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Treasures of Turkey

14 Days  |  Departing Saturday 29th June 2019 and returning Friday 12th July 2019

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Highlights

City Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul including St Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque and the famous Grand Bazaar
Two Continents Tour to the Bosphorus
Visit to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seventh Ancient Wonders of the World
Admire the Antiquities of the Selcuk Museum
Visit to the Travertines in Pamukkale
Ancient Hot Springs Visit in Pamukkale
Travel along the Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary
Visit to Uchisar Castle, Goreme Open Air Museum and Ortahisar Castle in Cappadocia
Visit to the Pasabag Fairy Chimneys in Cappadocia
Visit Cave Churches in Cappadocia
Visit to Avanos the Turkish Centre for Handmade Pottery
Cruise along the Bosphorous with a visit to a Spice Bazaar
Beautiful Accommodation
Free Days in Bodrum and Istanbul to Explore at Leisure
Turkish Delight Making Class - replaced by a Cooking Class
Bellydancing Class
Small Group - Friends for Company!

Optional - Balloon Flight in Cappadocia (Approx AUD 250.00) - Can only be booked locally and is weather dependent.

See our Notice Section for Information about our ADD On - 3 Day Gallipoli Extension

 

Inclusions

Fully Escorted by a Sisterhood Womens Travel Tour Hostess who is on hand to ensure your holiday is a memorable one
Return Economy airfares ex Melbourne to Istanbul including taxes with Qatar Airways** (other departure cities available on request / Business Class Upgrade available on request)
Professional English Speaking Guides throughout Itinerary
Beautiful Boutique 4-5* Accommodation
All Transportation as per Itinerary
Meals as per Itinerary
All Sightseeing as per Itinerary including all Entrance Fees
Gratuities to Driver/Guide
Willing to Share Option (subject to availability)
Meet and Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)

** Airline is subject to change **

** Not Included - Turkey Visa

Australian ordinary passport holders require a visa to enter Turkey as a tourist. This should be applied for online before travelling to Turkey at www.evisa.gov.tr  An e-Visa allows entry into Turkey for 90 days within any 180 day period and costs US$60. Passports must be valid for at least 60 days beyond the visa allowable duration of stay, but six months validity beyond intended stay is recommended. Travellers should also be able to show onward/return travel arrangements when entering Turkey.  For assistance please contact Sisterhood Central.

Notice

ADD ON - Optional 3 Day Gallipoli Extension - See Below - **This is an independent tour - NO Hostess ** - $930.00 per person twin share / $1514.00 per person single

11 July 2019
This morning afternoon breakfast, you'll be picked up from the hotel and transferred towards the Gallipoli battlefields and Troy.  After crossing the Dardenelles, visit the Naval Museum and the minelayer, Nusret.  Afterwards you'll head for the ancient city of Troy, famous for the legendary Trojan Horse from the times of beautiful Helen, the Queen of Sparta and Paris, the Trojan Horse.  Continue to the hotel for an overnight stay including breakfast & dinner.  Overnight - Hotel Kolin, Canakkale (or similar).

12 July 2019
Gallipoli is one of the most touching places in Turkey.  Today, visit the Gallipoli World War I Battlefields including Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, Ari Burnu Cemetery Memorial and The Nek.  With a guide and drive you may visit rarely seen areas which are not included on the standard coach tour.  After the Gallipoli transfer to Istanbul for overnight accommodation.  Overnight - MGallery by Sofitel Hotel, Istanbul (or similar).

13 July 2019
This morning you will be transferred to the Istanbul Airport for your flight home to Australia.
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday 29 June 2019

Melbourne - Istanbul (Meals Inflight)

Meet your tour hostess and fellow travellers at Melbourne Airport for your onward flight to Turkey.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of your airlines as we head towards Istanbul.

Day 2 - Sunday 30 June 2019

Istanbul

Welcome to Turkey! Upon arrival into Istanbul Airport we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a three night stay including breakfast.  Remainder of our day is at leisure.

Istanbul - lauded in antiquity as "the second Rome" is a city where you most certainly should roam — culture and excitement lie around every corner and more than 2000 years of history await us!

Tonight we'll regoup for dinner.

Accommodation:  The Galata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery by Sofitel Hotel, Istanbul (or similar) – 3 nights

Day 3 - Monday 1 July 2019

Istanbul Sightseeing (B)

Today, we'll visit the most important popular sites of Istanbul on our full day tour. We'll visit St Sophia Museum, Byzantine Hippodrome, the famous Blue Mosque, beautiful Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar. The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4,000 shops.  

