|Tour Provider||Bunnik Tours|
|Number of Days||
1 to 20
|24 Aug 2019||12 Sep 2019||Fully Booked||AUD $7,005|
|07 Sep 2019||26 Sep 2019||Limited Seats||AUD $7,005|
Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where East meets West, at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director tonight for a welcome drink.
Today we discover Istanbul’s many highlights. Starting at the famous Basilica Cistern, we’ll see the largest of the several hundred cisterns that lie beneath the city. We’ll then explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, and take to the water for a cruise along the Bosphorus. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]
Special Experience: Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!
Please note: The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water.
This morning we visit the beautiful Blue Mosque, a true icon of this city, and visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia. In the afternoon we fly to enchanting Cappadocia. [B,D]
Please note: The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding.
Visit the Ihlara Valley this morning, known for its many cave churches and dwellings that are dotted along the 14-kilometre-long canyon. We’ll then travel to Zelve, the centre of Christianity between the 9th and 13th centuries. [B,D]
Today we visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği and a traditional carpet factory to learn about the beautiful Turkish carpets. This afternoon we explore the Göreme Valley, situated amongst the ‘fairy chimney’ rock formations. [B,D]
Optional Walking Discovery: Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations. Learn more
This morning we discover the small village of Avanos, famous for its ceramics, and visit one of Cappadocia’s fascinating underground cities. [B,L,D]
Special Experience: Visit a local family and learn to prepare some of the local culinary specialties for lunch.
Today we travel to Konya to visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes.
Special Experience: We’ll also watch on as a chef prepares our lunch - etli ekmek, a pizza-like specialty that originated here.
We’ll then make our way further west to the Anatolian town of Beyşehir, located on the lake shore with a beautiful backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. [B,L]
We begin the day at Eflatun Pinar, a Hittite spring sanctuary (pool monument) dating back to the late Bronze Age, then take a short drive to Esrefoglu Mosque, a mostly wooden structure built in the 13th century, we’ll then continue south to Antalya. [B]
We’ll spend the day exploring the ancient ruins of Perge, seeing Aspendos, the best-preserved Roman theatre in the world, and visiting the magnificent Duden Waterfalls. [B]
Travelling along the Turkish coastline, we stop at the ancient Rhodian city of Phaselis. In the afternoon we’ll arrive in the fishing village of Kaş. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B]
Special Experience: Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Relax and soak up the sun and the spectacular coastal scenery. [B,L]
Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on top of the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over
a cliff, forming calcium-rich pools. [B,D]
The town of Aphrodisias is named after Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Today we’ll visit this beautiful city, famous for its School of Sculpture that dates back to Roman times. [B]
Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We’ll walk through the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis. [B]
Today we’ll visit the Asclepion, a famed ancient medical centre and the world's first psychiatric hospital! We then continue to Troy, where the legend of the wooden horse was born. [B,D]
Special Experience: We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the ANZACs. We’ll visit ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and the Allied and Turkish trenches, with a specialist Gallipoli guide. [B]
Welcome back to bustling Istanbul. Today we enjoy a walking tour through the historic neighbourhoods of Fener and Balat, as well as visiting the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]
Today we begin our journey home. [B]