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Treasures of Turkey

The remains of Turkey’s ancient civilisations, majestic grand mosques and sumptuous hidden gardens line up alongside rounds of meze, spice-scented bazaars and shimmering belly dancers on this epic Euro-Asia tour.

What's included

  • Scheduled flights from Heathrow with Turkish Airlines or similar scheduled airline
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • 11 nights’ accommodation with breakfast, plus 2 lunches and 10 dinners
  • The services of a Travelsphere Tour Manager
  • Hotel porterage (one bag per person)
  • All airport taxes, security charges, UK Airline Passenger Duty, all state and local taxes, plus ATOL protection fee.

Included holiday highlights

  • Tour of vibrant Istanbul, a vast city spanning two continents (full day)
  • Gallipoli, the site of one of the Allies’ greatest disasters in the First World War
  • Visit the ancient cities of Troy and Pergamon
  • Tour of Ephesus, Turkey’s most famous ancient site
  • Coffee demonstration and picnic lunch at the fascinating site of Aphrodisias
  • See spectacular ruins in the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis
  • Visit the interesting Mausoleum of Mavlana in Konya
  • Caravanserai Sultanhan, used by merchants as a hotel and stabling for their camels
  • Discover the spectacular landscapes of the Cappadocia region
  • The must-see sights of Ankara, Turkey’s capital city

Optional excursions

  • Soak up Istanbul’s iconic sights as you cruise the Bosphorus Straits (half day)
  • Visit the Golden Horn, considered the world’s largest natural harbour (half day)
  • Discover Istanbul’s memorable highlights by night
Today you’ll depart on your scheduled flight to Istanbul. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel, where a three-night stay has been arranged. Straddling the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul is the only city in the world to span two continents – the main part of the city stands on the south-eastern tip of Europe and its suburbs reside in Asia. Today this former capital of the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires is a thriving, vibrant city where east meets west and modern life and traditional values create a heady cultural mix.
After breakfast this morning, join your Tour Manager on an included full-day tour of Istanbul, which begins in Sultanahmet Square, in the heart of the Old City. You will see the Hippodrome, where emperors celebrated their victories and the Blue Mosque, a stunning monument created in classical Ottoman style decorated with 21,000 blue ceramic tiles. There’s also time to admire the ancient St Sophia Church, which stood as the largest cathedral in the world for almost 1,000 years, later converted to a mosque and now a museum. Lunch today is included, and will be taken in a typical Turkish restaurant serving delicious local specialities.

This afternoon enjoy a stroll around the Topkapi Palace where you will discover half-hidden gardens and courtyards. This is where the Ottoman Sultans kept their overflowing treasure chests and crowded harems. This will be followed by a visit to Taksim Square and Istiklal street which is Istanbul’s main shopping street. There will also be a complimentary glass of wine and appetizers at Ponte Restaurant here.
Enjoy free time in Istanbul today and explore at your own pace. Alternatively, you may choose to join your Tour Manager on our selection of optional excursions. In the morning you can visit the Golden Horn, an inlet which divides the city of Istanbul and is considered to be the world’s largest natural harbour. In the evening you can take a cruise along the Bosphorus Strait where you’ll view the city from the water, with Asia on one side and Europe on the other. You will also visit Kadikoy which is Located on the Asian part of Istanbul, Kadikoy is one of the liveliest areas of Istanbul and with plenty of cafes, bars, restaurants and shops. The area is always full of life. It is a busy shopping district with narrow alleyways and pedestrian streets. One of the country’s biggest food markets, with fresh food and products from all over Turkey. The area dates back to 5500 BC.
Enjoy breakfast before leaving Istanbul and driving along the delightful coastline of the Sea of Marmara to Gallipoli. This was the scene of a dramatic Allied campaign during the First World War, where thousands of British, Australian and New Zealand troops lost their lives in fierce battles. You will see the moving memorials to this military disaster looking out to sea. You will then take a ferry across the famous Dardanelles waterway to set foot in Asia. This evening you will stay in nearby Canakkale.
Today we include a visit to the ancient city of Troy, where excavations have revealed nine different settlements, one on top of the other, dating back to 3000 BC. You will then visit the historic city of Pergamon, where you will see the Acropolis, which was built on top of a steep ridge between two tributaries of the Caicus River, and is the setting for a spectacular theatre, the famous library and the huge Altar of Zeus. A stop will be made at the Aesclepion, an ancient healing centre which gained a worldwide reputation during the Roman period. Your journey continues via Izmir to Kusadasi, where you will stay for the next two nights.
Kusadasi is a pretty resort on the Aegean Coast and is ideally located for our included visit to Ephesus – the most famous of all the ancient sites in Turkey. Founded by the Greeks before the 10th century BC and colonised by the Romans, the remains here are astonishingly well preserved. You will explore the Basilica of St John, the house of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Artemis and much more in the company of your knowledgeable Tour Manager.

