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Turkey in Depth

1 country13 cities
11 UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites
From ancient history and fascinating landscapes, to magical cities and delicious food, experience the many facets to captivating Turkey on an in-depth journey from Istanbul to Gallipoli, via Cappadocia, Kas and Ephesus.A feast for the sensesTurkey is a feast for the senses and we start our tour in Istanbul. Here we visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the famous Hippodrome, the iconic Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans.Fairy chimney formationsOur journey heads towards the famous Cappadocia region. Prepare to be amazed by the strange rock formations that form a surreal, lunar-like landscape of 'fairy chimneys'. Seeing is believing!Ancient wondersWe now take in some of the ancient wonders of Turkey. We explore the incredible landscape at Pamukkale, where nature has created a wonderful array of pools in the limestone cliff, before visiting the ancient cities of Pergamum and Ephesus. In Ephesus we walk down marble-covered streets, lined with ancient Roman bathhouses, gymnasiums and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour then continues to Gallipoli, where we pay homage to the legend of the ANZACs, before returning to Istanbul, with more time to enjoy this wonderful city.

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Turkey. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Turkey
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Full-day cruise along the beautiful Mediterranean coast
  • Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid

Accommodation & Meals

  • 17 nights in good quality hotels (3-4 star)
  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally-based tour director

Sightseeing

Turkish Delights

  • Visit the Underground Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, the largest surviving Byzantium Cistern.
  • Walk across the Hippodrome, once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life.
  • Enjoy a leisurely cruise along the Bosphorus River, watching the daily life as you pass by.
  • Enjoy some tastings of Turkey's unique flavours including coffee, turkish delights and baklava.
  • Tour Istanbul's magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans and their families.
  • Tour Istanbul's domed Basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years.
  • Admire the interior walls of the unique Blue Mosque in Istanbul which are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.
  • See the Ihlara Valley, a 14km long canyon formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago.
  • Visit the open-air museum at Zelve Valley which became one of the most important settlements and religious centres for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries.
  • Visit the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi, with a large number of carved rock houses and churches.
  • Travel to the fascinating G reme Valley, with its amazing moon-like setting. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as 'Fairy Chimneys'.
  • Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations.
  • Explore the village of Avanos, famous for hand-made pottery.
  • Enjoy a hands on cooking class with the locals in central Anatolia.
  • Visit one of Cappadocia's underground cities where, during the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the large soft volcanic rock hills.
  • Visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious order known as the Whirling Dervishes.
  • In Beysehir visit Esrefoglu Mosque, an impressive wooden structure constructed in the 13th century.
  • See Eflatun Pinar, a Hittite spring sanctuary dating back to the late Bronze Age.
  • Explore the archaeological ruins of Perge, an ancient Anatolian city.
  • Visit Aspendos, home to one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world.
  • See the magnificent D den Waterfalls near Antalya.
  • Stop at the ancient city of Phaselis. Set up by the Rhodians in 700BC.
  • In Antalya view Hadrian's Gate, a triumphal arch built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian.
  • Spend a leisurely day cruising along the coast of the Mediterranean
  • See the unique natural site of Pamukkale - white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.
  • Visit the site of Hierapolis, meaning 'Sacred City', in Pamukkale.
  • See the beautiful city of Aphrodisias, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey.
  • Explore Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered.
  • Visit the House of Virgin Mary, where it is believed the Virgin Mary visited in her last days.
  • Tour the ancient city of Pergamom, a small settlement during the Archaic Period which developed in to the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty.
  • Stop in the town of Troy, one of the oldest discovered sites in Asia Minor.
  • Visit the World War I battlefields famous for the ANZAC involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through the neighbourhoods of Fener and Balat in Istanbul, an area rich in history with a great wealth of architecture and religious monuments.
  • Visit the Suleymaniye Mosque, the largest in Istanbul.
  • Explore Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, it is one of the largest covered markets in the world.
  • Browse at will through the stalls, with the scents of hundreds of spices permeating the air of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar.
Tour Provider Bunnik Tours
Number of Days
20
Price From
AUD $7,145
Start Location
Turkey
End Location
Turkey
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
1 to 20
Tour Style
Comfort
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Moderate
Incudes Flights
Yes
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
04 May 201923 May 2019Fully BookedAUD $6,755 
25 May 201913 Jun 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,755
15 Jun 201904 Jul 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,755
24 Aug 201912 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,755
07 Sep 201926 Sep 2019Guaranteed DepartureAUD $6,755
21 Sep 201910 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,755
05 Oct 201924 Oct 2019AvailableAUD $6,755
ItineraryExpand
Turkey in Depth

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia
Day 2. Arrive Istanbul

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.

Day 3. Istanbul

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.

Day 4. Istanbul - Cappadocia

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.

Day 5. Cappadocia

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]

Day 6. Cappadocia

Today we visit the hidden monastic valley of Pasabagi and a traditional carpet factory to learn about the beautiful Turkish carpets. This afternoon we explore the G reme 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

Day 7. Cappadocia

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.

Day 8. Cappadocia - Konya - Beysehir

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 Beysehir, located on the lake shore with a beautiful backdrop of the Taurus Mountains. [B,L]

Day 9. Beysehir - Antalya

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]

Day 10. Antalya

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]

Day 11. Antalya - Kas

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 Kas. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Kas

Special Experience: Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Relax and soak up the sun and the spectacular coastal scenery. [B,L]

Day 13. Kas - Pamukkale

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]

Day 14. Pamukkale - Kusadasi

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]

Day 15. Ephesus Excursion

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, the Temple of Artemis and the Sacred House of the Virgin Mary, where she is reputed to have spent her last days. [B]

Day 16. Kusadasi - anakkale

Today we visit the ancient city of Pergamum, once ruled by Alexander the Great. We then continue to Troy, where the legend of the wooden horse was born. [B,D]

Day 17. anakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul

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]

Day 18. Istanbul

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]

Day 19. Depart Istanbul

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia