This 14 day tour, starts and ends in Istanbul, Turkey. It visits Istanbul's Old city, the WW1 battlefields at Gallipoli, Bursa, surreal Cappadocia, the nation's capital Ankara, Konya, Pamukkale, Antalya on the Mediterranean coast, ancient Ephesus, Troy and Pergamum. You'll visit 7 UNESCO Heritage sites, many natural wonders and much more.
Welcome to Istanbul. You will transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.
Today we will drive to Iznik which is famous for its handmade tiles and we'll also visit Iznik Lake. Then its on to Bursa which was the first capital of Ottoman Empire and visit Ulu Mosque and the Silk Bazaar before heading to Eskisehir.
After breakfast we drive towards the nation's capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Ataturk.
We will drive to Cappadocia visiting the Tuz Golu (Salt Lake), the second largest lake in Turkey, which provides life to the largest flamingo colony in the Middle East and North Africa combined, great photo opportunities. Once in Cappadocia and marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, Goreme open-air museum, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more.
Today we visit and trek through the Pigeon and Love Valleys and explore the many levels of Kaymakli underground city. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand what determines their value. Tonight, don't miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers... a night you won't forget!
Heading towards Konya we will visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia, en route. Then we will visit mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi. We will also visit Selimiye Mosque and Silli Aya Helena Church.
Drive towards to southern part of the country, the Medierranean coast and the city of Antalya. Along the way we we will visit famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor and is still used today.
This morning we will heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale. Along the way we will visit the ancient city of Kibyra. Once in Pamukkale we 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.
Today we drive west towards the Aegean coast and the city of Kusadasi. Along the way we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the ancient site of Aphrodisias, recently included in UNESCO's World Heritage List, one of the most important archaeological sites of Turkey with well-preserved sculptures, monuments, inscriptions, structures and marble quarries, along the way.
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 before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines.
Step back in time today as we visit the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. We continue on and visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse
After breakfast, we visit the WW1 Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels before driving to back to Istanbul.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport for your onward flight.