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Nowhere in the world is more welcoming than Turkey. Its beguiling people, spellbinding beauty, enthralling archaeology and delectable cuisine are beloved by travellers the world over. Dubbed the ‘Cradle of Civilisations’, Turkey plays watchful guardian to millennia of history. This vibrant modern nation treats visitors to gracious hospitality, amazing hotels and surprising value. A diverse and fascinating land, Turkey is one of the world’s most memorable travel encounters. Heritage

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Leisure

The age of empires is past but its legacy remains in Turkey. Here you can walk the ancient roads of Troy and see the world’s best preserved Roman frescoes. Not to forget the marvels of Old Istanbul.

In Turkey you’ll gaze into amazing landscapes, from sun and sea to pristine peaks. Breathe in fresh mountain air on a high country trek or discover the host of wildlife calling Blue Flag beaches home.

An almost limitless choice of activities beckons visitors to Turkey. From a dawn Balloon flight over Cappadocia’s lunar landscape to high country treks, diving the pristine Turquoise Coast and more.

Cuisine

Tradition

Turkish fare is a melting pot of Asian, Mediterranean and European dishes. Whether you dine five star, cafè-style or at an authentic street vendor, the menu will be fresh, appetising and delicious.

This vibrant modern nation is also steeped in art and culture. From majestic architecture to fine arts, traditional crafts and unmissable experiences like a Turkish bath or village folk dancing. Small Group Tours

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Superb travel experiences Fairy Chimneys Travel small group tours offer you the very best of Turkey. Designed in-house by our experienced team, each blends firsthand knowledge with the hopes and dreams of Australian travellers. Each tour paints an authentic picture, piece by piece of this wonderfully immersive destination. Many also focus around a special interest. From the very first contact, you can expect Fairy Chimneys Travel to make everything about your holiday in Turkey an absolute pleasure. It’s just our way of introducing you to the generous, welcoming culture you’re about to encounter.

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Choice

24/7 Care

Nearly 15 years, Fairy Chimneys Travel has been creating unforgettable Turkey travel experiences. Every member of the team has lived in or visited this intriguing destination. Each has a deep travel passion and desire to share with you the very best of Turkey. Your hopes for this tour are important to us, so we’ll be using all our skills and experience to fulfil every need.

We know that everyone has different ideas about what makes a great holiday. That’s why Fairy Chimneys Travel offers such a wide range of tours. Amongst our tour products you’ll find varied service levels, popular and out-of-the-way destinations, active or restful itineraries and much more. So whether you’re planning to visit Turkey for three days or three weeks, we have your tour.

We understand how reassuring it is to speak with a real person. Especially from another country and different time zone. That’s why you get an allhours contact number to use while travelling. Fairy Chimneys Travel runs our own tours in Turkey. So no matter where you are, we’re only ever a phone call away. All tour leaders, guides and drivers are our own team members too.

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Leaders

Typically, a private airport transfer is included with each tour, regardless of your arrival and departure dates. Business class passengers enjoy this service within Australia also. Fairy Chimneys Travel also incorporates admission fees for the carefully selected highlight included in your itinerary. So you don’t encounter unexpected expense or miss opportunities during your tour.

Fairy Chimneys Travel wants your tour to blend close cultural encounters, delectable new flavours, amazing fun activities and quietly classy accommodation. Our Small Group Tours feature authentic accommodation in exceptional locations. All feature private amenities and minimum deluxe standard, you’ll slumber in converted mansions, cave hotels and grand international chains.

It’s the little things that make the difference. Like our experienced tour guides. All are keen to share their wealth of knowledge about Turkey and the astounding attractions you will visit on tour. Many guides have been leading Fairy Chimneys Travel tours for over 10 years. All are competent English speakers, dedicated to making yours an unforgettable travel experience.

Flexible

Groups

Fairy Chimneys Travel adapts our skill and knowledge to suit sole travellers, couples, small and large groups. We offer full agency service or simply service the gaps in your travel arrangements. Wherever possible, your special needs will be accommodated and we ably coordinate arrival and departure of multiple group members from diverse points of origin.

Over the years, we’ve listened closely to our returning travellers. That’s how Fairy Chimneys Travel knows most people prefer touring in a small group. So we’ve limited all our Small Group Tours to a no more than 15 guests. Because we specialise in travel from Australia, most of your tour group will be fellow Australians. Many tour leaders are Turkish Australians also. Small Group Tours

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21 day Premium Cultural Tour | maximum 15 guestS

Highlights

Itinerary

 UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul  The remarkably intact athletic stadium at Aphrodisias  Mineral pool bathing at Hierapolis Roman health spa  Alluring volcanic landscapes of Goreme Valley  Dawn among the colossal heads atop Mt Nemrut  The astonishingly beautiful Black Sea region

Day 1: Istanbul

Added value  Professional Tour Guide  Half day Turkish cooking extravaganza  Karaca Cave, considered Turkey’s most beautiful

Welcome to the exotic city of Istanbul. Here you will discover fine historic artefacts and the magnificent monuments of Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. On arrival at Ataturk International Airport today you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, your tour will meet in the lobby for introductions and a welcome dinner with group leader, Helen Wragg. Accommodation: – Momento Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Istanbul

Bridging two continents, Istanbul was founded in antiquity and still bears testament to the ancient empires that called it home. Today you will visit one of the world's great religious sites, the superb Blue Mosque and Byzantine Hippodrome, known as Sultanahmet Square. Other highlights are Hagia Sophia Basilica, the former cathedral over 1,000 years old and Topkapi Palace, once home to Sultans and now housing Ottoman treasures. Accommodation: – Momento Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L

Day 3: Istanbul

This morning, enjoy a Bosphorus cruise. This winding strait separates Europe from Asia and its shores offer a delightful mix of past and present, splendour and beauty. Marble palaces and rustic fortresses line the banks, alongside parks, restaurants, homes and hotels. Spend this afternoon haggling at the world-famous Grand Bazaar and exploring its sixty five rambling streets. Accommodation: – Momento Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

Day 4: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove – Canakkale

Make an early departure for Gallipoli this morning. The peninsula is filled with memorials, cemeteries and a museum devoted to the tragic events of 1915. Your tour visits Anzac Cove and Beach Cemetery, followed by an ANZAC trek to Lone Pine and 8

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Chunuk Bair memorials. Shrapnel Valley, The Nek and original trenches at Johnston’s Jolly are included. Cross the Dardanelles this afternoon and relax at a waterside cafe in the vibrant town of Canakkale. Accommodation: – Akol Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, L, D

Day 5: Troy, Pergamum – Kusadasi

This morning, see the Military Museum and Cimenlik Castle before visiting legendary Troy. Then you will follow the mountainous coastline to arrive at the ancient Acropolis of Pergamum, famous for its wealth of archaeological ruins. From the Temple of Trajan, take in the stunning views of surrounding countryside, then continue to the port of Kusadasi, a resort town since antiquity. Accommodation: – Grand Onder Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 6: Ephesus – Kusadasi

Today’s highlight is a visit to the ancient world wonder of Ephesus. These inspiring ruins are one of the world's best archaeological sites. Here, you will walk 2,000 year-old marble streets, visit the Temple of Hadrian and famous Library of Celsus. Also pay a visit to the amazing array of Terrace houses only recently displayed. This afternoon is yours to relax in Kusadasi before dinner. Accommodation: – Grand Onder Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 7: Aphrodisias, Hierapolis – Pamukkale Departing Kusadasi, stop at the marvellous ruins of Aphrodisias. This recent archaeological discovery rivals Ephesus and includes a Temple of Aphrodite and vast, virtually intact amphitheatre. Continue to the white lime cascades of Pamukkale. Nearby, at the Roman health spa of Hierapolis, see the stadium and wander through the Necropolis tombs. Take time to relax in the thermal pool or spa at your hotel before dinner tonight. Accommodation: – Colossae Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale Meals: – B, D


