Highlights

Visit the historical Gallipoli peninsula and more on this 11 day organized tour. Be wowed at the lunar landscape and cave churches of Cappadocia. Enjoy the natural spa waters of the white cotton castle called Pamukkale and enjoy touring the ancient Roman ruins of Ephesus. 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 11
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Booking Fees

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

Pick up from your hotel & visit Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace (Harem not included). Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & enjoy the Bosphorus by Boat. Visit the Spice Bazaar, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorus Bridge and Camlica Hill. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & 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.

  • Destination: Gallipoli
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & morning tour of the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy (1 hour drive from Canakkale). Lunch break. In the afternoon, drive to Kusadasi, stopping at the beautiful ruins of Pergamon on the way (2 hours drive). 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.

  • Destination: Pergamon & Troy
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & 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.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & 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. After the tour, transfer to Kusadasi. Overnight in Kusadasi.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L

Pick up from your hotel & transfer to the airport for your flight Cappadocia (maybe via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

05:00 Hot air balloon flight over Cappadocia (Optional Extra - please contact us for price) 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) Pick up from your hotel & tour start from Devrent Valley (Imagination Valley), spectacular fairy chimneys and beautiful and scapes. After Devrent valley, we will visit Pasabag (known as Monk valley) where we will see double and triple headed rock formations. Lunch at Avanos, famous for pottery and Redriver (Kızılırmak). After lunch, you will visit Goreme open air museum which is in the heart of Cappadocia. Open air museum famous for wall painting, dates back to 10th century describing the life of Jesus Christ and monks. The last stop will be the Uchisar castle, natural and one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of the region. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Full Day Cappadocia Tour - (South) Pick up from your hotel & tour starts with Red valley. Explore the famous rock-cut churches and hike through the colourful and breath taking fairy chimneys. After 4 kms hiking, you will visit Cavusin (Greek village), famous for rock cut churches. After lunch, you will visit the one of the magical places of the region, the largest underground city of Cappadocia. After the underground city, you will visit the pigeon valley famous for dovecotes. The last stop is Ortahisar castle, one of the biggest mass fairy chimney of Cappadocia. After the tour, transfer to airport for your flight back to Istanbul. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B


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.

Tour Map

Tour Details

  • In Brief

    Small Group Tour (8 to 12 with a maximum of 16). Due to popular request! This tour has the no-nonsense efficiency of our Best of Turkey tour, but includes Gallipoli and Troy as well.

  • Special Features

    Great for Australians and Kiwis. We can add days or tailor this one to your preference. Great boutique hotels. This tour is also available on private basis.

  • What's Included

    - All accommodation as per the itinerary
    - Professional English speaking guide on tours
    - All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
    - All transportation & transfers
    - All meals mentioned in the itinerary
    - All museum and entrance fees where necessary
    - All Local taxes
    - Wifi available at all our hotels

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfares
    - Drinks with meals
    - Optional Hot Air Balloon Flight (time and availability to be confirmed at the time of booking)
    - Travel Insurance, visas or passports
    - Tips & Personal Expenses

Hotels

Departure Date

Not available for departure through Anzac Day.

  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2024
    Finish Date: 31.12.2024
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2025
    Finish Date: 31.12.2025
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List


Early Bird Special - 5% Discount for 2025 Bookings (New Bookings Only)


  • Start
    Finish
    Single
    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2024
    Finish: 31.12.2024
    Single: 4,980 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 3,997 AUD
    Triple PP: 3,831 AUD
  • Start: 01.01.2025
    Finish: 31.12.2025
    Single: 5,455 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 4,414 AUD
    Triple PP: 4,164 AUD

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Reviews

Lachlan Marks

Chatsbury Australia

To Michael and Makbule. I thank you for our most wonderful trip to Turkey, it provided us a great insight into the people of Turkey, the regions, the culture and the rich history. The accommodation, transfers, guides and tours were excellent along with the coordination and communication of the same by Makbule on a daily basis. We had no issues at all during the whole trip. This was one of the most memorable trips we have had and would recommend to anyone. Thanks to the team at the Travel Turkey Centre.

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Jane B

Sydney, Australia

Wow an amazing time for my dad Brian, my aunty Judy and my uncle Gerry had in Turkey. Everything went perfectly for them. They toughly enjoyed the whole trip. The hotels where excellent and the day tours and all the transfers. Thank you so much for everything. They loved Turkey. I will be booking with Turkey travel Centre again, thanks Michael you were great too at all the bookings. 

