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Wonders of Turkey (Summer 2020)
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11 Days / 10 Nights Trip to Turkey

Wonders of Turkey (Summer 2020)

Watching sunrises in otherworldly landscapes, dancing, shopping and plenty of good times make this getaway a real Turkish delight.
Sultan’s palaces gilded in gold and jewels. Surreal lunar landscapes. Bazaars of glittering treasures. Come discover the treasures of Turkey! 

This nation is unique in every way; an exciting blend of modern and traditional; quiet and vibrant. Stroll through it capital that hugs two continents, one end in Asia and the other in Europe. Learn about delectable Turkish cuisine, eat, explore, dance, laugh and have fun with new friends throughout!
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  • Duration
    11 Days
  • Starting From
    $2,095
    /person
    Twin sharing
  • Travel Operator
    Insight Vacations
  • Flights
    Not Included
    Flight booking assistance will be provided.

Trip highlights

Are we in Europe or Asia? 
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Are we in Europe or Asia? 
That’s the thing- you’re in two continents at the same time! Welcome to Istanbul, a whirlwind of colour, landscapes and culture, that showcases the best of both Asia & Europe.
Find your eternal love in Troy 
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Find your eternal love in Troy 
Just don’t start a Trojan war for the love of your life. Nobody wants a crack team of warriors pouring out of this massive wooden horse!
Ephesus | Where Greek and Roman worlds marry
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Ephesus | Where Greek and Roman worlds marry
This ancient trade city (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) of grand ruins beautifully blends Greek and Roman worlds.
 Feel cute in Pamukkale
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 Feel cute in Pamukkale
While relaxing by these white, gorgeous thermal pools, don’t feel shy to capture your selfie-worthy moment.
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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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WELCOME TO ISTANBUL

Welcome to Istanbul. A worthy destination for any trip to this fascinating part of the world, you’ll be taken aback by the vibrancy of this diverse city. On arrival at Istanbul airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel, the Grand Hyatt Istanbul. Positioned in the centre of the city, you’ll be close to Taksim Square, Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. Join your Travel Director at 18.30 for a Welcome Dinner where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers.

Hotel:Grand Hyatt Istanbul. 
Meals:Dinner with Wine

GALLIPOLI AND ANZAC COVE.

Marvel at breathtaking coastal views as you make your way along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to historic Gallipoli. Located in the southern part of East Thrace, it was here that for nine months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought in an in an attempt to gain control of the Dardanelles Strait. Learn more about these events as you visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. Later, join your group as you head from Eceabat across the sea to Çanakkale. Home to famous archaeological site, Troy, this historic destination will be your home for the night.

Hotel:Kolin Hotel, Çanakkale. 
Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

TROY, PERGAMON AND IZMIR.

Begin your day of legends with a trip to Homer’s city of Troy, the focal point of the Trojan war and the backdrop to one of history’s most famous love stories, that of Paris and Helen of Troy, the face that launched 1000 ships. A replica of the mighty Trojan Horse, which helped the Greeks capture the city in 1200 B.C., can be seen beside the city’s walls. Continue on to Pergamon, once a powerful ancient Greek city, you’ll find the Asklepion temple here. A famous shrine and healing centre, it was built in honour of Asklepios, the god of medicine. After some time exploring, continue your journey to the coastal city of Izmir.

Hotel:Swissotel Büyük Efes, Izmir. 
Meals:Breakfast

ANCIENT EPHESUS AND KUSADASI

Start your morning with a trip to the nearby town of Selçuk. Home to the House of the Virgin Mary and the Temple of Artemis, you’ll begin with an educational visit to the Archaeological Museum. Once here, delve into the area’s history as you explore the museum’s exhibits, many of which have been retrieved from the nearby Ephesus excavation site. Later, explore the famous site itself. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and the huge Amphitheatre, before visiting the House of the Virgin Mary, a famous Catholic and Muslim shrine, situated above the Ephesus ruins.

