Coach Tour (min 2 / max 28 passengers)
13 Days ex Istanbul
Departs: 23 April 2024
- Participate in the Commemorative Dawn Service, a moving experience at Gallipoli, where some say three nations discovered their identity.
- Be captivated by the exotic allure of Istanbul
- Discover a millennia old underground sanctuary city amongst the moonscape of Cappadocia
- Visit one of the largest and best-preserved Seljuk caravanserai in Turkey
- Marvel at the surreal beauty of Pamukkale's landscapes
- Delve into the ancient sites of Ephesus and Selcuk, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Visit the Asklepion in Pergamum, delving into the mysteries of this ancient healing sanctuary
- Explore the historic site of Troy
- Important Information
Day 1 - Tue 23rd April: Istanbul
Day 2 - Wed 24th April: Istanbul - Gallipoli - Anzac Cove (B)
Morning at leisure. In the afternoon you will be picked up from your hotel and driven west to the Gallipoli Peninsula. Dinner (own arrangements) in Canakkale, followed by a late evening departure to Anzac Cove, where you will join the gathering crowd and immerse yourself in the atmosphere. It is a night filled with anticipation and a night where sleep is not on the agenda. (There is no accommodation tonight).
Day 3 - Thu 25th April: Anzac Day Commemorations - Istanbul (B*)
This profoundly emotional day begins at dawn. Participate in the commemorative Dawn Service to remember and honour the countless lives lost. Following the Dawn Service, pay your respects at the battlefields and join the international services. In the afternoon drive back to Istanbul where accommodation is reserved for two nights.
Day 4 - Fri 26th April: Istanbul (B)
Today is at leisure, a time to rest and reflect.
Day 5 - Sat 27th April: Istanbul (B)
Embark on a full day guided tour of some of the best sites of Istanbul, the city where east meets west. Originally founded as Byzantium, then known as Constantinople, after Constantine the Great, Istanbul is home to many fascinating sites. The first stop on your tour is Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans from 1453 to 1852 (excluding the harem). Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles; the Hippodrome which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place; and the incredible Hagia Sophia Mosque, originally built in 537ad this marvel of engineering is famed for the giant dome – an incredible feat for the time period and considered as one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar. With over 60 streets and 4000 shops, there is a bargain to be found for everyone here.
Day 6 - Sun 28th April: Istanbul - Cappadocia (BD)
After breakfast depart for Cappadocia. Take a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake, one of the largest hypersaline lakes in the world, before arriving in Cappadocia for an overnight stay.
Day 7 - Mon 29th April: Cappadocia (BL)
Optional: Early morning Balloon tour (supplement applies).
Embark on a full day excursion in Cappadocia, famous for its distinctive rock formations (referred to as 'fairy chimneys'), amazing caves and historical history. Visit the Kaymakli Underground City, the Open Air Museum in Goreme and the incredible natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch today in a cave restaurant to taste famous pottery Kebab (made using an Avanos pot). There will be an opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx, and potteries. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.
Optional: Night Tour with a Turkish Show and dinner (supplement applies).
Day 8 - Tue 30th April: Cappadocia - Konya – Pamukkale (BD)
Early departure for Pamukkale. Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle" in Turkish, derived its name from the striking natural landscape and is famous for its travertine terraces made from minerals deposited by thermal waters. En-route visit the 13th century Seljukian masterpiece, Sultanhan Caravanserai - one of the best examples of Seljuk architecture in Turkey and one of the largest medieval caravanserai in the country. These caravanserai were built to shelter the caravaneers, their animals and cargo and keep them safe from highwaymen as they travelled along the ancient Silk Route. Proceed to Konya where you will visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana, housing the tomb of Mevlana Rumi the great 13th-century Sufi poet and founder of the Mevlevi (Whirling) Dervish order. Continue to Pamukkale for an overnight stay.
