Days
15
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Fall under Turkey's spell touring Goreme's Open Air Museum, the ruins of Ephesus and hot springs of Pamukkale

The more you see of Turkey, the more you realise you have yet to see. From the cosmopolitan delights of Istanbul to the Roman remains of Ephesus, you’ll discover a country of fascinating contrasts. You’ll cover a lot of ground in 15 days but still have plenty of time to stroll, shop and relax with a pot of apple tea.


Start
Istanbul, Turkey
Finish
Istanbul, Turkey
Country
Turkey
Style
Peregrine
Code
PETT
Physical rating
Traveller’s rating
246 reviews
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 14

Why we love this trip

  • Cut through the chaos of Istanbul with a local guide who can show you things you would never find on your own

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

  • Keep your travel time to a minimum by flying directly from Istanbul to Goreme

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

  • Enter the world of Ephesus, possibly the greatest Greco-Roman site on the planet

  • Take the opportunity for an invigorating Turkish bath. Nothing in the west quite compares to this refreshing and healing ancient ritual

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.

  • Night-time 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.

  • 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.

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

Itinerary

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

Welcome to  Istanbul; the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called home.
Your welcome meeting will be at 1pm today 
If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, 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). If you are going to be late, please inform your booking agent. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Accommodation
  • The Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
Optional Activities
  • Istanbul - Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public) - TRY25
  • Istanbul - Galata Tower - TRY18
  • Istanbul - Archaeology Museum - TRY20
  • Istanbul - Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts - TRY25
  • Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (incl. massage) - TRY120
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace - TRY45
  • Istanbul - Hagia Sophia - TRY40
  • Istanbul - Topkapi Palace - TRY65
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
An airport arrival transfer is included. This complimentary transfer is valid from Ataturk International Airport (IST) only and is only offered if arriving on day 1 of your trip or if you have booked pre-trip accommodation through Peregrine. Transfers from Sabiha Gocken Airport can be pre-booked, but will be at an additional cost. 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.
Early this morning, after breakfast we begin the drive to Çanakkale, located on the shores of the Dardanelles, which connects the Sea of Marmara to the Aegean Sea and touches both Europe (with the Gelibolu Peninsula) and Asia (with the Biga Peninsula).
After lunch we will visit Gallipoli, 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 hills and gullies that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men from both sides. You will tour the former battlefields and find remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers.
Return to Canakkale for the night.
Accommodation
  • Grand Anzac Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Gallipoli - guided visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
En route to Selcuk today you'll stop at the site of Troy. As well as seeing the remnants of the ancient city walls and the famed wooden horse, you will learn more about the groundbreaking archaeological digs here and how the site has baffled historians. Arrive at Selcuk later in the day and visit Sirince to enjoy a tasting of local fruit wine.
Accommodation
  • Akay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning enjoy an orientation walk around the village of 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.

