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14

Step back in time, relax and enjoy highlights of Turkey. Get seduce by the colorful cultures of ancient life and slow motion Aegean lifestyle.

£959.00

Includes

  • Inbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul – Atatürk Airport (IST)
    OR Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul – Atatürk Airport (IST)
    OR Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 13 nights – accommodation.
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips – driver and guide

Itinerary

14 – Day itinerary

Day 1 Friday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Overnight, Istanbul,  4 starTryp by Wyndam

Day 2 Saturday

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.

Overnight Istanbul, 4 starTryp by Wyndam, (B)

Day 3 Sunday

Safranbolu

After breakfast, we drive to Safranbolu. Visiting some of the finest surviving traditional Turkish civil architecture. Stroll along the town’s cobbled streets to Cinci Caravanserai and Bath, Kaymakamlar (Governors) House, Izzet Mehmet Pasa Mosque and the old Yemeniciler shoe makers’ guild bazaar.

Overnight Safranbolu 4 star Hotel to be advised (B, D)

Day 4 Monday

Hattusa, Cappadocia

Early morning departure for Cappadocia, visit the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusa. In the Yazilikaya rock sanctuary there are impressive carved reliefs that portray the Hittite gods. Continue to the unique volcanic area of Cappadocia.

Overnight Cappadocia, 4 star, Hotel to be advised (B, D)

Day 5 Tuesday

Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle, explore the many levels of an underground city and more.

Overnight Cappadocia, 4 star Hotel to be advised(B, D)

Day 6 Wednesday

Konya, Beysehir

Morning departure to Konya along the old Silk Road, visit Sultanhani Caravanserai and Mevlana Museum. This centre celebrates Rumi, the famous mystic and poet who founded the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Afterwards we drive to Beysehir.

Overnight Beysehir, 4 star Hotel to be advised (B, D)

Day 7 Thursday

Beysehir, Antalya

After breakfast, we visit Beysehir lake, Turkey’s largest freshwater lake, set in a charming location, looking west at the Taurus Mountains on the opposite shore.

Overnight Antalya,  4 star Best Western Khan Hotel (B)

Day 8 Friday

Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls

Today, we will visit famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Then we will visit Manavgat Waterfalls for a pleasant respite.

Overnight Antalya,  4 star Best Western Khan Hotel (B)

Day 9 Saturday Antalya,  Sagalassos

After breakfast, we drive to ancient site of Sagalassos which dates back to 25 B.C., visiting the Antonin’s Fountain, Hamam or large bath house built in second century. After this, we see the still intact ruins of the area, the highest theatre in Anatolia at 1574 metres high. theatre was built as a single storey in 180-200 A.D., with the view of the landscape kept in mind for the audience. Sagalassos is one of the best preserved cities in all of Asia.

Overnight Ağlasun, Boutique, Sagalassos Lodge and Spa Hotel (B, D)

Day 10 Sunday

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we are heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. End of our visit, drive to Kusadasi.

Overnight  Kuşadası Boutique, Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel, (B, D)

Day  11 Monday

Ephesus, Kusadası

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Overnight Kuşadası, Boutique, Ilayda Avant garde Hotel  (B, D)

Day 12 Tuesday

Pergamum, Troy

After breakfast, we will drive along the Aegean coast to the ancient city of Pergamum. We visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum, its impressive temples and library that made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. We then continue north to tour the legendary city of Troy.

Overnight Çanakkale, 5 star, Parion Hotel (B, D)

Day 13 Wednesday

Gallipoli Battlefields

After breakfast, we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels before driving to back to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbu, l4 starTryp by Wyndam, (B)

Day 14

Thursday Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

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Prices per person in twin share accommodation

 Per person in twin share accommodation: 959.00 GBP
Single Supplement: 390.00 GBP

This tour is a ‘Guaranteed Departure ‘ tour. This means it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.

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