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  • Set off for a fascinating tour of Turkey - the land where east meets west. Start in Istanbul for a city experience before heading to Cappadocia to witness some incredible rock formations.
  • Visit the picture-perfect Pamukkale and historic Izmir on this unique private tour, enabling you to absorb the essence of the country with the aid of your guide.
  • Stay in 4* hand-picked hotels along the way and enjoy the ease of included flights and transfers!

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Your Destinations

Istanbul

With a 1,000 year history as the last remaining outpost of the Roman Empire, then called ‘Constantinople’, and a dramatic expansion under Ottoman rule from the 1500s until the city’s defeat in WW1, Istanbul has a fascinating heritage that draws travellers like bees to honey.

Situated on the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul has attracted many a marauding army in its time and has been a bridge between Asia and Europe both physically and culturally for centuries. As the final stage on the legendary Silk Route, the cultural diversity of Istanbul is tangible to this day.

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Istanbul’s Old City and marvel over some of its most incredible structures, including the Blue Mosque, or Sultan Ahmed Mosque, named because of the blue tiles that dominate the interior walls. Discover the Topkapi Palace, the largest and oldest palace in the world. 

Watch the captivating layers of history unfold before you in the vibrant city of Istanbul and find yourself enamoured with its vivid culture.

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is a stunning area of otherworldly rock formations, subterranean churches and underground dwellings, the scale of which is overwhelming. Cappadocia was a refuge for early Christians, who escaped persecution by living and worshipping underground. There are an estimated 3000 rock churches in the region, not all of which are open to the public, the existence of which was discovered by chance in 1907 by a French Jesuit scholar, who was travelling through the area. Some of the most impressive of the churches are located in the Goreme Open Air Museum, which, for the most part, dates from the 9th and 11th centuries and have stunning wall paintings.

The village of Goreme itself is at the heart of the area's tourist industry, and many of its villagers still live in cave dwellings, some of which have been converted into pensions and boutique hotels. Surrounding the area are the amazing rock formations known evocatively as Peri Bacalari or 'Fairy Chimneys'. Located on the west of Nigde, the stunning Ihlara Vadisi, a gorge which is 10 km long and some 80 meters wide. Popular for trekking, about 12 of its 60 churches are open to the public including the impressive Egritas Church. There are hundreds of underground cities in the region. Two of the most impressive is Kaymakli, which has 8 levels, and Derinkuyu, which reaches down to 55 metres. They were used by Christians fleeing persecution in the 7th century, who created a self-sufficient environment underground including bedrooms. Kitchens and storage rooms. To get away from the crowds visit the picturesque Soganli Valley, with its many houses, tombs and churches, displaying excellent examples of Byzantine paintings.

Your Itinerary In Brief

Day 1: UK - Istanbul
Day 2: Istanbul
Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia
Day 4: Cappadocia
Day 5: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale
Day 6: Pamukkale - Izmir
Day 7: Izmir - Bursa - Istanbul
Day 8: Istanbul - UK

Book your tour now, for an unforgettable adventure rich in discoveries and culture! Your 7-night trip to Turkey will leave a mark on your heart from its natural beauty, historic past and intriguing culture.

Your Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Istanbul
Flight to Istanbul. On arrival, you will be welcomed by your guide. Transfer to the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel. 

Day 2: Istanbul
Breakfast at the hotel. Today is dedicated to discovering the historic centre of the city and its main monuments: Hippodrome of Constantinople. Discover the famous Blue Mosque, a religious complex representative of the height of the Ottoman Empire.

Visit the unmissable Hagia Sophia Museum, which remains the symbol of the power of the Eastern Roman Empire but also that of the Ottoman Empire. After your morning visits, enjoy lunch in a restaurant.