Day 8: Konya

Day 13: Mount Nemrut – Erzurum

Leave Pamukkale behind for an early afternoon arrival in Konya. Known as Iconium to ancient Greeks and Romans, Konya became capital to the first Turkish kingdom of Anatolia. Sights include the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret. The greatly revered Mevlana’s Masoleum, holiest shrine of the mystical Whirling Dervish sect is found in Konya. The bazaar, largest and richest in inner Anatolia, has changed little in 1,000 years. Accommodation: – Rumi Hotel, Konya Meals: – B, D

Day 9: Cappadocia

Day 10: Cappadocia

Day 16: Sumela Monastery, Zigana – Trabzon

Day 12: Cappadocia, Kahramanmaras – Kahta

Make an early departure from Cappadocia, visiting the Seljuk Karatayhan Caravanserai along the famed Silk Road. After lunch, continue to Kahramanmaras for a different experience - tasting the best ice-cream in Turkey. Arrive in Kahta late afternoon and prepare to rise early in the morning. Accommodation: – Zeus Hotel, Kahta Meals: – B, D

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Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell new friends and travel to the air port for your flight home. Meals: – B

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One last free day to enjoy Istanbul’s many attractions. This evening there will be a fabulous farewell dinner at Kumkapi in the seafood district.. Accommodation: – Golden Horn Sirkeci Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

 Airport transfers

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 Air-conditioned private transport throughout Erzurum

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Learn everything you ever wondered about Turkish cuisine in an informative half day cooking workshop at Alaturka Restaurant. Assist master chef, Feyzi Usta, to prepare a midday meal using the best seasonal market ingredients before relishing your own handiwork. Spend the balance of today at leisure, perhaps haggling in the Grand Bazaar or exploring beautiful nearby shops where you will find distinctive Turkish treasures. Accommodation: – Golden Horn Sirkeci Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L

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Ephesus

Spend today at leisure, exploring the local Black Sea lifestyle. Trabzon is not a tourist town and life here is gentle and unhurried. Stroll the town square or wander through the local markets. Meet this afternoon to farewell our driver and guide before an evening flight to Istanbul. Accommodation: – Golden Horn Sirkeci Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

Day 20: Istanbul

Depart for Sumela Monastery. This 4th century retreat clings to a sheer cliff face, shrouded with deep forest. Relax by fast flowing stream at Altindere Valley National Park for lunch then travel the old Silk Road through Zigana Mountains. Visit Karaca Cave and see the lovely colours and formations before return to Trabzon. Accommodation: – Usta Hotel, Trabzon Meals:– B

Explore Cappadocia at your leisure today. Or simply relax and catch up on personal time. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L

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Day 18: Trabzon – Istanbul

Today, Turkey’s rugged mountainous region gives way to the breathtaking beauty of Tortum Waterfalls. The journey to Camlihemsin passes through picturesque Firtina Valley, abundant with cascades, stone bridges and giving way to the lush green forest foothills of Kackar Mountains. Make a brief visit to the scenic summer village of Ayder before continuing to Trabzon. Accommodation: – Usta Hotel, Trabzon Meals: – B, D

Day 11: Cappadocia

Gallipoli

Day 14: Mount Nemrut – Erzurum

Day 15: Ayder – Trabzon

Avanos, the Bronze Age ‘Pottery Village’, is the first stop today. Try your hand at Hittite-style ceramic making before exploring Cappadocia. This volcanic region is known for its curious fairy chimneys, sculpted by wind and rain. Over the centuries, many have taken shelter here, burrowing whole subterranean towns into the rock. A visit to Goreme, with its rock chapels carved by early Christians is simply unforgettable. Optional: Dawn hot air balloon flight over Goreme Valley, caves, chapels and fairy chimneys. Activity: Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L

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Depart for the 13th century church of St Sophia to study its extraordinary collection of Byzantine frescoes. Other highlights today include Gulbahar Hatun Ottoman Mosque, Atatürk’s Mansion, a picturesque hillside retreat and a 13th century nunnery built by Alexios III. Scan the city horizon from Boztepe before stopping at Uzungöl Lake, one of the most photogenic locations in the region. Accommodation: – Usta Hotel, Trabzon Meals: – B

Once an ancient Armenian capital, Erzurum passed to Rome as territory was divided with Persia. The city fell under Seljuk and Ottoman rule and was a Turkish War of Independence flashpoint. Today, visit the 13th century theological school Cifte Minareli Medrese and Yakutiye Medresesi, an interesting museum built by Mongolians to Seljuk architectural patterns. Accommodation: – Hotel Dilaver, Erzurum Meals: – B, D

Crossing the Anatolian plains, stop along the Silk Road to visit the Caravanserai Sultanhan. On arrival in Cappadocia, make a brief visit to the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and Selime Village. See the intriguing Derinkuyu Underground City before your arrival in the township of Urgup. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Day 17: Uzungöl – Trabzon

Waking before dawn, leave your hotel for an unforgettable atop Mount Nemrut. On arrival at the peak, take a twenty-five minute walk to the summit and prepare to witness the rising sun appear between colossal statues and heads of kings and Gods. A drive through the mountainous plateau of Eastern Anatolia sees you arrive in Erzurum to the north. Accommodation: – Hotel Dilaver, Erzurum Meals: – B, D

Extras

Cappadocia Pamukkale

Aphrodisias

Konya

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Kahta

 Optional tours or additional side trips

Kahramanmaras

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21 day premium History & Culture Tour | maximum 15 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 Finest examples of traditional architecture at Safranbolu

Day 1: Istanbul

 Cappadocia’s astonishing wind-swept volcanic landscapes  Myra’s haunting Lycian rock tombs carved into sheer cliff  Mineral pool bathing at Hierapolis Roman health spa  Original Ottoman capital and its spectacular Green Mosque

Added value  Australian guides Peter & Glenda Pekish  Full day Blue Cruise around Kekova Island  Visit to Iznik ceramic centre near Bursa

Welcome to colourful Istanbul, the world’s only city bridging two continents. On arrival at Ataturk International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, there is a welcome dinner with the chance to meet other tour members and your guides. Accommodation: – Yasmak Sultan Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Istanbul – Safranbolu

After breakfast, journey to Safranbolu. The ancient heart of this museum is well preserved and features some of the finest surviving traditional Turkish civil architecture. Stroll along the town’s cobbled streets to Cinci Caravanserai and Bath, Kaymakamlar (Governors) House, Izzet Mehmet Pasa Mosque and the old Yemeniciler shoe makers’ guild bazaar. Accommodation: – Gulevi, Safranbolu Meals: – B, D

Day 3: Safranbolu – Ankara

Depart for Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, housing the world’s most extensive collection of Hittite artefacts. This afternoon, pay a visit to Anitkabir, mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, who led the Turkish War of Independence and founded the Republic of Turkey. Accommodation: – Barcelo Altinel Hotel, Ankara Meals: – B, D

Day 4: Ankara, Hattusas – Cappadocia

Make an early departure for Cappadocia. To the east of Ankara, visit the ancient Hittite capital of Hattusas. In the Yazilikaya rock sanctuary there are impressive carved reliefs that portray the Hittite gods. Continue your journey to the unique volcanic area of Cappadocia. Accommodation: – Utopia Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D 12

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Day 5: Cappadocia

A full day to explore Cappadocia. Visit the majestic Red Valley and the rock-cut churches of Goreme Valley. Discover the art and crafts of rural Turkey in a handcrafts centre and attend a presentation about Turkish handmade rugs. Visit an underground city, spread over seven levels that provided safe haven during invasions. Optional: Dawn Hot Air Balloon flight over the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Accommodation: – Utopia Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B

