Day 1, Saturday: Istanbul. Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace. Overnight Istanbul.
Day 2, Sunday: Istanbul Old City. Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, the underground Basilica Cistern and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 3, Monday: Gallipoli Battlefields View our Gallipoli video (8.5 kb 2:10 mins). Today we visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight Guzelyali. Includes: (B, D).
Day 4, Tuesday: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum. Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Overnight Kusadasi. Includes: (B, D).
Day 5, Wednesday: Ephesus, Kusadasi. Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi. Includes: (B, D).
Day 6, Thursday: Pamukkale, Hierapolis. This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale. Includes: (B, D).
Day 7, Friday: Aphrodisias, Fethiye. Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way. Overnight Fethiye. Includes: (B, D).
Day 8, Saturday: Fethiye. Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey’s highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey’s longest and deepest canyon. Overnight Fethiye. *If you choose the option of a Gulet cruise with your tour, then today you will board your traditional handmade Gulet and cruise your way through to Day 10, rejoining your tour group as the drive to Antalya*. Includes: (B, D).
Day 9, Sunday: Fethiye. Another day for choices, get your adrenaline pumping paragliding over Oludeniz beach or maybe chill out on the beach below. Overnight Fethiye. Includes: (B, D).
Day 10, Monday: Kayakoy, Antalya. Relaxing morning, before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way. Overnight Antalya. Includes: (B).
Day 11, Tuesday: Konya, Cappadocia. Early departure for Cappadocia, stopping en-route to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying museum. This afternoon we also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia. Overnight Cappadocia. Includes: (B, D).
Day 12, Wednesday: Goreme, Uchisar Castle. Marvel at the lunar 1 with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia. Includes: (B, D).
Day 13, Thursday: Ihlara Valley, Underground City. Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia. Includes: (B, D).
Day 14, Friday: Ankara. Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. (Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia) Overnight Istanbul. Includes: (B).
Day 15, Saturday: Istanbul. After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends. Includes: (B).
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