Days
23
Price from
$3,480CAD

Take in Turkey's many wonders, both natural and man-made, on this comprehensive circuit route around the country

Turkish Delight was invented over 230 years ago by confectioner, Bekir Effendi, at his shop in the Bahcekapi district of Istanbul. Its popularity quickly spread and Bekir was appointed chief confectioner for the Ottoman Court and awarded a medal of honor by the Sultan. You can still visit the original shop, run by Bekir’s descendants which is the oldest company in Turkey to operate from its original location.


Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Country
Turkey
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEBEC
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 14

Why we love this trip

  • Enjoy fully guided explorations of Istanbul's icons the Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and Topkapi palace

  • Feast your eyes on the best of Turkey's other-wordly sights, from the 'Cotton Castle' of Pamukkale to the psychedelic rockscapes of Cappadocia

  • Spend a night at our 'feature stay' hotel in Antalya which has fantastic views of the Toros Mountains and the Marina

  • Step back in time at Ephesus, where the Greco-Roman world still feels very much alive. This is one of the best preserved classical cities in all of Europe and yet to be completely excavated

  • Your 3-night 'feature stay' in Goreme is at one of the first boutique hotels in the region

  • Spend some time reflecting on battles fought and lives lost in Gallipoli. This peaceful place has seen many atrocities due to its significant role in WW1

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip involves a lot of walking, sometimes on rocky or slippery terrain such as the sites in Goreme. Please bring sturdy walking shoes. You also have the option to sit out many of the walks if you don't feel up to them.

  • Nighttime temperatures can be quite cool, particularly in April and October. Not all hotels will have heating so make sure you bring a few warm items with you.

  • You'll be covering a lot of land during the trip, which means a few long days of driving, especially en route to Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Canakkale. Usually, however, longer drives are broken up with stops in interesting places.

  • Turkey can get hot in the summer months of July and August but this is normally a dry heat and is easier to cope with than humidity. Where possible, you'll be taken to sites in the early morning before it gets too hot.

Itinerary

Welcome to Istanbul. You can arrive at any time during the day as there are no activities planned until an important meeting in the evening. Please check with hotel reception or look on the reception noticeboard for the exact time of this meeting. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these to provide to your leader.

Istanbul is one of the great cities of the world, with a history spanning thousands of years. It has been through several incarnations, firstly as Byzantium, then Constantinople and finally Istanbul. The colourful streets are always brimming with busy locals. You may like to arrive a few days earlier to wander through the city, but you'll be returning to Istanbul at the end of the trip and will have the option of staying on your own then.

