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Welcome to Turkey! Arrive Istanbul and group transfer to hotel in Sultanahmet. Remainder of the day at leisure.
Today is a free day for you to explore independantly.
Today you will need to make your own way to the Avicenna Hotel to join the remainder of the group.
Today, we journey to enjoy a visit to battle-scarred Gallipoli. Walk in the footsteps of the ANZAC’s with visits to ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly, the trenches and Kabatepe - the modest ANZAC museum.
This morning rise early to experience Anzac Cove at dawn. We then continue on and step back in time as we visit the legendary Roman ruins of Pergamum and Troy - inspiration for Homer's Illiad and much more recently the movie Troy.
We explore ancient Ephesus. Exemplifying the finesse of Roman urban life, Ephesus boasts carefully restored elements including a Great Theatre, Curetes Way, the Temple of Serapis and the Library of Celsus. Stop by the ancient public toilets and public brothel! Afterward, we stop at a local leather manufacturer.
Exploring the Roman Hierapolis and the cascading calcium mineral pools of Pamukkale perhaps opt for a dip in the thermal hot springs.
Today we continue to the coastal town of Antalya for overnight stay. Free time.
En route to Konya we tour the incredible Roman ruins of Perge and Aspendos.
We tour Konya and the Mevlana monastery before heading north east to Cappadocia. We stop en route at an ancient caravanserai and later take a short walk through the beautiful Ihlara Valley.
In the morning you have an optional balloon tour (payable locally - please advise your guide upon arrival if you would like to book this). We explore the stunning Goreme Valley, fairy chimneys, amazing troglodyte villages, Uchisar Castle and Derinkuyu underground city. Tonight we enjoy our Whirling Dervish cultural show with dinner.
Today you will be need to make your own way (the guide will provide you with the tickets and details on how to get there) to catch the bus from Cappadocia (Urgup) departing 19:00 and arriving into Antalya at approx. 03:00am tomorrow morning. (please note the times may change closer to the date - please double check with your guide). Upon arrival we have noted you have your own arrangements.
Perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown, Cappadocia consists of whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses, all hewn from the ...