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2017 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL

- Book and Pay in full by 31 January 2017 and second person will receive 50% off or 3rd person free if there are 2 full paying in same room.

- Book and Pay in full by 31 March 2017 and get US$400 reduction per couple.


Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Istanbul

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Welcome briefing will be held.


Day 2 - Old City Tour (B,D)

Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence
of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453–1852 (excluding harem). Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the center of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Next see St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an
optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.


Day 3 - Gallipoli Tour (B,D)

In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair, then cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight.


Day 4 - Troy & Pergamon Tour (B,L,D)

Visit Troy with its famous wooden horse, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Before arriving into Asclepion, enjoy lunch with locals in a traditional local village. Then continue to Pergamum to visit the ancient Medical Center in Asclepion and continue to Izmir for overnight.


Day 5 - Ephesus Tour (B)

Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural center of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theater, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone
cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production center to have a firsthand experience of this unique art form.


Day 6 - Pamukkale Tour (B,D)

Drive through lush valleys to Pamukkale, the Cotton Fortress, with white lime cascades formed by hot mineral springs. Visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and enjoy a swim in your hotel’s thermal pool.


Day 7 - Pamukkale to Bodrum (B)

After breakfast visit ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis and later drive to Bodrum to visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000s. Overnight in Bodrum.


Day 8 - Bodrum to Fethiye (B,D)

After breakfast, late morning departure to foundations of the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Afterwards, depart to Fethiye. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Fethiye.


Day 9 - Fethiye - Myra - Antalya (B,D)

After breakfast depart for Antalya, en route visit famous Church of St. Nicholas (Santa Claus) in Demre and ancient sight of Myra, then continue to Antalya for dinner and overnight.


Day 10 - Aspendos & Perge Tour (B,D)

This morning visit Perge and Aspendos afternoon is free for personal activities. Dinner at local restaurant.


Day 11 - Antalya to Cappadocia (B,D)

Early morning departure for Konya visit mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Afterwards departure to Cappadocia on the way visit 13th century Caravansaray and later visit underground city of Saratli. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.


Day 12 - Cappadocia North Tour (B,D)

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia (OPTIONAL)
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.Experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise.
After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop. Dinner at a
special local restaurant. Join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance.


Day 13 - Cappadocia to Ankara (B,D)

Early morning departure to the capital city of Ankara through the salt lake area, Enjoy an afternoon tour Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai, holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old, including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Dinner and overnight at Ankara.


Day 14 - Ankara to Istanbul (B,D)

After breakfast depart for Istanbul. In the afternoon join an optional half-day Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighborhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafes. Finish your last minute shopping at the Spice Market filled with the fragrance of the exotic east. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner.


Day 15 - 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,

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Tour Details

- Topkapi Palace and St. Sophia Basilica
- Grand Bazaar, world’s largest and oldest covered market
- Anzac Cove at Gallipoli
- Ancient city of Troy
- Ephesus and House of Virgin Mary
- Pamukkale the Cotton Fortress
- St. Peter’s Castle and Underwater Museum
- Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, one of Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Aspendos
- Saratli, an ancient secret underground city
- Open Air Museum of Goreme, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Museum of Anatolian Civilizations in Ankara

- Small group size max 22 people
- Historical and boutique hotels
- Fully escorted tour
- Lunch with locals
- Special dinners at restaurants

- First Class hotels with private facilities
- Meals are indicated on itineraries by B breakfast, L lunch, D dinner
- Licensed guides throughout Turkey
- Private air-conditioned transportation
- Luggage handling
- Local taxes and service charges
- Arrival/departure transfers: only on arrival and departure days.

- Personal expenses
- Optional tours
- Customary tips to guide and drivers
- Pre or post stay transfers are not included.

Hotels

Destination Hotel Name Type Detail
Ankara Hilton Hotel 5 Star Detail
Antalya Puding Marina Hotel or similar Boutique Hotel Detail
Canakkale Kolin Hotel or similar 5 Star Hotel Detail
Cappadocia CCR Cave Resort Special Class Detail
Istanbul W Hotel Istanbul Special Class Detail
Izmir Swissotel Grand Efes 5 star Detail
Marmaris Fantasia Hotel 4 Star Detail
Pamukkale Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar 5 Star Boutique Hotel Detail

Reviews

Ian and Margie

Being Australians, we wanted to take the opportunity to spend some time at Gallipoli, whilst on our way to Europe. After some research on the internet, I chose Turkey Travel Centre, because it seemed to be the best one to suit our needs. I am so glad we had our time in Turkey organised by TTC. TTC was quite flexible in making suggestions and changes to our itinerary as we developed what we felt we would like to do in the week we had available. Our trip was everything we wanted.

