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Highlights Istanbul, Gallipoli battlefields, Ruins at Troy, Pergamum, Hieropolis & Ephesus, Pamukkale calcium travertines, Sultanhani Caravansary, North Cappadocia Tour
Anatolian Adventure small group tour
Anatolian Adventure
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Discover the wonders of Turkey on this 10-day tour. Starting in cosmopolitan Istanbul we travel to the WWII memorials of Gallipoli, followed by the ancient sites of Troy, Pergamum and Ephesus. In Konya we learn about the art of Sufi dancing and commemorate Rumi’s poetry. We soak our feet in the thermal pools of Pammukale before we explore the incredible dreamlike landscape and rock formations of Cappadoci. We also visit  Turkey’s modern day capital city Ankara, and end the trip in Istanbul.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive into Istanbul. Transfer to hotel
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of Istanbul for the start of your trip. The rest of your day is free to explore this vibrant city.
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelExtrasExtra day - pre-tour, Single Room Supplement - Turkey
Day 2 Istanbul. Old city tour
Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 3 Gallipoli battlefields and memorials tour
We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale. 
OvernightCanakkale - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Tour of Troy and the Acropolis of Pergamum
This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre. 
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 5 Kusadasi. Ephesus Roman ruins tour
After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.
OvernightKusadasi - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 6 Drive to Pamukkale and Hieropolis
We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as ‘cotton castles’ and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers. 
OvernightPamukkale - 5 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Drive the Silk Road to Konya
Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arrivingin Konya where we include a visit to the Mevlana museum – the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes. 
OvernightCappadocia - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 8 Cappadocia. Full day tour
Today we set out to explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Unlike nowhere else on earth, this bizarre setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Often described as the jewel of Turkey we have a full tour here to explore the subterrenean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago. 
OvernightCappadocia - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast, Dinner
Day 9 Cappadocia. Drive to Ankara. Return to Istanbul
We leave early this morning for the drive to Ankara, Turkey’s modern day capital city. We visit Anitkabir – mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before returning to Istanbul by road. This is a long day's drive, and we can arrange an upgrade to an internal flight from Kayseri in Cappadocia if you prefer (please ask for current times & prices).
OvernightIstanbul - 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 10 Istanbul. Free time. Transfer to airport
Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing and shopping in Istanbul before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Optional tours are available locally to see more of Istanbul, and we can also add extra nights in the Istanbul hotel if you'd like to spend more time exploring the city.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra day - post-tour
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Entrance fees for sights mentioned in itinerary
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tipping kitty

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (eg. laundry)
  • Tips for guide & driver
  • Any other items not mentioned above