FROM: USD $1,295

Explore stunning Istanbul with its bazaars and mosques and wander around the battlefields of Gallipoli See Roman ruins in Pergamum and Ephesus, discover the beautiful Aegean Coast, the natural wonder of Pamukkale and the jewel in Turkey’s crown - Cappadocia, with its amazing underground cities and whimsical landscape.

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Trip Highlights

Cappadocia – explore the surreal landscape on a guided tour including the Goreme Valley, Zelve and Uchisar castle-mountain
Ephesus – tour the marble ruins of this Roman city which was once the site of the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders
Gallipoli – pay your respects at the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials and visit ANZAC Cove, a famous WW1 landing site
Pergamum – marvel at the Roman amphitheatre which is one of the steepest in the classical world
Istanbul – visit highlights of the Old City including the beautiful Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia and imposing Topkapi Palace
Pamukkale – stroll around the terraced pools and opt for a relaxing dip in the naturally warm and calcium rich waters
Troy – discover the legendary ruins and see a replica of the famous wooden horse which as the story goes, was used to sack the city
Hierapolis – see the UNESCO-listed ruins of this ancient spa town, built on the site of natural hot springs

Included

9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Airport arrival transfer on day 1 of tour and departure transfer (to Istanbul Airport) at 11am & 1.30pm on day 10. In 2020, the departure transfers will be offered at 9am & 1pm.
Escorted by an English speaking, degree qualified Turkish tour guide
9 nights 4 star and special class hotels
Guided sightseeing - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Ruins of Ephesus and Pergamum, Pamukkale, Hierapolis and Cappadocia
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

Tip for your tour guide and driver. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide and USD$2 per day for your driver. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$115-130pp, paid in local currency
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$40pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Turkey

Saturday. Welcome to Turkey and the start of your holiday. There's an included arrival transfer to our hotel before the afternoon is at leisure. Relax in the hotel or head out to explore the city. Istanbul is easy to get around on foot and there are plenty of restaurants and cafes dotted about the city.
Overnight: Istanbul

Day 2

The Old City

Enjoy a tour of the Old City, from where the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires were ruled. We’ll visit the stunning Blue Mosque, famed for its blue Iznik tiles. Discover the Hippodrome and Hagia Sofia, which was constructed as a Basilica in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian. Finally, we explore the impressive Topkapi Palace, which was the main residence of the Ottoman sultans in the 15th century.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Gallipoli - WW1 Battlefields

Istanbul – Gallipoli. Today we explore ANZAC Cove and the many memorials dotted across the WW1 battlefields. Our guided tour takes in sights including ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine Memorial and cemetery, Chunuk Bair Memorial and cemetery, the Nek, Johnston’s Jolly and the many fortified trenches still clearly visible amongst the scrub after all these years.
Overnight: Canakkale  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Troy & Kusadasi

Gallipoli – Kusadasi. This morning we enjoy a short guided tour of Troy. The legend of the lost city of Troy and Homer’s poetry was brought to life by it’s rediscovery in 1863. Subsequent excavations revealed nine ancient cities, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC. We enjoy a tour of the ruins and admire a replica of the Trojan wooden horse that, as legend goes, was filled with Aechaean soldiers who helped to sack Troy.

Driving further south we reach the ancient ruins of Pergamum, home to one of the steepest amphitheatres in the classical world. Pergamum was also famous for its Asclepion (medical centre). We continue to Kusadasi on the Aegean Coast via a leather manufacturing house.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Ancient Ephesus

Today, we explore legendary Ephesus - perhaps the best-preserved classical city in the eastern Mediterranean. Under Roman rule, Ephesus was a vast and prosperous city with a population nearing 250,000. It was an important centre of commerce and a popular destination for pilgrims who came to see the great Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven Ancient Wonders.

We have plenty of time to tour the marble ruins of Ephesus. Discover the famous Library of Celsus, the Stadium, the gymnasium of Vedius and the Great Theatre. We’ll see ancient public toilets, a brothel, fountains and various temples. There's also a visit to a carpet manufacturing house.
Overnight: Kusadasi  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Pamukkale Thermal Pools

Kusadasi – Pamukkale. Driving east, we arrive at Pamukkale - home of the famous gleaming white calcium terraced pools. Known locally as the Cotton Castles, they're a natural phenomena and gift from Mother Nature. Pamukkale was formed when warm, calcium rich mineral water cascaded over the cliff edge, cooling and depositing in the process. The calcium built natural shelves and pools on the cliffs are known as travertines. Take a barefoot walk along the travertines or opt for a dip in the warm waters of the thermal pool, with its submerged fragments of fluted marble columns.

