Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore. Overnight Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul Old City

You will explore exotic Istanbul with a walking city tour by visiting Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul Budget SharedHotel to be advised(B)

Day 3: Istanbul to Gallipoli

Early morning departure heading west along the coast of the Sea of Marmara. This afternoon, you can experience the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli on an optional tour or spend the afternoon exploring the nearby town of Canakkale. Overnight Çanakkale3 starAnzac Hotel(B)

Day 4:Gallipoli to Kusadasi via Troy & Pergamum

This morning, you head south along the Aegean Coast, stopping at the ancient city of Troy for a guided one hour tour. You also have the opportunity to tour the magnificent antique site of Pergamum before heading to the resort town of Kusadasi. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi Budget SharedHotel Albora(B)

Day 5: Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history this morning with an optional tour of one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, the site of the Temple of Artemis and the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey, Ephesus or spend the day relaxing on an Aegean Beach. Overnight Kusadasi Budget SharedHotel Albora(B)

Day 6: Pamukkale

Today, we will drive through Pamukkale where you can choose to do a tour to Pamukkale, paddle in the natural calcium formations, known as travertines, and visit the ancient spa town of Hierapolis. Overnight Pamukkale 3 starKoçak Hotel(B)

Day 7: Konya, Cappadocia

Early morning we head out to follow an ancient silk trade route across the Anatolian Plain, on the way you will have the opportunity to visit the Mevlana Museum in Konya and then the Sultanhani Caravansary just as the ancient traders did. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique CaveMelis Cave Hotel(B)

Day 8: Cappadocia

This morning you have the option of taking a hot-air balloon ride in a region famed for being one of the best places in the world for ballooning. You will be back in plenty of time for the optional tour to check out the carved cave villages, underground cities and spectacular fairy chimney formations. Overnight Cappadocia Boutique CaveMelis Cave Hotel(B)

Day 9: Cappadocia to Istanbul via Ankara

Early morning start today as we head back to Istanbul, via Ankara, the nation’s Capital. You will have time to visit the mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and discover what happened to the Turkish nation after the ANZAC’s left. Overnight Istanbul Budget SharedHotel to be advised(B)

Day 10: Istanbul

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends.(B) (B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner)

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