Days
8
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Cruise around the islands of Kekova,tour the Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and see where history was made in Troy and Gallipoli

Turkey demands a closer look and on this adventure you’ll discover culture, history, food and ancient ruins – all against a backdrop of the stunning Turkish countryside. You’ll have plenty of time to discover significant sites like Ephesus, Phaselis and Troy, while relaxing in seaside towns like Kas and Antalya, before plunging into Istanbul and exploring the bustling streets. Find a place where history and modern life collide with fascinating results and lose yourself in the vibrancy of the country.


Start
Antalya, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Country
Turkey
Style
Peregrine
Theme
Explorer
Code
PEGL
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
66 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 14

Why we love this trip

  • Our featured hotel in Antalya boasts beautiful views of the Toros mountains and the marina

  • Cut through the dizzying array of cuisine options in Istanbul with a guide who knows the best places to eat

  • Walk in the heated thermal waters of Pamukkale. These cotton-coloured calcium pools cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town of Pamukkale and are said to have remarkable healing powers

  • 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?

  • You'll be covering a lot of land during the trip, which means a couple of long days of driving. However, these are often broken up with stops in fascinating sites.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2016 to 31 December 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your starting hotel, which is our feature hotel on this trip. After checking in, please look for the notice in the lobby or check with reception, which has a list of suggestions for things to see and do in your free time. As today is an arrival day, there is no formal sightseeing planned. Antalya is a fascinating town with a history spanning thousands of years. If you arrive early enough, you can wander the old streets of the Kaleici district and explore the harbour. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting where you will meet your trip leader and fellow travel companions. Please check at reception for the exact time.
Accommodation
  • Aspen Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Aspendos Ancient City - TRY25
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.
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
Rise early for a four-hour drive to Selcuk. From here, drive to 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.
You'll then go on an orientation walk around Selcuk, a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient Aysoluk Hill fortress. You'll visit the last remaining column of the Temple of Artemis, the ancient aqueducts and the 14th-century Isabey Mosque. At this point you have the option to visit the last home of the Virgin Mary. Legend has it she came to this beautiful spot with St. John to live out her final days. Spend the night in Selcuk.
Accommodation
  • Akay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Ephesus- guided Archaeological site visit - TRY40
  • Selcuk - Ephesus Terrace houses - TRY25
  • Selcuk - Meryemana (Mary's House) entrance fee - TRY20
  • Selcuk - Basilica of St John - TRY10
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)
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

7 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Boat, Private aircon bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (7 nights)

Included Activities

  • Antalya - Phaselis ancient site visit
  • Kas - Simena Ancient Castle
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park

Reviews

Our Glimpse of Turkey trips score an average of 4.74 out of 5 based on 66 reviews in the last year.

Glimpse of Turkey, October 2016

Thomas Beckman

Glimpse of Turkey, October 2016

Dayna Beckman

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Important notes

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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