All our tour guides were excellent, knowledgeable and quite understanding our needs. In particular I need to mention Mehmet (Istanbul) and Erdem (Gallipoli). Spending the couple of days with each of these guides made the whole trip worthwhile; we came away knowing so much more about Turkey and it people, history and culture. Our accommodation in Istanbul, Sokullu Pasa Hotel, was a pleasure. The staff could not have been more supportive and understanding. The rooms were most comfortable. Our other accommodation on our trip were as good as the Sokullu Pasa. 

We enjoyed ourselves so much, we will return to see more of this beautiful country and we will again use Turkey Travel Centre.

Claire Thorn

Dear Michael, 

Well, we are now home from our travels and want to thank you and all who were involved with putting our wonderful holiday together. From the moment we landed in Turkey, everything ran so smoothly. Each one of the guides assigned to us was firstly, very knowledgable, but they were also good humoured, entertaining and interesting people. We would particularly like to acknowledge Gonul Cebeci in Cappadocia. This young woman was most enjoyable, sharing her love of her country to a very mixed group. 

I would also like to say we enjoyed the mixture of travelling companions grouped with us. Each leg of our holiday we met a new group, stayed with them just long enough to make some friendships that will continue and then moved on.

Your selected accommodation was for us was just perfect. Every hotel offered something unique and satisfied our needs perfectly. Location and comfort were number one. We wish we had spent more time in some, but we were always out walking, looking at each town. Special thanks to the staff in Fethiye. They upgraded us to one of the suites, (I gave a little squeal when I saw its opulence). I'm not sure if this was your doing, but we loved it. Probably our favourite parts of the holiday were the Gulet trip and our brief stay in Kas. When we come back, and we will in the couple years, we would like return to Kas and stay a while longer. 

In the next couple days of days I plan to write a number of recommendations on Trip Advisor. All of them will be positive. Thank you again for the flexibility you showed in providing us with holiday that we wanted.

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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Top Things to Do in Cappadocia

The Cappadocia region is full of intrigue, mystery and historical richness. Cave hotels, underground cities and ancient churches should be on everyone’s agenda when they visit the region. The ideal amount of time to spend in the area is at least two days and this will allow you to explore all the highlights at a leisurely pace. Below are our suggestions of what to do.

There are many valleys within the Cappadocia region but Ihlara valley is the most well-known out of them all. It is in the Aksaray province and is 14km long. Formed by earthquakes thousands of years ago, a river flows through the middle and cave churches are hidden inside the valley walls. It is possible to walk just a section of it if you are not enthusiastic about the whole trek.

Goreme open air museum is a world heritage UNESCO site. Most of the cave churches date back to the 11th century and the dark church has intricate frescoes that are considered to be a perfect example of late Byzantine art. Just two hours is needed to explore this museum and it is worthwhile to go with a guide to learn about the historical importance of the nunneries and monasteries that you will see.

A hot air balloon trip is highly recommended. Every morning at sunrise, up to twenty balloons rise into the skies to drift over Goreme and the Cappadocia valleys. This activity is highly popular so it is advised to pre book your space in advance.

It is estimated that there are hundreds of underground cities in Cappadocia but Derinkuyu underground city is the most popular. Used by locals at times of invasion, they enabled whole communities to protect themselves and their livestock. The pure size, network and structure meant communities could live underground for up to three months at a time.

Uchisar castle is the highest point in the region and one of the best examples of how locals in the past made buildings, homes, caves and churches out of rock. The castle just takes one hour to explore and a must see sight is the 360 degree panoramic view that it gives over the whole Cappadocia region.

Pottery demonstrations in Avanos are fun and a challenge to find out if you have the inspiration to create a master piece. This area is well known throughout the whole of Turkey for the pottery pieces that they produce using clay from the nearby red river. If you don’t want to participate, you can also watch a master craftsman at work and buy some unique holiday souvenirs.

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20.04.2017 04.05.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
04.05.2017 18.05.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
18.05.2017 01.06.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
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15.06.2017 29.06.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
29.06.2017 13.07.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
24.08.2017 07.09.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
07.09.2017 21.09.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
21.09.2017 05.10.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
05.10.2017 19.10.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book
19.10.2017 02.11.2017 15 Days Enquire Or Book

Price List

Start Finish Single Double/Twin PP Triple PP  
19.04.2017 20.10.2017 3,620.94 AUD 2,622.58 AUD 2,607.68 AUD Enquire Or Book

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