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Turkey Discovery & Anzac Day Experience

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Discover the grandiose beauty and charming chaos of Istanbul and delve into history while commemorating the fallen on Anzac day at the shores of Gallipoli. Visit ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon and the fascinatingly well-preserved Ephesus with your expert local guide. Soak in the healing waters of Pamukkale and witness the incredible white pool terraces from up close. Embrace Rumi’s timeless philosophy under the charm of the whirling dervishes of Konya. Roam among fairy-chimneys of the otherworldly Cappadocia, and explore the capital city, Ankara, where stands the mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of the Modern Turkish Republic.

Duration
12 Day
Destination(s)
Turkey
Starts in / Ends in
Istanbul / Istanbul
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5 Star Hotels
24 People Max.

Sight Visited

  • Konya
    Konya

    Konya, which has been playing a centrel role being a cradle for many civilizations throughout the history, is one of the unique centers that combine its historical heritage and cultural accumulation with present time.

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Izmir
    Izmir

    Izmir which was known '' Symrna'' in Ancient Greek times. It was ruled by the many ancient civilizations such as Roman Empire, Persians, and Ottoman Empire. It's located in the west of Turkey and has coast line to the Aegean sea which makes it a great hub for sea tranportation both commercial and touristic reasons.

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

ITINERARY

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Day 1: Istanbul
Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts.
  • Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* (or similar)
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
  • Meals: No
2
Day 2: Istanbul City Tour
Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you. Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar, visit countless monuments and embrace the local culture. In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia.
  • Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Istanbul City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise
3
Day 3: Istanbul – Canakkale
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Canakkale, wherein lies the famous shores of Gallipoli. Driving through the scenic countryside road, recharge at the lovely village of Kesan over a delicious local meal. Arriving in Canakkale in the afternoon, rest up for a long night and the experience of a lifetime. We will be leaving after midnight for the dawn service at Gallipoli to commemorate the soldiers who bravely fought here during World War 1.
  • Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove
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Day 4: Canakkale-Gallipoli-Dawn Service-Lone Pine Australian National Ceremony-Canakkale
The day starts at very early hours as we leave at 12:30am for Anzac Cove at Gallipoli. Take your spots for the dawn service and pay your respescts in unison to the fallen Australian and Turkish soldiers. Following a sentimental dawn service and speeches from key figures, walk through the now-green battlefields and take a ride up to Lone Pine for the Australian National Ceremony starting around 9.30am. We continue towards Canakkale around noon with a picturesque ferry ride and a recharging stay at our hotel.
  • Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove
5
Day 5: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir
A day filled with truly epic adventures awaits. In the morning, we visit the ancient city or Troy and witness the ruins of the once glorious city with a special place in mythology and history. Pose with the famous Trojan Horse before departing for Pergamon. Home to healing waters and ruins of the Asklepion medical centre, it is one of the most important centres of healing of the Roman world. Following the cultural overload, we rest at the seaside metropolitan Izmir - the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Turkish seafood culture and raki.
  • Hotel: Swissotel Büyük Efes İzmir 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Troy, Pergamon
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Day 6: Izmir – Ephesus – Pamukkale
Drive along the coast to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage. Stroll the incredibly well-preserved ancient city and the impressive library. With a short ride away from the marvellous wonders, you will visit Virgin Mary’s house in the mountains – where she is believed to have lived her final days. Our next stop will be of culinary discovery at a lovely restaurant in the countryside famously known for delicious gozleme. Heading further inland, we arrive in our hotel at the Cotton Castle of Turkey, Pamukkale. Rest up, relax or even savour the spa or massage services of your hotel. Your seat for dinner is already reserved at the hotel restaurant.
  • Hotel: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House
7
Day 7: Pamukkale, Konya
Walk in the shallow pools of calcar with breath-taking scenery unfolding before you in terraces of snow-white travertines. Famously known for its mineral-rich waters and healing properties, Pamukkale region has welcomed endless visitors over millennia. Delve into history at the ancient city Hierapolis and its majestic amphitheatre of 15,000 seats and ever-impressive acoustics. The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order. You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of discovery.
  • Hotel: Ramada Plaza Konya 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Pamukkale, Hierapolis
8
Day 8: Konya - Cappadocia
Meet the diverse Turkish culture and its various facades today. Starting with an 8-century-old center of education and architectural beauty, Karatay Madrasa, continue to the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana. Explore the ideas and works of the famous scholar, poet and theologist of the 13th century, which have lived in his teachings of understanding and acceptance to this day. From cultural to natural wonders, we travel inland towards the other-worldly Cappadocia. One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff. Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop. After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel.
  • Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Karatay Madrasa, Mevlana Museum, Pottery-Making Workshop
9
Day 9: Cappadocia
Rise early to join the hot-air balloon experience, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys. A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions). As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more. These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century. Here you’ll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvellous geography. Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery. Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience. You can also join an optional wine tasting session or Turkish Night show.
  • Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Carpet-Weaving Workshop
  • Optional Experiences: Hot Air Balooning - 220 EUR, Turkish Night - 40 Euro, Whirling Dervishes - 30 Euro, Wine Testing - Free
10
Day 10: Cappadocia - Ankara
Start an unforgettable day by exploring the famous underground city of Kaymakli where ancient Christians took refuge to escape raids and wars for centuries. Here you will discover the complex network of underground tunnels, storerooms, burial chambers and chapels dating back to various eras. Together with the unique geology, each civilization and culture have shaped this marvellous heritage over thousands of years into a one-of-a-kind experience for all travellers. Taking a scenic ride to Ankara, the Turkish capital, our first stop is the impressive Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Here you’ll discover countless ancient civilizations that has dominated Asia Minor throughout history. After our dinner at the hotel, personal leisure time to spend the evening exploring the capital as you please.
  • Hotel: Ankara, HiltonSA 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Kaymaklı Underground City, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations
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Day 11: Ankara - Istanbul
Start the morning with a visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the final resting place of the founding father of Republic of Turkey. It is a location sacred to Turkish people, a glorious yet calming place of great importance. With a scenic drive through the Anatolian countryside, we make our way to Istanbul on a comfortable ride. Stop along the way for a lunch break at the gorgeous mountains surrounded by sublime nature of Bolu. Arriving at your Istanbul hotel in the afternoon, enjoy your personal leisure time. If you’re up for a final cultural adventure, why not join the optional Turkish Night with Dinner?
  • Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* (or similar)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Mausoleum of Ataturk
  • Optional Experiences: Turkish Night - 80 Euro
12
Day 12: Istanbul
Our marvellous adventure comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends. Make sure to bid farewell and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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What is included ?

