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Classical Turkey 2017
 

Holiday Length: 10 days
Departs: Fridays & Saturdays
Start City:
Istanbul
End City:
Istanbul
Type of holiday:
Coach Tour

 

Embark on a fascinating journey offering an economic option to capture the highlights of Turkey in 10 days.  Marvel at the awesome rocky scenery of Cappadocia, admire the epic ancient monuments of Ephesus, Pergamum and Troy, taste some very special local dishes, visit the significant Gallipoli Peninsula and immerse yourself in the vibrant mix of tradition and modernity of exotic Istanbul.


ITINERARY                

 
Day 1 - Friday


Istanbul
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our representative before transfer to your Hotel. Spend the rest of the day at your own leisure.

   
Day 2 - Saturday


Istanbul
After breakfast take a guided tour of Istanbul, including Topkapi Palace, St. Sophia, Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar (B)
   
Day 3 - Sunday


Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
Morning drive to Ankara.  Visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum and the Mausoleum of Atakurk.  After a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake arrive in Cappadocia. (B,D)
   
Day 4 - Monday




Cappadocia
Today explore the region's unique lunar scenery.  Visit the Kaymakli Underground City, the Open Air Museum in Goreme and natural fortress in Uchisar.  Lunch in a cave restaurant to taste a famous pottery kebab. (B,L)
Optional: Dinner with Turkish show
   
Day 5 - Tuesday



Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
Early departure for Pamukkale. On the way, visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece Sultanhan Caravanserai before arrival in Konya (home of the Whirling Dervishes). After visiting the Mausoleum of Mevlana,  continue to Pamukkale for an overnight stay. (B,D)

   
Day 6 - Wednesday


Pamukkale - Izmir
Morning visit to ancient Hierapolis with the magnificent Necropolis, graveyard and the lime cascade.  Later drive to Selcuk and Izmir. (B,D)
   
Day 6 - Thursday



Izmir - Ephesus - Sirince - Izmir
Morning visit to Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia Minor.  Then an opportunity to taste Turkish Gozleme during your lunch in a nomadic tent.  afternoon visit to the charming village of Sirince. (B,L,D)
   
Day 8 - Friday


Izmir - Bergama - Troy - Canakkale
Early departure for Bergama to visit the Asklepion before continuing to legendary Troy and then on to Canakkale for your overnight stay. (B,D)
   
Day 9 - Saturday


Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul
Cross the Dardanelles to Gallipoli.  Visit Anzac Cove and the NZ Memorial Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine and the 57th Regiment Memorial.  Later drive to Istanbul. (B)
   
Day 10 - Sunday



Istanbul
After breakfast transfer to the airport. (B)
Option to extend to Athens or a Gulet Cruise (see below)



HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS





  • Accommodation in Moderate First Class hotels
  • All transfers and A/C transportation
  • Luggage handling at hotels
  • 5 dinners, 9 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  • Professional English speaking guides
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees

   8 day Gulet Cruise Extension (Bodrum - Gulf of Hisaronu - Bodrum)
12 June - 11 September
INCLUDES:


* Accommodation in a double cabin
* All meals on the cruise
* Fully qualified crew, harbour expenses
   
 Day 1 - Sunday

Bodrum
Boarding from 3.30 pm with an overnight in Bodrum Port. (D)
   
 Day 2 - Monday


Palamutbuku - Inceburun
Early in the morning cruise to Palamutbuku Bay.  Anchor in Inceburun and stay in this lovely bay for dinner. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 3 - Tuesday


Aktur - Bencik
Cruise to Aktur Bay.  First stop of the day will be Bencik Bay located at the narrowest part of the peninsula that divides Hisaronu Gulf from the Gokova Gulf. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 4 - Wednesday


Emel Sayin Koyu - Orhaniye - Selimiye
After breakfast anchor at Emel Sayin Bay for a swim stop.  Afterwards continue to Orhaniye - known for its natural tidal formation called 'kiz kumi'.  Dinner tonight at Selimiye. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 5 - Thursday

Direkbuku - Bozburun
Cruise to Dirsekbuku, then to Bozburun which is a small fishing town. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 6 - Friday



Datca - Knidos (Cnidus)
Cruise to Datca - known for its legendary clean air, water, and lack of humidity which is said cured diseases.  Continue to Cnidus - once home to Socrates, and then onto Ktesias for dinner. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 7 - Saturday


Poyraz Limani - Meteor Koyu - Bodrum
Cruise to Karaada (Black Island).  Stop at Poyraz Bay with its turquoise blue waters.  Dock in Bodrum Harbour tonight for your overnight stay and dinner. (B,L,D)
   
 Day 8 - Sunday

Bodrum
Disembark after breakfast. (B)

   

 

 

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