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Kakava’ya Gidiyoruz! 5-6 Mayıs 2018

Izmir / Kuşadası Mini Package (2 Nights / 3 Days)

  Day 1 – Arrival to Izmir

  Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by your tour guide in Izmir Airport and proceed to Ephesus for a full day tour of the region. Today we will explore some of the most important sites of Turkey, in style. We have designed our tour to avoid the crowds and the hot weather and have the sites to ourselves (as much as we can). We will start the day with a visit to Isabey Mosque, a simple but beautiful mosque built by Selcuk Turks overlooking the Basilica of St John. Our guide will lecture us about Islam religion briefly and you will have a chance to discuss the distinctions between Christianity and Islam at this very special point where artifacts from both religions remain. We will then head up to local village of Sirince. This is a lovely town, where you will take a walk around it’s cobbled streets, and have chance to taste the local fruit wines of the region and buy local handicrafts, handmade olive oil soaps, and many many special regional food from local people of the village. On our way back to Selcuk, we will have our lunch of home cooked meal in a lovely garden. Our next stop is Artemis Temple; once one of the seven wonders of the world, now only a few colomns left. Before heading to Ancient City of Ephesus, we will take the opportunity and stop by the Ephesus Museum as it hosts many of the archeological foundations from the ancient site itself. We will visit Ephesus Ancient City in the afternoon, as a nice breeze starts at about 3 pm. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in ancient city. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, Private House, the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Prepare to be amazed. We will end the day at House of Virgin Mary, where she is believed to have travelled together with St John and spent the last days of her life. The house was founded following the dream of a nun and is now protected by Turkish Military. You will have the chance to light a candle inside this very special church. We will also have several shopping opportunities during the day within the itinerary.

  Day 2

  After breakfast depart for Pamukkale, meaning ‘White Castle’ in Turkish, which is a geothermal feature of terraced hot springs in southwest Turkey. Pamukkale is one of the most interesting places in the world, justly famous not only for the entrancing beauty of its unique geological formations but also for its historical remains. Pamukkale has always been a very popular settlement where the hot springs were believed to have healing powers, so the city became the center of a pagan cult in antiquity and a spa resort today. It represents a shimmering white cascade, formed by limestone-laden hot springs , which have formed stalactites, potholes and magical fairy-tables. The water is reputed to be beneficial to the eyes and skin and to alleviate the ills of rheumatism, asthma and dermatitis.The ancient city of Hierapolis was constructed atop the springs and many ruins remain. Drive back to Izmir/Kusadasi for overnight.

 Day 3 

  After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the next destination.

Cappadocia Mini Package (2 Nights / 3 Days)

  Day 1 – Arrival to Cappadocia

  Take an early morning flight from Istanbul (or another part of Turkey) to Cappadocia this morning. Upon arrival, enjoy a full day to tour the riches of this incredible "moonscape" of Cappadocia including the Goreme Open-Air Museum, with its dozens of painted cave-churches. The surrealistic geological formation of Cappadocia is one of the wonders of the world. It is the result of the natural forces during the intense volcanic activity. Other visits are to Devrent Valley, Pasabag Fairy Towers, and Uchisar Castle as well as many panaromic photo stops. Then we will continue to the pottery making village of Avanos where you watch clay turning into a form of artwork and drive to the hotel.

 Day 2 - Cappadocia 

  Well early in the morning, you have the option of enjoying a hot air balloon ride over the magnificent landscape of Cappadocia. Today our first stop is Kaymakli Underground City, one of the most interesting underground settlements in Cappadocia, where early Christians hid from prosecutors. We will continue our tour with Cavusin, and Zelve Open Air Museum. Finally we visit, an old Greek town Mustafapaa (Sinasos) with fine examples of late Greek settlements and architecture. Overnight in Cappadocia.

  Day 3 - Cappadocia

  Today after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the next destination.

Antalya Mini Package

Bodrum Mini Package

Fooding Along From Istanbul to the Aegean; Timeless Tastes -7-14 May 2016

 7 May 2016, Saturday (D)

Welcome to Istanbul! Today is your arrival day and a private car along with a Unison Turkey representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your boutique hotel, located in the heart of the Old City, and only a few minutes walking distance from the famous Byzantine era great church of Hagia Sophia, now a museum.

