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Turkey Explored (between Jul - Sep 2019)

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Price: R 19,200.00

12 Days, Istanbul roundtrip. Enjoy all that Turkey has to offer.

Visiting 1 country: Turkey

Fascinating culture paired with stunning scenery make a tour of Turkey a truly unforgettable experience. Starting in the historical grandeur and modern wonder that is Istanbul, we'll check out ancient ruins before being swept away by the otherworldly Cappadocia and gorgeous coastal villages on the Mediterranean. Along the way there's local cuisine and traditional hospitality to look forward to.

Booking Details for this Topdeck Experience

Selected departure dates: Prices per person sharing from:
Between July - September 2019 R 19,200.00 pps

Bucket List Inclusions

  • Visit Pergamon
  • Walking tour of Istanbul
  • Visit the ruins at Hierapolis
  • Pamukkale
  • Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus
  • Visit Gordion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Visit Saklikent Gorge
  • Gallipoli visit including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and ANZAC Cove
     

Your Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul, Turkey

Arrive, check in and dump your gear. Meet the crew, get the lowdown on local etiquette and culture, then get your Turkish love affair started with your first taste of local cuisine. That’s right, dinner’s on us.

Meals Dinner

Day 2: Istanbul to Eskisehir

This morning is one big Istanbul bucket list. Tick off the city sites on a walking tour. Then, why not do the optional activity and get yourself entry to the Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern? After, grab a quick bite before we set off to experience the bustling student life in the city of Eskisehir tonight.

Included today: Walking tour of Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Entry to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Basilica Cistern

Day 3: Eskisehir to Cappadocia

If the promise of a drug-free psychedelic daydream doesn’t get you out of bed, what will? Cappadocia next. Cue alien landscapes, fairytale mountainside villages and epic hiking potential. But that’s not before a photo stop at the nearby UNESCO World Heritage site of Gordion and a visit to an underground city. Pretty cool, huh?

Included today: Visit Gordion, a UNESCO World Heritage Site | Photo stop at Salt Lake
Meals: Breakfast | -Dinner
Optional activities: Visit Saratli Underground City

Day 4: Cappadocia

Wander the streets of Göreme, fall in love at Love Valley and check out the Uchisar Castle (optional) for more epic views. Tonight: get your groove on at an optional Turkish dance show.

Included today: Visit Love Valley
Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Visit Göreme Open-Air Museum | Visit Uchisar Castle | Traditional Turkish dance show

Day 5: Cappadocia to Antayla

Kick back on today's drive to Antalya where more otherworldly landscapes await. Tonight is a good time to see a man about a kebab. The food here is famous for a reason (we’re talking about slow-roasted mutton the local way).

Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Visit Sultan Han

Day 6: Antayla to Fethiye

Fethiye and another fifty shades of blue. And white beaches. Wade through the icy blue to waterfalls set against limestone canyon walls on an optional visit to Saklikent Gorge. Locals call this place a paradise granted to Earth by God. When you see the beaches, you'll know why. Ready for it?

Meals: Breakfast | Dinner
Optional activities: Visit Saklikent Gorge

Day 7: Fethiye

Like most rivieras, this place doesn't lack options of places to worship the sun. Check out tombs carved into rock cliffs or alternate between dips in the water and sandy naps on the beach. This afternoon: set sail on an optional boat cruise. Then, mingle with the newbies joining tonight or split off to dig into some more local cuisine.

Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Islands of Fethiye boat tour

Day 8: Fethiye to Kusadasi

On to Pamukkale for a dip in the best natural hot tubs in Turkey. Then, take a tour of the ancient Roman city Hierapolis before we roll into Kusadasi in the early evening.

Included today: Visit the ruins at Hierapolis-Pamukkale
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 9: Kusadasi

More Indiana Jones vibes today as we check out the ruins of the Roman city Ephesus. Apart from buildings dating back to 3,000 BC, this is also the home of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. See forgotten city halls, a former library, a Greek amphitheatre and a stadium whose last race saw chariot and horses compete. The rest of the day is free to explore Kusadasi. Flex your haggling skills at the Grand Bazaar, hit the beach or go baklava hunting. You can't go wrong.

Included today: Visit the ancient Greek city of Ephesus
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Kusadasi to Çanakkale

On to Troy. Yep: an ancient battle, hidden soldiers and that movie with Brad Pitt. But first, a visit to the ruins of Pergamon to see the Acropolis. Spend the night in Çanakkale after a photo op with the notorious wooden horse. New profile pic?

Included today: Visit Pergamon Acropolis
Meals: Breakfast
Optional activities: Visit Troy, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Day 11: Çanakkale to Istanbul

Today we take on a more sombre tone. On to the WWI-scarred shores of Gallipoli for one of the most defining events in the histories of Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Pay your respects at the Australian War Memorial at Lone Pine and the New Zealand Memorial at Chunuk Bair. Visit ANZAC Cove and the Turkish Memorial. Then more Turkish delight and teary goodbyes at our farewell dinner in Istanbul this evening.

Included today: Gallipoli visit including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and ANZAC Cove
Meals: Breakfast | Dinner

Day 12: Istanbul

You can never have enough baklava. Eat yourself into a food coma this morning. We're out of here after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast
 

Validity Selected departures between July - September 2019
Currency NB. Our prices are quoted in ZAR, and subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Tour Identifiers EXTUII
Inclusions • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners
• 11 nights hotel accommodation
• Modern air-conditioned coach with free Wi-Fi,
• Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
Exclusions • Flights and taxes
• Visas (if required)
• Anything of a personal nature
T's & C's • Prices per person and subject to change due to availability and exchange rates.
• Deposits: A non-refundable deposit of R1 000 per person per tour is required at the time of confirmation, in order to secure the reservation (if travel date is more than 42 days out)
• Final Payment: This is due 42 days prior. For bookings made less than 42 days before travelling, full payment is required and booking will be on request.
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