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10 DAYS MOSAICS OF TURKEY

Istanbul, Pamukkale, Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Bergama & Cappadocia

History & Culture

Highlights

  • Visit 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 1 trip
  • Explore hidden gems of Turkey such as Ihlara Valley, Bergama & Aphrodisias
  • Retreat in a boutique cave hotel and a vineyard stay with award-winning wine cellar
  • Soar on a hot air balloon above Cappadocia’s bizarre fairy chimney landscapes
  • Optional foodie experiences such as Turkish cooking class or baklava-making

Once home to the glorious Ottoman and Byzantine empires, Turkey’s richly layered history give ways to some of the world’s finest ancient monuments, including the famed Seven Wonder of the Ancient World.

Let us take you through the heady scent of herbs across Istanbul bazaars, soar above the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia and sample the famed Anatolian wine, known to be the drinks of the Gods.

This trip is designed to cover both the classic sights of Turkey alongside lesser-visited gems, uncovering some of the great outdoor hikes and finest archaeological masterpieces away from the crowd.

From

SGD 5,980 Per Person

10 Days 9 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Istanbul

Arrival in Istanbul
Istanbul
Nil

Arriving into Istanbul, we drive 44km or about 1 hour into the city centre.

Long renowned as the meeting point between Europe and Asia, marvel at gorgeous palaces, castles and villas on a 1-hour private Bosphorus cruise. You will visit one of the largest palaces in Turkey, Dolmabahçe Palace (closed Mon & Thu), with its eclectic influences of Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassical and Ottoman architectures.

Day 02 Istanbul

Istanbul
Istanbul
Breakfast included

We dedicate the entire day to explore the Sultanahmet historic district, dotted with UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia (closed Mon) and the Basilica Cistern.

Finally, we conclude at the Spice Bazaar to learn about various ingredients stacked in colourful mounds. For the connoisseurs, what about an optional Turkish cooking class or baklava-making lesson with a local housewife (additional cost applies)?

Day 03 Istanbul

Istanbul
Istanbul
Breakfast included

Today, we will visit the Topkapı Palace (closed Tue & Fri) before the full crowd arrives, once the centre of power of the Ottoman and now a fantastic museum showcasing weapons, jewelleries, miniatures and relics from the Ottoman times. Practice your bargaining skills at the Grand Bazaar (closed Sun). Boasting more than 3,000 shops, it is one of the world’s oldest and largest covered bazaar!

Enjoy a cultural evening of either whirling dervish ceremony or folklore dance show with belly-dancing.

Day 04 Istanbul / Pamukkale

Istanbul / Pamukkale
Pamukkale
Breakfast & Lunch included

This morning, we will discover the lesser-known gems of Istanbul. Step into the Church of the Holy Saviour in Chora with some of the oldest-surviving Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Continue to the atmospheric Suleymaniye Mosque, located at the highest end of the city.

Afterwards, we drive 43km or about 1 hour to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

Fly TK7320 Istanbul-Denizli 16.55-18.00 (1h 5m)

Arriving in Denizli, we drive 76km or about 1 hour to your accommodation in Pamukkale.

Day 05 Pamukkale / Aphrodisias / Sirince

Pamukkale / Aphrodisias  / Sirince
Sirince
Breakfast included

Rise early this morning and beat the crowd into the glistening Pamukkale calcium terraces, before visiting the nearby archaeological sites of Hierapolis and Laodicea.

En route 78km or about 1.5 hours to Aphrodisias, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to the Greek goddess of love surprisingly not overrun by tourists.

After a further 145km or about 2 hours, we retreat into your vineyard accommodation. Tour the award-winning Yedi Bilgeler vineyards and wine cellars named after the ‘Seven Sages’ philosophers. It is believed in Greek mythology that the God of Wine, Dionysus, originated in Anatolia and the centaurs could smell good wine from hundred miles away!

 

Day 06 Sirince / Ephesus / Sirince

Sirince / Ephesus / Sirince
Sirince
Breakfast included

Let us whisk you into Ephesus, home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you wander through monumental UNESCO-listed ruins such as the Temple of Artemis, Library of Celsus, House of the Virgin Mary and the Ephesus Museum, one can imagine how life must have been like at the commercial centre of the ancient world.

Day 07 Sirince / Bergama / Sirince

Sirince / Bergama / Sirince
Sirince
Breakfast included

Once the capital of the East Roman Empire, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bergama is equally impressive, boasting the ancient world’s second largest library, the steepest Theatre of Anatolia, the epic Altar of Zeus, as well as the Roman Medical Center ruins of Asclepion. Take a cable car up to the Acropolis before exploring the lower Agora terraces. Bergama is located 186km or about 2.5 hours per way from Sirince.