Our last stop of the day is the ruined spa town of Hierapolis, famed for the curative powers of its mineral springs. These were dammed to create communal baths.
Overnight: Pamukkale  |  Breakfast

Days 7-8

Fairytale Cappadocia

Pamukkale - Cappadocia. On day 7 we drive to Cappadocia, stopping to visit some ancient caravanserais (roadside inns) such as Sultanhani. Tonight there's a fun optional evening of Turkish folklore.

On day 8 we enjoy a guided tour of Cappadocia - perhaps the jewel in Turkey’s crown. Cappadocia is one of Turkey’s most extraordinary national treasures. The utter improbability of the surreal landscape has to be seen to be believed with its ‘stuff of fables’ cave dwellings and phallic ‘fairy chimneys’ landscape. Whole troglodyte villages, subterranean churches and fortresses have been hewn from the soft, porous, eerily eroded rock of Cappadocia.

A guided tour of the region takes us to the World Heritage listed Goreme Valley. See stunning examples of rock-cut Byzantine churches, chapels and temples. Marvel at Zelve, with its phallic-like eroded landscape. Stopping on the outskirts of Goreme Village we have the opportunity to see Pigeon Valley, where centuries old pigeon houses are carved into the surrounding cliffs. Our tour also takes in the incredible Uchisar castle-mountain. Enjoy marvelous views of Cappadocia from the summit and explore the underground city of Kaymakli.

You'll also have the opportunity to visit an Onyx shop, which specializes in historic jewellery designs that are unique to Turkey and crafted using local materials. For those not interested in shopping, there's time to relax and grab a drink from the local cafe. This evening, we enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Cappadocia  |  Breakfast x 2, Dinner x 1

Day 9

Back to Istanbul

Cappadocia - Istanbul. Today we head back to Istanbul, stopping en route for lunch (payable locally). We arrive into Istanbul in the evening.

If you'd prefer to avoid the long journey over land today, we also offer the opportunity to fly from Cappadocia to Istanbul.
Overnight: Istanbul  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Istanbul

Monday. After breakfast our tour draws to a close. An onward departure transfer is included to Istanbul International Airport and is offered at 11am or 1:30pm today. From 2020 onwards, the departure transfer times will be offered at 9am and 1pm.
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Prices & Dates

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Pre-Tour Accommodation
USD $120
USD $120
Post-Tour Accommodation
USD $120
USD $120

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

Ramada Old City, Istanbul

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

A member of the reputable Ramada chain, the Istanbul Old Town property is modern and comfortable with excellent amenities. Guestrooms are bright and spacious with contemporary amenities. Two restaurants are on offer and our personal favourite is the wonderful roof top restaurant, serving delicious local cuisine coupled with a magnificent view of the City and Sea. The perfect way to end the day. Located very close to the Historical part of the city with major Monuments are all walking distance.

Tusan Hotel, Canakkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The family run Tusan Hotel offers modern facilities in a tranquil setting. Rooms are comfortable and well equipped and offer guests beautiful forest or sea views. The hotel benefits from a private beach and an indoor and outdoor restaurant. A refreshing pint of beer in the English Pub whilst challenging the bar staff to a game of pool is a great way to spend the evening. This accommodation sits within a beautiful pine forest looking across the Dardanelles with a private beach exclusively for guests.

Marina Hotel, Kusadasi

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Marina hotel is a modern hotel with a sea view and balcony from nearly every spacious room. It has recently been renovated and features an indoor and outdoor pool and you may also use the facilities and beach of 5-Star Pine Bay.

Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel, Pamukkale

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Set in landscaped gardens, the Colossae Thermal Spa Hotel has an envious location in Pamukkale. Guest rooms are spacious and tastefully decorated and offer a wonderful level of comfort, ensuring a good night's sleep. The on site thermal spa offers guests the chance to relax, revitalise and enjoy what this region is most famous for. Breakfast can be eaten outside on the terrace while dinner is often taken by the shimmering water of the pool.

Burcu Kaya Hotel, Cappadocia

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Burca Kaya building was modelled on ancient Seljuk architecture and carved into rocks. The rooms are simply furnished and decorated with neutral colours. The stone walls and rich wooden panelling give the accommodation a truly authentic feel, whilst still maintaining a high level of comfort. The swimming pool has views of the famous fairy chimneys and the restaurant uses locally produced fruit and vegetables. The hotel is located in Ortahisar, the centre of Cappadocia.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.75 out of 5 based on 87 recent reviews

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This holiday surpassed my expectations. The sightseeing was wonderful. The guide was intelligent, friendly and the driver excellent. I met some great people and had a fantastic time.