Notes: if you arrive at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport (IST) you will be met and transferred to your hotel. If you arrive at Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) please make your own way to the hotel or book your own transfer. If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive at the hotel in time for the meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability).
Accommodation
  • The Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
This morning you will visit the UNESCO heritage site of Aya Sofia. Now a museum it was built by the Byzantine emperor Justinian, consecrated a church, and then converted into a mosque. After visit the Ottoman inspired Suleymaniye Mosque. This mosque is one of the largest in the city and one of the must see highlights on this trip.
For the remainder of the day, you'll be walked through the famous covered Grand Bazaar or the Spice Market. Your leader will give you some advice on how to get the best bargains by the fine art of haggling. You'll find from clothing and jewellery to sweets and spices at the frenetic marketplaces.
Accommodation
  • The Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Istanbul - Basilica Cistern
  • Istanbul - Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
Optional Activities
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace - TRY45
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Head to Amasra today. This is arguably one of the prettiest of the coastal towns on the Black Sea: a fortified promontory overlooking harbours and sandy beaches. You'll go on a sightseeing tour of the town, including the Kale (citadel), the old bazaar and the Byzantine church which later became a mosque. Continue to Safranbolu where you'll stay for the evening. The time spent driving today is approximately six hours.
Accommodation
  • Akce Konak Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Spend the day in Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town has a strong Ottoman heritage, with beautifully preserved timber houses and cobblestone streets. Here you'll get a feel for Turkish life and see the works of traditional artisans practicing their age-old crafts. In the evening you will continue on to the town of Kastamonu and spend the night there.
Accommodation
  • Akce Konak Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Safranbolu - Kaymakamlar House Museum
  • Safranbolu - Walking tour included Hıdırlık Hill
  • Safranbolu - Candy tastiing
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Make the 4-hour journey to the charming town of Amasya today, which sits in a valley on the banks of the Yepilyrmak River. Once the capital of the Pontic Kingdom, Amasya still has tombs of Pontic kings in the cliffs. Today, the town is famous for its attractive Ottoman-period timber houses and its lush orchards. Venture out to explore the 13th-century Seljuk Burmali Mosque, the fountain, Seljuk tombs and the bedesten (covered bazaar). Stay in Amasya for the night.
Accommodation
  • Apple Palace Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Amasya - Pontic King Tombs - TRY5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Enjoy some free time in Amasya this morning, perhaps by taking a stroll along the banks of the river or by sitting down to some lunch beside the water. In the afternoon you will head to Sivas, which should take around 3 hours. This is the most mountainous city of the central Anatolian region and sits at an altitude of 1,275 metres. Once an important commercial centre due to its location at the crossroads of the Persia and Baghdad caravan routes, the city later became an important centre for learning and culture during the rule of the Seljuks. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. You might take this opportunity to try some regional dishes.
Accommodation
  • Buruciye Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Witness some of the most famous monuments and sites of Sivas. The Çifte Minare Medressa with its twin minarets and grand gateway was built in 1271 and was formerly a law faculty. The Ulu Cami or Great Mosque, built in 1197 by the Seldjoukides Sultan Kýlýçaslan II, is the oldest building in the city. The Gok Medressa (theological school) and the Buruciye Medressa, both built in 1271, display the best examples of Seljuk art work. The city of Sivas is also famous for its nomadic Kangal dog, a unique breed of sheep dog which has become the national dog of Turkey and a designated 'national treasure'.
Accommodation
  • Buruciye Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Travel towards Darende. On the way, you'll go for a walk to the picturesque Gunpinar waterfalls. Perhaps stop at a riverside eatery and sample the local fish. After lunch, take another walk in the beautiful surrounds and get back in the bus to Darende. Today's drive will take a total of three and a half hours. Reach the Darende town centre and go on an orientation walk. During this tour you'll see the 300-year-old covered bazaar. If you're lucky, you'll come across the Turkish dried apricot which is famous in the area. Stay the night in Darende.
Accommodation
  • Tiryandafil Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast you'll drive to Adiyaman, located in the Central Euphrates. The driving time today is approximately four and a half hours. Part of the Fertile Crescent, Adiyaman sits at the crossroads of major ancient routes and has been occupied by many civilisations. This town will be your base for visiting Mount Nemrut National Park. Mount Nemrut is thought to house the tomb of the ancient king, Antiochus. Here you will see archaeological relics from the Commagene civilisation, including enormous statues of human and animal heads. If it's clear today, you'll catch the spectacular sunset over the ruins before heading back to Adiyaman for the night.
Accommodation
  • Antiochos Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mt Nemrut - Mt Nemrut guided visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today will be a long day of travel towards Cappadocia. You'll spend about seven and a half hours in the bus and reach the town of Goreme in the evening. Your first glimpse of a fairy chimney will make it all worth it. Enjoy an orientation walk of this enchanting town.
Then settle into your feature stay hotel in Goreme; one of the first boutique hotels in the region
You will be based here for the next three nights to explore the wonders of Turkey's most surreal region. Don't forget to pack sturdy, well worn-in walking shoes or boots and a comfortable day pack for exploring the valleys of Cappadocia.
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel or Similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning you have the option of taking a very early hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia to see this otherworldly scene at sunrise. Those who are interested in this optional extra will have a truly awe-inspiring experience. The day officially starts with a tour of the Goreme Open Air Museum. Here you can explore houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the cliff. See colourful early Christian frescoes dating as far back as the 10th century. In the afternoon, you'll visit a carpet workshop and learn about the nomadic origins of the Turkish people. Finally, take a short walk through the unusual Love Valley, which is full of bizarre phallic rock formations. In the evening, you have the option of taking a traditional Turkish bath to unwind from the day's activities.
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel or Similar (2 nights)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Hamam Turkish Bath - TRY85
  • Goreme - Cappadocia Hot Air Balloon - EUR165
Meals Included
  • Breakfast (2)
Today you'll travel to Konya. It is approximately a three-hour drive in in total. Along the way, you'll make a stop to the underground city of Derinkuyu. This fascinating ancient labyrinth goes as deep as seven levels underground. After exploring the underground city, continue your drive to Konya where you will stay the night. Note that Konya is a very religious town, so please dress conservatively to show your respect.
Accommodation
  • Şemsi Tebrizi or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Konya was known as Iconium in Roman times and later became the capital of the Seljuk Turks from the 12th to the 13th centuries. It was also home of the famous Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi who founded the Whirling Dervishes. Today you'll visit Mevlana's mausoleum, and the museum devoted to his works. Take a five-hour drive to the coastal city of Antalya, one of the best-known classical sites in Turkey. You'll visit the old city, the old Roman harbour and the famous Hadrian's Gate. Perhaps enjoy an optional dinner of fresh local seafood.
Our hotel tonight has fantastic views of the Toros Mountains and the Marina, and is located a short walk away from Mermeli beach and Antalya Museum. 
Accommodation
  • Aspen Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Visit the Antalya Museum this morning. Ranked third in Turkey, it includes 13 exhibition halls and an open air gallery. Have a free afternoon to explore Antalya. Perhaps head down to the harbour for an afternoon boat tour or venture a bit further out to Konyaalti Beach to soak up some sun.

