( Code : tr 13001)
Turkey Tour Itinerary (15 days & 14 nights )
DAY 1 ARRIVAL DAY: WELCOME TO ISTANBUL
Today is the arrival day. A private transfer awaits at the Ataturk International Airport. Today we will meet our guide and perhaps go out for a meal and a few drinks.
DAY 2 ISTANBUL CITY TOUR (B. D.)
This morning after breakfast, we partake in a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, Europe and Asia. We will visit the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia Museum and Hippodrome.
DAY 3 ISTANBUL TO GALLIPOLI (B + LB. D.)
Today we depart Istanbul and drive to the World War I Battlefields of Gallipoli. We stop for lunch in a nearby town and this afternoon we are guided round this now serene site. We will commemorate the fallen in an emotional day as we visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, Johnston's Jolly, The Nek and the Anzac Museum.
DAY 4 GALLIPOLI TO KUSADASI VIA TROY & PERGAMUM (B . D. )
After breakfast, we drive for the famed ruins of Troy and the Trojan Horse for a fully guided tour. We continue South along the Aegean Coast for lunch in the small village of Bergama. This afternoon sees us exploring the ruins of Pergamum, Tonight we rest in Kusadasi.
DAY 5 EPHESUS TOUR (B. D. )
One of the best preserved ruins on Turkey awaits today as we are guided round the ruins of Ephesus. We will see the Celcius Library, Grand Theatre as well as the oldest advertisement known to man. Today, we will also visit the House of the Virgin Mary (supposedly where she lived her final days), Cave of the Seven Sleepers and Temple of Artemis (one of the seven wonders of the ancient world).
DAY 6 KUSADASI TO PAMUKKALE (B + D)
We head East this morning for the calcium terraces of Pamukkale. We also visit the ruins of Hierapolis overnight in pamukkale.
DAY 7 SAKLIKENT GORGE TO FETHIYE (B )
Leaving Pamukkale, today we visit a carpet village and learn how Turkish carpets are made by hand, what determines their value and the historical and cultural context in which this folk art has blossomed. Afterwards we visit Saklikent Gorge, the longest and deepest canyon in Turkey. Walk through icy water and battle numerous small waterfalls set in sculpted limestone canyon walls. Take a tube ride down the rapids or relax on the platforms. Overnight Fethiye
DAY 8 FETHIYE BOAT TRIP (B. L.)
A lazy day boat cruise leaving from Fethiye to 12 Islands. Board the boat for a day you won't forget. Swim in the Blue Cave before stepping ashore at Butterfly Valley. Lunch is served on the boat before we stop at St Nicholas Island. A swim at “Cold Spring Bay'' where fresh water leaks into the sea, is most refreshing!! In the afternoon sail back to Fethiye. Overnight Fethiye.
DAY 9 FETHIYE (B.)
Today you have a free day to do whatever you choose. Paraglide, swim, recover, relax or take a diving tour. Overnight Fethiye.
DAY 10 MYRA - PHASELIS - ANTALYA (B )
Start the day with a panoramic view following the Mediterranean coast. This is a chill out day. We will visit ancient Myra, which is the hometown of St. Nicholas (Father Christmas). Phaselis is our next stop, a beautiful ancient harbour city where you also have the chance to take a dip in the sea. Overnight Antalya.
DAY 11 ANTALYA TO KONYA (B + D)
Begin today with a tour of the ancient ruins of Aspendos, which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, this impressive theatre is still used today. We then visit and enjoy the natural beauty of the Tinaztepe sink hole and cave. Overnight Konya.
DAY 12 KONYA - CAPPADOCIA TOUR (B)
Today we visit the Mevlana Museum. The Mevlevi order of whirling dervishes is a mystic group whose members are followers of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi - a great Turkish poet and mystic, the brotherhood is based in Konya where its founder is buried. En-route, we stop at an ancient Silk Road Caravanseray, before we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore Derinkuyu Underground City. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia
DAY 13 CAPPADOCIA (B. D.)
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Overnight Cappadocia.
DAY 14 CAPPADOCIA TO ISTANBUL VIA ANKARA (B)
Today we visit the nation's capital, Ankara, with a tour of the Ancient Civilisation Museum. overnight in Istanbul.
DAY 15 TOUR FINISHES (B)
All good things must come to an end and transfer to the airport
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, LB = Lunch Box, D = Dinner
14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7dinners
5 nights accomodation in 3 star and 9 nights in 4 star hotels,
English-speaking professional tour guide,
Boat Cruise in Fethiye
Guided tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale/Hierapolis and Cappadocia
Transport in an air-conditioned, non-smoking bus
Entrance fees to the various sites
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