A 11-day tour from old Istanbul to the magical landscapes and underground cities of Cappadocia, the ancient Silk Route through Konya, calcium travertines at Pamukkale, amazing ruins at Ephesus, the Mediterranean coastline from Kusadasi to Canakkale, the Acropolis of Pergamun, ancient Troy and the World War One battlefield sites and memorials on the Gallipoli peninsula
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 1: Tour starts in Istanbul </STRONG>Your 11-day adventure starts off with your arrival in Istanbul. One of the most fascinating and grand cities in the world, Istanbul is rich with culture and history.Uniquely located at the junction of Europe
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 2: Tour of Istanbul Old City </STRONG>We start the day exploring the historical part of Istanbul known as the Old City. You visit some of the most iconic landmarks, including the world-famous Blue Mosque, the beautiful Hagia Sophia, the intrig
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 3: Ankara, Ataturk Mausoleum, depart for Cappadocia </STRONG>Today, the tour takes us to Turkey’s capital, Ankara. Here we visit the mausoleum of the legendary Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, who was the leader of the Turkish War of Independence and th
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 4: Cappadocia fairy chimneys and rock formations </STRONG>A day filled with fascinating cultural experiences awaits us. We visit the Goreme Open Air Musuem, one of the most unique places to visit in Turkey. It is comprised of a series of monas
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 5: Kaymakli Underground City, Silk Road, stop at Sultan Hani Caravansary, Mevlana Museum in Konya </STRONG>Today we visit the mazes and tunnels of Kaymakli Underground City. We then travel along the famous ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We s
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 6: Pamukkale Hot Springs, City of Sagalassos </STRONG>Today we head towards the famous travertines and hot springs of Pamukkale. This magical natural site is a bucket-list destination and is visited by around 2 million people each year. The wh
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 7: Sacred City of Hierapolis and Temple of Apollo visit </STRONG>Today we visit more famous and fascinating ancient historical sites. We see the ruins of Hierapolis, known as the “Sacred City” due to its temples and religious sites. The theatr
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 8: City of Ephesus </STRONG>Today we visit another ancient city. Ephesus is extremely well-preserved, and much of the ruins have been excavated and restored. You are therefore able to walk and stroll through the city much as the original inhab
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 9: Mediterranean coast, Pergamum Acropolis, Ancient Troy </STRONG>We enjoy a scenic drive today heading north up the Mediterranean coast before we visit the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. The impressive temples and library here made this a
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 10: Gallipoli battlefields and memorials. Return to Istanbul </STRONG>After crossing the Dardanelles Strait by ferry, we make a tour of the important World War 1 battlefield sites on the Gallipoli Peninsula, including ANZAC Cove, The Nek, John
Accommodation: <STRONG>Day 11: Tour ends in Istanbul. Departure airport transfer </STRONG>Our 11-day adventure in Turkey ends today. We enjoy breakfast in Istanbul, after which your time is free until we pick you up to transfer to the airport for your onward journey hom
Encounters Travel specialise in creating imaginative, adventurous small group tours all around the world for the open minded traveller. They are always looking for new ways to add value and excitement to your travel experiences so that you see more than just the usual tourist spots, as well as having great fun at the same time. Their tours are designed to give you the best possible experience in each country, whilst at the same time providing good value for money without making compromises.
You will see and learn about local cultures and historic sites while enjoying some more adventurous activities along the way. They also try very hard to keep the overall style and inclusions/exclusions of their tours as consistent as possible from country to country, while taking into account the different highlights and activities available in each destination. Their escorted group tours are hosted by specially selected experts who bring their knowledge and skills to add an extra dimension to the tour.
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