Day 6: Cappadocia

Today explore the southern region of Cappadocia and some of rural Turkey. First visit the old Greek town of Mustafapasa, then stop at Keslik Monastery, a Monastic Study centre. Take a drive to Soganli Valley and enjoy a leisurely stroll among the fairy chimney churches of this most picturesque valley. Optional: Turkish cultural night including Anatolian folklore and dancing. Accommodation: – Utopia Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B

Day 7: Cappadocia, Konya– Antalya

Depart early for the day trip to Antalya. Along the old Silk Road, visit Sultanhan Caravanserai. Then stop in Konya for lunch and a visit to Mevlana Museum. This centre celebrates Rumi, the famous mystic and poet who founded the Sufi Order of the Whirling Dervishes in the 13th century. We continue our drive to Antalya, visit Aspendos, with one of the world's best - preserved Roman Theatres is a highlight today ( If this is not enough time for today, we will visit the Aspendos next day ) and transfer to our hotel. Accommodation: – Elegance East Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, D

Day 8: Antalya

Today, visit the Archaeological Museum that houses one of the Turkey's largest collections. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring this lovely old


Mediterranean city. Accommodation: – Elegance East Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, D

Pamukkale Meals: – B, D

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Day 13: Pamukkale – Kusadasi

Day 17: Canakkale - Bursa

Take a leisurely drive toward the Mediterranean town of Kusadasi, enjoying exhilarating coastal views and lookout stops on the way. Break the journey at Aphrodisias, an ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite. Then proceed to Kusadasi for overnight. Accommodation: – Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 9: Myra – Kas

Journey to the antique city of Myra where there are stunning examples of Lycian rock-cut tombs overlooking a Roman amphitheatre. Stop in at the Chuch of St Nicholas (better known as Father Christmas) before heading to the tranquil fishing village Kas. Accommodation: – Hera Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, D

Day 14: Ephesus – Kusadasi

Day 10: Kekova Sunken City – Kas

Board a traditional Turkish gület (yacht) and set sail for Kekova Island. The sunken city of Simena is located here and your day will be filled with mini-stops for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying the balmy Turquoise Coast. Enjoy a tasty lunch on board before returning to Kas this afternoon. Accommodation: – Hera Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, L, D

Day 11: Kas

Take a leisurely day in Kas. A suggested activity; take a ferry to the Greek Island of Kastellorizo, just a couple of kms off the coast. Accommodation: – Hera Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, D

Day 12: Kas - Pamukkale

Make a morning departure for the brilliant white lime cascades of Pamukkale. Nearby this unique natural site are the ruins of Hierapolis, an ancient Roman health spa. Its well-preserved necropolis is one of the largest in the ancient world. Accommodation: – Colossae Thermal & Spa Hotel,

Visit the imposing ruins of Ephesus, one of the most fascinating cities of antiquity in the entire world. See the Temple of Artemis remains (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) before a visit to House of the Virgin Mary, a Vatican designated place of pilgrimage. The marvellously intact Visit Greco-Ottoman village of Sirince rounds out your day of touring. Accommodation: – Charisma Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 15: Pergamum, Troy, Canakkale

Heading north, journey to Pergamum, once capital of the Attalid Dynasty, and site of a remarkable Roman Asclepion (therapy centre) Stop in at legendary Troy before continuing to Canakkale. Accommodation: – Buyuk Truva Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, D

Day 16: Gallipoli, Canakkale

You will cross the Dardanelles twice today. Once to Gallipoli and the return so many never made. Visit the Kabatepe War Museum with its astounding fused bullets, Brighton Beach, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Johnston’s Jolly, The Nek, Chunuk Bair, all within walking distance on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Accommodation: – Buyuk Truva Hotel, Canakkale

Journey south along the Marmara Sea coastline to Bursa, located at the foot of old Mount Olympus. Explore the Ottoman’s first capital city, including the Great Ulu Mosque, bazaar, silk market and Muradiye Complex. This afternoon, see the Green Mosque and Mausoleum, complete with tombs of the Ottoman dynasty founding Sultans. Accommodation: – Safran Hotel, Bursa Meals: – B, D

Day 18: Bursa, Iznık - Istanbul

Leave Bursa this morning to visit Iznik (ancient Nicaea), where the first Ecumenical Council in Christianity was held. See what remains of St Sophia Church before touring a workshop where priceless Iznik Ceramics are produced. Afterwards, depart for Istanbul by ferry. Accommodation: – Yasmak Sultan Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, D

Day 19: Istanbul

This morning, begin discovering Istanbul at the fragrant Spice Market. Then, boarding a relaxing Bosphorus cruise. The cruise will return to Eminonu around lunchtime. You may like to visit Dolmabahce Palace and take a late tram back to Sultanahmet. Or return to your hotel. Accommodation: – Yasmak Sultan Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

Day 20: Istanbul

Spend today in UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul. Visit the Blue Mosque, named for its Iznik tiles, the architectural wonder of Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome and lavish Topkapi Palace. Enjoy haggling at the amazing Grand Bazaar where there over 4,000 market stalls. Accommodation: – Yasmak Sultan Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, D

Day 21: Tour concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell new friends and travel to the air port for your flight home. Meals: – B

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Konya

Kusadasi

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19 day premium Archaeology & History Tour | maximum 15 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 Captivating UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul

Day 1: Istanbul

 Cappadocia’s astonishing wind-swept volcanic landscapes  Mineral pool bathing at Hierapolis Roman health spa  Colossal Temple of Apollo at the sanctuary of Didyma  Pergamum city of antiquity where parchment was invented

Added value  Experienced Tour Guide  Catalhoyuk, the world’s most extensive Neolithic site  Recently unearthed city of Aphrodisias, rivalling Ephesus

Welcome to vibrant Istanbul, the only city in the world spanning two continents. On arrival at Ataturk International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, there is a welcome dinner with the chance to meet other tour members and your guide. Accommodation: – Byzantium Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Old City – Istanbul

A full day to explore fascinating Istanbul with your guide. Bridging Europe and Asia, the city has been a Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman capital. See their monuments including the Blue Mosque, renowned for its six minarets, architectural wonder of Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Hippodrome, once at the heart of this pulsing city. Today concludes with a visit to the Islamic Arts Museum. Accommodation: – Byzantium Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

Day 3: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise, St Chora – Istanbul

Stop in at the Spice Market (Egyptian Bazaar) before exploring Istanbul’s natural beauty and rich historic heritage with your guide on a Bosphorus cruise. Glide past the minarets and palaces, stone fortresses and wooden Ottoman mansions. This afternoon, visit St Chora with its dazzling mosaics and frescoes. These finest of Byzantine artworks were plastered over and lay undiscovered until the 1940s. Accommodation: – Byzantium Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

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Day 4: Ottoman Istanbul – Istanbul

This morning explore Topkapi Palace, the opulent residence of Ottoman sultans. Discover why this building is so renowned for its treasures and the jewelled captivity of its infamous Harem. Later, try haggling at Grand Bazaar, the world’s largest covered market rambling over 65 streets. Accommodation: – Byzantium Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, D

Day 5: Kaymakli Underground City, Avanos – Cappadocia

Take a morning flight to Nevsehir in central Anatolia. Begin your Cappadocia discovery with a visit to Kaymakli Underground City before continuing to Goreme Valley, the most picturesque spot in Cappadocia. Take a lunch break before visiting a ceramics factory and a carpet making workshop to learn about traditional crafts and design this afternoon. Accommodation: – Alfina Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Day 6: Red Valley, Goreme Open Air Museum – Cappadocia