5 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach.

Additional Transportation

Eceabat to Canakkale Ferry, Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

11 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners.

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Unique itineraries with all must-see sights, more inclusions. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Konya
    Konya

    Konya, which has been playing a centrel role being a cradle for many civilizations throughout the history, is one of the unique centers that combine its historical heritage and cultural accumulation with present time.

  • Asklepion
    Asklepion

    The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

  • Blue Mosque
    Blue Mosque

    The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

  • Cappadocia
    Cappadocia

    A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

  • Ephesus
    Ephesus

    The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

  • Gallipoli
    Gallipoli

    Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

  • Hagia Sophia
    Hagia Sophia

    The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

  • Izmir
    Izmir

    Izmir which was known '' Symrna'' in Ancient Greek times. It was ruled by the many ancient civilizations such as Roman Empire, Persians, and Ottoman Empire. It's located in the west of Turkey and has coast line to the Aegean sea which makes it a great hub for sea tranportation both commercial and touristic reasons.

  • Pamukkale
    Pamukkale

    Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

  • Topkapi Palace
    Topkapi Palace

    Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

  • Troy
    Troy

    The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.

Istanbul: Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Golden Horn, the Grand Bazaar, Bosphorous Cruise.
Gallipoli: Ferry voyage from Europe to Asia through Dardanelles. Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.
Troy: Ancient ruins of Troy and reconstructed Trojan Horse.
Pergamon: Asklepion
Izmir & Selcuk: Seljuk Archaeological Museum.
Ephesus: Ancient ruins of Ephesus, House of the Virgin Mary.
Pamukkale: the Cotton Castle of white travertine pools, Hierapolis.
Konya: Mevlana Mausoleum & Museum, Karatay Madrasa, Ince Minaret.
Cappadocia: Goreme Valley, Underground City Tour, Pasabag Valley, Pottery workshop at Avanos, Turkish Carpet workshop.
Ankara: Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Mausoleum of Ataturk.

