Day 1: Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul and transfer to hotel.
Day 2: Istanbul - Goreme
Morning sightseeing tour of the Old City: the Blue Mosque; ancient Hippodrome with Obelisk of Theodosius; Saint Sofia and the Snake Pillar. Afternoon flight to Goreme.
Day 3 & 4: Cappadocia - Goreme
Visit the Anatolian Civilisation Museum. Drive to Cappadocia, the land of fairy chimneys. Explore the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu. Walk through the Love Valley to see unique rock formations.
Day 5: Cappadocia - Goreme - Konya
Drive to the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu, with some dwellings containing rooms expanding seven levels beneath ground level! In the Ihlara Valley on the slopes of Mount Hasan, walk along the Melendiz River and experience traditional village life, of the beautiful Ihlara Valley. Drive to Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes.
Day 6: Aspendos - Antalya
Leave Konya and drive to the southern coastal city of Antalya. Visit the beautifully preserved theatre at Aspendos - one of the finest in the ancient world.
Day 7: Antalya - Kas
Explore the Lycian town of Phaselis enroute to the seaside town of Kas.
Day 8: Kekova Boat Cruise - Kas
Relax on a boat cruise of Kekova Bay amongst picturesque islands and coves.
Day 9: Fethiye
Explore the Lycian site Xanthos then visit the picturesque bay of Oludeniz. Drive to Fethiye on the coast where Lycian rock-cut tombs overlook the town from a steep cliff above.
Day 10: Pamukkale
At Pamukkale see the spectacular natural pools then the ruins of Hierapolis.
Day 11: Ephesus - Selçuk
Drive to Selcuk and explore the ruins of Ephesus, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Day 12: Selçuk
optional visit to the last home of the Virgin Mary, who as legend states came here accompanied by St John and lived out her days. Drive to the pretty hillside village of Sirinice, formerly inhabited by Ottoman Greeks. Turks from Thessaloniki were repatriated here. They re-started the previous industry of wine making using local fruits which you will sample.
Day 13: Selçuk - Troy - Çanakkale
Drive to Canakkale and the ancient site of legendary Troy.
Day 14: Gallipoli - Istanbul
Visit the battlefields of Gallipoli and Anzac Cove the return to Istanbul.
Day 15: Concludes in Istanbul
Trip ends in Istanbul after breakfast.
A cultural journey with easy walking.
13 breakfast plus one lunch. Dinners not included so you are free to experiment and taste the extravaganza of food Turkey has to offer, most of which is organic.
20 & 27 March.
3, 5, 12, 17 & 19 April.
1, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29 May.
5, 12, 19 & 26 June.
3, 10 & 17 July.
7, 14, 21 & 28 August.
1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25 & 27 September.
2, 4, 9, 16, 23 & 30 October.
Please note that pricing is per person in NZD.
Sharing Twin Room 2016: $2770 to $3260.
Single Room Supplement from: NZ$970.
You can pay to have your own room, or you can choose to share with another person of the same sex.
From its cosmopolitan capital of Istanbul to the ancient remains of the Ottoman Empire and Greek, Roman and Seljuk civilisations, Turkey is a country of fascinating contrasts. We explore the surreal landscapes of Cappadocia, taking the time to walk through Kýzýlçukur (Red Valley) before discovering Pasabaglar with its typical fairy chimneys. The mystical city of Konya was the home of Mevlana, the founder of the Whirling Dervishes, and Termessos is an age-old city rich with wild and impressive traces of history. We visit the extraordinary natural wonder of Pamukkale – one of the world’s most breathtaking sights – before heading on to the ruins of Hierapolis, a city founded by the King of Pergamon. Ephesus is one of the highlights of Turkey, before we visit Troy and its walled city and the battlefields of Gallipoli.
This guided journey is a cultural discovery of a land endowed with antiquity and natural spectacle.
You travel in a small group by minibus and traditional sailing gulet (ship).