Pentravel
Pentravel

The Wonders of Turkey with Costsaver

Pentravel
11 days
12 Oct 24 to 05 Jan 25
Book by 30 Nov 24
Get lost in the colorful lanes of the Grand Bazaar, watch the dizzying dance of the Whirling Dervishes and descend into an underground fortress. Mother Nature and man have crafted an extraordinary land, over which empires have fought for centuries, and you’ll get to see all its wonders on this 11-day journey.

Includes

  • 11 Day Costaver Guided Holiday
  • 10 nights in cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • 10 breakfasts & 5 dinners
  • Transport by luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Çanakkale to Eceabat
  • An expert Travel Director and separate driver
  • Audio headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
  • City orientation tours
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes
  • Extensive variety of Choice Optional Experiences at an additional cost
  • Included sightseeing
  • Sightseeing includes Hagia Sophia and the Grand Bazaar, see the Blue Mosque
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city and see the Wooden Horse
  • See the Cotton Castle springs and the ruins of the Roman health spa of Hierapolis
  • Visit Pasabagi and the Red Valley and marvel at the underground city of Saratli and much more!

Excludes

  • Flights
  • Arrival/ departure transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Spending money and items of a personal nature

Extras

  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised
  • Choice of Optional Experiences available at an additional cost

Highlights

  • 10 Nights in cherry-picked hotels
  • 15 Meals
  • City orientation tours

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

It’s the city Napoleon said should be the capital of Earth and while it may not quite have reached that stature, Istanbul’s history as the capital of two great empires has left an enviable legacy of art, architecture and culture. Where better to begin your journey across Turkey than in its capital, the gateway to the Orient? On arrival, transfer to your hotel and explore the city your way before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a glimpse into what lies ahead. Hotel - Aspen Hotel Istanbul

Day 2: Istanbul Sightseeing & Free time

Discover how centuries of Ottoman rule shaped the city's heritage as the meeting point between East and West when you join your Local Specialist this morning for a guided sightseeing tour, including a visit to Hagia Sophia, once the leading church in Christendom, the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. Later, you’ll have some time to explore Istanbul your way or consider an Optional Experience to Topkapi Palace Museum, and a cruise on the Bosphorus, separating Europe and Asia. Hotel - Aspen Hotel Istanbul Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 3: Istanbul – Ankara (1 Night)

Ramble past the colourful displays of lanterns, pottery and fabric as you wander through one of the world’s oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar. The scents of Turkish tea will linger long after you leave Istanbul, bound for Ankara. Arriving in the Turkish capital, you’ll visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk, the founder and father of the Turkish Republic, before an evening to do as you please. Hotel - New Park Hotel Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Ankara – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

The hometown of the Hittites is under the spotlight this morning. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations, then continue to the whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia and visit the underground city of Saratli. This evening you could join an Optional Experience with the Whirling Dervishes, watching them whirl around and around in remembrance of God. Hotel - Ramada by Wyndham Cappadocia Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Cappadocia Sightseeing & Free time

Cappadocia's fairy-tale chimneys take centre stage this morning as you journey to Pasabagi and Red Valley. Visit a regional rug production centre then enjoy an afternoon on your own amidst the fantasy landscapes left by Mother Nature in the ochre rock. An Optional Experience in Göreme reveals how Christians once worshipped in the many rock churches that remain to this day. This evening, dinner is served at your hotel. Hotel: Ramada by Wyndham Cappadocia Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Cappadocia – Konya – Pamukkale (1 Night)

First up is the ancient city of Konya, the final resting place of the Sufi philosopher Mevlana whose famous mausoleum you will visit before continuing to the cotton fortress of Pamukkale, home to mineral-rich thermal waters which cascade down snow-white travertine terraces. Hotel - Richmond Pamukkale Thermal Hotel Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Ephesus – Izmir (2 Nights)

The ethereal white pools and terraces that cascade down surrounding cliffs are a sight to behold this morning as you see the ruins of the ancient Roman health spa of Hierapolis. Head west to the Aegean coastline, arriving in Izmir in time to spend some time exploring this pretty port town, with its lengthy promenade. Learn about its multicultural past, and its history as a Greek city. Consider joining an optional seafood dinner at a favourite local restaurant renowned for its stunning views. Hotel - Doubletree by Hilton Izmir - Alsancak Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 8: Izmir Free Time

Today is free for you to enjoy at leisure or our Optional Experience could see you visit Ephesus, a 2,000-year-old site and home to the iconic Library of Celsus and Hadrian’s Temple. Included in this experience is a visit to the stone cottage, where the Virgin Mary is said to have spent her final years before a lunch is a local restaurant. Afterwards visit the glass makers of Nazarkoy village discovering the regions connection with the Evil eye beads on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience. Hotel - Doubletree by Hilton Izmir - Alsancak Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 9: Izmir - Pergamon - Troy - Çanakkale (1 Night

Visit the ancient kingdom of Pergamon this morning, most notably its Asclepion Medical Centre, which still bears the image of the snake-entwined staff that remains a symbol of medicine in modern times. Next on today’s agenda is a visit to Troy, an ancient city that inspired Homer’s tales about the wrath of Achilles and the siege of the same city, which was only broken through the clever construction of a wooden Trojan horse, a replica of which can still be seen today. Continue to Çanakkale later where dinner is served at your hotel this evening. Hotel - Büyük Truva Hotel Çanakkale Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul (1 Night)

A poignant start to the day sees you visit Gallipoli, where significant World War I battles were fought with heavy losses on both sides. You’ll visit Anzac Cove, Lone Pine Cemetery and Chunuk Bair paying tribute to the brave soldiers who lost their lives in this relentless conflict before returning to Istanbul. As your journey through Turkey draws to a close, there’s always time for one last Raki! Hotel - Aspen Hotel Istanbul Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 11: Depart Istanbul

Your whirlwind encounter with the wonders of Turkey has come to an end. You’ve stood at the crossroads of East and West, trod in the footsteps of the ancients and admired ethereal landscapes that belong in a storybook. For now it’s time to end this chapter with a heartfelt farewell to your newfound friends. Included Meals - Breakfast

Terms & conditions

Prices are per person twin share, include discounts, and are subject to availability and rate of exchange changes. Offers above are a guide only and will vary depending on departure date, our guide price is based on the cheapest departure within the stipulated season and availability is correct at time of loading. Visas may be necessary and insurance is essential. Pentravel and Tour Operator terms and conditions apply, and may be found on our website. Subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. High season supplements and block out dates may apply, pricing varies pending departure date.Package excludes flights. You can do optional free-time add-on experiences in your free time and pay for them as you travel (additional costs apply). Costsaver reserves the right to withdraw promotional offers and adjust savings anytime. Savings are subject to availability, capacity controlled and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. All savings and discounts have already been included and applied to the advertised price.Further terms & conditions apply. At time of loading, this departure date is not definite, please enquire with us for more information. These packages are based on CASH price. E&OE;.

Make an enquiry

Save R2,840
R28,400
R25,560
per person sharing
Details
Valid on 26 Dec 2024
Stay
11 days
Dates
12 Oct 24 to 05 Jan 25
Book by
30 November 24
Experience ID
71
Voted No.1
in travel

Thank you for being part of our journey... and choosing us to be part of yours.

PenTravel voted no1