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Classics of Turkey

HIGHLIGHTS

Istanbul | Cappadocia | Pamukkale | Ephesus | Gallipoli

DURATION

11 days / 10 nights

DEPATURES

Departure dates every Friday between 13 January & 29 December

PRICE FROM

$1308AUD to $1742AUD per person (Group Tour) depending on Seasonality, on a twin share basis. Single suppliment is available on request.

TOUR INCLUDES

  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Driver & a/c coach
  • Entrance fees as per program
  • 10 Nights accommodation at 3 & 4 star hotels
  • Meals are indicated by the following code letters
  • B(Breakfast), L(Lunch) & D(Dinner)
  • Local taxes & service surcharges

HOTELS

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Day 1: Istanbul
Arrival into Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents. After clearing Passport and Customs Controls, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax.

Day 2: Istanbul
A full day tour with Blue Mosque (It may be closed temporarily during the praying times and the last minute occasions beyond our control and therefore no responsibility is assumed), famous for its mosaics with some 20.000 blue Iznik tiles and its six minarets, built in the name of Sultan Ahmet in the 17th century, one of the best examples of classical Turkish art. Cross through the Hippodrome, the scene of Byzantine chariot races, athletic events, victory celebrations and political activities of the old city where one can also see the “Obelisk of Egypt”, “Serpent Column” from Delphi, the “German Fountain of Wilhelm II” and the “Colossus”. St. Sophia, one of the great  architectural marvels of the ancient world,  constructed as a basilica in 536  AD by Emperor Justinian, turned into a mosque in 1453 and now into a museum, takes the breath away with the sheer size of its interior and its magnificent dome. In the afternoon tour with Topkapi Palace – Harem section is excluded; built in 1468 on one of the seven hills of Istanbul by Mehmet the Conqueror, the seat of the Ottoman sultans for 400 years and a huge complex  serving as a museum today facing superb views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The palace houses the treasures of the Sultans including the extravagant Treasury with its magnificent jewels, and the priceless Chinese porcelain, one of the best collections in the world, weapons, calligraphy section, and more. Thereafter proceed to Grand Covered Bazaar, which is the biggest “souk” in the world with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellery, gold, carpets, ceramics and leatherware. B

Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment

Day 3: Istanbul-Ankara
Free in the morning. Departure at 14:00-14:30 for the ride to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Overnight Ankara. (B, D)

Optional: Morning tour of St Sophia and Bosphorus cruise (09:00-13:00)

Day 4: Ankara-Cappadocia
In the morning visit to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum at which numerous remnants from Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and many others are on display; Mausoleum of Ataturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey.  After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake arrive in Cappadocia. Overnight Cappadocia (B,D)

Optional: Whirling Dervishes performance in the evening.

Day 5: Cappadocia
Depart from the hotel at 09.30-10.00 and visit to Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabagi (Monk’s Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. In the afternoon, visit Open Air Museum in Goreme where the remains of rock-cut churches and Christian settlements date back hundreds of years and then to Kaymakli Underground City, the place where early Christians hid from persecutors.  Visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.  Overnight Cappadocia. (B, D)

Optional: Early morning hot air balloon flight.  Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia.

Day 6:  Cappadocia-Konya-Pamukkale
Today’s ride will be fairly long and tiring due to the long distance between Cappadocia and Pamukkale and lack of convenient lodging location. Drive to Konya to visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure.  Overnight Pamukkale. (B, D)

Day 7: Pamukkale-Aphrodisias-Kusadasi
Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery “Necropolis”, the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the Museum. In the afternoon proceed to the hotel in Kusadasi for overnight. (B, D)

Day 8: Kusadasi-Ephesus-Kusadasi
Morning tour to Ephesus area with Artemis Temple, Ephesus Antique City (Hillside Houses are excluded; entrance requires additional admission fee), one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to spend her last years together with St. John. Selcuk Ephesus Museum.  Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form.   Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)

Optional:  Afternoon tour of Sirince

Day 9: Kusadasi-Pergamon-Troy-Canakkale
Early departure for Bergama and visit to the Asclepion and Acropol with the well preserved remains. In the afternoon continue on to Troy, the place where the legendary Trojan War took place as described in the historical work of Homer of Smyrna. After visiting the site with nine inhabitation levels covering a period of 3000 years.  Overnight Canakkale.  (B, L, D)

Day 10: Canakkale-Gallipoli-Istanbul
After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by a ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, historically famous for being the site of many battles – particularly involving the Allied Forces including Australians and New Zealanders during World War I. Arrive in Istanbul in the afternoon, enjoy a farewell dinner.  Overnight Istanbul. (B, D)

Day 11: Istanbul
Transfer to the airport for the flight to the next destination, or continue your stay in Istanbul.

Please contact your local travel agent or  Contact us for more details.

 

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