We take a look at the history and commemoration of this important day.
Dine in a local family home and taste regional delicacies, relax on an overnight boat trip, explore ancient ruins and bargain in bazaars, watch the sunset over Nemrut Dagi surrounded by mysterious rock sculptures, marvel at the landscapes of Cappadocia
Combining the best of western and eastern Turkey, this comprehensive adventure offers a sweeping view of this fascinating country. From the architectural highlights of Istanbul's long history, make your way east for a glimpse of Turkey’s less travelled and more traditional side. Explore exotic covered bazaars and mud brick cities, and experience life in a place where time seems to stand still. From its incredible Mediterranean beaches to the unreal fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and giant stone heads of Nemrut Dagi—uncover all that Turkey has to offer.
Cappadocia is captivating from the ground, but that’s just the half of it. See the seemingly hand-painted landscapes of Cappadocia as they deserve to be seen, from the air aboard a hot air balloon. Take to the skies in one of the most favoured places in the world to experience a hot air balloon ride.
Arrive at any time.
Enjoy an orientation walk around Istanbul before moving on to the capital city of Ankara.
Visit Anitkabir before driving to the Cappadocia region. Enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Enjoy an included visit to the Open Air Museum before free time to explore this unique region. Opt to see it from above on a hot air balloon ride.
Explore one of the many underground cities in the region. Visit Konya before spending the night in a local Turkish village. Tour the local market and experience a homestay as the guest of a local family.
Wander the lovely seaside town of Antalya.
Enjoy a freshly prepared dinner before sleeping aboard a boat under the stars on the Aegean Sea.
Opt for a morning swim and some relaxation before travelling on to Kaş.
Guided walk of Pamukkale and the ancient city of Hierapolis en route to Selçuk.
Visit ancient Ephesus. Optional visits to St John's Basilica and the Mosque of Isa Bey as well as the nearby picturesque village of Şirince.
Spend the night in a converted Ottoman mansion. Opt for a boat trip or to visit the beach.
Visit the ancient city of Troy en route to Çanakkale.
Guided visit of the Gallipoli battlefields. Continue on to Istanbul for more sightseeing.
Fly to Kars and visit the pinkish stone ruins of Armenian cathedrals, homes, fortresses, and palaces at nearby Ani, the former capital of the Armenian Empire. Opt to visit the Kars Castle for panoramic views of the city.
See Ishak Pasha Palace and Mount Ararat en route to Van, the cultural centre of the area's Kurdish majority. Opt to visit the ruins of the Fortress of Van.
Travel to Mardin early in the morning. En route, enjoy an Akdamar Island boat trip and church visit before exploring Hasankeyf.
Take an orientation walk in old Mardin. Visit Deyrulzafaran Monastery before spending some time getting to know the city.
Travel to Kahta and explore the area around Mt Nemrut. Visit the Karakus Tumulus (Women's Monument), Severan Roman bridge, and the site of ancient Arsameia at the giant burial monuments.
Visit beehive houses at Harran. Enjoy a guided walk to Golbasi Park and the covered bazaar of Urfa, the supposed birthplace of Abraham and an important Islamic place of pilgrimage.
Fly back to Istanbul where the tour ends on arrival. Onward travel can be booked for 5pm or later.
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