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15 Day Travellers Turkey

This tour is for backpackers who want to see Turkey on a shoestring. Step back in time and live like prehistoric cave men in towering rock pinnacles surrounded by medieval fortresses. Absorb the landscape and watch villagers drying fruit on their rooftops, baking bread or riding donkeys through the main town. Live out every kid's dream and sleep in a tree house on the hillside of Zeus "God of Gods" Mountain. Marvel at the mythical natural wonder - the Chimera Flames and breathe in, what some believe, to be the fiery breath of an ancient dragon.

Day 1 - Arrival Day: Welcome to Istanbul
Private transfer to your hotel located in the heart of the old city, Sultanahmet.

Day 2 - Istanbul City Tour (B)
Soak up the sites of Istanbul this morning as we partake in a fully guided tour of the Blue Mosque, the Saint Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cistern and the Hippodrome.

Day 3 - Istanbul to Cappadocia via Ankara (B)
Today we take in the nation's capital of Ankara with a tour of Ataturk's Mausoleum and the Ancient Civilisations museum, before heading to the surreal and lunar landscapes of Cappadocia.

Day 4 - Cappadocia (B)
Get ready to be blown away with a tour of South Cappadocia, where you will visit ancient underground cities, open-air museums and strange volcanic cones known as fairy chimneys.

Day 5 - Cappadocia (B)
Today we visit the North Cappadocia region, where you will marvel at Cappadocia's spectacular everchanging landscape of rock cones and capped pinnacles.

Day 6 - Cappadocia to Side via Konya (B)
We cross the Anatolian plain today heading towards the Caravanserai in Sultanhani - a trade road that was first acknowledged in 100BC. We then stop for lunch in mythical Konya, before our overnight stop in Side.

Day 7 - Side to Olympos via Kursunlu (B+D)
A change of pace today as we visit the Roman cities of Aspendos and Side, before we head to the scenic spot and natural beauty of Kursunlu waterfall.

Day 8 - Olympos (B+D)
Today you have a free day to explore magnificant Olympos with its unspoilt scenery and fascinating Lycian history, as well as the burning ground of Chimaera, where the first olympic fire was taken.

Day 9 - Olympos to Fethiye via Kas and Saklikent (B)
Get active today as we trek through the Saklikent canyon and/or take a tube ride down the rapids.

Day 10 - Fethiye (B+L)
Soak up the sun as we take a day boat trip on a traditional Turkish gulet around the Mediterranean coast of Fethiye. See the ancient Lycian rock tombs that loom above the city, as well as a medieval castle that has been attributed to the Knights of St John.

Day 11 - Fethiye to Kusadasi via Pamukkale (B)
Wonder at the splendour of the famous calcium terraces of Pamukkale and the hillside soda pools, before we set off for our overnight stop in cosmopolitan Kusadasi, where you can delight yourself in its fabulous bars and restaurants.

Day 12 - Kusadasi - Ephesus Tour (B)
Get to know the best-preserved classical city in Turkey, as we visit the ancient ruins of Ephesus. Here you we will see the Celcus library, Grand Theatre and the world's first advertisement. We also visit the House of the Virgin Mary and Cave of the Seven Sleepers.

Day 13 - Kusadasi to Canakkale via Bergama and Troy (B)
Today we drive along the Aegean coastline to the ancient city of Troy where we witness first hand what Homer's Illiad was all about. We then visit the acropolis of Pergamum and marvel at its impressive temples, library and the steepest amphitheatre in the world.

Day 14 - Canakkale to Istanbul via Gallipoli (B+L)
Today we visit the WWI battlefields of Gallipoli where we take in Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, Johnston's Jolly, the Nek and Gallipoli Museum.

Day 15 - Tour Finishes (B)
After breakfast, tour concludes.

What's Included

Arrival transfer * 14 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 2 lunches * 14 nights accommodation in either hostels, pensions or guesthouses * Professional English-speaking guide * Guided tours of Istanbul, Gallipoli, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Pamukkale and Cappadocia * Transport in an air-conditioned, non-smoking bus

Tour does not Include
Entrance fees to the various sites * Personal expenses

Optional Activities
Traditional Turkish Folklore Evening * Turkish Bath

Departures
April to October. Please enquire for available dates

How much?
£299 GBP per person - BOOK NOW.

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