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Coach Tour - (min 4 pax, maximum 32)15 Days ex Istanbul2020 Departure Dates:Mar 26; Apr 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; May 07, 14, 21, 28; Jun 04, 11, 25; Jul 09, 23; Aug 06, 20; Sep 03, 10, 17, 24; Oct 01, 09, 15, 22, 29
The Glories of Turkey coach tour offers fantastic value for money. You will stay in Superior First Class hotels and benefit from the services of top quality guides. In Gallipoli you will visit Chunuk Bair the New Zealand memorial site.
Day 1: Istanbul
Arrive Istanbul International Airport. Welcome to Turkey. On arrival please clear customs and immigration. In arrivals area you will be met by a representative of our local agent and then transferred to your tour hotel. Remainder of day at leisure. Tonight meet your tour companions on your Glories of Turkey coach tour at a welcome briefing. Your accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.
Day 2: Istanbul (B)
Start your discovery of Istanbul with a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453 to 1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, now a museum, and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Tonight optional dinner with belly dancing. (Supplement applies)
Day 3: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Dardanelles – Canakkale (BD)
Morning departure for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WW1. On arrival visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine cemetery, and Chunuk Bair. Then across the Dardanelles to Canakkale for your overnight accommodation at your hotel.
Day 4: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum – Izmir (BLD)
Today visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trogan War and many cities built on top of each other. Lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Centre in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for two nights.
Day 5: Izmir - Ephesus & St. Mary’s House – Izmir (B)
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus an important cultural centre of the ancient world and explore the 2000 year-old marble streets, the theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium, and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form. Optional: Dinner at local restaurant (Supplement applies)
Day 6: Izmir - Bodrum (BD)
After breakfast drive to Bodrum to visit the castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Dinner & Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 7: Bodrum - Kos (B)
Day at leisure.Optional day trip to the Greek island of Kos
Day 8: Bodrum – Pamukkale (BD)
This morning drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with its white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and time for a swim in your hotel's thermal pool. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 9: Pamukkale – Antalya (BD)
After breakfast depart and drive to Antalya for dinner & overnight.
Day 10: Antalya - Perge – Aspendos – Antalya (BD)
This morning visit Perge and the ancient city of Aspendos known for having the best-preserved theatre of antiquity. Return to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure.
Day 11: Antalya - Konya – Cappadocia (BD)
Early morning departure to drive via the Taurus Mountains to Konya where you will visit the Mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later continue to Cappadocia, the land of the fairy chimneys. En route visit a 13th century caravanserai. Visit the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons.
Day 12: Cappadocia (BD)
Optional: Consider an optional early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey located among the 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. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Dinner is at a special local restaurant. Tonight: optional Whirling Dervishes performance. (Supplement applies)
Day 13: Cappadocia - Ankara (BD)
Morning drive to Turkey’s capital, Ankara through the salt lake area. Afternoon tour of Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts up to 7500 year-old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite treasures in the world. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight in Ankara.
Day 14: Ankara - Istanbul (BD)
After breakfast depart on a scenic drive to Istanbul for one night with dinner & breakfast. Afternoon at leisure for your last minute shopping or option to join an afternoon cruise on the Bosphorus plus visit to the Spice Market. Farewell dinner tonight.
Day 15: Istanbul (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your flight.
- Superior First Class hotels with private facilities
- Arrival/departure transfers
- Meals as per itinerary
- Professional licensed guides
- Local taxes and charges
- Air conditioned transportation
- Travel Notes
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Airport transfers are only included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Ataturk (IST) Airport - a surcharge will apply for transfers to/from Sabiha Gocken (SAW) airport. If you are arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival and departure days of the tour transfers will not be included in the price of the coach tour. Porterage for one suitcase is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity the single bag should not exceed the dimensions of 30”x18”x10” and not weigh more than 50lbs (23kg). A charge of US $4 per travelling day is collected by the tour director for each additional piece of baggage or if the suitcase exceeds established weight and/or dimension limitations.
**DOUBLE BEDS** Please note we have requested a double bedded room but cannot guarantee one will be available. In Turkey double rooms are very limited. Please ask on check-in with the hotel to see what is available.
Accommodation based on the following or similar
W Hotel Istanbul
Swissotel Grand Efes
Doga Thermal Health & Spa
The Marmara OR Double Tree Centre
Cappadocia Gamirasu Hotel
W Hotel Istanbul
Dress Codes Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
Hotels On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.
Sightseeing All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.
Transfers Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. Some drivers may only have a basic command of English.
Optional Tours Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.
Private Sightseeing tours (if booked) If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.
Istanbul airport transfers: For coach tours: airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport. Transfers from the hotel to the Airport may be on scheduled shuttles. Late Evning or early morning flights may require private transfers at a supplement.
For independent / private tours: if included, airport transfers are applied ex Ataturk Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gocken Airport.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.