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Flying Carpet Tour

Places Covered: Ephesus, Kusadasi , Troy, Istanbul, Acropolis of Pergamum
Duration: 15 days
Tour Cost: € 2,049

Explore a country that crosses the borders of two continents. With our 15 day Turkey tour you'll see the best of a country whose history dates back to ancient times and whose culture is spread far and wide in the food that we eat and the wines that we drink today. With a wealth of history, stunning sights, amazing culture and a buzz like no other country, you'll experience the sights, sounds and delicious aromas when you book one of our Turkey tour packages. 

Istanbul, the country's most cosmopolitan city, according to some, is your initial base for the 15 day Turkey tour, with two nights in our chosen hotel, giving you plenty of time to see the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome before heading out to the famous battlefields of Gallipoli. Heading even further back in time, our low cost holidays to Turkey give you the opportunity to see Troy, the origin of the Trojan Horse as well as the Temple of Artemis. You'll get to enjoy locally produced fruit wines and see traditional Turkish carpet making in action as well as having the opportunity to visit the stunning Manavgat Waterfalls and the Underground City in the Ihlara Valley when you travel on our Turkey coach tours.

Enjoy the views of wonderfully coloured hot air balloons in Capadoccia when you choose one of our cheap holidays to Turkey and visit Ankara, the country's capital and location of the Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the founder of the Turkish republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. A low cost holiday to Turkey is not complete without a spot of shopping in the bazaars of Istanbul or Antalya, so remember to pack your lira and get ready to barter for a bargain!

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01:


Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.

Overnight Istanbul

Day 2:

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.

Breakfast. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 03:

Gallipoli Battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek and Johnston’s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Canukkale

DAY 04:

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. The impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 05:

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theater before continuing to the village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and so we visit a carpet village to learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Kusadasi

DAY 06:

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip amongst ancient columns in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Pamukkale.

DAY 07:

Aphrodisias, Fethiye

Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way.

Breakfast. Overnight Fethiye

DAY 08:


We visit the resort town of Fethiye, located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the town, including a Hellenistic theatre. You will have a free day to spend as you wish; you can take the optional day cruise around the 12 islands of Fethiye, experience the thrills and amazing views offered by a paragliding trip. You also have the opportunity to experience one of Turkey’s highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon, or simply spend the day relaxing on the beach.

Breakfast. Overnight Fethiye

DAY 09:

Kayakoy, Antalya

Spend the morning relaxing before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya, visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Antalya

DAY 10:

Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls

Today we tour Aspendos, known for being one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, which is still in use today. We then visit the Manavgat Waterfalls for a pleasant and relaxing resting spot.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Antalya

DAY 11:

Konya, Cappadocia

We make an early departure for Cappadocia, stopping en-route to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi and its accompanying museum. This afternoon we also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Capadoccia

DAY 12:

Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don’t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Capadoccia

DAY 13:

Ihlara Valley, Underground City

Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Breakfast, dinner. Overnight Capadoccia

DAY 14:


We take an early morning departure to the nation’s capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. (Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia)

Breakfast. Overnight Istanbul

DAY 15:


After breakfast our tour concludes as we say goodbye to our new friends.


Included in Tour

What's Included:

  • 14 Nights 4 & 5-star accommodation in twin-share rooms
  • 14 Breakfasts, 9 dinners
  • 19 Experiences.
  • Fully air conditioned coach.
  • English-speaking tour guide for the duration of your tour. You can also book any of the optional excursions available during your tour with your tour leader.
  • Inbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If arriving on tour start date or if pre-tour accommodation is booked with us Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
  • Outbound Airport Transfer (ONLY If departing on tour finish date or if post-tour accommodation is booked with us - Istanbul Ataturk Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport)
  • Entrance fees

Tour Experiences

Details of the Experience and Optional Excursions you'll enjoy on your "Spirit of Turkey" tour


1 Included Experience

Tour of Istanbul

After arriving in Turkey and transferring to your hotel the rest of the days is yours free to explore this bustling Eurasian city.

The next day you will enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, where you will see the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome.


1 Included Experience

Tour of the Battlefields

We visit the WWII battlefields of Gallipoli, including Lone Pine and Chunuk Blair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek, original trenches and tunnels. 


1 Included Experience

Tour of Troy

You will be taken on a guided tour of the ancient city of Troy, home of the famed Trojan horse. 


1 Included Experience

Tour of Pergamum

Visit the site of Pergamum and its magnificent acropolis, temples and library. 

Ephesus & Kusadasi

3 Included Experiences

Tour of Ephesus

You will take a guided tour of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the best preserved ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus. 

Visit the village of Sirince

Visit the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for producing fruit wines.

Carpet Village

Experience the craft of traditional Turkish carpet hand-weaving at a carpet village.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis

2 Included Experiences

Display of Leather Goods

Enjoy a display of local hand-crafted leather goods.

Tour of Pamukkale & Hierapolis

Take a guided tour of Pamukkale – “cotton castle” in Turkish – and paddle in the natural calcium formations. You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hierapolis, an ancient city located on hot springs. 



1 Included Experience

4 Optional Excursions

Visit Fethiye

We visit the resort town of Fethiye, where you will have a free day to relax or take advantage of our optional excursions. 

Optional Excursions:

  • Day-cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye
  • Day-tour to Saklikent Gorge
  • Diving trip
  • Paragliding trip


1 Included Experience

Visit Kayakoy Village

We visit the museum village of Kayakoy, a deserted Greek village that includes two Greek Orthodox Churches. 


1 Included Experience

2 Optional Excursions

Visit Antalya

We visit the Turkish Riviera resort town of Antalya.

Optional Excursions:

  • Visit the best examples of Lycian tombs at Myra and the Church of St. Nicholas
  • Duden Waterfalls


2 Included Experiences

Visit Aspendos

Explore this ancient Greco-Roman city that contains the best-preserved theatre of antiquity.

Visit Manavgat Waterfalls

Visit the Manavgat Waterfalls for a relaxing rest stop.


2 Included Experiences

Visit the Mevlana Mausoleum

As we follow an ancient silk trade route you will have the opportunity to visit the Mevlana Museum, a beautiful mausoleum.

Visit the Sultanhani Caravansary

See the Sultanhani Caravansary, one of the best preserved ‘hans’  or roadside inns used by travellers on the silk trade routes.


1 Included Experience

3 Optional Excursions

Visit the Goreme Valley

We take a guided tour of the magnificent lunar landscape of Goreme in the Cappadocia region of Turkey, including the fairy chimneys and Uchisar castle.

3 Optional Excursions:

  • Traditional Turkish folklore evening
  • Turkish baths
  • Hot air balloon ride

Ihlara Valley

1 Included Experience

Visit the Ihlara Valley

We trek through the Ihlara Valley, famed for the ancient history of its inhabitants. The canyon is honeycombed with underground dwellings and churches cut into the rock, dating from the Byzantine period. 


1 Included Experience

Visit the Anitkabir Mausoleum 

We visit the capital of Turkey, where you will have time to visit the Anıtkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the famed leader of the Turkish War of Independence, and Turkey’s founder and first President. 


9th May 2015 onwards


EURO 2,049 onwards per person on twin sharing basis. Prices are subject to the availability of the seats.

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