Unlock best of Turkey
IT’S easy to step inside Turkey’s mystique on a 19-day tour offered by King William Travel and Insight Vacations that includes visiting Gallipoli, Anzac Cove and the volcanic region of Cappadocia.
The escorted, Turkey 2013 tour takes off from Adelaide on August 16 and also takes in Ankara (two nights), Istanbul (three nights), Antalya (two nights), Konya (one night) and Izmir (one night).
After flying into Istanbul and a drinks reception, it’s down to sightseeing the next day including the ornate, Dolmabahce Palace on the European coast of the Istanbul Strait which includes a greeting hall featuring 750 lights illuminated from 4.5 tonnes of crystal.
On day four, the group will visit the (Egyptian) Spice Bazaar before taking a private motor boat for a cruise along the Bosphorus and lunch on board.
A visit to the mausoleum of modern Turkey’s greatest leader, Ataturk, is on the agenda for the next day as well the Hittite Museum.
On day six, get set for exploring the archaelogical site of Hattusha, the former capital of the Hittite Empire, including the ensemble of rock art at Yazilikaya, Lions Gate and the Great Citadel.
One of the best preserved Seljuk caravanserais in Anatolia will be visited en route to Cappadocia the next day.
Troglodyte dwellings andmushroomshaped ‘‘ fairy chimneys’’ will be among the scenery on day seven as the tour moves from Ankara to Cappadocia.
There will be a full day of sightseeing the natural, volcanic beauty of Cappadocia as well as the cone of Uchisar and the carpet viewing factory and pottery village of Avanos.
The purported, first settlement in the world with houses (6800BC) at Catalhoyuk is reached on day nine, moving onto Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire.
A visit to possibly the best preserved Roman Theatre, the Aspendos, awaits the next day at Antalya before a drive to the Roman city of Perge.
The highlight of day 11 will be a cruise on the Mediterranean from Antalya’s old harbour and the chance to swim near the Duden Waterfall before some leisure time later in the day.
Crossing the Taurus Mountains the next day, it’s on to Pamukkale and its famed limestone terraces as well as the ruins of ancient Hierapolis and the ‘‘ Cotton Castle’’ in Turkey’s inner Aegean region.
Tourists will also take in more iconic sites such as Asklepion, a famous, ancient shrine and therapeutic centre as well as Homer’s Troy, seeing the ruins of nine cities built on each other.
On day 17 the group crosses the Dardanelles Strait by car ferry on to Gallipoli Peninsula to reach Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Cemetery.
The final day of touring covers the Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn and shopping at the Grand Bazaar before flying out.
The tour is priced at $5286 a person (twin share) including return airfares with Emirates, fees and taxes. A single room supplement of $814 applies to the package which also includes most breakfast, dinners and quality hotel accommodation. Travellers receive limousine transport to and from Adelaide Airport from the suburbs.