21 DAY/20 NIGHT TOUR
Day 1 ISTANBUL
Arrive. The tour group meets in the hotel for an introduction evening. (D) (B)
Day 2 ISTANBUL
Today we enjoy a sight seeing tour - guided by one of our local English-speaking tour guides. We visit the Hippodrome, the sporting and political centre of the old city; the Blue Mosque, renowned for its tiles and marble; Topkapi Palace, residence of the sultans for almost three centuries; fascinating St Sofia, which reigned as the greatest church in Christendom until 1453; and the underground Basilica Cistern. (B, L, D)
Day 3 ISTANBUL
This morning we wander through the 4000 shops at the famous Grand Bazaar, before heading to the Spice Bazaar (Egyptian food market). We continue on to the magnificent Dolmabahce Palace, home of many 19th-century sultans. In the afternoon we enjoy a cruise down the Bosphorus, then the evening is spent looking out over Camlica Hills, the best viewpoint in Istanbul. (B)
Day 4 ISTANBUL/GALLIPOLI
After breakfast we depart for the Gallipoli Peninsula. We visit Kabatepe War Museum, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Australian Memorial Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, the New Zealand Memorial and cemetery. We explore The Nek and the original war tunnels and trenches at Johnston Jolly, accompanied by a step-by-step recount of the Gallipoli war by our professional guide. (B, D)
Day 5 BERGAMA/IZMIR
Today our first stop is Homers Troy, where we see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and the famous Trojan Horse. Next, we stop at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon, where we visit the Acropolis, the Temple of Athena and the famous library, before viewing the Red Courtyard and the ruins of Asklepieon. Then we continue on to our hotel in Izmir. (B, D)
Day 6 IZMIR/EPHESUS/KUSADASI
This morning we set off for the ancient city of Ephesus where our walking tour includes The Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still used today; Gymnasium of Vedus; the magnificent Library of Celsus; the Temple of Hadrian, guarded by a head of Medusa; the House of Virgin Mary; and the Basilica of St John. We spend the night at our hotel in Kusadasi. (B, D)
Day 7 KUSADASI/PAMUKKALE
After breakfast we visit Ephesus Museum before continuing to Pamukkale, famous for its chalk-white array of fantastically shaped limestone. On arrival, we visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis, and then the rest of the day is yours to further explore the ruins, or relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at our hotel. (B, D)
Day 8 PAMUKKALE /MARMARIS
This morning we depart for Marmaris, a picturesque, old harbour town well known for its gorgeous landscape. We stop mid-journey to see the classical and well-preserved ruins of Afrodisias. This evening we stroll around the Marmaris Marina, and then you have a night of leisure. You might like to spend it admiring all the beautiful fish, or dining at one of the fine restaurants by the sea. (B, L)
Day 9 MARMARIS/FETHIYE
After breakfast we begin our trip towards Fethiye. We drive to Dalyan, a small fishing village and then travel by boat down the Dalyan river. There is time to experience the Mud Baths, see the Lycian King tombs and swim in the beautiful waters of Turtle Beach, before we continue late afternoon to our hotel in Fethiye (B, L)
Day 10 FETHIYE
Today we take you to one of the cleanest and most popular beaches in Turkey Oludeniz The Blue Lagoon. The days activities are your choice we offer a boat trip, or you can sun bake or swim, or explore the beautiful scenery. Tonight we drop you in Fethiye City Centre for a night on the town. (B)
Day 11 FETHIYE/KAS
Our first stop today is Tlos, a town bathed in Lycian history. We stop for a break at Yaka Park, the gorgeous hillside restaurant, before continuing on to view the magnificent Saklikent Gorge, in the Akdaglar Mountains. This amazing gorge is one of the longest in Asia, and is too steep and narrow for the sun to shine in it. We take the panoramic coastal drive to our hotel at Kas. (B, L)
Day 12 KAS/ANTALYA
