Glories of Turkey

Non-Escorted Tour of Turkey

Duration
15
Departure
Apr-Oct 2019*
Price from
2,699

OVERVIEW

This 14-day tour is a great opportunity to see the historical sites of Turkey that are glorious!  Staying in first class hotels, and travelling with a private air-conditioned coach, this tour starts in Istanbul and takes you around the highlights of Turkey at a generous pace.  The tour includes visiting Gallipoli, walking the marble streets of Ephesus, sightseeing the lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs in Pamukkale and so much more. With local tour guides that are passionate about their countries history, this is a very convenient and cost-effective way to travel Turkey. Maximum of 34 passengers on any tour.

Departs every Thursday from April-October except 4 April, 20 June, 11/25 July, 8/22 August and 31 October.

ITINERARY

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.

Hotel: Conrad Hotel or similar, Istanbul

Included Meals: None

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing & other public events took place.
Tour the Blue Mosque built 1606-1616, famous for it's blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 16th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum, and one of the world's largest architectural wonders.
Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Hotel: Conrad Hotel or similar, Istanbul

Included Meals:

B
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight.

Hotel: Kolin Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight. Optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Swissotel Grand Efes, or similar

Included Meals:

B
L
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Return to Izmir.

Hotel: Swissotel Grand Efes, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool.

Hotel: Doga Thermal Health & Spa, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
After breakfast drive to Bodrum and start an explorative tour of wonderful Bodrum city on foot.
Dinner & overnight in Bodrum.

Hotel: Doria Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Enjoy a day at leisure in Bodrum or join an optional day trip to Kos island. Overnight Bodrum.

Hotel: Doria Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
After breakfast depart for Antalya.
Dinner & overnight in Antalya.

Hotel: The Marmara, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
This morning visit Perge and Aspendos, famous for its Temple of Artemis with the afternoon free. Dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Gamirasu Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Early morning departure for Konya to visit the mausoleum of the Sulfi philosopher Meviana. Afterwards continue to Cappadocia, on the way visit 13th century Caravanseray and later visit the undergroind city of Sarati. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Hotel: Gamirasu Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.
Dinner at a special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.

Hotel: Gamirasu Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artefacts from up to 7,500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artefacts in the world.
Dinner at a special local restaurant and overnight in Ankara.

Hotel: Hilton Hotel, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
After breakfast, depart on a scenic drive to Istanbul. In the afternoon join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Conrad Hotel, Istanbul, or similar

Included Meals:

B
D
After breakfast, check out of the hotel and trasnfer to the airport for your departure.

Included Meals:

B

Highlights

  • ANZAC Cove, Gallipoli
  • Ancient Ephesus
  • Limestone white calcium terraces at Pamukkale
  • Beaches of Bodrum
  • Fairy chimney, Cappadocia
  • Optional hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia
  • Istanbul, the city that divides Europe from Asia

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Destinations

TOUR INCLUDES

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Optional excursions (e.g., hot air balloon)

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Sights and entry
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OUR PRICING

Pricing

Category Description Twin PP Single
Tour price no airfares $2,699.00 $3,699.00
No tours operate on 4 /4, 20/6, 25/7, 8/8,22/8, 31/10

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Departure Date Booking
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