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Wonders of Turkey (Winter 2018-19)
from $1,775 pp

  • Duration: 12 days
  • Countries: Turkey
Gifted with natural and ancient wonders, discover Turkey's finest gems including Göreme, the white terraces of Pamukkale and Ephesus, dating back to the 10th century B.C.
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Included With Your Trip
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from/to Istanbul Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.
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Your Journey Begins

Board your overnight flight to Europe (please ask about our great deals).

Welcome to Istanbul.

Welcome to a land rich in archaeological sites, historic monuments and a huge variety of spectacular scenery. On arrival at Istanbul airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:30, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and get to know your fellow travellers over a pleasant evening.(Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli.

Gallipoli, Anzac Cove and across the Dardanelles Strait to Çanakkale.

Drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the Peninsula of Gelibolu, better known in the west as Gallipoli. Here are the battlefields where, for nine disastrous months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Dardanelles Strait. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. From Eceabat, a 30-minute sea crossing to Canakkale takes you from one continent to another as you leave Europe for Asia.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale.

Explore Homer’s Troy and on to Pergamon and the Port of Izmir.

Journey to Homer's legendary city of Troy, where archaeological excavations have established nine levels of habitation, including the great city that was captured in 1200 B.C. with the famous Trojan Horse. A huge replica of this stands beside the city's ancient walls. Continue to Pergamon, the seat of an ancient kingdom. Visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres in the ancient world. Carry on to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Izmir that overlooks an inlet of the Aegean.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir.

Ancient Ephesus and Kusadasi.

Visit the Archaeological museum at Selcuk where many of the excavated artefacts of Ephesus are displayed. Explore Ephesus itself, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, take in the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and see the huge Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, spectacularly situated above the Ephesus ruins, and head to the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi.

Along the Maeander River to the Pools of Pamukkale.

Follow the Maeander River Valley - so full of twists and turns it gives us the word 'meander' - to Pamukkale, famous for its dazzling chalk-white array of fantastic limestone terraces. See the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Why not take advantage of your hotel's thermal pools and spa facilities?(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Do?a Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale.

Konya, the Whirling Dervishes and Cappadocia.

Head to Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire and home to the mystic Whirling Dervish sect. Visit the Mevlana Tekke, a museum and national monument with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome. See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret before travelling across fertile plains to Urgup, in the heart of Cappadocia. En route, visit one of the best preserved Seljuk caravanserais in Anatolia.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Alfina Hotel Cappadocia.

The Underground Cities of Cappadocia Experience.

In the morning, enjoy an experience to Goreme, a region of striking volcanic landscapes. See rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings, some of which you can view in the open-air museum. Continue to the Pasabag Valley where the scenery is dotted with mushroom-shaped 'fairy chimneys' and troglodyte dwellings and explore the underground city of Ozkonak. After stopping at a Turkish Carpet center, experience Turkish hospitality first-hand when you visit a village house, home of a Cappadocian local for decades. Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by a cultural night at a 13th century Seljuk caravanserai. Witness a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes - followers of Sufism, which developed from devout followers of Islam.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Alfina Hotel Cappadocia.

The Modern Day Capital of Ankara.

Learn about pottery making in Avanos and continue to Ankara. Visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk, Turkey's greatest modern leader.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)
Hotel: Ankara Hilton SA.

To Istanbul.

Enjoy a scenic journey through the Turkish countryside to Istanbul.(Buffet Breakfast)
Hotel: Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli.

Istanbul & the Ottoman Empire.

Visit the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Explore Hagia Sophia, now a magnificent museum, before continuing to Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Your Local Expert will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining before you move on to the Grand Bazaar! Finally, embark upon a cruise along the waterway of Bosphorus. Travelling towards the old city from close to the Black Sea, the scenery complements the grandeur of the Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for your Celebration Dinner at a colourful local restaurant.(Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Hotel: Istanbul Marriott Hotel Sisli.

Farewell Istanbul.

After breakfast, a transfer will deliver you to the airport for your onward travels.(Buffet Breakfast)

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