Anatolian Adventure Tour

Anatolian Adventure Tour

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Anatolian Adventure Tour

10 Days Starting and ending in Istanbul, Türkiye

Visiting: İstanbul, Gelibolu, Troy, Kuşadası, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia

Tour operator:

Encounters Travel

Tour code:

37

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 20

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

12 to 95

Special diets catered:

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Tour operated in:
English
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Tour Overview

This exciting 10 day tour begins in the bustling city of Istanbul before moving on to the important historical sites of Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus and Pamukkale. We visit the hot thermal pools at Hierapoli, follow the ancient Silk Road to Konya and tour the stunning and surreal landscape of Cappadocia before visiting Ankara.

Highlights

  • Gallipoli battlefields & memorials.

  • Ancient Greek & Roman ruins.

  • Ephesus & Hieropolis.

  • Pamukkale calcium travertines.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Into Istanbul, Transfer To Hotel
Location: İstanbul
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Istanbul hotel
Meals Included: No Meals

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in the centre of Istanbul for the start of your trip. The rest of your day is free to explore this vibrant city.

Day 2 : Istanbul, Old City Tour
Location: İstanbul
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Istanbul hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Our trip begins this morning with a full day tour of Istanbul. Lying across two continents this historically important city played an integral role in the development of both the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. We visit the 17th century Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya museum and explore the former residence of the Ottoman Sultans at Topkapi Palace before ending at the famous Hippodrome.

Day 3 : Gallipoli Battlefields And Memorials Tour
Location: Gelibolu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Canakkale hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We depart Istanbul this morning for the drive to Gallopoli where we will receive a fully guided tour of this World War I battlefield site. Although home to some of the fiercest fighting during the War today the site is full of poignant memorials set against a subdued wooded landscape. Our tour will include the Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair memorials, ANZAC Cove, Johnston Jolly as well as The Nek and Gallipoli Museum. There will also be chance to see the original trenches and tunnels used during the war before we head to our hotel in Canakkale.

Day 4 : Tour Of Troy And The Acropolis Of Pergamum
Location: Troy
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kusadasi hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning we make the short drive to the ancient city of Troy. Lying undiscoverd until midway through the 19th Century the excavations here brought the legend of the Trojan horse and the poems of Homer back to life. We then continue our drive south to the acropolis of Pergamum. A former kingdom we enjoy a full tour of the site including the Temple of Trajan and the famous library which is believed to have rivalled the library of Alexandria and helped shape Pergamum into a renowned cultural and political centre.

Day 5 : Kusadasi, Ephesus Roman Ruins Tour
Location: Kuşadası
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kusadasi hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we drive to the Roman site of Ephesus. The city at one time housed 250,000 people and is regarded as one of the best preserved ancient cities in the Mediterranean. We visit the Temple of Artemis, and explore the ancient marble streets of this ruined Roman city. This afternoon we visit the fruit wine growing village of Sirince and learn about the history of carpet weaving in Turkey.

Day 6 : Drive To Pamukkale And Hieropolis
Location: Pamukkale
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Pamukkale hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

We travel east this morning to Pamukkale, site of the well known white calcium terraces known as Travertines. Pamukkale translates as 'cotton castles' and the naturally occuring geology here has created cloud like formations unlike anywhere else. We then head to the ancient city of Hierapolis to enjoy a dip in the hot thermal pools lodged amongst ancient columns left by the Romans who used the pools for their therapeutic powers.

Day 7 : Drive The Silk Road To Konya
Location: Konya
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cappadocia hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel back in time today as we follow the ancient Silk Road towards Konya. We learn more about the history of this important trade route with a stop at the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arrivingin Konya where we include a visit to the Mevlana museum - the former home of the original Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

Day 8 : Cappadocia, Full Day Tour
Location: Cappadocia
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Cappadocia hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we set out to explore the beautiful and surreal landscape of Cappadocia. Unlike nowhere else on earth, this bizarre setting creates a fairytale view full of improbable rock formations and underground villages. Often described as the jewel of Turkey we have a full tour here to explore the subterrenean churches and fortresses used by Christians to avoid persecution over a thousand years ago.

