24 days

Christmas Turkey

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Tour Overview

24 day Premium quality tour from $1,865

Turkey

Visiting - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Demre, Perge, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara

Activities - Culture, History, Archaeology

Group size - Maximum 20 guests

Stained glass windows in Istanbul - Istanbul - Escorted Tour

Welcome to Istanbul

Day 1
Monday 19 December, 2017

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore this exotic city.

Topkapi Palace Entrance - Istanbul - Escorted Tour

Welcome to Istanbul

Day 1
Tuesday 20 December, 2017

Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore this exotic city.

Istanbul old city

Day 2
Wednesday 21 December, 2017
breakfast

Tour the city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.

Istanbul old city

Day 2
Thursday 22 December, 2017
breakfast

Tour the city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional 'Half day Bosphorous cruise'.

Lone Pine on a cloudy day - Gallipoli - Escorted Tour

Gallipoli battlefields

Day 3
Friday 23 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels and the Nek.

Turkish Memorial - Gallipoli - Escorted Tour

Gallipoli battlefields

Day 3
Saturday 24 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels and the Nek.

Troy, Pergamum

Day 4
Sunday 25 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

Step back in time today as we visit Troy and it's famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. It's impressive temples, library and medical facilities made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Troy, Pergamum

Day 4
Monday 26 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

Step back in time today as we visit Troy and it's famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. It's impressive temples, library and medical facilities made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.

Achaeological Site - Troy - Escorted Tour

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Day 5
Tuesday 27 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Day 5
Wednesday 28 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Day 6
Thursday 29 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Day 6
Friday 30 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.

Theatre - Pergamum - Escorted Tour

Christmas Day in Demre

Day 7
Saturday 31 December, 2017
breakfast & dinner

Today we visit Demre, home of the original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), where he lived as the Bishop of the area. We visit his church and tomb before heading to Finike for Christmas Day dinner.

Vaulted tunnel at the Asclepeion - Pergamum - Escorted Tour

Christmas Day in Demre

Day 7
Sunday 1 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Today we visit Demre, home of the original St. Nicholas (aka Santa Claus), where he lived as the Bishop of the area. We visit his church and tomb before heading to Finike for Christmas Day dinner.

Perge, Aspendos, Konya

Day 8
Monday 2 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today.

Perge, Aspendos, Konya

Day 8
Tuesday 3 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Tour the ancient ruins of Perge with its impressive stadium walls and Aspendos, known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today.

Celsus Library - Ephesus - Escorted Tour

Konya, Cappadocia

Day 9
Wednesday 4 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Today we visit Konya and the Mevlana Museum before heading to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. En-route, we stop at an ancient Silk Road Caravansary, before we trek through the beautiful Ihlara Valley. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening.

Achaeological Site - Ephesus - Escorted Tour

Konya, Cappadocia

Day 9
Thursday 5 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Today we visit Konya and the Mevlana Museum before heading to the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. En-route, we stop at an ancient Silk Road Caravansary, before we trek through the beautiful Ihlara Valley. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening.

Underground city, Goreme

Day 10
Friday 6 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle, an Underground City and more.

Underground city, Goreme

Day 10
Saturday 7 January, 2018
breakfast & dinner

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle, an Underground City and more.

Cotton Castles - Pamukkale - Escorted Tour

Nation's Capital Ankara

Day 11
Sunday 8 January, 2018
breakfast

Today we visit the nation's capital, Ankara, with a tour of the Mausoleum of Ataturk.

Limestone travertines - Pamukkale - Escorted Tour

Nation's Capital Ankara

Day 11
Monday 9 January, 2018
breakfast

Today we visit the nation's capital, Ankara, with a tour of the Mausoleum of Ataturk.

Istanbul

Day 12
Tuesday 10 January, 2018
breakfast

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

Istanbul

Day 12
Wednesday 11 January, 2018
breakfast

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

What's included

  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
  • Tips except driver and guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Meals as shown in the itinerary

Extras

  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver and guide
  • Compulsory Travel_Insurance.asp

Please Note

  • Instead of travelling between Cappadocia and Istanbul by bus, an optional morning flight from Kayseri (Cappadocia) to Istanbul is available at extra cost. Please contact with us for a quote.

Overnight Accommodation

Overnight StaysAccommodationComfort
IstanbulNidya Hotel Galataport4 star
CappadociaHotel to be advised5 star
KuşadasıHotel to be advised4 star
KemerHotel to be advised5 star
KonyaHotel to be advised4 star
PamukkaleHotel to be advised5 star
ÇanakkaleHotel to be advised4 star

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