Turkey Explored

From £865 for 18 days
Trip Overview
Historically rich with its medieval Ottoman period and chronicle of Gallipoli, and fashionably chic with the cosmopolitan buzz of Istanbul and celebrity getaway of Antalya, Turkey is an unmissable country that overflows with character. It is where Noah’s Ark (allegedly) landed, Santa Claus originated and Hemingway was inspired. It's a place where the yin and yang of old and new complement each other - contemporary galleries stand next to cathedrals, stylish cafes sit alongside bazaars and trendsetting bars float over turquoise waters. Travel from Istanbul through the very best of Turkey - Gallipoli, Fethiye, Pamukkale, Antalya, Cappadocia and Mount Nemrut - and discover the people, history, cuisine and landscapes that make this destination such a treasure.
Essential Info
Starts: Istanbul
Ends: Istanbul
Ages: Min 15
Theme: Discovery
Trip Code: IERRT
Activity Level:     
Countries visited: Turkey
What's Included

Meals

17 Breakfasts included
2 Dinners included

Transport

Public Bus,Private Bus,Train,Gulet,Plane

Accommodation

Hotel (10 nights),Pension (3 nights),Guesthouse (2 nights),Homestay (1 night),Boat (1 night)

Trip Highlights

•   Explore the continent-straddling metropolis of Istanbul, and step back in time to when it was Constantinople with the backstreets of the Grand Bazaar, the majestic Blue Mosque, and in the taste of real Turkish Delight.

•   Reflect on battles fought and lives lost with a moving visit to the Gallipoli Peninsula, a serene stretch of coastline where it's now hard to picture the horrors of war.

•   Hike into the Valley of Love in Cappadocia and be wowed by the fantastical natural sculptures of spires, domes, and pinnacles.

•   Be lured by the sapphire waters of the Mediterranean and laze the days away in Antalya.

•   Meet eyes with the ruins of the colossal stone heads that sit atop Mountt Nemrut.

Dates & Availability
Start date
End date
Direction
Price GBP
Availability
26th March 2018
12th April 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£1,030pp £865pp
G
Good
22nd April 2018
9th May 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£920pp £875pp
G
Good
7th May 2018
24th May 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£1,070pp £865pp
G
Good
20th August 2018
6th September 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£1,030pp £865pp
G
Good
3rd September 2018
20th September 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£1,030pp £865pp
G
Good
1st October 2018
18th October 2018
Istanbul - Istanbul
£920pp £865pp
G
Good
Itinerary & Notes
Hosgeldinz! Welcome to Istanbul, a bustling mega-city with a population of over 12 million people, with a rich history and food scene waiting to be explored. If you have not pre-booked an arrival transfer, you will find taxis available on arrival at Istanbul Airport. Make sure you agree the price before you set off into town. Your hotel is located within walking distance of all the main sights, so if arriving it's easy to soak up the atmosphere and explore on foot. There are no formal activities planned for today, so you may arrive at any time. If arriving early a visit to the exotic Spice Market and the famous Grand Bazaar is recommended. Istanbul is the only city in the world to straddle two continents, so it will come as no surprise that this vast metropolis is home to a beguiling mix of different cultures and traditions, blending the influences of both east and west. Originally founded by Greek settlers over 2000 years ago, Istanbul originally went by the name of Byzantium, then Constantinople when the Romans made it the capital of their eastern empire. This evening, meet your leader and fellow travel companions at a welcome meeting at 6pm (details will be posted on the hotel noticeboard). After the meeting, maybe gather together your new friends and seek out some Turkish cuisine in a street-side cafe.

Additional Activities

Spice Market
Included in Price
Istanbul - Hagia Sophia
40 TRY
Istanbul - Basilica Cistern
20 TRY
Bosphorus Boat Cruise (Public Boat)
25 TRY
Galata Tower
18 TRY
Istanbul - Archaeology Museum
20 TRY
Istanbul - Topkapi Palace
45 TRY
Istanbul - Turkish Hamam (incl. massage)
120 TRY
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