Duration
11 Nights
Fitness
Moderate
Travel
Multiple dates in 2019
Destination
Turkey
Discover Turkey’s incredible history, archaeology and scenery on this 13 day fully-escorted tour. After seeing the country’s colourful capital, Istanbul, visit the 4000-year-old city of Troy, immortalised in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad. Explore Hierapolis and its exceptional hot springs and may more.
HIGHLIGHTS
  • Enjoy MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $310 per person
  • International return flights from Australia to Europe on Etihad Airways or similar
  • Take a city tour of Troy, the classical 4000-year-old city immortalized in Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad

HOLIDAY INCLUDES
MyDiscoveries exclusive saving of AUD $310 per person
Return Economy flights from Australia to Istanbul.
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
11 nights First Class accommodations: 3 nights Istanbul, 1 night Canakkale, 2 nights Izmir, 2 nights Antalya, 2 nights Cappadocia, 1 night Ankara
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel porterage
All transfers
21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 9 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Entrance fees per itinerary

TRAVEL DATES Departures in 2019: 
  • Apr: 04, 15, 22
  • May: 16, 20, 27
  • Jun: 06, 11, 13, 18
  • Jul: 02, 04, 09, 16, 23, 30
  • Aug: 01, 06, 08, 13, 15, 27, 29
  • Sep: 17, 24, 30
  • Oct: 01, 03, 07, 08, 10, 14, 15, 17, 21, 24

ITINERARY
  • Day 1 Depart for Turkey
  • Day 2 Arrive in Istambul / Meals: Dinner
  • Day 3 Morning City Tour of Istambul / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 4 Anzac Cemetery, Travel to Canakkale / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 5  Visit Troy, Pergamum, Travel to Izmir / Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 6 Full Day in Izmir / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 7 Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale / Meals:Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 8 Full Day in Antalya / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 9 Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 10  Full Day in Cappadocia / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 11 Travel to Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk / Meals: Breakfast
  • Day 12 Return to Istanbul / Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Day 13 Depart Turkey / Meals: Breakfast
For Full Itinerary CLICK HERE
HOTELS
  • Istanbul:Legacy Ottoman Hotel or equivalent
  • Canakkale: Troia Tusan Hotel or equivalent
  • Izmir: Ege Palas
  • Antalya: Akra Barut Hotel or equivalent
  • Cappadocia: Avrasya Hotel or equivalent
  • Ankara: Movenpick Hotel Ankara

WHY BOOK WITH MYDISCOVERIES?
At MyDiscoveries we want to help you make ‘one day’, today. Whether you’re into cruising or glamping, or if you’d prefer to holiday at home or abroad, we’re driven to make your holiday dreams come true. With over 20 years of travel experience, you can be sure we can create the right holiday for you. Can’t find what you’re looking for on our site? Call us on 1300 404 606 and one of our travel consultants can create an incredible package for you.
The MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee means that if you can’t get the travel dates you want within 30 days of buying the voucher, we’ll give you your money back
Pay over 5 x monthly, interest-free instalments. Credit card holders can spread their payments over 5 months on all MyDiscoveries holidays

FINE PRINT
  • Valid for travel: Multiple departure dates in 2019.
  • Advertised Price based on a 14 Oct 2019 departure at time of publishing.
  • Advertised price may vary and is subject to availability at time of booking.
  • My Discoveries Exclusive Saving / Discount has been applied to the advertised price
  • Subject to availability at time of booking for new bookings only.
  • Airlines are subject to best available at the time of confirmation or may change depending on date of departure.
  • All prices are subject to change at any time without notice.
  • Valid for sales unless sold out prior.
  • If you need to cancel your trip after travel has been confirmed, the travel operator may impose cancellation fees. In addition, MyDiscoveries will charge a AUD $100 per person cancellation fee. We recommend taking out travel insurance as soon as you have booked your travel dates so you have protection against emergency cancellations that might be needed.
  • Travel insurance not included, customers are advised to purchase appropriate cover.
  • Once your MyDiscoveries Voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by the MyDiscoveries Reservations team will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates.
  • When booking in your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements (e.g. vegetarian etc)
  • The MyDiscoveries team will send an email to you confirming all of your booking information.
  • Excludes: visa, travel insurance, meals not mentioned and items of a personal nature.

