Comfort Escorted Tour Affordable Tour of Turkey with Flights

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Price
$3490 per person
Duration
12 days
Destination
Turkey
Travellers
20+

SO MANY HIGHLIGHTS Turkey First Class Tour with Flights

You're looked after all the way on this affordable tour of Turkey, with just the right balance of included sightseeing and free time to find your own moments of wonder. Enjoy the comforts of superior 4-star hotels and experience great sights in Istanbul, Gallipoli, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia and more!
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Turkey has long been a favourite destination for Australian travellers and you'll treasure the many amazing experiences on this fully-escorted 12-day tour. Travel by modern, air-conditioned coach and stay in top 4-star hotels on this comfortable journey. Experienced guides will share their wealth of local knowledge and take you to places you won't want to miss, like ANZAC Cemetery at Gallipoli, the classical city of Troy, stunning white travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the incredible lunar-like landscapes of Cappadocia. For a limited time you can get in early and save on departures right through to 2023 with special airfares included!

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Fly Australia to Istanbul, Turkey
Return Location
Fly Istanbul, Turkey to Australia
Tour Start Date & Time
October 17, 2022 3:00 pm View other Times
Additional Information
Departs in 2022 & 2023: View the brochure tab for full dates. Seasonal prices may apply. Booking Code: TURKGA12M
Price includes
  • Accommodation based on twin share room
  • Baggage charge
  • Daily breakfast
  • Entrance tickets to sites on tour
  • Escorted tour
  • Expert local guides
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • International flights from Australia
  • Meals as per the itinerary
  • Porterage (up to two bags per person)
  • Professionally guided local tours
  • Transport in air conditioned vehicles
Price does not include
  • Any items or services not specified in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Medical and emergency insurance
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa arrangements
  • Visa handling fees
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Please contact us for solo traveller rates. Pre & Post Tour Accommodation: Ask us about extended hotel stays in Turkey. Optional Tours: Optional tours can be booked in advance to save. Contact us for current prices. Travel Insurance: Insurance is essential for this tour - please ask for a quote.

Tour overview

The history and wonders of Turkey come to life on this affordable escorted tour!

Visit Istanbul’s great sights and lively bazaars. Honour our ANZAC heroes at Gallipoli. Tour the 4000 year-old city of Troy and view the cascading thermal pools at Pamukkale. Enjoy time exploring the dreamlike landscapes of Cappadocia, learn about the founder of the first Turkish Republic in Ankara and much more.

Appreciate the comfort of first class hotels, as well as the convenience and security of travelling with a group. An experienced guide looks after you throughout, to make sure you get the most out of the amazing journey!

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Inclusions at a glance

  • International economy airfare return from Australia to Istanbul
    • Fly with Emirates or similar, including baggage & all taxes
  • 11 nights First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Istanbul
    • 1 night Canakkale
    • 2 nights Kusadasi
    • 1 night Pamukkale
    • 1 night Konya
    • 2 nights Cappadocia
    • 1 night Ankara
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Special features

  • At Gallipoli, visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps
  • Tour the classical 4000-year-old city of Troy immortalised in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad
  • Visit Pergamum, a kingdom dating back to the 4th century, home to the Roman centre of Asklepion
  • View Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its sacred hot springs
  • Visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic
Pamukkale, Turkey
Discover the remarkable travertine pools of Pamukkale and more in Turkey!

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  • DAY 1
  • DAY 2
  • DAY 3
  • DAY 4
  • DAY 5
  • DAY 6
  • DAY 7
  • DAY 8
  • DAY 9
  • DAY 10
  • DAY 11
  • DAY 12
DAY 1

Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manger at approximately 7:30 PM. We recommend that you select flights which arrive no later than 4PM.
Overnight: Istanbul

DAY 2

Istanbul City Tour

Embark on a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents Your tour includes the Rustem Pasha Mosque, a 16th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its large quantities of Iznik tiles, which are set in a very wide variety of floral and geometric designs. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. You will also visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then, onto the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivalled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. Alternatively, choose to partake in the optional tour to the Topkapi Palace residence of Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art. This evening, savour dinner together.
Optional: Half Day Istanbul with Topkapi Palace (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3

Anzac Cemetery, Drive to Canakkale

This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening.
Overnight: Canakkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4

Visit Troy, Pergamum, Drive to Kusadasi

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary centre of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit the Asclepion, the ancient Roman spa centre. Continue to Kusadasi, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer, where you will arrive in the early evening.
Overnight: Kusadasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5

Full Day in Kusadasi

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Kusadasi. Or, join the optional tour to Ancient Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," once stood. Walk along the 2000-year-old marble streets; see the Great Theatre, the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus. Visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be her last residence and the Basilica of St. John. Following the tour, participate in a leather factory visit to shop or return to the hotel.
Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of Virgin Mary with Lunch
Overnight: Kusadasi
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6

Pamukkale Hot Springs, Necropolis, and Hierapolis

Depart Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale, famous for its mineral-rich hot springs and white terraces. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City," a UNESCO a World Heritage Site situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a therapeutic thermal spa since the 2nd century B.C. Tonight, gather together for dinner.
Overnight: Pamukkale
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7

Travel to Konya

Today, travel from Pamukkale, the "Cotton Castle," to Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture and also as the home of the "Whirling Dervishes." Arrive in the afternoon and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana with its distinctive fluted dome of turquoise tiles. View works of the 13th century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings. After exploring the museum, join your fellow travellers for dinner together.
Overnight: Konya
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8

Visit Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route to Cappadocia

Depart for Cappadocia, visiting the magnificent Caravanserai of Sultanhan en-route. Afterward, visit Guzelyurt, a fine example of cave dwellings and Greek influences in the Cappadocia region. Following a special home hosted lunch, continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, visit a carpet atelier and watch a demonstration of carpet weaving. After, check into your hotel with free time before dinner. Tonight, attend the optional Whirling Dervish performance; their captivating mystical ritual connects one in infinite spinning to perfect harmony.
Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9

Morning Sightseeing in Cappadocia

Awake very early to participate in the optional hot air Balloon Ride that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations -- the feeling is both serene and sublime. Then, explore Cappadocia with your group to see Guvercinlik, Uchisar, Pasabag, and the Devrent Valley. Famed for temples and houses cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations, Cappadocia has captivated travellers for centuries. Perhaps, opt to join the optional half day tour of Cappadocia that includes the Open-Air Museum in Goreme Valley; see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Explore the village of Avanos, famous for its beautiful old houses and onyx, and visit a local pottery shop. The tour ends at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis. Return to the hotel with free time before dinner tonight.
Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)
Optional: Half Day Cappadocia (PM)

Overnight: Cappadocia
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10

Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk

This morning, depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, also known as the Anitkabir, lies a vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo-Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and his successor, and that of Ataturk himself, a large and highly decorative marble cenotaph, beneath which lies his tomb. Continue to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The museum features exhibits of Anatolian archaeological artifacts, as well as artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to the present.
Overnight: Ankara
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11

Travel to Istanbul

Depart for Istanbul, arriving in the early afternoon. Leisure time to explore on your own on this last day in Turkey. Perhaps, embark on the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. View humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait. Tonight at dinner, bid farewell to your Tour Manager.
Optional: Half Day Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise & Grand Bazaar (PM)
Overnight: Istanbul
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12

Depart Turkey

The tour ends after breakfast, then it’s time to check out of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

More about Turkey Discover Turkey

Turkey has to be one of the tastiest countries in the Middle East. For starters, its delicious cuisine takes its cues from Europe and Asia. Then there's the extraordinary landscapes and stunning historic sites. You're probably going to want to explore Istanbul, pay your respects in Gallipoli, see the thermal pools of Pamukkale, discover the underground world of Cappadocia and more, but there are two more things you should do in Turkey:
  1. Drink a real Turkish coffee. This isn't just a heart-starter in the morning, it's a ritual that should be savoured and appreciated in a local cafe.
  2. Try a Turkish bath, or hammam. You'll be steamed, scrubbed and pounded in the quest for wellness, but it will be worth it and it's one of those things you need to do at least once in your life!
Turkey has long been a favourite destination for Australian travellers and you'll treasure the many amazing experiences on this fully-escorted 12-day tour. Travel by modern, air-conditioned coach and stay in top 4-star hotels on this comfortable journey. Experienced guides will share their wealth of local knowledge and take you to places you won't want to miss, like ANZAC Cemetery at Gallipoli, the classical city of Troy, stunning white travertine terraces of Pamukkale and the incredible lunar-like landscapes of Cappadocia. For a limited time you can get in early and save on departures right through to 2023 with special airfares included!

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Tour departures

Departs select Mondays and Tuesdays from October 2022 to March 2023:

2022 –17, 18, 24, 25, 31 October; 01, 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29 November
2023 – 07, 14, 21, 28 February; 06, 07, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 March

Price may vary or change without notice, depending on your travel date. Please ask us for your preferred departure date and we will advise availability and cost.

Tour start time

The start time listed for this tour is 3:00pm but this is just a guide and details will be confirmed upon confirmation.

There is a welcome drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7:30pm on the first. night.

When you book international flights, you will be advised of the flight details and check-in times when your reservation is confirmed.

Is this tour right for you?

This moderately active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days. The pace is moderate, however a majority is over uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Bus rides to Ankara and Istanbul are approximately seven to eight hours, which may require early wake-ups. Those who are claustrophobic or have pre-existing knee or back conditions may want to avoid visiting the Underground Cities in Cappadocia. Passageways are narrow and can require crouching to navigate. The tour departs during the off season, please contact us if you wish to travel during the main tourist seasons.

Important to remember...

The day-by-day tour descriptions are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, sea or river conditions, road accessibility, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that are ultimately for the client's benefit. It is essential that travellers are flexible and open minded in this regard.

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Flexible Change Policy:
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      Affordable Tour of Turkey with Flights

      Price
      $3490 per person
      Duration
      12 days
      Destination
      Turkey
      Travellers
      20+

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