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Spirit of Turkey Tour

Places Covered: Ephesus, Kusadasi , Troy, Istanbul, Acropolis of Pergamum
Duration: 14 days
Tour Cost:€ 1,300

Tour Itinerary

DAY 01:

Istanbul

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

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.

Included: Breakfast.

DAY 03:

Safranbolu

After breakfast, we drive to Safranbolu and witness some of the finest surviving traditional Turkish civil architecture. Stroll along the town’s cobbled streets to Cinci Caravanserai and Bath, Kaymakamlar (Governors) House, Izzet Mehmet Pasa Mosque and the old Yemeniciler shoe makers’ guild bazaar.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 04:

Hattusa, Cappadocia

Early morning departure for Cappadocia, along the way visit the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusa. In the Yazilikaya rock sanctuary there are impressive carved reliefs that portray the Hittite gods. Continue to the unique volcanic area of Cappadocia.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 05:

Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner.

DAY 06:

Konya, Beysehir.

Morning departure to Konya along the old Silk Road, visit Sultanhani Caravanserai and Mevlana Museum. This centre celebrates Rumi, the famous mystic and poet who founded the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Afterwards we drive to Beysehir.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner.

DAY 07:

Beysehir, Antalya

After breakfast, we visit Beysehir lake, Turkey’s largest freshwater lake, set in a charming location, looking west at the Taurus Mountains on the opposite shore.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 08:

Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls

Today, we will visit the famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still in use today. We then visit the stunning Manavgat Waterfalls.

Included: Breakfast

DAY 09:

Antalya, Sagalassos

After breakfast, we drive to the ancient site of Sagalassos which dates back to 25 B.C., visiting the Antonin's Fountain, Hamam or large bath house built in the second century. After this, we see the still intact ruins of the area, the highest theatre in Anatolia at 1574 metres high. The theatre was built as a single storey in 180-200 A.D., with the view of the landscape kept in mind for the audience. Sagalassos is one of the best preserved cities in all of Asia.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 10:

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This morning we are head 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. At the end of our visit we drive to Kusadasi.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 11:

Ephesus, Kusadas.

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 theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 12:

Pergamum, Troy

After breakfast, we will drive along the Aegean coast to the ancient city of Pergamum. We visit the magnificent Acropolis of Pergamum, its impressive temples and library that made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. We then continue north to tour the legendary city of Troy.

Included: Breakfast. Dinner

DAY 13:

Gallipoli Battlefields

After breakfast, we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels before driving to back to Istanbul.

Included: Breakfast

DAY 14:

Istanbul

After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Included: Breakfast

Included in Tour

What's Included:

  • 13 Nights 4* & 5* accommodation in twin-share rooms
  • 13 Breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • 13 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

Istanbul

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.

Cappadocia

1 Included Experience

2 Optional Excursions

Visit the Goreme Valley

Experience the magnificent lunar landscape of Goreme in the Cappadocia region of Turkey through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys and underground city.

2 Optional Excursions:

  • Hot air balloon ride
  • Turkish Baths

Konya

2 Included Experiences

1 Optional Excursion

Visit the Mevlana Museum

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

The Sultanhani Caravansary

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

 1 Optional Excursion:

  • Turkish folklore evening.

Aspendos

1 Included Experience

Visit the Aspendos Theatre

We will visit the famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis

2 Included Experiences

Tour of Pamukkale

Take a guided tour of Pamukkale – “cotton castle” in Turkish – and paddle in the natural calcium formations.

Hierapolis

You will also visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Hierapolis, an ancient city located on hot springs. 

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

We then 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.

Pergamum

1 Included Experience

Tour of Pergamum

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

Troy

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. 

Gallipoli

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, original trenches and tunnels, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. 

Dates:

15th May 2015 onwards

Prices:

EURO 1,300 onwards per person on twin sharing basis. Prices are subject to the availability of the seats.

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