Turkey in Depth

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  • Turkey

Description

Turkey, replete with ancient history, fascinating landscapes, magical cities and delicious food, awaits us on this in-depth small group tour. Journey from Istanbul to Gallipoli, via Cappadocia, Kaş and Ephesus. Delight in local delicacies, be enchanted by the fairytale chimneys of the Göreme Valley and the cascading hot springs of Pamukkale.

A feast for the senses

Turkey is a feast for the senses and we start our tour in Istanbul. Here we visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia, the famous Hippodrome, the iconic Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, once home to the great sultans.

Fairy chimney formations

Our journey heads towards the famous Cappadocia region. Prepare to be amazed by the strange rock formations that form a surreal, lunar-like landscape of ‘fairy chimneys’. Seeing is believing!

Ancient wonders

We now take in some of the ancient wonders of Turkey. We explore the incredible landscape at Pamukkale, where nature has created a wonderful array of pools in the limestone cliff, before visiting the ancient cities of Pergamum and Ephesus. In Ephesus we walk down marble-covered streets, lined with ancient Roman bathhouses, gymnasiums and the Temple of Artemis. Our tour then continues to Gallipoli, where we pay homage to the legend of the ANZACs, before returning to Istanbul, with more time to enjoy this wonderful city.

Itinerary

Abbreviation: [B,L,D] Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 1. Depart Australia

Day 2. Arrive Istanbul

Welcome to magical Istanbul, the city where 'East meets West', at the border of Asia and Europe. Meet your fellow travellers and Tour Director tonight for a welcome drink. 

Day 3. Istanbul

Today we discover Istanbul’s many highlights. Starting at the famous Basilica Cistern, we’ll see the largest of the several hundred cisterns that lie beneath the city. We’ll then explore the opulent Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, and take to the water for a cruise along the Bosphorus. Tonight we enjoy a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. [B,D]

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Special Experience:  Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!

Please note: The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water.

Day 4. Istanbul - Cappadocia

This morning we visit the beautiful Blue Mosque, a true icon of this city, and visit the magnificent Hagia Sophia. In the afternoon we fly to enchanting Cappadocia. [B,D]

Please note: The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding. 

Day 5. Cappadocia

Visit the Ihlara Valley this morning, known for its many cave churches and dwellings that are dotted along the 14-kilometre-long canyon. We’ll then travel to Zelve, the centre of Christianity between the 9th and 13th centuries. [B,D]

Day 6. Cappadocia

Walking Man

Today we visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği and a traditional carpet factory to learn about the beautiful Turkish carpets. This afternoon we explore the Göreme Valley, situated amongst the ‘fairy chimney’ landscape. [B,D]

Optional Walking Discovery: Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations. Learn more

Day 7. Cappadocia

This morning we discover the small village of Avanos, famous for its ceramics, and visit one of Cappadocia’s fascinating underground cities. [B,L,D] 

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Special Experience:  Visit a local family and learn to prepare some of the local culinary specialties for lunch.

Day 8. Cappadocia - Konya - Beyşehir

Today we travel to Konya to visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes. 

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Special Experience:  We’ll also watch on as a chef prepares our lunch - etli ekmek, a pizza-like specialty that originated here. 

We’ll then make our way further west to the Anatolian town of Beyşehir, located on the lake shore with the Taurus Mountains serving as a beautiful backdrop. [B,L]

Day 9. Beyşehir - Antalya

We begin the day at Eflatun Pinar, a Hittite spring sanctuary (pool monument) dating back to the late Bronze Age, then take a short drive to Esrefoglu Mosque, a mostly wooden structure built in the 13th century. We’ll then continue south to Antalya. [B]

Day 10. Antalya

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore at your own pace. Why not sample some delicious street cuisine or visit the spectacular Düden waterfalls? [B]

Day 11. Antalya - Kaş

Travelling along the Turkish coastline, we stop at the ancient Rhodian city of Phaselis. In the afternoon we’ll arrive in the fishing village of Kaş. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure. [B]

Day 12. Kaş

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Special Experience:  Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Relax and soak up the sun and the spectacular coastal scenery. [B,L]

Day 13. Kaş - Pamukkale

Today we explore the amazing landscape of Hierapolis, an ancient Greek city sitting on top of the site of Pamukkale. Over a period of 14,000 years, nature has created a unique grouping of hot springs that cascade over
a cliff, forming calcium-rich pools. [B,D]

Day 14. Pamukkale - Kuşadasi

The town of Aphrodisias is named after Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Today we’ll visit this beautiful city, famous for its School of Sculpture that dates back to Roman times. [B]

Day 15. Ephesus Excursion

Step back in time as we visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered. We’ll walk through the streets, passing by the Library of Celsus and the Temple of Artemis. [B]

