Highlights of Turkey

Guided Tour - 15 Days / 14 Nights

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).

Your Journey

Day 1: Istanbul

Arrive Istanbul and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Istanbul – Canakkale

Drive to Çanakkale, located on the shores of the Dardanelles.  Visit Gallipoli, the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove. Then head up the hill toward the memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair.

Day 3: Canakkale- Selcuk

En route to Selcuk stop at the site of Troy to view the remnants of the ancient city walls and the famed wooden horse.  Before arriving Selcuk enjoy a tasting of local fruit wine at Sirince.

Day 4: Selcuk

On your orientation walk of Selcuk visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, the ancient aqueducts and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque. This afternoon visit Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean.  Tour around the amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus.

Day 5: Selcuk - Pamukkale

At Pamukkale see the spectacular natural pools then the ruins of Hierapolis.

Day 6: Pamukkale – Fethiye

Learn how Turkish carpets are made on a visit to the weavers’ association.  Travel via the eerie ghost town of Kayakoy to Fethiye where Lycian rock-cut tombs overlook the town from a steep cliff above.

Day 7: Fethiye – Kas

Drive to the seaside village of Kas with its’ charming whitewashed houses as well as an ancient Greek theatre.

Day 8: Kekova Boat Cruise - Kas

Board a local boat for a relaxing cruise through picturesque islands, all with very distinctive rock formations. Look out for some ancient houses that are submerged under the clear water!  Pass quaint villages with stone houses and views from a hilltop castle.  There are lots of swimming opportunities  and a home cooked Turkish meal for lunch.

Day 9: Kas – Antalya

Scenic drive along the coast with views of the Taurus Mountains, stopping at Beyşehir to see the Eşrefoğlu Mosque.  Arrive in Antalya where you stay in the Kaleiçi (old city).   Walk to Hadrian’s Gate, the old Roman Harbour and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, followed by a guided tour of the Antalya Museum.

Day 10: Antalya – Konya

Drive to Konya, home of the Whirling Dervishes, the mystic Sufi practice.  Learn about felt making which is an older craft than weaving at  Ikonium Studio one of the two working galleries of felt makers.

Day 11: Konya – Cappadocia

Drive to the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu. See dwellings that span seven levels beneath the ground. Close by is the archaeological site of Asikli Höyük, which was first settled in 8,000 BC. Overnight at ar feature stay hotel in Goreme.

Day 12: Cappadocia

Option to take an early morning hot air balloon flight that is sure to take your breath away. Visit the Goreme Open Air Museum where you can see many incredible houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft cliff face. The Christian sanctuaries contain examples of Byzantine art, cave chapels and colourful biblical frescoes from the 10th–12th centuries.  Finish the day with a short walk through 'Love Valley' which is famous for its phallic rock formations.

Day 13: Cappadocia

 Walk to the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia, Kizilcukur. which has fascinating rock formations such as cones, peaks and fairy chimneys.

Day 14: Cappadocia –Istanbul

Morning flight to Istanbul.  Afternoon to further explore the city. 

Day 15

Arrangements end after breakfast in Istanbul.


A cultural journey with easy walking.


Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. Dinners not included so you are free to experiment and taste the extravaganza of food Turkey has to offer, most of which is organic.

Schedule & Price 2020

Costs are per person, share twin/double,  in New Zealand Dollars

******* Early Bird costs available until 30 September 2019 - on application*******

+ space limited


March Departures - 08, 15, 22+, 29 - NZ$2510

April Departures - 05+, 07, 09, 12, 16, 19, 23+, 26, 28, 30+ - NZ$2510 - $2820

May Departures - 03, 07, 10, 14+, 17, 21, 24, 28+, 31 - NZ$2610 - NZ$2925 

June Departures - 04, 07, 11, 12, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 - NZ$2510 - NZ$2635

July Departures - 05, 26 - NZ$2510

August Departures - 02, 09, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30 - NZ$2510 - NZ$2610 

September Departures - 03, 06, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 24, 25, 27 - NZ$2610-NZ$2710

October Departures - 01, 02, 04, 08, 11, 18, 25 - NZ$2510 - NZ$2685

November Departures - 01 - NZ$2510


Single Room Supplement from: NZ$690

You can pay to have your own room, or you can choose to share with another person of the same sex.


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