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What you can expect

Visit Istanbul

The city of amazing landmarks


Admire the white terraces formed by thermal waters in Pamukkale


Visit the famous valley of Cappadocia

Cave Hotel

Spend 3 nights in unique Hotel decorated traditionally with local rock and stone.

About the trip

An intriguing cultural collision between Europe and Asia, Turkey’s epic historical tales and magical landscapes have fascinated travellers for years. Come with us as we capture the essence of its archaeological and cultural heritage, meet friendly people and uncover its fascinating history. Starting and finishing in Istanbul, our 11-night adventure will be a ‘full on’ and rewarding trip!

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What's Included

  • Return flights & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Twin/Double room for sole use
  • Half Board: Breakfast & Dinner Daily
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • 11 day touring programme accompanied by an English speaking guide in A/C Vehicle & internal flight
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Fully financially protected


  • Arrive in Istanbul
  • Tour of Istanbul
  • Istanbul
  • Canakkale - Gallipoli
  • Canakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi
  • Kusadasi - Ephesus
  • Kusadasi Aphrodisias- Hierapolis - Pamukkale
  • Pamukkale - Konya
  • Konya - Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia
  • Cappadocia
  • Depart Istanbul


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What you'll be doing


Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel and at this time we will catch the first glimpses of this fascinating city where the continents meet!

After check in we will meet for our Welcome Drink followed by dinner in the hotel.

  • Dinner Included

Tour of Istanbul

After breakfast we begin our day of exploration in fascinating Istanbul.

After breakfast, we will begin exploring Istanbul. We visit the Egyptian Spice Bazaar of which dates back to the 17th Century with its bustling atmosphere. It is still the most popular bazaar visited by locals to shop for fresh ingredients to spice up the dishes prepared in the kitchens of Istanbul.

From here we continue to Eminonu Pier and board a private boat for a Bosphorus Cruise. We will travel through the waterway separating Asia and Europe, seeing the old Ottoman wooden mansions, marble palaces, foreign embassy estates and small fishery villages all located along both the Asian and European sides of this famous river….


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Tour of Istanbul

After breakfast we continue our tour at the remains of the Hippodrome, once decorated with marble statuary and columns. In its heyday it was the site of chariot races and the focal point of the city’s civic life. The remains of some of its walls are still visible as is an obelisk brought from Egypt in 390 AD by Theodosius I.

Adjacent to the Hippodrome is the Sultan Ahmet Mosque. Built during the period of 1609-1617 it is also known as the “Blue Mosque” thanks to the light which shines through over 2,500 stained glass windows and reflects onto the dark blue Iznik tiles within.  The next stop will be the Basilica of Saint Sophia, one of the largest historical Christian shrines ever built with its rich mosaic murals, colossal columns and exposition of divine serenity. Our next stop is the Topkapi Palace where in the 15th century  Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror started the first stages of its construction. The famous Topkapi is built around four inter-connecting courtyards. We view the many treasures of the Ottoman sultans including fine porcelains, gem encrusted objects d’art, traditional armour and imperial costumes, stunning tile work and sacred relics of the Christian and Islamic faiths.



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Gallipoli - Canakkale

In the early morning we begin our drive to Gallipoli Peninsula (approx 4 hr). Our scenic drive will first take us to Gallipoli Anzac war fields and memorials, the site of the incredible battle during World War I. We explore the soil that was shed with bloods of heroism from the Cape Hellas Memorial built for the missing Australian and British soldiers. The memorial is located on one of the landing zones of Anzac in 1915. You will also visit the Anzac Cove. At this narrow cove in the early hours of the morning of April 25, troops of commonwealth forces initiated the landing which was to last for ten months. You will explore the Shrapnel Valley that leads the slope on to the major Australian memorial, Lone Pine.


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Canakkale - Troy - Pergamon - Kusadasi

After an early breakfast we will depart from the hotel and drive to the very well-known Ancient City of Troy. Founded during 3000 BC, Troy had both strategic and commercial importance that made it a target for many assaults in history. Discovered in the 19th century, Troy was excavated by Heinrich Schliemann and has a rich history of not only mythology but also excavations. We will be thrilled by the ancient city that witnessed the battle of heroes. While exploring the ruins of Troy, we will enjoy hearing about this legendary city including both the historical facts and the mythological stories that immortalized its name.

We then explore the Greco-Roman city of Pergamon which is famous for its Asclepion. Asclepion of Pergamon became one of the most famous ancient healing centers and the world’s first psychiatric hospital!

Leaving the Asclepion, we will see the Acropolis, the Altar of Zeus, and the Temples of Athena, Trajan, and Dionysus. It is from a staircase leading from the Temple of Athena that the magnificent 10,000 seat theater will be seen.


