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Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Pick up from the airport (or port) and transfer to your hotel by private car. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 2 - Old City Tour (B,L)

Visit Haghia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (harem not included). Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 3 - Bosphorus & Two Continents Tour (B,L)

Enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Dolmabahce Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 4 - Free day (B)

Free day for wandering the streets of the Old City, getting lost in the Grand Bazaar or taking a leisurely Turkish bath in an historic hamam. Play backgammon and drink tea, or travel into the New City around Istiklal Street to experience Istanbul the way the locals do. Overnight in Istanbul.


Day 5 - Gallipoli Tour (B,L)

Drive (4.5 hours) south to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Hear expert information from a local guide. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum, the intended landing place at Brighton Beach and Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is held each year. Also visit the NZ Memorial at Chunuk Bair, the Australian Memorial at Lone Pine, and the Turkish Memorial as well. Overnight in Canakkale. Note: Enough time is spent in Gallipoli to visit all the sites mentioned above.


Day 6 - Troy & Pergamon Tour (B,L)

Morning drive (1 hour) to the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy and visit. Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon (2 hours drive) on the way. These stunning ruins, beautifully located on a hill top, demonstrate that the architects and sculptors of Pergamon were among the most talented in the Hellenistic world. Final drive to Kusadasi will be 2.5 hours. Overnight in Kusadasi.


Day 7 - Ephesus Tour (B,L)

Visit the ruins of the Temple of Artemis, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Then visit Ephesus Ancient City, the best-preserved Greco-Roman city in the world. Here you will explore the Agora, Odeon, Celsius Library, Hadrian Temple, Roman Baths, Grand Theatre & Marble Street. After a lunch break, visit the House of Virgin Mary, where she is thought to have spent her final years. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.


Day 8 - Pamukkale Tour (B,L,D)

Morning drive (2.5 hours) to Pamukkale, then lunch. In the afternoon, tour the 'Cotton Castle.' Bring swimwear as you may have time to swim in the Antique Pool (extra fee applies.) Also visit the ancient ruins of the City of Hierapolis with its theatre and Necropolis. Overnight in Pamukkale.


Day 9 - Pamukkale to Marmaris to Join Cruise (B,D)

Private car transfer for 3 hours to join your Blue Voyage mini cruise on a wooden gulet. Traditionally used for trawling and sponge fishing, the cruise boat has been refurbished for cruising. It has simple plumbing and small cabins, but ample deck space for sunbathing. Food is freshly prepared on board, and all you need to do is marvel at the blue of the Meditarranean, swim, snooze and snorkel. This is the BEST way to experience the Mediterranean. The boarding starts at 15:30 from Marmaris Harbour. Guests who arrive early may leave their luggage at our office. On the first day, the service starts on the boat with dinner and overnight stay in Marmaris Port. Marmaris which was built upon one of the antique Karian cities called Phyckos, has been under the rule of many different civilizations. The most valuable work of art that you can see today is Marmaris Castle dating from 1577. There is also a mosque and an 8-room caravansary covered with arches from the Ottoman Period. Overnight in Marmaris.


Day 10 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Ekincik Gulf & Dalyan (B,L,D)

After your breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. The cruise will move towards Ekincik Gulf. You may join our optional Dalyan Tour from here. You will be taken from your yacht by a small boat called piyade. You will arrive at Caretta-Caretta (turtle) Beach and take a swimming break here. You will enjoy the natural beauty of the delta as you cruise along the river. You will see the ancient Rock Tombs and finally arrive at mud baths to relax and be rejuvenated. A fishing village called Dalyan will be our final destination after we return to our yacht by piyade boat. Dinner and overnight stay will be in the Gulf of Ekincik.


Day 11 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Adali Bay - Manastir & Tersane (B,L,D)

Because of the wavy seas of Disibilmez and Kurtoglu that we have to cross, we will cruise earlier than the other days and reach the world-famous Fethiye Gulf. We will anchor at Adali Bay for breakfast. For lunch and a swimming break, we will go to Manastir Bay. This place is known as Cleopatra Bay or Sunken Bath Bay due to the beautiful underwater ruins of an old bath. We will anchor at Tersane Island for dinner and overnight stay. This naturally protected harbour was used as the shipyard in Byzantine and Ottoman times.


Day 12 - Marmaris to Fethiye Gulet Cruise - Kizil Island & Fethiye (B,L)

After breakfast, we will cruise to Kizil Island for lunch and a swimming break. Disembark from your cruise late afternoon and take a private car transfer for 2 hours to the gorgeous little harbour town of Kas. Overnight in Kas.


