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Classical Turkey
Holiday Length: 10 days
Start City: Istanbul
End City: Istanbul
Departure Dates: see grid
Holiday type: Small group Coach Tour (min 2 - max 20)


Day 1



Arrive Istanbul International Airport .Welcome to Turkey. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local agent and transferred to the Renaissance Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight meet your tour companions on your Classics of Turkey coach tour at a welcome briefing. Your accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2

Spend the day exploring Istanbul - the only city in the world to span two continents. Visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. (B)

Day 3
Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia

Today travel to the capital city of Ankara and immerse yourself in local history with a visit to th Mausoleum of Arturk, the burial place of the national hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey.  Continue to Cappadocia through the picturesque Salt Lakes region. (B, D)

Day 4

Optional early morning hot air balloon tour to experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise.
Visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period.  Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region.  Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware.  For lunch taste the famous Pottery kebab in a cave restaurant.  This afternoon browse through some local handicrafts - hand made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and potteries. (B,L)
Tonight join an optional dinner & Turkish show

Day 5
Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale

This morning visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai, a Seljuk masterpiece.  Continue to Konya and visit the mausoleum of Melvana, a sacred place of mystical Whirling Dervish tradition.  Overnight in Pamukkale. (B,D)

Day 6
Pamukkale - Izmir

Today explore the unreal lime cascade landscape of the cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades, formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and the mythical Temple of Artemis - one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.  Overnight in Izmir. (B,D)

Day 7
Ephesus  - Sirince - Izmir

This morning capture the echoes of past empires at the ancient city of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world.  See its magnificent library, theatre and temples.  For lunch taste a typical Turkish Gozleme served at a nomadic tent in Selcuk.  Continue to the Greek-era hilltop village of Sirince and fall under the charm of its quaint streets, little shops and orchards. (B, L, D)

Day 8
Izmir -  Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale
  Spend the day exploring the ruins of mythical sites: visit the ancient Medical Centre at Asclepion and the legendary city of Troy, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Overnight in Canakkale.  (B,D)
Day 9
Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul

This morning embark on a drive across the Dardanelles to the historic Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of the aborted Allied Invasion of 1915.  Visit Anzac Cove, the Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine and the 57th Regiment Memorial.  Later continue to Istanbul.  (B)  

Day 10
Istanbul departure
  Transfer to airport for your onward or return flight. (B)


Air conditioned transfers and transportation
Daily breakfast, 5 dinners & 3 lunches
Professional English speaking guides
Porterage at hotels


Optional tours
Tip to Guide and Driver
Personal Expenses

* For Saturday departures the sightseeing of Istanbul will take place on the Sunday at the end of the tour and transfer to the airport will be on Monday
* Option to upgrade to a cave style hotel in Cappadocia
* For added comfort there is the option on day 3, after a morning at leisure in Istanbul, to fly to Cappadocia instead of driving.  This option also includes the upgrade to a cave style hotel in Cappadocia.  Surcharge applies.




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