Cappadocia to the Cove - 11 days

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From Istanbul, head east to surreal Cappadocia, before visiting Roman ruins, thermal pools and trojan horses en route to ANZAC Cove. At Gallipoli pay your respects to the fallen ANZACs during the centenery year, and explore trenches, battlefields and memorials on an in-depth tour, plus enjoy a boat trip along the coast.

Day 1: Welcome to Turkey
Friday. Hos geldiniz and welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and airport arrival transfer to our hotel. Spend the remainder of the afternoon exploring this great Ottoman city on foot or simply relax and enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight - Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
Istanbul - breakfast. Officially founded by Emperor Constantine in AD326, Istanbul, formally known as Constantinople, remained capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires up until 1923. Its illustrious past leaves a rich legacy of churches, mosques, palaces and museums, complemented by the behemoth Grand Bazaar and colourful street life. Sultanahmet, the compact old city of Istanbul, is full of parks, gardens and stunning sights.

Today we enjoy a guided tour of the old city, with highlights including the Blue Mosque, famed for its stunning blue Iznik tiles and unique six minarets; the nearby ruinous Hippodrome which was once the scene of chariot races and political activities in Byzantine and later Ottoman times, and Hagia Sofia, constructed as a grand basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, reigned as the grandest and biggest church in Christendom until the conquest of Constantinople in 1453 We also visit Topkapi Palace - residence of the sultans for almost four centuries and have time to shop in the Grand Bazaar. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
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Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk in Ankara on a Turkey Tour. Photo courtesy of Myshu.
Day 3: Ankara
Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia - breakfast. Today we make the long journey to Cappadocia, stopping en route in Ankara, the nation’s capital to visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. This is the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, we arrive at the UNESCO-listed Cappadocia. Overnight - Cappadocia (B, D)
Day 4: Cappadocia & Goreme Valley
Cappadocia - breakfast. There is an option to take an early morning hot air balloon flight over the lunar landscape today before we tour the stunning Cappadocia region - an extraordinary national treasure. The utter improbability of the surreal landscapes has to be seen to be believed, where whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia. The crumbling legacy of persecuted Christians, trying to escape the Muslim onslaught in 1st -10th centuries AD by effectively heading underground, is one of Turkey’s finest attractions.

A guided tour of the region includes the World Heritage listed site of the Göreme Valley to see stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches and chapels, Kaymaki Underground City and Uchisar Castle. An optional Turkish dinner and folklore evening is available tonight. Overnight - Cappadocia (B)
The impressive Mevlana festival in Western Turkey - credit Shioshvilli
Day 5: Whirling Dervishes
Cappadocia - Pamukkale - breakfast. Early morning departure for Pamukkale. En route we visit the a 13th century Seljukian Sultanhan Caravanserai and Konya, where we tour the monastery of the Mevlana whirling dervishes and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. Overnight - Pamukkale (B, D)
Day 6: Pamukkale Hot Springs
Pamukkale - Izmir - breakfast. After breakfast we tour the ancient town of Hierapolis with its magnificent Necropolis and paddle through the white calcium terraces of Pammukale. Travelling on to Selcuk we visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World before continuing on to Izmir on Turkey’s Aegean Coast. Overnight - Izmir (B, D)
Visit the ancient site of Ephesus on a Turkey Tour
Day 7: Ancient Ephesus
Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince - Izmir - breakfast. Today we enjoy a guided tour of the legendary Roman ruins of Ephesus. Positively the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, we’ll see the Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis, ancient public toilets and a public brothel.

From Ephesus we travel to the beautiful village of Sirince, where there’s the opportunity to enjoy a spot of shopping at the markets and taste the delicious wines that the village is renowned for before returning to Izmir. Overnight - Izmir (B, D)
Day 8: Pergamum
Izmir - Pergamum - Cannakale - breakfast. Early this morning we visit the Roman ruins of Pergamum. Its impressive temples, library and medical facilities made it a renowned cultural and political centre of its time. We travel on to Troy where we enjoy a tour of the ruins and see a replica of the Trojan wooden horse. The legend of the lost city of Troy was brought alive by its rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed nine ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000BC! Continuing our journey, we reach Cannakale, our base for the next two nights. Overnight - Canakkale (B, D)
The Anzac Gold group with Gallipoli enthusiast Dean Hunter
Day 9: Gallipoli
Istanbul – Gallipoli - breakfast. Crossing the Dardenelles today we visit the WWI battlefields and memorials of the Gallipoli Region, where we can pay our respects to the fallen ANZACs during this important centenary year. Once the site of fierce fighting, today Gallipoli is very picturesque, with its wooded landscape dotted with understated, yet beautifully maintained memorials to the war dead.

Our guided tour of the region includes the WWI open air museum, ANZAC Cove, where the soldiers first landed, The Nek, Johnston’s Jolly, Lone Pine Australian War Memorial and cemetery, and Chunuk Blair New Zealand War Memorial and cemetery. We’ll also explore many of the fortified trenches amongst the scrub which are still clearly visible today. Later we enjoy a boat trip to the landing beaches with the opportunity for swimming and snorkelling. Overnight - Canakkale (B, D)
Day 10: Gallipoli
Cannakale - Istanbul - breakfast. This morning we return to the peninsula to explore the Helles Region of Gallipoli, visiting S-Beach, V-Beach and W-Beach, as well as various monuments including the Turkish Monument, Helles (British) Monument, The Lancashire Landing Monument and Alcitepe Village. After our guided tour we travel back to Istanbul, arriving late afternoon. Overnight - Istanbul (B)
Day 11: Goodbye Turkey!
Monday. Istanbul - breakfast. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. (B)
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Istanbul / Ends in: Istanbul
  • Departs: May to November
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:10, Lunch: 0, Dinner: 6
  • Hotel Rating: 4 star & special Class
  • Tour Guide: Yes, escorted by a tour guide
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