Distinctive, welcoming, fascinating - Turkey is a country that for centuries has been a crossroads between the exotic East and ancient Europe.
13 days from
(based on 08/11/2015 departure date from London Heathrow Apt)
* Price is based on 2 people travelling.
Fly to Istanbul where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for one night. Late arrivals may have the welcome briefing the following morning.
Skirting the Sea of Marmara, head for Gallipoli on the European side of the Dardanelles, for a visit to the Anzac Cemetery and the sites of the famous World War I battlefields. Later, a short ferry journey takes you to the charming city of Canakkale, at the mouth of the Koca River, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Your first stop today is the ancient Homerian city of Troy, famous for being attacked in ancient times by Greek rivals hiding inside the giant wooden 'Trojan Horse'. The site, excavated in 1871, actually displays nine ancient metropolises, dating back to 3000BC. Later, head to the lovely Bay of Edremit, and admire the distant views of blue mountains on the Greek island Lesbos, before travelling through forests of pine and Valonia oak to the bustling Aegean port of Izmir for an orientation drive which will include the Karsiyaka district. Then it's on to the popular seaside resort of Kusadasi for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Situated between ancient Ephesus and Priene, Kusadasi is a charming, cosmopolitan resort with a delightful climate and white sandy beaches. The day is yours to relax or explore. Alternatively, why not take one of the great-value optional excursions to Ephesus and the Virgin Mary house? Includes Breakfast
Travel past Aydin and enter the area known as the 'Greek Meander', the most fertile region in Turkey. Your first stop is for optional sightseeing at the ancient site of Aphrodisias. Later, drive past Denizli, at the foot of Mount Gokbel, to Pamukkale, the amazing 'Cotton Castle'. Marvel at the extraordinary white terraces, formed over the centuries by water cascading down the hillside and visit the ancient archaeological site of Hierapolis. Continue to your hotel in the Denizli area for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Today, drive to Dinar and then past the lovely Lake Acigol, with its shores of cherry gardens and opium fields. Enjoy splendid mountain scenery on the way to Konya, one of the oldest urban centres in the world, for one night. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Today, travel into the great central plateau area, which separates Konya from Aksaray, and stop to admire the great Agzikarahan 'Caravanserai'. In the afternoon, enjoy an included visit to Goreme to see the amazing churches and chapels carved into the rock; the whole area is outstandingly impressive. Later, head for Avanos in Cappadocia for two nights. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
The first records of Cappadocia date from the 6th century BC, and over the centuries it has been a strategically important town for several civilisations, including the Persians, Romans and Byzantines. The day is yours to explore at leisure or perhaps join the optional sightseeing tour to the amazing natural amphitheatre, bounded by almost vertical cliffs, in which countless chambers, porticos and arcades have been carved, as well as underground cities where early Christians sheltered from Roman persecution. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Journey via Aksaray to Ankara, the Turkish capital, for one night. On arrival, enjoy an orientation drive before spending the afternoon relaxing, exploring at leisure, or taking the optional half day city tour including visits to the museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the Ankara Mausoleum of Ataturk. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Travel into the ancient kingdom of Phryge to Gordion, one of Turkey's most important archaeological sites, where legends has it Alexander the Great cut the proverbial knot. Enjoy an included visit to the fascinating Tomb of King Midas before continuing to ancient Bursa, which stands in the shadow of Ulu Dag mountain - the ancient Mysian Olympus, and is famous for its Great Mosque, covered bazaar and silk market. Overnight in Bursa. Includes Breakfast, Dinner
Drive to the shores of the Sea of Marmara for a short ferry crossing on the Izmit Bay to the exotic city of Istanbul, straddling both Europe and Asia. The included sightseeing tour with a local guide includes visits to the Roman Hippodrome and the stunning Blue Mosque. This evening, why not join the optional dinner and traditional Turkish entertainment? Includes Breakfast
Istanbul was founded in 600BC and is a mesmerising city with intricate architecture, ancient mosques and colourful bazaars brimming with pedlars and stalls selling almonds, pistachios, iced drinks and black coffee. The day is yours to explore the city at leisure or perhaps join the optional excursions to sail in a private boat on the Bosphorus or enjoy an afternoon's historical tour. Includes Breakfast
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK. Includes Breakfast
A visa is required for entry into Turkey. This can be purchased on arrival by UK passport holders.