Day 13 - Free Day in Kas (B)

Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike a short section of the Lycian Way? Overnight in Kas.


Day 14 - Kas to Antalya (B)

Free morning in Kas. Explore the local Roman amphitheatre and Lycian tombs. Perhaps even hike another short section of the Lycian Way. Afternoon transfer to Antalya by private car. Overnight in Antalya.


Day 15 - Aspendos, Perge & Side Tour (B,L)

Full Guided tour of the ancient cities around Antalya. In Perge, See the Stadium (seating 12,000), Bath and Colonnaded Street. In Aspendos, you can see the 2nd century AD Roman theatre, seating capacity 15,000. At the pretty site of Side, see the Apollo Temple, ancient ruins and two sandy beaches. Later, visit Kursunlu waterfall. Overnight in Antalya.


Day 16 - Antalya to Cappadocia (B)

Check out of the hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight to Cappadocia (according to your travel date, this maybe via Istanbul as there are direct flights only 3 times a week) and onward transfer to your cave hotel. Overnight in Cappadocia.

* Optional: It is possible to travel to Cappadocia by road, en-route visiting Konya (with a small surcharge). Early morning departure for Konya and visit mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia visiting Caravanserail on the way.


Day 17 - Cappadocia North Tour with Balloon Flight (B,L)

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
Hotel pickup, then a quick snack and safety briefing. Watching the balloon inflate, then you're off! Soaring over fairy chimneys, and dipping low to skim cave dwellings. This may be your favourite part of your Turkey trip - it will certainly be unforgettable. Celebrate a soft landing with a quick drink, and return to your hotel for breakfast around 8.30am.
Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (North). Visit Zelve open air museum, which once housed one of the largest communities in the region. Visit Devrent Valley to see the unique fairy-chimneys. Drive to Pasabag (Monks Valley) to see the most interesting mushroom-shaped pinnacles. Visit Goreme Open-Air Museum and the natural Castle at Uchisar. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

* Optional: Wonderful Turkish night show with dinner in a cave setting. 85 Euros per person extra.


Day 18 - Cappadocia South Tour - Istanbul (B,L)

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South)
Visit Derinkuyu Underground City and the beautiful Valley of Ihlara, formerly known as Peristerema. Explore the famous rock-hewn churches and hike 4 km through the valley. On the way back, visit monasteries in Selime Village and a 13th century Caravansaray on the Silk Road. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.


Day 19 - Istanbul - End (B)

Pick up from the hotel according to your flight schedule and transfer to the airport.


Legend : B : Breakfast, L : Lunch, D : Dinner,
You can customize this trip with additional days! Slow the pace with rest days in locations of your choice, or add additional sightseeing days along the route.

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Tour Details

This tour is for discerning travelers with some time. The tour hits the highlights, including 3 night Med cruise on wooden sailboat, a stay in the gorgeous town of Kas and plenty of time in Cappadocia.
This is one of our own, tailored itineraries - so you get all the convenience of a small group tour.

Daily Guaranteed Departure! (Available between 26 April & 30 October). You can amend this itinerary as you wish.

Number of participants is usually limited to 18 passengers. Having said this, we almost always upgrade the Old City tours to a private private tour, given the importance of sites. We have about 12 people limit for Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia tours. Note that we mainly use Merdeces Sprinter or similar tour buses with our tours in Turkey, we never use public buses. Also, all airport transfers are organised in private vehicles.

- Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia
- High quality, boutique hotels
- Several private inter-city transfers with Mercedes or similar vehicle and own driver
- Domestic flights to save time and avoid long bus trips
- Plenty of time in Cappadocia so you're not rushed
- This tour is also available on private basis

- All accommodation as per itinerary
- Professional English speaking guide on day tours
- Full day guided tours
- All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
- All transportation & transfers
- All meals mentioned in the itinerary
- All museum and entrance fees
- Gulet cruise as per the itinerary
- Hot air balloon in Cappadocia
- Wifi available at all our hotels
- Compulsory insurance by Turkish tourism ministry. This insurance covers you for all of the services bought from us, in case of bankruptcy, insolvency or the liquidation of our agency

- International airfares & taxes
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses
- Optional gratuities to guide and driver
- Visa fee

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Antalya Mediterra Art Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Canakkale Truva Hotel or similar 4 Star Hotel Detail
Cappadocia Stone House Cave Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Istanbul Dosso Dossi Hotel or similar Special Class Boutique Hotel Detail
Kas Gardenia Boutique Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Kusadasi Carina Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

Lynda and Keith Hartnett

Dear Liz, 

Our Grand Tour of Turkey with Turkey Travel Centre was an amazing experience, one we will treasure forever. 