This evening you will meet your tour leader Janan Sozen, and the rest of the group for a “Welcome Dinner”.

Armada Terrace Restaurant: Executive Chef Huseyin Sener will meet us for a chef’s presentation before indulging into amazing dishes from Ottoman and Turkish cuisine.

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8  May 2016, Sunday (B,D)

 Enjoy an immense spread of traditional Turkish breakfast in your hotel.

After breakfast, Janan will take us through the narrow streets of Spice Market (aka Egyptian Bazaar) on a foodie walk. We will lose ourselves among rare spices, Turkish delights, baklavas, Turkish Coffee sellers and even delicatessen specialties.

Lunch and afternoon are free at your leisure.

For those who are game, a walk through the narrow and vibrant backstreets, up to the Grand Bazaar is recommended.

In the evening we meet at the hotel and drive to Asian side of Istanbul, for a delicious dinner in a traditional Turkish style Meyhane (drink house).

Inciralti Meyhanesi: This is one of the best preserved traditional Meyhanes of Istanbul. Still serving long forgotten mezes along with Turkish national alcoholic drink, Raki (lion’s milk)

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9 May 2016, Monday (B,L,D)

We will depart our hotel after the breakfast; we are invited to the kitchen of Karakoy Gulluoglu where we will learn the secrets of famous Turkish dessert “baklava”. During the workshop, we will witness the preparation stage of this delicious dessert and taste various kinds of it while learning how to distinguish a good baklava from bad.

After the sweet baklava workshop, we will head over to Nisantasi for our tasting lunch in Kantin with chef owner Semsa Denizsel.

We will have a chance to see Kantin’s specialty foods in production including the fragrant whole wheat sourdough bread and other baked goods, foods and drinks that are sold in their shops.

Kantin Cafe’s aim is to provide freshly cooked fine food, based on the heritage of Istanbul which is a melting pot of cultures, thanks to Greeks, Armenians, Jews and Turks who have all contributed to this food culture throughout history.
The most important aspect in Kantin is the quality of ingredients, only used in their season, and the ingredients careful preparation under the careful eye of Semsa Denizsel who has been called by her colleagues the Alice Waters of Turkey, a moniker no one can take casually!

We will also visit the downstairs in Kantin, where the chef, Bayram Usta will have some things underway to show us. The Kantin deli and take away shop is chock full of cakes and bakes; Semsa's whole wheat sourdough bread, jams for breakfast, crax for drinks, and cornbread made with cream and dill!!!

The most important ingredient in the Kantin repertoire is, without doubt, the sourdough starter!

After lunch, Janan will take you for a walk around the high end shopping district of Istanbul, Nisantasi. Istanbul’s most celebrated and upscale shopping neighbourhood, Nişantaşı is home to Turkey’s leading department stores and to a huge array of international and local brands.

Also stop by for a half hour concert of Mehter Band – Ottoman Military Band with their 50 performers in their Original Ottoman costumes with native Ottoman instruments at 3 o’clock. The band influenced composers like Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, or Mozart. The music called A la Turca originates from their music. The concert is in the Military Museum of the New Town, which houses superb collection of Ottoman arms, flags, banners, helmets, models and miniatures.

We will then head to Janan's upscale Nisantasi apartment, where we will enjoy a light supper of Borek of which Janan will be talking about its variations! We will have an informal wine tasting and also try whatever has caught our eye in KANTIN's Deli.

Sit back and relax for the rest of the evening.

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10 May 2016, Tuesday (B,L,D)

After an early breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for a 1-hour flight to Izmir.
Upon arrival in Izmir, our private transport will take us to Selcuk, where we will meet a very special person, Frances Ergen. Frances is an English lady who has lived in Selcuk for many years and speaks fluent Turkish. She is an expert on textiles and works with village women to preserve their handwork skills such as Oya, Turkish needle lace. After lunch, Frances will also accompany us to visit Can Carpet. This is an atelier located in Camlik village. Here, we will learn about the art of extracting colors from plants and roots to dye wool.

For resting in the afternoon, we arrive at Yedibilgeler Vineyards. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon by the swimming pool.

