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Experience The Real Turkey Tours

The Real Turkey Tours offers 3 unique tour packages:

Black Sea Tour West Tour

 

The Real Turkey Tour - West Tours

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2017 dates

Starts Tue May 16th to Fri Jan 3rd 2017

Cost Ex Melbourne *$7000 AUD per person/twin share
Cost Ex Istanbul *$5500 per person/twin share
Single supplement *$1000 AUD
(*subject to change)

Image of a girl picking cottonDay 1. ISTANBUL. Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. It is a magnificent city, full of history, beauty and a real blend of cultures. We will meet in the hotel lobby at 10.30am for a welcome meeting and a run down of the trip that lies ahead. We will then wander down the Hippodrome, the scene of ancient chariot races and the centre of Byzantine civic life. We will visit the elegant Sultanahmet Mosque, known as the blue mosque due to its magnificent interior decoration of Iznik tiles. After this you will have free time to continue walking in this lovely area of Istanbul. [L]

Day 2. ISTANBUL. Today we will visit the great palace of the Ottoman sultans [Topkapi Palace]. Here you will appreciate the incredible wealth of the Ottoman Empire. We will tour through the many courts and visit the fascinating harem. We will visit the Aya Sofia Museum, a church built in the 6th century. The walls are decorated with stunning Byzantine mosaics. After this we will visit the Underground Cistern, built in 532 a.d. This place has a magical quality about it. [B]

Image of the Grand BazaarDay 3. ISTANBUL. This morning we will wander through the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. The sights and smells in this bazaar are a unique sensation. We will then relax on a Bosphorus Cruise, enjoying the magnificent buildings and scenery along the shores of both Europe and Asia. In the afternoon we will visit the labyrinth of streets and passages of the colourful Grand Bazaar. Kadir will give you a short tour after which you will have free time to wander around the 4000 shops if you wish. [B]

Image of a statue at GallipoliDay 4. ISTANBUL – CANAKKALE. We depart early and drive south to the Gallipoli peninsula. We will spend 5 hours touring the Battlefields, cemeteries and monuments in this historic area. We will visit the Gallipoli museum and then cross the Dardanelle's strait to Canakkale. A very special day for many. [BD]

Day 5. CANAKKALE – BURSA . We head east to Bursa. This is a very old and historically important city. It was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and has a special meaning to most Turks. We visit the beautiful Green Mosque and Green Tomb. They are the best examples of Turkish style architecture. We will also visit the famous Silk Bazaar of Bursa. The silk cocoon trade is a popular industry for the local villagers around Bursa. This is a great place to buy silk. [BLD]

Day 6. BURSA – ABANT LAKE. Depart Bursa for the lakeside town of Iznik, famous for the ornate tiles that decorate many of the Turkish mosques. We will then head to the beautiful Lake Abant. The hotel is set in lovely alpine surroundings at an altitude of 1500 m. This area is a cool haven in the summer for the locals from both Istanbul and Ankara. Before arriving at the hotel we will visit the Yayla [mountain pastures], where families migrate with their animals each summer. [BD]

Day 7. ABANT – SAFRANBOLU. Today we will travel a short distance north to Safranbolu. We will step back in time in this charming ‘old world' town, which has been listed by UNESCO as an internationally significant cultural area for it's unique architecture. In the afternoon we wander though the narrow, twisting cobbled lanes amongst the well-preserved Ottoman homes. Many are now boutique hotels or cafes. [BLD]

Day 8. SAFRANBOLU - ANKARA. We depart the lovely Safranbolu, heading south to the capital of Turkey, Ankara. It lies in the centre of Anatolia and it is the city of ministries, government, armies and universities. After lunch we will visit the Anatolian Civilisations Museum. This museum houses a marvellous collection of early Anatolian artefacts from the Palaeolithic age to Roman works. From the museum we see the view below of the city of Ankara as well as our next destination - the Mausoleum of Ataturk. This is an impressive mix of modern and ancient architecture and it dominates the city. The museum here holds a collection of memorabilia and personal effects of Ataturk, recording the important moments in his life. [BD]

Image of people dining in CappadociaDay 9. ANKARA – CAPPADOCIA. Passing south through the Anatolian plains we head to the well know area called Cappadocia. The unique scenery around this area is an unforgettable experience. The volcanic stone has been eroded over the years to leave the amazing formations that are present now. The first Christian population of Anatolia then carved the stone to make the houses and chapels. There are approximately 600 churches and chapels in this area, some adorned with meaningful frescos. This afternoon we will visit Uchisar, a dramatic volcanic rock castle, which provides a superb view of the valley. Then to finish the day we will visit a carpet-weaving centre to learn a bit about the art of Turkish hand made carpets. [BD]

Day 10. CAPPADOCIA. We will continue our sightseeing in Cappadocia with a visit to the Goreme Open Air Museum, and we will see a selection of the many fine fresco decorated chapels from the 11th and 12th centuries. The valley here is full of cave dwellings with tiny openings for windows and paths leading between them. We will visit the valley of the ‘Fairy Chimneys', strange cone shaped rocks formed after many years of erosion. Today is a photographers dream day. There will be some free time this afternoon. This is a fantastic day you will not easily forget. [BD]

Day 11. CAPPADOCIA. Another fantastic day, seeing more of the sights in this popular part of Turkey. Highlights of today will be visiting the underground city called Derinkuyu . In times of peace the people of this area would live and farm above, however, when enemies were invading them, they would retreat into these underground safe havens where they could survive for up to 6 months. The size and complexity of these multi-storied underground cities is amazing. We will travel over to Soganli, another interesting valley filled with churches and monasteries. [BLD] There will be an early start for those who wish to try hot air ballooning over this magnificent area. This activity is highly recommended. *[At an extra charge of approx €150]*

