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11 DAY CHARMING TURKEY TOUR
Istanbul – Istanbul

***BOOKING SPECIAL***
Book and Pay in Full by FRIDAY 17 MAY 2024:

2024 Departure Dates
Fridays
**2024 BOOKING SPECIAL**
Per Person
in Double
Per Person
in Single
June: 7, 21
July: 12
August: 16
September: 6, 13
October: 4
AUD 3690 AUD 5285

DEPARTS ISTANBUL, FRIDAYS, 26 APRIL – 4 OCTOBER 2024

Tour is guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 and a maximum 18 passengers.

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Day 1 (Friday)            ISTANBUL

Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transferring to your hotel. Spend the day at your own leisure.

Day 2 (Saturday)       ISTANBUL

After breakfast a guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia (exterior), Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar will commence. The day ends with an overnight stay in Istanbul. (B)

Day 3 (Sunday)          ISTANBUL / CAPPADOCIA

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for a flight to Kayseri. Upon to arrival you will visit Turasan wine factory and enjoy tasting beautiful wines of Cappadocia. Then continue for an exciting jeep safari adventure in Cappadocia. Driving from Goreme to Ortahisar. After visiting the picturesque Ortahisar Castle we make our way to Uzengi Valley, our drive takes us along the brook bank, where we’ll be able to see the pigeon houses carved into the rocks. Later we arrive into Sahintepesi. After some relaxing time in we drive back to Goreme via Pancarlik church. After the tour you will be transferred to your hotel. Over night Cappadocia. (BD)

Day 4 (Monday)         CAPPADOCIA

Early Morning Optional: Balloon tour is available. Then, full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, Open Air Museum in Goreme and natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch in a local restaurant. Here, we will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and potteries. Evening optional: Turkish Show and Dinner. Overnight stay in Cappadocia. (BL)

Day 5 (Tuesday)        CAPPADOCIA / KONYA / PAMUKKALE

Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arrival in Konya. After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana, we continue our drive to Pamukkale for an overnight stay. (BD)

Day 6 (Wednesday)   PAMUKKALE / IZMIR

After breakfast, visit the ancient Hierapolis with the magnificent Necropolis, graveyard and the lime cascade. Afterwards we continue our drive to Selcuk to visit Temple of Artemis ‘‘one of the seven wonders of the ancient world” then onto Izmir for overnight stay. (BD)

Day 7 (Thursday)      IZMIR / EPHESUS / SIRINCE / IZMIR

Morning drive to ancient city of Ephesus where we will visit its magnificent library, theatre and temples. Lunch in nomadic tent in Selçuk, taste Turkish Gozleme. Continue to the beautiful village of Şirince, for shopping and perhaps a taste of delicious wine before returning to Izmir. Overnight stay in Izmir. (BLD)

Day 8 (Friday)            IZMIR / PERGAMON / CANAKKALE

Early departure for Bergama to visit the Asklepion with its well preserved remains before continuing to Troy; the site where the legendary Trojan War took place. Drive to Canakkale for an overnight stay. (BD)

Day 9 (Saturday)       CANAKKALE / GALLIPOLI / ISTANBUL

After breakfast, we will cross the Dardanelles then continue to Gallipoli to visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine and 57th regiment memorial. Continue to Istanbul for overnight stay. (B)

Day 10 (Sunday)        ISTANBUL (Back Streets)

Start from the Spice Market area learning about spices which dominated Ottoman cuisine. Try Turkish Delight and nuts. Experience the smells and the colours of Istanbul. Then walk over Galata Bridge to Galata area. Stop to taste baklava, one of the most popular desserts in Turkey. Galata district is coming a cultural centre with design shops, heute culture designers, wine cellars, boutique hotel. We taste Turkish coffee, maybe sesame pretzel and roasted chestnuts on the way to Beyoglu. After arriving Beyoglu we will have the chance to taste fried mussels, mussel dolma, pickles etc. After the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel. (B)

Day 11 (Monday)       ISTANBUL

After breakfast transfer to the airport. END OF TOUR. (B)

 

(B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

2024 Departure Dates
Fridays
Per Person
in Double
Per Person
in Single
Per Person
in Triple
April: 26
May: 3, 10
June: 7, 21
July: 12
August: 16
September: 6, 13
October: 4
AUD 3885 AUD 5565 AUD 3735

Tour Includes: Arrival transfer from Istanbul Airport (Day 1); Accommodation in listed hotels or similar; Daily breakfast, 2 lunches & 5 dinners; Air-conditioned vehicles; Luggage handling, local taxes & service charges; Professional English speaking guides; Museum entrance fees; Jeep safari and wine tasting in Cappadocia; Traditional food and soft beverage tasting in Istanbul; Istanbul to Kayseri flight ticket; Departure shuttle transfers at 0900 & 1300 to Istanbul Airport (Day 11)

Superior Class (4-5*) Hotels used (or similar): Istanbul – Arena (Old City), Cappadocia – MDC Cave / Yusuf Yigitoglu Konagi (cave style), Pamukkale – Adem Pira, Izmir – Kaya Thermal, Canakkale – Kolin

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