CostSaver - Wonders of Turkey

11 Days From R11,000 pps*

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Departure Date: 12/11/2018

East meets West in this Turkish extravaganza exploring the Byzantine and Ottoman past of Istanbul with its colourful street markets and beautiful Blue Mosque. You'll also visit the underground city of Sarhatli, Pamukkale's cotton fortresses and the ruins of Ephesus.

Sightseeing Highlights:
Istanbul, Turkey

* Ankara: Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum.

* Cappadocia: Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Sarhatli.

* Ephesus: Visit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsus, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary.

* Gallipoli: See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries.

* Istanbul: Sightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.

* Konya. Visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes.

* Pamukkale. See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis.

* Pergamon. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre.

* Troy. Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse.

Stop 1: Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)
Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey. In the evening attend a trip briefing with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.
Hotel: Ramada Plaza City Center.

Stop 2: Istanbul Sightseeing
This morning enjoy free time in the city or consider an Optional Experience Bosphorus cruise and visit to Hagia Sophia. This excursion enjoys views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe and a visit to the church built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum and is known as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Holiday Inn Kavaklidere.

Stop 3: Istanbul – Ankara
This morning enjoy free time in the city or consider an Optional Experience Bosphorus cruise and visit to Hagia Sophia. This excursion enjoys views of the strait that separates Asia and Europe and a visit to the church built in the Byzantine capital during the 6th century and converted into a mosque by the Ottomans. Today it houses a museum and is known as one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Early this afternoon depart for the capital city of Ankara for an overnight stay. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Holiday Inn Kavaklidere.

Stop 4: Ankara – Cappadocia (2 Nights)
Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts dating back 7,500 years including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Perhaps take an Optional Experience this evening to see a mesmerising Whirling Dervish performance with dinner at a local restaurant. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Ramada Cappadocia.

Stop 5: Cappadocia Sightseeing
This morning travel to Pasabagi and the Red Valley and later stop at a regional rug production centre to have a firsthand experience of this unique art. This afternoon you may wish to take an Optional Experience to Göreme and Avanos. Göreme, a historical region of Turkey located among unique rock formations, was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Afterwards continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. This evening dinner will be served at your hotel.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner.

Stop 6: Cappadocia – Konya
This morning visit the underground city of Sarhatli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Drive to Konya and visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Later check into your hotel in Konya and enjoy dinner. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn.

Stop 7: Konya – Pamukkale
After breakfast leave Konya and travel to see the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs. You will also get to see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. This evening enjoy a relaxing dinner at your hotel. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. Hotel: Richmond.

Stop 8: Pamukkale – Ephesus and St. Mary's House – Izmir
Today travel to Selçuk and tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, view a magnificent theatre, see the Library of Celsus, a gymnasium and finally Hadrian's Temple. Then take a short drive from Ephesus to visit St. Mary's stone cottage, where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Arrive later in Izmir. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Doubletree By Hilton Alsansak.

Stop 9: Izmir – Pergamon – Troy – Çanakkale
Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamon and continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse. This town is best known for being the setting of the Trojan War as well as a place where many cities are built on top of each other. Continue to Çanakkale for the night with dinner served at your hotel. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast & Dinner. Hotel: Buyuk Truva.

Stop 10: Çanakkale – Gallipoli – Istanbul
In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many WWI battles. Visit poignant Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair before returning to Istanbul. Enjoy a last night in Istanbul with your travel companions after this comprehensive trip through Turkey.
Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast. Hotel: Ramada Plaza City Center.

Stop 11: Depart Istanbul
This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available to the airport. Conditions apply. Meal(s): Buffet Breakfast.

What's Included

A 10 night hotel stay, unbeatable Features; Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences; 10 Buffet breakfasts & 5 Three course dinners; Luxury air-conditioned coach; Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat; Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted; Variety of Optional Experiences, an expert Travel Director and separate driver; All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes; Airport transfers are provided on the first and last travel day. Conditions apply.


11 Days From R11,000 pps*


The Small Print

These offers are brought to you by Travel Counsellors (Pty) Ltd. Excludes: flights, airport taxes, meals not specified, items of a personal nature, optional extra tours, tipping. Valid for travel on selected departure dates from November 2018 to March 2019. R3000 deposit secures your Ready To Go Rate and your seat on the trip. CostSaver pricing is subject to change. The price of the holiday will only be confirmed at time of booking. Due to changes in availability and costs any amendment after booking may increase the cost of your holiday which you will be liable for in addition to any amendment fees. Offers are per person sharing. Rates for other periods are available on request. Land arrangements are subject to availability, high season supplements and currency fluctuations. Supplier's terms and conditions are available on request. Additional information available on request. Valid for SA residents only. Terms and conditions apply. Prices and information correct at time of publishing. Subject to availability at time of booking and may be withdrawn at any time. E&OE.


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