A day to explore the rugged beauty of this fantastic region. The winding landscape is decorated at every twist and turn with a maze of cones, slopes and fairy chimneys, resulting from centuries of erosion. Walk in the Red Valley and make a visit to Goreme open-air museum. Here you will discover churches as old as 4th century carved from the stone and decorated with frescoes that offer a glimpse of early Christianity. Optional: Dawn Hot Air Balloon flight over the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Optional: Turkish cultural night including Anatolian folklore and dancing. Accommodation: – Alfina Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L


Day 7: Urgup, Goreme – Cappadocia

Take a relaxed day to explore the township of Urgup, a lovely place for taking a walk or doing some shopping. Have lunch in Goreme at a very special authentic restaurant before spending this afternoon wandering through the village. Accommodation: – Alfina Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L

Day 8: Ihlara Valley – Cappadocia

Wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley is around 100 kms south of Urgup, with a little stream running its 14km length. Take the chance to visit rock churches and make the easy trek through the valley for lunch beside the river. Stop at Agzikarahan Caravanserai on the return trip to see a ‘camel stop’ or ‘motel’ of ancient times when the Silk Road was in use. Accommodation: – Alfina Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 9: Sultanhan Caravanserai, Mevlana Museum – Konya

Depart for Konya, taking a break at Antalya’s largest and best-preserved Caravanserai of Sultanhan. You will see Mevlana Museum, the centre celebrating the famous mystic and poet Rumi, who founded the Sufi Order of Whirling Dervishes. Close today with a visit to Karatay Medrese. Accommodation: – Rumi Hotel, Konya Meals: – B, L, D

Day 10: Catalhoyuk – Antalya

Take a leisurely journey to Catalhoyuk, the site of an extensive Neolithic and Chalcolithic settlement that thrived about 7500 - 5700 BC. This is the largest and oldest Neolithic site ever found. Continue your drive through the rolling Taurus Mountains to Antalya, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea’s turquoise depths. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel – boutique Meals: – B, L, D

Day 11: Aspendos, Perge – Antalya

From Antalya take a drive to Aspendos, where one of the world’s finest Roman Theatres is a highlight today. Continue to Perge to see the HellenistRoman city with its stadium, colonnaded street and theatre. Visit nearby Side before our drive back to Antalya. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel – boutique Meals: – B, L

Day 12: Antalya

Enjoy exploring Antalya at your leisure today. The narrow streets of the picturesque old town are lined with little wooden houses overlooking the marina. There are cafes and galleries and a pristine beach. Local highlights include the Archeological Museum, a gem giving valuable insight of places already visited, the Hadrian Gate, Fluted Minaret, Truncated Minaret and Hidirlik Tower. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel – boutique Meals: – B, L

Day 13: Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Through beautiful countryside, journey to Pamukkale. At this unique natural site, see the brilliant white “Cotton Castle” where limestone deposits have created an unreal landscape of petrified waterfalls and basins. Hierapolis is an ancient Roman health spa with a well-preserved necropolis, one of the largest in the ancient world. Enjoy the thermal baths of your hotel before dinner. Accommodation: – Colossae Thermal & Spa, Pamukkale Meals: – B, L, D

Day 14: Aphrodisias, Ephesus – Kusadasi

Depart for Aphrodisias this morning, the ancient city dedicated to Aphrodite. Once famous for its school of sculpture, the city houses a temple, theatre and the best preserved stadium in Anatolia. Cross the plains and Meander River to reach the imposing city of Ephesus, one of the ancient world’s most fascinating. Walk its marble streets to see the Temple of Hadrian and Celsus Library. Optional: Roman Terrace Houses Tour at Ephesus Accommodation: – Hotel Kalehan, Selcuk Meals: – B, L, D

Day 15: Priene, Miletus, Didyma – Kusadasi

This morning journey to Priene, once one of the most active ports of the Ionian Confederacy. Continue to Miletus, for a visit to the theatre, Baths of Faustina, gymnasium and nymphaeum. A sacred road once joined Miletus and the Didyma sanctuary. In Didyma you will discover the colossal Temple of Apollo where crowds of pilgrims came to consult the oracle. Accommodation: – Hotel Kalehan, Selcuk Meals: – B, L, D

Heading north, journey to Pergamum, once capital of the Attalid Dynasty and the place parchment was invented. Its library once held 200,000 volumes and the impressive hillside theatre provides a wonderful panorama over the lower part of this ancient city. Stop at Troy, King Priam’s glorious city, that now boasts a history of almost 3,500 years and nine layers of settlement. Continue to Canakkale on the Asian Dardanelles shore. Accommodation: – Iris Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, D

Day 17: Gallipoli – Istanbul

Cross the Dardanelles to Gallipoli this morning. Visit the battlefields, trenches and memorials to this tragic conflict. See Anzac Cove, Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, Beach Cemetery, Johnston’s Jolly and The Nek, all within walking distance on the Gallipoli Peninsula. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

Day 18: Istanbul

A free day at leisure to discover Istanbul’s secrets. Suggestions include revisiting Old Istanbul, or cross Galata Bridge to see Galata Tower, with its panoramic views over the city. There is also remarkable Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabache Palace and a number of archaeology museums. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

Day 19: Tour concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell new friends and travel to the air port for your flight home. Meals: – B

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Turkey Trails

18 day premium Walking tour | maximum 15 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 Captivating UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul

Day 1: Istanbul

 Trek amongst Cappadocia’s wind-swept volcanic rock forms  Traditional Turkish gület Blue Cruise around Kekova islands  Astonishing Lycian rock tombs carved into the cliff-face at Myra  The hushed hills of Gallipoli and the nearby ancient city of Troy

Added value  Our own experienced Australian tour leader  Spectacular natural heritage on a Tinaztepe cave walk  Follow a Roman aqueduct on scenic Lycian coastal walk

Welcome to exotic Istanbul, once capital of three great empires. On arrival at Ataturk International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, there is a welcome dinner with the chance to meet other tour members and your guide. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Old City – Istanbul

A day touring the Old City, visiting remarkable landmarks and historic monuments. See the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia museum, Byzantine Hippodrome and lavish home of the Ottomans, Topkapi Palace. Stroll the rambling Grand Bazaar where there over 4,000 shops. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

Day 3: Spice Market, Bosphorus Cruise – Istanbul

Stop in at the Spice Market before exploring Istanbul’s natural beauty and rich historic heritage aboard a Bosphorus cruise. Glide past the palaces, stone fortresses and wooden Ottoman mansions that line its shores. This afternoon, take a flight from Istanbul to Kayseri, Cappadocia. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Day 4: Kaymakli Underground City, Avanos – Cappadocia

Begin your discovery with a visit to Kaymakli Underground City before continuing to Goreme Valley, the most picturesque spot in Cappadocia. Stop at a ceramics factory and a carpet making workshop to learn about traditional crafts and design. Optional: Dawn Hot Air Balloon flight over the lunar landscape of Cappadocia. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D 16

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Day 5: Red Valley, Goreme – Cappadocia

A day to explore the rugged beauty of this intriguing landscape. Take and easy to medium walk of about 13km through the rouged Red Valley, astounding Goreme Valley and taking in Soganli Valley, Golgolu and Pancarlik Valleys. All dotted with curious rock formations and windswept fairy chimneys. Optional: Turkish cultural night including Anatolian folklore and dancing. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 6: Ihlara Canyon, Belisirma – Cappadocia

Today’s guided walk takes you through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Canyon around 100km south of Urgup. On the way, pass through Belisirma Village, where the local people live in troglodyte dwellings carved into the canyon. An easy to medium walk of around 14 km. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 7: Konya – Antalya

