20 days

Archaeological Heritage

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Tour Overview

20 day Deluxe quality tour from $4,600 on sale from $4,600

Turkey

Visiting - Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise, Spice Bazaar, Cappadocia, Esentepe, Goreme, Uchisar, Pigeon Valley, Adiyaman, Kahta, Gaziantep, Zeugma, Nemrut Mountain, Antalya, Perge, Aspendos, Kas, Troy, Kekova, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Canakkale, Gallipoli

Activities - Culture, History, Archaeology

A historical journey revisiting the majesty of great empires and the peoples of ages past. Includes a day of pilgrimage to the poignant Gallipoli battlefields.

Archaeological Heritage map

Istanbul

Day 1

Welcome. You will be met at Ataturk International Airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend this evening at leisure.

Istanbul

Day 2

A guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage listed old city of Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque, named for its Iznik ceramic tiles, Byzantine Hippodrome, once the pulsing heart of city life, Hagia Sophia museum, place of worship for 900 years, and the startlingly opulent Topkapi Palace.

Stained glass windows in Istanbul - Istanbul - Semi Independent Tour

Istanbul

Day 3

View the city on two continents from a new perspective on a delightful half day Bosphorus Cruise enjoying the lunch provided. Visit the bustling Spice Bazaar with its vibrant colours, spruiking stall holders and heady fragrance.

Cappadocia

Day 4

A relaxing free day in Istanbul before transferring to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia. You will be met at Kayseri Airport and transferred to your hotel. Spend this evening at leisure.

Uchisar - Cappadocia - Semi Independent Tour

North Cappadocia

Day 5

A day tour taking in panoramic views of Pashabagi and Devrent Valley, visiting Byzantine era Uchisar Castle and UNESCO World Heritage Goreme Open Air Museum. Later, stop at the tradition Turkish village of Esentepe and Avanos, renowned for its beautiful ceramics since the age of the Hittites.

Travel Tip


Take in all this beauty as if you were a bird. Uchisar Castle is the highest point in the area. When you walk to the top there is a panoramic view over all the valleys, including white valley.

South Cappadocia

Day 6

Today, enjoy the Pigeon Valley vista and a light trek through remarkable Red Valley. Explore the citadel at Kaymakli with its underground city, before paying a visit to Cavusin Village where the Church of St John the Baptist is located.

Street - Gaziantep - Semi Independent Tour

Adiyaman

Day 7

Setting out from Cappadocia with your private driver, today heralds an interesting road journey. On the way to Kahta, you will pass Tekir plateau, flanked by Mount Erciyes, the Silk Road Karatay Caravansaray and perhaps enjoy Turkey’s best ice cream at Kahraman Maras.

A caravansaray is a roadside inn where travellers can rest and recover from the day's journey.

Mount Nemrut

Day 8

Arrive at Mount Nemrut before the dawn and make your ascent to watch a magical sunrise over the plateau. Wander amongst the magnificent carved rock statues before returning to Kahta for a tour the ancient city. After breakfast the tour continues to Gaziantep (the birthplace of baklava) and its Archaeological Museum where the most superb Roman mosaics are displayed including the famed ‘Gypsy Girl of Zeugma’.

Inscription - Perge - Semi Independent Tour

Antalya

Day 9

Proceed to airport for onward flight to Antalya via Istanbul (direct flights are available in specific days) and transfer to hotel. Afternoon at leisure in Antalya.

Aspendos, Side & Perge

Day 10

Today’s Antalya day tour takes in the Roman amphitheatre of Aspendos, still in use today, the richly decorated ruined city of Perge, with its Hellenistic gate, and ancient Pamphylian city of Side, where Roman baths now house a museum.

Travel Tip


Aspendos amphitheatre is an incredible sight. The ruins here are very well preserved and still host major arts events. At some entry points rides are sold atop gaily outfitted camels.

Theatre - Aspendos - Semi Independent Tour

Kas

Day 11

A free day to make own arrangements for bus travel to Kas. The bus takes about 3 hours along the coast and afternoon at leisure at the picturesque and peaceful fishing village of Kas.

Kekova Boat Tour

Day 12

The sunken Lycian necropolis is your prime destination on a relaxing cruise today. Included is the sunken city of Dolchiste, destroyed by an earthquake during the 2ndcentury. Although it was rebuilt and flourished for some time during the Byzantine era, it was abandoned in the end due to piracy.

Theatre - Kas - Semi Independent Tour

Fethiye

Day 13

A free day to discover one on the most best kept secrets of the Turquoise Coast.

Pamukkale

Day 14

Depart for a short bus ride to Pamukkale. The overnight stay will be at thermal hotel where you can enjoy the pool and massages.

Pamukkale means ‘Cotton Castle’ in English and is named for its distinctive white mineral pools.

Theatre - Troy - Semi Independent Tour

Kusadasi

Day 15

Today we will pay a visit to the Cotton Castle at Pamukkale and the nearby Roman thermal resort of Heirapolis with its magnificently preserved necropolis, intact streets and the thermal mineral baths. A Greco Roman theatre and the Basilica of St Philippe are highlights before continuing to the port of Kusadasi, a resort town since antiquity.

Ephesus

Day 16

Absorb yourself in history today on a guided tour of Ephesus. Visit the site of the Temple of Artemis and soak up the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and its theatre. Later continue to the House of the Virgin Mary, where the mother of Jesus is believed to have spent her final days.

Kale - Kekova - Semi Independent Tour

Pergamon

Day 17

Depart early on a 2 day/1 night escorted tour, we explore Pergamon (featuring the dramatic “Akropol” theater), Troy (the setting of the Trojan War from the 13th Century B.C.) and Canakkale (the setting for the pivotal Gallipoli Campaign of WW1, where the Anzac forces repelled the British and French onslaught, securing freedom for what is today Modern Turkey).

Gallipoli

Day 18

This morning, cross the Dardanelles for today’s tour of Gallipoli and the Kabatepe Museum. Included are Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, Anzac Cove and The Nek. Afternoon departure for the return to Istanbul. As this concludes the Troy & Gallipoli Tour, you will be conveyed to your hotel for overnight.

View of Oludeniz from Baba Mountain - Fethiye - Semi Independent Tour

Istanbul

Day 19

Free day at leisure to revisit the magical city of Istanbul and its outstanding Ottoman architecture.

Istanbul

Day 20

One last chance to immerse yourself in the exotic atmosphere of Istanbul before transferring to Ataturk International Airport for your journey home.

Optional Tours & Activities

  • Cappadocia Dawn Hot Air Balloon flight
  • International airfares
  • Domestic flights or coach travel
  • Travel Insurance

What's included

  • All meet and greet airport transfers listed
  • Deluxe accommodation with breakfast daily
  • Day tours indicated with a professional guide
  • Entries fees to museums and sites indicated

Extras

  • Shopping and personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities throughout
  • Other items not mentioned

Tour Departures

You can depart any day of the week. Please Contact us for a quote for your group.

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