Anthony Coad • Submitted 17 Sep 2014

It was a great tour, my expectations were exceeded. As for giving a 'true feel' for the country I gave 4 stars only because we did not see the whole country. As I haven't visited the eastern part I really wouldn't know but certainly for the parts we did see it was great. Huseyin was an excellent guide and he coped very well with a most unsettling incident before the tour started. His communication and demeanor were first rate and the information he gave at each site was comprehensive and interesting. he was obviously very well organised regarding sightseeing (tickets etc) The driver, Ali, also did a great job.

I would suggest possibly organise a few more dinners outside of hotels. These buffet style meals were okay for the most part but I found the restaurant food to be outstanding. I don't know if this would increase the price but it would be worth it. Pasha restaurant in Istanbul, for example, is just an ordinary venue but with happy, efficient service and wonderful food.

The hotels were great for the most part. The Titanic in Istanbul and the Peri Tower in Nevsihir stand out in my memory as did the resort in Pammukale whose name I sadly forget, The Tatlises in Kusadasi was an exception: the view was superb but the beds (no top sheet only blanket and thin quilt) left a lot to be desired, there were few toilettries provided and the toilet brush was filthy. The wifi was basically unusable for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time and even then, only from the lobby. I was unable to use it at all in my room. I'd suggest using another hotel in this lovely town, otherwise the accomodation was fine.

Highlights for me: Gallipoli, Pergammun, hot air ballooning and the small, friendly group :) I'd happily recommend this tour, guide and company to others.

Could you please tell me the name of the hotel we stayed in at Pammukle, I would like to be able to recommend it.

Thanks,

Anthony

• Submitted 13 Sep 2014
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It was a great tour, my expectations were exceeded. As for giving a 'true feel' for the country I gave 4 stars only because we did not see the whole country. As I haven't visited the eastern part I really wouldn't know but certainly for the parts we did see it was great. Huseyin was an excellent guide and he coped very well with a most unsettling incident before the tour started. His communication and demeanor were first rate and the information he gave at each site was comprehensive and interesting. he was obviously very well organised regarding sightseeing (tickets etc) The driver, Ali, also did a great job.

I would suggest possibly organise a few more dinners outside of hotels. These buffet style meals were okay for the most part but I found the restaurant food to be outstanding. I don't know if this would increase the price but it would be worth it. Pasha restaurant in Istanbul, for example, is just an ordinary venue but with happy, efficient service and wonderful food.

The hotels were great for the most part. The Titanic in Istanbul and the Peri Tower in Nevsihir stand out in my memory as did the resort in Pammukale whose name I sadly forget, The Tatlises in Kusadasi was an exception: the view was superb but the beds (no top sheet only blanket and thin quilt) left a lot to be desired, there were few toilettries provided and the toilet brush was filthy. The wifi was basically unusable for more than 2 or 3 minutes at a time and even then, only from the lobby. I was unable to use it at all in my room. I'd suggest using another hotel in this lovely town, otherwise the accomodation was fine.

Highlights for me: Gallipoli, Pergammun, hot air ballooning and the small, friendly group :) I'd happily recommend this tour, guide and company to others.

Could you please tell me the name of the hotel we stayed in at Pammukle, I would like to be able to recommend it.

Thanks,

Anthony

• Submitted 13 Sep 2014
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Very knowledgeable guide who was passionate about Turkey. Tours are always a little rushed which I don't tend to enjoy however understood that's the nature of a tour. I also feel that it should be advertised as an 8 day tour rather than 10. Day 1 and 10 were completely independent.

• Submitted 05 Sep 2014
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The tour was very well organised and our bus driver very good and helpful.

Our guide Huseyin was very informative and entertaining leaving us with a very different view of Turkey and the Turkish people than before our tour. We found the people of Turkey to be very friendly Huseyin gave us a very good idea of what life in Turkey is like today, which is very different to what we expected.

• Submitted 04 Sep 2014
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Overall tour was great & excellent tour guide with a great sense of humour.

Hana Kim • Submitted 02 Sep 2014

Múrat was treasure, and I look forward to maintaining a friendship.

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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Mehmet's incredible knowledge about Turkish history, his passion & love for his country made him an outstanding tour guide. I had a great time on the tour.

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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Brilliant guide, full of knowledge & great stories. Great group to travel with.

Dean Humphrey • Submitted 02 Aug 2014

Reggie our tour guide was excellent.He was extremely knowledgeable with a very professional manner.He was friendly and approachable. I would highly recommend him.I would say he is the best tour guide i have ever had.

Suzy Dureau • Submitted 02 Aug 2014
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Istanbul
Ends
Istanbul
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Dinner: 1
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