From (AUD)$7,395
Days20
Airfares included
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.
Group Size — Max 20
Tips — Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid
Transport — Boat, Bus, Ferry & Plane
No Hidden Extras
Visit Ephesus, the largest Roman city ever uncovered.
See the unique natural rite of Pamukkale.
Visit the Blue Mosque and colourful bazaars of Istanbul
Pay homage to the Anzacs at the battlefields and memorials of Gallipoli

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.
We’ll watch on as a chef prepares our lunch - etli ekmek, a pizza-like specialty that originated here.
Enjoy a leisurely day cruising the beautiful Mediterranean Sea. Relax and soak up the sun and the spectacular coastal scenery.
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.

Itinerary Turkey in Depth

Itinerary

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Inclusions Turkey in Depth

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Sightseeing

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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.
  • Watch a cooking demonstration of the Turkish, pizza-like dish called etli ekmek, enjoying the creations for a group lunch.
  • 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 and home to the renowned wooden horse.
  • 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.

Travel

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  • 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

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  • 17 nights in 3-4 star hotels 

Meals

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  • 17 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

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  • English-speaking locally-based tour director

Porterage

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  • Porterage included where available

Some things to note

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The Basilica Cistern is currently under renovations and may partly be without water

The Blue Mosque is currently undergoing renovations and therefore will be partly covered in scaffolding

Bunnik Tours has a small number of optional extras that may be available to you on your small group tour. These optional extras are based on special-interest activities that don't always appeal to everyone, meaning they're truly optional. To view our optional excursions in Europe click here.

Accommodation Turkey in Depth

Accommodation

Amethyst Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Kapadokya Lodge Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Ali Bilir Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Best Western Plus Khan Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Maki Hotel

Turkey flag 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 

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Hotel Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Turkey flag 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

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Charisma De Luxe Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Kolin Hotel

Turkey flag 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

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Information Turkey in Depth

Information

Let's Talk Fitness

 In the itinerary, this symbol indicates 2+ hours of walking, often across uneven ground and in areas of high altitude or heat and humidity.

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.

At Bunnik 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, Guatemala, Mexico and Costa Rica
  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 without the use of any walking aid, 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

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Dates & Prices Turkey in Depth

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*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

*Prices are in AUD, per person twin share.

Start Date End Date Tour Price
Per person
twin share
Status    
26 Sep 20
15 Oct 20
$7,395
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Additional Information

Tipping
Total cost includes - Tipping Made Easy, $185pp pre-paid
Taxes
Total cost includes - air taxes, $230
Single Supplement
From $1,625
Day/Date Variations
Due to airline flight schedules day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on 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
Visa Information

You may need to obtain visas for this tour. Please check with your travel agent for further details. For Australian passport holders you may wish to visit our Passports and Visas page here for indicative information on what may be required.

Terms & Conditions

All prices shown are per person based on twin share. Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change. Please call for more details. View our full terms & conditions here.

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