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
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
Day 5 - Cappadocia
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
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
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
After breakfast, tour concludes.
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,
Tour does not Include
Entrance fees to the various sites * Personal
Traditional Turkish Folklore Evening *