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Turkey Group Discovery 10D/9N

Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10-day tour.

Start in Istanbul and travel to Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus.

Soak your feet in thermal hot springs in Pamukkale and explore the dreamlike landscape of Cappadocia.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Turkey’s cultural and historical centre with a full day tour of Istanbul
  • Visit the ruins at Troy, Pergamum, Hierapolis and Ephesus
  • Explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia
  • Head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to soak in the hot thermal springs
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$4,100.00

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Tour Information

Inclusions:

  • - 9 nights shared accommodation
  • - Airport transfers, Van
  • - 9 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners
  • - Tours & sightseeing
  • - All activities as per itinerary with English-speaking guide
  • - Fees & permits

Departures:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey

Upon arrival you will be picked up at the Istanbul airport and transferred to your accommodation for check-in.

Take the rest of the day to discover the magnificent city at your leisure.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 2: Istanbul, Turkey

Set off today of your full day tour of Istanbul!

Spread across two continents, this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

Visit the famous 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum, former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace, and the Hippodrome.

Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul - Canakkale, Turkey

This morning you’ll take a drive to Gallipoli, where you will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site.

Once home to some of history’s fiercest battles, today the site contains a plethora of memorials. Visit the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. You will have the chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war, before your transfer to your accommodation in Canakkale, where you’ll stay the night.

Day 4: Canakkale - Kusadasi, Turkey

Start your day with a short drive to the ancient city of Troy.

Lying undiscovered until midway through the 19th century, the excavations brought back to life the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer.

Drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum, a former kingdom where you will have a full tour, including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library, which helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 5: Kusadasi, Turkey

After breakfast this morning, visit Ephesus, the city that at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean.

Discover the Temple of Artemis and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city.

In the afternoon, visit the vineyard village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving.

Overnight in Kusadasi.

Day 6: Kusdasi - Pamukkale, Turkey

Your day starts with a drive to Pamukkale, site of the white calcium terraces known as travertines.

Pamukkale is one of the most extraordinary natural wonders of Turkey; the buildings appearing to be made of snow or clouds as a result the hot thermal springs that pour down the hillside depositing calcium carbonate, which solidifies as travertine. We call this geological fairyland Pamukkale, or ‘Cotton Castle.’

The ruins of Hierapolis are the other main attraction. The city was founded in 190 B.C. by Eumenes II, king of Pergamon. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries, it reached the height of its development as a Roman thermal bath epicentre. Hierapolis has extensive ruins: the city walls, the octagonal Martyrium of St. Philip, the 2nd century theatre, Temple of Apollo, basilica, then the necropolis which spreads 2 km and contains ancient tombs. This area is considered to be one of the best-preserved cemeteries in all of Anatolia.

The thermal hot springs have been used since Roman times, now you too can take a relaxing soak in these mineral-rich waters.

Overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Pamukkale - Cappadocia, Turkey

Today, travel back in time and follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya.

Learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai, before getting to Konya and visiting the Mevlana museum.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 8: Cappadocia, Turkey

Today head out and explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia.

Unlike anywhere else on earth, this setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Enjoy a full tour of the place often described as the ‘jewel of Turkey,’ and explore the subterranean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.

Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 9: Cappadocia - Istanbul, Turkey

This morning you will take a drive to Ankara, Turkey’s modern day capital city.

Visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul where you will stay the night.

Note: Please be prepared for a long travel day with a lot of driving.

Day 10: Istanbul, Turkey

This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast and get ready for your transfer to Istanbul airport, where you’ll catch your departing flight on to your next destination.

We wish you safe travels!