Pamukkale - Hierapolis
Pamukkale - Hierapolis
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Turkey Group Tours - 10 days and longer

Itinerary

This 15 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. This magical trip is a true showcase of the best of Western Turkey. You'll soak up the rich history of cosmopolitan Istanbul, be amazed by incredible landscapes and waterfalls, soak up the sun, swim in crystal-clear waters, walk in the footsteps of some of history's greats as you visit impressive ruins before venturing east to Van and see Mt Ararat.

2023 - 'Glories of Turkey Explorer Tour'
15 - 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.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
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 Hippodrome.
Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorus cruise'.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Gallipoli Battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Overnight Çanakkale
Special Class
(B, D)
Day 4
Tuesday

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamon

Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamon. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 5
Wednesday

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. 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.

Overnight Kuşadası
Boutique
(B, D)
Day 6
Thursday

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

This 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
4 star
(B, D)
Day 7
Friday

Termessos, Antalya

After breakfast we head for the resort town of Antalya, stopping along the way to visit the ancient Lycian city of Termessos which was built at a height of 1050 metres in the beautiful Taurus Mountain range. Once in Antalya we will take a walking tour of the old town area of Antalya known as "Kaleiçi". Amongst other things we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and Suna-Inan Kiraç, Kaleiçi Museum which even has a Greek Orthodox Church in its garden!

Overnight Antalya
4 star
(B)
Day 8
Saturday

Perge, Aspendos, Side

Full day tour of the ancient ruins of Perge and Aspendos and Side. In Aspendos, you can see the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century and seating 15,000 people. Side is one of the best classical sites in Turkey with its Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins.

Overnight Antalya
4 star
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Antalya, Cappadocia

Today we travel to Cappadocia, through the central part of the country, visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 10
Monday

Cappadocia

Today we will visit Pigeon and Red Valley and then we visit Cavusin village and lastly Avanos town where we will learn about hand-made pottery

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 11
Tuesday

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Overnight Cappadocia
Boutique Cave
(B, D)
Day 12
Wednesday

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 13
Thursday

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 14
Friday

Van, Dogubayazit, Ararat, Istanbul

After breakfast, 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.

In the afternoon we skirt 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.
In the afternoon we will drive to Igdir Airport for our flight to Istanbul.

Overnight Istanbul
4 star
(B)
Day 15
Saturday

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. 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.
5. The flight from Ankara to Van arrives into Van at 17:15
6. The flight from Igdir to Istanbul arrives into Istanbul at 18:35
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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 Igdir and Istanbul and transfers
  • Tips except Driver and Guide
  • Entrance fees
  • 14 nights - accommodation.
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Istanbul
    - 1 night
    Special Class
    Çanakkale
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Kuşadası
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Pamukkale
    - 2 nights
    4 star
    Antalya
    - 3 nights
    Boutique Cave
    Cappadocia
    - 2 nights
    Boutique
    Van
    - 1 night
    4 star
    Istanbul
  • 15 Breakfasts, 7 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - Driver and Guide
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Antalya - Hadrian's Gate
  • Antalya - Suna-İnan Kıraç Kaleiçi Museum
  • Cappadocia - Avanos - Pottery Village
  • Cappadocia - Kaymakli - Underground City
  • Cappadocia - Red Valley
  • Ephesus - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields Tour
  • Gallipoli - Johnson's Jolly - original tunnels
  • Gallipoli - The Nek - original trenches
  • Göreme - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Hagia Irene (Aya İrini)
  • Istanbul - Old City - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
  • Mt. Ararat
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Pergamon - Cable car (Teleferik)
  • Perge - Ancient Site
  • Sirince - Village
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
  • Troy - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Van - Akdamar Island
  • Van - Urartian Fortress Citadel
  • Antalya - Kaleiçi (Old Town)
  • Aspendos - Ancient Site
  • Cappadocia - Çavuşin Village
  • Cappadocia - Pigeon Valley
  • Dogubayazit - Ishak Pasa Palace
  • Gallipoli - ANZAC Cove
  • Gallipoli - Chunuk Bair - New Zealand Memorial
  • Gallipoli - Lone Pine - Australian Memorial
  • Göreme - Open Air Museum
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Istanbul - Hippodrome
  • Istanbul - St. Sophia Museum
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Muradiye - Bendimahi Falls
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis
  • Pergamon - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Side - Temple of Apollo
  • Site of the Temple of Artemis
  • Termessos - Termessos Tour
  • 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
Ring Down Hotel
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Altındağ Mah.
Anafartalar Cd. No: 71
Muratpaşa
Antalya
Ph. :
+90 242 243 15
Ring Down Hotel
Ring Down Hotel
Ring Down Hotel
Çanakkale
MD Barbaros Hotel
Standard : Special Class
Address :-
Barbaros Mahallesi
Troya Caddesi No: 20-22
Çanakkale
MD Barbaros Hotel
MD Barbaros Hotel
MD Barbaros Hotel
Cappadocia
Gamirasu Hotel
Standard : Boutique Cave
Address :-
Ayvali Koyu
Ürgüp
Cappadocia
Ph. :
+90 (0384) 354 5815
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Gamirasu Hotel
Istanbul
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. No. 21
Tophane
Istanbul
Ph. :
+90 (0212) 292 90 60
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Nidya Hotel Galataport
Nidya Hotel Galataport
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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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
Cost
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Single Supplement explanation
11 Mar 2023
31 Dec 2023
2,729.00
750.00
Deposit Option available for Glories of Turkey Explorer Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Glories of Turkey Explorer Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
01 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
8
12
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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