Hot air balloons of Cappadocia, Turkey

Welcome to Turkey

Make your way fly to the Istanbul International airport, Turkey!

Arrive in Istanbul International airport, Individual transfer to your accommodation in Turkey where you spend the night. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Note: Some flights may depart one day later.

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Full day tour of Iconic Istanbul

Towards to the most iconic sights of Istanbul in this morning tour that commences with a visit to the Blue Mosque. This magnificent mosque which was designed by Sinan and completed in1616 is known for its majesty and superb iznik ceramic tiling.

Continue outside to stroll along the Hippodrome. This vast public space was built by the Romans in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD to accommodate events such as chariot races and gladiator fights. It is alsohome to the Column of Constantine, an Egyptian obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

Next to the Hippodrome we will visit the Hagia Sophia. Originally built in 537AD as a Greek Orthodox church, this breath-taking building was converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and is now a museum. Inside there are two floors built around a central nave. It is adorned with superb decorations and has an enormous dome that soars overhead.

Finish the morning with a walk through the Grand Bazaar for some shopping or just to absorb the sights, sounds and historic architectural beauty of this bustling market.

After Lunch, we visit to the famous Topkapi Palace and skip the queues that flock to see this magnificent and historically significant site. Built in the middle of the 15th century, the walled complex comprised of the palace and its buildings dominate a small raised peninsula.

The buildings are nestled within beautiful grounds that sweep down to the sea. For centuries, the palace was the political centre of the highly influential Ottoman Empire and although it is now purely a museum, as you visit its parts including courtyards, the Treasury, various pavilions, the holy relics, weapons and the Harem you will see how great it was.

A lesser known part of the Hagia Sofia complex is the adjacent structure that houses the Sultan Tombs where five 16th and 17th century Ottoman sultans are interred.  Alongside each sultan’s sarcophagus are many others that hold their wives, children and other notables. The tombs are all beautifully designed and feature beautiful examples of tile work, mosaics, calligraphy and kundekari (a decorative form of carpentry consisting of interlocking pieces of wood and mother of pearl).

Not far from Topkapi Palace, this tour also takes you to Little Hagia Sophia Mosque which was constructed in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Church before being converted to a mosque in the early 16th century. Inside, this small octagonal mosque features a beautiful two-storeyed colonnade, marble pillars and a stunning umbrella dome.

Evening, you will be transferred to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Kayseri/Nevsehir. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia

Full day Regional Tour

Cappadocia is known for its stunning conical rock formations (fairy chimneys), colourful landscapes and ancient homes that were carved into the rock formations. This tour takes you through the beautiful Devrent (Imagination) Valley where fairy chimneys tower overhead before moving into Pasabag (Monk Valley) nearby, where the fairy chimneys have strange double and triple-headed caps.

After lunch at Avanos, you will visit the Goreme open air museum that has churches and frescoes from the 10th and 12th centuries. The day finishes at Uchisar Castle, a fortress that was cut from a large and tall fairy chimney.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Bus to Pamukkale

Full day Hiking and Underground City Tour

The hike starts in Red Valley which is known for its stunning scenery, colourful rock cliffs and beautiful fairy chimneys. After walking for 4 kms, you will arrive at Cavusin, a Greek village that features rock-cut churches.

After lunch, the tour continues to the underground city of Kaymakli which is the largest underground city in the region, and Pigeon Valley where dove cotes, many of which are decorated, have been carved into the rock. The last stop is the rugged Ortahisar Castle which is the largest fairy chimney in Cappadocia.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included 

Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia

Full day Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Tour

Today head to the village of Karahayit and a visit to its red, green and white travertines and thermal pools of red water due to its iron content.  Then on to Pamukkale to visit the expansive and magnificent ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis that was founded in the 2nd century BC to take advantage of the thermal pools nearby.

Hierapolis sits atop a hill and features an enormous necropolis, baths, theatre, temples, an agora and antique pool.  You will have time to yourself to wander the site before walking down the hill on the sparkling white travertine and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Evening, enjoy dinner in local restaurant and visit Kusadasi by night.