Day 9 - Wed 1st May: Pamukkale - Hierapolis – Kusadasi (BD)
Explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, with its spectacular ruins and magnificent Necropolis, one of the best preserved in Turkey offering an insight into the funerary practices of the Greco-Roman era. Marvel at the spectacular lime terraces cascading down the side of the hill before travelling on to Selcuk to visit the Temple of Artemis ''one of the seven wonders of the ancient world''. Proceed to Kusadasi for a two night stay.
Day 10 - Thu 2nd May: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince – Kusadasi (BLD)
Today discover the ancient city of Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Turkey's most significant ancient cities. Explore its marbled streets, visit the magnificent Library of Celsus, the impressive open air Amphitheatre, and the Temple of Hadrian dating back to the 2nd Century. Lunch today will be in a nomadic tent in Selcuk to taste Turkish Gozleme. Continue to the village of Sirince, where you can experience one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey and take the opportunity to taste their delicious wines, before returning to Kusadasi. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.
Day 11 - Fri 3rd May: Kusadasi - Pergamum - Canakkale (BD)
Early departure for Bergama to visit the Asklepion with its well preserved remains before you step into mythology with a visit to Troy, the scene of heroic deeds from such legends as Achilles, Paris, Ulysses, Priam, and the incomparably beautiful Helen – “the face that launched a thousand ships.” Immortalised by Homer in his epic The Iliad, Troy was thought to be entirely fictitious until it was discovered by pioneering archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in the 1870’s. The replica wooden horse adds further depth to the experience. Later continue to Canakkale for an overnight stay.
Day 12 - Sat 4th May: Canakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul (B)
After breakfast, cross the Dardanelles and continue to Gallipoli. On arrival, visit Anzac Cove, Nek, Chunuk Bair, Lone Pine Cemetery and the 57th Regiment Memorial. The doomed assault on Gallipoli by New Zealand and Australian forces, in their own contingents for the first time in foreign service, is considered by many to have been the birth of national consciousness for these two countries. For the Turks, then part of the Ottoman Empire, the victory is regarded as the defining moment in the birth of the Turkish nation, with independence following just 8 years later. Continue on to Istanbul for an overnight stay.
Day 13 - Sun 5th May: Istanbul (B)
After breakfast transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
- Arrival transfer from Istanbul (IST) Airport only on Day 1 (supplement applies fo transfer from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport)
- Moderate First and First Class hotels with private facilities
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Complimentary 4G Wi-fi internet service onboard the coach
- Meals and sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guides
- Entrance fees
- Porterage at hotels
- Departure transfer to Istanbul (IST) airport only on Day 13 - shuttles at 9.00am or 1.00pm (supplement applies for transfer to Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport
- Turkey Travel Notes – issued by Innovative Travel
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
Please note a double bedded room can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. In Turkey double rooms are very limited.
Porterage for one suitcase is included in the tour price. Due to limited coach capacity, the single bag should not exceed the dimensions of 30”x18”x10” and not weigh more than 50lbs (25kg).
Accommodation based on the below or similar
DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul - Piyalepasa
Dinler Urgup Hotel
Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel
Richmond Efes Resort
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.
On coach tours, hotels in regional areas (i.e Pamukkale) can be of a slightly lower standard than the other hotels on the tour.
All sightseeing tours require a moderate amount of walking around historical / cultural sites. This is particularly true in Cappadocia where walks can be up to 1 or 2 km long and where a good level of fitness will ensure you get a maximum enjoyment from your visit. On some tours you may visit a carpet or handicraft shop where the locals will show how their crafts are made. There is no obligation to buy any products at any of these places.
Optional tours offered during coach tours may not be guaranteed (even if pre-booked ex New Zealand) as they are subject to a minimum number of participants.
Private Sightseeing tours (if booked)
If a private sightseeing tour is booked it is important that you discuss the days arrangements with the guide as the touring programmes have a degree of flexibility. It is important to discuss with the guide so that any specific requirements can be met or addressed at the time.
Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are valid for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.