Accommodation
  • Aspen Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Antalya - Aspendos Ancient City - TRY25
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This transfer is only valid if arriving on day 1 or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking, or at a minimum 15 days prior to travel (note - we may not be able confirm request made within 15 days of travel). Once you have provided your details a transfer representative will be booked to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
Make your way to the region of Lycia and to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phaselis, which flourished from the 7th century to the 12th century. The Phaselians were more concerned about preserving the affluence of their commerce than with staking any political independence, so they pragmatically accepted any conquerors that came their way. Today this place is a beautiful picture-postcard setting with bays surrounded by mountains and fragrant woods. The driving time is around two and a half hours today.Continue on to the seaside village of Kas. Here you'll see charming whitewashed houses covered in bougainvilleas as well as an ancient Greek theatre. Sample the local cuisine and enjoy the night in the town's quaint centre.
Accommodation
  • Linda Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antalya - Phaselis ancient site visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Take a short drive to Kekova and get on a local boat for a cruise around the islands. Look out for rock formations and houses that have been submerged under the clear water. The cruise takes you to the settlement of Ucagiz and also the village of Simena, with its stone houses covered in bougainvilleas. The view from the castle is spectacular. You'll also sail from large bays to beautiful protected inlets where you can go for a swim. Return to Kas in the evening.
Accommodation
  • Linda Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kas - Simena Ancient Castle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Drive to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle'. This one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon is made of terraced hot springs and pools. As the water cascades down the mountain, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites form, giving the appearance of cotton or snow. These pools are said to have healing properties for a person's circulation and digestion. You'll then make your way to the nearby ruins of Hierapolis, an important Roman bath centre. Explore the extensive ruins of Hierapolis which include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. Return to Pamukkale for the night. Today you'll be driving for around six hours in total.
Accommodation
  • Melrose Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
Optional Activities
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis Museum - TRY5
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis Cleopatra pool - TRY35
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast we make an early start for a drive of about four hours to Selçuk, which is our base for visiting Ephesus - one of the best-preserved classical cities in the eastern Mediterranean and a great example of Roman architecture. An orientation tour familiarises us with Selçuk, a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill. Those who wish can optionally visit the last home of the Virgin Mary, who as legend has it came here accompanied by St John and lived out her days in this beautiful spot. We spend the night in a hotel in Selçuk and have a chance to reflect and fully comprehend the history and splendour of our days discoveries. 
Accommodation
  • Akay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ephesus - guided archaeological site visit
Optional Activities
  • Ephesus - Terrace Houses Entry - TRY25
  • Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House) entrance fee - TRY20
  • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - TRY10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning take a guided tour of  Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities and a great example of Roman architecture. The visit to Ephesus is often the highlight of the trip for many travellers. Tour around the amphitheatre, walk the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and wonderfully restored Library of Celsus.
Accommodation
  • Akay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you'll make your way to the city of Çanakkale, but along the way you'll stop at the site of ancient Troy. For many years people believed that this city was merely a fable. Archaeological digs have proved that the area was settled by major civilisations, but historians are still at odds as to whether Troy really existed. Here you'll see the remnants of ancient city walls and a replica of the famed wooden horse. Arrive at Çanakkale later in the day and spend some free time wandering around the waterfront town. The driving time today is approximately six and a half hours.
Accommodation
  • Grand Anzac Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Cross the Dardanelles, the strait which separates the Asian and European sides of Turkey. This area played an important role for Australians and New Zealanders during the First World War. You'll visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill toward the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Look down upon the rough and barren hills and gullies that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men from both sides. Tour the former battlefields and encounter remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. Head back to where your adventure began, Istanbul. You'll arrive in the late afternoon or early evening and have the remainder of the evening free. Perhaps spend a final night with the group and indulge in a Turkish feast in town.

Notes: Total driving time is approximately 5 hours.
Accommodation
  • Golden Horn Sirkeci or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra accommodation at our Istanbul hotel can be booked through us. We recommend you stay on for at least another day or two to take in the wonders of this heady metropolis. Alternatively a departure transfer can be booked to take you to the airport for your onward flight.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

22 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Boat, Private aircon bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (22 nights)

Included Activities

  • Istanbul - Basilica Cistern
  • Istanbul - Grand Bazaar
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
  • Safranbolu - Kaymakamlar House Museum
  • Safranbolu - Walking tour included Hıdırlık Hill
  • Safranbolu - Candy tastiing
  • Mt Nemrut - Mt Nemrut guided visit
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City
  • Antalya - Phaselis ancient site visit
  • Kas - Simena Ancient Castle
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Ephesus - guided archaeological site visit
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
An optional single supplement is available on this trip. Please refer to your booking agent for further information. Please note: single supplement rooms are smaller than double or twin rooms.

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