Optional Tours: Entry to Cleopatra’s Pool in Hierapolis

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Overnight: Hotel in Kusadasi

Full day Ephesus Tour

The day starts with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary that is significant to both Christians and Muslims and currently serves as a chapel. From here, the tour continues to Ephesus – one of the most important harbour cities of the antique world. The ruins are magnificent and highlights include the Celsus Library, Gate of Augustus, the beautifully-decorated terrace houses, a huge amphitheatre and the Temple of Hadrian.

Enjoy lunch at a local Turkish restaurant and afterwards, a trip to Isa Bey Mosque (1375) and the ruins of the Artemis Temple which was one of the Seven Wondders of the World.

Evening transfer from your tour to Izmir Airport and flight to Istanbul. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Full day Troy Tour

Today full day tour takes you to the incredible UNESCO-listed site of Troy so that you can discover the dynamic 4000-year history of this incredible city in its various iterations as it was rebuilt each time it was destroyed by fire, war or earthquake.

Afternoon, we continue to visit Trojan Horse, Sacrificial alters, 3700 year old city walls, Houses of Troy I (3000 BC to 2500 BC), Bouleuterium (Senate Building), Odeon, Current excavations and Remains of various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX.

The cost of the tour includes pick up from your hotel, transfer to and from Eceabat, lunch at a local restaurant in Eceabat, ferry fees, site entry fees, English-speaking guide and transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.

If you require onward travel, we can organise overnight transport by bus to Izmir, Selcuk or Kusadasi instead of returning to Istanbul.

Meal: Lunch Included 

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Full day tour of Europe & Asia, Panoramic views from Camlica Hill

After Breakfast, we take a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, the busy waterway that runs between the Marmara and Black Seas with European Istanbul on one shore and Asian Istanbul on the other.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air, the sea and the sights as you pass magnificent palaces, mosques, mansions and places of historical note.

After getting off the boat at Eminonu, continue your tour into the historic Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar nearby that is bursting with traditional sweets, coffee and spices, and oozing with appeal.

Then we visit the magnificent stone walls of old Istanbul that date from the 5th century.  This series of walls surrounded the old city, featured 55 gates and 400 towers and is still an integral part of Istanbul.

After lunch, The Dolmabahce Palace was built during the first half of the 19th century as the administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire and home to the sultans and their families.  This enormous palace is set amongst well-kept grounds and unlike earlier buildings of importance in Istanbul, it was built in a blend of Ottoman and classical European styles. The palace is very opulent and heavily decorated with gold, valuable stone (alabaster, marble and porphyry), crystal (including crystal chandeliers and the Crystal Staircase) and beautiful rugs.

Later you will drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the summit of Camlica Hill which is popular for its magnificent panoramic views and the opportunity to take some great photo.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Depart Turkey

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your homeward flight.

Meal: Breakfast Included

Day 1

Welcome to Turkey

Make your way fly to the Istanbul International airport, Turkey!

Arrive in Istanbul International airport, Individual transfer to your accommodation in Turkey where you spend the night. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Note: Some flights may depart one day later.

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Day 2

Full day tour of Iconic Istanbul

Towards to the most iconic sights of Istanbul in this morning tour that commences with a visit to the Blue Mosque. This magnificent mosque which was designed by Sinan and completed in1616 is known for its majesty and superb iznik ceramic tiling.

Continue outside to stroll along the Hippodrome. This vast public space was built by the Romans in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD to accommodate events such as chariot races and gladiator fights. It is alsohome to the Column of Constantine, an Egyptian obelisk and the Serpentine Column.

Next to the Hippodrome we will visit the Hagia Sophia. Originally built in 537AD as a Greek Orthodox church, this breath-taking building was converted to a mosque by the Ottomans and is now a museum. Inside there are two floors built around a central nave. It is adorned with superb decorations and has an enormous dome that soars overhead.

Finish the morning with a walk through the Grand Bazaar for some shopping or just to absorb the sights, sounds and historic architectural beauty of this bustling market.

After Lunch, we visit to the famous Topkapi Palace and skip the queues that flock to see this magnificent and historically significant site. Built in the middle of the 15th century, the walled complex comprised of the palace and its buildings dominate a small raised peninsula.

