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Marvellous Turkey

14 days - Escorted Tour

Istanbul – Gallipoli - Canakkale – Kusadasi - Ephesus - Pamukkale - Marmaris - Fethiye - Antalya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Istanbul
Inclusions: 4 and 5 star hotel accommodation with breakfast daily, 8 dinners, English-speaking Tour Guide, sightseeing as per itinerary, transport by air-conditioned coach, museum entrance fees, arrival transfer and set time departure transfer (09.00 and 13.00)* (first and last day only)

Notes:
1) Tour operates with minimum 2 passengers
2) Included transfers are from New International Airport only. Arrival or departure transfers from/to Sabiha Gokcen Airport are subject to a surcharge

2020 EARLY BIRD OFFER:
AUD200
per couple Discover More Travel Vouchers when you book and pay in full by 28 February 2020.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURES
2020
Jan 4, 5
Feb 8, 9
Mar 21, 22
Apr 4, 5, 25, 26;
May 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 30, 31
Jun 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28;
Jul 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26;
Aug 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 29, 30
Sep 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
Oct 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25
Nov 7, 8;
Dec 19, 20

2021
Jan 2, 3;
Feb 6, 7
Mar 20, 21

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Tour Itinerary (please click here)

Note: The departure transfer operates at set times: 9.00hrs and 13.00hrs.

DAY 1 ISTANBUL

Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. This afternoon and evening are free to begin your exploration of this fascinating city.

Stay at
Raddisson Blu Pera (5 star) (2019)
Point Hotel Taksim (4 star) (2020)

DAY 2 ISTANBUL
A full-day, guided city tour of Istanbul’s Old Town includes visits to the former seat of Ottoman power - Topkapi Palace, 12th century Hagia Sophia, the iconic Blue Mosque and Spice Market with its tempting sights and aromas. (B)

DAY 3 ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – CANAKKALE
Today drive along the Dardanelles Strait to the battlefields of Gallipoli. See the sombre sites of Anzac Cove, the Nek, Lone Pine, Conk Bair and the 57th regiment, then cross to Canakkale to overnight. (B, D)

Stay at
Hotel Kolin (4 star)

DAY 4 CANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMUM – KUSADASI
A short drive brings you to the ruins of Troy, founded 5,000 years ago and famous through the tales of the Trojan War in Homer’s Iliad. After your tour continue to the ancient Greek city of Pergamum to see the Acropolis, then travel to Kusadasi to overnight. (B, D)

Stay at:
Charisma Deluxe Hotel (5 star)

DAY 5 KUSADASI – EPHESUS – KUSADASI
Today’s excursion takes you to spectacular Ephesus, a Greco-Roman city with 2,000 years of history. Explore the city’s many historic temples. You will also visit the beautiful hilltop village of Sirince before returning to Kusadasi for overnight. (B, D)

DAY 6 KUSADASI – HIERAPOLIS – PAMUKKALE
Drive through the fertile plains of western Turkey to the ancient city of Hierapolis, with its magnificent Necropolis. After a short tour, head to the lime cascades and thermal pools of Pamukkale, one of Turkey’s natural wonders. (B, D)

Stay at:
Doga Thermal Hotel & Spa (4 star)

DAY 7 PAMUKKALE – KOYCEGIZ – FETHIYE
Depart Pamukkale for the lakeside town of Koycegiz where you can take a boat cruise to see loggerhead turtles and after have a mud bath in the local hot springs. (B, D)

Stay at:
Marina Boutique (4 star)

DAY 8 FETHIYE
After breakfast spend the morning exploring the quaint Greek museum village of Kayakoy. In the afternoon visit Oludeniz, one of Turkey’s most famous beaches, where there will be an opportunity to swim in the Aegean Sea. (B)

DAY 9 FETHIYE – SAKLIKENT GORGE – ANTALYA (2019)
Leave Fethiye for a visit to the stunning Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest canyon. After a drive through the canyon, cross the Tauros Mountains to Duden Waterfall, then enjoy a dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B, D)

Stay at:
Best Western Khan Hotel (4 star)

DAY 9 FETHIYE – DEMRE – ANTALYA (2020)

Leave Fethiye for a visit to the ancient Demre, with a boat trip to the sunken city of Kekova. If the weather conditions are not suitable, your guide will take you to visit Saint Nicholas church. After, enjoy a dinner and overnight in Antalya. (B, D)

Stay at:
Best Western Khan Hotel (4 star)

DAY 10 ANTALYA – KONYA – CAPPADOCIA

A visit to the 2nd century Roman amphitheatre of Aspendos is followed by a tour of the Monastery of the Mevlana Whirling Dervishes in Konya. Afterwards, drive via the 13th century Sultan Han, the largest caravanserai in Turkey, on the famed Silk Road, to Cappadocia. (B, D)

Stay at:
Crown Plaza Nevehir (4 star)

DAY 11 CAPPADOCIA
At dawn, you have the opportunity to take an optional balloon ride over Cappadocia. Then join a fascinating, full-day excursion around the volcanic landscapes of Cappadocia, including the Kaymakli underground city, Goreme open-air museum and the natural fortress of Uchisar. (B)

DAY 12 CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA – SAFRANBOLU
Depart for Ankara, the Turkish capital, where you will visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, first President of independent Turkey. Then travel to the World Heritage museum town of Safranbolu to overnight. (B, D)

Stay at:
Imren Lokum Konagi (4 star Ottoman mansion)

DAY 13 SAFRANBOLU – ISTANBUL
After breakfast, tour Safranbolu’s beautiful Old Town, then return to Istanbul and visit the labyrinthine of streets and shops of the city’s famous Grand Bazaar. (B)

Stay at:
Hotel Kent Old City (4 star)

DAY 14 ISTANBUL
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. (B)

Notes
Saturday departures:
Itinerary as per above
Sunday departures:
Clients stay 1 night in Istanbul at the beginning and 2 nights at the end of the tour. The full day Istanbul city tour will be undertaken on the penultimate day of the tour.
The departure transfer operates at set times: 9.00hrs and 13.00hrs.

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