Steppes Travel has nine-day independent itineraries to Istanbul, Konya and Cappadocia, with dervish ceremony tickets and a car and driver. More: steppestravel.co.uk. The Mevlana festival takes place in the first two weeks of December. Prices will be higher during this period and some hotels and flights will sell out, so book early. Etihad Airways flies to Istanbul from Australian ports via Abu Dhabi; from $2293 return for departures October 1 to November 26. More: etihad.com.