Image of the Whirling DeverishesDay 12. CAPPADOCIA –KONYA. This morning we will be leaving the centre of Turkeyand making our way towards the Aegean Coast. On the way to Konya we will have a look at a Caravanserais, used in Selcuk times as a resting place on the 13th century Silk Road. We will stop in Konya to visit the Mevlana Museum, where you will learn about the culture of the Whirling Deverishes. We will also see the Slender Minaret Madrase. [BD]

Day 13. KONYA – PAMUKKALE. We leave early for our long drive further west to Pamukkale, one of the most unusual yet beautiful sights in the world. For thousands of years volcanic spring water has cascaded down the mountainside to form white calcium stone terraces. In previous years tourists were able to walk on the terraces and unfortunately this caused them to deteriorate, however it is now a protected area and returning to it's former beauty. We are going to visit an interesting and important Roman city called Hierapolus. We will have enough time here in Pamukkale to explore the terraces before heading to our hotel, where we can enjoy its own thermal pool and other facilities. [BD]

Day 14. PAMUKKALE – SELCUK. We continue travelling west until we reach the coastline and the town of Selcuk. Our first stop will be the last home of the Virgin Mary, a place of great importance in Christianity and now a place of pilgrimage for many of the worlds Roman Catholics. We will then visit Ephesus, once the eastern capital of the Roman Empire and the commercial centre of the ancient world. As you hear about the lifestyle of the people living here hundreds of years ago, you will soon appreciate that this will be one of the highlights of your trip. We will then go to the museum which houses many of the findings from Ephesus. [BD]

Day 15. SELCUK – FETHIYE. This morning we drive south through the picturesque Taurus Mountains until we reach the town of Fethiye. After lunch in the old town you will be given free time to wander around the quaint streets, do some shopping or wander along the waterfront. [BD]

Image of the Saklikent GorgeDay 16. FETHIYE. This morning we will visit the ruined Greek village of Kaya. We will walk through the deserted streets and visit two old churches. After a delicious lunch at Yaka Park we will then head off to the nearby Saklikent Gorge. The gorge is 18km long with very steep walls and you will have time to walk up into the gorge through the icy waters or just to relax in the shade of the gorge at a riverside café. [BLD]

Day 17. FETHIYE. Today we will relax on the crystal clear turquoise waters of the southern Turkish coast. We will spend the day swimming, visiting ruins or just lying on the deck relaxing whilst we tour around the islands and coves. It is a lovely day, a great way to appreciate this beautiful coastline and a great relaxing end to the trip. [BLD]

Image of a Turkish bathDay 18. FETHIYE – ISTANBUL. This morning we depart for the airport for our flight to Istanbul. [B]

You may choose to spend more time in Istanbul or to continue your journey to another destination.

OPTIONAL EXTENSION - 5 nights

A fantastic ending to this tour is to spend five days after the end of the tour cruising around the magnificent Mediterranean Sea. You have the option of chartering a traditional Turkish Gulet for perfect way to end the tour. The gulets have between 6 - 10 cabins available for guests, so places will be limited.

THERE WILL BE AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE FOR THIS OPTION which will depend on how many people take up this great tour. Generally it is about $800pp.

If you would like to find out more let us know so we can have as idea how big a boat we need…..therefore we can work out the cost.

The crystal clear waters here, are perfect for boating as the waters of the Mediterranean are as smooth as a lake, so for the next few days you will cruise around the many islands and coves of this magnificent coast. Your days will be spent exploring islands, swimming, and snorkelling, fishing or just lying on the deck reading and relaxing. It is the perfect way to finish your trip and the crew will make sure that you will love it .

The actual itinerary will depend on the company we use, so it can change from year to year, however, generally this is what happens.

Day 1. Boarding day: You either board after lunch or in the early evening before dinner on boad. [D}

Day 2, 3 and 4… YACHT CRUISE. Visiting more magnificent sheltered bays and exploring islands and inlets....oh so very relaxing. …. Plenty of time to rest up. (BLD)

Day 5. YACHT - ISTANBUL. After breakfast you will sadly have to leave the boat and depart for the airport. We can organise for you to be taken by our representative to Dalaman Airport for your flight back to Istanbul. You may choose to spend more time in Istanbul or continue with your journey. [B]

If you would like to extend your holiday after the tour has ended that is certainly possible. Kadir can help you with where to go within Turkey or speak to Travelscene staff in Warrnambool.

 
To book 'Experience The Real Turkey Tour'
contact Warrnambool Travel on (03) 5561 2233.

Please review our Booking Terms and Conditions.

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

  • Return Melbourne - Istanbul flight
  • Domestic flight at end of tour if on package
  • Airport Transfers in Turkey [with tour party only]
  • Fully air -conditioned coach
  • All entry fees to sights included in tour
  • Fully qualified and experienced guide
  • All hotels, breakfasts, most dinners and some lunches [as listed]
  • Tips to restaurants and hotels

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED:

  • Transport to/from Melbourne airport
  • Porterage at airport
  • Tourist visa for entry to Turkey [$USD 60 cash for AU passport holders - if using different passport check prior to departure]
  • Airport Taxes
  • Travel insurance [highly recommended]
  • Tips to bus driver
  • 3 dinners
  • Most lunches [as stated in itinerary]
  • Extra accommodation booked before or after tour dates

Safranbolu, Turkey
Safranbolu, Turkey

 

 

 

 

 


Tinsmith in Safranbolu
Tinsmith in Safranbolu

 

 

 

 

 


Dalyan Tombs
Lycian tombs, Dalyan


Contact: Alison & Kadir Zehir ~ Phone: (03) 5568 2468 ~ Email: info@turkeytour.com.au Real Turkey Tours on Facebook