Make and early departure for Antalya this morning. En-route, stop to visit Mevlana Museum in Konya, home of the Sufi mystic and founder of the Whirling Dervish order. Today’s road journey is a full day, but there will be a spectacular 3km walk at Tinaztepe through a 230 million year old cave. Accommodation: – Alp Pasa Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, L, D

Day 8: Antalya, Olympos – Kas

Head for Olympos National Park this morning, where you will take an easy to medium walk of about 7km. The trek from Ulupinar to Chimera offers a lush forest backdrop, complete with waterfalls. Afterwards depart for Kas and overnight. Accommodation: – Aqua Princess Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, L, D


Day 14: Troy, Gallipoli Museum – Canakkale

Make a morning visit to the ruins of Troy, once Priam’s pride, and where archaeologists sift through nine levels of settlement. The Gallipoli Military Museum is your next stop before time at leisure to explore the coastal township of Canakkale this afternoon. Accommodation: – Akol Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, D

Day 15: Gallipoli Battlefields – Canakkale

Cross the Dardanelles for a day of walking. In total you will walk around 12km exploring the Turkish, English and French areas of Gallipoli Peninsula. Not to mention Anzac Cove, memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair as well as original trenches and tunnels at The Nek. Accommodation: – Akol Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, L, D

Day 16: Canakkale – Istanbul

Day 9: Lycian Walk – Kas

Today’s walk starts at Akbel and follows the course of an Roman ancient aqueduct that once carried water from Islamlar, in the mountains, to the city of Patara. The 2,000 year old ruins are now partly covered by sand but an easy to medium walk of 14.5km offers some lovely views over the sea. Accommodation: – Aqua Princess Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, L, D

Day 10: Kekova, Simena Sunken City, Myra– Kas

Board your traditional gület (yacht) this morning for a half day cruising around Kekova, exploring natural harbours and long deserted shipyards. At Simena, see the sunken city ruins and explore the necropolis with its numerous sarcophagi. This afternoon, view the cliff-face rock tombs at Myra. Accommodation: – Aqua Princess Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, L, D

Day 11: Kastellorizo – Kas

Make an enjoyable day visit to the Greek island of Kastellorizo which lies just 2km off the Turkish coast. Its attractions pay tribute to its long and interesting history and the island offers a good selection of seaside eateries and water sports. Accommodation: – Aqua Princess Hotel, Kas Meals: – B, D

Day 12: Kas – Kusadasi

Depart this morning on the road journey to Kusadasi travelling along the shoreline of Turkey’s magnificent Turquoise Coast. Accommodation: – Pine Marina Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, L, D

Day 13: Ephesus – Canakkale

St Paul visited this most important city of antiquity and now you will visit the imposing city of Ephesus, one of the ancient world’s most fascinating. Walk its 2,000 year old marble streets to see the Temple of Hadrian and Celsus Library. Later travel to Canakkale, on the Asian Dardanelles shore. Accommodation: – Akol Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, L, D

A free day at leisure to discover more of Istanbul’s mystery. Suggestions include crossing Galata Bridge to see Galata Tower, with its panoramic views over the city, the remarkable Suleymaniye Mosque, Dolmabache Palace or Byzantine Cistern. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

Day 18: Tour concludes

Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell new friends and travel to the air port for your flight home. Meals: – B

Includes  Our own experienced Australian Tour Leader  Premium accommodation with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to availability and may change)

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 Meals as shown  Air-conditioned private transport throughout

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 Personal expenses, tips and shopping  Meals and beverages where not stated  Optional tours or additional side trips

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Depart for Istanbul this morning to arrive in time for some last minute haggling at the Grand Bazaar. The world’s oldest covered market rambles over 65 streets and houses over 4,000 shops. Accommodation: – Aziyade Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, D

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ADA gallipoli tour

21 day premium War & History Tour | maximum 15 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 Captivating UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul

Day 1: Istanbul

 Cappadocia’s astonishing wind-swept volcanic landscapes  Amazing Derinkuyu, underground city and safe haven from war  Remarkable Temple of Artemis, wonder of the ancient world  Immersive Gallipoli experience staying on the peninsula

Added value  Australian guides Cherie Clarke & Alison Smith  Full day Blue Cruise around Kekova Island  Visit to Bigali Village to see Ataturk’s home

Welcome to enchanting Istanbul. On arrival at Ataturk International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. This evening, there is a welcome dinner with the chance to meet other tour members and your guides. Accommodation: – Romance Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Old City – Istanbul

A full day to explore Istanbul. This fascinating city is the only one on earth bridging two continents, Europe and Asia. In the UNESCO World Heritage listed Old City you will visit the Blue Mosque, named for its Iznik tiles, architectural wonder of Hagia Sophia, Byzantine Hippodrome and lavish Topkapi Palace. Enjoy haggling at the amazing Grand Bazaar where there over 4000 market stalls. Accommodation: – Romance Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L, D

Day 3: Cooking Workshop – Istanbul

Head to a Sultanahmet restaurant for a half-day cooking workshop. Begin by exploring local fresh produce markets, including a spice market, to discover the local fare. Then, in the restaurant, a professional chef will guide you to transform market ingredients into traditional Turkish cuisine. After the workshop, a table is laid so your group may share the freshly prepared meal. Return to your hotel to spend the afternoon at leisure. Optional: Discover the fine art of bathing with a hamam (Turkish bath) pre-dinner indulgence. Accommodation: – Romance Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L

Day 4: Istanbul, Bosphorus Cruise – Cappadocia

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since ancient times, its English name is derived from Greek legend. Palaces, stone fortresses, gardens, cafes and more line the Bosphorus shores, providing a fascinating glimpse of rich Turkish culture. Later depart for an afternoon flight to Cappadocia. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 5: Central Cappadocia – Cappadocia

Begin today with a visit to Uchisar Castle where you’ll enjoy panoramic views over Cappadocia. After stopping at Goreme Open Air Museum, proceed to the Hittite pottery village of Avanos for lunch. Drop in at a ceramic workshop before continuing to Monks’ Valley and Devrent, wandering amongst the unique rock pinnacles known as fairy chimneys. Pay a brief visit to the old Greek village of Mustafapasa before returning for dinner and a Whirling Dervishes Ceremony. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 6: West Cappadocia – Cappadocia

Head for Derinkuyu Underground City this morning, a safe haven from war over the centuries. Carved from the rock, it consists of a staggering eight levels and delves almost 100m below the surface. Continue to Ihlara Canyon for an easy 4km walk followed by lunch in the photographer’s paradise of Belisirma. Make your return journey via the historic village of Selime. Accommodation: – MDC Cave Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 7: Cappadocia, Ephesus – Kusadasi

After breakfast, depart for Kayseri Airport and the flight to Izmir. Make the road trip to Ephesus and discover one of the world’s best places to envisage life in an ancient Roman city. View what remains of the Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Spend this afternoon in the


wine-growing village of Sirince before continuing to Kusadasi for tonight. Accommodation: – Grand Onder Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 8: Troy, Canakkale – Kocadere

Depart for Canakkale this morning, stopping at the ruins of Troy en-route where a long history spans nine different settlements. Deepen your understanding of Homer’s Iliad, with its kings, princes, warriors and great beauty. A reconstruction of the legendary Trojan horse provides a photo opportunity near the entrance. Continue to the tiny village of Kocadere in Gallipoli National Park. Accommodation: – The Gallipoli Houses, Kocadere Meals: – B, L, D

Day 9: Gallipoli Day 1 – Kocadere

There will be a breakfast briefing about today’s tour, that includes Brighton Beach, Hells Spit and other sites. Stop for a picnic lunch beneath the beautiful Judas trees at Shrapnel Valley before continuing on to other points of interest and finishing the day at Walkers Ridge. Accommodation: – The Gallipoli Houses, Kocadere Meals: – B, L, D

