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Wonders of Turkey Summer 2019

Wonders of Turkey Summer 2019

Starting at $1,050


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza exploring the Byzantine and Ottoman past of Istanbul with its colourful street markets and beautiful Blue Mosque. You'll also visit the underground city of Sarhatli, Pamukkale's cotton fortresses and the ruins of Ephesus.


Destination & Sightseeing

Destination Highlights:

Ankara Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum
Cappadocia Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli
Ephesus Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsus, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary
Gallipoli See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries
Istanbul Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar
Konya Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes
Pamukkale See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis
Pergamon Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre
Troy Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse

First Class Travel Highlights:

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach
Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Variety of Optional Experiences
City orientation tours
An expert Travel Director and separate driver
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply

MEALS

10 Buffet breakfasts
5 Three-course dinners

ITINERARY

Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening, attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

Istanbul Sightseeing
Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour including a visit to see parts of the Topkapi Palace Museum, the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Visit the Blue Mosque and the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Consider joining a delicious Turkish optional dinner where local cuisine is served along with traditional belly dancing entertainment.Buffet Breakfast

Istanbul – Ankara
This morning, enjoy free time in the city or consider an Optional Experience Bosphorus cruise and visit to Hagia Sophia. This excursion enjoys views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe and a visit to the church built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today, it houses a museum and is known as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Early this afternoon, depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Ankara – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai featuring artefacts including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artefacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Perhaps take an Optional Experience this evening to see a Whirling Dervish performance with dinner.Buffet Breakfast

Cappadocia Sightseeing
This morning, travel to Pasabagi and the Red Valley and later stop at a regional rug production centre. This afternoon, you may wish to take an Optional Experience to Göreme and Avanos. Göreme, a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in the region. Afterwards, continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high-quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Cappadocia – Konya
This morning, visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later, check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Konya – Pamukkale
Leave Konya and travel to see the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening, enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Pamukkale – Ephesus – Izmir
Today, travel to Selçuk and tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore 2,000-year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theatre, see the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium and finally Hadrian's Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to visit St. Mary's stone cottage, where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Arrive later in Izmir.Buffet Breakfast

Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale
Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon and continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Çanakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.Buffet Breakfast, Dinner

Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul
In the morning, depart for Gallipoli, the site of many WWI battles. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.Buffet Breakfast

Depart Istanbul
This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply.Buffet Breakfast