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Splendours of Turkey

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,815

Turkey is a land of myth, a crossroad of civilizations and home to amazing natural beauty. Bridging the continents of Europe and Asia, Turkey is a diverse country where East meets West.


The meeting point between East and West, Turkey has been home to the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, the Seljuk Turks… even a Mongol invasion! This 11 day trip lets you explore some of what has made Turkey the incredible fusion of cultures it is today.

In Istanbul, visit the Egyptian Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace, Hippodrome Square, the Blue Mosque and the breathtaking Hagia Sofia. You’ll also enjoy a boat cruise along the Bosphorus and a tour of the less-visited Asian side of the city.

Fly to the capital, Ankara, to learn more about the history that shaped this amazing country. Visit the Mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who established the modern republic of Turkey in 1923, then drop into the award winning Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

Your next stop is the ancient ruins of Cappadocia. This short-lived kingdom rose to prominence under the rule of Ariarathes, an aristocrat from the recently fallen Persian Empire. His dynasty ended in 130BC, when Cappadocia’s alliance with Rome led its military forces to obliteration. Today, fascinating rock cut architecture and natural formations such as the Fairy Chimneys remain.

Once called ‘the city of icons’, Konya is home to Mevlan’s Mausoleum. Pay your respects here to the mystic poet and founder of the Whirling Dervish order. Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, home to the largest Necropolis in Asia Minor, before going on to the ruins of Aphrodisias, famous – unsurprisingly – for its Temple of Aphrodite.

The ancient Greek city of Ephesus is one of the world’s most spectacular ruins, and its popularity with visitors has diminished none of its grandeur. Originally home to the Temple of Artemis – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, destroyed in 401AD – it was also home to St Paul and the Virgin Mary for a time. The House of the Virgin on Mount Koressos is a popular place of pilgrimage for Catholics and Muslims. You’ll have a chance to stop here, before visiting the Basilica of St John.

Ephesus was also one of the ‘Seven Churches of Revelation’ described in the Bible, along with Pergamum, your next stop. Visit the Altar of Zeus, the temples of Tragion and Athena, as well as one of the ancient world’s largest libraries. Visit the world’s first ‘health centre’ at Ascelpion – dedicated to Asclepios, the God of Medicine.

Canakkale is your base for exploring Troy, the ancient city made famous by Homer’s writings. It’s also your last stop in this historic land before returning to Istanbul.


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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,815

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Day 1

Arrive Istanbul

Upon arrival in Istanbul, Turkey, you will be met and escorted to your hotel by a Goway Representative. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel President

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    Hotel President



    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of The President Hotel. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The President Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary décor and offer views of the ...

    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of The President Hotel. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The President Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary décor and offer views of the historic city.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 2

Istanbul - City Sightseeing

Full day tour Bosphorus & Asia including A short stop at historical Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar), and a boat trip along the European and Asiatic shores of Istanbul, Asian side driving via transcontinental Bosphorus Bridge, Beylerbeyi Palace and Camlica Hill. A basic lunch is included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Istanbul - City Sightseeing

Full day Classical Tour of Istanbul including Hippodrome Square, St. Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Valide Sultan Mosque and Topkapi Palace including the main section. A basic lunch is included.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 4

Istanbul / Ankara / Cappadocia

After breakfast, transfer to airport for flight to Ankara. Tour of Ankara including the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the Mausoleum of Ataturk. After lunch, drive to Cappadocia for dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel Perissia

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    Hotel Perissia



    The Hotel Perissia is a 15min drive from the famous cave churches of the Goreme National Park and the town of Urgup with its buzzing nightlife. The room are spacious with all the modern amenities of home and are decorated in neutral colors. The area ...

    The Hotel Perissia is a 15min drive from the famous cave churches of the Goreme National Park and the town of Urgup with its buzzing nightlife. The room are spacious with all the modern amenities of home and are decorated in neutral colors. The area is also well known for its history and unique landscapes.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Massage Treatments
    • Spa
    • Swimming Pool
    • Tennis Court
    • Volleyball

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Day 5

Cappadocia

Full day tour of the area including an underground city, Goreme Open Air Museum, Cavusin & Avanos and the valley of Pasabag. Lunch is included during the tour. Dinner and overnight Cappadocia.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Cappadocia / Konya / Pampukkale

Early morning departure to Pamukkale. On the way, visit Konya, the home of Whirling Dervishes. After lunch, continue to Pamukkale.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Lycus River Hotel

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    Lycus River Hotel



    The Lycus Hotel offers quality accommodation close to the Unesco Heritage Sites of Pamukkale hot springs and Hierapolis.

    The Lycus Hotel offers quality accommodation close to the Unesco Heritage Sites of Pamukkale hot springs and Hierapolis.

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Day 7

Pamukkale / Hierapolis / Aphrodisias / Kusadasi

Visit the ancient city of Hierapolis. Continue to Ephesus tour including the the ruins of the ancient city and the House of Virgin Mary. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Royal Palace

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    Royal Palace



    Only 700m away from Kusadasi City Center and 1.3 km away from the sandy beach, the Royal Palace gives the most amazing scenery of the sunset and landscape that will not only allure you but will also give you the escape you need during your ...

    Only 700m away from Kusadasi City Center and 1.3 km away from the sandy beach, the Royal Palace gives the most amazing scenery of the sunset and landscape that will not only allure you but will also give you the escape you need during your vacation. With only 151 rooms, 4 suites and 2 handicapped rooms, all of these rooms are elegantly furnished and equipped with electronic safe box and card lock system, satellite TV, mini bar, hair dryer, split A/C and a balcony view of either the Aegean Sea or the hotel's garden. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served as an open buffet with a variety of delicious dishes. Drinks are provided by the Manzara Bar and the pool bar and guests can enjoy their drinks at the terrace.

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Day 8

Kusadasi / Pergamum / Canakkale

Early departure for Pergamum. After lunch visit Asklepion and continue for Troy. The legendary town in the Iliad of Homeros. Drive to Canakkale, dinner and overnight.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel Akol

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    Hotel Akol



    Hotel Akol offers you the magnificent view of the Dardanelles connecting Europe and Asia in the best way. In the heart of the city, from your room balcony, you can enjoy with the accompaniment of unique Dardanelles Strait spectacle and seaside.

    Hotel Akol offers you the magnificent view of the Dardanelles connecting Europe and Asia in the best way.

    In the heart of the city, from your room balcony, you can enjoy with the accompaniment of unique Dardanelles Strait spectacle and seaside.

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Day 9

Canakkale / Troy / Istanbul

After breakfast cross the strait by ferry and drive to Istanbul along the shores of Marmara Sea.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Hotel President

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    Hotel President



    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of The President Hotel. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The President Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary décor and offer views of the ...

    Panoramic Sea of Marmara views can be admired from the rooftop terrace of The President Hotel. It is in the heart of Istanbul, 100 yards from the Grand Bazaar. The President Hotel's modern rooms are soundproof, have a contemporary décor and offer views of the historic city.

    Facilities

    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Massage Treatments
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 10

Depart Istanbul

Today you will be transferred to the airport by a Goway Representative for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2018: Thursdays until  25 October 2018

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Domestic airfare Istanbul to Ankara
  • Meals except for 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees and touring done with English speaking guide.

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes unless specificall indicated.
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

OTHER INFORMATION:

This tour can be done on a private basis, please inquire.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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