Insight Vacations | Treasures of Turkey (Summer 2017)

In ancient times, Turkey was a major player in the Mediterranean.

It's in vogue once again, but this time it's the historic sites, natural wonders and value for money that draw in the crowds.

Tour Operator: Insight Vacations
  • What's Included

    • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
    • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
    • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
    • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
    • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
    • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
    • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
    • Included airport transfers at scheduled times on arrival and departure days.
  • Pricing

    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply.Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Istanbul

    You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Start exploring the wonders of this glorious city, uniquely located on two continents. At night, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception, and get to know each other over a delightful evening of dinner and wine.(WD)


    Day 2 - Bosphorus Cruise and Beautiful Bursa

    Board for a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait which links the Sea of Marmara with the Black Sea. This is one of the world's busiest waterways, with stately cargo ships plying their way up the main channel while ferries constantly dash across their paths to link the villages on the European and Asian sides of the water. Cruise beneath the spectacular modern suspension bridges, past elegant palaces (built in the 18th and 19th centuries by Turkish nobility) and picturesque fishing villages – where life seems unchanged since ancient times. Back on dry land, leave Istanbul for the 14th century Ottoman capital of Bursa. There is time in the afternoon to hunt for bargains in the bazaar and colourful silk markets or to explore the gracious monuments.(BB / D)


    Day 3 - Head to Cumalikizik, Gordion and Ankara

    Visit the glorious Green Mosque, Mausoleum complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa before driving to the charming Cumalikizik village with its traditional wooden houses and very narrow cobblestone streets. Move on to Gordion, where Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordion Knot, en route to Turkey's modern capital of Ankara.(BB)


    Day 4 - Sophisticated Ankara and Cappadocia

    Sightseeing includes a visit to the Hittite Museum, portraying the fascinating history of Asia Minor from its earliest times. You also visit Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk (Turkey's greatest leader in modern times), before heading to Avanos in Cappadocia.(BB / D)


    Day 5 - The Underground Cities of Cappadocia Experience

    (Relaxed Start) During your stay in this unique region, visit Göreme's rock-carved churches and see ancient frescoes in the open-air museum. Witness the volcanic landscapes and mushroom shaped ‘fairy chimneys' of the Pasabag Valley, the underground city of Özkonak. After a Turkish carpet making workshop, visit a village house, the home of a Cappadocian local for decades, and experience Turkish hospitality first-hand. Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by a cultural night at a 13th century Seljuk caravansera. The show consists of a spectacular 'Sema' performance of Whirling Dervishes, followers of Sufism, which developed from devout followers of Islam.(BB / SE)


    Day 6 - Konya the capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire

    (Relaxed Start) Learn about pottery making in Avanos and visit a 13th century caravanserai. Then, drive to Turkey's most religious city Konya, which was once the home of the mystic sect of Whirling Dervishes and the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire. Visit the Mevlana Museum, with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome, and see the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.(BB / D)


    Day 7 - Through the Taurus Mountains to Aspendos and Antalya

    (Relaxed Start) Descend the Taurus Mountains and drive to Aspendos to visit what is considered to be the best preserved Roman theatre anywhere in the world. Continue on to your hotel for the next two nights and enjoy time to relax.(BB / D)


    Day 8 - Antalya's Old Town

    (Relaxed Start) Your day starts with a visit on foot to Antalya's Old Town. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the leisure facilities of the hotel. Alternatively, explore Antalya at your own pace. Suggestions include a stroll around the harbour area or taking a boat trip off the coast.(BB / D)


    Day 9 - Forests and Mountains lead to the Pools of Pamukkale

    (Relaxed Start) Pass pine forests and cross the Taurus Mountains on your way to see the remains of the ancient city of Hierapolis. Next to the ruins, you can see the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. Tea-cup shaped pools of this ‘Cotton Castle' cascade with light blue water, covering the hillside in a waterfall of white.(BB / D)


    Day 10 - Explore Aphrodisias then on to Sunny Kusadasi

    Visit the Temple of Aphrodite at amazing Aphrodisias, and be seduced by the collection of sculptural treasures, Greco-Roman statues and ceramics. Then follow the Maeander River Valley, (so full of twists and turns, it gave us the word ‘meander') to your beautiful beachfront hotel in the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.(BB / D)


    Day 11 - Ancient Ephesus and Izmir

    Explore one of the world's finest archaeological sites, Ephesus. Walk along the Arcadian Way to view the splendid façade of the Library of Celsus and visit the Amphitheatre. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, situated above the ruins, before continuing to the Selçuk Archaeological Museum, where many artefacts from Ephesus are displayed. Stay overnight in the bustling Aegean port of Izmir.(BB / D)


    Day 12 - Pergamon, Troy and Çanakkale

    Stop in Pergamon, the impressive site of an ancient kingdom, to visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres of the ancient world. Drive to Homer's Troy to see the ruins of nine cities built on top of each other and an enormous reconstruction of the famous wooden Trojan horse. The evening is spent in Çanakkale.(BB / D)


    Day 13 - Gallipoli, Anzac Cove and Istanbul

    Cross the Dardanelles Strait by ferry and continue to the Gallipoli Peninsula, scene of fierce fighting in World War One. See the battlefields where for nine disastrous months, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic straits, with the loss of over half a million lives. Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and visit the emotive Lone Pine Cemetery before returning to Istanbul.(BB)


    Day 14 - Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire

    In the morning, visit the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Also visit St. Sophia, a former cathedral and a mosque which is now a magnificent museum. The afternoon is dedicated to the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Then it's time to test your haggling skills in the Grand Bazaar. Don't worry, your Local Expert will give you a full explanation of the time-honoured ritual of bargaining! In the evening, join a farewell Celebration Dinner at a colourful local restaurant.(BB / CD)


    Day 15 - Farewell Istanbul

    The tour ends with transfers to the airport.(BB)


*Terms and Conditions
Offer subject to availability at time of booking. Prices are per person share twin based on best available tour price, inclusive of all discounts unless otherwise stated. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and are based on cash or cheque. Tour deposit, amendment and cancellation conditions may apply. Travel agent service fees may apply. Special conditions apply - please ask for full details at time of enquiry.
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