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Grand Tour of Turkey

18 days from $9,600pp

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Tour highlights

  • See the impressive limestone terraces of Pamukkale.

  • Explore the pretty village of Alacati.

  • Visit the home of the Whirling Dervishes in Konya.

  • Travel to ancient Termessos in the Taurus Mountains.

Price includes

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival into Istanbul you'll be met at the airport and driven to your centrally located hotel.

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  • Today you embark on a tour of some of the main highlights of Istanbul with your private guide, including Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Spice Market.

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  • Another day exploring with your guide; today you'll visit the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern and the Grand Bazaar.

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  • This is your final day in Istanbul. Today you'll visit the Dolmabahce Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, the Chora Museum, and embark on a cruise along the Bosphorus.

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  • You leave Istanbul today and head towards the Gallipoli Peninsula. Here, you'll explore some of the many battlefields and memorials, before continuing across the Dardanelles to Canakkale, where you spend the night.

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  • Today you'll drive to Pergamon, where you explore the ancient Acropolis and Asclepion. Later, you'll continue onto the seaside town Alacati.

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  • At leisure to enjoy Alacati and its surroundings by yourself. We suggest exploring the pretty streets which are filled with boutique shops, characterful cafes and interesting antique stores. Alternatively, the beaches of the Cesme Peninsula have some lovely views out across the water, and are easy to get to via local public bus.

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  • Drive on to Sirince today, stopping on the way to visit the ancient city of Ephesus.

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  • At leisure to explore Sirince and its surroundings. The mountainside village is surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, and there are a few walking trails which lead through these.

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  • You leave Sirince today and drive further inland to the striking Pamukkale terraces.

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  • This morning, explore the ruins of Hierapolis atop the Pamukkale terraces. Later, you drive to Antalya via the beautiful ruined city Aphrodisias.

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  • Visit the excellent Antalya Museum with your private guide this morning, then head out to the ruined city of Perge, and nearby Aspendos.

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  • Drive through the mountains to Konya today. Here, visit the Mevlana Museum, home of the first whirling dervishes, and the Karatay Madressah.

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  • Continue on to Cappadocia, visiting Sultanhan Caravanserai and Kaymakli underground city on the way.

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  • Today, explore the cave churches of Goreme Open Air Museum with your guide, then embark on a jeep safari to some of the area's best panoramic viewpoints.

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  • Today you'll take part in a traditional cookery course in a local family home. In the evening you'll be taken to an ancient caravanserai to watch the mesmerising whirling dervish ceremony.

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  • Drive from Cappadocia to Ankara. On arrival, visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum.

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  • Transfer to the airport, ready for your flight back to Istanbul. Here, you will catch your return flight home.

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While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Istanbul
 
Çanakkale
 
Alaçati
 
Şirince
 
Pamukkale
 
Antalya
 
Konya
 
Cappadocia
 
Ankara
 
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