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Glimpse of Turkey

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Cut through the dizzying array of cuisine options in istanbul with a guide who knows the best places to eat
  • Walk in the heated thermal waters of pamukkale. these cotton-coloured calcium pools cascade down the cliffs overlooking the town of pamukkale and are said to have remarkable healing powers
  • Step back in time at ephesus, where the greco-roman world still feels very much alive. this is one of the best preserved classical cities in all of europe and yet to be completely excavated
  • Spend some time reflecting on battles fought and lives lost in gallipoli. this peaceful place has seen many atrocities due to its significant role in ww1
  • Glimpse turkey from a different perspective as a local fisherman and his wife will guide you around the hidden coves around kekova island, away from the crowds. take a dip in the crystal clear waters, visit the settlement of ucagiz and return to kas for the evening
  • Take a visit to a turkish barber, an immersive local experience that isn't easily forgotten
  • Stay 2 nights in our feature stay property in selcuk / ephesus a rustic boutique style property; a series of konaks (ottoman residences) lovingly restored in an unique and authentic style

Short Description

Turkey demands a closer look and on this adventure you’ll discover culture, history, food and ancient ruins – all against a backdrop of the stunning Turkish countryside. You’ll have plenty of time to discover significant sites like Ephesus, Phaselis and Troy, while relaxing in seaside towns like Kas and Antalya, before plunging into Istanbul and exploring the bustling streets. Find a place where history and modern life collide with fascinating results and lose yourself in the vibrancy of the country. NEW UPDATES FOR 2019 This trip will be discontinued in 2019 and replaced by the PETL - Classic Turkey.  Based on passenger feedback we will now visit Cappadocia.  Gallipoli will not be included  Day 1 Istanbul     Day 2 Bodrum     Day 3 Bodrum     Day 4 Selcuk    Day 5 Selcuk  Day 6 Cappadocia   Day 7 Cappadocia Day 8 Istanbul   Day 9 Istanbul

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City Antalya
End City Istanbul

Travel Theme

Cultural

Destinations

Turkey

Activities

Culture

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Itinerary

Day 1 Antalya

On arrival you will be met and transferred to your starting hotel, which is our feature hotel on this trip. After checking in, please look for the notice in the lobby or check with reception, which has a list of suggestions for things to see and do in your free time. As today is an arrival day, there is no formal sightseeing planned. Antalya is a fascinating town with a history spanning thousands of years. If you arrive early enough, you can wander the old streets of the Kaleici district and explore the harbour. In the evening there will be a welcome meeting where you will meet your trip leader and fellow travel companions. Please check at reception for the exact time. Our hotel tonight has fantastic views of the Toros Mountains and the Marina, and is located a short walk away from Mermeli beach and Antalya Museum. 

Day 2 Antalya - Phaselis - Kas

Make your way to the region of Lycia and to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Phaselis, which flourished from the 7th century to the 12th century. The Phaselians were more concerned about preserving the affluence of their commerce than with staking any political independence, so they pragmatically accepted any conquerors that came their way. Today this place is a beautiful picture-postcard setting with bays surrounded by mountains and fragrant woods. The driving time is around two and a half hours today.Continue on to the seaside village of Kas. Here you'll see charming whitewashed houses covered in bougainvilleas as well as an ancient Greek theatre. Sample the local cuisine and enjoy the night in the town's quaint centre.

Day 3 Kas - Kekova - Kas

Take a short drive to Kekova and get on a local boat for a cruise around the islands. Look out for rock formations and houses that have been submerged under the clear water. The cruise takes you to the settlement of Ucagiz and also the village of Simena, with its stone houses covered in bougainvilleas. The view from the castle is spectacular. You'll also sail from large bays to beautiful protected inlets where you can go for a swim. You boat will be captained by Mehmet and Sebahat, a couple from the small village of Ucagiz who want to share their love of the sea and their love of food. Imagine enjoying a salad of local greens, zucchini fritters, lentil soup and a cool glass of local beer or wine in Tersane bay. Here the water is deep but clear enough to see the bottom, and the shore is lined with the ruins of an ancient city long ago sunken into the clear waters. Remember to let your lunch settle before you jump into the water, and look out for the ice-cream man – call out to his boat to get some desert. Return to Kas in the evening.

Day 4 Kas - Pamukkale

Drive to Pamukkale, also known as 'Cotton Castle'. This one-of-a-kind natural phenomenon is made of terraced hot springs and pools. As the water cascades down the mountain, dazzling cream-coloured stalactites form, giving the appearance of cotton or snow. These pools are said to have healing properties for a person's circulation and digestion. You'll then make your way to the nearby ruins of Hierapolis, an important Roman bath centre. Explore the extensive ruins of Hierapolis which include a theatre, temple, holy area, monumental fountain, bath, basilica and necropolis. Return to Pamukkale for the night. 