Day 10: Gallipoli Day 2 – Kocadere

Day 13: Istanbul

Day 11: Bigali Village – Kocadere

Day 14: Tour concludes

Make an early start for a sunrise breakfast Anzac Cove. Visit Ari Burnu, Suvla Bay, Hill 60 and Lone Pine for a private memorial service. After lunch head for the New Zealand memorial at Chunuk Bair and conclude today with a tour of the Turkish memorial where Ataturk’s words are immortalised. Accommodation: – The Gallipoli Houses, Kocadere Meals: – B, D Take a leisurely walk to Bigali Village and discover a long, rambling street with a remarkable story. On 25th April 1915, Ataturk was living here at number 126. Visit his home, now a museum, before returning on foot to Kocadere for an evening with drinks and music on the terrace. Accommodation: – The Gallipoli Houses, Kocadere Meals: – B, D

Day 12: Kocadere – Istanbul

Depart The Gallipoli Houses this morning for a relaxing return journey to Istanbul. Spend this afternoon exploring the city at your own pace before choosing from the tremendous variety of delectable street food for dinner this evening. Accommodation: – Megara Palace Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

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Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell fellow travellers and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Meals: – B

Includes  Cherie Clarke & Alison Smith Australian Tour Leaders  Airport transfers  Premium accommodation with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to availability and may change)  Meals as shown  Air-conditioned private transport throughout

Istanbul Gallipoli

One last free day to enjoy Istanbul’s many attractions. The day is yours at leisure to seek out antique shops in little alleys, or visit Taksim Square and Istiklal Caddesi to enjoy the cafes, theatres, bookshops and night life. Last minute shopping at the Grand Bazaar is another favourite. Accommodation: – Megara Palace Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B

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 Kayseri to Izmir domestic flight  Domestic Flights in Turkey

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Treasures of Asia Minor

18 day luxury Director’s tour | maximum 12 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 Echoes of a lost age in World Heritage listed Old Istanbul  The hushed hills of Gallipoli and the nearby ancient city of Troy  Wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus & Halicarnassus Mausoleum  Relaxing resort town of Bodrum, also a haven of arts and culture  Fascinating Lycian coastal journey, including the capital Xantos-Letoon  Alluring lunar volcanic landscapes of Goreme Valley in Cappadocia

Day 1: Istanbul

Added value  Hurrem Sultan Turkish Bath  Dine at the exclusive Marina Club  Private Gulet Blue Cruise  Visit a Turkish family cave home  W hirling Dervish show  Your personal guide, Marcus Falay, Fairy Chimneys Travel Director

Welcome to Istanbul. You’re about to discover an exotic city, brimming with fine monuments and artefacts of both the Byzantine and Ottoman empires. You will be met at Istanbul Ataturk airport today and transferred to your hotel. This evening, you will meet your travelling companions before enjoying a welcome dinner with the group. Accommodation: – Levni Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – D

Day 2: Istanbul

The world’s only city straddling two continents, the city of Istanbul dates back to antiquity. Its grand monuments bear testament to the ancient empires that made it their capital. Your day of sightseeing includes visits to the magnificent Blue Mosque and Byzantine Hippodrome, known as Sultanahmet Square. Other highlights are St Sophia Basilica, the former cathedral over 1,000 years old and Topkapi Palace, once home of Sultans and now housing Ottoman Empire treasures. Activity: Art gallery visit Accommodation: – Levni Hotel, Istanbu Meals: – B, L, D

Day 3: Istanbul

This morning, enjoy a private cruise along the meandering Bosphorus strait, dividing Europe and Asia. Its banks offer a delightful blend of past and present, imposing splendour and simple beauty. See where contemporary hotels stand next to shore-front timber villas, marble palaces abut rustic stone fortresses and elegant compounds neighbour quaint fishing villages. Spend this afternoon exploring the 65 winding streets that make up the world-famous Grand Bazaar. Activity: Hurrem Sultan Turkish Bath Accommodation: – Levni Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B 20

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Day 4: Gallipoli

After breakfast, drive south west to Gallipoli peninsula, with its cemeteries, memorials and war museum dedicated to the tragic events of 1915. Your first stop is Anzac Cove and Beach Cemetery, followed by a trek in the ANZAC’s footsteps up rugged hills to see the memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Amongst today’s sights will be Shrapnel Valley, Walker's Ridge, The Nek and surrounding trenches. At day’s end, you will cross the Dardanelles to the vibrant town of Canakkale, then ferry to Bozcaada Island (Tenedos). Activity: sunset among the windmills sampling Corvus Wines (time permitting) Accommodation: – Bozcaada Limani Hotel, Bozcaad Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: Troy – Kusadasi

This morning you visit the Military Museum and Cimenlik Castle, a dazzling start to the archaeological delights on offer today. Next is the ancient city of Troy, where excavations began in the late 1800s. The scenic road ambles on through olive groves and grassy plains, past pebbly Aegean beaches and fertile farmland to the ruins of Pergamum. Here you will see the Asclepeion, theatre and temple remains before continuing to the popular port of Kusadasi, once a resort town for the wealthy citizens of Ephesus. Accommodation: – La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 6: Kusadasi

Today’s highlight is a visit to the ruins of Ephesus, one of the ancient world wonders. Walk the 2,000 year old marble streets of this fine archaeological site on the way to Hadrian’s Temple and the renowned Celsus Library. You will also pay a visit to the amazing array of terrace houses only recently displayed. This afternoon, return to Kusadasi for some leisure time before dinner. Accommodation: – La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, L


Day 7: Pamukkale

A short way from Kusadasi is one of Turkey’s key recent archaeological discoveries, Aphrodisias. These marvellous ruins rival Ephesus and include the Temple of Aphrodite with its dazzling white marble and a vast, almost intact amphitheatre. Later is a drive to the petrified white lime cascades of Pamukkale. Nearby, at Hierapolis you will see the stadium and wander through the intruguing Necropolis tombs. Activity: Seafood dinner at the exclusive Marina Club Accommodation: – La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, L, D

Day 13: Antalya

Two magnificent sites await you today: Aspendos, an ancient treasure housing the world's bestpreserved Roman Theatre, and Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city. Return to Antalya and encounter traditional jewellery-making in a visit to one of the largest jewellers in Turkey. Later this afternoon, dive into Old Antalya at Kaleici, meandering along the scenic streets of this old port. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, L

Day 14: Konya – Cappadocia

Day 16: Cappadocia

Today, the villages and rock caves beckon before enjoying a traditional Turkish home cooked lunch. We see the famous underground city of Kaymakli and spend an enchanting afternoon in panoramic Goreme Valley. There is also a local winery visit and award winning wines of Cappadocia to sample. Activity: visit the home of a Turkish family living in a cave house. Accommodation: – Kayakapi Premium Caves, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

Day 17: Istanbul

Today begins with a leisurely drive to Bodrum, where whitewashed homes overlook the water. Here you will explore the Roman amphitheatre, Castle of St. Peter and what remains of the Halicarnassus Mausoleum, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Bodrum is a vibrant coastal city with a night-life well worth exploring. Accommodation: – Casa dell'Arte, Bodrum Meals: – B, D

Depart Antalya to be in Konya early afternoon. Known as Iconium in Hellenistic and Roman times, Konya became capital of the Seljuks, first Turkish kingdom of Anatolia. Visit the revered Mevlana’s Masoleum, holiest shrine of the mystical Muslim sect (Whirling Dervishes). The traditional bazaar, richest and largest of inner Anatolia, has changed little in the past 1,000 years. Accommodation: – Kayakapi Premium Caves, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Day 9: Bodrum

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Transfer to the airport from your hotel for the return flight home.

