Highlights of Turkey - (14N/15D)

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Turkey is one of the most important countries in the development of the western world; over the centuries it has provided a geographical and cultural bridge between Asia and Europe, with ruins and monuments attesting to the rise and fall of many great empires. Starting in Istanbul we travel through the country, visiting ancient cities and UNESCO heritage sites such as Ephesus and Hierapolis, exploring the natural wonders at Pammukale and Cappadocia and taking some time out to relax on the coast. Add to that the memorials of Gallipoli for a journey that showcases the best of this country


Day 1 
Start Istanbul.Open or Close

There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive in Istanbul at any time. If you are arriving at Istanbul's Atakurk International Airport (IST) you will be met and transferred to the starting hotel. 
This evening there will be a Welcome Meeting (please check noticeboard for exact time) held in the hotel, where you will meet your tour leader and fellow travel companions. 
Tonight after our group meeting there will be an optional group dinner in the Eyup district of Istanbul , which we will get to travelling by private bus. The Eyüp Sultan Mosque is situated in the Eyüp district of Istanbul, outside the city walls near the Golden Horn. The present Mosque was built in the beginning of the 19th century. The mosque complex includes a mausoleum marking the spot where Eyüp (Job) al-Ansari, the standard-bearer and friend of the Islamic prophet Muhammad, is said to have been buried.
We can enjoy a simple Turkish meal and visit this holy site, perhaps taking the cable car to the top of the Golden Horn for excellent views of the city. We will return to the hotel in the early evening.
Accommodation: Golden Horn Istanbul Hotel or similar

Day 2 
Transfer to Canakkale via Gallipoli peninsula

This morning following breakfast we will depart for the Gallipoli Peninsula, where we can discover the battlefields of the ANZAC's. We will then cross the famous Dardenelles arriving in the city of Canakkale in the early afternoon. We can enjoy an orientation walk of the city and some free time to stroll the waterfront in the afternoon.

Approx driving time Istanbul to Canakkale 5.5 hours.
Accommodation: Anzac Hotel or similar

Day 3 
Visit the ancient city of Troy; head to Aegan coastal town Ayvalik

This morning after breakfast we visit the City of Troy, immortalised in Homer’s Iliad. Troy (Truva) was a city that existed over 4.000 years ago and was known as a major ancient civilization. For many years people believed that it was the city mentioned only in the tales and had never truly existed, as the area had become known as Ilium, or New Ilium. Archaeological digs subsequently proved that there had been nine separate periods of settlement. We continue this afternoon to the seaside town of Ayvalik; the town centre is surrounded by the archipelago of Ayvalik Islands, which face the nearby Greek island of Lesbos. It was alternatively called Kydonies by the town's former Greek population. Today a haven for holiday makers and the olive oil capital of Turkey, Ayvalik and nearby Cunda Island, are fine representations of the Greek/Turkish heritage of the Aegean coast. Renowned local produce includes olive oil, seafood and Ayvalik Tost - like a club sandwich but better! Approx driving time Canakkale to Ayvalik 3.5 hours Accommodation: Deniz Hotel or similar

Day 4 
To Bergama; visit the ancient city of Pergamon; afternoon transfer to Selcuk

This morning we depart to Bergama, where we can explore the ruins of the ancient city. Pergamum was an ancient Greek city that became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. It was cited in the book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia. This afternoon our journey continues to the town of Selçuk: a sprawling farming town at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Our early evening orientation walk will take in sites such as the Basilica of St John, (entry not included) Isa Bey Mosque (a fine example of early Seljuk Turk architecture), and the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis. This evening we may have the opportunity to enjoy local meze in the town square and meet the locals. Approx driving time Ayvalik to Selcuk 3 hours. Accommodation: Jimmy's Place or similar

Day 5 
From Selcuk visit the historic site of Ephesus; head to Pamukkale this afternoon

Today we head out to the ancient site of Ephesus, one of the best preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and a great example of Roman architecture. Always an important religious centre, Ephesus was founded by Ionian Greeks in the 11th Century BC and flourished under Roman rule. The Greeks replaced the cult of the Anatolian fertility goddess Cybele with Artemis and built a fabulous temple in her honour. With the arrival of the Romans, it became the Temple of Diana and was one of the original seven wonders of the ancient world. We visit the vast amphitheatre, walk the marble street once trodden by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and wonderfully restored Library of Celsus. This afternoon our journey continues to our overnight base in Pamukkale. Approx driving times Selcuk to Pamukkale 3 hours. Accommodation: Grand Sevgi Hotel or similar

Day 6 
Explore the limestone cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins of Hierapolis; afternoon transfer to Fethiye

Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle', is a truly unique sight. This spectacular natural phenomenon was created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming a myriad of pools and terraces. As the water overflows from the pools, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed that, from afar, resemble cotton or snow. The pools are filled with hot spring waters that supposedly have healing properties. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, which was founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC and by the 2nd Century AD had become an important Roman bath centre. The extensive ruins of Hierapolis are well worth exploring and include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. We spend the morning discovering the travertines and ancient city before continuing to Fethiye on the Mediterranean Coast. Modern Fethiye is located on the site of the ancient city of Telmessos, the ruins of which can be seen in the city; the Hellenistic theatre is by the main quay. This evening we take a walk along the boat harbour and the lively market square. Approx driving time Pamukkale to Fethiye 4.5hours. Accommodation: Rebin Beach Hotel or similar

Day 7 
Depart Fethiye for coastal town Kas

This morning we depart from Fethiye and take the coastal highway to the seaside town of Kas. Situated on the Teke Peninsula, Kas was known as Antiphéllos in ancient Lycia and was a member of the Lycian League. Today you can see evidence of Lycian tombs scattered around the town. This afternoon is free to explore this charming coastal town with cobbled streets and lively cafes. Approx. driving time Fethiye to Kas 2.5 hours. Accommodation: Kayahan Hotel or similar

