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Highlights of Turkey-Private

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Marvel at the stunning wonders and the harmonious blend of Europe and Asia, colourfully reflected in the diverse Turkish culture. Embark on a cultural adventure through the mosques of Istanbul, battlefields of Gallipoli, marvellous ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon and Ephesus, as well as Konya, the land of whirling dervishes. Soak in the unparalleled beauty of the balloon-ridden Cappadocia sky, and the whitewashed travertines of Cotton Castle. Pay your respects at the capital to the founder of the modern Turkish Republic, Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.
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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,402
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Ciconia Travel
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.
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6 things about Turkey that you'll find hard to believe

This country’s whirlwind of colour, innovation, revolution and chaos will surprise you at every turn. Here are 6 things about Turkey that will definitely surprise you.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Istanbul

Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts. Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Optional Experiences: Group Dinner Meals: No 

  Hotel:  None

Day 2: Istanbul City Tour

Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you. Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar, visit countless monuments and embrace the local culture. In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia. Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Istanbul City Tour, Bosphorus Cruise 

  Hotel:  None

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

After a delicious breakfast, we leave for the famous shores of Gallipoli. As you drive through the scenic countryside, we recharge at the lovely village of Kesan over a delicious meal. Arriving in Gallipoli in the afternoon, we pay our respects to the fallen Turkish and Australian soldiers who bravely fought here during World War 1, still commemorated every year in April. Witness the now-green battlefields, visit the Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair and other important historical sites. We continue towards Canakkale with a picturesque ferry ride just in time for dinner and a recharging stay at our hotel. Hotel: Kolin Hotel 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove 

  Hotel:  None

Day 4: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir 

A day filled with epic adventure awaits. In the morning, we visit the ancient city or Troy and witness the ruins of the once glorious city with a special place in mythology and history. Pose with the famous Trojan Horse before departing for Pergamon. Home to healing waters and ruins of the Asklepion medical centre, it is one of the most important centres of healing of the Roman world. Following the cultural overload, we rest at the seaside metropolitan Izmir - the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Turkish seafood culture and raki. Hotel: Swissotel Büyük Efes İzmir 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Troy, Pergamon 

  Hotel:  None

Day 5: Izmir – Ephesus – Pamukkale 

Drive along the coast to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage. Stroll the incredibly well-preserved ancient city and the impressive library. With a short ride away from the marvellous wonders, you will visit Virgin Mary’s house in the mountains – where she is believed to have lived her final days. Our next stop will be of culinary discovery at a lovely restaurant in the countryside famously known for delicious gozleme. Heading further inland, we arrive in our hotel at the Cotton Castle of Turkey, Pamukkale. Rest up, relax or even savour the spa or massage services of your hotel. Your seat for dinner is already reserved at the hotel restaurant. Hotel: Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Ephesus, Virgin Mary's House 

  Hotel:  None

Day 6: Pamukkale, Konya

Walk in the shallow pools of calcar with breath-taking scenery unfolding before you in terraces of snow-white travertines. Famously known for its mineral-rich waters and healing properties, Pamukkale region has welcomed endless visitors over millennia. Delve into history at the ancient city Hierapolis and its majestic amphitheatre of 15,000 seats and ever-impressive acoustics. The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order. You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of discovery. Hotel: Ramada Plaza Konya 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Pamukkale, Hierapolis 

  Hotel:  None

Day 7: Konya - Cappadocia

Meet the diverse Turkish culture and its various facades today. Starting with an 8-century-old center of education and architectural beauty, Karatay Madrasa, continue to the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana. Explore the ideas and works of the famous scholar, poet and theologist of the 13th century, which have lived in his teachings of understanding and acceptance to this day. From cultural to natural wonders, we travel inland towards the other-worldly Cappadocia. One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff. Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop. After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Karatay Madrasa, Mevlana Museum, Pottery-Making Workshop 

  Hotel:  None

Day 8: Cappadocia

Rise early to watch the sunrise of a lifetime from a hot-air balloon, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys. A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions). As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more. These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century. Here you’ll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvellous geography. Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery. Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience. You can also join an optional wine tasting session or Turkish Night show. Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Avanos 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Goreme Open-Air Museum, Carpet-Weaving Workshop Optional Experiences: Hot-air Balloon, Wine Testing, Turkish Night, Whirling Dervishes 

  Hotel:  None

Day 9: Cappadocia - Ankara

Start an unforgettable day by exploring the famous underground city of Kaymakli where ancient Christians took refuge to escape raids and wars for centuries. Here you will discover the complex network of underground tunnels, storerooms, burial chambers and chapels dating back to various eras. Together with the unique geology, each civilization and culture have shaped this marvellous heritage over thousands of years into a one-of-a-kind experience for all travellers. Taking a scenic ride to Ankara, the Turkish capital, our first stop is the impressive Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Here you’ll discover countless ancient civilizations that has dominated Asia Minor throughout history. After our dinner at the hotel, personal leisure time to spend the evening exploring the capital as you please. Hotel: Ankara, HiltonSA 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Kaymaklı Underground City, Museum of Anatolian Civilizations 

  Hotel:  None

Day 10: Ankara - Istanbul

Start the morning with a visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the final resting place of the founding father of Republic of Turkey. It is a location sacred to Turkish people, a glorious yet calming place of great importance. With a scenic drive through the Anatolian countryside, we make our way to Istanbul on a comfortable ride. Stop along the way for a lunch break at the gorgeous mountains surrounded by sublime nature of Bolu. Arriving at your Istanbul hotel in the afternoon, enjoy your personal leisure time. If you’re up for a final cultural adventure, why not join the optional Turkish Night with Dinner? Hotel: Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus 5* Meals: Breakfast, Dinner Key Highlights: Mausoleum of Ataturk Optional Experiences: Turkish Night 

  Hotel:  None

Day 11: Istanbul

Our marvellous adventure comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends. Make sure to bid farewell and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey! Meals: Breakfast 

  Hotel:  None

Inclusions

 5 Star Characteristic Hotels: Accommodation in authentic,comfortable and ideally located hotels.

 Luxury Transportation: Deluxe air-conditioned coach.

 Additional Transportation: Eceabat to Canakkale Ferry; Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul; Cappadocia to Istanbul Flight.

 Exceptional Authentic Dining: 10 Breakfasts, 9 Dinners.

 Travel Director: Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

 Journey Highlights: Unique itineraries with all must-see sights, more inclusions. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

 All Entrance Fees To All Sights: Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

 Private Airport Transfer: Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

 Baggage Handling: Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

 All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges: Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

 Free Wi-Fi: Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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