Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply.
The above package is subject to availability at time of reservation. Price is per person sharing. Prices are subject to change in accordance with currency fluctuations and increased airfares. When making a booking enquiry it is important that you are in possession of the correct documentation to travel i.e. visas, inoculation certificates etc. Please check that all names and surnames are spelt exactly as they appear in the relevant passports. Fares, where indicated, are based on low season rates.
PricesJNB: R 15,208.00
Valid From6th of April 2018 (Friday)
Valid To12th of November 2018 (Monday)
Need Visa'sSouth Africa: YesBritish: YesEuropean Union: YesAmerican: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview
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Intensely intriguing, Istanbul is the only city in the world that lies half in Europe, half in Asia. It was the capital of three huge historical empires: Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman.
Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, Mausoleum of Ataturk, Goreme open air museum, Kaymakli underground city, Mevlama Mauleum, Sultanhan Caravanserai, Hierapolis, Pamukkale lime cascade, Ephesus, Mother Mary House, Temple of Arthemis Pergamum Acropol, Troy, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Conk Baire.
About the Holiday
Day 1 Fri: Istanbul
Arrival and transfer to hotel.
Day 2 Sat: Istanbul (B)
Optional Full day tour to include: Topkapi Palace excluding harem, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and the Grand Bazaar. Optional: Dinner with belly dancing entertainment.
Day 3 Sun: Istanbul - Ankara (B, D)
This morning Optional tour of St. Sophia and Bosphorus cruise. Depart for the capital city of Ankara for overnight.
Day 4 Mon: Ankara - Cappadocia (B, D)
Morning departure to view Hittite artefacts at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravan inn en route. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant or join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 5 Tue: Cappadocia (B, D)
Early Morning Optional: Hot Air Balloon Tour. Experience the floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves with the sunrise of Cappadocia. After breakfast, optional tour of Goreme, Avanos, Pasabagi, Red Valley, and have a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave. Overnight in Cappadocia.
Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia - Pamukkale (B, D)
Drive to Pamukkale. En route we visit the famous mausoleum of the sufi philosopher Mevlana. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.
Day 7 Thu: Pamukkale - Kusadasi (B, D)
Today is the day to pay an early morning visit to the unique Cotton Fortress, the white calcium cascades, and also pay a visit to one of the first modern spa centres of the ancient world, Hierapolis. Then we drive to Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Kusadasi (B, D)
Optional: Full day tour of the famous ruins of Ephesus and St. Mary's Cottage. Dinner and overnight in Kusadasi.
Day 9 Sat: Pergamum - Troy - Canakkale (B, L, D)
Visit the ancient Medical Center Asclepion in Pergamum and continue to a traditional local village for lunch with locals. Then continue to Troy with its famous wooden horse and continue on to Canakkale for overnight.
Day 10 Sun: Dardanelles - Gallipoli - Istanbul (B, D)
In the morning depart for Gallipoli, the site of many battles during WWI. Visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bai, and then drive to Istanbul. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.
Day 11 Mon: Istanbul - Return (B)
Includes & Excludes
- Return flights from Johannesburg to Istanbul based on availability in the lowest category airfare
- Approximate taxes and airline levy
- Return airport to hotel transfers
- 2 Nights' accommodation at the AC Hotel by Marriott Istanbul Macka or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the Holiday Inn Ankara or similar
- 2 Nights' accommodation at the Cappadocia Eco Lodge or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or similar
- 2 Nights' accommodation at the Marina Hotel & Suites Kusadasi or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the Grand Anzac Hotel or similar
- 1 Night accommodation at the AC Hotel by Marriott Istanbul Macka or similar
- Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 8 dinners
- Tour guide throughout your tour
- Luggage handling
- Meals and beverages not specified
- Passport and Visas
- Travel and medical insurance
- Items of a personal nature
Peak season surcharges and block out dates may apply.
IstanbulIstanbul is Turkey's most populous city, and its cultural and financial center. The city covers 25 districts of the Istanbul province. It is located on the Bosphorus Strait, and encompasses the natural harbor known as the Golden Horn, in the northwest of the country.
The first human settlement in Istanbul, the Fikirtepe mound on the Anatolian side, is from the Copper Age period, with artifacts dating from 5500–3500 BC. A port settlement dating back to the Phoenicians has been discovered in nearby Kadýköy (Chalcedon). Cape Moda in Chalcedon was the first location which the Greek settlers of Megara chose to colonize in 685 BC, prior to colonising Byzantion on the European side of the Bosphorus under the command of King Byzas in 667 BC. Even after Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Sultans in 1453, the city remained (and it still is) the trading post for valuable spices and textiles brought via the Silk Road from as far away as China.
The city has a temperate-continental climate with hot and humid summers; and cold, rainy and often snowy winters. Humidity is generally rather high which can make temperatures feel much warmer or colder than they actually are. Snowfall is quite common, snowing for a week or two during the winter season, but it can be heavy once it snows. It is most likely to occur between the months of December and March.
One of the oldest monuments still surviving from antiquity is the Serpentine Column, a monument built originally to honor Apollo for the victory over the Persians at Plataea in 479 BC. The column was moved by Constantine the Great when Constantinople became the new capital, and has stood at the Hippodrome ever since.
Istanbul’s cultural activities, both traditional and contemporary, are rich and varied, although not well publicized. Matching the city’s exploding youth population is a growing number of festivals, galleries, new music venues and film centers and, within the last decade, Turkish artists have begun to make an international impact.
As in most cities, drinks prices vary hugely. The tavernas or meyhanes are much cheaper than nightclubs or live music venues. It is advisable to check for cover charges at live music venues. Meyhanes tend to close at 2400, bars at 0100 or 0200, while clubs can stay open as late as 0600 at weekends. Turkish cuisine inherited its Ottoman heritage which could be described as a fusion and refinement of Turkic, Arabic, Greek, Armenian and Persian cuisines.