Wonders of TurkeyTurkey

From RM4,343 / per person for 9 nights
This great CostSaver trip covers Turkey's essential wonders with a few surprises along the way.

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Summary

East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza which reveals the Byzantine and Ottoman past of Istanbul, the fairy-tale landscapes of Cappadocia and some of the world's most revered ancient cities. Get lost in the colourful lanes of the Grand Bazaar, watch the dizzying dance of the Whirling Dervishes and descend into an underground fortress. Mother Nature and man have crafted an extraordinary land, over which empires have fought for centuries and you'll get to see all its wonders on this 10-day journey.


*Price are based on twin-sharing basis after any discounts applicable.

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Itinerary

Transfer

Complimentary transfers will be provided for guests.

Accommodation

Day 1-2: Hotel Titanic Port Bakirköy or similar

Day 3: Holiday Inn Kavaklidere or similar

Day 4-5 : Hotel Ramada by Wyndham or similar

Day 6: Hotel Richmond Thermal or similar

Day 7: DoubleTree by Hilton Alsancak or similar

Day 8: Hotel Büyük Truva Oteli or similar

Day 9: Hotel Titanic Port Bakirköy or similar

Day 10: Depart Istanbul or similar





Sightseeing

Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul
It's the city Napoleon said should be the capital of Earth and while it may not quite have reached that stature, Istanbul's history as the capital of two great empires has left an enviable legacy of art, architecture and culture. Where better to begin your journey across Turkey than in its capital, the gateway to the Orient? On arrival, transfer to your hotel and explore the city your way before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead.


Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing & Free Time
Discover how centuries of Ottoman rule shaped the city's heritage as the meeting point between East and West when you join your Local Specialist this morning for a guided sightseeing tour, including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. Later, you'll have some time to explore Istanbul your way or consider an Optional Experience to Hagia Sophia, once the leading church in Christendom, and a cruise on the Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia.


Day 3 - Istanbul - Ankara
Ramble past the colourful displays of lanterns, pottery and fabric as you wander through one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar. The scents of Turkish tea will linger long after you leave Istanbul, bound for Ankara. Arriving in the Turkish capital, you'll visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and father of the Turkish Republic, before an evening to do as you please.


Day 4 - Ankara - Cappadocia
The hometown of the Hittites is under the spotlight this morning. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, then continue to the whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia where this evening you could join an Optional Experience with the Whirling Dervishes, watching them whirl around and around in remembrance of God.


Day 5 - Cappadocia Sightseeing & Free Time
Cappadocia's fairy-tale chimneys take centre stage this morning as you journey to Pasabagi and Red Valley. Visit a regional rug production centre then enjoy an afternoon on your own amidst the fantasy landscapes left by Mother Nature in the ochre rock. An Optional Experience in Göreme reveals how Christians once worshipped in the many rock churches that remain to this day. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel.


Day 6 - Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
First up is the ancient city of Konya, the final resting place of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana whose famous mausoleum you will visit before continuing to the cotton fortress of Pamukkale, home to mineral-rich thermal waters which cascade down snow-white travertine terraces.


Day 7 -  Pamukkale - Hieropolis - Ephesus - Izmir
See the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis this morning before you come face to face with the ruins of one of the most important cities in the ancient Mediterranean world, Ephesus. You'll explore this 2,000 year-old ancient settlement, then head to the seaside port of Izmir.


Day 8 - Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Canakkale
Visit the ancient kingdom of Pergamon this morning, most notably its Asclepion Medical Centre, which still bears the symbol of the snake-entwined staff that remains a symbol of medicine in modern times. Next on today's agenda is a visit to Troy, an ancient city that inspired Homer's tales about the wrath of Achilles and the siege of the same city, which was only broken through the clever construction of a wooden Trojan horse, a replica of which can still be seen today. Continue to Çanakkale later where dinner is served at your hotel this evening.


Day 9 - Cannakale - Gallipoli - Istanbul
A poignant start to the day sees you visit Gallipoli, where significant World War I battles were fought with heavy losses on both sides. You'll visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair paying tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in this relentless conflict before returning to Istanbul. As your journey through Turkey draws to a close, you'll want to get in on the action yourself this evening when you join an optional nightlife experience at the famous Kervansaray Night Club complete with belly dancing and traditional Turkish favourites. There's always time for one last Raki!


Day 10 - Depart Istanbul
Your whirlwind encounter with the wonders of Turkey has come to an end. You've stood at the crossroads of East and West, trod in the footsteps of the ancients and admired ethereal landscapes that belong in a storybook. For now it's time to end this chapter with a heartfelt farewell to your newfound friends as you take your transfer to the airport and embark on your journey home. Conditions apply.

Extras

Included Extras

Please find below a selection of extras that are included within the price of your tour.

Meals

14 meals as per itinerary - 9 Breakfasts, 5 Three-course dinners

Local Specialists

Local specialists to bring locations alive

Travel Director

An expert Travel Director and separate driver.

Hotel Charges & Local Taxes

All baggage handling, hotel charges and local taxes.

On-Trip Transport

Luxury air-conditioned coach

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