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Hilton Hotel Bosphorus ( or similar )
    Hilton Hotel Bosphorus ( or similar )

    Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, amidst picturesque gardens, you’ll find Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, an iconic hotel w

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  • DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale
    DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale

    DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale is centrally located in Canakkale, offering views of the Dardanelles Strait and access to

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  • Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir ( or similar )
    Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir ( or similar )

    Set in 12.000 m² of landscaped gardens Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the heart o

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  • Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal ( or similar )
    Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal ( or similar )

    Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal has been constituted on a decare area, just next to the ancient thermal city Hierapolis ruins

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  • Ramada Plaza Konya ( or similar )
    Ramada Plaza Konya ( or similar )

    Rising in the sky with its majestic and modern architecture, Ramada Plaza Konya is the latest 5star and the most modern

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  • Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Avanos ( or similar )
    Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Avanos ( or similar )

    Set in Avanos, in Turkey’s unique and beautiful Cappadocia region, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos Cappadocia is

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  • Ankara HiltonSA ( or similar )
    Ankara HiltonSA ( or similar )

    Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara HiltonSA hotel lies near the capital’s comm

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What is not included ?

  • Any flights not stated in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus ( or similar )


Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, amidst picturesque gardens, you’ll find Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, an iconic hotel with a storied past spanning 6 decades. Guest rooms and suites offer modern conveniences and private balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Old Town. While you’re here, make use of our full list of resort-style amenities – including indoor/outdoor pools, fabulous dining venues, Turkish baths and spa.

DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale


DoubleTree by Hilton Canakkale is centrally located in Canakkale, offering views of the Dardanelles Strait and access to the coastal walkway. Canakkale Airport is a five-minute drive, and 17 Burda AVM Shopping Mall is only a few minutes away. Relax in our traditional Turkish Hammam and go for a swim in our indoor and outdoor pools.

Swissotel Buyuk Efes Izmir ( or similar )


Set in 12.000 m² of landscaped gardens Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir is a five-star deluxe hotel located in the heart of the city’s commercial hub and overlooking the spectacular Kordon Promenade, on Turkey’s Aegean Sea. The Hotel is within walking distance from the Archaeological Museum, Commercial Centre and Izmir Cultural Park. Adnan Menderes International Airport is less than 10 miles (15 km) and 20 minutes away. Swissotel Büyük Efes has 402 luxury rooms including 55 elegantly decorated suites.At Swissotel Büyük Efes the guests are presented a selection of traditional Turkish and contemporary cuisine in a variety by Café Swiss, Equinox ,Aquarium Mezzes&Grill and Sky Bar.

Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal ( or similar )


Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal has been constituted on a decare area, just next to the ancient thermal city Hierapolis ruins and travertine of Pamukkale which reminds a pile of cotton. It is the first 5 stars Thermal Hotel of Denizli. Its name comes from COLOSSAE ancient city, which is one of the most important settlements of Phrygia. Our hotel is just located nearby travertine’s of Pamukkale and heritages of Hierapolis ancient city. Colossae regards precedence of its guests as its own. It carries on furnishing services beyond expectations with its well educated and experienced staffs. Without making a concession to its values embraced, Colossae takes pride in continuing on the way with its organizational structure that may be accepted as a reference.

Ramada Plaza Konya ( or similar )


Rising in the sky with its majestic and modern architecture, Ramada Plaza Konya is the latest 5star and the most modern hotel, in Konya, the capital of the Seljuks. Ramada Plaza Konya with its amazing design and the smiling personal, as in service and structure besides meeting most of the demands expected from a 5star luxurious hotel, serves for a total of 255 rooms including king rooms and suites. With its comfy spacious rooms, meeting saloons designed with the latest technology, the Saja Restaurant & Bar presenting creative tastes prepared in turkish and international cuisine, with a capacity of 300 guests the Kapari Restaurant and the Lounge Bar, Ramada Plaza Konya turns your business meetings into a piece of art.

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Avanos ( or similar )


Set in Avanos, in Turkey’s unique and beautiful Cappadocia region, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos Cappadocia is the perfect hotel for travelers who wish to experience the culture and heritage of the local area, which includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless natural wonders. All guest rooms at this Avanos hotel are spacious and bright, with contemporary furnishings. Stay connected with complimentary high-speed internet access and a flexible work desk, or relax with the 32-inch plasma screen TV.

Ankara HiltonSA ( or similar )


Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara HiltonSA hotel lies near the capital’s commercial and diplomatic activity. Relax in a guest room at Ankara HiltonSA, featuring a separate work area and WiFi. Hold any event in style; the Kavaklidere ballroom is an elegant venue for conferences and celebrations for up to 750 guests. Our cozy lobby lounge is a great spot for socializing.