Turkey Group Tours

2017 / 2018 CLASSIC TURKEY ROUND TRIP

4 / 5 Star Hotels

7 Days & 6 Nights


Full-time Guided Delluxe Bus Tour - 4 / 5 Star Hotel Accommodation. Weekly departures from Istanbul

Turkey Tours



Guarantee Departure on indicated dates (at the bottom of the page)



Day 1 Monday - Gallipoli Battlefields (D)

Early morning departure from Istanbul for the Gallipoli to visit the WWI Battlefield which is one of the nation-wide unforgettable place for Turkish people as well as in Australia and New Zealand citizens because of tens of thousands of war martyrs. Among the places to be seen during the guided Gallipoli tour in the afternoon are ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, major war memorials, the trenches and tunnels left from the first ward war.
Overnight Çanakkale


Please Note: You will be picked up from their hotel where it is located in, or near Sultanahmet (the old city) or in the Taksim area roughly between 6:15 am and 6:45 am depending on hotel locations. Customers can also meet at the Sultan Hostel at 7 am.. More specific pick up times will be informed after booking procedures are completed.

Day 2 Tuesday - Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum (B, D)

After breakfast we will visit the ancient city of Troy which was the home of famous Trojan Horse. From there we will drive on to Pergamon; one of the most significant cultural centers in Asia Minor under the ruling of Roman Empire. It was competing with Ephesus wit its magnificent acropolis, impressive temple and library.
Overnight Kusadasi

Day 3 Wednesday - Ephesus, Kusadasi (B, D)

Pick up from hotels for an unforgettable day. Today we will see one of the most famous ancient Roman city, Ephesus. We will also visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the antiquity and the House of the Virgin Mary, which is where she spend the last days of her life.
Overnight Kusadasi

Day 4 Thursday - Pamukkale, Hierapolis (B, D)

We will drive to Pamukkale in the morning. Pamukkale is famous for its beautiful white travertine terraces, antique city of Hierapolis and thermal water springs. Amphitheater, Necropolis, The Apollon Temple and The Martyrium of Apostle Philip are the highlights of Hierapolis.
Overnight Pamukkale

Day 5 Friday - Silk Road : Konya to Cappadocia (B, D)

After being picked up from the hotel in Pamukkale we will continue to Cappadocia. It will be a fairly comfortable bus ride since we will have several breaks along the way while visiting a historical caravansary on the Silk Road and the Museum of Mevlana (Rumi) in Konya. Tonight there will be optional Turkish night show possibility in Cappadocia, which will be arranged by your guide..
Overnight Cappadocia

Day 6 Saturday - Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City (B, D)

We will depart form our hotels for the tour of Cappadocia including Goreme Open Air Museum, one of the underground cities and famous fairy chimneys. The Goreme Open-Air Museum resembles a vast monastic complex composed of scores of refectory monasteries placed side-by-side, each with its own fantastic church.
Overnight Cappadocia

Optional: You can return to Istanbul by evening flight on 6th day. This will cost you some 50-100 Euro pp depending on the date / time of booking.

Day 7 Sunday Ankara (B)

Early morning pick up heading to Istanbul but we will spend considerable time in the capital city Ankara in mid way. In Ankara we will visit the gigantic mausoleum Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern republic. Our tour will concluded when we  arrive in Istanbul in the evening with unforgettable memories.

Optional: Morning flight to Istanbul from Cappadocia, if you want to skip Ankara tour and bus ride)

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)

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2017 / 2018 Tour Prices

690 Euro per person in double / twin bed / triple rooms
950 Euro for 1 person in single room.
Discount: We offer up to % 5 discount for 4 or more participants.

Tour prices include:
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
Entrance fees to museums
6 Breakfasts (B), 6 Dinners (D)
6 nights - 4 star / 5 star hotel accommodation:

Canakkale: Iris Hotel  or Ida Kale Resort

Cappadocia : Elevres Stone House  or Ramada Cappadocia
Kusadasi: Ilayda Avangard

Pamukkale:  Colossaehotel.com/

PS: Hotels can be replaced with similar location / quality hotels

Tour does not include
Drinks, optional activities, tips for driver and the guide

Payment and reservation:
We will request some 20-25 % of the total tour price in advance to complete your tour reservation. You can make the advance payment from our secure online payment link or by mail order. The remaining payment can be made in Istanbul. We accept all major credit cards and cash payments can also be also made in Euros Turkish Liras, US Dollars, British Pounds or other international currencies from local cross rates valid on the payment date.

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2017 / 2018 DEPARTURE DATES
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Departures every MONDAYS. 
PS: Exceptions are likely. Please ask availibility.

 




INFORMATION
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Gallipoli
This area is known for the war cemeteries and memorials for the Turkish and foreign soldiers killed during the World War I, around Canakkale Province in 1915. There are sunken ships, trenches, castles, towers and hundreds of remains of the war. In total, there are graves and memorials of around 250,000 Turkish soldiers, and 250,000 from Australia, New Zealand, England and France. Thousands of people visit the war cemeteries every year, and it is one of the most famous sites in Turkey.

Troy
Ancient city of Troia (Troy), which was immortalized in Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey epics. According to archaeologists, Troy is only one of nine cities which were built on top of each other, the oldest of which dates back to 3000 BC. Its history covers an area beginning from the north side of the Edremit gulf, and reaches the southern shores of the Marmara Sea. To the south is Kazdagi (Ida Mountain), an attractive area to visit 30 km. away from Canakkale, in Hisarlik. Archeological excavations revealed the different time periods of various settlement areas, city ramparts, house basis, a temple and a theater. A symbolic horse made up of wood reminds the big Trojan war. Historical port, Alexandria - Troas was constructed during 3rd century B. C. St. Paul had visited here two times, and his third missioner voyage to Assos was started from here.

