Discover Turkey: A 12-Day Tour

Steeped in history and pulsating with a vibrant energy, Turkey beckons you with the promise of astonishing architecture, exotic culture and one of the world’s most fragrant cuisines. Experience the journey of a lifetime where the air is rich with local spices, the sites replete with ancient wonders of the bygone days of Empire, and colourful bazaars dazzle with a wonderful array of Ottoman jewellery, beautifully handcrafted ceramics and the heady aroma of Turkish coffee. Includes 11 nights of deluxe accommodation, daily breakfasts, gourmet experiences, nine dinners, private air-conditioned transportation, English-speaking guides, all entrance fees and more.

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Uniquely positioned between Asia and Europe, Turkey is an entrancing mix of cultures, historical and modern-day attractions, and culinary influences that range from regal to contemporary. Revel in a unique journey of surprise and discovery, as history unfolds through the archaeological splendour of Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir and Cappadocia; while authentic local produce is served up with a healthy dose of famous Turkish hospitality.

What You’ll Love

The Experiences – Re-live the movie in the 4000-year-old city of Troy

From manoeuvring the streets of bustling Istanbul and sampling traditional Turkish food to visiting ancient cities, this tour of Turkey has treasures for everyone to discover.

Visit the city of Troy – an ancient city founded in 3000 BC and made famous by Homer’s poem, Iliad, that depicted the ten-year siege of the city during the Trojan War – with your English-speaking tour guide. For the movie buffs out there, this city is more famously recognised in the 2004 film, Troy – based on Homer’s poem and featuring Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger and Orlando Bloom.

Hop back in your air-conditioned motorcoach and discover the ancient city of Hierapolis that sits atop the incredibly picturesque Pamukkale hot springs – “Cotton Castle” in Turkish. Together, these two constitute a striking UNESCO World Heritage Site that is a must-see stop on a trip to Turkey. The surreal white travertine terraces of the hot springs, also known as the thermal pools, are a geological phenomenon that attract travellers from around the world for it’s mineral-enriched waters and photogenic terrain.

Bask in the expansive rock formations of Cappadocia, in central Turkey. Known for its beautiful terrain, its hot air balloon sunrise trips and recently its wine country, the arid region is yet another obligatory Turkey visit – and you’ll understand why.

The Accommodation – Deluxe accommodation in first-class locations

Experience eleven nights of deluxe accommodation in only the very best locations. Experience three nights at the Marmara Pera, Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or Legacy Ottoman Hotel where you’ll encounter the true beauty of the Bosphorus Strait.

Indulge in five-star luxury at the Akra Barut Hotel or The Marmara Antalya Hotel in Antalya where you’ll discover the famous blue waters from the edge of the Turquoise Coast. This Turkish resort city is the gateway to Turkey’s southern Mediterranean region that boasts waterfalls, rivers, emerald waters and stunning beaches.

Enjoy a luxurious night at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Ankara or Swissotel Ankara. Labelled with Tripadvisor’s Certificates of Excellence, these deluxe hotels are located in Turkey's capital city - a European metropolis that combines Turksih history with contemporary culture.

Your Package Includes:

  • 11 nights of deluxe accommodation in premium locations such as three nights in Istanbul, two nights in Antalya, two nights in Cappadocia and much more!
  • Daily breakfasts throughout your tour
  • One lunch in a local Turkish village
  • Nine dinners
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel porterage
  • All tipping & gratuities
  • Transport in modern, air-conditioned motorcoach
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

The ’7 day change of mind guarantee’ does not apply for Tour bookings. Due to the high demand and limited departures any cancellation / refund requests must be made within 48 hours of purchase. Otherwise, the standard Luxury Escapes Refund Policy applies.

Valid for the following tour departure dates:

Low Season:

11; 25 July 2018

01; 08 August 2018

High Season:

06; 21; 28 September 2018

05; 12; 19 October 2018

All departure dates are subject to availability and early bookings are highly recommended.

Instant Booking: To secure your dates at purchase, click 'Instant Booking' and select your preferred package. Once your preferred package is selected you'll click through to 'Choose Your Dates of Travel' and will be able to enter in your preferred tour commencement date.

Tour Capacity: The maximum tour capacity is 42 people.

The minimum age for the tour is 8 years.

The package is valid for ONE PERSON aged 8 years or older (based on twin share). If you are travelling with another person you must purchase TWO PACKAGES, otherwise an additional single traveller surcharge will apply.

Single Traveller Surcharge: If travelling alone, a single traveller surcharge of AU$660 applies, payable directly to the tour provider upon check-in.