VISA INFORMATION Visas for Australians traveling overseas A visa is a form of permission for a non-citizen to enter, transit or remain in a particular country. We do not issue visas for overseas travel and cannot provide definitive information on visas. Only the countries you plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest embassy or consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Not all countries have representation in Australia. For a list of all countries visa requirements Click Here Turkey If you are visiting Turkey for tourism or business and for less than 90 days in a 180 day period, you’ll need to get an electronic visa (‘e-visa’). Apply online at the Turkish government’s official e-visawebsite. There have been reports of unauthorised visa websites charging for information on e-visas.
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1

Depart for Turkey

Your holiday will begin with an international flight from Australia to Istanbul.
2

Arrive in Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia and transfer to your hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure. Tonight, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
MEALS: Dinner
3

Morning City Tour of Istanbul

Let’s go for a morning tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a short briefing and the picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. Then, head to the Topkapi Palace, residence of Ottoman Sultans housing the richness of 700 years. Afterwards, explore the Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. In the afternoon, join the fascinating optional tour to the St. Sophia, the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century. Then continue to the Grand Bazaar, where you can shop for carpets, jewelry, leather and more Optional: Half Day Istanbul with St. Sophia & Grand Bazaar (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast
4

Anzac Cemetery, Travel to Izmir

Visit the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I. Visit the Anzac Cemetery, a memorial to the casualties of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who’s fame grew back home as word of their heroic efforts spread. Afterwards, cross the Dardanelles by ferry and continue to the Canakkale province, located in northwest Turkey, where you will arrive in the early evening
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
5

Visit Troy, Pergamum, Travel to Izmir

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer’s epic poem The Iliad. Then, drive to Pergamum, a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and visit Asklepion, the ancient Roman spa center. Enjoy lunch in a local village before continuing to Izmir, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer
MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
6

Full Day in Izmir

Discover the city of Izmir. With over 3500 years of history, the port city known historically as Smyrna offers a variety of impressive archaeological sites, not to mention easy access to ancient Ephesus. Perhaps, relax in the city and sip Türk kahvesi, authentic Turkish coffee, at a café set along the scenic Pasaport Quay. Don’t miss the optional tour to Ephesus, considered one of the greatest ancient cities of the world. Here, you’ll visit the House of the Virgin Mary, Basilica of St. John, the library of Celsus, temple of Hadrian, the theater and the Odeon. After lunch at a local restaurant return to Izmir Optional: Full Day Ephesus & House of the Virgin Mary with Lunch
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
7

Necropolis & Hierapolis at Pamukkale

Today, depart in the early morning from Izmir and drive to Pamukkale en route to Antalya where you will arrive in the evening. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis (“Holy City”), situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs, which together constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a thermal bath since the 2nd century B.C., primarily for the ailing and elderly, many of whom have retired here
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
8

Full Day in Antalya

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Antalya, an international resort city that has become a prime destination in Turkey. Long popular among yachters, the city also offers the liveliest nightlife on the southern coast, fantastic beaches, and world-class shopping, in addition to historic ruins in the surrounding region. A fascinating optional tour is offered to the Pamphylian city of Perge and to the ancient city of Aspendos. On the return trip, visit the Antalya Archaeological Museum with its artifacts dating back over 2500 years Optional: Perge, Aspendos & Antalya Archaeological Museum
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
9

Cappadocia Caravanserai Sightseeing

Today, depart in the early morning to travel to Cappadocia. En route, visit the 13th-century Caravanserai of Sultanhan, a large abandoned city and shelter in Cappadocia, built on the Silk Road, whose main portal gate is considered a fine example of Turkish Seljuk art. Continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia where you will arrive in the evening. Tonight, be sure to attend the optional performance of the world-famous Whirling Dervishes Optional: Whirling Dervishes Performance (PM)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
10

