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Treasures of Turkey

16 Days  |  Departing Friday 26th June 2020 and returning Saturday 11th July 2020

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Progress Payment: $ 2900 3380 by 27 Feb 2020
Final Payment: $ 3399 3919 by 27 Mar 2020
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Join us for a Turkish Adventure to remember!

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
Bellydancing Class
Visit to Gallipoli and Lone Pine Australian Memorial ** New inclusion
Visit to Ancient city of Troy ** New inclusion

Small Group - Friends for Company!

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


 

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
Willing to Share Option (subject to availability)
Turkish Visa Processing (for Australian Passport Holders)
Meet and Greet prior to departure (subject to minimum numbers attending)

** Airline is subject to change **

Local tipping is customary in Turkey.  Sisterhood Womens Travel  tipping system on all Group Tours involves passengers contributing to a kitty which is  paid to the tour hostess at the beginning of the tour who then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need for you to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD100 and this will confirmed in your final documentation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday 26 June 2020

Melbourne - Istanbul (Meals Inflight)

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

Day 2 - Saturday 27 June 2020

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 - Sunday 28 June 2020

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 - Monday 29 June 2020

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 - Tuesday 30 June 2020

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 - Wednesday 1 July 2020

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 - Thursday 2 July 2020

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 - Friday 3 July 2020

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 - Saturday 4 July 2020

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.

Overnight: Exedra Hotel, Cappadocia (or simmilar)

Day 10 - Sunday 5 July 2020

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.

Overnight: Exedra Hotel, Cappadocia (or simmilar)

Day 11 - Monday 6 July 2020

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 our accommodation.  With a free day until our Belly Dancing Class held in an authentic night club!  This will be great fun with pleny of laughs guaranteed.  Dinner at leisure tonight.  

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

Day 12 - Tuesday 7 July 2020

Cooking Class in Istanbul (B,L)

This morning we'll enjoy a four hour cooking class. The class is held in the hotel’s kitchen and features a local chef as the instructor.  During the class recipes are provided for our keeping and we'll enjoy delicious meal of our own creation in the rooftop restaurant at the end of the session.  After the class we'll be transferred back to our hotel for the remainder of our day at leisure to explore town at our own pace, do some last minute shopping.

Day 13 - Wednesday 8 July 2020

Visit to Gallipoli (B,D)

Today we'll depart Istanbul for an afternoon tour of Gallipoli.  The World War I battlefields of Gallipoli are a serene sight.  We'll visit the Lone Pine Australian Memorial and Chunuk Bair New Zealand Memorial, ANZAC Cove, Brighton Beach, Beach Cemetery, Ari Burnu Cemetery Memorial and Johnston’s Jolly (where a visit will be made to the Allied and Turkish trenches and tunnels), 57th Regiment Turkish Memorial and The Nek. With our guide and driver we may visit rarely seen areas which are not included on the standard coach tour.  Today will be a day of reflection.  We then check into our hotel with dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Overnight: Kolin Hotel - Canakkale (or similar)

Day 14 - Thursday 9 July 2020

Ancient City of Troy (B,FD)

Today after breakfast, we'll step back in time with a visit to 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.  We then return to Istanbul, check into our hotel `before enjoying a farewell dinner at a local restaurant to celebrate great times shared with new friends.

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

Day 15 - Friday 10 July 2020

Istanbul - Home (B)

Today we say goodbye to Istanbul and Turkey.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment of our airlines as we head towards home.

Day 16 - Saturday 11 July 2020

Home

Welcome Home!  Thank you for travelling with Sisterhood Womens Travel and we look forward to welcoming you to your next adventure.

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