Day 8 
Free day to rest or choose from the many activities available

Today is a free day to relax or take advantage of the many activities available on the Turquoise Coast in and around Kas. Options include a boat trip to Kekova and view a sunken city; sea kayaking; mountain biking through the local countryside or trekking on the Lycian way. For more cultural options, take a day tour to Xanthos the first capital of the Lycian Federation, or visit the ancient theatre in Kas. Accommodation: Kayahan Hotel or similar

Day 9 
Transfer to the lively city of Antalya

This morning we depart for Antalya, Turkey's biggest international beach resort. Arriving in the early afternoon, we will visit the ancient Kaleiçi. With its narrow cobbled streets and historic Ottoman era houses, it is the old centre of the city. Restored to retain much of its historical character, the area now houses a plethora of bars, restaurants and shops. History buffs may also want to visit the Antalya Museum this afternoon; ranked third in the country, it is among the leading museums of the world on account of the sculptures from the Roman period and other unique finds. Approx driving time from Kas to Antalya 4 hours. Accommodation: Argos Hotel Antalya or similar

Day 10 
Visit the Greco-Roman site of Aspendos, famous for its theatre; afternoon transfer to Konya, home of the whirling dervishes

 This morning we travel to Konya via the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, known for housing the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. With a diameter of 315 ft, the theatre provided seating for 7,000 spectators. After exploring the ancient site, we continue on to Konya, known as 'Iconium' in Roman times. It was the capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th to 13th centuries and home of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, who founded a mystic Sufi order popularly known as the 'Whirling Dervishes'. Approx. driving time Antalya to Konya 5.5 hours. Accommodation: Selcuk Mevlana Hotel or similar

Day 11 
To the Cappadocia region; visit the Ilhara Valley and the underground city of Derinkuyu.

This morning we visit Mevlana's Mausoleum and the museum housing manuscripts of his works, as well as various artefacts relating to the mystic sect that he founded. We continue on to the fascinating Cappadocia region. Shaped by wind and water, the rock formations, rock hewn churches, cave dwellings and underground cities have to be seen to be believed! This afternoon we will visit the village of Belisirma in the Valley of Ihlara on the slopes of Mount Hasan, one of the volcanoes responsible for the formation of Cappadocia. From here we embark on a wonderful walk along the Melendiz River and experience traditional village life, as we pass through the beautiful Ihlara Valley. There are dozens of Byzantine cave chapels to explore along the way and most of them are decorated with exquisite biblical frescoes. We continue on to the underground city of Derinkuyu, with some dwellings containing rooms spread out over seven levels beneath ground level. Early this evening we arrive in Urgup, our base for the next two nights. Approx. driving time Konya to Cappadocia 5 hours Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar

Day 12 
Visit Cappadocia's Open Air Museum and fairy chimneys

Cappadocia’s main attraction, the World Heritage-listed Goreme Open Air Museum, is a monastic complex composed of churches, rectories and dwellings. This morning we explore the rock cut churches of the Museum. Later in the afternoon we drive to the unique Pasabaglari Valley, where multiple fairy chimneys, hewn from the earth and shaped by centuries of erosion, lend a moon-like landscape and atmosphere to the valley. A chapel dedicated to St. Simeon and a hermit's shelter are built into one of the fairy chimneys, which appears to have three heads! Accommodation: Ciner Hotel or similar

Day 13 
Transfer to the charming UNESCO listed city of Safranbolu

This morning we have an early departure for the charming UNESCO listed city of Safranbolu. Arriving late in the afternoon we will take a walk around this world heritage site. The town has a strong Ottoman heritage with beautiful preserved timber houses and cobblestoned streets. 

Approx. driving time Cappadocia to Safranbolu 6.5 hours
Accommodation: Akçe Konaklar or similar

Day 14 
Explore Safranbolu; transfer to Istanbul

Some Turkish delight tasting is on our list today as the town is famous for the Safron flavoured candy. We will also visit the Kaymakamlar Muze Ev - a typical Safranbolu home which is now a small ethnographic museum. After lunch we make our way back to Istanbul arriving in time to enjoy a last night group meal together.

Approx. driving time Safranbolu to Istanbul 5.5 hours
Accommodation: Golden Horn Istanbul Hotel or similar

Day 15 
End Istanbul

Our adventure ends after breakfast in Istanbul.

Package Includes


  • All breakfasts
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout

Package Excludes


  • Service Tax and / or any other taxes.
  • International or domestic flights, unless included
  • Meals other than those mentioned as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)
  • Optional arrival and departure transfers or transfer costs to the starting point of the vacation
  • Visa, passport, travel insurance.
  • Optional tours that can be bought on a supplement.
  • Single room supplement
  • Entrance fees to attractions not specified as included (please contact us to know details specific to your trip)


Dates & Prices

Start Date End Date Price
29th APR, 2017 13th MAY, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
17th JUN, 2017 01st JUL, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
26th AUG, 2017 09th SEP, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
16th SEP, 2017 30th SEP, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
14th OCT, 2017 28th OCT, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
02nd DEC, 2017 16th DEC, 2017 GBP £ 899.00
28th APR, 2018 12th MAY, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
16th JUN, 2018 30th JUN, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
25th AUG, 2018 08th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
15th SEP, 2018 29th SEP, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
13th OCT, 2018 27th OCT, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
01st DEC, 2018 15th DEC, 2018 GBP £ 949.00
  • Travel Insurance covering medical and evacuation expenses is mandatory for all travellers.
  • The cost exclude GST 5%