Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its former capital, Istanbul, to Troy, Ephesus, and the limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.
Meet at the crossroads of East and West - the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later; you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.
Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire; strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia; once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom; before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Later; we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Consider an optional cruise along the Bosphorus; whose waters separate the European and Asian sides of the city.
We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish; Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair; where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in �anakkale where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.
Visit a land of Trojan legends; an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus; Hector; Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon; we 'Connect With Locals' in the village of Demircidere over a Be My Guest lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later; and dine in our hotel this evening.
Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved faחade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary; the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head; and the Great Theatre; built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Later; consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the dizzying twirling of the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect.
This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis; imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is in the lush silk centre of Bursa where tonight we dine in our hotel.
We visit the exquisite Grand Mosque in Bursa before returning to Istanbul. Haggle for the best deals at the Grand Bazaar before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque. Our final evening together sees us enjoy a Farewell dinner with our fellow travellers.
We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.
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From per Person Sharing
Selected departures from April to October 2022
Return airport transfers on first and last day of the trip*
7 nights 4 and 5*hotel accommodation
7 buffet breakfasts
1 lunch (including Be My Guest)
Sightseeing tour included in each major city
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
Services of a professional Travel Director
All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Must-see sights with VIP entry and queue jump
Unique Insider Experiences
Free time included
•••Price is per person based on a lead in rate and subject to availability depending on the departure date.
A deposit of R999 per person is required within 3 days of booking and the full amount must be paid no later than 60 days for land only guided holidays or 90 days for guided holidays including train or cruise or other prior to departure from South Africa.
Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time.
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