For dinner, a feast will be prepared for us with the produce of the winery’s own garden along with their reserve wines.

Yedibilgeler Vineyards - Yedi Bilgeler (the Seven Sages Winery) incorporates a winery, hotel, and restaurant in one complex. You will experience a very fine example of a boutique winery and have the chance to see the production area with its tanks, and the storage cellars with oak barrels and bottled wines.

Tonight, we will stay overnight at the beautifully decorated rooms of the Yedibilgeler Vineyard.

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11 May 2016, Wednesday (B,L,D)

 After a refreshing Aegean breakfast in the winery you will join a small group and head to Ephesus for a tour of the ancient city with a local tour guide. Ephesus is probably the best combination of Greek, Roman and Byzantine civilizations. With the mythological stories and spectacular ruins you will feel the life in the ancient city. See the Fountains of Trojan, Polio, the Temples of Hadrian and Domition, the Private Houses, the Library of Celsius, Various and Scholastic Baths, Bouloterion and the Great Theatre with capacity of 24,000 spectators. Prepare to be amazed!

St John’s Cafe is awaiting us for lunch today. Their iced espresso and black mulberry ice cream are amazing treats.

For the afternoon, we are visiting Sirince, formerly a Greek village reverting to Turkey after the exchange of populations in 1924.Here we will visit local ladies expert in knitting & crocheting their wares & knowledgeable in the use of natural ingredients used for herbal remedies. We will be invited to sample the locally made fruit wine.

We are then heading to Eskidoganbey Village. This is the Turkish hometown for Janan Sozen, where we will reside for the rest of our program, inside the elegantly decorated stone houses.

Supper is in the Olive House Garden, prepared by Janan's helpers who use the local ingredients and our special recipes.

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12 May 2016, Thursday (B,L,D)

 Today we explore the important ancient Ionian cities of Miletus and Didyma with its stunning Temple of Apollo along the Aegean Coast. Miletus was one of the principal Ionian cities and is well preserved with a grand theatre and Faustina Baths.

Lunch is in Kapikiri Village at the family run Agora Pension.

Agora Pension Their menu contains completely homemade food, mainly olive oil dishes with regional herbs, and salads prepared with herbs collected from the environment and cooked with their own organic olive oil and served in the garden.

In the afternoon, we are visiting Lake Bafa, which was once connected to the Aegean Sea. Lake Bafa is a national park that is home to birds like the Dalmatian pelican, fish eagle, common tern, pygmy cormorant and heron while the lake itself is populated by the famous eels, Bafa grey mullet, sea bass and sea bream. Wild boar, foxes, wild cats, hedgehogs and badgers all inhabit the surrounding Latmos Mountains. We will visit Kapikiri Village and Herakleia, which is an ancient site that has been inhabited since the prehistoric ages.

For dinner tonight, we are taking a small journey to the sea side, Karina, to sample the seafood along with wine. Dip your toes into the Aegean.

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 13 May 2016, Friday (B,L,D)

 Breakfast & Bread making in the village this morning. Enjoy the fresh tomatoes, goat cheese and eggs produced daily along with freshly baked bread.

While enjoying the village, Joan will cook for us while explaining the essentials of Turkish home cooking. Feel free to join in and get your hands dirty.

After lunch and some rest, we will take a walking tour around the village. Eskidoganbey is a part of Dilek National Park and famous with its very well preserved houses. Our tour will include a visit to Emel Aksoy's exquisite Turkish costume collection.

Relax for the afternoon and enjoy Jazz music along with wine in the garden in the afternoon.

For dinner, we are heading to a local, family run restaurant with an amazing sunset. Janan is preparing a sweet “farewell” for everyone.

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  14 May 2016, Saturday (B,L,D)

 After breakfast, and our good byes we will return by coach to Izmir and fly back to Istanbul.

Our client guests may:

Book an afternoon flight back home to connect with the domestic flight from Izmir.

Extend their stay in Istanbul or other parts of Turkey. Please contact Unison Turkey staff and we will be happy to help with arrangements.