Day 5 Pamukkale - Selcuk

Get up early for a 2.5 hour drive to the traditional farming village of Selcuk. This will be your base for exploring the nearby ruins of Ephesus, the former capital of the East Roman Empire and the best-preserved ancient city in Turkey. Take an orientation walk of this a sprawling town lying at the base of the ancient fortress on Ayasoluk Hill and the Isa Bey Mosque. Those who wish can take an optional visit to the last home of the Virgin Mary, who legend says came here accompanied by St John, and lived out her days in this beautiful spot. In the afternoon you'll enjoy a atmospheric and memorable cultural experience in a place you might not expect – a Turkish Barber. For those that choose, this is more than just a quick haircut, and a shave will leave a lasting memory. Don't be surprised if you get a finger in the mouth to create the perfect angle for the blade, and beware of a lit cotton but – the scourge of unwanted nose and ear hairs. And that's not even the end of it – soon there's the facemask and massage, and for those with slightly less hair on top a bit of polish may be added! Enjoy a cup of tea and a chat, and believe it, before the week is out you'll be looking for the next Barber.

Day 6 Selcuk

This morning take a guided tour of Ephesus. The city has a fascinating history that really comes alive with a local guide to enhance the experience. Considering their age, the ruins are in incredible shape, and it’s not difficult to imagine them in their full glory 2,000 years ago. You will be awed by the sophistication of this ancient city, which had running water, public toilets, a renowned medical institute, a brothel and Roman baths. The theatre is well preserved and regularly hosts concerts, but it's perhaps the magnificent library that takes most people's breath away. Also not to be missed are the tomb of the Seven Sleepers, Marble Street, and the Church of the Virgin Mary. Return to Selcuk, a culturally rich town that retains many Turkish traditions. Its relatively undisturbed nature means this is an opportunity to experience the ‘real’ Turkey. With free time, perhaps wander through the town centre and square lined with ancient aqueducts. Enjoy your meal this evening al-fresco in one of the local cafe

Day 7 Canakkale - Gallipoli

Today you'll make your way to the city of Çanakkale, but along the way you'll stop at the site of ancient Troy. For many years people believed that this city was merely a fable. Archaeological digs have proved that the area was settled by major civilisations, but historians are still at odds as to whether Troy really existed. Here you'll see the remnants of ancient city walls and a replica of the famed wooden horse. Arrive at Çanakkale later in the day and spend some free time wandering around the waterfront town. The driving time today is approximately six and a half hours.

Day 8 Istanbul

Cross the Dardanelles, the strait which separates the Asian and European sides of Turkey. This area played an important role for Australians and New Zealanders during the First World War. You'll visit the beach and cemeteries of Anzac Cove, then head up the hill toward the poignant memorials of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair. Look down upon the rough and barren hills and gullies that became the graveyard for so many thousands of young men from both sides. Tour the former battlefields and encounter remnants of trenches used by the Turkish soldiers. Head back to where your adventure began, Istanbul. You'll arrive in the late afternoon or early evening and have the remainder of the evening free. Perhaps spend a final night with the group and indulge in a Turkish feast in town. Notes: Total driving time is approximately 5 hours.

Day 9 Istanbul

Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Extra accommodation at our Istanbul hotel can be booked through us. We recommend you stay on for at least another day or two to take in the wonders of this heady metropolis. Alternatively a departure transfer can be booked to take you to the airport for your onward flight.

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We arrived home last week following an 11 day tour with Peregrine Plus, Lima, The Sacred Valley and Lake Titikaka. It was amazing beyond all our expectations. Our private guide was a Peruvian local, English speaking, he was excellent great local knowledge and organised everything like clockwork. Our accommodation was brilliant we were treated like royalty, check out Hotel B in Lima, Sol Luna Urubamba and Hotel Belmond Monasterio in Cusco. Would highly recommend this tour and look forward to another experience with Peregrine in the future.
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My first ever trip in smaller numbers - loved it, yes, loved it so much as we could do things that larger groups can not do. Ecuador, Peru including the Amazon region, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil were awash with fantastic experiences with the stunning and majestic sights, the people and their culture, the food, animal and bird life and of course, what I accomplished by surprising myself at the Incan ruins. Our guides, Alejandro in Ecuador, Sally in Peru and Sabina in Chile, Argentina and Brazil were just the best Ambassadors for Peregrine as they showed such passion for their country and genuine care for each of our small number to return home with amazing memories to abide in our hearts forever. Muchas Gracias to each of you as you have touched my life with a very special imprint. I highly recommend this full trip for the entire 6 weeks just in case you have not noticed.
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Fabulous time with a wonderful guide, Jorge.

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Vietnam snapshot tour was absolutely amazing our guide Manh Nguyen was fabulous he went above and beyond to make sure we all had the best adventure, best food and best experience ever.
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Our trip code PABA180303 was lead by guide R Mirwan Mustapha(Obi-Wan),we were a small group and were so fortunate to have an excellent guide and he left no stone unturned to show us everything possible and was so accommodating in every way.I for one was very sceptical about the trip but would go back in a heartbeat..we saw so many animals,so many river trips and the highlight was a herd of elephants crossing the river in front us..unreal..thankyou Mirwan
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Accomodations

Comfortable hotel (6 nights) Feature Stay Selcuk / Ephesus (2 nights)

Guides

All group trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. We endeavour to provide the services of an experienced leader however, due to the seasonality of travel, rare situations may arise where your leader is new to a particular region or training other group leaders. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. In Turkey, in accordance with local regulations your Leader will also be a licensed Tour Guide and will not only have a broad general knowledge of the places visited on the trip; but will also have specialised knowledge on the sites visited and provide full guiding services.

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Finish point

  • Dosso Dossi Old City Hotel
  • Alemdar Mah Alay Köşkü Cad No:12 P.K: 34110
  • Sultanahmet, Fatih
  • Istanbul
  • TURKEY

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