Welcome to Turkey
This evening, join your fellow travelers and Tour Director for a welcome drink. Your centrally located hotel is home for the next two nights.
After breakfast, embark on a guided tour of this amazing city. Among the highlights see the magnificent Hagia Sophia and visit the stunning Blue Mosque, the remains of the Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace. Tonight a special treat awaits with a welcome dinner at a renowned local restaurant.
Istanbul > Canakkale
This morning your local guide will show you around the Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the world. Enjoy a tasting of traditional Turkish coffee from one of the markets oldest coffee roasters. Afterwards continue towards Canakkale for a two night stay.
Today travel to the Gallipoli Peninsula, site of the WWI landings by allied forces. Visit many of the landmark sites such as the Cape Hellas Memorial, ANZAC Cove, the ominously named Shrapnel Valley, Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. You will have time to reflect on this momentous location before returning to your hotel tonight for an included dinner.
Canakkale > Izmir
Journey today to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, where you will visit the ancient site of Asclepion, as well as the magnificent Acropolis. See monuments such as the Altar of Zeus and the Temple of Athena, then enjoy authentic Turkish cuisine at a home hosted lunch in a local village. This afternoon travel to Izmir, arriving at your hotel for tonight’s stay.
Izmir > Kusadasi
Join your local guide for a tour of Izmir, visiting Konak Square, the impressive marble Konak Clock Tower, the ruins of Agora and the Old Market Place. Enjoy some time at leisure before visiting a local winery for a tasting of their delicious produce. This afternoon arrive at Kusadasi for a two stay.
Visit the incomparable site of Ephesus, once home to the Temple of Artemis. Walk the Marble Road, with highlights such as the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Great Ampitheatre. Then venture behind the Ephesus hills to where the House of Virgin Mary once stood.
Kusadasi > Pamukkale
Freechoice: Visit the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, with is breathtaking views of the white terraced thermal pools. Alternatively, take a swim in the Antique Pool of Cleopatra, known for its legendary healing properties.
Continue to your overnight stay.
Pamukkale > Antalya
Travel to picturesque Antalya, and visit the Archaeological Museum rich in Classical, Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk artefacts. Then continue to Aspendos, including a visit to the amazing Roman Theatre. This will be your base for tonight.
Antalya > Konya
This morning drive to Konya, a traditional caravan stop and home of the mystical Whirling Dervishes. Visit the Mevlana Museum, former monastery of the Dervishes, and see the Karatay Medresseh of Konya, before an overnight stay.
Konya > Cappadocia
Enroute to Cappadocia, visit a 13th century Caravanserai. Then visit a Cappadocian village with a delicious lunch hosted in a traditional stone house. Stop in Kaymakli Underground city, before continuing to your hotel for a two night stay.
Start today early with an unforgettable hot air balloon ride (weather permitting) over the colourful valleys of Cappadocia. Then explore this amazing location, including a tour of the Monastic Centre of Goreme, an open-air museum featuring rock-cut churches with beautifully well preserved frescoes inside. You’ll also visit one of the local pottery studios and see artists at work.
Cappadocia > Istanbul
Take a short included flight to Istanbul, where you will enjoy an included lunch in the Old Town on arrival. From there you will visit the iconic Spice Market, before a fabulous evening at one of Istanbul’s finest restaurants. Enjoy a two night stay.
Freechoice: This morning, relax and rejuvenate at the Turkish Bath of Roxelana, or join a calligraphy course and try the ancient art of writing.
This afternoon, relax aboard your private cruise on the Bosphorus.
After breakfast, transfer to Istanbul airport for your homebound flight, taking many wonderful memories with you.
This itinerary is a guide only and may be amended for operational reasons such as high and low water. As such, the cruise may operate altered from that stated above.