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Turkey dazzles your senses, from Istanbul's bustling Grand Bazaar with scents of spices to the incredible cave dwellings of Cappadocia and the shimmering tiles of the Blue Mosque – not to mention the delicious cuisine. This tour takes you far and wide to discover richly historical sites, such as the famous Hagia Sophia, the Topkapi Palace and the legendary city of Troy. Soak up culture and tradition with belly dancing and the heady scent of Turkish coffee. Travel along the Mediterranean past sparkling lakes and through sweeping valleys. This holiday is all about you, so choose optional excursions with expert Local Guides or let your wandering feet explore at your leisure.
- Tour of Istanbul including The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Grand Bazaar
- Visit the Gallipoli war memorial
- Troy tour and visit to ancient city of Pergamon
- Tour of one of the ancient wonders of the world Ephesus
- Visit Sirince Village and discover Turkish agriculture
- Picnic lunch in the ruins of Aphrodisias
- Pamukkale hot springs and swimming opportunity
- Visit Konya – capital of the Seldjuk Empire
- Cappadocia and the Goreme Valley rock with a Cocktail at sunset
- Visit to Ankara including the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations
- Return flights from Gatwick with Turkish Airlines
- 11 nights in 4-star hotels
- 21 meals: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 10 dinners
- Local Flavours : Coffee and Baklava tasting in the Grand Bazaar
- Travelsphere Tour Manager
- Specialist Local Guide
- Welcome drink
- Overseas transfers and other transportation
Day 1: UK to Istanbul
After flying to Istanbul we'll transfer you to your hotel. Enjoy your first dinner in Turkey, relax and get set for your exciting journey.
Day 2: Istanbul
Launch straight into action today on our Byzantine and Ottoman Relics tour where we explore Istanbul, the once capital of the Roman and Ottoman Empires. From Sultanahmet Square we'll explore the Hippodrome's stunning obelisks and intriguing history of chariot races. Prepare yourself for breathtaking sights as we visit the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.
After savouring local flavours at a Turkish restaurant, we'll marvel over the priceless collections at the Topkapi Palace Museum. Once a Christian church then later a mosque, this is one of the largest buildings in the city. Sharpen your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar, the trading hub of the city where you can find everything from pots and carpets to fruit and spices. Taste baklava, a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and honey; and learn the secrets of Turkish coffee-making at Sark Kahvesi – a famed coffee shop. Dance to your own tune in the city tonight or join our optional excursion to watch a traditional Turkish show.
Day 3: Istanbul - Canakkale
After a leisurely breakfast, feel free to explore at your own pace or join our scenic Bosporus Cruise. You'll admire the city skyline and views of historic monuments, while experiencing the novelty of a quick crossing from Europe to Asia. We'll also hop off the boat for a glimpse of local life on Istanbul's Asian side.
Settle in for a relaxing afternoon drive to Canakkale, with sweeping views of the Marmara Sea coastline. We'll stop at the famous WWI battlefields of Gallipoli, the large and poignant resting site of Australian, New Zealand, British and Turkish soldiers. We then cross the historic Dardanelles channel for dinner and leisure time at our hotel.
Day 4: Canakkale - Kusadasi
The myths and legends of Troy await this morning, so make sure you eat a hearty breakfast! The city of Homer's famous poem Iliad, which makes art of the real-life Trojan War, is an archaeological site that highlights more than 3,000 years of history and civilisation. Our journey continues through Ayvalik to Bergama and its impressive ruins. Explore the UNESCO-listed ancient city of Pergamon, an open-air museum with striking remains of the Acropolis and Asclepion.
Day 5: Kusadasi
Today's adventure begins at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ephesus. One of the best-preserved ancient cities in the world, the excavation of Ephesus continues to this day, following a century of unearthing agoras, temples and churches. Get your camera ready for a shot of you and the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
In the afternoon we'll visit a charming village known for its excellent wine production. Sirince sits at the top of a hill boasting vineyard and countryside views, with Greek heritage and plenty of gourmet food to feast on.
