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.
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.
Costs are per person, share twin/double, in New Zealand Dollars
17-31 March : NZ$2820 (space limited)
24 March / 7 April: NZ$2565
31 March / 14 April: NZ$2695 (space limited)
11/25 April: NZ$2565
14/28 April: NZ$2695 (space limited)
18 April / 02 May: NZ$2565
28 April / 12 May: NZ$2665
09/23 May: NZ$2770
12/26 May: NZ$2935
16/30 May: NZ$2935
19 May/02 June: NZ$23045 (space limited)
16/30 June: NZ$2565
14/28 July: NZ$2565
18 August/01 September: NZ$2565
25 August/08 September: NZ$2770
01/15 September: NZ$2665
05/19 September: NZ$2855
08/22 September: NZ$2825
15/29 September: NZ$2855
19 September / 03 October: NZ$2770
22 September / 06 October: NZ$2770
26 September / 010 October: NZ$2770
29 September / 13 October: NZ$2665
06 / 20 October: NZ$2665
13 / 27 October: NZ$2665
20 October/03 November: NZ$2565
27 October/10 November: NZ$2565
Single Room Supplement from: NZ$785
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).