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Europe, Turkey | 13 days
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Transport - Overnight bus, local bus, dolmus (minibus), ferry, kayak, bicycle, on foot.

Accommodation - Hotels/guesthouses (7nts), basic village pension (4nts), overnight bus (1nt).

Meals - 4 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch.

Trip Highlights: 
Hike along the ancient Lycian Way
Kayak over a sunken city
Bathe in ancient thermal springs
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(Departures in 2012-13)
  • Day 1 - Fly to Istanbul
  • Day 2-3 - Gallipoli Peninsula
  • Day 4 - Selcuk
  • Day 5 - Fethiye
  • Day 6 - Faralya
  • Day 7-9 - Kas
  • Day 10-11 - Pamukkale
  • Day 12 - Arrival Istanbul. Tour ends.
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Fly to Istanbul

Fly to Istanbul and transfer to your hotel for your overnight accommodation.

Please ask at the hotel reception for details of the welcome meeting with your tour leader at 13.00. This afternoon, your leader will take you for a stroll around the streets of Istanbul. During the orientation walk you will discover the hidden charms of Istanbul, the city that bridges Europe and Asia, including the areas around Sultanahmet and Eminonu. This could include the narrow streets around the Spice Bazaar and Grand Bazaar - an amazing covered complex and maze of more than 4000 shops and Suleymaniye Camii - a mosque built by the great architect Sinan and sitting high above the Golden Horn (one of the world's greatest natural harbours flowing into the Bosphorus). We will see the myriad traders selling their wares and ferries departing for many destinations from the port of Eminonu. Each leader has their own hidden secrets to show you that they have found in their time in eclectic Istanbul. Hotel/Guesthouse - 1 nt


Gallipoli Peninsula

The morning of day 2 is free to explore on your own - perhaps a visit to Aya Sofya, the best preserved example of Byzantine Architecture in the world, the Islamic Arts Museum, a visit to the Royal Harem at Topkapi Palace to see the opulence and extravagance the Ottoman court or some extra taste testing in the nearby Spice Bazaar. You depart your Hotel at midday for the Gallipoli Peninsula. The bus ride (approx 5.5hrs) will take you through Thrace with fields of sunflowers and excellent views of the sea of Marmara. You will arrive on the Peninsula late afternoon and transfer to your Hotel. You spend the night in Eceabat, the nearest town to Anzac Cove.

On day 3 you take a guided tour of the Gallipoli Battlefields, but we do it with a difference; we walk. This is an opportunity to stroll through time and is a moving experience for people from all nations. The battles fought on this land were a turning point in the creation of the Turkish Republic. In the afternoon you go snorkelling - you may even see a ship wreck. Hotel/Guesthouse - 2 nts



Today you travel by bus (approx 7.5hrs) to Selcuk and venture further back in history to the one time capital of Asia Minor, Ephesus, with some of the best preserved Roman Ruins on the planet. Arriving in the afternoon you transfer to the site and then in true active fashion, walk back to town. 

Selcuk is a great place to try a hamam. The Turkish bath is just the tonic after all that walking. Hotel/Guesthouse - 1 nt



Today you travel to Turkey's Mediterranean seaside town, Fethiye, by public bus (approx. 5.5hrs). Enjoy the laid back atmosphere of this friendly town and stroll the impressive harbour filled with traditional Gulet, fishing boats and cruise boats that day-trip the pretty harbour islands. Hotel/Guesthouse - 1 nt



Today you take to the ancient pathways of the Lycian Way. Your day-long hike will have you gasping, not because it is difficult but because around every corner and through every gap is a vista more stunning than the previous one. Your hike takes you past wild olive and carob gardens, incredible relics of ancient civilisations and through remote villages where you are greeted by renowned Turkish hospitality. You spend the night in Faralya. Pension - 1 nt (B)



In the morning of day 7 you hike to Kabak (which means zucchini in Turkish). This three hour walk gives you some of the best coastal views along the entire length of the 509km Lycian Way. In the afternoon you head back to Fethiye to collect your large bags and take a local bus to Kas (approx 3 hours). 

On day 8 the adventure takes to the water as you move down the coast to Ucagiz and take to your sea kayaks to check out the Byzantine Sunken City. Explore the many islands and coves and take in the ambiance of the village which has thankfully been placed off limits to developers and remains a stunning little fishing village, before returning to Kas. 

On day 9 pedal power is required as you collect your bikes, load them on the jeeps and head to the hills. Here you get to cycle through some of the best country side Turkey has on offer. You will get to see some village life and enjoy a picnic along the way. 

Returning to Kas in the afternoon why not relax and enjoy this funky seaside town with its cobbled streets and whitewashed walls. Kas has a distinctively Mediterranean feel. The best places to swim in town are from the waterfront cafes that have their own private water access. For the price of the occasional drink you get your own deck chair, umbrella and unbeatable views. 

When the sun goes down there is the chance to explore the handicraft markets where you can find beautiful handmade wares with a distinctly Turkish flavour. May we suggest an evening hamam and oil massage? You deserve it. Pension - 3 nts (Bx3, L on day 8)



You now travel inland through mountainous landscapes to one of Turkey's most photographed sites - the gleaming white travertine terraces of Pamukkale. The best time to see them, of course is sunset. 

Day 11 is free to explore this natural phenomenon which are made from limestone deposits formed when water from the hot springs lose carbon dioxide. The layers of the white calcium carbonate have given Pamukkale its name 'cotton castles'. The pools, now off limits, have been famed for their medicinal qualities since Roman times. 

Though you are not able to bathe in the world-famous travertines (calcium ledges) you can still walk through them (no shoes please!) and bathe in healing thermal springs at the nearby Roman site of Hierapolis. Home to an oracle at one time, a well-preserved Roman theatre also remains here. Wander the colonnaded streets and discover the necropolis with its many unique tombs looking every bit like a scene from judgement day. In the late afternoon you catch a comfortable overnight bus to Istanbul. The seats are reclining airline style, and the bus stops every few hours at rest stops. Bus services in Turkey are excellent by world class standards.

It is possible to book a flight for this journey if you would prefer. A number of flight services run between Denizli and Istanbul. A flight would be at your own expense, and can be purchased on arrival in Istanbul (ask your group leader to assist), or online: http://www.thy.com/en-INT/index.aspx
To avoid missing any of the group activities, we recommend you book this flight for the morning of Day 12 of your trip. This will require an extra night's stay in Pamukkale and also transfers both to and from the various airports. Your group leader will help you organise these things for you, again at your own expense. (The cost of these extra services will be dependant on the amount of passengers sharing the transfer service but budget approx. 60TL pp). Please let your group leader know if you are taking this option at the group meeting so as to give time to make the necessary arrangements. Day 10 - Hotel/Guesthouse - 1 nt. Day 11 - Overnight bus - 1 nt


Arrival Istanbul. Tour ends.

You arrive back into Istanbul at approximately 9AM (subject to delays). For your comfort and convenience day rooms are provided on this day until 12noon, for luggage storage and an opportunity to have a shower and freshen up. Once settled consider joining the rest of the group in a farewell breakfast. From here you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.