16 days

August Offensive The Colonel

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Tour Overview

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

Istanbul apartments - Istanbul - Escorted Tour

Istanbul

Day 1
Monday 3 August, 2015

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

Day 2
Tuesday 4 August, 2015
breakfast

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.

Ancient Pergamum - Pergamum - Escorted Tour

Gallipoli Battlefields

Day 3
Wednesday 5 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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

Day 4
Thursday 6 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Limestone travertines - Pamukkale - Escorted Tour

Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum

Day 5
Friday 7 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Ephesus, Kusadasi

Day 6
Saturday 8 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Tomb - Aphrodisias - Escorted Tour

Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Day 7
Sunday 9 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Aphrodisias, Fethiye

Day 8
Monday 10 August, 2015
breakfast

Today we drive south towards the Mediterranean coast, visiting the ancient site of Aphrodisias along the way.

12 Islands - Fethiye - Escorted Tour

Fethiye

Day 9
Tuesday 11 August, 2015
breakfast

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.

Kayakoy, Antalya

Day 10
Wednesday 12 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

Relaxing morning, before a late afternoon drive to the resort town of Antalya visiting the deserted Greek village of Kayakoy on the way.

Theatre - Aspendos - Escorted Tour

Aspendos, Manavgat Waterfalls

Day 11
Thursday 13 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Konya, Cappadocia

Day 12
Friday 14 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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.

Hot air ballooning - Cappadocia - Escorted Tour

Goreme, Uchisar Castle

Day 13
Saturday 15 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

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

Day 14
Sunday 16 August, 2015
breakfast & dinner

Today we trek through the wildly beautiful Ihlara Valley and explore the many levels of an underground city.

Uchisar under snow - Cappadocia - Escorted Tour

Ankara

Day 15
Monday 17 August, 2015
breakfast

Early morning departure to the nation's capital, Ankara, where we visit Anitkabir, mausoleum of the famed Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, before returning to Istanbul.

Istanbul

Day 16
Tuesday 18 August, 2015
breakfast

After breakfast our tour concludes and we say goodbye to our new friends and are transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

What's included

  • 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

Extras

  • Tips - driver and guide

Please Note

  • Instead of travelling between Cappadocia and Istanbul by bus, an optional morning flight from Kayseri (Cappadocia) to Istanbul is available at extra cost.

Overnight Accommodation

Overnight StaysAccommodationComfort
IstanbulHotel to be advised4 star
CappadociaHotel to be advisedBoutique Cave
AntalyaHotel to be advised4 star
FethiyeHotel to be advised4 star
PamukkaleHotel to be advised5 star
KuşadasıHotel to be advised4 star
ÇanakkaleHotel to be advised4 star

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