Highlights of Turkey

Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world’s treasures. Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

Meet at the crossroads of East and West – the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you’ll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque – its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. ‘Dive Into Culture’ as you haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We’ll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we’ll dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Kolin

Day 4: Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we ‘Connect With Locals’ in the village of Demircidere over a ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.

Hotel: Mövenpick

Day 5: Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa’s head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

Hotel: Colossae Thermal

Day 6: Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Konya

This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

Hotel: Dedeman

Day 7: Konya – Cappadocia

Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you’ll see a 13th-century caravanserai then ‘Dive Into Culture’ to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight you’ll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia’s fairy-tale landscapes.

Hotel: Dilek Kaya, 2 nights

Day 8: Göreme Excursion

The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. You’ll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.

Day 9: Cappadocia – Istanbul

Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul’s iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 10: Depart Istanbul

We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 17, 23$2,495.00$3,285.00
May: 08, 15, 22$2,495.00$3,285.00
June: 05, 19$2,495.00$3,285.00
July: 03, 17, 31$2,495.00$3,285.00
August: 14, 28$2,495.00$3,285.00
September: 04, 11, 18, 25$2,495.00$3,285.00
October: 02, 16$2,495.00$3,285.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Flight: Air Ticket: Cappadocia - Istanbul
Accommodation: 9 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Best of Turkey

A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey. Take a leisurely jaunt through Turkey to visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and Istanbul’s bustling city markets.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul

Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli, 2 nights

Day 2: Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Gain insights into the Ottoman Empire’s power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. ‘Dive Into Culture’ this afternoon, with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Spend your afternoon haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Gallipoli – the national pride of two nations, the Turkish and Australians, were awakened at the site of the bloody WWI battlefields and are commemorated to this day. See Anzac Cove and the Dardanelles, and visit the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. We continue to Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

Hotel: Kolin

Day 4: Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

Explore the legends of Troy and see the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in the city of Pergamon before retiring in seaside Izmir this evening where we’ll dine at our hotel.

Hotel: Mövenpick, 2 nights

Day 5: Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

Stroll through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, past the amazingly intact façade of the Library of Celcus and down to what was once its thriving port. See the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos then spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you may consider joining an optional dinner at a local restaurant in Izmir and indulge in some of the local raki.

Day 6: Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time

Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

Hotel: Colossae Thermal

Day 7: Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Antalya

Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale’s Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we’ll ‘Connect With Locals’ and gain insights into their traditions at our ‘Be My Guest’ lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Rixos Downtown, 2 nights

Day 8: Perge Excursion

Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.

Day 9: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

Witness the world’s best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome, before returning to our hotel where we’ll dine tonight.

Hotel: Dedeman

Day 10: Konya – Cappadocia

See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanserai, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Dinner at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.  Tonight we stay in one of Trafalgar’s ‘Stays With Stories’ located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.

Hotel: Dilek Kaya, 2 nights

Day 11: Göreme Excursion

The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.

Day 12: Cappadocia – Ankara

Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country’s beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.

Hotel – Mövenpick

Day 13: Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

Day 14: Depart Istanbul

Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12, 22, 26$3,075.00$4,125.00
May: 03, 10, 17, 24, 31$3,075.00$4,125.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,075.00$4,125.00
July: 12, 26$3,075.00$4,125.00
August: 09, 23$3,075.00$4,125.00
September: 06, 13, 20, 27$3,075.00$4,125.00
October: 04, 11, 18$3,075.00$4,125.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director & separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Treasures of Turkey

Explore the ancient sites of Ephesus and Troy, behold the grandeur of the Hagia Sophia and dive into the history of this fascinating country.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Welcome to Turkey. You’ll start in vibrant Istanbul, where a representative will pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel. Located in the heart of the city, you’ll be close to Taksim Square, which is famous for its Republic Monument, dining and shopping options. Join your Travel Director at 18.30 for a Welcome Reception and Dinner where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt

In the morning embark on a cruise along Bosphorus, one of the world’s busiest waterways. Leisurely cruise past the quaint fishing villages that line its shores. Travel towards the old city and see the beautiful Ottoman waterfront palaces and fortresses. Later, leave Istanbul for Bursa. A large city in northwest Turkey, it was the first major capital of the Ottoman Empire. There will be time in the afternoon to explore the city’s bazaars, silk markets and historic monuments.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Begin your day of culture with a visit to the glorious Green Mosque, Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa. Continue to the charming Cumalikizik village, with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Later you’ll head to Gordion, which was once the capital city of ancient Phrygia, as you make your way to Turkey’s modern capital, Ankara. Enjoy a relaxed evening at your hotel, the Hilton SA. Perhaps take a dip in its indoor pool or unwind in its jacuzzi or hammam.