The Itinerary was fabulous and so varied. What a range of experiences and sights to take in! The system of drivers, guides and transfers never ceased to amaze us, as it ran just like clockwork. The only two occasions we got a little confused were at the drop off point in Marmaris for our Gulet Cruise and also when being picked up in Fetihye
after the Cruise. On both occasions helpful local people were only too happy to call Enver for us and all was sorted in no time. The misunderstanding was on our part both times.

The tours were all informative and well conducted and we found all our guides and drivers to be most professional. We felt in safe hands at all times and were able to just sit back, relax and enjoy it all. 

We were very satisfied with the quality of our Boutique Hotels and all the staff were welcoming and helpful. Everything was clean, comfortable and organised and the locations of the Hotels was always convenient to access by walking, restaurants, shops, sites to visit etc.

The Turkish people are delightful and always polite and friendly. They can't do enough for vistors to their country. Australians could learn a lot about Tourism and how to treat overseas visitors from your Company and the Turkish People. There is so much more to Turkey than we ever imagined. 

Thanks again Liz to you and your Company for organizing such a memorable holiday for us. We will not hesitate to recommend Turkey Travel Centre to anyone we meet who wishes to travel to the amazing destination of Turkey.

Naida P.

"Our time in Turkey was amazing, and much of the credit for that goes to TTC for their professionalism and extraordinary organizational skills. Answers to our questions before the trip were prompt and informative The boutique hotels we stayed in were lovely and always within a short walk of the areas we wanted to visit. We were not part of a group so very much appreciated all of the wonderful people who showed up to transfer us from place to place and provide us with valuable information. Turkey is a fascinating, vibrant country and I would return in a heartbeat. For assistance in planning another trip, I would contact Turkey Travel Centre again just as quickly."

Gordon H.

We thoroughly enjoyed our trip. All connections worked well and the hotels were ideal and well located. We would certainly recommend Turkey Travel Centre to anyone thinking of doing a similar trip. Please also pass on out thanks to Enver.

G. Whitton

Just returned home after our three week trip to Turkey arranged by TTC. I thought you would like to hear my thoughts. 

It was wonderful holiday and adventure, made even more enjoyable by your thorough and detailed travel arrangements. The choice of accommodation was excellent, the Sokullu Pasa staff were especially friendly and always willing to assist and offer suggestions. The guides were knowledgeable and easily understood. How excellent is TJ at Gallipoli. I doubt there is anyone who knows more - and what a sense of humour - very Australian.

We were very fortunate to have private tours with Mehmet and Gul. They made us feel very welcome, were knowledgeable, easily understood and gave Carolyn and I a valuable insight into Turkish culture and customs in addition to the places we visited. 

We modified a standard group tour and there were several private transfers. All occurred on-time and without a hitch.

Overall, an excellent rating for Turkey Travel Centre. From the guaranteed 24 hr e-mail turnaround, the choice of hotels and the clock-work running of arrangements, Carolyn and I were very impressed. We did not need to use the emergency contact number during our three week trip. 

We will, without hesitation, recommend Turkey Travel Centre to our friends and I know one should be contacting you shortly.

Cheers all round for Turkey Travel Centre.

Regards

Blogs

Why Everyone Should Visit Kas – My Memories

Kaş is one of the smaller resorts of the Mediterranean coastline but in my opinion, it is the most appealing.

While touring the southwest coast, I had scheduled to stay two nights in the town. After the first day, I extended my stay by another three nights and only left because of prearranged commitments.

Please do not take this statement as criticism of the surrounding resorts of Kalkan or Patara because each has their own qualities. However, I felt a stronger connection with Kaş and was left with some unfailing memories.

Despite becoming a popular destination in Turkey, it has not suffered from the trappings and greed of mass tourism. Neither have the local expats inflicted their typical western ways into daily life.

Kaş has moved with the times but still pays homage to its roots as a traditional Turkish fishing village.

My memories of Kas are simple yet pleasing

I remember exploring the small cobbled streets of the old town. Pink bougainvillea sprawled over the walls of the white washed houses.