A Journey Of Discovery 16 Days – Guarantee Departures

 Day 1: Arrival Day Istanbul

 Welcome to Turkey!
Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents, and once the capital of 4 empires, is currently a modern thriving metropolis. You will be greeted by one of our representatives at the airport, and chauffeured to your hotel. We will get an opportunity to meet our fellow travelers this evening over a welcome drink.

Meals – Welcome drink

Hotel Istanbul- The Vault Hotel Karakoy

 Day 2: Istanbul

 Today sees us visiting the Underground Cistern built during the Byzantine era, and largest of it’s kind in Istanbul. A short stroll to the Spice Bazaar is an assault on all the senses, before we venture across the Golden Horn to pay homage to the last 6 Ottoman Sultans, and where the revered Mustafa Kemal Ataturk saw his final days at Dolmabahce Palace.
This evening as an option we board our private boat and take a cruise through the stretch of water separating Europe from Asia, the Bosphorus. We will see palaces, forts, beautiful Ottoman architecture and ancient ruins.

Meals – Breakfast

Option – Boat/ Light refreshments on boat

Hotel Istanbul- The Vault Hotel Karakoy

 Day 3: Istanbul

 After breakfast, our guide takes us on a journey through history, as we explore the famed Old City of Istanbul. We visit the majestic Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome, and Topkapi Palace before get a chance to enjoy some friendly banter in the largest covered market in the world, The Grand Bazaar… You may even negotiate a great bargain!

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Istanbul- The Vault Hotel Karakoy

 Day 4: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

 This morning we navigate our way out of the bustling streets of Istanbul, and head towards the ‘Gallipoli’ peninsula, where the Marmara & Aegean Seas connect. Our guide will share stories of battle woes of 1915, and explain in detail how the ANZAC legend was born. We visit Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, Anzac Cove, the Gallipoli Museum, the Neck, and look down at Suvla Bay. This battle-hardened peninsula has now become a tranquil place. Lest we forget.
After the battlefields, we unwind at a local vineyard for some wine tasting of the regions finest grapes.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch / Wine tasting

Hotel Canakkale – Limani Hotel

 Day 5: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi

 Our first stop sees us visiting the ancient city of Troy, dating as far back as 3000 BC. Our guide explains how the IX cities of Troy came to be, as well as the fabled Trojan War which was the battle that launched 1000 ships. Homer’s legendary Iliad & Odyssey are referenced here.
We continue heading south to one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities in Pergamon. Formerly a Greek city, Pergamon played an important role in education and medicine. One of the largest libraries of its time was located here, along with the Asklepieion, Amphitheatre and Altar of Zeus.
Our day ends in the port town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast.

Meals – Breakfast/lunch

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

 Day 6: Ephesus – Sirince – Kusadasi

 Once an ancient Greek city, then a lively Roman city, the legendary site of Ephesus remains one of the most visited places in Turkey. We will marvel at the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, along with the complex plumbing systems, which date as far back as the 10th Century BC. We will also visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. St. John’s Basilica is next on our itinerary, and just a short drive from Ephesus. Here, it is believed to be John the Apostle’s final resting place.We drive to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its olives, wines, nuts and fresh fruit. We will be given an opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies, whilst we relax overlooking the olive groves in this quaint township.

Meals – Breakfast/Lunch

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

 Day 7: Kusadasi – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

 This morning we head to the House of the Virgin Mary, where St John escorted her until the time of her ‘Assumption.’ Continuing east, we drive to the magical site of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle.) The natural travertine’s cascading down the hill has been forming for tens of thousands of years. Once believed to possess healing qualities, numerous people from all over the world have bathed in these pools.
Today we also experience the ruined city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, where Marcus Aurelius Ammianos’ sarcophagi lies and view the very impressive amphitheatre.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Pamukkale – Tripolis Hotel

 Day 8: Pamukkale– Saklikent Gorge – Kalkan

 This morning we drive to Turkey’s largest gorge, Saklikent. We marvel at the flow of water gushing from the mountains, and for those wishing to get a little wet, there’s an opportunity to walk through it. We relax on the viewing platforms enjoying refreshments whilst taking in the breath taking views.
We then travel to one of the most picturesque townships on the Mediterranean, Kalkan, enjoying an evening to ourselves.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Kalkan – Likya Residence Hotel

 Day 9: Free day / Option – Blue Cruise Along The Turquoise Coast

 This morning after breakfast, we can spend the day however we please. There’s an optional daily boat cruise along the turquoise coast, which will involve swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports. Or, you may wish to relax by the hotel pool, or walk down to the beach for a dip. This is your day to do as you please!

