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Classics of Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Tour Details

Visit: Istanbul, Ankara, Cappadocia, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale, Dardanelles, Gallipoli, Istanbul

Day 1 (Friday): Istanbul - Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon a welcome briefing will be held.

Day 2 (Saturday): 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. 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 (Sunday): Istanbul - Ankara

This morning depart on an optional tour of 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. Continue with a 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. Depart for the capital city of Ankara where we will stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 (Monday): Ankara - Cappadocia

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittie artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravanserai en route. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5 (Tuesday): Cappadocia

Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experence 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 was 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 in a cave.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 (Wednesday): Cappadocia - Pamukkale

Proceed to Pamukkale. En route visit the famous Mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Thursday): Pamukkale - Kusadasi

Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs and visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Continue to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 (Friday): Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Kusadasi

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world and explore 2,000 year old marble streets, a theatre, 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 centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional afternoon tour of Sirince.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 (Saturday): Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale

Visit the ancient Medical Centre Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then continue to 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. Continue to Canakkale where we will stay overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 (Sunday): Dardanelles - Gallipoli - Istanbul

In the morning, depart for Gallipoli the site of many battles during WW1. Visit Anzac Cove, the Lone Pine Cemetery, Chunuk Bair, the Kabatepe War Museum. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 (Monday): Istanbul - Return

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.

Meals: Breakfast


Escorted Tour Includes:

  • First Class hotels with private facilities
  • Meals are indicated on itineraries
  • Licensed guides throughout the tour
  • 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: Renaissance Bosphorus
  • Ankara: Crown Plaza Ankara
  • Cappadocia: Cappadocia Lodge
  • Pamukkale: Colossae Hotel
  • Kusadasi: Charisma Hotel
  • Canakkale: Kolin Hotel


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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