Magical Turkey
Magical Turkey
Magical Turkey
Magical Turkey
Magical Turkey
Magical Turkey

Magical Turkey

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Coach Tour (max 28 passengers)
14 days ex Istanbul

Departs Saturdays

2024 Departure Dates:
Apr 06, 13, 27; May 04, 11, 25; Jun 01, 08 15, 22; Jul 06, 13, 20, 27; Aug 03, 10, 24, 31; Sep 07, 14, 21, 28; Oct 05, 12, 19

A more adventurous tour encompassing the essence of Turkey; sightseeing of ancient monuments, excursions offering cultural diversity, leisure activities in Turkey’s natural wonderlands and the opportunity to sample some of the country's culinary delicacies.


  • Spend the night in a cave style hotel hewn from the local rock and explore the surreal landscape of Cappadocia
  • Lunch in a nomadic tent in Selcuk to taste the Turkish Gozleme, and lunch in a cave restaurant in Cappadocia to taste the famous pottery kebab
  • Uncover the timeless treasures of Istanbul including Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Mosque, the Blue Mosque and the famous Spice Bazaar
  • Engage with the intense emotions of Gallipoli
  • Uncover the fabled city of Troy, the legendary setting of the Trojan War
  • Visit the Asklepion in Pergamum and unlock the secrets of this ancient healing sanctuary
  • Traverse the ancient wonders of Ephesus
  • Experience the enchantment of Sirince, celebrated as one of Turkey's most picturesque villages
  • Behold the mesmerizing beauty of Pamukkale's white limestone terraces
  • Uncover the charm of Koycegiz and embark on a scenic boat trip to Turtle Beach
  • Wander through the charming Greek Village of Kayakoy
  • Take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Oludeniz
  • Discover the UNESCO-listed "open air museum" town of Safranbolu, celebrated for its Ottoman heritage, architecture and history

Day 1: Istanbul

Arrive Istanbul Airport. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local agent and transferred to your tour hotel where accommodation is reserved for two nights on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: 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, once the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans and now a fascinating museum. Next, view the incredible Hagia Sophia Mosque from the outside - 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. Continue to the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616 and famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Conclude your tour with a visit to the famous Spice Market, one of the largest spice markets in the world – here you will find an assortment of colourful stalls with enticing delights such as exotic spices, dried fruit and nuts, Turkish delight, baklava and more! Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 3: Istanbul - Gallipoli – Canakkale (BD)

Drive west to the Gallipoli Peninsula for a special day for New Zealand and Australian travellers with a visit to 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. Cross the Dardanelles. Overnight stay in Canakkale.

Day 4: Canakkale - Troy - Pergamum – Kusadasi (BD)

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. Cross the Ida mountains to arrive at Pergamum, the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid dynasty. Here you will visit the impressive Acropolis of Pergamum, perched on a high, steep-sided hill - one of the highest and most magnificent Acropolis in ancient history. Continue to Kusadasi for a two night stay.

Day 5: Kusadasi - Ephesus - Sirince – Kusadasi (BLD)

This morning there will be a short drive to the ancient city of Ephesus. Visit its magnificent library, theatre and temples and stroll through some 2000 year old marbled streets. Capture the significance of the Library of Celsius and Hadrian’s Temple. Afterwards you will have the opportunity to discover and understand the rich history behind local handicrafts like handmade carpets and tiles. Taste the local delicacy, Turkish Gozleme, with lunch in a nomadic tent in Selcuk. Continue to the village of Sirince, one of the most beautiful villages in Turkey. Free time for shopping or to taste the local wines. Overnight stay in Kusadasi.

Day 6: Kusadasi - Hierapolis - Pamukkale (BD)

Travel through the plains and cotton farms to Pamukkale, meaning "Cotton Castle" in Turkish. Pamukkale derived its name from the striking natural landscape and is famous for its travertine terraces made from minerals deposited by thermal waters. There will be time to admire the beauty of the lime cascades and to visit the ancient city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Pamukkale.

Day 7: Pamukkale - Koycegiz – Fethiye (BD)

After breakfast, drive to the lakeside town of Koycegiz where you will take a boat cruise to Turtle Beach and have the opportunity to cover yourself in mud at the local mud bath. Continue on to Fethiye for dinner and overnight.  

Day 8: Fethiye – Kayakoy Greek Village and Oludeniz – Fethiye (B)

After breakfast, explore the quaint Greek Village of Kayakoy. In the afternoon there will be a short drive to Oludeniz with time for a swim at its stunning beach. Overnight Fethiye.

Optional: Sunset cruise with dinner (surcharge applies).

Day 9: Fethiye – Antalya (BD)

Embark on a moring drive to Antalya. Walk in the Old Town, see Hadrian's Gate - a triumphal arch built in the name of the Roman emperor Hadrian who visited the city in the year 130CE, and visit Duden Waterfalls in Lara. Dinner at your hotel. Overnight stay in Antalya.

Day 10: Antalya - Aspendos - Konya – Cappadocia (BD)

Early departure this morning for Konya, stopping en route at the ancient Roman Theatre in Aspendos, considered to be one of the best-preserved theatres of antiquity. Upon arrival in Konya, tour the monastery of the Mervlana Whirling Dervishes. In the afternoon continue on to Cappadocia via Seljuk – a fine example of an ancient Silk Road Caravanserai. Dinner and overnight in a cave hotel Cappadocia.

Day 11: Cappadocia (BL)

Optional: Early morning balloon tour (surcharge 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, Open Air Museum in Goreme, and natural fortress in Ushisar. Lunch in a cave restaurant to taste the famous pottery Kebab. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional: Turkish folklore evening with dinner (surcharge applies)

Day 12: Cappadocia - Ankara – Safranbolu (BD)

Today travel to Safranbolu, stopping en-route in Ankara to visit the Memorial Museum and Mausoleum of Ataturk, burial place of the National Hero who founded the modern Republic of Turkey. Continue to the “open air museum” town of Safranbolu, a Unesco World Heritage site. Tonight your accommodation is an old Ottoman Mansion. Overnight stay in Safranbolu.

Day 13: Safranbolu - Istanbul (B)

This morning visit the old town of Safranbolu where you can taste the fine samples of Turkish Delights. Continue to Istanbul where an afternoon visit to the Grand Bazaar is planned. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 14: Istanbul (B)

After breakfast transfer to Istanbul airport for your onward flight.


  • Arrival transfer from Istanbul (IST) Airport only on Day 1 - (supplement applies for transfer from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport)
  • First Class hotels with private facilities - Cave style accommodation in Cappadocia
  • 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 14 - 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
  • Porterage
  • 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.

Airport transfers are included on days of the tour ex Istanbul (IST) Airport, a surcharge will apply for transfers to or from Sabiha Gokcen (SAW) Airport. Departure transfer will be via scheduled shuttle at either 9.00am or 1.00pm. Private transfers at alternate times will incur a surcharge. Transfers are operated by drivers and are not guided. If arriving or departing Istanbul on any days other than the arrival or departure days of the tour, transfers are not included.

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.  
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only


Hilton Double Tree Piyalepasa


Kolin Hotel


Charisma De Luxe Hotel (NB. Hotel may be replaced by the Kaya Thermal Hotel, Izmir for some departures in July & Aug)


Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel


Marina Boutique Hotel / Alesta Yacht Hotel


Best Western Khan Hotel


Tafoni Cave Hotel (Cave Hotel)


Imren Lokum Konak (Special Category/Traditional)


Kent Hotel

Dress Codes
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
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.

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