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The place where East meets West, Turkey is a treasure trove of fascinating history and archaeological wonders. From Istanbul’s iconic landmarks and Gallipoli’s bloody battlegrounds to Cappadocia’s other-worldly landscapes and much more, this all-encompassing tour uncovers the very best of Turkey.
Our Treasures of Turkey tour will see you exploring the most iconic sites, delving into deep-rooted culture and dining on delicious cuisine.
Explore Istanbul’s iconic landmarks including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace.
Explore the well preserved ruins of this UNESCO Site – one of the ancient world’s most famous cities.
Visit archaeological sites that are not usually open to the public on your exclusive visit to the ancient Greek city of Magnesia.
Marvel at the unusual rock formations of Pasabag Valley and the 100-metre-deep gorge of Ihlara Valley.
Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers at Gallipoli, the site of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign. Afterwards, raise a glass at sunset overlooking the Dardanelles – scene of so many conflicts including the great Trojan War.
Enjoy a spectacular Whirling Dervish performance at the historical Saruhan Caravanserai.
Embrace everyday life in Cappadocia as you enjoy a cooking demonstration and a delicious lunch with a local family, get involved with the region’s handmade pottery and enjoy tea in a traditional village home.
The place where East meets West, Turkey is a treasure trove of fascinating history and archaeological wonders. From Istanbul's iconic landmarks and Gallipoli's bloody battlegrounds to Cappadocia's other-worldly landscapes and much more, this all-encompassing tour uncovers the very best of Turkey.
Fly to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel in the heart of the city.
Explore Istanbul's landmark sites. Visit the remains of the once mighty Hippodrome and marvel at the Blue Mosque's 2,500 stained glass windows before continuing to Hagia Sophia, the crowning achievement of the Byzantine Empire. Next visit the extraordinary Basilica Cistern, a 10,000 square meter underground water store in the heart of the ancient city, whose vaulted ceilings are supported by a forest of 9-metre high columns plundered from all over the Byzantine empire. Finally, immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.
This morning discover the mesmeric beauty of Topkapi Palace. Then stroll through the Spice Bazaar and visit Rustem Pasa Mosque, whose tiles are among the finest in Turkey. After lunch, visit the UNESCO-listed Fener and Balat districts. Walk through the colourful, labyrinth-like streets of these historical neighbourhoods. Then, enjoy a private cruise along the Bosporus Strait, the waterway that divides Europe and Asia, to witness the city's minaret-studded skyline and its most famous sites from the water, including the dramatic Rumeli Fortress, Dolmabahce Palace and the sultan's former summer residence - Beylerbeyi Palace.
Pay your respects to the fallen soldiers of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign at the Cape Helles Memorial. A defining moment in the history of Australia and New Zealand, the tragic events that unfolded in Anzac Cove, Shrapnel Valley and Lone Pine marked the birth of the Anzac spirit of courage, loyalty and friendship that continues today. Before dinner, raise a sunset drink overlooking the Dardanelles.
Visit the ruins of Troy and learn about its fabled history, then continue to the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon, known for its Acropolis and its unusually steep theatre. Today’s lunch will be a home-cooked Turkish meal, to be enjoyed with a local family. This afternoon continue to your hotel in Selcuk.
Spend the morning exploring one of the ancient world’s most famous cities. Remarkably well preserved, Ephesus is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its roads, pavements, facades and enormous theatre paint a vivid picture of what everyday life in the ancient city might have been like. After lunch, explore the beautiful nearby village of Sirince. Taste some wine, sample the local olive oil and relax in the tranquil Turkish countryside.
Today travel to the ancient city of Magnesia. On an exclusive guided tour, you’ll learn about the city’s fascinating history from experts and visit archaeological sites that are not usually open to the public. Later continue by road to Pamukkale and enjoy a dip in the thermal waters.
Explore the ancient spa city of Hierapolis, where you can marvel at the spectacular terraces of calcium pools cascading down the hillside. Founded during the Hellenistic period, the city later became a centre of worship for the Romans. Drive to Antalya in the afternoon, on Turkey’s south coast.
Drive to the ancient Greek city of Perge to explore some of the most beautiful Hellenistic and Roman ruins in Turkey. Next discover ancient Aspendos, home to the best-preserved Roman theatre in the Mediterranean, and then visit the beautiful Manavgat Falls en route back to Antalya. In the afternoon relax and unwind on a 2-hour private boat tour along the attractive shoreline.
This morning you’ll drive inland onto the Anatolian Plateau to the traditional town of Konya, famous as the burial place of the Islamic mystic and poet Rumi, founder of the Order of the Whirling Dervishes. Visit the striking Mevlana Museum, home to the mausoleum of Rumi himself.
Depart Konya for Sultanhani Caravanserai, a former resting point for the caravans that once travelled the famous Silk Road. This is the largest and best-preserved caravanserai in Turkey and one of the best examples of Anatolian Seljuk architecture. Continue to Cappadocia and arrive at the stunning Ihlara Valley, a spectacular gorge that reaches depths of 100 metres. Enjoy lunch and a short walk along the valley, then continue to the hotel in Urgup. Later in the evening take in a spectacular Whirling Dervish performance at the historical Saruhan Caravanserai.
Experience Cappadocia's fantastical topography and long history on a full day tour of the region. Admire the preserved rock-hewn churches of Goreme, then at Pasabag Valley marvel at the unusual rock formations. Take in the magnificent view from the top of the Uchisar citadel and observe potters at Avanos creating masterpieces from clay sourced from the shores of the Halys River.
This morning, visit the Greek-built village of Mustafapasa, then continue for a walk through the beautiful Soganli Valley, home to early Christian churches dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. Lunch today will be in a traditional Cappadocia village home, decorated with textiles and local flatweave carpets. Your hosts will demonstrate how to prepare and serve a variety of traditional dishes, a unique experience. Then continue to Kaymakli Underground City, a subterranean settlement that provided refuge for some of the world's earliest Christian communities.
After breakfast, travel to Turkey’s capital city, Ankara. Explore the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, renowned for its staggering collection of artefacts from every era of Turkey’s complex history. And finally, visit the colossal Mausoleum of Ataturk, resting place of the founder of modern Turkey.
After breakfast set off to drive back to Istanbul (5 to 6 hours) where we have lunch at a waterside restaurant on the Asian shore, close to Beylerbeyi Palace. From here we have fine views of the Bosporus and over to the famous skyline of the old city. Check into your hotel then enjoy the rest of the afternoon in one of the world’s great cities. You can either explore independently, do some souvenir shopping or indulge in the refined art of the Turkish Bath at the 16th century Hurrem Sultan Hammam, one of the very best and most traditional hammams in the city. Indulge in a deep cleanse and relaxing massage, your reward for the action-packed days you’ve just spent enjoying the best of western and central Turkey! Please allow €110pp for the traditional Turkish Bath and massage. On your final evening eat at the atmospheric Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage) which is a small, covered street of traditional restaurants that serve typical Turkish meze, grilled meats and Turkey's national drink of choice: raki.
After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
Places Visited: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Canakkale - Pergamon - Ephesus - Selcuk - Pamukkale - Antalya - Aspendos - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Istanbul
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