Tour includes accommodation at the following hotels (or similar):

The Marmara Pera, Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Kolin Hotel

Ege Palas or Park Inn by Radisson

Akra Barut Hotel or The Marmara Antalya Hotel

Dinler Hotel Urgup or Perissia Hotel

Crowne Plaza Ankara or Swissotel Ankara

Accommodation is subject to availability and may be substituted for a hotel of a similar standard.

Dining inclusions do not include beverages (unless otherwise stated) and menu options are subject to change.

The following optional attractions and activities are available on your tour:

Half-day Istanbul tour including St. Sophia & Grand Bazaar

Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch

Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum

Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)

Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM)

Full Day Cappadocia Tour

Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM)

Travel insurance is recommended. We suggest purchasing travel insurance as soon as possible after purchasing this package.

Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on existing reservations.

Any unused portion of the package is non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.

Please note: disability access is limited during the tour please consider this when making your booking. Hotels may not have ramps, wide entryways or elevators to accommodate disabled passengers or devices such as wheelchairs, walkers and motorised scooters. Due to physical constraints and space limitations, wheelchairs, walking frames and motorised scooters may not be taken aboard motor coaches.

Package cannot be split.

Offer only available for consecutive nightly stays.

Your passport must be valid at least 6 months beyond your intended stay overseas.

A visa is required for Turkey. It is your responsibility to ensure you are holding a current visa.

The value and comparative savings has been determined based on published rack rates and the value of inclusions. Please be advised that rack rates may not be reflective of actual rates being charged, dependent on the timing and manner of your booking and therefore are only indicative of the level of saving.

All activities and services are subject to availability.

Please note that full terms and conditions apply - refer https://luxuryescapes.com/au/terms-and-conditions

Day 1- Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and make your own way to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with your tour guide and fellow travellers. Accommodation: The Marmara Pera, Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Day 2 - Istanbul

Enjoy a half day morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a short briefing and a picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque - a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous for its six minarets and magnificent interior made of blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place where chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Then, head to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas and array of goods. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure, exploring a city with incredible architecture that is rivalled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. In the afternoon, join the fascinating optional tour to the St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop for carpets, jewellery, leather and more.

Optional: Half Day tour Istanbul with St. Sophia & Grand Bazaar (PM) Accommodation: The Marmara Pera, Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Canakkale

This morning, drive to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who's fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening.

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 – Izmir

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, immortalized by Homer's epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer.

Accommodation: Ege Palas or Park Inn by Radisson Izmir

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 – Izmir

Spend a full day at leisure in Izmir. With over 3,500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi - authentic Turkish coffee - at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don't miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you'll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant, you’ll return to Izmir.

Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch Accommodation: Ege Palas or Park Inn by Radisson Izmir

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6 - Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale

Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis ("Holy City"), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here.

Accommodation: Akra Barut Hotel or The Marmara Antalya Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 - Antalya

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Antalya. Founded by King Attalos of Pergamum as "Heaven on Earth," Antalya is an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to nearby historic ruins. A fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos. On the return trip, visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum with artefacts dating back over 2,500 years.

Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum Accommodation: Akra Barut Hotel or The Marmara Antalya Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Cappadocia

Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia*. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. During the Seljuk period, trade flourished, requiring roads for caravan transport and inns for the travelling traders. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes. *If time permits there may be a visit to a local school en route to Cappadocia.

Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM) Accommodation: Dinler Hotel Urgup or Perissia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9 - Cappadocia

Enjoy a full day at your leisure to explore the area independently. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes. Begin the day early with an optional hot air balloon ride* that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. Then, visit the Open Air Museum in the Goreme Valley on a full day optional tour* to see the early Christian churches and the Ozkonak Underground City. *The Cappadocia Balloon Ride tour ends before the Full Day Cappadocia tour begins. Both tours can be done on the same day.

Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM) Optional: Full Day Cappadocia (AM) Accommodation: Dinler Hotel Urgup or Perissia Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Ankara

This morning depart for Ankara, the capital and second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, view the vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo-Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and that of Ataturk himself, beneath which lies his tomb. Continue to the Anatolian Civlizations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum's unique exhibits feature Anatolian archaeological artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic Age.

Accommodation: Dinler Hotel Urgup

Meals: Breakfast

Day 11 - Istanbul

This morning return to Istanbul. Arrive in the afternoon and spend the remainder of the day at your leisure or join the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrate the link between the East and West. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner at your hotel with your group.

Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM) Accommodation: Legacy Ottoman Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Depart

Make your own way to the airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Flights to Istanbul depart daily from all major Australian cities with a minimum of one stop, usually in Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Doha.

The flight time is approximately 20 hours.