Pergamon
Pergamon was an ancient Greek city in Aeolis, currently located 26 kilometres (16 mi) from the Aegean Sea. Today, the main sites of ancient Pergamon are to the north and west of the modern city of Bergama. It became the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamon during the Hellenistic period, under the Attalid dynasty, 281–133 BC. Pergamon is cited in the Book of Revelation as one of the seven churches of Asia.

Ephesus
During both the Hellenistic and Roman periods Ephesus was the most important port and cultural center of the eastern world. The remains of the city are still spellbinding today. Of all the ancient cities of Turkey, Ephesus is the best preserved and most visited in all ages and is as popular as it was in ancient times. This is due to the miraculous discovery of the House of the Virgin Mary. The city had splendid buildings and was dedicated to the Goddess Artemis, whose temple was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The main monuments that we will see during the visit of this fascinating city are: the street of Arcadiane, the majestic theatre, marble road, library of Celsus, market place street of the Curettes, baths of Scholastic state agora, prytaneion, odeon. The town of Seljuk, is dominated by a Byzantine citadel close to the basilica of St. John built in the 5th century, on the site of tomb of the Apostle. Seljuk has also an exceptionally fine archaeological museum.  The Artemis Temple was destroyed in 356BC, and when Alexander the Great passed through in 334 BC he offered to pay for the cost of a new construction, provided it was dedicated to him. The Ephesus people declined, and rebuilt it with great success.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis
Pamukkale is one of the most enchanting and remarkable sights in the whole of Turkey with the great dazzling white plateau, almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and shallow pools, giving one into another on hundreds of different levels, and ancient city of Hierapolis located on this plateau. The great baths were constructed in the second century and are so well-preserved that they now serve as a museum. The impressive and recently restored theatre, the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle of the 5th century – a colonnaded street erected by Domitian, a monumental gate of the same period, another bath stretching on for over a Mile, the necropolis with a fascinating variety of tombs and sarcophagus are the famous monuments of this antique city.

Pamukkale & Hierapolis
Pamukkale is one of the most enchanting and remarkable sights in the whole of Turkey with the great dazzling white plateau, almost 400 feet high, rising in a curtain of stalagmites and shallow pools, giving one into another on hundreds of different levels, and ancient city of Hierapolis located on this plateau. The great baths were constructed in the second century and are so well-preserved that they now serve as a museum. The impressive and recently restored theatre, the Martyrium of St. Philip the Apostle of the 5th century – a colonnaded street erected by Domitian, a monumental gate of the same period, another bath stretching on for over a Mile, the necropolis with a fascinating variety of tombs and sarcophagus are the famous monuments of this antique city.

Konya
Konya was historically the capital of the Seljuq Sultanate of Rum and the Karamanids .Konya was the final home of Rumi (Mevlana), whose tomb is in the city. In 1273, his followers in Konya established the Mevlevi Sufi order of Islam and became known as the Whirling Dervishes. Konya produced Turkish carpets that were exported to Europe during the Renaissance. These expensive, richly patterned textiles were draped over tables, beds, or chests to proclaim the wealth and status of their owners, and were often included in the contemporary oil paintings as symbols of the wealth of the painter's clients

Cappadocia
In ancient geography, Cappadocia or Cappadocia (Turkish: Kapadokya) was the name of the extensive inland district of Asia Minor (modern Turkey).Cappadocian region is the place where nature and history come together most beautifully within the world. While geographic events are forming Peribacalari (fairy chimneys), during the historical period, humans had carried the signs of thousand years old civilizations with carving houses and churches within these earth pillars and decorating them with frisks.

Cappadocia contains several underground cities, largely used by early Christians as hiding places before they became a legitimate religion. The Cappadocian Fathers of the fourth century were integral to much of early Christian philosophy. It also produced, among other people, another Patriarch of Constantinople, John of Cappadocia who held office 517–520. For most of the Byzantine era it remained relatively undisturbed by the conflicts in the area, first with the Sassanid Empire and later against the Islamic expansion led by Arabs.

The area is a world famous and popular tourist destination, as it has many areas with unique geological, historic and cultural features.The region is southwest of the major city Kayseri, which has airline and railroad service to Ankara and Istanbul. The Cappadocia region is largely underlain by sedimentary rocks formed in lakes and streams, and ignimbrite deposits erupted from ancient volcanoes approximately 9 to 3 million years ago (late Miocene to Pliocene epochs). The rocks of Cappadocia near Goreme eroded into hundreds of spectacular pillars and minaret-like forms. The volcanic deposits are soft rocks that the people of the villages at the heart of the Cappadocia Region carved out to form houses, churches, monasteries. Goreme became a monastic center between 300-1200 AD. First period settlement in Goreme reaches to the Roman period from Christianity. Yusuf Koc, Ortahane, Durmus Kadir and Bezirhane churches in Goreme, houses and churches carved into rocks till to Uzun Dere, Baglidere and Zemi Valley carries the mystical side of history today. The Goreme Open Air Museum is the most visited site of the monastic communities in Cappadocia and is one of the most famous sites in central Turkey. It is a complex comprising more than 30 rock-carved churches and chapels containing some superb frescoes, dating from the 9th to the 11th centuries.

 

 


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