Marvellous Turkey (Saturday Departure)
Marvellous Turkey (Saturday Departure)
Marvellous Turkey (Saturday Departure)

Marvellous Turkey (Saturday Departure)

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Coach Tour (min 2 / max 28 passengers)
14 days ex Istanbul
Departs Saturdays
2024 Departure Dates:
May 04, 11, 25; Jun 01, 08, 15, 22; Jul 06, 13, 20, 27; Aug 24, 31; Sep 07, 14, 21, 28; Oct 05, 12, 19; Nov 02; Dec 14
2025 Departure Dates:
Jan 04; Feb 01; Mar 15; Apr 05, 12, 26; May 03, 10, 24, 31; Jun 07, 14, 21; Jul 05, 19; Aug 02, 16, 23, 30; Sep 06, 13, 20, 27; Oct 04, 11, 18; Nov 01; Dec 20
The First Class Option of this tour also departs on a Sunday from Istanbul. In this case Day 2 of Istanbul sightseeing occurs on Day 13 instead.
Discover the incredible history of Turkey, a land rich in culture, cuisine and heritage - the great crossroad between Europe and Asia.   A land of contrasts, from ancient sites, the WW I history of the Gallipoli Peninsula, lush cotton fields, incredible fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia, historic village of Safranbolu and the magnificent southern coastline where you can immerse yourself in local village life and swim in the sparkling turquoise waters of Oludeniz's Blue Lagoon.
  • Be captivated by the exotic charm of Istanbul
  • Experience the historical significance of Gallipoli
  • Uncover the fabled city of Troy, the legendary setting of the Trojan War
  • Explore the ancient marvel of Ephesus, housing one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
  • Discover the picturesque village of Sirince
  • Witness the natural wonder of Pamukkale, often referred to as the "Cotton Castle"
  • Discover the coastal town of Koycegiz and embark on a boat ride to turtle beach
  • Explore the quaint Greek village of Kayakoy and take a swim in the Oludeniz's Blue Lagoon
  • Tour the monastery of the Whirling Dervishes, known as Mervlana, in Konya
  • Discover an ancient underground sanctuary city, dating back millennia, amidst Cappadocia's otherworldly landscape
  • Visit Safranbolu, a UNESCO World Heritage Site often referred to as an “open air museum” town

Day 1: Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey. On arrival you will be met by a representative of our local operator 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. At the end of the tour, you will cross the Dardanelles and be transferred to your hotel in Canakkale. Overnight stay in Canakkale.

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

Begin the day with a visit to Troy - site of the legendary Trojan War. Admire the ruins and a replica of the Trojan Horse, a wooden horse said to have been used during the Trojan War by the Greeks to enter the city of Troy and win the war. Continue on across 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 (BD)

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. 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 for a tour of Pamukkale and Hierapolis. 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. 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 with an 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 morning 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. 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 Mevlana Whirling Dervishes. In the afternoon journey to biblical Cappadocia via Seljuk and visit ancient caravanserai on the Silk Road-the ancient trade route. These huge stone buildings were made to shelter the caravaneers, their animals and cargo and keep them safe from highwaymen as they travelled along the ancient Silk Route. Dinner and overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 11: Cappadocia (B)

Optional (surcharge applies): Early morning balloon tour

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. Overnight stay in Cappadocia.

Optional (surcharge applies): Turkish folklore evening with dinner is available tonight

Day 12: Cappadocia - Ankara – Safranbolu (BD)

This morning you will depart for 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, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its well-preserved Ottoman era houses and architecture. Safranbolu is a typical Ottoman city and played a key role in the caravan trade over many centuries. Tonight, your accommodation is an old Ottoman Mansion. Overnight stay in Safranbolu.

Day 13: Safranbolu - Istanbul (B)

After breakfast visit the old town of Safranbolu where you can wander through the cobbled streets and discover beautiful Ottoman mansions, unique architecture, and the historical bazaar "Yemeniciler Carsisi". Make sure to taste the fine samples of Turkish Delights before continuing to Istanbul where an afternoon visit to the Grand Bazaar is planned. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 14: Istanbul (B)

After breakfast transfer to the 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 Hotel accommodation with private facilities
  • Transportation by air-conditioned deluxe coach
  • 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
  • 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
Accommodation based on the following or similar.
The hotel selection may change – please use this as a guideline only.


First Class: Doubletree Hilton Piyalepasa (Taksim area)

Moderate First Class: Doubletree Hilton Piyalepasa (Taksim area)


First Class: Kolin Hotel

Moderate First Class: Akol Hotel


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

Moderate First Class: Casa Del Sole


First Class: Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel

Moderate First Class: Lycus River Thermal Hotel


First Class: Marina Boutique Hotel / Alesta Hotel

Moderate First Class: Marina Boutique Hotel


First Class: Best Western Khan Hotel

Moderate First Class: Best Western Khan Hotel


First Class: Crown Plaza Nevsehir

Moderate First Class: Burcu Kaya Hotel


First Class: İmren Lokum Konak (Special Category/Traditional)

Moderate First Class: İmren Lokum Konak (Special Category/Traditional)


First Class: Kent Hotel (Old City)

Moderate First Class: Kent Hotel (Old City)

Double Beds
Please note a double bedded room can be requested but cannot be guaranteed. In Turkey double rooms are very limited.

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.  

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.

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).


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.

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.


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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