Day 16. Kuşadasi - Çanakkale

Today we’ll visit the Asclepion, a famed ancient medical centre and the world's first psychiatric hospital! We then continue to Troy, where the legend of the wooden horse was born. [B,D]

Day 17. Çanakkale - Gallipoli - Istanbul

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Special Experience:  We make our way to Gallipoli to pay homage to the spirit of the ANZACs. We’ll visit ANZAC Cove, Lone Pine and the Allied and Turkish trenches, with a specialist Gallipoli guide. [B]

Day 18. Istanbul

Welcome back to bustling Istanbul. Today we enjoy a walking tour through the historic neighbourhoods of Fener and Balat, as well as visiting the famous Grand Bazaar. Tonight we’ll enjoy a group farewell dinner. [B,D]

Day 19. Depart Istanbul

Today we begin our journey home. [B]

Day 20. Arrive Australia

 

 
 

Inclusions

Travel

  • Return economy-class flights from Australia to Turkey. Taxes included
  • Economy-class flight within Turkey
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of tour
  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • Full-day cruise along the beautiful Mediterranean coast
  • Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid 

Accommodation & Meals 

  • 17 nights in 3-4 star hotels 
  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • English-speaking locally-based tour director

Porterage

  • Porterage included where available

Sightseeing

Turkish Delights

  • Visit the Underground Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, the largest surviving Byzantium Cistern.
  • Walk across the Hippodrome, once the heart of Istanbul's political and sporting life.
  • Enjoy some tastings of Turkey’s unique flavours including coffee, turkish delights and baklava.
  • Tour Istanbul's magnificent Topkapi Palace, once home to the great Sultans and their families.
  • Tour Istanbul's domed Basilica of St. Sophia (Hagia Sophia), which has inspired architects and religious leaders for almost 1,500 years.
  • Admire the interior walls of the unique Blue Mosque in Istanbul which are covered with twenty thousand blue Iznik tiles.
  • See the Ihlara Valley, a 14km long canyon formed by the Melendiz River thousands of years ago.
  • Visit the open-air museum at Zelve Valley which became one of the most important settlements and religious centres for the Christian community between the 9th and 13th centuries.
  • Visit the hidden monastic valley of Paşabaği, with a large number of carved rock houses and churches.
  • Travel to the fascinating Göreme Valley, with its amazing moon-like setting. Over thousands of years, the rain has eroded this landscape to give rise to strange rock formations known as 'Fairy Chimneys'.
  • Follow the paths of the stunning Red Valley as the sun sets this evening and admire the richly coloured rock formations.
  • Explore the village of Avanos, famous for hand-made pottery.
  • Enjoy a hands on cooking class with the locals in central Anatolia.
  • Visit one of Cappadocia's underground cities where, during the sixth century, the Christian inhabitants of this region began to tunnel into the large soft volcanic rock hills.
  • Visit the Mevlana Museum and learn about the mystical religious order known as the Whirling Dervishes.
  • In Beyşehir visit Esrefoğlu Mosque, an impressive wooden structure constructed in the 13th century.
  • See Eflatun Pinar, a Hittite spring sanctuary dating back to the late Bronze Age.
  • Learn about life in Turkey over a coffee with a local.  
  • Enjoy a free day to relax or explore Antalya 
  • Stop at the ancient city of Phaselis. Set up by the Rhodians in 700BC.
  • In Antalya view Hadrian’s Gate, a triumphal arch built in honour of Roman Emperor Hadrian.
  • Spend a leisurely day cruising along the coast of the Mediterranean.
  • See the unique natural site of Pamukkale - white calcareous castles are formed by limestone-laden thermal springs, creating the unbelievable formation of stalactites, potholes and cataracts.
  • Visit the site of Hierapolis, meaning 'Sacred City', in Pamukkale.
  • See the beautiful city of Aphrodisias, one of the finest archaeological sites in Turkey.
  • Explore Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered.
  • Tour the ancient city of Pergamom, a small settlement during the Archaic Period which developed in to the capital of the Hellenistic Attalid Dynasty.
  • Stop in the town of Troy, one of the oldest discovered sites in Asia Minor.
  • Visit the World War I battlefields famous for the ANZAC involvement in the Gallipoli Campaign.
  • Enjoy a walking tour through the neighbourhoods of Fener and Balat in Istanbul, an area rich in history with a great wealth of architecture and religious monuments.
  • Explore Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. Built in 1457, it is one of the largest covered markets in the world.
  • Browse at will through the stalls, with the scents of hundreds of spices permeating the air of the Istanbul Spice Bazaar.

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Tips: Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid
Taxes: Total cost includes - air taxes, $230pp
Single supplement: from $1,625
  • Day/Date Variations: Tour dates and length subject to change depending on airline schedules and your city of departure.
  • Taxes & Fuel Costs: Total cost includes air taxes. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies shown as a guide only. 
  • T&C: All prices shown are per person based on twin share and include airfares, all taxes and tips. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.
  • Some cities may require day use in Singapore which will be at your own expense.