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David Quirk

Australia

We travelled in Türkiye on tour arranged and coordinated by the Turkish Travel Centre. The trip was fantastic and without a single problem. The accommodation was of a very high standard and each hotel well situated for safety and site seeing in the city or town, the food provided was just superb. Each component of the trip was expertly coordinated by Makbule, who made contact every day to update and advise the details of the coming day and travel arrangements, we had complete trust in her to get us around safely. The drivers were excellent hospitable and friendly, vehicles were modern and of high standard. The road, marine and air travel was seamlessly integrated and every transfer was on time and as described and planned. The day tours were managed and led by expert guides who made the experiences so memorable and enjoyable. A wonderful holiday in a land of intrigue and beautiful people. Thoroughly recommend the Turkish Travel Centre to coordinate and arrange your trip to Turkiye and thanks Makbule for our great trip.

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Milton C.

Australia

Just to let you know that we arrived back home this morning from Turkey via Dubai. Our Gallipoli Plus tour was wonderful and Turkey is such a historic country!! Makbule in Istanbul helped us coordinate all necessary transfers…she was very communicative and advised us almost daily about our tour details. Tour guides were also very knowledgeable and each tour day was well organised. Accommodation was very comfortable and the included meals provided us with an enormous variety of the excellent Turkish cuisine. Thanks again and regards

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M Rodriguez

USA

I want to take the time on behalf of all my family traveling, to thank you and commend you for your excellent service! Every detail, every follow up, every quick response to our doubts or itinerary changes. Makbule, you made our vacation go extremely effortless. We loved the hotels, the tour busses were comfortable, the guides very informative. It was a shame we didn’t get to meet you personally. Thank you once again. And Michael; thank you as well for your prompt responses to all my emails and requests. I wish you much success! Best regards, M. Rodríguez

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Julia Parsons

United States

This was the best trip my family has ever taken! Amazing communication from Michael before the trip and Makbule while in Turkey, and they made us feel very comfortable traveling with our 5 and 8 year old girls. I want to recommend the Lycian Way tour in particular to families. It had the perfect balance of seeing amazing sights and learning historical facts while also having plenty of downtime at the beach and in the sea. It really made it the perfect holiday. The Turkish people loved our children and were so, so kind to them, from tour guides to hotel workers to random shops keepers. I loved that we were able to add the hot air balloon in Pamukkale and also enjoy a cruise day trip. I will be recommending this your company in particular to all of our friends back in America.

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A Tour of Cappadocia and Pamukkale

Turkey has some of the best natural wonders of the world. Two of them are the fairy chimneys of the Cappadocian landscape and the white calcium pools of Pamukkale.

Both are gorgeous sites that should be seen at least once in a lifetime. They defy belief and certainly make a holiday more interesting than your average beach package tour. Let’s take a look at what makes them so special.

Touring Cappadocia and Pamukkale

Cappadocia is the land of the Hittites with heritage steeped in history and culture of people who made their homes from caves. Also previously ruled by the Persian, Romans and Byzantine Empires, its importance was as a major contributor to the beginning and spread of Christianity.

Today, visitors can look over the landscape of Cappadocia and see the caves and fairy chimneys that communities were formed around. The Goreme Open air museum was a centre of importance for converted Christians to hide from the Romans in secret caves and hundreds of underground cities protected the citizens from invading forces.

These days, the citizens do not bear the troubles of their ancestors. Invasions are outdated, replaced instead by a worldwide reputation for an unbelievable landscape that is ideally viewed from a hot air balloon just as the sun is rising.

After a short tour in Cappadocia, the next place to head to is the white calcium pools of Pamukkale. Formed naturally by high amounts of calcium that solidifies in the water, the pools cover the side of the mountain and are reflective of its nickname, the cotton castle.

Pamukkale is in the Denizli region of Turkey and a stopping point on the Cappadocia, Ephesus route. It is a world heritage site and in recent years, much needed rules were put in place to prevent its destruction due to irresponsible building rules.

These days, the hotels are all located in the nearby village and for an amazing sight; wake up in the morning just as the sun is rising. As well as the pools, the ancient city of Hierapolis is worth exploring. This city was often used as a rest and relaxation centre for Roman soldiers who used to bathe in the hot spring waters bought in from the natural pools of Pamukkale.

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