This awesome ten-day tour ticks all the right boxes. Enjoy the bright lights of Istanbul before heading off to the emotionally charged Gallipoli battlefields. Then there`s Troy, Ephesus Pamukkale and Hierapolis to name but a few fabulous places. And, of course, a Turkish folklore evening, great food and new friends are all waiting to be discovered! (B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner) Product category: Legend Escorted small group tours which are popular between the 30+ age group. This tour includes 4* hotel accommodation and guiding by a licensed English speaking guide throughout the tour.
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore. Overnight 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`.
One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston`s Jolly, original trenches and tunnels, The Nek and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight Canakkale (B, D)
This morning, step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse and then tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)
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 house of the Virgin Mary. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi (B, D)
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 (B, D)
Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don`t miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)
Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys and explore the many levels of an underground city. Overnight Cappadocia (B, D)
Early morning departure to the nation`s capital, Ankara where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B)
(Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia)
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
Throughout this tour you will be staying on a bed and breakfast basis at a range of 3 and 4-star accommodation. Depending on availability and group size the supplier will choose the hotels in each city. Guests will have a choice of different room types, varying from a twin bed in a shared room, twin room, and a single room
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Trip Name: Magic Carpet Tour (9n)
Duration: 10 Days
From Price: $2,599
Supplier Tour ID: ISTMCT/168179
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