Day 8: Bodrum

Along the unspoiled Turquoise Coast, take in bay vistas, small islands and clear azure waters on an inviting Blue Cruise. Enjoy the hospitality aboard our very own private gület (yacht) for the day, where sea, sun and fine fare are ingredients for a spellbinding day on Aegean Waters. Activity: Blue Cruise Accommodation: – Casa dell’Arte, Bodrum Meals: – B, D

Day 10: Kalkan

Travelling along the picturesque coastline, you will pass through the hamlets of Dalyan, Gocek and Oludeniz. En-route to Kalkan you will visit the rock tombs of Fethiye and historic deserted village of Kayakoy. Activity: walk in the Bezirgan yaylasi Accommodation: – Likya Residence and Spa, Kalkan Meals: – B, D

Day 11: Kalkan

You have arrived in ancient Lycia. Now it is time to discover Xantos-Letoon, one of Turkey’s 11 World Heritage listed sites. Once the capital of Lycia, these astounding ruins illustrate a blend of Lycian tradition and Hellenic influence, especially in funerary art. The epigraphic inscriptions are crucial to our understanding of the Lycian people and their Indo-European language. Patara is your next stop. Later renamed Arsinoe, this was a flourishing Lycian city on the south-west Mediterranean coast. It is possibly best known as the birthplace of St. Nicholas, who lived most of his life in the nearby town of Myra (Demre). Accommodation: – Likya Residence and Spa, Kalkan Meals: – B, D

Day 12: Antalya

Continue your Lycian journey along the coast to the city of Antalya. Take a break in Myra to visit the Church of St Nicholas and spend this afternoon wandering through the old city of Antalya. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, L

Today’s first stop is the Bronze Age ‘Pottery Village’ of Avanos where visitors may test their pottery making skill in the Hittite fashion. An arts and crafts day continues with a presentation at the Turkish Carpet Centre. Cappadocia is located south of Mount Erciyes within a volcanic region known for its curious ‘fairy chimneys’. These cones and strange rock formations have been sculpted by wind and rain erosion. Over the centuries many people seeking shelter from conquerors and marauding armies of the Central Anatolian Plateau settled here, burrowing whole subterranean towns into the rock. You will tour the alluring moon-like landscapes and unique scenery of Goreme Valley (one of the oldest settlements of the region). A visit to the rock chapels carved by early Christians is an unforgettable experience. Tonight there is dinner and a show at a local restaurant Optional: Dawn Hot Air Ballooning Activity: Whirling Dervishes in a 12th Century Caravanserai Accommodation: – Kayakapi Premium Caves, Cappadocia Meals: – B, L, D

One last day in Turkey so, this morning takes a leisurely pace. Enjoy the magical hotel views, take a stroll into town or soak up the sunshine on your terrace. This free half day is a chance to relax and prepare for the big journey ahead. This afternoon, we take a flight to Istanbul and the last night on tour. Accommodation: – Levni Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, D

Day 18: Tour concludes

Includes  Airport transfers  Luxury accommodation with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to availability and may change)  Meals as shown  Cultural activities and Whirling Dervishe  All internal domestic flights in Turkey  Licensed English-speaking Professional Tour Guide  Deluxe 16 seat private air-conditioned transport

Extras  Personal expenses, tips and shopping  Meals and beverages where not stated  Optional tours or additional side trips  International Airfares and Travel Insurance  Any items not mentioned in the program Meal Codes: B = breakfast

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15 day Deluxe tour | maximum 15 guests

Highlights

Itinerary

 UNESCO World Heritage listed Old Istanbul

Day 1: Istanbul

 The Hushed hills of Gallipoli and nearby Troy  Wonders of the ancient world, Ephesus & Artemis  Mineral pool bathing at Hierapolis Roman health spa  Alluring volcanic landscapes of Goreme Valley

Added value  Cappadocia Whirling Dervish Ceremony  Blue Cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye

Welcome to Istanbul and t he city spanning two continents. You will be met at Istanbul Ataturk airport today and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this remarkable destination at your own pace. Accommodation: – Celal Sultan Hotel, Istanbul

Explore the ruins of Ephesus on an enlightening guided tour. Its 2,000 year old marble streets lead the way to Hadrian’s Temple and the renowned Celsus Library. The Temple or Artemis is next, then The House of the Virgin Mary. While away the afternoon in the wine-growing village of Sirince. Accommodation: – Grand Onder Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

Day 2: Istanbul

Day 6: Hierapolis – Pamukkale

Day 3: Gallipoli, Anzac Cove – Canakkale

Day 7: Aphrodisias – Fethiye

A morning departure for Gallipoli peninsula, filled with memorials and a museum devoted to the events of 1915. Your tour visits Anzac Cove, followed by a trek to the memorials at Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. The Nek and original trenches at Johnston’s Jolly are included. Accommodation: – Limani Hotel, Canakkale Meals: – B, D

En-route to Fethiye today visit the archaeological wonder of Aphrodisias. These marvellous ruins rival Ephesus and include the Temple of Aphrodite with dazzling white marble and a vast, almost intact amphitheatre. Later continue to the beautiful Mediterranean town of Fethiye. Accommodation: – Ece Saray Boutique Hotel, Fethiye Meals: – B

Day 4: Troy, Pergamum – Kusadasi

Day 8: Fethiye

The city of Istanbul was founded in antiquity and ancient empires have left their mark. Today’s tour includes visits to the glorious Blue Mosque and Byzantine Hippodrome, known as Sultanahmet Square. Other highlights are Hagia Sophia Basilica, the former cathedral over 1,000 years old and Topkapi Palace, once the lavish home of Sultans. Accommodation: – Celal Sultan Hotel, Istanbul Meals: – B, L

This morning, visit the ancient city of Troy, where excavations began in the late 1800s before taking the scenic coastal road to Pergamum. Here you will see the well–preserved Asclepeion, theatre and temple relics before continuing to the port of Kusadasi, a resort town since antiquity. Accommodation: – Grand Onder Hotel, Kusadasi Meals: – B, D

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Day 5: Ephesus, Sirince – Kusadasi

This morning depart for the brilliant white lime cascades of Pamukkale (Cotton Castle in English). Nearby, at the Roman health spa of Hierapolis you wander through the intriguing Necropolis and enjoy a dip in the warm mineral waters amongst ancient fallen columns. Accommodation: – Colossae Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale Meals: – B, D

Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye, exploring hidden natural harbours and long deserted shipyards. Alternatively, experience a genuine highlight on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon. Accommodation: – Ece Saray Boutique Hotel, Fethiye Meals: – B


Day 9: Kayakoy – Antalya

Day 14: Ankara

Accommodation: – MDC Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Continue your journey along the Turquoise Coast towards the city of Antalya. Take a break in the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy to visit the ghost town museum, build where the ancient city of Carmylessus once stood. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, L

Day 12: Goreme, Uchisar Castle – Cappadocia

Marvel at the lunar landscapes of Cappadocia on a fully guided tour visiting Byzantine era Uchisar Castle and UNESCO World Heritage Goreme Open Air Museum. Later, stop at a traditional carpet village to learn how carpets are hand crafter and what determines their value. Activity: Whirling Dervishes in a 12th Century Caravanserai Accommodation: – MDC Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Day 10: Antalya

Two magnificent sites await you today: Perge, a spectacular Greco-Roman city and Aspendos, an ancient treasure housing the world's best-preserved Roman Theatre, still in use today. An evening walk through the scenic streets of this old port is well worth the effort. Accommodation: – Mediterra Art Hotel, Antalya Meals: – B, D

Today spend an enchanting morning on an easy trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley. This afternoon explore the famous underground city of Kaymakli with its many levels. Accommodation: – MDC Hotel, Cappadocia Meals: – B, D

