Pamukkale - Hierapolis
Pamukkale - Hierapolis
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Turkey Group Tours

Itinerary

This 19 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey.

2024 - 'Flying Discovery Tour'
19 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
Day 2
Sunday

Istanbul Old City

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace (including Hagia Irene and the Harem) and the Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with a 1 hour Bosphorus cruise by public ferry where your guide will explain the historical sites along the way.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Gallipoli Battlefields

Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Overnight Çanakkale
5 star
(B, D)
Day 4
Tuesday

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamon, Kusadasi

Step back in time today as we visit Troy where we will explore the ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the new, award winning, Troy Museum. We continue on to Bergama and up to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. From here we continue on to Kusadasi.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 5
Wednesday

Ephesus, Sirince, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus a once a bustling trade hub and religious center, Ephesus today whispers of ancient marvels, from site of the Temple of Artemis to the Library of Celsus's grand facade and the grand amphitheatre.
Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
We continue on to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Here we will visit a local vineyard and learn about local production techniques. You will taste 3 local wines from the region at the garden of the vineyard before returning to our hotel.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 6
Thursday

Aphrodisias, Pamukkale

After a leather shop visit, we will head to Aphrodisias the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Beauty, Love and Fertility, also famous for its school of sculpture, we visit the stadium, which is the best preserved in Anatolia, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Tetrapylon, theatre and the Museum. Then, we continue to Pamukkale.

Overnight Pamukkale
4 star
(B, D)
Day 7
Friday

Hierapolis, Salda Lake

This morning we will explore 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.
Then we will head to Salda Lake, is known as Turkish Maldives. It is a mountain lake and located in the mountains before we travel down to South.

Overnight Fethiye
Boutique
(B)
Day 8
Saturday

Fethiye

Today, you are free to explore the town at your own pace and there is also optional tours and activities.
Optional tours and activities; 12 island boat trip and Saklikent Gorge tour

Overnight Fethiye
Boutique
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Kayakoy, Antalya

This morning we head to Kayakoy. The morning light provides excellent photos of this deserted Greek village. Afterwards we drive to the resort town of Antalya. We will visit the Antalya Museum with its wealthy collection from the ancient cities around the Antalya Province.

Overnight Antalya
Boutique
(B)
Day 10
Monday

Perge, Aspendos

We will visit Perge a famous antique site, early in the morning. After Perge we drive to Aspendos which has the best preserved 2nd Century Amphitheatre in Turkey. We return back to Antalya city in the afternoon and the remainder of your day is free.

Overnight Antalya
Boutique
(B)
Day 11
Tuesday

Konya, Silk Road, Sille

We will visit the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying Mevlana museum. We continue along the ancient Silk Road visiting the former Greek village Sille.

Overnight Konya
4 star
(B, D)
Day 12
Wednesday

Cappadocia, Sultanhani Caravansary, Underground City

Today we head to Cappadocia, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary, an ancient Silk Road stop off for merchants and traders. Later we explore the many levels of an underground city.
After checking into our hotel we visit a traditional Turkish home for dinner. Here you can do a course and help cook if you wish.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 13
Thursday

Goreme open-air museum

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys. We then visit Pigeon and Red Valley, followed by Cavusin village and lastly Avanos town where we will learn about hand-made pottery.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 14
Friday

Cappadocia, Van

Departure in the morning from Cappadocia, we head to Ankara for our direct flight to Van. On arrival to Van Airport, you will meet with your tour guide. Before we go to our hotel, we will explore the Citadel with its three thousand Urartian fortress of Van and witness the extraordinary sunset.

Overnight Van
Boutique
(B)
Day 15
Saturday

Van, Akdamar Island

After breakfast, we will travel by ferry stopping at Akdamar Island to see a spectacular 10th century church built by an Armenian king, if there is time swim in Lake Van.
Then, we will drive back to city centre to visit the largest Urartu Museum in the World. Artifacts from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Urartian, Persian, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Seljuk, Turkish-Islamic, and Ottoman Periods are exhibited in chronological order taking our visitors on a unique historical journey.
After the museum visit Van Cat House. Van cats are relatively large, have a chalky white coat, sometimes with ruddy coloration on the head and hindquarters, and have blue, amber eyes or one eye of each colour. This variety has been referred to as "the swimming cat", and has been observed to swim in Lake Van.

Overnight Van
Boutique
(B)
Day 16
Sunday

Van, Dogubayazit, Ararat, Kars

Today we leave for Dogubayazit via Muradiye and the Bendimaahi Falls. In Dogubayazit, we visit the spectacular Ishak Pasha Palace, 1685 - 1784, which has a unique fusion of architecture from Seljuk, Ottoman, Georgian, and Armenian - Persian styles.
We continue our journey north, skirting around the western edge of Mt Ararat. Mt. Ararat is one of the great natural spectacles of the world,. The name Ararat derives from the Bible (Jeremiah 51:27) and is a transliteration of 'Urartu' the name foreigners gave to this region and its inhabitants in Biblical times.

Overnight Kars
Boutique
(B)
Day 17
Monday

Kars, Ani

This morning we journey to the site of Ani, the former capital of the Armenian kingdom. In the mid 10th century, nothing in Europe could rival this capital of the Armenian kingdom in terms of either size or magnificence. The remains of the ruined city include several churches as well as the shell of the Cathedral of Ani, the citadel and a mosque. There are also some exciting remains of frescoes in the Church of St Gregory (Tigran Honentz) despite having been exposed to the elements for centuries.
Afternoon, we will visit 12 Aposotles Church and Kars Castle.

