travel with Francis X. Gallagher, Publisher & CEO, Global Traveler to Turkey’s Antalya Region for golf and historical exploration in Spring 2019.

Make your own way to JFK airport for your flight to Antalya via Istanbul. Please make sure that you are at the airport check-in counter at least 3 hours prior to departure.

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Antalya
Day 2 Golf or spa treatments and guided tour of Aspendos
Day 3 Golf and excursion to the city of Antalya
Day 4 Drive to Termessos
Day 5 Golf or cooking class and tour of Perge
Day 6 Depart for return to New York (JFK)

Highlights of the trip

  • Round-trip flights on Turkish Airlines
  • Tee times at four different golf courses
  • Tour the Roman theater in Aspendos
  • Explore the Antalya Archeological Museum
  • Visit the ruins of Termessos
  • Cooking class featuring Mediterranean flavors
  • Daily meals provided

Day 1

Turkish Airlines flight TK012, departs JFK at 12:10 a.m. and arrives in Istanbul at 4:45 p.m. Connect to flight TK 2438, departs Istanbul at 7:25 p.m. and arrives in Antalya at 8:45 p.m.

On arrival in Antalya, our local representative will meet the group on arrival and then transfer you to the hotel.

Overnight at the Gloria Serenity Hotel or the Gloria Golf Hotel (or similar)

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Day 2

7 a.m.: Group #1 (Golf)
Tee Times – Gloria New Course (18 Hole) – Take the complimentary hotel shuttle to Gloria’s ‘New’ Course.  Opened in 2005, with water coming in to play on several holes and gentle undulating tree-lined fairways, it is a truly natural challenge.

8 a.m.: Group #2 (Non-Golf)
The morning is at leisure. You may spend your free time at one of the three Gloria Spas (Gloria Golf Resort, Gloria Serenity and Gloria Verde Resort) enjoying the various spa treatments. Try the tradi­tional Turkish massage, the international jet-lag rejuvenating massage or make your selection from a host of other relaxing treatments.  [Payments for spa treatments are not included and are to be made directly to the spa.]

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The group will enjoy lunch and unlimited local beverages at the Tetrasomia Restaurant.

1:00 p.m.: Board the coach for a guided tour of Aspendos, considered by most to have the best-preserved Roman Theater of the an­cient world. The theater was built between 160-60 AD by Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

[8 p.m.: Cocktail reception hosted by Turkish Airlines/FXExpress Publications, Inc. & FX Excursions]

9 p.m.: The group will enjoy dinner and unlimited local beverages at Sha Japanese Cuisine Restaurant

Overnight at the Gloria Serenity Hotel or the Gloria Golf Hotel (or similar)

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Day 3

This morning enjoy breakfast at the hotel.

7 a.m.: Group #1 (Golf)
Tee Times – You will be transferred to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course. Opened in 2008, designed by famed British golf professional Colin Montgomerie, the Maxx Royal is considered one of the best golf courses in Belek and in Turkey. Set within 256 acres mixed with pine forest and sandy ridges, the natural environment has been maintained, thereby enhancing the particular characteristics of the Maxx Royal.

Lunch is included at the Maxx Royal after golf.

1 p.m.: Tee Times. You will be transferred to the National Golf Course. A truly magnificent course, which is routed thoughtfully across gently rolling terrain and through mature pine and eucalyptus trees. The snow-capped Taurus Mountains provide a provocative backdrop especially as the course is bathed in hot sunshine for the vast majority of the year.

The 18-hole Championship Course, designed by Ryder Cup Player David Feherty and Seniors Tour Player David Jones, has played host to the PGA European Turkish Seniors Open in 1996 and 1997.

9 a.m.: Group #2 (Non-Golf)
Meet in the lobby of the hotel for an excursion to the city of Antalya, including the Archeological Museum, Kaleici district, Duden Waterfall & shopping.  Lunch & two glasses of beverages (wine/beer/soft drinks) per person at Club Arma is included.

[8 p.m.: Cocktail reception at the hotel hosted by the Turkish Tourism Board/FXExpress Publications & FX Excursions]

9 p.m.: The group will enjoy dinner and unlimited beverages at Komenos Steakhouse Restaurant

Overnight at the Gloria Serenity Hotel or the Gloria Golf Hotel (or similar)

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Day 4

Enjoy breakfast at your leisure.