Journey to Konya and visit the revered Mevlana’s Masoleum, holiest shrine of the mystical Muslim sect (Whirling Dervishes). Break this afternoon’s journey at Sultanhani Caravansarai (Antalya’s largest) along the old Silk Road. BLACK SEA

Istanbul

Troy

Prices

 Airport transfers  Premium accommodation with private facilities (hotels listed are subject to availability and may change)

 Licensed English-speaking Professional Tour Guide

Ankara

Pergamum

Kusadasi

Includes

 Cappadocia Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Canakkale

Ephesus

Your tour concludes after breakfast when it is time to farewell new friends and travel to the air port for your flight home. Meals: – B

 Meals as shown

SEA OF MARMARA

AEGEAN SEA

Day 15: Tour concludes

Day 13: Ihlara Valley, Underground City – Cappadocia

Day 11: Konya – Cappadocia

Gallipoli

Make an early morning departure for the nation's capital, Ankara. Here you will visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the founding father of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk. The Anatolian Civilisations Museum houses the world’s finest collection of Hittite artefacts. Accommodation: – Nesta Boutique Hotel, Ankara Meals: – B, D

Goreme

Pamukkale Aphrodisias Fethiye

Extras

Cappadocia

 Personal expenses, tips and shopping Konya

 Meals and beverages where not stated

Perge Antalya

 Optional tours or additional side trips  International Airfares and Travel Insurance

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2015 Departures Apr 27 • May 7, 21 • Jun 18 Jul 16 • Aug 13 • Sep 3, 17 • Oct 15

Twin Share per pax

Single supplement

$3,090

$525

 Any items not mentioned in the program Meal Codes: B = breakfast

L = lunch

D = dinner

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BLACK SEA

Istanbul Gallipoli Troy

Meal Codes: B = breakfast

SEA OF MARMARA

Canakkale

Kusadasi

D = dinner

Ankara

Pergamum AEGEAN SEA

L = lunch

Pamukkale Hierapolis

Konya

Cappadocia Goreme

MEDITERRANEAN SEA

2015 Departures Apr 27 • May 14, 28 • Jun 25 • Jul 23 Aug 20 • Sep 10, 24 • Oct 18 • Nov 11

Twin Share per pax

Single supplement

$2,465

$420

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Resort standard

All Fairy Chimneys Small Group Tours feature deluxe and superior hotels throughout. That may be a cave hotel in Cappadocia, converted mansion or contemporary five star high-rise. A few examples of the high accommodation standards you’ll enjoy include:

Levni Hotel, Istanbul

MDC Hotel, Cappadocia

Pam Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale

make everything about your holiday a pleasure

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Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

La Vista Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi

Casa dell'Arte, Bodrum

Mediterra Art Hotel, Antalya

Barcelo Altinel Hotel, Ankara

Rumi Hotel, Konya

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Dining options Turkey is famed for its unique fare. Here you will savour a blend of zesty Asian dishes, tasty Mediterranean grills and slow-cooked European cuisine. Your Small Group Tour itinerary includes meals where indicated. Many of these are catered by inviting local restaurants or at your hotel. Luncheons may also be prepacked by the hotel, especially if the tour breaks for refreshments en-route. Some special dining experiences are included as optional extras and, of course, you may stroll through the market, cobbled laneways or seaside cafes to make your own cuisine choices. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs. That way we’ll be able to make sure your dining experiences in Turkey are safe and delicious.

Intimate touring Because Fairy Chimneys Travel specialise in travel for Australians, most of your fellow passengers are likely to be Australian too. Our Small Group Tours are companionable groups of at least six, but no more than 12 travellers. Keeping tour numbers restricted like this means you’ll enjoy higher levels of comfort on your deluxe coach and less group coordination is required at the various attractions and stops your group will make along the way. A professional Fairy Chimneys Travel tour guide accompanies every tour. Many of our special interest tours are led by Australians, who may even travel to Turkey with you. Should one of our local tour leaders act as your guide, they will be licensed by the Ministry of Tourism in Turkey. All guides are experienced tour leaders, very knowledgeable, competent English speakers and good fun. 28

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Travel Tips

Weather

Attire

Its Mediterranean climate makes Turkey an ideal year round destination. Most people choose to visit during Spring or Autumn, but the country enjoys sunny days right through the year. Along the coast, long hot summer days are tempered by refreshing sea breezes. Further inland, low humidity makes travel both relaxing and comfortable. Average temperatures for Istanbul and Kusadasi are:

Light comfortable travel clothing is the most suita ble for touring, but do consider your chosen travel season when packing. If you plan to visit Turkey’s famous mosques, ladies should also bring a scarf.

Spring

Visas

Money Turkish lira is the local currency and can be readily obtained from banks, ATMs or money exchanges. While it is possible to tour using only ATMs, we recommend taking some cash and a credit card too.

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Australians travelling to Turkey as a tourist or for business should apply for an e-visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr prior to travel. The current cost is 60USD or 45EUR (subject to change). Australians will have a maximum stay of 90 days within a 180 day period for tourists. All other visa types should be requested through your nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate.

High Season

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Terms and conditions

Full disclosure of the operator responsibilities, booking conditions and other important information about travelling with Fairy Chimneys Travel is published online at www.fairychimneys. com.au/terms-conditions. Should you prefer a printed copy, please ask your travel adviser. Prices: in this brochure are based on estimated costs as at 1 January 2015. Passengers have the right to no penalty cancellation within 7 days notice of any price increase in excess of 10%. With the exception of fuel, taxes, charges and levies by Government agencies, no surcharge in respect of cost or currency fluctuations will apply once your deposit payment is received. Children: aged 5-12 at tour commencement must share a room with two adults at the appropriate twin room rate. Age based child discounts (typically 0-6 years = free, 7-12 years – 50% of quoted rate) apply to the land component of most tours. Some exclusions apply. Participation: An adult must accompany any child aged under 18 years. Disabled passengers are welcome to travel with an able-bodied companion, providing no special assistance is required from our personnel. Fairy Chimneys Travel reserves the right to refuse any person carriage, accommodation or service and you agree to not hold us responsible for decisions made in this regard. Variations: Tour itineraries are constantly being refined. If improvements can be made, or unforeseen circumstances make changes necessary, we reserve the right to vary your itinerary and substitute hotels. At certain peak periods duplicate departures may operate and some tours travel in reverse order. In this case hotels may vary from those stated on the itinerary. Cancellation: We reserve the right to cancel or re-schedule any tour departure in accordance with

operating requirements or circumstances beyond its control. Fairy Chimneys Travel is not responsible for any other travel arrangements affected by changes or cancellations.

Tour Price Exclusions

Domestic and international airfares (except where specified), airport taxes, passport and visa fees, insurance, laundry, phone calls, beverages, meals not detailed in the itinerary, Tour Guide and Bus Driver tips, personal expenses, excess baggage, optional excursions etc. are not included. Quoted prices do not include your travel costs to leave the tour or return home early for any reason.

Reservations & Payments

A deposit greater of 10% or $300 per person per tour is required to confirm your booking. Final payment is required at least 45 days before your departure from Australia. Added detail is available online.

Booking Arrangements

A Travel Agent will make your booking arrangements and, by requesting such booking, you are deemed to have accepted Fairy Chimneys Travel full terms and conditions.

Changes & Cancellations

Changes to any confirmed booking attract a $100 per person fee. Cancellations to any confirmed booking attract a $300 per person fee. Tour price is forfeit on a scalable rate for cancellations made within 45 days of departure. Refer online for extra details, including penalty scale.

Other

It is your responsibility to comply with the terms, conditions or requirements of service providers and any country or governmental authorities, or to bear the costs and losses incurred as a consequence.

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