Istanbul - if you arrive early enough, you can wander and absorb the vibrancy of this exciting city that links Europe and Asia. Meet your group and tour leader this evening.
Day 2 Istanbul – Cappadocia
Morning tour of the Old Town visiting the iconic Blue Mosque, ancient Hippodrome, St Sofia and the Grand Bazaar. Late afternoon flight to Cappadocia.
Day 3 Cappadocia
Visit the Göreme Open Air museum of fascinating houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft rock. There are several fascinating Byzantine cave chapels to explore, most of them decorated with exquisite and colourful biblical frescoes. In the afternoon take a short walk through the fascinating 'Love Valley' followed by a traditional Turkish bath.
Day 4 Cappadocia
Walk in in the Red Valley where small valleys, cones, peaks and fairy chimneys blend harmoniously with fascinating cave chapels that date back to the early Christian period. Drive to the unique Pasabaglari Valley, where multiple fairy chimneys hewn from the earth and shaped by centuries of erosion lend a moon-like landscape.
Day 5 Cappadocia - Konya
Optional hot air balloon ride at sunrise over this incredible landscape.
Day 6 Konya – Pamukkale
Drive to Pamukkale, a natural phenomenon created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming a myriad of pools and terraces. As the water overflows from the pools, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, an important Roman bath centre in the 2ndC century AD.
Day 7 Pamukkale - Ephesus – Selçuk
Selçuk, is the base for visiting Ephesus - one of the best-preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean, and a great example of Roman architecture. Ephesus was founded by Ionian Greeks in the 11th century BC and flourished under Roman rule. Visit the vast amphitheatre, walk the marble street once trodden by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and wonderfully restored Library of Celsus.
Day 8 Selçuk – Çanakkale
On the way to Çanakkale this morning visit Troy, a city that existed over 4,000 years ago. Arrive Çanakkale. Afternoon free to wander around this vibrant waterfront town, and perhaps view the Trojan horse used and subsequently gifted to the city by the producers of the movie Troy, filmed in 2004.
Day 9 Çanakkale - Gallipoli – Istanbul
Cross the Dardanelles to the Gallipoli Peninsula - a place of enormous significance to Australians and New Zealanders. You will visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill to pay homage at the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair
Arrangements finish in Istanbul.
Easy walking combined with cultural experiences.
Sharing Twin Room 2016. Please note that pricing is per person in Euros.
Minimum group of 6, maximum group of 15. Single room supplement is available on request.
April: 8 - $2090. 29 - $2175.
May 13 & 27: $2300.
June: 10 - $2225. 24 - $2030.
July 8: $2030.
August: 12 - $2070. 26 - $2150.
September: 9 - $2320. 16 - $2190. 30 - $2235.
October 7 & 21: $2110.
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.