Day 9 : Cappadocia, Drive To Ankara, Return To Istanbul
Location: Cappadocia
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Istanbul hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

We leave early this morning for the drive to Ankara, Turkey's modern day capital city. We visit Anitkabir - mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk before returning to Istanbul by road. This is a long day's drive, and we can arrange an upgrade to an internal flight from Kayseri in Cappadocia if you prefer (please ask for current times & prices).

Day 10 : Istanbul, Free Time, Transfer To Airport
Location: İstanbul
Meals Included: Breakfast

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing and shopping in Istanbul before we transfer you to the airport for your flight home. Optional tours are available locally to see more of Istanbul, and we can also add extra nights in the Istanbul hotel if you'd like to spend more time exploring the city.

What's Included

  • All accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary

    Yes.

  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service

    Yes

  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

    Yes.

  • Accommodation

    Yes.

  • Fully Guided

    Yes.

What's Not Included

  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)

    Not Included.

  • Tips for guide & driver

    Not Included.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    Low.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As per the Itinerary.

  • Is travel insurance compulsory?

    Yes! Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event).

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You are always able to change your travel date. However, some charges may apply depending on how long before your departure you make the change. Our flexible booking conditions and reduced charges will apply if you are changing date because of a Covid-19 reason or because your government is advising against travel to your destination. Please check our detailed booking conditions for full details.

  • When is my balance payment due?

    For all tours departing in 2020 and 2021, balance due dates are reduced to 28 days. For 2022 departures onwards they will revert back to our standard conditions (60 days).

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    On most of our group tours, solo travellers may choose to form a temporary 'tour bubble' and share a room with another traveller of the same sex in the group. If a room share is not available then a single room supplement may be payable, with the costs for these kept as low as possible. We have also removed compulsory single supplements from many of our tours, and are reducing the cost by 50% on s

  • How long can I keep my booking as a 'Credit on File'?

    New bookings need to be made within 1 year of your original departure date, with travel started within 2 years of your original departure date.

  • Can I transfer my booking to someone else?

    Yes, if you don't want to, or can't travel, you can transfer your booking and existing payments to other family members or friends. We are waiving our normal fees for doing this for all departures up to the end of 2022. This applies to bookings you may have moved to a Credit on File as well as those setup on a particular date. Note - not all payments may be transferrable.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

S R   Brooklyn, NY

Highly organized and really helpful1

November 2013

I took one of the trips to Turkey and it was wonderful. The trip was very organized and everything was taken care of. When booking the trip, they were incredibly helpful and flexible. I would travel with them again.

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Kathleen M   Budd Lake, NJ

Turkey Encounter with Travel Encounters

August 2015

What a GREAT experience! I was a solo traveler and a bit worried but everyone at the office staff answered all my questions promptly assuring me I'd be in an English speaking group. I even missed my initial flight Nd Travel Encounters was able to coordinate my new transfer pick up time in Istanbul. The tour itself was also simply amazing, especially if you like History! Great sites with plenty to do, great itinerary including Troy, Galipoli, Blue Mosque, Haggai Sophia, Ephesus, Artemis, Kayakoy, etc. had a great/same guide and driver for the duration of he trip and all 4 star hotels. Nicely arranged trip, at a nice price. :)

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Fajie   South Africa

ENCOUNTERS TRAVEL - TURKEY

October 2014

I can really recommend to book a trip through ENCOUNTERS TRAVEL. Stumbled across them by accident when i was searching the net for best prices. Being from South Africa with the weak ZAR they came out tops. Booked the 10 day Anatolian Adventure. All entrance fees was included. Thanks to Mariska for always getting back to me immediately. The tour surpassed my expectations and the accommodation provided was mostly 5 star. The tour guide Ilker (from Fez Travel) was amazing. He was very informative and not forgetting our good driver Irfaan. We had a small group of 10. Overall, a great trip. Worth every penny. Will definitely book my next trip through ENCOUNTERS TRAVEL

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