Day 6: Kusadasi - Pamukkale
We'll travel to Aphrodisias today to discover the beautifully preserved Greco-Roman settlement and museum. Dedicated to the goddess of love, Aphrodite, the temple here dates from the 3rd century BC. You'll enjoy a delicious picnic lunch before we travel to Pamukkale, celebrated for its startling white cliffs and mineral-rich thermal waters.
Day 7: Pamukkale - Konya
Next, we'll take an exciting tour of Hierapolis. The ruins of this ancient spa city include a Roman theatre, the agora and a huge Necropolis, home to more than 1,000 tombs. You may choose to swim in the hot spring pool at the hotel before we drive to Konya, which was once the capital of the Seljuk Empire. On the way, we'll pass the glistening lakes of Eğirdir and Beyşehir, surrounded by lush landscapes.
Day 8: Konya - Cappadocia
Konya is home to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, who was the founder of the sect of Whirling Dervishes, and it's our first stop after breakfast at the hotel today. We'll also admire the spectacular blue-tiled dome of Karatay Medrese, and visit the 13th century Caravanserai Sultanhani, once a popular stop for merchants along the ancient Silk Road trade route.
Day 9: Cappadocia
Awake amidst Cappadocia's other-worldly scenery for a full day of exploration ahead. Join us for a tour of Göreme Valley with its fairytale rock formations and network of man-made caves that house churches, storehouses and living quarters.
The incredible Kaymakli Underground City was used by the earliest Christian settlers. Of its eight levels, four are open to the public and feature a maze of tunnels and rooms. At sunset, relish a glass of local wine with stunning views over Love Valley.
Day 10: Cappadocia - Ankara
Enjoy an early breakfast today before our drive to the bustling capital city of Ankara. In the afternoon, delve into history at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, to discover Turkey's ancient past. You'll find relics from Neolithic, Bronze Age, Hittite and Lydian periods, among a staggering array of artefacts. We'll also visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk, then enjoy an overnight stay with free time for relaxation or fun.
Day 11: Ankara - Istanbul
A bright and early start takes you back to Istanbul to explore at your own pace in the afternoon. Alternatively, enjoy an optional half-day excursion to Golden Horn, Chora Museum and Pierre Loti café with pretty views over the Bosporus. Take advantage of free time in the evening for some last-minute shopping or sightseeing, then join us for a delicious farewell dinner together at the hotel.
Day 12: Istanbul to UK
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel this morning before your airport transfer and flight home to the UK.
Days 1-2: Sapphire Hotel
Decorated in classic Ottoman style the 4-star Sapphire Hotel is located in the old centre of Istanbul, within walking distance to many major historical attractions.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Day 3: Buyuk Truva Hotel
Buyuk Truva Hotel Canakkale is located in central Canakkale, right on the sea and close to shopping, cafes and restaurants. The ancient city of Troy is just a short drive from the hotel.
Days 4-5: Tusan Beach Resort
The 5-star Tusan Beach Resort in Kusadasi has its own beach and is close to the area’s many historical attractions. All guest rooms have a balcony with a view of the sea or the hotel’s pretty gardens.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, a balcony, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Day 6: Richmond Thermal Hotel
The 4-star Richmond Thermal Hotel is ideally located within reach of Pamukkale.
Hotel facilities include a restaurant, a selection of bars, outdoor swimming pool, and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, TV, telephone, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Day 7: Bera Hotel
The 4-star Bera Hotel is ideally located within Konya's city centre. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, safe, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Days 8-9: Perissia Hotel
The 4-star Perissia Hotel is ideally located within reach of the centre of Cappadocia. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, Satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and hairdryer.
Day 10: Holiday Inn Ankara
This hotel is a 15-minute walk from Kızılay, the dynamic centre of the Turkish capital, and a 10-minute drive from Ulus, the Old Town.
Day 11: Sapphire Hotel
Please note, prices listed are guide prices only and are based on 2 people sharing and don't include any additional supplements. Holiday prices are fluid and dynamic and may be changed at a moment's notice, prior to booking, at which point they are confirmed. Please call the team free on 0800 707 6229 for more departure dates available and a quote.
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