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Treasures of Turkey

17 Days  |  Departing Friday 21st April 2023 and returning Sunday 7th May 2023

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Progress Payment: $ 3600 4400 by 16 Dec 2022
Final Payment: $ 4099 4899 by 20 Jan 2023
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$250 Deposit on any 2022 eligible tour both domestic and international.

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Join us for a Turkish Adventure to remember!

Highlights

  • City Sightseeing Tour of Istanbul including Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque and the famous Grand Bazaar
  • Two Continents Tour to the Bosphorus
  •  Explore the magnificient Topkapi Palace
  • Visit to Gallipoli and Lone Pine Australian Memorial ** New inclusion
  • Visit to the Ancient city of Troy ** New inclusion
  • Cruise along the Bosphorus with a visit to a Spice Bazaar
  • Visit to Ephesus and the Temple of Artemis - one of the Seven 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
  • Overnight Stay in Kusadasi **New inclusion
  • Bodrum full day cruise onboard our own exclusive Gulet cruising the waters of the Aegean Coast **New inclusion
  • A free day in Bodrum to explore at Leisure  ** New inclusion
  • Bellydancing Class
  • Small Group - Friends for Company!  
  • Optional - Balloon Flight in Cappadocia  - 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 from Melbourne to Istanbul including taxes (other departure cities available on request / Business Class Upgrade available on request)
  • Professional English Speaking Guides throughout Itinerary
  • Deluxe 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. She then distributes it daily to service providers on your behalf. This avoids the need to consider individual tipping situations daily throughout your trip. The estimated amount for your tour is USD$150 and this will be confirmed in your final documentation.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday 21 April 2023

Melbourne - Istanbul (Meals Inflight)

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

Day 2 - Saturday 22 April 2023

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:  Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel (or similar) – 3 nights

Day 3 - Sunday 23 April 2023

Istanbul Sightseeing (B,L)

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, Rustem Pasa Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace and Bosphorus Bridge.  

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation:  Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel (or similar) 

Day 4 - Monday 24 April 2023

Istanbul Sightseeing (B)

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

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation:  Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel (or similar) 

Day 5 - Tuesday 25 April 2023

Visit to Gallipoli (B,D)

Today we'll depart Istanbul and head west and then south to 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.

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel - Canakkale (or similar)

Day 6 - Wednesday 26 April 2023

Ancient City of Troy (B,D)

Today after breakfast, we'll step back in time with a visit to the ancient city of Troy, famous for the Trojan War, the beautiful Helen of Troy, also known as Helen of Sparta, and Paris (who fatally wounded Achilles). And of course a replica of the Trojan Horse.  

From there we continue to the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. This afternoon we head to Kusadasi for overnight accommodation and dinner at the hotel restaurant.

Accommodation:  The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kusadasi (or similar)

Day 7 - Thursday 27 April 2023

Kusadasi - Ephesus - Bodrum (B)

This morning we'll be transferred to the ancient city of Ephesus, an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia.  We'll be absorbed in history with a guided tour of the site of one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the city and stadium where chariot and horse races were once held. We'll continue on to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has a long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. We'll then be transferred to Bodrum on the famous Turkish Riviera for our three night stay.

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation: Marmara Hotel, Bodrum (or similar) 

Day 8 - Friday 28 April 2023

Bodrum (B,L)

After breakfast we will spend the day at sea with lunch included and enjoyed onboard. Relax as we cruise the turquoise seas of the Bodrum coastline onboard a private gulet. Visit several of the most beautiful bays in which we can swim and snorkel in crystal-clear water or simply relax in the mild breeze, enjoying the stunning views or perfecting your suntan to the sound of gently lapping waves. At the Black Island, half an hour from Bodrum, we can bathe in the grotto where the warm mineral waters flowing out of the rocks are believed to beautify the complexion.  Later we return to Bodrum.

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation: Marmara, Bodrum (or similar)

Day 9 - Saturday 29 April 2023

Bodrum (B)

Today is a free day to further explore Bodrum. This seaside town is well known for its shopping, beaches and a fine 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 regroup for dinner to share the day's experiences.

Accommodation: Marmara, Bodrum (or similar)

Day 10 - Sunday 30 April 2023

Bodrum - Pamukkale (B,D)

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

Accommodation:  Doga Thermal Hotel, Pamukkale (or similar) 

Day 11 - Monday 1 May 2023

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 Cappadocia for our three night stay including breakfast. Tonight we'll enjoy great night out with dinner and a traditional Turkish folklore show with local dancers and musicians.

Accommodation:  Gamirassu Cave Hotel (or similar) 

Day 12 - Tuesday 2 May 2023

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.

Accommodation:  Gamirassu Cave Hotel (or similar) 

Day 13 - Wednesday 3 May 2023

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 an underground city and afterwards visit Cavusin village.  Lastly we'll visit Avanos town to learn about handmade pottery.

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation:  Gamirassu Cave Hotel (or similar) 

Day 14 - Thursday 4 May 2023

Cappadocia - Istanbul (B)

Today we will be met at the hotel and transferred to Kayseri Airport for our flight back to Istanbul.

Upon arrival into Istanbul we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a two night stay.

The remainder of the day is at leisure. 

Early this evening we will enjoy a 90 minute Belly Dancing Class with a professional belly dancer as the instructor.  

Dinner at leisure.

Accommodation:  Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel, Istanbul (or similar)

Day 15 - Friday 5 May 2023

Istanbul (B,L)

After breakfast, we will enjoy a Turkish cooking class. The class is held in a hotel kitchen and features a local chef as the instructor. During the class, recipes are provided for us to keep and after the class we will enjoy a delicious meal of our own creation in the rooftop restaurant.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to further explore and do some last minute shopping.

We will regroup in the evening for our last dinner (own expense) and reminisce about the amazing experience we have enjoyed in Turkey all together.

Accommodation:  Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel, Istanbul (or similar)

Day 16 - Saturday 6 May 2023

Istanbul - Melbourne (meals in flight)

Today we say goodbye to Istanbul and Turkey.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the inflight entertainment as we head homewards.

Day 17 - Sunday 7 May 2023

Welcome 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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