Overnight Kars
Boutique
(B)
Day 18
Tuesday

Kars, Istanbul

Transfer to Kars Airport for your onward flight back to Istanbul. On arrival to Istanbul Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight Istanbul
Boutique
(B)
Day 19
Wednesday

Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note :
1. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. From 2024 onwards this tour will also include a visit to the new, award winning, Troy Museum while we are at Troy
5. The 2025 itinerary will visit the ancient site at Bergama / Pergamon by cable car
6. We require a copy/image of your passport in order to book flights. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights. Domestic flight times may vary due to various circumstances.
7. The flight from Kars to Istanbul arrives into Istanbul at 13:45
8. The flight from Ankara to Van arrives into Van at 17:15
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Outbound Transfer - Istanbul
    Istanbul Airport (IST)
    Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Domestic flight between Ankara and Van and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Kars and Istanbul and transfers
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Cruise
  • Wine Tasting
  • Cooking Course
  • Entrance fees
  • 18 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Istanbul
    - 1 night
    5 star
    Çanakkale
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Kuşadası
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Pamukkale
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Fethiye
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Antalya
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Konya
    - 2 nights
    Boutique Cave
    Cappadocia
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Van
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Kars
    - 1 night
    Boutique
    Istanbul
  • 18 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Ani - Cathedral of Ani
  • Antalya
  • Aphrodisias - Museum
  • Aspendos - Ancient Site
  • Cappadocia - Çavuşin Village
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley
  • Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove
  • Gallipoli - Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial
  • Gallipoli - Lone Pine - Australian Memorial
  • Göreme - Open Air Museum (Dark Church)
  • Istanbul - Dolmabahce Palace
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace (Hagia Irene and Harem)
  • Kayaköy - Greek Village
  • Konya - Sille Village
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pergamon - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Sirince - Village
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Troy - Ancient City and Museum - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Van - Akdamar Island
  • Van - Urartian Fortress Citadel
  • Ani - Citadel
  • Antalya - Archaeology Museum
  • Aphrodisias - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cappadocia - Avanos - Pottery Village
  • Cappadocia - Cooking Course
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley
  • Dogubayazit - Ishak Pasha Palace
  • Fethiye
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields Tour
  • Gallipoli - Johnson's Jolly - original tunnels
  • Gallipoli - The Nek - original trenches
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Kars - Church of the Twelve Apostles
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Konya - Sille Village
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis
  • Salda Lake
  • Sirince - Wine Tasting
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Van - Akdamar Church
  • Van - House of Cats
  • Van - Urartu Archeology and Ethnography Museum
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Turkey

Antalya
RuinAdalia Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Barbaros Mah.
Hesapci Sk. No:22
Muratpaşa
Antalya
Ph. :
+90 (242) 248 99 00
RuinAdalia Hotel
RuinAdalia Hotel
RuinAdalia Hotel
Çanakkale
Hilton Double Tree Canakkale
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Barbaros Mah.
Ataturk Cad. 306
Çanakkale
Ph. :
+90 286 295 55 55
Hilton Double Tree Canakkale
Hilton Double Tree Canakkale
Hilton Double Tree Canakkale
Cappadocia
Gamirasu Hotel
Standard : Boutique Cave
Address :-
Ayvali Koyu
Ürgüp
Cappadocia
Ph. :
+90 (0384) 354 5815
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Fethiye
Marina Boutique Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Fevzi Çakmak Cad.No :50
Karagözler Mevki
Fethiye
Ph. :
+90 (0252) 614 54 43 
Marina Boutique Hotel
Marina Boutique Hotel
Marina Boutique Hotel
Istanbul
Point Hotel Taksim
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Topçu Caddesi No.2
Taksim
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 212 313 50 00
Point Hotel Taksim
Point Hotel Taksim
Point Hotel Taksim
Kars
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Kaleici Mah.
Karadağ 1 Sok. No:2
Merkez
Kars
Kars
Ph. :
+90 474 606 03 46
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Kars Beylerbeyi Palace
Konya
Novotel Konya
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Seker Mah Cevreyolu Cad
No 38 Selcuklu
Konya
Ph. :
+90 (0332) 223 4200
Website :
Novotel Konya
Novotel Konya
Novotel Konya
Novotel Konya
Kuşadası
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Atatürk Blv. No: 42
Kuşadası
Ph. :
+90 (0256) 614 7608
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Pamukkale
Adem Pira Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Karahayıt Mah.
113 Mustafa Sezer Sokak No:5/1
Pamukkale
Ph. :
+90 (258) 271 42 20
Adem Pira Hotel
Adem Pira Hotel
Adem Pira Hotel
Van
Van Life Hotel
Standard : Boutique
Address :-
Kazım Karabekir Cad.
Sedir Altı 1.Sok. No: 2
İpekyolu
Van
Van
Ph. :
+90 501 256 65 65
Van Life Hotel
Van Life Hotel
Van Life Hotel
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per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
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Single Supplement explanation
01 Apr 2024
31 Oct 2024
4,035.00
1,150.00
29 Mar 2025
31 Oct 2025
4,679.00
1,620.00
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