Mention Turkey and visions of sultans and harems, amazing mosques, belly-dancers, ancient ruins, Gallipoli and the ANZAC campaign, stunning coasts and the breathtaking natural landscape spring to mind, and this is exactly what this tour has.
Day 1 IstanbulWelcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel & the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore.Overnight Istanbul 4 star hotel Day 2 Istanbul Old CityAfter breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace & the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul 4 star hotel (B)Day 3 Gallipoli BattlefieldsOne of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches & tunnels. Overnight Çanakkale 4 star hotel (B, D)Day 4 Troy, Acropolis of PergamumThis morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse & then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples & library made Pergamum a renowned cultural & political centre in its time. Overnight Kuşadası 4 star hotel (B, D)Day 5 Ephesus, KusadasiAbsorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus & a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city & theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey & at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by h& & what determines their value. Overnight Kuşadası 4 star hotel (B, D)Day 6 Pamukkale, HierapolisThis morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale 5 star hotel (B, D)Day 7 Silk Road, KonyaToday we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary & the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia 4 star hotel (B, D)Day 8 Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground CityMarvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum & the fairy chimneys, & explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia 4 star hotel (B, D)Day 9 AnkaraEarly morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul 4 star hotel (B)Day 10 IstanbulAfter breakfast our tour concludes & we say goodbye to our new friends & are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)