Hotel:Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi. Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

THE POOLS OF PAMUKKALE

This morning, following the winding Maender River Valley, with its twists and turns, head to a local organic farm. Once here, you’ll meet the farm director who will take you on a walking tour of his lush lands. You’ll have the satisfying task of picking fruits and vegetables from his fields for your Farm-to-Table lunch. Continue to Pamukkale. Famous for its mineral-rich thermal waters and chalk-white limestone terraces, explore the area with your Travel Director. See the ruins of the ancient Roman spa city of Hierapolis, founded in 190 B.C. You’ll see the city’s well-preserved theatre and its turquoise travertine pools. Later, head back to your hotel, the esteemed Doğa Thermal Health & Spa. Take full advantage of its indoor and outdoor thermal pools, steam room and its Turkish bath complex.

Hotel:Doğa Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale. 
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

KONYA, THE WHIRLING DERVISHES AND CAPPADOCIA.

Today you’ll travel to Konya. The home of the Whirling Dervish, this city offers tradition in abundance. Noteworthy buildings line its streets, with beautiful mosques and modern buildings providing a delightful contrast. See the Mevlana Tekke museum, with its recognisable turquoise dome. See the Karatay Madrasa, built in 1251, before moving on to the Ince Minaret, a 13th century madrasa. Continue your journey to Urgup, an historic town in the heart of Cappadocia. You will recognise this famous area from the bright balloons that decorate its sky and the striking golden, volcanic landscapes that surround it. On your way stop off at one of the best-preserved Seljuk caravanserais in Anatolia. Your abode for the night is the unique Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia, built in old cave dwellings. Get some rest here before your travels continue in the morning.

Hotel:Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia. 
Meals:Breakfast, Dinner

THE UNDERGROUND CITIES OF CAPPADOCIA EXPERIENCE.

Move on to Göreme, a striking town in the Cappadocia region of Turkey. Explore its rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings before moving on to the Pasabag Valley. Located on the road to Zelve, you’ll find otherworldly earth pillars here, ‘fairy chimneys’ and troglodyte dwellings. Later, visit the underground city of Özkonak where you’ll have time to explore its tunnels and caves with your Travel Director before joining a Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades and take a tour of their cave house. You’ll learn more about their unique way of living, local traditions and family life. Complimenting the day’s events, dinner tonight will be accompanied by a performance of Whirling Dervishes.

Hotel:Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia. 
Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

ANKARA.

One for art lovers, this morning, you’ll learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. A town based in Cappadocia, it is famous for its earthenware pottery. Continue your journey to Ankara, where you’ll visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey's greatest modern leader and the first President of the Republic of Turkey. Perhaps relax in the spa and wellness centre at your hotel this evening.

Hotel:Hilton SA, Ankara. 
Meals:Breakfast

TO ISTANBUL.

It’s time to head to Istanbul. A glorious fusion of East and West, this popular city offers something for everyone, history, culture, modernity, delicious cuisine and of course the friendliest of faces. As you make your way from Eminönü to the Black Sea, witness the area’s beautiful Ottoman waterfront palaces and fortresses. Your evening is at leisure, why not ask your Travel Director for suggestions on places to dine. Board a cruise along the Bosphorus.

Hotel:Grand Hyatt Istanbul. 
Meals:Breakfast

ISTANBUL & THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE.

Today you’ll take in the sites of Istanbul. In the morning visit the historic Blue Mosque-tiled interiors. See the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held, before exploring Hagia Sophia. Built in 537 AD, it is now a museum, famous for its domed roof. Visit the Topkapi palace, perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn, the primary inlet of the waterway. Enjoy the excitement of bargaining in the bustling Grand Bazaar. In the evening, join your fellow travellers for your Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel:Grand Hyatt Istanbul. 
Meals:Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

FAREWELL ISTANBUL.

It’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your trip comes to an end. A transfer will take you to the airport for your onwards flights, or for those extending their stay in Istanbul, speak to your Travel Director for a few recommendations.

Meals:Breakfast

Inclusions

 Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

 Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with onboard washroom. Alternate vehicles without onboard washroom or 40 seats may be used on occasion.

 On departures with 8 or more guests, personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.

 We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

 Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

 Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

 From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

 Complimentary transfers from/to Istanbul Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

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 Additional 5% GST

 International Flights

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