Day 08 Sirince / Cappadocia

Sirince / Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Breakfast included

This morning, we will drive 86km or about 1 hour to İzmir Adnan Menderes Airport. You will take a 1.5 hours domestic flight to Kayseri.

From Kayseri, we will drive 74km or about 1 hour to Cappadocia. Enjoy a hike through Rose & Red Valley with its fairy chimneys and colourful sediments, best seen during early morning or late afternoon.

Day 09 Cappadocia / Ihlara Valley / Cappadocia

Cappadocia / Ihlara Valley / Cappadocia
Cappadocia
Breakfast included

Off the tourist circuit, the Ihlara Valley hike (14km, 5-6 hours) takes you through ancient Christian churches, hermit’s caves, quaint chapels and concluding at the rock-cut masterpiece of Selime Monastery. Please note that this hike is not available in winter.

Discover one of the secret underground cities. Channel your inner Indiana Jones through the labyrinths of Kaymakli (largest), Derinkuyu (deepest) or Mazi (only for the adventurous but less touristy).

Day 10 Departure from Cappadocia

Departure from Cappadocia
Nil
Breakfast included

Rise early for a rewarding hot air balloon ride as you soar above the magical landscapes of Cappadocia.

Continue to Goreme Open Air Museum with its unique cave frescoes. Discover the surreal pinnacles and bizarre shapes of Love Valley, Monk’s Valley (Pasabagi), Zelve Valley, Imagination Valley (Devrent), Urgup, Pigeon Valley and Uchisar Castle.

At the end of the day, we transfer 38km or abour 45mins to Nevşehir Kapadokya Airport, where you will board your night flight home.

Hotels & Tour Price

Category 1

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 6,980
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 5,980
Single Supplement S$ 2,080

W IstanbulDoga Thermal Health & Spa Pammukale • Vinifera Vineyards Hotel Sirince • Ariana Lodge Cappadocia 

Istanbul

Istanbul

W Istanbul (Wonderful)

Housed in the historic Akaretler Row Houses, W Istanbul offers chic rooms with state-of-the-art amenities just a stone throw’s away from cafes, design galleries and Nisantasi shopping district. (Refurbished: 2010; Rooms: 140)

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale

Doga Thermal Health & Spa (Standard Room with Balcony)

Providing easy access to the Pamukkale terraces, this 4-star hotel offers modern rooms, spacious garden, pools, relaxing spa and on-site physiotherapy. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 120)

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Sirince

Sirince

Vinifera Vineyards Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Designed by an Austrian architect, this boutique stay incorporates heritage stone-built structure with soft, elegant furnishing amidst its atmospheric countryside ambience. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 27)

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Ariana Sustainable Luxury Lodge (Bau or Kamrusepa)

This SLH lodge offers a modern twist on heritage cave living of Cappadocia. Indulge in breath-taking views of the Uchisar valley with beautiful gardens tumbling into the hillside. (Opened: 2015; Rooms: 11)

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Category 2

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 9,380
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 7,980
Single Supplement S$ 3,980

St. Regis IstanbulDoga Thermal Health & Spa Pammukale • Vinifera Vineyards Hotel Sirince • Museum Hotel Cappadocia 

Istanbul

Istanbul

St. Regis Istanbul (Deluxe, Macka Park View)

In St. Regis Istanbul, timeless glamour, exquisite rooftop dining, signature butler service and prestigious address at Nisantasi’s upscale neighbourhood take centre stage. (Refurbished: 2012; Rooms: 118)

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Pamukkale

Pamukkale

Doga Thermal Health & Spa (Standard Room with Balcony)

Providing easy access to the Pamukkale terraces, this 4-star hotel offers modern rooms, spacious garden, pools, relaxing spa and on-site physiotherapy. (Refurbished: 2014; Rooms: 120)

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Sirince

Sirince

Vinifera Vineyards Hotel (King Suite)

Designed by an Austrian architect, this boutique stay incorporates heritage stone-built structure with soft, elegant furnishing amidst its atmospheric countryside ambience. (Opened: 2012; Rooms: 27)

Cappadocia

Cappadocia

Museum Hotel (Deluxe Room)

Renowned amongst Turkey’s best luxury gourmet hotel, this R&C hotel is beautifully furnished with priceless antiques and panoramic views of the Uchisar valley. (Opened: 2013; Rooms: 30)

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis
  • All transportation & transfer on an air-conditioned minivan
  • Local English-speaking expert guide in each city
  • All entrance fees in sights stated
  • Domestic flights in Economy Class as stated
  • WiFi in the minivan

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International Airfare
  • Lunches & dinners
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance

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