Full Day in Cappadocia

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore the area independently. A region of surreal rock formations and incredible cultural heritage, Cappadocia is home to rock-cut temples, ancient underground cities, and unparalleled landscapes. Begin the day very early on an optional hot air balloon ride that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations. On the full day optional tour, visit the Open Air Museum in the Goreme Valley to see the early Christian churches and the Ozkonak Underground City Optional: Cappadocia Balloon Ride (AM) Optional: Full Day Cappadocia (AM)
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
11

Travel to Ankara, Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk

This morning depart for Ankara, the capital and the second largest city of Turkey. Upon arrival, visit the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk, founder and first president of the Turkish Republic. Leading up to the Mausoleum, view the vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with Neo-Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. Continue to the Anatolian Civlizations Museum – built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum’s unique exhibits feature Anatolian archaeological artifacts dating back to the Paleolithic Age
MEALS: Breakfast
12

Return to Istanbul

Arrive in the afternoon to Istanbul and spend the remainder of the day at leisure or join the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. The humble fishing villages and contrasting suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait demonstrates the link between the East and West. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner at your hotel with your traveling companions Optional: Istanbul Bosphorus Cruise (PM) MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
13

Depart Turkey

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight from Istanbul to Australia!
MEALS: Breakfast
DESTINATION
Turkey has so much to offer! From Istanbul and Izmir to Ankara, there are so many different cities with different backgrounds and history. You will see landscapes in Istanbul or Cappadocia that you can only see in Turkey!
FLIGHT 
  • Departures from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
  • Other departure cities available on request. Call us on 1300 404 606!

TRANSFER
  • All transfers included.

MYDISCOVERIES VIP PACK
  • Start your holiday before you’ve even stepped on the plane with MyDiscoveries exclusive VIP package.
  • Arrive at Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane airport in the comfort and style of a privately chauffeured luxury SUV or sedan, complete with complimentary water and WiFi.
  • Relax and unwind away from the usual airport hustle and bustle with premium lounge access complete with an array of amazing facilities at your disposal.
Read more CLICK HERE

WEATHER
  • AprilMaySeptember and October are pleasantly warm.
  • The summer months from June through to September are hotter, with temperatures reaching the mid-30°Cs on the south coast.

VISA
  • Australians travelling to Turkey as a tourist or for business should apply for a visa online at www.evisa.gov.tr.
  • For more information, go to the website of Australian Embassy. Alternatively you can contact an external visa provider such as Visa Central directly for more information or to arrange a visa.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
  • MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you.
  • Call us on 1300 404 606 and quote Discovery10 for a 10% discount.
What is included in The Deal? Please refer to the ‘Includes’ section in The Deal for details of what’s included. If you are unclear, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 404 606 for more information.
Are there any health precautions or vaccinations that I need? We recommend you see your doctor at least six weeks prior to travel to get their advice and to allow time for any necessary vaccinations.
Can I arrange my flights with MyDiscoveries? MyDiscoveries is a full-service travel agency and we can arrange flights to any destination. Call us on 1300 404 606 to get a personalised quote.
Do I need travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote for you – call us on 1300 404 606
Can MyDiscoveries organise my travel insurance? We always recommend that you purchase travel insurance as soon as your travel dates are confirmed. MyDiscoveries can arrange a personalised travel insurance quote at competitive rates for you – call us on 1300 404 606
When will my booking be confirmed? Once your MyDiscoveries holiday voucher has been purchased you will be contacted by a member of the MyDiscoveries Reservations team. MyDiscoveries will work with the tour operator to get you booked onto your preferred travel dates and will send you an email to confirm your booking information. If for any reason we are unable to book you onto your preferred dates please refer to the MyDiscoveries 30 Day Booking Guarantee to understand our refund policy. When booking in to your travel dates, make sure you have your travel voucher number, traveller names and details of any special requirements.
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What type of clothes should I bring? Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer and an all-weather coat.
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