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August Offensive The Colonel
16 day Premium quality tour from $3,995
Visiting - Istanbul, Gallipoli, Suvla Bay, Troy, Pergamum, Ephesus, Kusadasi, Sirince, Pamukkale, Hierapolis, Aphrodisias, Fethiye, 12 Islands of Fethiye, Saklikent, Antalya, Kayakoy, Aspendos, Cappadocia, Konya, Sultanhan, Goreme, Uchisar, Ihlara Valley, Ankara
Activities - Gallipoli 2015, August Offensive, Culture, History, Archaeology
Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel and the remainder of the day is yours free to explore at your own pace.
Istanbul Old City
After breakfast, you enjoy a fully guided tour of the only city to span two continents, visiting the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, the Archaeological Museum and the Hippodrome.
Today we visit the WW1 battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, The Nek, Johnston's Jolly, original trenches and tunnels.
Gallipoli Battlefields & August Offensive ceremony
Today we will visit some of the less visited areas within the Gallipoli battlefields including Suvla Bay, Hill 60, Scrubby Knoll (Kemal Yeri) and Hill 971. We will also attend the official August Offensive ceremonies.
Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum
Step back in time today as we visit Troy and its famed Trojan Horse, followed by a tour of the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and library made it a renowned cultural and political centre in its time.
Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the site of the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and theatre before continuing to the former Greek village of Sirince, famous for its fruit wines. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey and at the carpet village we learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value.
This morning we will enjoy a display of locally handcrafted leather goods before heading to the magnificent white calcium terraces, known as Travertines, in Pamukkale where we also tour the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip, amongst ancient columns, in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers.
Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way.
Today you have the option to relax on a day cruise around the 12 Islands of Fethiye or experience one of Turkey's highlights on an optional day tour to Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon.
Relaxing morning, before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way.
Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls
Today, we will visit famous theatre at Aspendos which is known for one of the best preserved theatres of Asia Minor, still used today. Then we will visit Manavgat Waterfalls for a pleasant resting spot.
Early departure for Cappadocia, stopping en-route to visit Konya and the mausoleum of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi with its accompanying museum. This afternoon we also stop to visit Sultanhani Caravansary, the largest in Anatolia.
Goreme, Uchisar Castle
Marvel at the lunar landscape with a fully guided tour of Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, Uchisar castle and more. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening!
Ihlara Valley, Underground City
Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city.
Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.
After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
- Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
- Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
- Car ferry fees between Canakkale and Eceabat
- Tips except driver and guide
- Entrance fees
- Meals as shown in the itinerary
- Tips - driver and guide
- Instead of travelling between Cappadocia and Istanbul by bus, an optional morning flight from Kayseri (Cappadocia) to Istanbul is available at extra cost.
|Istanbul||Hotel to be advised||4 star|
|Cappadocia||Hotel to be advised||Boutique Cave|
|Antalya||Hotel to be advised||4 star|
|Fethiye||Hotel to be advised||4 star|
|Pamukkale||Hotel to be advised||5 star|
|Kuşadası||Hotel to be advised||4 star|
|Çanakkale||Hotel to be advised||4 star|
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