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Classics of Turkey - 11 Days - April to Oct.19

Classics of Turkey - 11 Days - April to Oct.19

Istanbul, Turkey

From: R 18,502.00
Per Person Sharing Inc Tax
  • Prices

    JNB: R 18,502.00 PPS
  • Trip Reference

    #9599
  • Flights

    Flights Included
  • Duration

    11 Days
  • Valid From

    5th of April 2019 (Friday)
  • Valid To

    31st of October 2019 (Thursday)
  • Expires

    31st of March 2019 (Sunday)
  • Need Visa's

    South Africa: Yes
    British: Yes
    European Union: Yes
    American: Yes
Quick Holiday Overview

Phenomenal Offer for those wanting to experience Turkey!

Turkey is gifted with natural and ancient wonders, discover this ancient of destinations finest gems, including Goereme dating back to the 10th century B.C.

Turkey is an intoxicating blend of old and new, of East and West. Experience exciting Istanbul with a full-day tour and enough leisure time to discover its hidden charms. Marvel at the unusual rock formations of Cappadocia, the unique calcium cascades of Pamukkale and the Roman ruins at Ephesus before stopping at Troy and Gallipoli. On this custom tailored tour to Turkey, you will discover the wonders of the country visit Turkey and find history, beauty, and wonder!

About the Holiday

Day 1 Fri: Istanbul
You will be met by a Neon Tours representative with a Neon Tours signboard.

Day 2 Sat: Istanbul (B)
Enjoy a full day tour including a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum, residence of the Ottoman Sultans between 1453 and 1852 excluding harem. Visit the Hippodrome, which was once the centre of life where chariot racing and other public events took place. Tour the Blue Mosque built between 1609 and 1616, famous for its blue ceramic tiles. Your last stop will be the famous Grand Bazaar, the world's largest and oldest covered market with over 60 streets. Join an optional dinner with belly dancing entertainment.

Day 3 Sun: Istanbul - Ankara (B, D)
This morning depart on an optional tour (at an additional cost) of St. Sophia, a church built in the 6th century Byzantine capital, converted to a mosque by the Ottomans, and now a museum and one of the world's greatest architectural wonders. Continue to cruise along Bosphorus cruise enjoying the strait that separates Asia and Europe. Its shores are lined with fine neighbourhoods, Ottoman palaces, fortresses, old wooden villas, hotels, parks and gardens, restaurants and cafés. Depart for the capital city of Ankara for overnight.

Day 4 Mon: Ankara - Cappadocia (B, D)
Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, a historic caravanserai holding artifacts from up to 7500 years old including the most extensive and valuable collection of Hittite artifacts in the world. Visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk, the father of modern Turkey. Drive to Cappadocia, touring a 13th century caravanserai en route. Pay a visit to the underground city of Saratli, one of the many underground settlements built for protection and religious reasons. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and join an optional Whirling Dervishes performance. Overnight in Cappadocia.

Day 5 Tue: Cappadocia (B, D)
Consider an optional (at an additional cost) early morning hot air balloon tour and experience floating through volcanic valleys, fairy chimneys and caves at sunrise. After breakfast visit Goreme, a historical region of Turkey, located among the rock formations, which was first settled back in the Roman period. Many rock churches can still be seen today, as Christianity was then the prevailing religion in that region. Continue to the town of Avanos renowned for its high quality earthenware. Also visit Pasabagi, Red Valley and attend a brief regional pottery workshop in a cave.

Day 6 Wed: Cappadocia - Pamukkale (B, D)
Drive to Pamukkale. En route visit the famous mausoleum of the Sufi philosopher, Mevlana. This was also the dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, better known as the Whirling Dervishes. Dinner and overnight in Pamukkale.

Day 7 Thu: Pamukkale - Kusadasi (B, D)
Visit the unique cotton fortress of Pamukkale, with its white lime cascades formed by mineral springs, and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Proceed to Kusadasi for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 Fri: Ephesus & St. Mary's House - Kusadasi (B, D)
Tour the famous ruins of Ephesus, an important cultural centre of the ancient world, and explore 2,000 year-old marble streets, a theatre, the Library of Celsius, a gymnasium and Hadrian's Temple. Take a short drive to see St. Mary's stone cottage where it is believed Virgin Mary spent her last years accompanied by St. John. Continue to a regional rug production centre to have a first-hand experience of this unique art form. Join an optional (at an additional cost)afternoon tour of Sirince.

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, best known for being the setting of the Trojan War and many cities built on top of each other. Continue 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 Bair, and then drive to Istanbul. Enjoy a Farewell Dinner. Overnight in Istanbul.

Day 11 Mon: Istanbul - Return (B)
Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
 

City Hotels or similar :

Istanbul - AC Hotel by Marriott Macka
Ankara - Holiday Inn Ankara
Cappadocia - Cappadocia Lodge Hotel
Pamukkale - Colassae Hotel
Kusadasi - Marina Hotel
Canakkale - Grand Anzac
Istanbul - AC Hotel by Marriott Macka

Includes & Excludes
Includes
  • Return flights from Johannesburg based on availability and 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
Excludes
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Visas (easlily done online) 
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not mentioned
Package Conditions:

Book and pay by 31 March 2019 or until tour is fullly booked to qualify for this special offer. Space limited.

Prices are from a starting price per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuations and availability. Taxes are estimated and based on the current exchange rate and are subject to change. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Please note that airport taxes, fuel levies & surcharges are approximate and subject to change, the exact amount will be confirmed at time of booking.

Istanbul
Istanbul 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 55003500 BC.[7] A port settlement dating back to the Phoenicians has been discovered in nearby Kadky (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.

Istanbuls cultural activities, both traditional and contemporary, are rich and varied, although not well publicized. Matching the citys 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.
Terms and Conditions

Prices are based on per person sharing.
Due to the volatility in the South African currency and the price of fuel affecting the price of air tickets we cannot ensure the accuracy of the price as mentioned. The price was correct at the time of printing on 18 February 2019.

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