Wonders of Turkey in Winter - 11 days LAND ONLY

Wonders of Turkey in Winter - 11 days LAND ONLY

East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza exploring the Byzantine & Ottoman past of Istanbul with its colourful street markets & beautiful Blue Mosque. You'll also visit the underground city of Sarhatli, Pamukkale's cotton fortresses & the ruins of Ephesus.


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Starting from R11 000
Package Validity Set departure dates between NOV 2018 - FEB 2019.  *** Book & pay a R3000 per person deposit upon confirmation & balance no later than 45 days prior to departure ***
Duration 11 days
Destination Turkey
Starts in Istanbul
Ends in Istanbul

Description

- Return airport/hotel transfers at selected times
- 10 nights hotel accommodation
- Breakfast daily & 5 Three course dinners
- 9 Unbeatable Features
- Touring by luxury air-conditioned coach
- Assistance of an Expert Travel Director & Local Specialist
- All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
- Must-see sights
- Optional Experiences and Free Time

 

Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met & transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director & meet your

Day 2

Istanbul sightseeing

Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour including a visit to see parts of the Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852. Visit the Hippodrome, once the centre of life where chariot racing & other public events took place. Visit the Blue Mosque built between 1609 & 1616, so-called for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest & oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Consider joining a delicious Turkish optional dinner where local cuisine is served along with traditional belly dancing entertainment.

Day 3

Istanbul - Ankara

This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an optional experience of Hagia Sophia. This church was built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century & converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum & is known as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Afterwards consider taking a cruise along the Bosphorus enjoying views of the strait that separates Asia & Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, parks & gardens, restaurants & cafés. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

Day 4

Ankara - Cappadocia

Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from as far back as 7500 years including the most extensive & valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia where you will visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection & religious reasons. Perhaps take an optional experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5

Cappadocia sightseeing

This morning visit Pasabagi & the red valley & later stop at a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art.  This afternoon you may wish to take an optional experience to Goreme & Avanos. Goreme, a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Afterwards continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 6

Cappadocia - Konya

This morning visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.

Day 7

Konya - Pamukkale

After breakfast, leave Konya & travel to see the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel.

Day 8

Pamukkale - Ephesus & St.Mary's House - Izmir

Today travel to Selcuk & tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world. Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theater, see the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium & finally Hadrian's Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to see St. Mary's stone cottage, where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to Izmir.

Day 9

Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Canakkale

Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon & continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.

Day 10

Canakkale - Dardanelles - Gallipoli - Istanbul

In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery & Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.

Day 11

Depart Istanbul

This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply.

 

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