The buildings are nestled within beautiful grounds that sweep down to the sea. For centuries, the palace was the political centre of the highly influential Ottoman Empire and although it is now purely a museum, as you visit its parts including courtyards, the Treasury, various pavilions, the holy relics, weapons and the Harem you will see how great it was.

A lesser known part of the Hagia Sofia complex is the adjacent structure that houses the Sultan Tombs where five 16th and 17th century Ottoman sultans are interred.  Alongside each sultan’s sarcophagus are many others that hold their wives, children and other notables. The tombs are all beautifully designed and feature beautiful examples of tile work, mosaics, calligraphy and kundekari (a decorative form of carpentry consisting of interlocking pieces of wood and mother of pearl).

Not far from Topkapi Palace, this tour also takes you to Little Hagia Sophia Mosque which was constructed in the 6th century as a Greek Orthodox Church before being converted to a mosque in the early 16th century. Inside, this small octagonal mosque features a beautiful two-storeyed colonnade, marble pillars and a stunning umbrella dome.

Evening, you will be transferred to the Istanbul airport for your flight to Kayseri/Nevsehir. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia

Day 3

Full day Regional Tour

Cappadocia is known for its stunning conical rock formations (fairy chimneys), colourful landscapes and ancient homes that were carved into the rock formations. This tour takes you through the beautiful Devrent (Imagination) Valley where fairy chimneys tower overhead before moving into Pasabag (Monk Valley) nearby, where the fairy chimneys have strange double and triple-headed caps.

After lunch at Avanos, you will visit the Goreme open air museum that has churches and frescoes from the 10th and 12th centuries. The day finishes at Uchisar Castle, a fortress that was cut from a large and tall fairy chimney.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Bus to Pamukkale

Day 4

Full day Hiking and Underground City Tour

The hike starts in Red Valley which is known for its stunning scenery, colourful rock cliffs and beautiful fairy chimneys. After walking for 4 kms, you will arrive at Cavusin, a Greek village that features rock-cut churches.

After lunch, the tour continues to the underground city of Kaymakli which is the largest underground city in the region, and Pigeon Valley where dove cotes, many of which are decorated, have been carved into the rock. The last stop is the rugged Ortahisar Castle which is the largest fairy chimney in Cappadocia.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included 

Overnight: Hotel in Cappadocia

Day 5

Full day Pamukkale (Cotton Castle) Tour

Today head to the village of Karahayit and a visit to its red, green and white travertines and thermal pools of red water due to its iron content.  Then on to Pamukkale to visit the expansive and magnificent ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis that was founded in the 2nd century BC to take advantage of the thermal pools nearby.

Hierapolis sits atop a hill and features an enormous necropolis, baths, theatre, temples, an agora and antique pool.  You will have time to yourself to wander the site before walking down the hill on the sparkling white travertine and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant.

Evening, enjoy dinner in local restaurant and visit Kusadasi by night.

Optional Tours: Entry to Cleopatra’s Pool in Hierapolis

Meal: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Overnight: Hotel in Kusadasi

Day 6

Full day Ephesus Tour

The day starts with a visit to the House of the Virgin Mary that is significant to both Christians and Muslims and currently serves as a chapel. From here, the tour continues to Ephesus – one of the most important harbour cities of the antique world. The ruins are magnificent and highlights include the Celsus Library, Gate of Augustus, the beautifully-decorated terrace houses, a huge amphitheatre and the Temple of Hadrian.

Enjoy lunch at a local Turkish restaurant and afterwards, a trip to Isa Bey Mosque (1375) and the ruins of the Artemis Temple which was one of the Seven Wondders of the World.

Evening transfer from your tour to Izmir Airport and flight to Istanbul. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Day 7

Full day Troy Tour

Today full day tour takes you to the incredible UNESCO-listed site of Troy so that you can discover the dynamic 4000-year history of this incredible city in its various iterations as it was rebuilt each time it was destroyed by fire, war or earthquake.

