Explore ancient ruins with a local expert, visit rural villages and share a meal, walk through the surreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia, balance the traditions of East-meets-West
When it comes to the most desired locales to visit, Turkey tends to fly under the radar. We can't imagine why. Throughout 9 days of Turkey's best highlights, we'll visit Aya Sofya in Istanbul, the Göreme Open Air Museum, and World War I sites in Gallipoli. We'll also take a jaunt to the ancient Roman town of Ephesus and tour the city of Troy. Of course, no trip to this vibrant country would be complete without wine tastings and native cuisine, including a dinner with a local family in Cappadocia. Throw in comfortable accommodations, private transfers and quick flights, and you'll want to return to Turkey again and again.
- Arrival transfer. Walking tour of Istanbul including admission to Aya Sofya. Tour of Ankara including Ataturk’s mausoleum, Roman quarter, and the Museum of Anatolian civilization. Guided walk in Goreme Open Air Museum. Walk in Rose Valley. Dinner with local family in Cappadocia. Orientation walk in Selcuk including temple of Artemis, mosque of Isa Bey and remains of St John Basilica. Guided tour of Ephesus and entry to Ephesus Museum. Local lunch and wine tasting in Sirence. Guided visit to Troy. Excursion to Gallipoli. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
- 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD270-300 for meals not included.)
- Comfort hotels (8 nts).
- Minibus, plane, walking.
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout.
- Small group experience; Max 12, Avg 10.
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Day 1 Istanbul
Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
Day 2 Istanbul (1B)
Enjoy a walking tour of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome and Aya Sofya. Afternoon is at leisure and our boutique hotel is within walking distance of all the sites and shopping in the old city. Option to visit Topkapi Palace, or relax at a café overlooking the water and sip on some sweet Turkish tea with the locals.
Days 3-4 Cappadocia/Goreme (2B,1D)
Flight to the capital city, Ankara. Tour the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation, Ataturk’s Mausoleum and the Roman Quarter. On Day 4, excursion to the Göreme Open Air Museum, a complex of medieval cave churches. This evening, enjoy a walk in the Rose Valley and dinner with a local family.
Days 5-6 Selçuk (2B,1L)
Flight to Selçuk and take a walking tour including the remains of the Temple of Artemis, Isa Bey Mosque and St John's Basilica. On Day 6, visit the ancient Roman town of Ephesus and the Ephesus Museum. Enjoy a local lunch and wine tasting in Sirence village.
Day 7 Canakkale (1B)
Travel to the ancient ruins of Troy and enjoy a guided tour. Overnight in the waterfront town of Canakkale.
Day 8 Istanbul (1B)
Take an excursion to Gallipoli, including ANZAC cove, the war cemeteries and Lone Pine. Continue to Istanbul for the night.
Day 9 Istanbul (1B)
Depart at any time.
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