Fitness to Travel

Let's Talk Fitness

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At Bunnik Tours we don’t put specific age limits on our tours, but we also recognise some travellers may find our itineraries challenging.
We have a duty of care to all tour participants and the tour guides, so we do impose a firm policy on the level of fitness required by all our clients to attempt to ensure your safety and the safety of other travellers on our tours.
Our goal is for all our travellers to enjoy their tour, not struggle through it! Which is why we want to work with you to ensure you are on the best possible trip for your fitness level. We do reserve the right to refuse bookings if we feel that the requirements of the tour are too demanding.
Bunnik Tours are for independently-minded travellers with good levels of mobility.

Our tours include:
1. Generous amounts of free time
2. Lots of walking
3. Local and authentic experiences including various modes of transport and accommodation

In some regions travellers can also expect:
1. Long days of travelling, at times on dirt and gravel roads in Africa
2. Extended periods at high altitude (3,000-4,000 metres) in Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Ethiopia
3. Extended periods of walking/hiking through humid forest areas in Rwanda
4. Limited medical facilities in remote areas

Bunnik Tours travellers are required to at least:
1. Be able to walk 2-3 hours on uneven surfaces, on any given day
2. Walk up multiple flights of stairs and short, steep hills
3. Stand for 20 minutes without needing to sit down, often in hot/humid climates
4. Carry their own luggage
5. Get on and off various modes of transport without assistance, including small boats

Optional Excursions

Bosphorus Cruise - 1hr 15mins - €40pp (minimum 6 people)
On this magical journey covering both European and Asian shores by our private boat you’ll see the marvellous monuments and districts like: Maiden Tower (Kiz Kulesi), Dolmabahce Palace, Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Fethi Ahmet Pasa Mansion, Ortakoy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Kuleli Military School and Arnavutkoy, Bebek.

Balloon Ride - 1hr 30mins - €190pp 
Live the dream to gently float over the countryside in complete harmony with the deep canyons and lush fertile valleys of Cappadocia. Gentle winds carry you over places that could never be reached except by balloon.

Please Note: Due to the recent monopolisation of balloon operators in Cappadocia, balloon rides are increasingly difficult to arrange with licensed, reputable companies. If you are interested in this tour, please discuss with your Tour Director at the start of your tour.

Turkish Night - 2-3hrs - €35pp (minimum 5 people)
This performance demonstrates the traditional way in which a girl gets married in Turkey. The bride dressed in a beautiful red dress dances in the middle and the groom tries to win her affections by performing different shows for her.  All the guests are then invited to join the dance floor with them.  The highlight of the night is the Belly Dancer! She performs her breath-taking dance making her way around the room sharing the secrets of belly-dancing with some basic figures. The night concludes with a demonstration of the Fire Dance, Caucasian Dance with knives and a drum show.  During the night the waiters will serve unlimited soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with appetizers.

Whirling Dervishes – 1hr - €25pp (minimum 5 people)
Amazing experience about the mystical religious sect known as the Whirling Dervishes, using music and dance to induce themselves into a mystical state. As the ceremonial music plays, they begin to whirl, and their long skirts billow giving the impression that they are floating on air.

Perge, Aspendos and Duden Waterfall – Full Day - €35pp (minimum 5 people)
Spend the day exploring these fascinating places located in the region of Antalya. First visit the ruins of Perge, an ancient Anatolian city. Here the ruins include a Roman theatre, a temple of Artemis and the remains of a Greek wrestling school. Then continue to Aspendos, home to one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Lastly, visit the magnificent Duden Waterfalls. The water continues to flow down to the Old Town of Antalya before dramatically plunging off a rocky cliff directly into the Mediterranean.

Please Note: All optional tours are based on a minimum of 10 participants (unless otherwise stated) and are subject to availability. The length of tours advised is an approximate only. Tours can be booked on tour directly with your Tour Director. We recommend arranging the booking at the beginning of the tour to avoid disappointment. Prices are a guide only and are subject to change without prior notice. Payment is preferred by cash to your Tour Director; however, credit cards may be accepted. Fees and exchange rates are at the discretion of your bank.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Please note, the below accommodation reflects the 2020 program. Accommodation is subject to change and every effort is made to avoid this. However if a change does become necessary, accommodation of a similar standard will be used.

Amethyst Hotel, Istanbul

Located at the heart of the historical peninsula and the shopping centre of Istanbul, the Amethyst Hotel provides top quality 4-star hospitality. It is within the Old Town of Istanbul and walking distance to the Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern which are among the world’s most important historical and cultural places. Features include an incredible indoor swimming pool, Turkish Bath, sauna, massage rooms and vitamin bar!

