15 days

Flying Carpet

Book any 2020 departure and Pay in Full by Dec 31, 2019 get a 15% discount

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Tour Overview

15 day Premium quality tour from $3,489

Turkey

Visiting - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Canakkale, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Fethiye, Kayakoy, Antalya, Konya, Cappadocia, Ankara

Activities - Culture, History, Archaeology

Group size - Maximum 20 guests

Flying Carpet map

Istanbul

Day 1
Thursday

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.

Istanbul Old City

Day 2
Friday
breakfast

After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace 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'.

Inside the Blue Mosque - Istanbul - Escorted Tour

Gallipoli Battlefields

Day 3
Saturday
breakfast & dinner

Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamon

Day 4
Sunday
breakfast & dinner

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

Grave of John Simpson - Gallipoli - Escorted Tour

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Day 5
Monday
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
Tuesday
breakfast & dinner

This morning we will head 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.

Vaulted tunnel at the Asclepeion - Pergamum - Escorted Tour

Fethiye, Gulet

Day 7
Wednesday
breakfast & dinner

This morning we drive to Fethiye and board our Gulet. Relax at the pre-cruise information session. Enjoy an onboard dinner while meeting the other passengers.

Fethiye, Gulet

Day 8
Thursday
breakfast, lunch & dinner

This morning we drive to Fethiye and board our Gulet. Breakfast is served on deck before continuing the cruise to Dockyard Island, Tasyaka and Bedri Rahmi Bay. Tonight will be spent at a secluded cove or island.

Houses - Ephesus - Escorted Tour

Gulet

Day 9
Friday
breakfast, lunch & dinner

Today we cruise to Gocek Island to swim, snorkel or just laze in the sunshine.

Kayakoy, Antalya, Kaleiçi

Day 10
Saturday
breakfast

This morning we disembark from our gulet after breakfast and head to Kayakoy. The morning light provides excellent photos of this deserted Greek village. Afterwards we drive to the resort town of Antalya. Here we will take a walking tour of the old town area of Antalya known as "Kaleiçi". Amongst other things we'll visit Hadrian's Gate, the Ancient Harbour and Suna-Inan Kiraç Kaleiçi Museum which even has a Greek Orthdox Church in its garden!

Temple - Aphrodisias - Escorted Tour

Perge, Aspendos, Side

Day 11
Sunday
breakfast

Full day tour of the ancient ruins of Perge, Aspendos and Side. In Aspendos, you can see the Roman Theatre built in the 2nd century and seating 15,000 people. Side is one of the best classical sites in Turkey with Temple of Apollo and ancient ruins.

Konya, Cappadocia

Day 12
Monday
breakfast & dinner

Today we travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!

View of Oludeniz from Baba Mountain - Fethiye - Escorted Tour

Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Day 13
Tuesday
breakfast & dinner

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia today as we visit the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum and the fairy chimneys, and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Ankara

Day 14
Wednesday
breakfast

Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

Mevlana Mosque - Konya - Escorted Tour

Istanbul

Day 15
Thursday
breakfast

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

What's included

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

Extras

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

Please Note

  • Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2.
  • Age : Minimum Age of 12. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
  • Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room and/or gulet cabin to themselves.
  • 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.
  • The 2020/2021 itinerary differs from 2019 :-
  • - From Pamukkale we will transfer to Fethiye and board a gulet.
  • - We will remain on the gulet for 3 days ending in Fethiye before travelling to Antalya.
  • - The following day we still visit Aspendos but will also visit Perge and Side instead of Manavgat Waterfalls
  • The 23rd of April 2020 departure of Flying Carpet has been replaced with a tour, The Colonel, that covers almost the same route as Flying Carpet but also includes the ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli. 'ANZAC_Day_Tour_2020__The_Colonel_Tour.asp'

Overnight Accommodation

Overnight StaysAccommodationComfort
IstanbulGalata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery by SofitelBoutique
Göcek BayGuletGulet Cabin
AntalyaAspen HotelBoutique
CappadociaMDC Hotel / Hanedan Cappadocia SuitesBoutique Cave
PamukkaleColossae Thermal Hotel4 star
Fethiye HarbourGuletGulet Cabin
KuşadasıIlayda Avantgarde HotelBoutique
ÇanakkaleMD Barbaros HotelSpecial Class

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Our tours are based on twin share accommodation. Thus on most tours a single traveller does not HAVE to purchase single supplement unless they specifically want a single room to themselves.

Single travellers that are happy to share with someone of their own sex do not need to select single supplement. On the rare occasions that there is no option but to charge for a S.S. we will advise you before completing your booking

However with pre and post tour accommodation we are unable to allocate shared accommodation and so single travellers must pay the single supplement with any pre or post tour accommodation they purchase.

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