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Kalkan – Likya Residence Hotel

 Day 10: Kalkan -Kaputas -Antalya

 Today, we’re on the road again, and continue heading east, along the stunning coastline. This is the start of the famous Lycian trail. We will be fortunate enough to stop for a swim in one of Turkey’s most naturally beautiful beaches, called Kaputas, before stopping for lunch in the stunning town of Kas.
We retire for the day in the seaside city of Antalya.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Antalya – The Marmara Hotel

Day 11: Antalya – Aspendos – Konya  

 After breakfast, we enjoy a walk around the grand amphitheatre of Aspendos, before our journey takes us north to the religious capital of Turkey, home of Mevlana and the Whirling Dervishes where we visit the Mevlana museum.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Konya- Hotel Ney

Day 12: Konya – Silk Road – Cappadocia

 We continue heading towards central Anatolia, and enjoy the scenic drive as we witness a dramatic change in landscape. After a short visit to the largest Caravansaray in Turkey, Sultanhani, we continue on to Cappadocia. Your faces should light up as we sit in awe at how this unusual landscape was formed. We enjoy an early evening fascinated by the wonder that is Cappadocia.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Cappadocia – Kale Konak

 Day 13: Cappadocia

 Often described as a ‘moonscape’ the unique rock formations, which make up the Cappadocia region, will undoubtedly blow your mind. There is an optional hot air balloon ride to start your day, which will be followed by our guided tour of Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Cavusin and Avanos. This evening we attend the highly recommended ‘Turkish Night’ which consists traditional Turkish folklore and belly dancing.

Meals – Breakfast / Dinner

Hotel Cappadocia – Kale Konak

 Day 14: Cappadocia

 Underground cities were constructed prior to the Persian raids across the Anatolian plains. Today, we’re fortunate to be guided through one of the largest remaining underground cities, approximately 85mtrs deep. Soon after, we will visit Ihlara Valley, Pigeon Valley and Selime Monastery before putting our feet up for the day.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Cappadocia – Kale konak

 Day 15: Cappadocia – Istanbul

 This morning, enjoy some free time exploring the sites of Cappadocia before boarding our afternoon flight back to Istanbul. For those who didn’t get an opportunity to experience a hot air balloon ride, this morning is your last chance.

Meals – Breakfast

Istanbul hotel - The Vault Hotel Karakoy

 Day 16: Tour Concludes in Istanbul

 After breakfast, we bid farewell to our newfound friends, and reflect on what has been a memorable experience. If you’re planning to stay in Turkey longer, we are also able to assist with accommodation bookings, or private guided tours.

Meals – Breakfast

Classic Turkey 11 Days – Guarantee Departures

 Day 1: Arrival Day Istanbul

 Welcome to Turkey! Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents, and once the capital of 4 empires, is currently a modern thriving metropolis. You will be greeted by one of our representatives at the airport, and chauffeured to your hotel. We will get an opportunity to meet our fellow travelers this evening over a welcome drink.

Meals – welcome drink

Hotel Istanbul- The Vault Hotel Karakoy

Day 2: Istanbul 

 After breakfast, our guide gives us a walking tour around the major historical sites of the Old City of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, St Sophia, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and Grand Bazaar (the largest covered market in the world.) This evening as an option, we board our private luxury boat and take a cruise through the stretch of water separating Europe from Asia, the Bosphorus. We will see palaces, forts, ancient ruins and beautiful Ottoman housing.

Meals – Breakfast.

Option – Boat -Light refreshments on board.

Hotel Istanbul – The Vault Hotel Karakoy

 Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale

 This morning we navigate our way out of the bustling streets of Istanbul, and head towards the ‘Gallipoli’ peninsula, where the Marmara & Aegean Seas connect. Our guide will share stories of battle woes of 1915, and explain in detail how the ANZAC legend was born. We visit Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, Anzac Cove, Gallipoli Museum, the Neck, and look down at Suvla Bay. This battle-hardened peninsula has now become a tranquil place. Lest we forget.
After the battlefields, we relax over a wine tasting where we can taste the regions best grapes.