Later this afternoon visit Ephesus, one of the best-preserved classical cities in the Eastern Mediterranean and arguably the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world. Tour around the amphitheatre, stroll the marble streets once walked by Cleopatra and Mark Antony, and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and beautifully restored Library of Celsus.
Accommodation
  • Akay Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ephesus - guided archaeological site visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
After breakfast this morning we drive to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle' and a truly unique sight. This magical and spectacular natural phenomenon was created by deposits from thermal waters that cascaded down the mountainside over hundreds of years, forming a myriad of pools and terraces. As the water overflows from the pools, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites are formed that, from afar, resemble cotton or snow. The pools are filled with hot spring waters that supposedly have healing properties for a person's circulation and digestive systems. Close to Pamukkale are the ruins of Hierapolis, which was founded by the King of Pergamon in 190 BC and by the 2nd Century AD it had become an important Roman bath centre. The extensive ruins of Hierapolis are well worth exploring and include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. 
Included Activities
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we pay a visit to a weavers' association and see first-hand how Turkish carpets are made. After lunch, travel to the Greek ghost-town of Kayakoy. Stroll around and take in the eerie atmosphere, due in no small part to population repatriation and earthquake damage. Continue on to Fethiye, a culturally fertile town located on a bay, surrounded by pine forests and islands. 
Accommodation
  • Tiryaki Boutique Hotel or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
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)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Drive to Kekova and embark on a boat cruise around the local islands. Look out for rock formations and houses that have been submerged under the clear water. Onboard the boat you'll enjoy a Turkish meal cooked by your host family for the day. The cruise takes you to the settlement of Ucagiz and also to the village of Simena. 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 - Boat Cruise and lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Head to the coast this morning, and eventually to Antalya, the capital of the Turkish Mediterranean (a 5-hour drive in total). Glimpse beautiful views of the Taurus Mountains en route, stopping at Beyşehir to see the Eşrefoğlu Mosque, a fine example of Seljuk Turkish architecture. Arrive in Antalya in the late afternoon. Your hotel is located in the Kaleiçi (old city) and you'll go on an afternoon walk to see Hadrians Gate, the old Roman Harbour and the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean, and take a guided tour of the Antalya Museum this afternoon
Accommodation
  • Aspen Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Continue on to Konya, an ancient city important in Roman times, and where the mystic Sufi practice of 'whirling' originates. You'll visit the mausoleum of the famous mystic Mevlana, the museum housing manuscripts of his works, as well as various artefacts relating to the mystic sect that he fo
Accommodation
  • Şemsi Tebrizi or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today's itinerary includes a visit to the incredible underground city of Derinkuyu. See dwellings that span seven levels beneath the ground. From here you'll make your way to the archaeological site of Asikli Höyük, which was first settled in 8,000 BC. Then settle into your feature stay hotel in Goreme; one of the first boutique hotels in the region
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Start the day with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum. See the many incredible houses, churches and monasteries carved out of the soft cliff face. The Christian sanctuaries contain many examples of Byzantine art, cave chapels and colourful biblical frescoes from the 10th–12th centuries. Later in the afternoon, you'll go on a short walk through 'Love Valley' which is famous for its phallic rock formations. Then head back to your hotel in Goreme. Perhaps take an optional Turkish bath to unwind at the end of the day.
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel or similar (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Goreme - Valley Walk in Capadoccia
  • Goreme - Carpet shop visit & demonstration
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Early birds have the option of taking a hot air balloon over the otherworldly Cappadocian landscape. The scene at sunrise is sure to take your breath away.
Please note this activity can only be booked locally. Please speak to your trip leader on Day 1 to organise this.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast and then go for a walk to the most beautiful valley in Cappadocia, Kizilcukur. You'll see fascinating rock formations such as cones, peaks and fairy chimneys, as well as manmade cave chapels from early Christian times
Accommodation
  • Heybe Hotel or similar (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Goreme - Whirling Dervishes - Sema Performance - EUR25
  • Goreme - Hot Air Balloon, Cappadocia - EUR230
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning say goodbye to Cappadocia and fly to Istanbul; the continent-straddling metropolis that the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans have called home.
On arrival into Istanbul you will be transferred to your hotel.
The afternoon is yours to explore some of the hidden charms of Istanbul.
Tonight consider joining your group in leader in a farewell dinner (optional)

Note: You will travel by Plane to Nevsehir or Kayseria airport before being transferred to the village of Goreme. The transfer time is approximately 1.5-2 hours.
Accommodation
  • The Golden Horn Hotel Sirkeci or similar (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip comes to an end after breakfast in Istanbul.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

14 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

Transport

Boat, Plane, Private aircon bus

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (14 nights)

Included Activities

  • Istanbul - Blue Mosque
  • Gallipoli - guided visit
  • Troy - Archeological Guided Site Visit
  • Ephesus - guided archaeological site visit
  • Pamukkale - Hierapolis & Travertines National Park
  • Kas - Boat Cruise and lunch
  • Antalya - Antalya Museum
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Goreme - Derinkuyu Underground City tour
  • Goreme - Valley Walk in Capadoccia
  • Goreme - Carpet shop visit & demonstration
  • Goreme - Open Air Museum

Reviews

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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.

23 APRIL DEPARTURE 2017:
This departure ties in with ANZAC day at Gallipoli. The night of Day 13 will be spent camping in Anzac Cove instead of hotel accommodation

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