ISTANBUL – Classical Turkey Escorted Tour

Istanbul-Ankara-Cappadocia-Pamukkale-Kusadasi-Canakkale-Istanbul

  • Return flights to Istanbul from Johannesburg
  • Return airport – hotel transfers throughout
  • Escorted tour
  • 10 nights accommodation throughout Turkey
  • 10 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch and 7 Dinners

DEPARTURE DATES:

  • May: 01, 15, 29
  • June: 12, 26
  • July: 10, 24
  • August: 07, 21
  • September: 04, 18
  • October: 02, 16, 30

ESCORTED TOUR ITINERARY:

Day 1 Fri: Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel.

Day 2 Sat: Istanbul
Optional: Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace (excluding harem), Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment. B

Day 3 Sun: Istanbul  Ankara
This morning Optional tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise. Depart for the capital city of Ankara for overnight. B D

Day 4 Mon: Ankara  Cappadocia
Morning departure to view Hittite artifacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Visit the underground city of Sarhatli. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Day 5 Tue: Cappadocia
Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience of floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, visit Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia. B D

Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia  Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale. En route we visit the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight at Pamukkale. B D

Day 7 Thu: Pamukkale  Kusadasi
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit to the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centers of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. B D

Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Marys House  Kusadasi
Optional: Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Marys Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi. Afternoon Optional: tour of Sirince. B D

Day 9 Sat: Pergamum  Troy  Canakkale
Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse and continue on to Canakkale for overnight. B L D

Day 10 Sun: Dardanelles  Gallipoli  Istanbul
In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, and then drive to Istanbul. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul. B D

Day 11 Mon: Istanbul  Return
Transfer to Airport. B

 

Total price:
R 16,152 pp
price:
R 15,406
taxes, fees & other:
R 746
hotel:
Superior Tourist and Moderate First Class Hotels
duration:
10 Nights
validity:
01 May 2015 To: 30 October 2015
terms & conditions:
Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking. Valid for dates as specified. Group rates available on request. Thompsons Standard Terms and Conditions may apply. E & OE.
exclusions:
Items of a personal nature. Meals not mentioned. Travel and medical insurance.