Hotel: Hilton SA

A day for history enthusiasts, explore Turkey’s bustling cultural capital, Ankara. Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey’s greatest modern leader and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Later, head to Avanos in Cappadocia. Famed for its unique geological formation, Cappadocia is an agreeable mix of golden hills and towering panoramic views. Complimenting the day’s events, after dinner tonight at your hotel, you will witness a performance of Whirling Dervishes.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos, 2 nights

With its striking golden, volcanic landscapes, underground city and otherworldly buildings, Cappadocia could never be called ordinary. At every turn you’ll be delighted with yet another geographical or architectural surprise. Today you’ll travel to the striking town of Göreme. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings. You are treated to the unique flavours of Anatolia at Uçhisar Kadineli Restaurant, an establishment that provides employment for the women of the village and supports their financial freedom before moving on to the Pasabag Valley. Move on to the underground city of Özkonak where you’ll have time to explore its tunnels and holes with your Travel Director. Later, join a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house, where you’ll learn more about their unique way of life, local traditions and family life.

Day 6: Konya

Start your day by learning more about traditional pottery making in Avanos. It’s then time to take a journey along the famous Silk Road, as you visit a 13th century caravanserai, a historic roadside inn where travellers would rest and recover after a day’s journey, most notably along the iconic road itself. Later, you’ll head to Turkey’s most religious city, Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Once here, visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.

Hotel: Ramada Plaza by Wyndham

You day begins with a scenic drive down the Taurus Mountains to Aspendos an ancient city in Antalya. Known for having the best-preserved Roman theatre anywhere in the world, learn more as you explore it with your fellow travellers. Continue to your hotel for the next two nights and enjoy time to relax.

Hotel: Akra Barut Hotel, 2 nights

Start your day with a visit to Antalya’s pretty Old Town, with its souvenir markets and sweeping sea views. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities at your hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on places to explore in the city, take a stroll around the harbour or perhaps take a boat trip off the coast.

Cross the soaring Taurus Mountains to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis, a Roman spa city founded around 190 B.C. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, explore the area with your Travel Director. Later, head back to your hotel, the esteemed Doğa Thermal Health & Spa. Take full advantage of its indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam room and its Turkish bath complex.

Hotel: Doğa Thermal Health & Spa

Start your morning with a trip to the Temple of Aphrodite, dedicated to the goddess of love, beauty and fertility, in Geyre. Based in the ruins of the ancient city of Aphrodisias, it was the focal point of the city in its heyday. You’ll see the towering, fourteen columns of the temple that have been re-erected. End your day in the quaint Aegan port of Izmir.

Hotel: Swissôtel Grand Efes, 2 nights

Today you’ll spend the day exploring pretty Izmir, Turkey’s third largest city. A vibrant destination on Turkey’s Aegean coast, it is was founded by the Greeks and has been an important port since ancient times. Explore one of the world’s finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, a famous Catholic and Muslim shrine, situated above the Ephesus ruins.

Begin your day of legends with a trip to Pergamon. Once a powerful ancient Greek city, you’ll find the Asklepion temple here. A famous shrine and healing centre, it was built in honour of Asklepios, the god of medicine. Next, head to Homer’s city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war and the backdrop to one of history’s most famous love stories, that of Paris and Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C. can be found beside the city’s walls. After some time exploring, continue your journey to Çanakkale, a gateway to the Gallipoli WWI battlefields.

Hotel: Kolin

This morning, cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought, in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and pay your respects at the Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, return to Istanbul where you’ll spend the next two nights.

Hotel: Grand Hyatt, 2 nights

Today you’ll take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning visit the historic Blue Mosque. Made up of domes and minarets, head inside and see its beautiful blue tiled interiors. See the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD, it is now a museum, famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travellers and toast to your trip over a Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onwards flights, or for those extending their stay in Istanbul, speak to your Travel Director for tips and tricks on where to head.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 14$3,750.00Price on Application
May: 03, 17, 31$3,625.00Price on Application
June: 14, 28$3,625.00Price on Application
July: 12, 26$3,625.00Price on Application
August: 09, 23$3,625.00Price on Application
September: 06, 20$3,625.00Price on Application
October: 04, 18$3,625.00Price on Application
November: 01, 08, 15, 22$3,350.00Price on Application
December: 20$3,625.00Price on Application
December: 27$3,595.00Price on Application
2021 Dates & Prices
February: 07$3,350.00Price on Application
March: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,350.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,625.00Price on Application
Inclusions
 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 11 Dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Professional Travel Director
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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