Spend the rest of the day back at your hotel, which is located right on the coast.
This morning after breakfast you will leave Kusadasi and drive to Aphrodisias, one of Turkey’s most important archaeological sites. Named after the goddess Aphrodite, Aphrodisias was famous as a centre for medicine, philosophy, sculpture and the arts.

After admiring the sights, enjoy an included picnic lunch in a shady spot where you can choose from a selection of local dishes. After lunch your journey continues to Pamukkale, where you will stay tonight.
Today’s included excursion takes you to the Greco-Roman city of Hierapolis, where you will see spectacular ruins and more than 1,000 tombs. You will also have the opportunity to take to the water and swim in the hot springs here. A scenic drive will then take you to Konya, where an overnight stay has been arranged.
This morning there will be a short tour to see the Mausoleum of Mavlana and the impressive architecture of the Ince Minare and Karatay Medresesi, before the drive to Cappadocia. En route you’ll visit the 13th century Sultanhan Caravanserai, buildings which provided accommodation and stabling for merchants and their camel caravans as they plied the trade routes along the ancient Silk Road. On arrival you will transfer to your hotel for a two-night stay.
Today we will introduce you to Cappadocia on an included full-day tour. In the company of our Tour Manager you will see highlights including the breathtaking rock valleys of Göreme, home to more than 360 churches, the natural citadel of Uchisar, Cavusin church and the underground city of Kaymaki, where the first Christians buried their houses as deep as 250 feet.

Relax back at your hotel this evening before tomorrow’s journey to Ankara, Turkey’s capital city.
Depart Cappadocia today for the drive to Turkey’s capital city, Ankara, where you will stay overnight. Visits to the Museum of Old Anatolian Civilisations and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk have been arranged. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure exploring at your own pace, your Tour Manager will be able to suggest places of interest.
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK via Istanbul.

Please note: This holiday includes walking in areas of rough ground, gradients and steps.

Itinerary shown is for 2015 departures. For the 2016 itinerary please refer to our website.

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Decorated in classic Ottoman style the 4-star Sapphire Hotel is located in the old centre of Istanbul, within walking distance to many major historical attractions.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
The 4-star Tusan Hotel overlooks the Dardanelles and boasts its own private beach.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar and outdoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer and a balcony.

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The 4-star Richmond Thermal Hotel is ideally located within reach of Pamukkale.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, a selection of bars, outdoor swimming pool, and spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, TV, telephone, mini-bar and hairdryer.
The 4-star Bera Hotel is ideally located within Konya's city centre.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and bar. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, safe, TV, mini-bar and hairdryer.
The 4-star Perissia Hotel is ideally located within reach of the centre of Cappadocia.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, Satellite TV, safe, mini-bar and hairdryer.
The 4-star Ickale Hotel is ideally located within reach of the centre of Ankara.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool, bar and a spa. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, complimentary wi-fi, TV, mini-bar, hairdryer and a balcony.

Sapphire Hotel - Istanbul

Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour.  Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

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