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Glories of Turkey

Pergamom, Turkey

Tour Details

Visit: Istanbul, Dardanelles, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Izmir, Pamukkale, Perge, Antalya, Aspendos, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara, Istanbul

 
Day 1 (Thursday): Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 (Friday): Istanbul

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 - 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 (Saturday): Gallipoli - Dardanelles - Canakkale

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for staying overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Sunday): Troy - Pergamum - Izmir

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Monday): Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Izmir

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. restaurant. Optional: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6 (Tuesday): Izmir - Pamukkale

Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel's thermal pool.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Wednesday): Pamukkale - Bodrum

After breakfast visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and later drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in the 2000s. Overnight stay in Bodrum.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 (Thursday): Bodrum -  Kos

After breakfast, the day is free for personal activities. Optional day island Kos Dinner and overnight in Bodrum.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Friday): Bodrum - Antalya- Konya

After breakfast, depart for Antalya, en route visit famous Termessos Ancient City, then continue to Antalya for dinner and staying overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 (Saturday): Perge - Aspendos - Antalya

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos. The afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at the hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Sunday): Antalya - Konya - Cappadocia

Early morning departure for Konya and visit the mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards, departure to Cappadocia, on the way visit the 13th century Caravansaray and later visit the underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 (Monday): Cappadocia

Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which were first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13 (Tuesday): Cappadocia - Ankara

Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area. Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner and overnight stay at Ankara.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14 (Wednesday): Ankara - Istanbul

After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon, join an optional halfday Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 15 (Thursday): Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Escorted Tour Includes:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on the itinerary
  • Licensed guides throughout the Turkey
  • Private air-conditioned transportation
  • Luggage handling
  • Local taxes and service charges
  • Arrival /departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days

 

Not Included:

  • Pre or post stay transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to guide and drivers

 

Hotels (or similar):

  • Istanbul: W Hotel
  • Canakkale: Kolin Hotel (SFC)
  • Izmir: Swissotel Grand Efes
  • Pamukkale: Doga Thermal Health & Spa
  • Bodrum: Doria Hotel
  • Antalya: Crowne Plaza (DLX)
  • Cappadocia: Gamirasu Hotels (SFC+), CCR
  • Ankara: Hilton Hotel (DLX)

 

Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and hosted tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (nt)

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