CHRISTMAS TURKEY TOUR PACKAGE 2017

Istanbul, Gallipoli battlefields, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Demre, Perge, Aspendos, Konya, Goreme, Ankara

validity

December 19-30, 2017

duration

12 days / 11 nights

TOUR PHOTOS

USD1,535 per person

EXPECTED HOTELS



Istanbul: Sirkeci Mansion Hotel
Canakkale: Buyuk Truva Hotel
Kudasasi: Ilayda Avantgarde Hotel
Pamukkale: Colossae Thermal Hotel
Kemer: Crystal De Luxe
Konya: Anemon Hotel Konya
Cappadocia: Burcu Kaya Hotel

DEPARTURE DATES


Dec 19, 2017

INCLUSIONS

  • Inbound transfer – Istanbul
  • Outbound transfer – Istanbul
  • 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
  • 11 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • 11 nights accommodation

Does not include:

  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips for the driver and guide
  • Compulsory travel insurance

ITINERARY

Day 1 (Tuesday, 19th December) - Welcome to Istanbul

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.

Day 2 (Wednesday, 20th December) - Istanbul Old City [B]

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’.

Day 3 (Thursday, 21st December) - Gallipoli battlefields [B, D]

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.

Day 4 (Friday, 22nd December) - Troy, Pergamum [B, D]

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.

Day 5 (Saturday, 23rd December) - Ephesus, Kusadasi [B, D]

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.

Day 6 (Sunday, 24th December) - Pamukkale, Hierapolis [B, D]

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.

Day 7 (Monday, 25th December) - Christmas Day in Demre [B, D]

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.

Day 8 (Tuesday, 26th December) - Perge, Aspendos, Konya [B, D]

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.

Day 9 (Wednesday, 27th December) - Konya, Cappadocia [B, D]

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.

Day 10 (Thursday, 28th December) - Underground city, Goreme [B, D]

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.

Day 11 (Friday, 29th December) - Nation's Capital Ankara [B]

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

Day 12 (Saturday, 30th December) - Istanbul [B]

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

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