Meals- Breakfast / lunch / wine tasting

Hotel Canakkale – Limani Hotel

 Day 4: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi

 Our first stop sees us visiting the ancient city of Troy, dating as far back as 3000 BC. Our guide explains how the IX cities of Troy came to be, as well as the fabled Trojan War, which was the battle that launched 1000 ships. Homer’s legendary Iliad & Odyssey are referenced here.
We continue heading south to one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities in Pergamon. Formerly a Greek city, Pergamon played an important role in education and medicine. One of the largest libraries of its time was located here, along with the Asklepieion, Amphitheatre and Altar of Zeus. Our day ends in the port town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast.

Meals – Breakfast / lunch

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

 Day 5: Kusadasi – Ephesus – Sirince – Kusadasi

 Once an ancient Greek city, then a lively Roman city, the legendary site of Ephesus remains one of the most visited places in Turkey. We will marvel at the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, along with the complex plumbing systems, which date as far back as the 10th Century BC. We will also visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. St. John’s Basilica is next on our itinerary, and just a short drive from Ephesus. Here, it is believed to be John the Apostle’s final resting place.
After lunch, we learn about Turkish hand-woven carpets, and this afternoon, we drive to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its olives, wines, nuts and fresh fruit. We will be given an opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies, whilst we relax overlooking the olive groves in this quaint township.

Meals – Breakfast / lunch

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

 Day 6: Kusadasi – Hierapolis – Pamukkale

 This morning we head to the House of the Virgin Mary, where St John escorted her until the time of her ‘Assumption.’ Continuing east, we drive to the magical site of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle.) The natural travertine’s cascading down the hill has been forming for tens of thousands of years which are believed to possess healing qualities.
Today we also experience the ruined city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, where Marcus Aurelius Ammianos’ sarcophagi lies. The amphitheatre is also very impressive.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Pamukkale – Tripolis Hotel

 Day 7: Pamukkale – Konya

 This morning we continue our journey east to the home of Mevlana and the Whirling Dervishes, Konya. This afternoon we are guided around the Mevlana museum and enjoy a night to relax.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Konya – Hotel Ney

Day 8: Konya – Cappadocia

 As we continue heading towards central Anatolia along the ancient Silk Trade route, we can enjoy the scenic drive as we witness a dramatic change in landscape. After a visit to the largest Caravansaray in Turkey, Sultanhani, we continue onto Cappadocia.

Meals – Breakfast / lunch

Hotel Cappadocia – Yunak Houses Hotel

 Day 9: Cappadocia

 Often described as a ‘moonscape’ the unique rock formations, which make up the Cappadocia region, will undoubtedly blow your mind. There is an optional hot air balloon ride to start your day, which will be followed by our guided tour of Goreme Open Air Museum, Uchisar Castle, Cavusin and Avanos. This evening, we attend the highly recommended ‘Turkish Night’ which consists traditional Turkish folklore and belly dancing.

Meals – Breakfast / dinner

Hotel Cappadocia – Yunak Houses Hotel

 Day 10: Cappadocia – Istanbul

 This morning, enjoy some free time exploring the sites of Cappadocia before boarding our afternoon flight back to Istanbul. For those who didn’t get an opportunity to experience a hot air balloon ride, this morning is your last chance.

Meals – Breakfast

Istanbul hotel - The Vault Hotel Karakoy

Day 11: Istanbul 

 After breakfast, we bid farewell to our newfound friends, and reflect on what has been a memorable experience. If you’re planning to stay in Turkey longer, we are also able to assist with accommodation bookings, or private guided tours.

Meals – Breakfast

Culture And The Coast 8 Days – Guarantee Departures

Day 1: Arrival Day Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Istanbul, the only city to straddle two continents, and once the capital of 4 empires, is currently a modern thriving metropolis. You will be greeted by one of our representatives at the airport, and chauffeured to your hotel. We will get an opportunity to meet our fellow travelers this evening over a welcome drink.

