Wonders of Turkey Winter 2014/2015

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Great Theatre of Ephesus, TurkeyTemple of HadrianAnzac CoveLone Pine Cemetery in Gallipoli, TurkeyIstanbul, TurkeyThe ancient city of Troy, Turkey
Great Theatre of Ephesus, Turkey
Temple of Hadrian
Anzac Cove
Lone Pine Cemetery in Gallipoli, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
The ancient city of Troy, Turkey
  • Duration: 12 Days
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  • Brochure: Costsaver 2014
    Autumn, Winter & Spring Europe 2014/15
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: From icons like Istanbul’s Blue Mosque to the intriguing underground city of Sarhatli, this great-value journey covers Turkey’s essential wonders with a few surprises along the way. As you traverse diverse lands and cultures, you’ll meet local craftspeople like the rug-makers of Cappadocia, who carry on the ancient methods of their trade. And you’ll get the chance to tailor your trip with Optional Experiences, including an evening of belly dancing and Ottoman cuisine.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2


    Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

    Hotel: Holiday Inn Istanbul

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour with a Local Guide including a visit to see parts of the Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852. Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Visit the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, so-called for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world‘s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Consider joining a delicious Turkish optional dinner where local cuisine is served along with traditional belly dancing entertainment.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    This morning enjoy free time in the city or take an optional tour of Hagia Sophia. This church was built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum and is known as one of the world‘s greatest architectural wonders. Afterwards consider taking a cruise along the Bosphorus enjoying views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mövenpick

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artefacts from as far back as 7500 years including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artefacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia where you will visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Perhaps take an optional experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Lykia Lodge Kapadokya/Avrasya

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    This morning visit Pasabagi and the red valley and later stop at a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art.  This afternoon you may wish to take an optional sightseeing tour to Goreme and Avanos. Goreme a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Afterwards continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 7


    Today drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Ozkaymak

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    After breakfast leave Konya and travel to see the unique cotton castles of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Pam Thermal

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Today travel to Selcuk and tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world.  Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theatre, see the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and finally Hadrian‘s Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to see St. Mary‘s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to Izmir.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Double Tree By Hilton Alsancak

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon and continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Canakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Akol

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    This morning cross the Dardanelles Strait and arrive at Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Holiday Inn

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable vacation comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Breakfast Buffet)

What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • IstanbulSightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace and the Blue Mosque.
  • AnkaraVisit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk‘s Mausoleum.
  • CappadociaMarvel at the underground city of Sarhatli.
  • KonyaVisit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes.
  • PamukkaleSee the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis.
  • EphesusVisit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsius, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary.
  • PergamonVisit the Asclepion Medical Centre.
  • TroyVisit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse.
  • GallipoliSee Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Cemeteries.


  • 10 buffet breakfasts
  • 4 three course dinners

Travel Highlights

  • A stylish wallet, travel documents and map
  • All hotel services charges and tips, baggage handling fees and locals taxes included
  • Hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey
  • Audio Headsets: Provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences

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