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Excellent tour guide and interesting holiday.
Excellent tour guide. Tour to underground city not good value for the cost. We spent a lot of time looking at view points, shopping areas and a visit to a jewelry shop which was not on the itinerary. 30 mins only spent at the underground city. Option...
lots of interesting things to see. very enjoyable time , but needed a good rest after the holiday.
The tour was excellent and our guide Aycut was very knowledgable and had an amazing sense of humour, however the quality of the accommodation was very varied and ranged from very poor to excellent.There was no consistency.
The Tour Guide and the bus driver were superb. The itinerary was well thought out. A lot of travelling but we saw so many wonderful things.
Holiday enjoyed by us both,food in some hotels should have been served hot but was cold,Think prepared too early and left.
Fantastic holiday. Excellent guide who was informative and fun. The holiday was extremely informative and I was taken to places where I would never discovered if going on a solo holiday.
Tour was very well organised and the excellent tour director really contributed towards making this an exceptionally enjoyable trip. I would be recomending it to my friends for sure!
Very good country to visit. Everything went perfectly. Hotel were good with included meals. The guide Aykut Gun was exceptional and really went the extra mile to make the holiday a huge success. Berol, the driver of the coach was also exceptional, ve...
beyond our expectations especially the fairy chimneys!
The tour was very good and the guide, Aykut Gun was the best we have ever had and we have been on a number of tours before. He was an excellent director with so much interesting knowledge, he really showed a passion for his country. On many days th...
The itinerary was very good & the hotels & food were also good. The tour guide was well informed. The only negative to say is the last 2 nights at the hotel in Istanbul were a let-down. The first night at the beginning of the tour at the same...
Excellent young very knowledgable young guide with good command of English also with a sense of humour - giving us so much information on all aspect of what Turkey has to offer - would love to have a tour possibly to the East of Turkey less frequente...
The tour was very good, learnt such a lot from the tour guide who was excellent and also we lots of fun.. Thought though there were lots of optional tours which I thought should have been included.
We will certainly recomend this tour to our friends.
Excellent,and ayykut is a brilliant guide he went above and beyond for the group,he was so intertaining, knowledgeable,helpful, he even got up at 4 in the morning to see that we got of in time that was so nice of him to be so caring,for all the male ...
Excellent tour,thanks to the exemplary and knowledgeable tour director Aykut Gun.
Even with the disruptive influence of passenger m/s Lyda Fauz.
NICE HOLIDAY, VERY EARLY STARTS,
Good value for money.
The tour was good, driver excellent
Our tour director was the best I've experienced. He took great care of us, was well informed, and entertained us with his humour on the long journeys ....... Excellent!
Was a great tour.
Would have preferred tour to have operated in the reverse direction with more time at the coastal resorts to relax towards end of holiday. Guide was very good and helpful.
The trip exceeded expectations.
First class tour guide and driver. It was a very interesting route and all items on the itinerary were fully covered. All hotel rooms were clean and of an acceptable standard and two hotels were excellent. The food served at all hotels was very go...
The tour took us to many famous sites and other places of interest. The guide gave us information about the history of the sites and also spoke about the culture of Turkey and its people.
good itinerarty and good hotels
This could have been extended by a day or two, seemed rushed in places. A good itinery with a very good tour director (Aycut)
I knew that the area we were to cover was vast, some days we were 6 hours on the bus (with good breaks every 2 hours). how ever it might be a consideration to extend the tour from 12 days to 15 days ? there is sooo much to see
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour , very good value for money .
Excellent tour in a wonderful, friendly country with a very informative guide. Hotels and the vast majority of included meals were to a very high standard. The tour went without a hitch because of the preparatory work which had obviously been carri...
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