“The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands.”

Sir Richard Burton

Turkey, 13 Days 

January 2020

$4,420


Standard occupancy 2 persons, inclusive

Discover the magic and decadence of the desert as we journey from the city to the Sahara, experiencing traditional culture and an extraordinary camel trekking journey. This is an exciting cross-culture collaborative adventure for every kind of traveller.

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Day 1 | Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to the hotel for rest and shower. Overnight Istanbul.

 

Day 2 | We take a flight across Turkey

We take flight across Turkey from Istanbul direct to Cappadocia. The region is famous for volcanic formations called ''fairy chimneys'', underground cities, beautiful cave churches as well as unique carpets, pottery and hot air balloon flights. For the first day in Cappadocia, we start with Devrent Valley ( the Camel Valley) then proceed to Pasabagi Valley (the Monks Valley) and our last stop will be Zelve a world heritage listed wonderland with occupation dating back to the 9th century.  See some of the most striking fairy chimneys in Cappadocia with twin and even triple rock caps. Overnight in Cappadocia. Bactrian camels are found in Cappadocia, we will be stopping as we sight them to take pictures and ride (optional). Cappadocia is also famous for its unique carpets. We visit local establishments called ''co-ops'' where in total, throughout the region, more than three thousand women are employed. Women are given the looms and materials to weave with. Working at home in different villages on individual projects, examples of their beautifully hand-woven rugs are sold in the co-ops once completed.

 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

 

Day 3 | Cappadocia

We start the day with a balloon flight over Cappadocia's unique landscape before an in-depth on-the-ground tour. Meet your guide at the hotel lobby and proceed to Rose Valley for a hiking tour (optional and weather permitting). After visiting Uchisar Castle, we visit Kaymakli Underground City, dug as early as Hittite times and expanded over the centuries as various armies plundered the area in search of loot. Before The Roman Empire accepted Christianity as the official religion, early Christians took shelter in these underground cities to avoid Pagan persecutors. After lunch we continue on to the Goreme open-air museum. It contains the finest rock-cut church with beautiful frescoes (wall paintings) whose colours still retain all their original freshness. Proceed to Avanos and Anatolia, famous for pottery and tile production in local workshops carved into the sides of caves.These interesting rural places teach visitors the processes of ancient production. Volkan and Karen be your guides as to where shopping is good quality and price; they recommend these local places in Cappadocia. The evening show is stunning with sufi whirling Dervishes in action. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 4 | Cappadocia / Konya

Drive along the green Ihlara Valley on the way to Konya the city of whirling dervishes with a short stop at Sultanhan caravanserai. Upon arrival in Konya we have a visit to the Mausoleum of Mevlana, the world-wide famous mystic figure, also known as Rumi. Proceed to İnce Minare Medrese which is used as woodwork and stonework museum. Overnight in Konya.

 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

 

Day 5 | Konya / Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale. Tour the ruins of Hierapolis including the magnificently preserved cemetery "Necropolis", the Main Street and Gates, the Thermal Baths, the Roman Theatre and the terraces. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 6 & 7 | The Camel Festivali - Selcuk

At the beginning of every year, the two day Bactrian Camel Festivali of Selcuk begins on the Aegean coast of Turkey. It is a spectacular of crowds, music, foods and often hundreds of proudly decorated Bactrians. The camels walk into city center accompanied by drummers and much festivity. There are many tents with camel owners selling wares representing the festivali. A beauty contest for the cutest female camel is also held on the same day. Lively festivities continue till late at night and into a full second day. These festivals have existed for over 2400 years and every year more tourists are visiting as they get to learn of this unique tradition. An unforgettable experience. Overnight Selcuk.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

Day 8 | Pamukkale / Ephesus/Kusadasi (or Selçuk)

Start Driving to Ephesus area with Ephesus Antique City, one of the most popular ancient sites of Turkey with many acres of carefully excavated ruins; Virgin Mary’s House, where St. Mary is supposed to have spent her last years together with St. John. Final stop is temple of Artemis. Overnight in Kusadasi (or Selcuk).

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 9 | Pergamon / Troy

Early departure for Pergamum, the capital of the Kingdom of Pergamum during the Hellenistic period and one of the Seven Churches addressed in Revelation. In Pergamum, visit the Acropolis, Library of Pergamum, theatre and some other ruins. After lunch continue on to Troy, which is best known for being the focus of the Trojan War described in the Greek Epic Cycle and especially in Homer's Iliad. Then drive to Canakkale for overnight. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 10 | Gallipoli / Istanbul

After breakfast sail to the other side of Dardanelles by ferryboat and drive to Istanbul with visit to Gallipoli, where the famous Gallipoli Campaign took place during World War I. Visit Kabatepe Museum, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, ANZAC Cove, Ariburnu Cemetery, ANZAC Commemoration Site, Lone Pine Australian Memorial, Johnston’s Jolly (Turkish & Allied trenches and tunnels) The Nek, Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial. After the visit we proceed to Istanbul and transfer to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul and feast!

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 11 | Full Day Istanbul Tour I

First visit Hagia Sophia, a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque and museum. See spectacular mosaics which depict the Virgin Mother, Jesus, Saints, Byzantine Emperors and Empresses and Biblical scenes. Continue the tour with Sultan Ahmet Mosque, the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman mosque and Byzantine church development. Visit Hippodrome of Constantinople, once the sporting and social centre of Constantinople. The Hippodrome is full of monuments, the most well-known being Serpent Column, Obelisk of Theodosius, Walled Obelisk and the German Fountain. Then visit Grand Bazaar, one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the World, well-known for its jewellery hand-painted ceramics, carpets, embroideries, spices and antique shops. After lunch visit Topkapi Palace, the official and primary residence in the city of the Ottoman sultans for approximately 400 years. The Palace is also home to the most holy relics of the Muslim world such as the Prophet Mohammed’s cloak and sword. Drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 12 | Full Day Istanbul Tour II

Before embarking on the boat visit the Spice Bazaar (or Egyptian Bazaar), the second largest covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. Filled with spices, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, lokum (Turkish delight) and other edibles. The Spice Bazaar has a smell and fragrance of the exotic East. Then embark on a ferryboat for an excursion on the Bosphorus. Enjoy viewing Ottoman palaces, citadels, centuries-old mansions beside the new faces of Istanbul on the European and Asian shorelines at the same time. After lunch at a popular fish restaurant on the Galata Bridge, we will visit the Underground City and our last stop will be Galata Tower. 

Meals Included: B, L, D

Accommodation: ___

 

Day 13: Departure

Tour Inclusions:

  • Airport Pick up/Drop off

  • All accommodation (standard double occupancy)

  • All guides

  • All private drivers and ground transport

  • All monument fees

  • All breakfasts and dinners

  • Entrance to the Camel Festival

  • Camel tour in Cappadocia

  • All meals on camel trekking days

  • Evening entertainment

Tour Exclusions:

  • International fights to/from Istanbul 

  • Personal expenses (e.g. laundry, telephone bills, etc)

  • Personal purchases

  • Personal health/travel insurance

  • Meals and drinks outside tour itinerary

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Lunches on non-trekking days

  • Tips for drivers and tour guides. If you enjoyed your experience, let our Moroccan team know at the end of the trip!

What to Know About This Trip:

Who Is Travelling with Us?

This tour's ground crew will include...

Karen
Volkan

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