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; tea & coffee making facilities; safe deposit box

Kapadokya Lodge Hotel, Cappadocia

Kapadokya Lodge Hotel is a contemporary boutique sized hotel featuring 146 rooms carefully designed to blend in with its surroundings. Kapadokya Lodge Hotel is just 5 km from Nevşehir and Göreme and its main restaurant serves an extensive buffet with chef stations at breakfast and dinner using produce grown on the hotel's premises, you won't be disappointed! Other hotel facilities include a fitness room, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and veggie garden.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Ali Bilir Hotel, Beysehir

Ali Bilir Hotel is situated in the heart of Beysehir, only 50 metres from the Beysehir Lake. The hotel offers a terrace restaurant with extensive views of the lake, and modern rooms featuring carpeted floors. The elegant rooms of Ali Bilir have lake or mountain views. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box

Best Western Plus Khan Hotel, Antalya

The Best Western Khan Hotel is located only 400 metres to Kaleici and is also close to entertainment and shopping areas. Guests are able to take advantage of a terrace swimming pool overlooking Kaleici and the sea, as well as spacious rooms with balconies. Private parking and wifi access are free. Complimentary tea is offered throughout the day. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge/minibar

Maki Hotel, Kas

Set on a hillside, rooms at Hotel Maki feature balconies with Mediterranean Sea views. Located 500 metres from Kaş centre, it has direct beach access and a garden with bougainvilleas and an outdoor pool. Each room is neatly decorated and features tiled floors. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge; safe deposit box; outdoor pool 

Hotel Doga Thermal Health & Spa, Pamukkale

Located in Karahayit, Doğa Thermal Health & Spa lies within 5 kilometres of the Hierapolis Necropolis, Pamukkale thermal pools and Roman baths. The hotel offers a spacious garden, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with free parasols and sun loungers. It also has a physiotherapy clinic on site. You can enjoy a mountain view and a pool view from all the rooms. 

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; tea & coffee making facilities; indoor and outdoor pools

Charisma De Luxe Hotel, Kusadasi

Located waterside in the heart of Kusadasi's city centre, this luxury hotel boasts a full-service spa, traditional Turkish bath, restaurant, multiple pools and poolside bars. The property is just a 15-minute walk from the Kusadasi Marina and the city's main beach.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; fridge/minibar; safe deposit box; indoor & outdoor swimming pools

Kolin Hotel, Canakkale

The Kolin Hotel is set by the Sea of Marmara, located on 86,000 square metres of land and with 650 metres of coastline. Gardens overlook the Strait and there are views of the sea, Gallipoli National Park and a stunning garden. Guests are able to use the hotel's bicycle and trekking courses, soccer, volleyball, basketball and tennis courts, outdoor and indoor (heated) pools, sauna, Turkish bath, Finnish bath, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and spa.

Facilities: air-conditioning; free wifi; safe deposit box; fridge/minibar; indoor and outdoor pools

Weather

Weather

Istanbul

Summer: June to August

Autumn: September to November

Winter: December to February

Spring: March to May

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Summer: July to August 

Autumn: September to late October

Winter: November to March 

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Autumn: September to November

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Spring: March to May

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Currency

Currency

New Turkish Lira

The official currency of Turkey is the New Turkish Lira (TRY).

  • 1 New Turkish Lira = 100 New Kurus (Kr)
  • Notes are in denominations of TRY200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of TRY1 and 50, 25, 10 and 5 New Kurus

Euro

The official currency of Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain is the Euro (EUR; €).

  • 1 Euro = 100 cents
  • Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5
  • Coins are in denominations of €2, 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents

Visa Information

Visa Requirements

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Please note, Australian passport holders need to obtain a visa for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details.

  • Australian passport holders
  • Non-Australian passport holders
    • Please check with your travel agent on visa requirements.

The following government websites are also a handy source of general information.

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Special Experiences!

  • Taste some Turkish delicacies. Think baklava and Turkish coffee, and of course, Turkish delight!
  • Visit a local family and learn to prepare some of the local culinary specialties for lunch.
  • Watch on as a chef prepares etli ekmek for lunch - a pizza-like Turkish specialty that originated in Turkey. 
  • Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the beautiful Mediterranean Sea in Kaş. Relax and soak up the sun and the spectacular coastal scenery.
  • Pay homage to the ANZACs at the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli with a specialist guide.

Trip Info

Group Size

Max: 20

Transportation

Bus, plane, boat & ferry

Tips

Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid

Tour Highlights

• Visit the Blue Mosque and colourful bazaars of Istanbul • See the incredible ‘fairy chimneys’ of the Göreme Valley • Explore the fascinating underground cities of Cappadocia • See the unique natural rite of Pamukkale • Visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered • Tour the ancient city of Pergamom • Pay homage to the Anzacs at the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli

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