Highlights

A tour aimed at providing comfortable travel with private transfers, and quality hotels. The itinerary include visits to Turkey’s main attractions including Gallipoli, the old part of Istanbul, and stunning Pamukkale, nicknamed white Cotton Castle and much more! 

Tour Itinerary

  • Days: 13
  • Starting Point: Istanbul
  • Ending Point: Istanbul
  • No Credit Card Fees
  • No Booking Fees
  • 5% Discount
Day

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend:

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B, L

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

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: 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.

  • Destination: Gallipoli
  • Legend: B, L

Morning drive (1 hour) to the ruins of the ancient cities of Troy. 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.

  • Destination: Pergamon & Troy
  • Legend: 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.

  • Destination: Ephesus
  • Legend: B, L

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.

  • Destination: Pamukkale
  • Legend: B, L, D

Transfer to the airport for your morning flight from Pamukkale to Cappadocia (via Istanbul.) On arrival, transfer to your hotel. Free afternoon. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B

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.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: 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. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, L

Morning flight back to Istanbul. Transfer to your hotel and 19:45 Pick up from your hotel for Turkish Night Show in Istanbul (dinner included). Watch a spectacular floor show of famous belly-dancers, traditional live Anatolian Folklore Groups featuring popular musical instruments and Turkish singers. Overnight stay in Istanbul. * Optional: It is possible to travel to Istanbul by road, en-route visiting Ankara (with a small surcharge).

  • Destination: Cappadocia
  • Legend: B, D

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.

  • Destination: Istanbul
  • Legend: B

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

    This is a high quality tour. It uses high quality, boutique hotels, private car transfers and the best guides. It includes a hot air balloon flight from possibly the best balloon company in Cappadocia. You won't be disappointed.

  • Special Features

    - Two full day tours and a half day free in Cappadocia, so you're not rushed
    - Includes 2 flights, so you gain a whole day and a half for additional sight seeing over the coach tours
    - Can be extended with free days / add-ons
    - This tour is also available on private basis.

  • What's Included

    - All accommodation as per the itinerary
    - Professional English speaking guide
    - Full day tours mentioned in the itinerary
    - All flight tickets mentioned in the itinerary
    - All transportation & transfers
    - All meals mentioned in the itinerary
    - Balloon flight over Cappadocia
    - Turkish night show & dinner
    - All museum and entrance fees
    - All local taxes
    - 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
    No hidden costs!

  • What's Not Included

    - International airfare & taxes
    - Visits and services not mentioned in program.
    - Travel insurance
    - Personal expenses
    - Optional gratuities to the guide and driver
    - Visa fee

Hotels

Departure Date

Not available for departure through 18 April to 24 April.
  • Start Date
    Finish Date
    Day / Days / Every Day
  • Start Date: 01.01.2018
    Finish Date: 31.12.2020
    Day / Days / Every Day: Every Day

Price List

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    Double/Twin PP
    Triple PP
  • Start: 01.01.2018
    Finish: 31.12.2019
    Single: 3,336 AUD 3,169 AUD
    Double/Twin PP: 3,024 AUD 2,873 AUD
    Triple PP: 2,704 AUD 2,569 AUD

Reviews

Marianne Mahony

Melbourne, Australia

Well we have been back a few weeks now after what a wonderful trip I wanted to thank you for the trip. Mehmet was a terrific guide and we all enjoyed both his driving and his ability to understand and explain both Turkish and Australian culture. We will be recommending your service to our frinds Best Regards,

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Lindsay

Australia

Hello Michael,


We can only give the highest praise to your company, every pick up was punctual, every hotel was located in an excellent position, the hotels had great character and the rooms and staff were excellent. The activities planned were all well organised and and covered everything that we wanted to see. The two guides, Mehmet and Muhammad were excellent. Overall 10 out of 10.

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Rachel

NSW - Australia

Our Turkish experience was amazing; fantastic weather, delicious food, fascinating sites, friendly people, interesting excursions, great accommodation, knowledgeable guides and cool shopping. Huge and sincere thanks to Carolyn and the team at TTC for your suggestions and recommendations (MDC Hotel in Urgup was a particularly pleasant experience) and for making the entire experience stress-free. I have been singing the praises of TTC since coming home and will continue to recommend you to anyone and everyone.

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M. and K. O'Sullivan

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

We were so delighted with the service we received from the Turkey Travel Centre. Michael Altan was extremely quick in all his email replies to us and gave us detailed information which we found very helpful. We stayed at Sokullu Pasa hotel in Istanbul which was like home as the staff were so friendly, particularly Yusuf. The location of this hotel to all the historical sites in Istanbul was excellent as were the buffet breakfasts every day. We did a walking city tour with Turista that was organised by the TTC, which was one of the highlights of our trip and our guide, Gamze, was the best guide we've ever had and we've travelled quite a bit!! She was so friendly, warm and knowledgable. We also stayed at a wonderful hotel near Pamukkale called the Pam Thermal hotel which we didn't want to leave due to the wonderful dinner and breakfast buffets and of course the thermal pools! We had some other wonderful days in Cappodocia with a lovely guide called Kubra from HTR tours and when we went to Ephesus we had a guide called Riya whose knowledge was astounding. The Turkey Travel Centre organised our accommodation and our transfers as well as the tours and we had a fantastic time. We would highly recommend the Turkey Travel Centre, as well as the guides and companies mentioned.

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The O'Connors

Australia

Hello Liz 

We have arrived home after a wonderful trip overseas. I would like to thank you for the outstanding time we had in Turkey.

All the tours were fantastic and the efficiency of the staff and tour guides was amazing. We had experiences we had never had before and I (Susanne) particularly loved Goreme. The quality of the hotels was exceptional. The people of Turkey are the warmest and friendliest we have ever met. 

Mehmet, who did our private Byzantine and Ottoman tour and the Black Sea tour was particularly engaging - I would love to do his gastronomical tour some day. All the guides had outstanding knowledge and took great pride in their work. The drivers were very experienced and I felt safe in their hands and knew that all would go well.

Once again, thank you very much. We will recommend your company to all our friends.

Warmest wishes

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Dierdre

Australia

Turkey Travel Centre delivered a fantastic tour with incredible, knowledgeable, local guides each step of the way—I loved every one of them! Mehmet, Tulip, Bulent, Yusef, Feyzulla, Gonul and Mustafa, wow your expertise is incredible. I feel I was lucky to have each of you as guides!

Feyzulla - I bow to you and your knowledge of the thousands of plant varieties, you added yet another dimension of excellence. Turkey is fantastic, just go there! The people are very kind, the culture and history incredible, the diversity exciting, the scenery stunning.

I am 53 and travelling alone. The tours were great, communication great and the standard excellent. I wish Turkey Travel Centre every success in the future and would recommend them wholeheartedly! Keep giving great service and introducing Turkey to the world guys! What a fantastic country! What a fantastic company!

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