Afternoon, we continue to visit Trojan Horse, Sacrificial alters, 3700 year old city walls, Houses of Troy I (3000 BC to 2500 BC), Bouleuterium (Senate Building), Odeon, Current excavations and Remains of various cities from Troy I through to Troy IX.

The cost of the tour includes pick up from your hotel, transfer to and from Eceabat, lunch at a local restaurant in Eceabat, ferry fees, site entry fees, English-speaking guide and transfer back to your hotel in Istanbul.

If you require onward travel, we can organise overnight transport by bus to Izmir, Selcuk or Kusadasi instead of returning to Istanbul.

Meal: Lunch Included 

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Day 8

Full day tour of Europe & Asia, Panoramic views from Camlica Hill

After Breakfast, we take a cruise on the Bosphorus Strait, the busy waterway that runs between the Marmara and Black Seas with European Istanbul on one shore and Asian Istanbul on the other.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh air, the sea and the sights as you pass magnificent palaces, mosques, mansions and places of historical note.

After getting off the boat at Eminonu, continue your tour into the historic Egyptian (Spice) Bazaar nearby that is bursting with traditional sweets, coffee and spices, and oozing with appeal.

Then we visit the magnificent stone walls of old Istanbul that date from the 5th century.  This series of walls surrounded the old city, featured 55 gates and 400 towers and is still an integral part of Istanbul.

After lunch, The Dolmabahce Palace was built during the first half of the 19th century as the administrative centre for the Ottoman Empire and home to the sultans and their families.  This enormous palace is set amongst well-kept grounds and unlike earlier buildings of importance in Istanbul, it was built in a blend of Ottoman and classical European styles. The palace is very opulent and heavily decorated with gold, valuable stone (alabaster, marble and porphyry), crystal (including crystal chandeliers and the Crystal Staircase) and beautiful rugs.

Later you will drive over the Bosphorus Bridge to the summit of Camlica Hill which is popular for its magnificent panoramic views and the opportunity to take some great photo.

Meal: Breakfast and Lunch Included

Overnight: Hotel in Istanbul

Day 9

Depart Turkey

At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your homeward flight.

Meal: Breakfast Included

Accommodation:

The accommodation listed above may be subject to change but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. Double-bedded rooms may be requested but are never guaranteed. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed. Hotel locations can be within or outside itinerary cities.

Please note all accommodation is based on the local ratings.

Optional:

Hot Air Balloon Flight Euros 130 per person

Evening – Dinner Show Euros 20 per person

Evening – Whirling Dervishes Euros 15 per person

Atv (Quad byke) Tour Euros 30 per person

All optional tours are payable directly upon booking with our Travel Partner. You will be contacted after submitting your booking form to book any optional tours. Please note, transportation is not included for all optional programs. Travellers will be required to make their own way to the optional program venue. Optional programs are subject to availability, must require a minimum of at least 2 people to run and must be booked at least 2 months prior to departure.

Coach Transportation:

Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Itinerary: Please note, tour itinerary is subject to change without prior notice based upon weather, traffic condition and other unforeseen occurrences.

Single Supplement:

  • Low Season (01 NOV – 10 MAR): $580 per person
  • High Season (11 MAR – 31 OCT): $650 per person
  • Triple Share: Not available
  • Payable direct at the time of booking

Child Price:

Same price as an adult – Minimum age 2 years. Infant price is $450 per person (Need to accompany with 2 Adults) , payable direct to our Travel Partners.

Fine Print:

Travel Advice:

  • For the latest travel advice for your holiday please visit www.smartraveller.gov.au
  • Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip overseas
  • A visa may be required for your destination or any countries you are transiting. It is your responsibility to ensure you obtain a valid visa. Please visit http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/ to assist you with any requirements.

Bedding Configuration:

  • Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability) Please inform us when book the tour.
  • Bookings are non-changeable & non-refundable once your travel dates are confirmed.

Exclusions:

– Visa fees
– Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any speciality restaurants onboard cruise)
– Optional activities/tours
– Personal expenses
– Travel insurance (Strongly Recommended) Delightful Travel provided 30% off with NIB TRAVEL INSURANCE when Purchasing the Tour. Please email through the details and the Team members will email you the quotation.

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