Visit Topkapi Palace, the residence of the Ottoman Sultans. This visit will immerse you in a very special atmosphere (the visit of the Harem is optional). Discover the Grand Bazaar with its many trinkets and produce on sale. There is a possibility of taking an optional excursion (payable locally) to cruise on the Bosphorus, allowing you to observe ancient palaces of the two continents. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia (718 km)
Breakfast at the hotel. Take your morning departure to Ankara, the capital of Turkey. On the way, stop on the shores of Lac Salé. Upon arrival in Ankara, take lunch. In the afternoon, you will visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, an afterwards, your journey will continue to Cappadocia. In the evening, you will arrive at the hotel.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Cappadocia 
In the early morning, you have the possibility to take a picture-perfect hot air balloon excursion over Cappadocia, catching fantastic views of the sunrise over the horizon (payable locally). Return to your hotel for breakfast. Today you will visit this interesting region which offers some of the most unique landscapes in the world. You will have lunch during your excursion. You will then move onto Göreme, with its rocky churches and unusual structures, and you will visit a semi-troglodyte village Uçhisar. Here, you will have the chance to visit a museum that showcases semi-precious stones, gold and silver from the region. You will then discover Avcilar Valley and visit an underground city (Ozkonak or Saratli), where you will visit a carpet manufacturer. Return to the hotel for dinner. Possibility to participate to excursion (optional, upon payment) of Whirling Dervishes Sema Ceremony or Turkish Night with a belly dancer (payable locally).
Day 5: Cappadocia - Konya - Pamukkale (634 km)
Breakfast at hotel and departure for Pamukkale via Konya. On route visit Caravanserai of Sultanhani. Lunch in restaurant. Arrive to Konya and visit the Monastery and Mausoleum of Mevlana, founder of the Mewlewiyya order of dervishes. Continue to Pamukkale and arrive to hotel. Opportunity to take a bath with thermal water in the hotel. 
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Pamukkale - Izmir (221 km)
Breakfast at hotel and visit Hierapolis famous for healing thermal/mineral baths and beautiful snow white petrified waterfalls, the main Street and Gates, the thermal Baths and Masterpice Theater. Lunch in restaurant. Visit Ephesus: the Temple of Hadrian, the Library of Celsus and the Grand Theatre. Visit House of Virgin Mary. Transfer to hotel. 

Dinner and overnight in hotel. 

Day 7: Izmir - Bursa - Istanbul
Breakfast will be at the hotel before your departure for Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire. Enjoy lunch and then take a visit to the Great Mosque of Bursa and the Green Mosque. The Green Mosque was built at the beginning of the 15th century and takes its name from the interior decor, which boasts green faience covered walls. You will then be taken back to Istanbul.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Istanbul - UK
Enjoy your last Breakfast at the hotel, then take your transfer to the airport for the flight back to the UK.

Your Hotels

You will be staying at the following 4* hotels (or similar) in a Twin Room, on a Full Board Basis.

Istanbul: Hotel Dedeman Istanbul 4* (or similar)
Cappadocia: Hotel Suhan 4* (or similar)
Pamukkale: Hotel Colossae 4* (or similar)
Izmir: Hotel Kaya Thermal 4* (or similar)
Istanbul: Hotel Titanic Kartal 4* (or similar) or to Hotel Dedeman Istanbul 4* (or similar)

Sleeps up to

Adults Adults Adults
3 Adults
or
Adults Adults
2 Adults
+
1 Child

Please note: the bed for the 3rd guest sharing is likely to be a sofa bed or camp style bed. If any of these hotels are not available, hotels of a similar standard will be found.

Your Journey

Flights: The flights included are with either a scheduled or no-frills airline and are subject to live availability and prices can change. You can choose your preferred departure times during the booking process. Please select your flight options carefully as departure and arrival airports may differ.

Transfers: Shared transfers are included throughout this tour. 