9 am: (Group #1 & #2) depart by coach to Termessos.
High and away from the world we know lies Termessos, which sits on top of a mountain valley. The city is in ruin but is massive and has a strong history of a bold and defensive people. The inhabitants we know as Pisidians are prone to battle. So strong was this position and the people fought off Alexander the Great in 33 BC and the Romans allowed Termessos to remain independent from the crushing arm of Rome (as they could not conquer them). The city has much to see and is famous for its Amphitheater, which has spectacular views high in the mountains; it is stunning and a suggested location for fresh bread (procured on our drive) and cheese over a glass of Turkish wine. Our guide will take us through the impressive city that was eventually abandoned due to massive earthquakes that toppled the many structures and tombs.

Return to the resort after the tour.

7:30 pm: You will be transferred to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Resort where you will enjoy dinner and unlimited local beverages.

Overnight at the Gloria Serenity Hotel or the Gloria Golf Hotel (or similar)

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Day 5

Breakfast at your leisure

7 a.m.: Group #1 (Golf)
Tee Times – You will be transferred to the Titanic Golf Resort – The complex contains 27 holes arranged in a 9-hole format that includes The River (holes 1-9), The Mediterranean (holes 10-19) and The Forest (holes 19-27). We will play all 27 holes, which offer a thrilling experience taking us from magnificent river views to stunning Mediterranean vistas to the coolness of a rich forest and the Taurus Mountains. The Titanic Golf Resort is the home of the Turkish Airlines World Cup of Golf.

9 a.m.: Group # 2 (Non-Golf)
Meet in the hotel’s lobby where you will be directed to a cooking class featuring specialty Mediterranean dishes from the region.

12:30 p.m.: Enjoy lunch and unlimited local beverages by the pool

2 p.m.: (Group #1 & #2) Depart by coach for Perge. Considered the most significant town of ancient Pamphylia, the site entrance is adorned with a massive Roman Gate with four arches. Oth­er highlights include the Hellenistic Gate, baths, colonnaded streets and a massive stadium.

Return to the resort after the tour.

[7:30 p.m.: Closing cocktail reception hosted by FX Excursions]

[8:30 p.m.: Dinner and Awards Presentation – Sponsored by Turkish Airlines/FX Excursions & FXExpress Publications Inc. in a Private Dining Room at the Gloria Serenity Resort]

Overnight at the Gloria Serenity Hotel or the Gloria Golf Hotel (or similar)

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Day 6

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast this morning, before checking out of the hotel.

This afternoon, the group will be transferred to the airport for the Turkish Airlines flight TK2433 departing Antalya at 3:15 p.m. Arrive Istanbul at 4:40 p.m. and connect to TK011 departing at 6:25 p.m. Arrive back in JFK at 10:30 p.m.

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AIR & LAND PACKAGE RATES:

Base price: $4,400 per person

Golfer add-on fee: $1,000 per person

Non-golfers add-on fee: $500 per person

Additional single occupancy: $1,200 per person 

Optional:
Additional cost to upgrade to business class on the Turkish Airlines flights: $3,000-3,500 per person depending on gateway and schedule 

Deviation Fees apply for the following:
Departure from a gateway other than JFK
Date changes beyond the itinerary supplied

*Prices quoted are in USD Dollars

  • International air on Turkish Airways from JFK inclusive of taxes in coach / economy class
  • Hotel accommodation as per itinerary based on twin / double occupancy
  • Arrival Meet & Greet
  • Group transfers and transportation by private, air-conditioned coach with driver & English-speaking guide (Any individuals traveling outside the group arrangement must organize own transportation)
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Local taxes
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner; snacks and unlimited local beverages daily
  • Special lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary

Exclusions in above prices:

  • Seat selection
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, minibar etc.
  • Optional tours
  • Meals unless listed in itinerary
  • Golf equipment rentals (Buggies, Clubs, Golf Tokens/Balls, Trolleys etc.)
  • Tips & gratuities
  • Early check-in & late check-out of rooms (standard check-in time is 2pm and check out 10am)
  • Medical / Travel Insurance
  • Visa fees / Passport handling fees

Activities and arrangements shown in brackets and in italics are not included in the price quotation

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