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So much to discover

  • Tour of Ankara and Ataturk’s mausoleum plus explore the Anatolian Civilisations Museum
  • See Cappadocia’s amazing rock pinnacles and walk through the Goreme Open-air museum
  • Visit Kaymakli, the extraordinary underground city
  • Tour one of the best-preserved Seljuk caravanserais and visit Mevlana Rumi’s Mausoleum in Konya
  • Discover the natural phenomena at Pamukkale
  • Guided tour of Aphrodisias, the city dedicated to the goddess of love
  • Visit Ephesus for a walking tour
  • Guided tour of the Acropolis of Pergamon and see the remains of Homer’s Troy
  • Cross the Straits of the Dardanelles 
  • Visit Gallipoli, Anzac Cove and the Commonwealth cemeteries
  • Walking tour of Istanbul and visit Hagia Sophia
  • Tour the extraordinary Topkapi Palace
  • Explore the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market

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11 nights in 4 & 5-star accommodation
19 meals: 11 breakfasts & 8 dinners
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
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"There was a really good mix of activities and visits. The tour manager and local guide were very knowledgeable and made the trip really interesting - and fun."

- Jill

"We have just returned from this tour and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Noel, our tour leader, was professional, caring and informative."

- Carole
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Overview

Turkey is an intriguing country with a unique identity straddling both Europe and Asia. In a place where familiarity merges with the exotic, we find a magical blend of the ancient, Christian and Ottoman worlds. 

One of the greatest pleasures of visiting this diverse country is to meet the Turks themselves, a wonderfully, welcoming people with a well-deserved reputation for friendliness. Genuine hospitality has been refined to an art-form here with even the smallest transaction often being accompanied by a cup of refreshing apple tea. 

We see the very best of Cappadocia and Anatolia, including the unique underground city of Kaymakli and the amazingly shaped rocks of Monks Valley and Goreme where early Christian buildings are carved into the mesmerising rock formations themselves. The unique 30 million-year-old volcanic scenery in Cappadocia is utterly striking with a variety of rocks eroding at different rates creating valleys of contorted shapes probably unmatched anywhere in the world. 

Following the ancient Silk Road, with its astonishing sense of history, we visit the Sultanhani Caravanserai and the historic home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya and staying in the brilliant white wonderland of Pamukkale, with its extraordinary mineral-rich pools and falls. We also discover Aphrodisias, the delightfully ancient city of Aphrodite – the Greek goddess of love with its outstanding relics. 

We discover Ankara, today’s capital where the wealth of history underpinning the emergence of Turkey as a nation is clearly encapsulated in the Anatolian Civilizations Museum and where the founder of modern Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, lies in his Mausoleum. 
We visit three of the most famous ancient sites in the country: Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus. Each one is very different, with Troy being the oldest, dating from 3,000BC. Pergamon, once a Greek colony, has amazing views in all directions and flourished as one of the ancient world’s greatest centres of learning and healing. During Roman times, the greatest city in the eastern Mediterranean was Ephesus, boasting an extraordinary number of superbly preserved monuments.

The jewel in the crown is the incredible city of Istanbul. A city of great diversity, it’s a combination of tree-lined boulevards, cafés and cosmopolitan restaurants set against a backdrop where little else has changed for centuries. You still see the thriving street market-stalls, groaning with immense displays of produce and even live poultry for sale, with noise and atmosphere in abundance.

Turkish cuisine is an interesting blend of Mediterranean specialities: lots of freshly grilled lamb, fish and shellfish combine with aubergines, peppers and various fragrant olive oils, to create tasty, healthy menus all washed down with the excellent local and very reasonably priced red wine. 

Turkey is the perfect place if you are looking for something a little different - a genuinely unique blend of diverse cultures, centuries of history and an atmosphere which links the mysterious east and modern west.



Your itinerary


DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN ANKARA

Ankara cityscape at sunset

Fly to Ankara via Istanbul staying overnight at the five-star Mövenpick Ankara Hotel with dinner.

Movenpick Ankara Exterior

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5* Mövenpick Hotel – Ankara

DAY 2 - ANKARA

Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk

Morning

Today we head straight to the Anatolian Civilisations Museum for a guided tour. We will learn about the ancient history of Anatolia, the migration of humans from Africa and the subsequent societies that evolved. From the Stone Age came some of the first actual societies, like the remarkable Hittites who discovered iron making, invented the wheel, signed the world’s first written peace treaty and had laws and social systems we could recognise.

We then enjoy a guided tour of the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. He was commander of the Turkish forces at Gallipoli. Known to be a national hero, he “founded” modern day Turkey in the 1920s. After the guided tour, you have some free time to explore as you wish.

Afternoon

We begin our journey to Cappadocia, stopping for lunch along the way. We drive alongside Tuz Golu, one of the world’s largest salt lakes, entering our destination and one of the planet’s most unique landscapes, a remarkably fertile volcanic plateau eroded into bizarrely contorted shapes.

We stay two nights with dinner at the four-star Best Western Premier Hotel.

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4* Best Western Premier – Cappadocia

DAY 3 - CAPPADOCIA

DAY 4 - CARAVANSERAI OF SULTANHANI

DAY 5 - PAMUKKALE

DAY 6 - APHRODISIAS

DAY 7 - EPHESUS

DAY 8 - PERGAMON

DAY 9 - TROY & GALLIPOLI

DAY 10 - ISTANBUL

DAY 11 - TOPKAPI PALACE

DAY 12 - RETURN JOURNEY

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Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Arrival airport First hotel location Transfer time Final hotel location Departure airport Transfer time
Ankara Airport Ankara 30 mins Istanbul Istanbul Airport 30 mins

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  • Return flights
  • Overseas transfers
  • Eleven nights in four and five-star hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Eight dinners
  • All touring as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage of one item of luggage per person
  • Services of a Riviera Travel tour manager

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