Today we depart for Antalya, stopping on the way in Demre the town that began the famous legend of Santa Claus. Visit the Basilica of Saint Nicholas, home of the 4th- Century bishop. We visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum where we enjoy a lecture by the curator, before an evening of leisure. (B, D)
Day 13 ANTALYA
Early this morning we drive to Aspendos, and see what is considered the best preserved Roman Theatre anywhere. We experience what art-lovers of ancient times would have, before driving to the Hellenistic Roman city of Perge to visit the extensive ruins. We return for a night at our hotel in Antalya. (B, D)
Day 14 ANTALYA/ALANYA
We drive through the Taurus Mountains to reach Alanya - We stop en-route at Manavgat Waterfall for a break and then continue to see Damlatas Cave, which the Turkish people believe holds healing qualities. We enjoy the panoramic views from Alanya Castle before checking in to our hotel for the night. (B, D)
Day 15 ALANYA/CAPPADOCIA
After breakfast we travel to Konya, Turkeys most religious city, and visit Mevlana Museum, and the tile and ceramic collection at the Karatay Madrasah. We stop at Sultan Hani to see a 13th-Century Caravanserai, en route to Cappadocia. We board the bus after lunch and then continue to Goreme, via the fortress in Uchisar to take in the panoramic views. (B, D)
Day 16 CAPPADOCIA
We visit the panoramic Valley of the Fairy Chimneys, where dwellings are carved out of volcanic rock, spectecular Ihlara Valley, and the nearby town of Urgup. We visit the fascinating Kaymakli Underground City, and tonight we are in for a treat! We are audience to a colourful Folklore Show. (B, D)
Day 17 CAPPADOCIA
An early morning delight awaits those who choose to take advantage of the landscape on an optional hot-air balloon ride. We stroll through the Zelve open-air museum and then onto Avanos, a charming town famous for its pottery, and handicrafts. Tonight is a free night for you to enjoy. (B)
Day 18 CAPPADOCIA/ANKARA
Today we drive to Ankara, the modern Turkish capital once named Angora, after its famous goat hair trade. We visit the world-renowned Anatolian Civilisations Museum, and go to the Mausoleum of Ataturk, to see the fascinating museum and the tomb of the greatest modern leader of the Turkish republic. (B, D)
Day 19 ANKARA/BURSA
We visit Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordion Knot, on our way to Bursa, home to modern Turkish culture. Once there we see the breathtaking Green Mosque and take time out for some shopping at the Silk Bazaar. Tonight is yours to enjoy the wonderful mineral baths, or other facilities in our hotel. (B, D)
Day 20 BURSA/ISTANBUL
We depart after breakfast and arrive in Istanbul after lunch. There is time to re-visit tourist sights or shop for more souvenirs at the Grand Bazaar in the afternoon. We meet in the evening for our tour group farewell dinner; a chance to say goodbye to your new friends. (B, D)
Day 21 ISTANBUL
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for your flight home. (B)
3 weeks of pure Turkish delight.
Visit sites of both cultural and
natural significance with
time to relax along the way.
Accommodation class includes 4 star,
boutique and pensions,
all carefully selected.
INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE
- Variety of accommodation styles, including 13 nights 4 star, 4 nights in Ottoman Style Hotels in Istanbul, 3 nights traditional village pensions in Cappadocia.
- Professional English-speaking guides.
- Dining includes 20 traditional Turkish breakfasts, 4 lunches and 14 dinners.
- Traditional Turkish evening in Cappadocia.
- Airport transfers on arrival and departure.
- Air-conditioned transportation.
- Luggage handling at all hotels.
- Sightseeing in Istanbul, Ephesus, Perge, Pergamon and Cappadocia.
- Full day Gallipoli tour.
- Bosphorus, Oludeniz and Dalyan cruises.
- Visits to four museums Ayasofia Museum, Antalya Civilization Museum, Mevlana Museum and Anatolia Civilization Museum.
- Extensive tours of Dolmabahce and Topkapi Palaces, and Kaymakli Underground City.
- All other admission fees and charges