Turkey just may be the ultimate holiday destination. In one thrilling, sun-kissed package tourists can discover perfect beaches, ancient ruins, epic religious sites, wonderful food, glorious scenery, and a warm welcome from the famously friendly local people. Turkey includes tremendous variety in its vast borders: the west and east coast beach resorts offer pristine beaches and gorgeous turquoise-coloured waters, while to the west of the land are the rugged mountains of the Anatolian plateau, with its ancient cities and vibrant tribal cultures. Turkey’s variety is best experienced in the glorious city of Istanbul, straddling two continents across the Bosphorous, and with Ottoman mosques and palaces, Roman ruins and glorious Byzantine churches interspersed with cutting edge nightlife, retail stores and modern developments.read more/less
It’s easy to get seduced by the picture perfect resorts of Oludeniz, Bodrum and Marmaris, but Turkey has plenty of other world-class attractions. Top draws include Cappadocia’s famed rock-hewn houses and churches, set amid a lunar-esque landscape; Gallipoli, a emotionally moving WWI site; the astounding ancient cities of Ephesus and Pergammon; and the thermal waters of Pamukkale. Turkey offers a curious and exciting mix of ancient and modern; east and west; secular and pious, and visitors seldom find one trip enough.
AEGEAN LEGACY TOUR
Inbound Airport Transfer – Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW)
Outbound Airport Transfer – Athens Eleftherios Venizelos Airport (ATH)
2 nights in Istanbul, 2 nights in Cappadocia, 1 night in Pamukkale, 2 nights in Kusadasi & 2 nights in Athens
Professional English-speaking tour guide in Turkey
Professional English-speaking tour guide for Athens city tour
Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle in Turkey
International flight between Izmir and Athens and transfers
Entrance fees in Turkey
Tips except driver and guide
9 nights – Accommodation
9 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
Suggested optional activities
Tips for driver and guide
Starts every second Friday in Istanbul
|Validity Date||ZAR Price|
|22 MAR – 15 NOV 19||R22 720|
DAY 01: Istanbul
Welcome to Istanbul. You will transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours, free to explore Istanbul.
DAY 02: Istanbul Old City
Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, St Sophia Museum, Topkapi Palace and the Hippodrome. Cruise between two continents on the stretch of water that separates Europe from Asia in the afternoon with an optional ‘Half day Bosphorous cruise’.
DAY 03: Ankara, Cappadocia
After breakfast we drive towards the nation’s capital, Ankara to visit Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Ataturk before continuing on to the surreal landscape of Cappadocia.
DAY 04: Goreme, Underground City
Today we tour the Goreme Open Air Museum, Pasabag, Uchisar Castle and Kaymakli Underground City. Photo opportunities are everywhere so have your cameras ready! Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at a carpet village we learn how carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Tonight, don’t miss the optional Turkish folklore evening featuring folklore and belly dancers… a night you won’t forget!
DAY 05: Konya, Pamukkale
Leaving Cappadocia we head south along the ancient Silk Road just as the ancient traders did. Along the way we visit Sultanhani Caravansary, before stopping at Konya to tour the Mevlana Museum.
DAY 06: Pamukkale, Aphrodisias
Visit the ruins of Hierapolis, the Temple of Apollo, Necropolis, and stroll over the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale. We then drive to Aphrodisias, the famous city of Aphrodite.
DAY 07: Ephesus
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre. This afternoon we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before driving to Izmir.
DAY 08: Athens
After breakfast, transferred to Izmir airport for your flight to Athens. Upon your arrrival to Athens International airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours, free to explore this ancient city.
DAY 09: Acropolis, Parthenon
This morning you will have half day tour and visit Acropolis, stop at the stadium where the first Olympic Games of the modern era were held. Admire the Olympian Zeus and Hadrians Arch. At the Acropolis visit the museum, the towering entrance of Propylaia, the Temple of Nike and the most famous of Greek relics, the Parthenon.
After breakfast, our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends before being transferred to the airport.