Weather

Jan
min : 2°C max : 7°C
Feb
min : 2°C max : 8°C
Mar
min : 4°C max : 10°C
Apr
min : 8°C max : 15°C
May
min : 12°C max : 20°C
Jun
min : 16°C max : 25°C
Jul
min : 19°C max : 28°C
Aug
min : 19°C max : 27°C
Sep
min : 16°C max : 24°C
Oct
min : 12°C max : 19°C
Nov
min : 8°C max : 13°C
Dec
min : 5°C max : 10°C

Travel Advice

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information please click here.


Please note that the advice can change and consumers should continue to check it until they travel. 


Entry Requirements
 


You must ensure you have a valid passport to travel on.


British nationals need a visa to enter Turkey, except for cruise ship passengers with ‘British Citizen’ passports who arrive at seaports for tourist visits to the port city or nearby cities, provided that the visit doesn’t exceed 72 hours. 


You can get an e-Visa online before you travel through the official Republic of Turkey e-Visa website. An e-visa costs $20 and you can pay using a credit or debit card. You can apply up to 3 months in advance of your travel date. From 29 October 2018, self-service e-Visa kiosks and Wi-Fi areas where visitors can apply for an e-Visa on arrival will no longer be available in Turkish airports - you must apply for your e-Visa before you travel.


For non-British citizens, you should check visa requirements with the Turkish Consulate General before you travel. 


Health
 


For information about important health advice and any vaccinations required please visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice and https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries


If vaccinations or other preventive measures are required, you will need to visit your health professional at least 8 weeks before your trip.


 The use or possession of some common prescription and over-the-counter medicines is controlled in Turkey. For more information on controlled medicines and the relevant documentation required, contact the nearest Turkish Embassy or Consulate before you travel. See this guidance from NaTHNaC on best practice when travelling with medicines


Please note that passport, visa and health requirements can change. It is every traveller’s responsibility to ensure they have a valid passport, any required visas, and all the necessary vaccinations/health requirements as well as adequate insurance. 

In More Detail

Please find practical information about the properties and your trip: 

This tour is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.  
Check-in time: 3 pm
Check-out time: before 12 pm

Our price doesn’t include a city/accommodation/tourism tax payable locally (this price is a guideline and is subject to change without prior notification).

Please Note: 
Check-in outside the hotel's standard times may incur additional fees. Check out times are subject to change, please check these with the hotel upon arrival.
Schedules and prices are subject to change. 
If the property is accessible to people with reduced mobility, this is subject to availability. To book a room for reduced mobility, please contact our Customer Services Team. 

What's Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights in 4* hotels specified (or similar)
  • Full board dining (7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners - drinks excluded)
  • English speaking local professional guide.
  • All transfers and visits by minibus or bus (dependant on the number of participants)
  • Flights

Not Included

  • Drinks and other meals not clearly mentioned
  • Surcharge for special requests on food, and meals.
  • Entrances to museums and sites €75 per person to be paid locally to the guide (payment required).
  • Permits and guide service during free time.
  • Tips for the guide and the driver.
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance and personal expenses
  • Surcharge for public holidays

Your Contract

If you book a package which includes flights, your contract will be with Voyage Privé. The air holiday package(s) shown are ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10170.

If you book a package which does not include flights, then ATOL protection does not apply. Your contract will be with the provider of the accommodation and not Voyage Privé. Voyage Privé acts only as agent for the accommodation provider.

Please read our booking conditions before confirming your holiday.

Important Information

If booking as a single traveller, room occupancy is not guaranteed. You may be placed in either a single, double or twin room, based on the availability of the property at the time. 

The location shown on our map is to be used as a guide only and the actual location of the property may differ.

Your contact details may be passed on to the hotel so that they can make contact with you to discuss your booking in advance of your arrival.

You may be asked to provide a credit/debit card deposit on arrival to cover any purchases made in the hotel.

Although we endeavour to provide up to date information we cannot guarantee that all hotel facilities and services will be available during your stay, especially when travelling out of the main holiday periods.

Star rating standards may differ to that of the UK, depending on the country of travel.

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