Meals – Welcome drink.

Hotel Istanbul- The Vault Karakoy

Day 2: Istanbul 

 After breakfast, our guide gives us a walking tour around the major historical sites of the Old City of Istanbul including the Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, Hippodrome, Underground Cistern and Grand Bazaar (the largest covered market in the world.) This evening as an option, we board our private luxury boat and take a cruise through the stretch of water separating Europe from Asia, the Bosphorus. We will see palaces, forts, ancient ruins and beautiful Ottoman housing.

Meals – Breakfast / Light refreshments on boat

Hotel Istanbul – The Vault Karakoy

Day 3: Istanbul – Gallipoli – Canakkale 

 This morning we navigate our way out of the bustling streets of Istanbul, and head towards the ‘Gallipoli’ peninsula, where the Marmara & Aegean Seas connect. Our guide will share stories of battle woes of 1915, and explain in detail how the ANZAC legend was born. We visit Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Johnston’s Jolly, Anzac Cove, the Nek, and look down at Suvla Bay. This battle-hardened peninsula has now become a tranquil place. Lest we forget.
This afternoon we enjoy a wine tasting at a local vineyard where you can sample some of the regions finest grapes.

Meals- Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Canakkale – Limani Hotel

Day 4: Canakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Kusadasi 

 Our first stop sees us visiting the ancient city of Troy, dating as far back as 3000 BC. Our guide explains how the IX cities of Troy came to be, as well as the fabled Trojan War, which was the battle that launched 1000 ships. Homer’s legendary Iliad & Odyssey are referenced here. We continue heading south to one of Turkey’s best-preserved ancient cities in Pergamon. Formerly a Greek city, Pergamon played an important role in education and medicine. One of the largest libraries of its time was located here, along with the Asklepieion, Amphitheatre and Altar of Zeus. Our day ends in the port town of Kusadasi on the Aegean coast.

Meals – Breakfast / Lunch

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

 Day 5: Kusadasi– Ephesus – Sirince – Kusadasi

 Once an ancient Greek city, then a lively Roman city, the legendary site of Ephesus remains one of the most visited places in Turkey. We will marvel at the Library of Celsus, the Great Theatre, along with the complex plumbing systems, which date as far back as the 10th Century BC. We will also visit the Temple of Artemis, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world. St. John’s Basilica is next on our itinerary, and just a short drive from Ephesus. Here, it is believed to be John the Apostle’s final resting place.
This afternoon, we drive to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its olives, wines, nuts and fresh fruit. We will be given an opportunity to sample some of the local delicacies, whilst we relax overlooking the olive groves in this quaint township.

Meals – Breakfast.

Hotel Kusadasi – La Vista Hotel

Day 6: Kusadasi– Hierapolis – Pamukkale 

 This morning we head to the House of the Virgin Mary, where St John escorted her until the time of her ‘Assumption.’ We continue east driving to the magical site of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle.) The natural travertine’s cascading down the hill has been forming for tens of thousands of years which are believed to possess healing qualities.
Today we also experience the ruined city of Hierapolis, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, where Marcus Aurelius Ammianos’ sarcophagi lies. The amphitheatre is also very impressive.

Meals – Breakfast

Hotel Pamukkale – Tripolis Hotel

 Day 7: Pamukkale – Kaklik Cave – Istanbul – Tour Concludes

 This morning we drive to the recently discovered Kaklik Caves, where we get an opportunity to step back in time and explore this magical place, which formed over 2.5 million years ago.
Afterwards, we continue our journey to the nearby city of Denizli where we board our flight back to Istanbul. Tonight in Istanbul we enjoy dinner and a traditional Turkish Folklore and belly dance show.

Meals – Breakfast / Dinner

Istanbul – The Vault Karakoy

 Day 8 : Tour Concludes in Istanbul

 After breakfast, we bid farewell to our new found friends, and reflect on what has been a memorable experience. If you’re planning to stay in Turkey longer, we are also able to assist with accommodation bookings, or private guided tours.

Meals – Breakfast

Cooking in Istanbul – Learn How to Cook a Seasonal Turkish Menu (Half day)