26 September 2016
On this exciting eight day tour you will see all the many wonders of Turkey. This fascinating country is one of the leading tourist destinations in the world, with stunning scenery and a rich historic legacy. On this guided tour, which begins and ends in exciting Istanbul, you will get to see all the famous places, spectacular icons, and natural wonders that make Turkey so special. Add to this all the warmth and friendliness of the people and you are sure to have a memorable time.
On arrival at Istanbul you are met at the airport by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel in the city. Relax after the journey then go out and explore some of this great city on your own and get a feel for the place before returning to the hotel where a welcome dinner is waiting.
After breakfast set off on a full day of sightseeing in Istanbul. Start with a visit to the famous Blue Mosque an incredibly beautiful building with its vivid blue tiles and six minarets. Then continue to the Hippodrome and the nearby Hagia Sophia, which ranks as one of the great marvels of world architecture. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace which for more than 400 years was the imperial residence of the Ottoman Sultans and is now home to priceless collections of porcelain, jewellery, and art. Then end the tour in the Grand Bazaar, the vast and legendary covered market that is the biggest souk in the world
After breakfast you'll check out of the hotel and head to the vibrant Egyptian Spice Market, built in 1664 as part of the adjacent Yeni Camii ("New Mosque"). The small shops here sell a fascinating range of fragrant spices, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, as well as jewellery and gifts. Afterwards, there's a chance to relax and watch the world go by as you cruise along the Bosphorus. Along the way you'll see Dolmabahçe Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, the Ottoman summer mansions, Ortaköy Mosque, Rumeli Fortress and the Bosphorus Bridge, one of the world's largest suspension bridges. After lunch you're off to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia.
Today's tour starts with a visit to the Underground City of Kaymakli, the place early Christians hid from persecutors. The houses in the village are built around the 100 tunnels of the underground city. The tunnels are still used today as storage areas, stables, and cellars. After lunch visit the Open Air Museum in Goreme and admire the early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes depicting various scenes from the Bible. Stop by Pigeon Valley near Uchisar and finally there is time for some shopping. Overnight in Cappadocia.
After another early breakfast set off for Pamukkale. On the way you visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai, a building that ranks as one of the Seljuk masterpieces. From here continue on to Konya where you visit the Mevlana Museum, a museum and monastery complex that is dedicated to the life and teachings of the Rumi, the 13th century founder of the Whirling Dervish mystical order. After lunch continue to Pamukkale where dinner is waiting at your hotel.
Today you begin with a visit to the well-kept ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis, where you have the opportunity to explore the site’s Apollo Temple, Theatre and Necropolis. From here you travel on to Aprodisias, the city of the Goddess of Love, where you see the well preserved Theatre, Stadium, the Odeon and the Agora. After lunch you are driven to the resort town of Kusadasi where you can relax before dinner at your hotel.
Today's visit to the ancient Greek city of Ephesus is one of the highlights of your tour. First stop is at the Basilica of St. John who came here with Virgin Mary and wrote his Gospel. Then set out to explore this ancient Roman city and visit the Library of Celcius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. Then leave the ruins to drive the short distance to the House of the Virgin Mary, a site that includes a house and garden where she is believed to have spent her last years. Tonight you dine at your hotel in Izmir.
Today your adventurous Wonders of Turkey tour comes to an end. Possibly time for some last minute shopping and sightseeing in Izmir before you are picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your short flight back to Istanbul. You can stay on here and extend your holiday seeing more of this great city or go to the airport for your flight home.
Standard Room fr £542pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated