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On this 13 day solo traveller small group tour of Turkey there’s time in cosmopolitan cities, explorations of ancient treasures, the spectacle of the beautiful coast of the Aegean Sea, delicious food, and visits to charming villages and towns. Turkey is one of those incredible countries wealthy in ancient history, culture and tradition and offering incredible sites and experiences.

From Istanbul, start out with a highlight visit to the sites of Gallipoli before making your way towards the south.  Along the way, visit the incredible site of Ephesus, one of the world’s best preserved ancient classical cities and admire the UNESCO World Heritage Pamukkale, famous for hot springs. The trips continues with seaside highlights including a two night stay in the city of Antalya, visits to towns along the coast including a day out in a traditional gullet and ending your stay in the stunning seaside location of Bodrum.  Returning to Istanbul by air, enjoy some sightseeing and farewell dinner finale.

EXTENSION OPTION: CAPPADOCIA 3 NIGHTS/ 4 DAYS
This extension tour is highly recommended. It’s a unique contrast to your other visits.  Cappadocia has a dream-like landscape, beautiful villages, and undergrounds dwellings and cities.  Flying in and out of Istanbul eases the burden of long travel by road. 

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INCLUSIONS

TRAVEL

  • Economy-class flight within Turkey
  • Airport transfers if booking airfare and tour package
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Full-day cruise along the beautiful Mediterranean coast

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 12 nights in good quality hotels 
  • 12 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 5 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners 

TOUR GUIDES & SIGHTSEEING

  • Sightseeing as detailed by the itinerary
  • English-speaking locally-based tour director

*Arrival transfer & departure airport transfers with the tour and airfare, booked with us as part of your package.  

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport transfers if travelling on the tour only package
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

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Trip Code: turkey20-5

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Visit the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and colourful bazaars of Istanbul
  • Pay homage to the Anzacs at the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli
  • Explore the fascinating underground cities of Cappadocia
  • See the incredible ‘fairy chimneys’ of the Göreme Valley
  • Visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered
  • See ancient Pamukkale and Pergamum
  • Relax on the Turkish coast in the picturesque fishing village of Kaş

Pre Tour Stay
Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date, or enjoy a stopover.  You can relax and refresh after your flight.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

DAY 1
Arrive Istanbul 

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival at Istanbul International Airport, and after clearing passport control and collecting your luggage, you are met in the airport arrivals hall for the private transfer service for our travellers to our group hotel.*  Istanbul is a treasure chest of East and West and a unique destination, which served as the capital of empires, religions, cultures and cuisine. Bringing together elements from Byzantine, Greek, Roman, Ottoman and Turkish civilisations, a visit to Istanbul is like walking through a time tunnel, and where history and tradition coexist in harmony.

Tonight, a wonderful dinner at a fifty year old local establishment owned by an Ottoman cuisine specialist.

Meals: Highlight Welcome Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Meet & greet at airport with transfer to group hotel*
  • A highlight group welcome dinner at a local restaurant

*Arrival airport to transfer available, service fees may apply. 

DAY 2
Istanbul - Gallıpolı Battlefıelds- Canakkale

Early this morning, travel from Istanbul on a scenic road to Gallipoli. Learn about the brutal events of World War I at the Gallipoli battlefields & visit poignant memorial sites of the ANZACS including Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and the trenches. At this dramatic site you will get an insightful commentary from a special Gallipoli guide. By ferry, cross the Dardanelles, a narrow strait connecting the Black Sea and The Aegean to connect to Canakkale for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel by road to the sites of Gallipoli
  • Gallipoli tour with a Gallipoli specialist guide
  • Ferry crossing of the Dardanelles
  • Group lunch and dinner

SPECIAL NOTES: 
A longer day of travel and sightseeing, come prepared with comfortable footwear and a daypack with sun protection, umbrella and a jacket.

DAY 3
Canakkale – Troy - Acropolis Of Pergamum - Izmir

An early morning departure to Troy;  one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.  As you wander through the city, marvel at the ancient ruins of the various cities from Troy I - Troy IX, learn about the iconic wooden Trojan Horse, the development of the area and hear stories of the Bronze Age and the mythical Trojan War. 

Continue to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during Hellenistic period and visit the Acropolis, an impressive structure that houses The Temple of Trajan, The Herron Shrine, The Sanctuary of Athena and the Altar of Zeus. You will also view the Theatre and The Library of Pergamum whose collection came second only to that of Egypt’s Alexandria.

Continue to Izmir, known in ancient times as Smyrna. Izmir is the third largest city bordering the Aegean Sea. This port city was, in Ottoman times, a melting pot that included Greeks, Armenians, Jews, French and Italians.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel to Troy
  • Visit Pergamum
  • Travel to Izmir for an overnight stay

DAY 4
Izmir – Ephesus – Aphrodisias - Pamukkale

This morning we will drive one hour to Ephesus, considered as the world’s best- preserved classical city and famous throughout history for its Temple of Artemis which was one of the wonders of the ancient world.  Ephesus was undoubtedly one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. Among its impressive structures, marvel at the Library of Celsus, Temple of Hadrian, The Great Theatre and the Odeon.   Later visit Aphrodisias, an extremely impressive archaeological site with beautiful remains of a theatre, stadium, monumental gate, temple of Goddess Aphrodite and a fine Archeological Museum. Continue to Pamukkale, a Unesco World Heritage for an overnight stay.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Road travel to Ephesus
  • A guided tour of Ephesus
  • A visit to the archaeological site of Aphrodisias,
  • Road travel to Pamukkale

DAY 5
Pamukkale – Hierapolis - Antalya

After breakfast, we head out to visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”) situated atop the Pamukkale Hot Springs. These hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C.  In the afternoon we drive onto arrive Antalya, Turkey’s fabled Turquoise Coast.  Antalya is the pearl city of the Mediterranean and the Turkish Riviera as well Turkey's 9th largest city & fourth most visited in the world. Soak up the charm of Antalya with a relaxing two night stay.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis
  • Pamukkale Hot Springs
  • Travel by road to Antalya

DAY 6
Antalya - Tour of Perge and Aspendos

Enjoy a leisurely morning in Antalya.  In the afternoon we tour Perge, where you'll be greeted by a monumental gate with fortified towers. Walk around the ancient angora full of soaring columns, enter ancient baths, and see the beautifully preserved ancient stadium where the best athletes had competed for crowns of laurels. The next stop is the Roman Aspendos Theatre, considered to be the best preserved in the world, with majestic walls, stage, and arcades. 

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Enjoy a leisurely morning in Antalya
  • In the afternoon tour
  • Visit the Aspendos Theatre
  • An evening at leisure in Antalya

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7
Antalya - St Nicholas Church – Myra – Kekova - Kas

We will leave Antalya and continue exploring the ancient cities along the Mediterranean Coast starting with the visit of St. Nicholas Church in Demre, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and burial place for the real-life figure who inspired the legend of Father Christmas. In the last few years, the church's frescoes have been repaired and its artwork retouched to evoke the glory of this ancient place of worship.  Myra, one of the Lycian civilisation's most important port cities and an important religious centre. You can still see the ancient Greek amphitheater and the amazing rock tombs of Lycian kings. Next, we will be cruising to Kekova island on a traditional wooden boat whose coast holds the ruins of a 2nd-century city that was destroyed by an earthquake and now lies submerged in the sea.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Explore the ancient cities along the Mediterranean Coast including Myra
  • Visit St. Nicholas Church in Demre, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • Cruise to Kekova island on a traditional wooden boat
  • Enjoy dinner in Kas

Day 8
Kas – Patara – Xanthos – Letoon - Fethiye 

Today we make our way along the Aegean coast, and continue to exploring the ancient cities along the way. Unspoilt Patara is Turkey’s longest beach taking its name from the once mighty ancient city. Patara is known for its resident Loggerhead turtles, a protected species which has been laying its eggs here for the past 40 million years making it a very special place.  Xanthos once the capital of Lycia, sits on a rock outcrop where we will see the city gates, Roman theatre, agora, the colonnaded street to find some well preserved mosaics, the Dancers' Sarcophagus and Lion Sarcophagus and some rock tombs. And Letoon, a romantic site where many of the monuments arise from water was once the cult centre of Lycia.

We arrive in Fethiye, a small town on the Turquoise coast. 

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel along pretty Aegean coast with stops at Patara, Xanthos, Letoon
  • Arrive to Fethiye for a two night stay 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 
Fethiye – Dalyan – Caunos - Bodrum

Today we travel from Fethiye to Bodrum, another stunning coast town. On our way to Bodrum we will explore the charms of Dalyan on a full-day boat tour and see the famous Turtle Beach and experience Dalyan’s mud baths, sail to the protected Iztuzu Beach, known for its loggerhead turtles, and admire the rock-cut Lycian Tombs, the last resting place of the Kings of Caunos.

Arrive in Bodrum, originally known as Halicarnassus is our base for the next two nights. 

Dubbed “Turkey’s St. Tropez” by the New York Times back in 2006 Bodrum has become a decidedly sophisticated destination in recent years with three upmarket marinas, a wealth of superb restaurants, a buzzling nightlife, fabulous shops, numerous hidden bays and beaches. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel from Fethiye to Bodrum
  • A full day boat tour
  • See the famous Turtle Beach
  • Experience Dalyan’s mud baths
  • Sail to the protected Iztuzu Beach 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 10
A Traditional Gulet Boat Cruise

Experience the beauty of Turkey’s Aegean Coast on a full day boat tour cruising the Bodrum Peninsula. Bisit hidden bays and beaches, go swimming and snorkeling in the turquoise waters and soak in the sights from sundeck. A delicious lunch will be served on board, anchoring in a scenic location including local beverages.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A full day boat tour cruising the Bodrum Peninsula
  • A delicious lunch


SPECIAL NOTES: 
Bring swimwear and sun protection 

DAY 11
Fly to Istanbul

After breakfast at our hotel, drive to Bodrum Airport for a short morning flight to Istanbul. 

On arrival in Istanbul head directly to the historic peninsula a Unesco World Heritage Site where we will see Saint Sophia built by the Emperor Justinian and inaugurated in 537 AD. For over nine centuries it was the centre of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and it remains the world’s 4th largest church. It contains some of the finest mosaics to have survived from the Byzantine period, including a haunting Virgin and Child in The Eastern apse. Visit  The Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world, named for the blue Iznik tile work that decorates its interior and its dome can be seen from all over the Sultanahmet district. Finally visit the Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar’s first phase of construction began in 1455 under Mehmet the Conqueror, but it was added to many times over the centuries. The end result - an enormous labyrinth of covered streets lined with thousands of shops selling artefacts including hand-woven carpets and kilims, gold and silver jewellery, hand-painted ceramics, leather goods, fine antiques and illuminated manuscripts.

Meals: Breakfast

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Flight Bodrum to Istanbul
  • Airport transfers
  • Half day sightseeing excursion, Istanbul 

SPECIAL NOTES: 
modest dress required for the visit to The Blue Mosque

 

DAY 12
Istanbul 

We will enjoy a cruise up the Bosporus on a private yacht. Your leisurely exploration of this historic waterway between Europe and Asia is delightfully relaxing followed by a visit to the Spice Bazaar. This colorful, covered bazaar has shops selling all sorts of exotic goodies.

Free afternoon and enjoy a farewell dinner in a fishermen village, the ideal place to eat and drink  in a traditional Turkish way.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • A cruise up the Bosporus on a private yacht
  • A visit to the Spice Bazaar
  • Free afternoon in Istanbul
  • A farewell dinner in a fishermen village


DAY 13
Istanbul Departure Day

Your turkey travels come to an end, or opt to extend with a visit to Cappadocia.  For solo travellers concluding today a transfer from our hotel to Istanbul Airport is available*

Meals: Breakfast 

*Departure transfer to the airport - service fees may apply.


POST TOUR OPTIONAL EXTENSION:  CAPPADOCIA

4 DAYS / 3 NIGHTS

Day 13: Flight to Cappadocia and full day visits
Day 14: Full day visits in Cappadocia
Day 15: Half day visit and afternoon flight to Istanbul
Day 16: Departure from Istanbul

 

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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Istanbul, Turkey
Depart from: Istanbul, Turkey  

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
The flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

TRANSFERS
Arrival & departure airport transfer provided for first and last day of tour when airfare booked with us as part of your package.  If pre and post accommodation booked as part of your package, transfers are also included.  

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 16 solo travellers.

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring. In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pickups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes. Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

 

 

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, there are some other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

GROUP TOUR DIRECTOR
This is a private group tour with a driver and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services. Locally based tour guides are also included.

TRANSPORT
Bus, plane, boat and ferry

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Due to the handling of luggage on our tours and coaches, checked baggage is limited to 20kg and a minimum of hand luggage. One piece of carry-on luggage is permitted. 

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET
Wifi is readily available at all hotels.

You may like to purchase a prepaid sim card to take with you while travelling. Otherwise, ask your phone provider about International Roaming packages/offers for your mobile phone.  SIM cards or international roaming packages can be good options to keep in touch with friends and family back home.  Be sure the sim card you purchase will cover all the countries you are travelling to. 

Many hotels these days offer WiFi—some for free, others for a modest fee. Some hotels may provide wi-fi but it may be limited to public areas of the hotel.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider). As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group. 

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