Before 1923, there was a large Greek population in the town and every so often, I spotted evidence of their presence in the architecture of brown, wooden balconies and window shutters.

Houses, buildings, and streets are built around the old Lycian tombs and Hellenistic theatre, preserving them as timely reminders for past civilizations that occupied the area.

Every day, I watched the sunset from the roof terrace of my hotel. It was not vibrant orange like the sunsets on the Aegean coast, yet it was beautiful.

A shadow slowly covered the blue skies while allowing white rays of the sun to shine through the clouds and reflect on the water.

It was a calming mixture of subtle and mute colours that is now one of my favourite photographs.

The local café near the harbor won my repeat custom by serving the most delicious ice-cold coffee frappes.

I read my book while sitting in the shade on Turkish style cushions and ordered one after another, devouring their taste. Since then, no establishment I have visited has ever matched the lingering taste of those ice-cold coffees.

The evening time was a chance to indulge my culinary preferences by ordering a huge plate of juicy fresh shrimp cooked in garlic. I sent my plate back empty and clean because I had wiped up the delicious juices with fresh bread.

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Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

There is no doubt that the landscape of Cappadocia is unique. Cave houses and hotels dotted among the lunar rock formations have made it a top holiday destination in Turkey.

To fully explore the region on foot would take months. There are many valleys as well as separate towns and outdoor attractions such as the Goreme Open air museum. Indeed, the best way to see Cappadocia is from the air.

Hot Air Balloon Rides over Cappadocia

The balloons are the biggest attraction of Cappadocia. I remember my previous visits to the region when I would wake up early in the morning and sit on the balcony with a cup of coffee.

From there, I could see more than thirty hot air balloons floating across the horizon just as the sun was starting to rise. I could hear the rush of hot air flowing into the balloons and see miniature figures in the basket. One morning, someone even waved at me and shouted hello.

The scene is really quite unreal. Just as the sky starts to get rid of the darkness of the night, the hot air balloons come into sight with their colorful balloons and brown wicker baskets.

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What is the best time of year to visit Turkey?

Istanbul is a city operating all year round so any-time is good to visit. If you like sunshine, come between April to October as winter in Istanbul can be cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall.

The tourism season on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts run from May to October but tourist sites like Ephesus are open all year round. Gulet cruises are more enjoyable when refined to the months of June to September.

Cappadocia is also a region operating all year round, although in the wintertime, snowfall is usual. The snow does provide a pretty landscape view and the hot air balloons rides will still operate as long as weather conditions are advisable.

If you travel between the months of December to March, bring an umbrella as this is when the country receives the most amount of rain.

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The Ancient Roman Ruins of Ephesus

The extensive work of historians and archaeologists over many centuries has given current generations, some impressive landmarks across the world. On the Aegean Coast of Turkey, near the popular coastal resort of Kusadasi, sits one of them.

It still portrays magnificence. It still leaves people speechless. It still shows evidence of the forward thinking, intelligence, and confidence of the former Roman Empire. Called Ephesus, it should be on everyone’s bucket list, whether you have a passion for history or not.

Visiting Ephesus

The city had a long Greek history but it was under Roman rule that it excelled. The Romans had absorbed many traditions, cultural aspects, and philosophical ideas from ancient Greece and as visitors walk around the structures that have been excavated and reconstructed, it is easy to see how Romans lived their lives, from the water aqueducts, terraced houses, and public latrines, use by the rich and influential citizens of society.

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Ataturk’s Speech about Gallipoli: The Greatest in Turkish History

Many famous leaders in history are remembered for their speeches and not just their accomplishments. These include Martin Luthor King whose speech I have a dream” was seen as a turning point in the struggle for equality of black Americans.

Winston Churchill was steadfast in the determination of his soldiers and told them “We will fight on the beaches”  and of course, Julius Caesar shouted the famous sentence “Veni, Vidi, Vici” which translates into “I came, I saw, I conquered”.

When thinking about Turkish history, the most widely spoken about man is Mustafa Kemal Ataturk who is known for leading the Turkish war of independence, which led to the formation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.

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Departure Date

No departures on Mondays. We hold the right the swap the days in your itinerary to suit the Gulet cruise mentioned in the itinerary. 

Start Date Finish Date Day / Days / Every Day  
16.05.2017 29.09.2017 Every Day Enquire Or Book

Price List

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
27.04.2017 16.10.2017 4,896.93 AUD 3,875.87 AUD 3,736.95 AUD Enquire Or Book

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