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Kusadasi - Ephesus

After breakfast we will drive  to the timeless city of Ephesus where history and archaeology will offer us incredible richness. Ephesus was the Capital of the Province of Asia Minor famed for its flavorsome market during the Roman Era and was, therefore, the scene of many political intrigues while commanding an immense wealth due to its port and its trading activities. A city with such importance, authority and prosperity had prestigious buildings that have been able to survive up to today in a wonderful state of preservation.


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Kusadasi Aphrodisias- Hierapolis - Pamukkale

After breakfast we drive to Pamukkale on route visit the Aphrodisias, which was built from a marble quarry near Baba Dağ (ancient Salbakos) that was extensively exploited in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and the sculptors from Aphrodisias became famous in the Roman world. In Greek times, the site was dedicated to Aphrodite, the goddess of love and fertility. The site was named Aphrodisias during the 2nd century BC and the great Temple of Aphrodite was built in the 1st century AD.

We then continue our drive to Hierapolis. Founded during the Hellenistic period as a control point of trading routes connecting East to West. In the Roman Period, Hierapolis became a center of worship to Hades and Apollo as well as a thermal center where massive Roman Baths were built to serve the Romans that visited the city from around the ancient world. Upon arrival at the site, we will be welcomed by the spectacular views of calcium pools that have been irrigated by the spring waters of Hierapolis for thousands of years. After a short break to take pictures and enjoy the view, we will continue on to the ancient site that is still being excavated by Italian archaeologists.

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Pamukkale - Konya

Today we will meet our guide in the hotel lobby and drive to Konya. Once called Iconium during the Roman period, Konya was an important post for the Roman legion and served as the Capital of the Seljuk Turkish Kingdom during the 13th century. We will have the chance to visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the founder of Whirling Dervishes, Sultanhan Caravanserai, a building that ranks as one of the Seljuk masterpieces and we will also visit Karatay Medrese which is a medrese, meaning a school with a frequently but not absolutely religious focus, built in 1251 by the Emir of the city Celaleddin Karatay, serving the Seljuk sultan.

Following our tour we will have dinner and overnight at hotel in Konya

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Konya - Cappadocia

Today, we visit Karatay Medrese is a medrese, meaning a school with a frequently but not absolutely religious focus, built in Konya, Turkey, in 1251 by the Emir of the city Celaleddin Karatay, serving the Seljuk sultan. Since 1955, the edifice serves as a museum where Seljuk tiles are united, while artifacts in stone or in wood are on display in Ince Minaret Medrese, also in Konya. The collection of Karatay Museum was particularly enriched by the finds collected as of the 1970s in Kubadabad Palace royal summer residence on Lake Beyşehir shore, at eighty miles from Konya to the west. A caravanserai, also built by Celaleddin Karatay in the outskirts of Konya, carries his name too.

Afternoon we set off for Cappadocia, with a visit to the Sultanhan Caravansarai on the way.

  • Breakfast  & Dinner Included
DAY 10


Cappadocia will thrill you with its unique landscapes formed by rock erosion. Today’s inactive volcanoes of Erciyes and Hasan used to be active thousands of years ago and erupted continuously covering the region with a blanket of tuff that gets eroded so easily due to its soft character. Cappadocia has been occupied by various civilizations including Hittites, Greeks, Romans and Turks living in rock dwellings for centuries.

Our expedition will start with the Monastic Center of Goreme. Goreme was founded by St. Basil as the first Monastic Center of Christianity during 4th century. This morning we will have an extensive tour of the Monastic Centre that functions as an open-air museum, having very well-preserved rock-hewn churches decorated with Byzantine frescoes.

Our next stop is Kaymakli Underground City, a subterranean settlement composed of troglodytic cave dwellings providing shelter for early Christians protecting themselves from invaders.

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DAY 11


Today we go on half day tour of Cappadocia Region including visit to Soganli Valley and Red Valley.

Afternoon free at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
DAY 12

Depart Istanbul

After breakfast we transfer to Kayseri Airport for the domestic flight to Istanbul. Upon arrival in Istanbul, we connect to our international flight back to home.


  • Breakfast Included


Marvellous Turkey

We stay in comfortable hotels throughout as details below (or similar);

  • 4* Kent Hotel – Istanbul
  • 4* Doubletree by Hilton – Canakkale
  • 4* Palmin Hotel – Kusadasi
  • 4* Hierapark Hotel – Pamukkale
  • 5* Bayir Diomond Konya Hotel
  • 3* Melekler Evi Cave Hotel – Cappadocia



Frequently Asked Questions

Average Temperatures

Month(s) Highest temperature Lowest temperature
January 12 °C 8 °C
February 13 °C 9 °C
March 16 °C 10 °C
April 19 °C 13 °C
May 23 °C 16 °C
June 28 °C 21 °C
July 31 °C 23 °C
August 32 °C 24 °C
September 29 °C 21 °C
October 24 °C 18 °C
November 19 °C 13 °C
December 14 °C 10 °C

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