Day 4 - Tuesday 2 July 2019

Istanbul - Two Continents Tour (B)

Today we'll enjoy a full day tour to one of the most beautiful sights in the world, the Bosphorus, the strait separating two continents – Europe and Asia.  This tour includes a Bosphorus Cruise and visits to the Spice Bazaar, Rustempasa Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Bosphorous Bridge and Camlica Hill.  

 

Day 5 - Wednesday 3 July 2019

Istanbul - Izmir - Ephesus - Bodrum (B)

An early start this morning.  We'll be met at the hotel and transferred to the Istanbul Airport for our onward flight to Izmir.  Upon arrival into Izmir we'll be met by our tour guide and transferred to Ephesus, approximately 1.5 hours south along the Aegean coast from Izmir.  We'll be absorbed in history today with a guided tour of the site of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the world, the site of the Temple of Artemis and the ancient city of Ephesus.  Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held.  Have the chance to experience some Turkish handicrafts and visit the pilgrimage point claimed to be the last home of the Virgin Mary or see the antiquities of the Selcuk Museum.  We'll then be transferred to Bodrum on the famous Turkish Riviera for our two night stay including breakfast.

Accommodation: Marmara, Bodrum (or similar) - 2 nights

Day 6 - Thursday 4 July 2019

Free day in Bodrum (B)

Today a free day to further explore Bodrum. This seaside town is well known for it's shopping, beaches and range of quality restaurants.  You might like to make use of our hotel facilities - the beautiful infinity pool will be enticing!  A great down day to relax. Tonight we'll regoup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Day 7 - Friday 5 July 2019

Bodrum - Pamukkale (B,D)

This morning we'll enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis.  We'll have the opportunity to take a dip amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.  Dinner tonight at a local restaurant.

Accommodation:  Doga Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale (or similar) – 1 night

Day 8 - Saturday 6 July 2019

Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia (B,D)

Today, we'll travel the ancient Silk Road visiting Sultanhani Caravansary and the Mevlana museum in Konya along the way.  We'll then continue to our hotel in Cappodocia for our three night stay including breakfast.  Tonight we'll enjoy a traditional Turkish folklore evening.

Accommodation:  Exedra Hotel, Cappadocia (or similar) – 3 nights

Day 9 - Sunday 7 July 2019

Northern Cappadocia Tour (B)

Today we'll enjoy a full day Northern Cappadocia tour with our first stop being Esentepe, followed by a visit to Uchisar Castle.  Then we'll continue onto visit Goreme Open air Museum and Ortahisar castle.  Afterwards, we'll visit the Pasabag Fairy Chimneys followed by Devrent Valley.

Day 10 - Monday 8 July 2019

Southern Cappadocia Tour (B)

This morning we'll enjoy a Southern Cappadocia tour where we'll head to the Pigeon Valley before continuing to Red Valley.  After visiting the amazing cave churches we'll head to the underground city and afterwards visit Cavusin village.  Lastly we'll visit Avanos town to learn about handmade pottery.

Day 11 - Tuesday 9 July 2019

Cappadocia - Istanbul (B)

Today, we'll be met at the hotel and transferred to Cappadocia Airport for our flight to Istanbul.  Upon our arrival into Istanbul we'll be transferred to the harbor for a 1 hour cruise trip along the shores of Bosphorous with a visit to Spice Bazaar.  We'll then be transferred to our hotel for a two night stay including breakfast.  Tonight we'll be picked from our hotel to enjoy a 90 minute Belly Dancing Class.  The class is held in an authentic night club and features a professional belly dancer as our instructor!

Accommodation:  The Galata Istanbul Hotel - MGallery by Sofitel Hotel, Istanbul (or similar)

Day 12 - Wednesday 10 July 2019

Free Day in Istanbul (B,D)

Today we have a free day at leisure to explore Istanbul.  Last minute sightseeing and shopping before our farewell dinner!

Day 13 - Thursday 11 July 2019

Istanbul - Melbourne (B)

A free morning before transferring to the airport to begin our journey home. Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 14 - Friday 12 July 2019

Welcome Home (Meals Inflight)

Welcome Home!  We thank you for joining us for your latest adventure and we look forward to welcoming you back!

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