TURKEY DISCOVERY – 16 DAYS
Departing Istanbul 13th of September 2021

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Turkey sits at the crossroads of history with cultural connections dating through the Greek, Roman, Persian, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. On this Byroads Turkey tour explore the major highlights as well as lesser-known ones that others often miss.

 

Beyond the popular sites along the Aegean coast there is also much to see and do in Turkey’s hinterland. This tour takes in three well-known highlights: Istanbul, ancient Ephesus and Cappadocia – and in each place we offer more than the normal sightseeing fare. In addition, there is a special focus on the region that lies between northern Anatolia and the Black Sea, which boasts many wonderful Ottoman era towns and villages.

 

We spend four wonderful nights in Istanbul allowing plenty of time to see all the best sites before flying south to Izmir and to the amazing Greco-Roman ruins at Ephesus, staying in our boutique hotel in the lovely village of Sirinci. Nearby are the world heritage sites of Pamukkale, known for its white mineral terraces and rich thermal waters and the well-preserved ruins of Hierapolis.

 

Further on we visit the capital of Ankara before arriving in the province of Karabuk. The region boasts some of the most perfectly preserved Ottoman towns in Turkey. Of all the typical Ottoman villages that remain in Turkey, World Heritage-listed Safranbolu is acknowledged as the jewel in the crown; a picture-postcard town that established an architectural standard that flowed over a large area of the Ottoman Empire. Arriving on the Black Sea coast at Samsun we enjoy a local fish lunch and a boat ride through the spectacular Sahinkaya Canyon.

 

Further south is Amasya, a charming place where half-timbered houses jostle along the riverbank, back-dropped by Pontic tombs built in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC. Continuing our travels we stop at another World Heritage site: the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusa, dramatically positioned high above the Bodakozu River Valley.

 

Finally we arrive at Goreme in Cappadocia, an ancient town literally carved into the volcanic rock. Here we stay in a lovely cave-style hotel and spend two full days exploring some of the more curious sights in this extraordinary region. We then fly from nearby Kayseri back to Istanbul where, after an afternoon spent exploring the lovely waterways of the Bosphorus by local ferry, our trip comes to an end. Additional accommodation and a full day excursion to Gallipoli are available on request.

 

Tour Highlights

  Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque   Yoruk Koyu Village
  Hippodrome & Topkapi Palace   Samsun & the Black Sea
  Istanbul Basilica Cistern   Sahinkaya Canyon
  Islamic & Turkish Art Museum   Historic Amasya
•  Istanbul Grand & Egypt Bazaars   Hattusha Hittite Site
  Rustem Pasha Mosque   Goreme Open Air Museum
  Galata Tower & Pera Museum   Cavusin & the Zelve Valley
  Bosphorus Ferry Cruise   Kaymakli Underground City
  Ancient Ephesus   Cappadocia Family Dinner
  Pamukkale Springs & Hierapolis   Uchisar Castle
  Ankara  Mausoleum of Attaturk   Anatolian Cave Hotel
  Safranbolu Village   Optional Balloon Ride
Blue Mosque Turkey Tour

DAY 1 Istanbul, DAYS 2 & 3 Istanbul, DAY 4 Ephesus, DAY 5 Pamukkale, DAY 6 Ankara, DAY 7 & 8 Safranbolu & Yoruk Koyu, DAY 9 Samsun & Sahinkaya Canyon, DAY 10 & 11 Amasya, DAY 12 Hattusa & Goreme, DAY 13 & 14  Cappadocia, DAY 15 Fly to Istanbul, DAY 16 – End Istanbul.

Cost: EUR 4495*

Single Supplement: EUR 1295*

Full Day Gallipoli Tour: EUR 120*

* Paid in Australian dollars calculated on the due date using the bank buying rate for Euros cash.

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