Departs on Thursdays
Departure Dates 2018:
Aug 02, 23, 30; Sep 06, 13, 20, 27; Oct 04, 11, 18, 25
Departure Dates 2019:
April 11, 18, 25; May 02, 09, 16, 23, 30; Jun 06, 13, 27; Jul 04, 18; Aug 01, 15, 29; Sep 05, 12, 19, 26; Oct 03, 10, 17, 24.
Day 1: Istanbul
Welcome to Turkey. On arrival please clear customs and immigration. In arrivals area you will be met by a representative of our local operator and then transferred to your tour hotel. Welcome briefing and remainder of the day at leisure.
Day 2: Istanbul (B)
Today take a full day guided tour of Istanbul including visits to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453-1852 (excluding Harem); the Hippodrome; and the Blue Mosque built between 1609-1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Continue to St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital and converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, now a museum and one of the world’s greatest architectural wonders. Last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets.
Tonight join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.
Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale (B D)
This morning drive to Gallipoli and visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, and Chunuk Bair. Later cross the Dardanelles to Canakkale for overnight.
Day 4: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamum – Izmir (B L D)
Today visit legendary Troy. After lunch with locals at a traditional village continue to Pergamum. Visit the ancient medical centre in Asclepion. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 5: Ephesus & St Mary’s House – Izmir (B)
Today visit the ruins of Ephesus an important cultural centre of the ancient world and explore 2000 year-old marble streets the theatre the Library of Celsius the gymnasium and Hadrian’s Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary’s stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a first-hand experience of this unique art form. Overnight in Izmir.
Day 6: Izmir – Pamukkale (B D)
Drive through lush valleys to the white lime cascades of Pamukkale. Visit Hierapolis and take advantage of the thermal pools of your hotel.
Day 7: Pamukkale – Bodrum (B)
Visit the Castle of St.Peter and the renowned Underwater Museum in Bodrum that was awarded the best Underwater Museum of the World in 2000. Overnight in Bodrum.
Day 8: Bodrum (B D)
Day at leisure.
Optional day trip to the Greek island of Kos. (Supplement applies)
Day 9: Bodrum – Antalya (B D)
Visit the ancient city of Termesso and continue to Antalya for dinner & overnight.
Day 10: Perge – Aspendos – Antalya (B D)
Morning visits to Perge and Aspendos; afternoon at leisure.
Day 11: Antalya (B)
Departure transfer to the airport.
- Accommodation asper itinerary or similar
- Arrival and departure transfers
- Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
- Meals and sightseeing as indicated on the itinerary
- Professional English speaking guides
- Entrance fees
- Porterage at hotels
- 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
If you are arriving into Istanbul on any days other than the arrival days of the tour the transfer is free of charge as long as accommodation is booked.
Please note we have requested a double bedded room but cannot guarantee one will be available. In Turkey double rooms are very limited. Please ask on check-in with the hotel to see what is available.
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. Note prices usually display available discounted rates if any, (eg. Early Bird Deals if applicable). 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.