Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

Istanbul's Aya Sofya - built by Roman Emperor Justinian
Underground city of Derinkuyu
UNESCO World Heritage-listed pools and terraces of Pamukkale
The surreal rock formations and valleys of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cappadocia
The First World War history of Gallipoli
Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar - a labyrinth of 4500 stalls
Take a bite out of Istanbul
  • Think of this trip as a Turkish kebab with the lot. Chunks of Istanbul’s Old Town, dollops of Ayvalik charm, only the freshest of Cappadocia garnishings and Pamukkale hot springs – all slathered in generous lashings of Turquoise Coast sailing scenery. Alternatively, just think of it as a trip.

     

    We know you’re dying to taste a real Turkish kebab. But to save confusion, do a bit of research before you make your order because there’s quite a few to choose from:

    ·         Ramadan kebab – grilled meat served on a pide with garlic, tomato, yogurt and mint

    ·         Köfte kebab – grilled lamb and herb meatballs on a skewer

    ·         Testi kebab – a cross between a stew and a pie with meat, pearl onions and vegetables cooked in a clay pot then sealed with dough (no testes were harmed in the making of this kebab)

     

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Istanbul

    YouTube ‘Istanbul ice cream’. Laugh. Then order one as soon as you arrive. Note: Turkish ice cream is nothing like what you get at home. It's stretchy and doesn't melt.

    Day 1

    • Arrive in Istanbul and perhaps visit the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market
    • Meet the tour guide and fellow travel companions at an evening welcome meeting
    • Head out on an optional group dinner, a good introduction to some fabulous Turkish cuisine in a street-side cafe

    Day 2

    • Take a guided tour of the treasures of the Old Town including the the iconic Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome
    • Explore under your own steam in the afternoon
    • Perhaps barter for a bargain, enjoy a cruise on the Bosphorus (optional) or indulge in a traditional hamam (Turkish bath) (optional)
    Breakfast

    Day 3 - Istanbul - Gallipoli - Çanakkale

    Spend a bit of time wandering the battlefields, monuments and cemeteries at Gallipoli. It’s pretty overwhelming.

    • Head for the shores of Gallipoli, a place of immense significance for Australians and New Zealanders
    Breakfast

    Day 4 - Çanakkale - Ayvalik

    You’ll come to this seaside village for the sleepy, charming, peaceful vibe. You’ll stay for the Ayvalik tost (Google it and drool).

    • Optional excursion to Troy, where you can explore the ancient ruins
    • Take an orientation tour of Ayvalik and view its Greco-Ottoman houses, cobblestone streets and lively cafes
    • Perhaps enjoy a drink and the sunset at the harbourside bar
    Breakfast

    Day 5 - Ayvalik - Selçuk

    Don’t forget to grab a bottle of olive oil before we leave for Selcuk. Walk off those kebabs in Ephesus, the world’s biggest Greco-Roman ruins.

    • Take a local bus to Selçuk
    • On arrival we explore nearby Ephesus - perhaps the greatest Greco-Roman site in the world
    • Walk the marble streets once trodden by Antony and Cleopatra and marvel at the gymnasium, baths and the restored Library of Celsus
    Breakfast

    Day 6 - Selçuk – Pamukkale

    Take a dip in the hot springs at Pamukkale. Apparently the water helps high blood pressure, strokes, rheumatism and skin problems. Hence all the old dudes.

    • Travel to Pamukkale with its natural pools, shelves and ridges
    • Perhaps explore the ancient city of Hierapolis, known for its abundance of temples and religious structures
    Breakfast

    Day 7 - Pamukkale – Fethiye

    We know you hate long bus trips, so we’ll get back in your good books with a swim at Oludeniz - a lagoon bestowed with the colour of a Ken Done painting.

    • Head for the coast and take a local bus to Ölüdeniz, described as 'the Eden bestowed by God to the world'
    • Plenty of time to enjoy a swim at the three-kilometre-long beach
    Breakfast

    Day 8-9 - Southern coast cruising

    Don't worry, the clear Mediterranean water makes it easy to find your bikini bottoms if they go flying when you leap off the boat.

    • Board a boat for a memorable voyage along the Turquoise Coast and view some of the most stunning coastal scenery in the world
    • Cruise to the sunken cities around Kekova Island from where remains of mysterious civilisations can be viewed
    • Walk up to nearby Simena Castle, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding bays and islands
    • Perhaps explore some of the numerous Lycian rock tombs
    • Spend some time on the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea
    • Swim and explore the natural and historical sites along the way
    • Indulge in feasts before being lulled to sleep by Mediterranean breezes
    Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

    Day 10-11 - Cirali - Antalya - Cappadocia

    Three pics that will sum up Antalya: Konyaalti beach, the Taurus Mountains, the marina at Kaleici (old city). Three snacks you need to try: pide, kofte salonu and mussels stuffed with rice.

    Day 10

    • Disembark the boat in Uçagiz and head to Antalya
    • Stop by Olympos en route and see the flames of Chimera
    • Press on to the ruins of the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis

    Day 11

    • Take a local bus to Cappadocia
    • Stay and explore Cappadocia for the next three nights
    Breakfast

    Day 12-14 - Cappadocia

    Definitely take the optional hot air balloon trip over Cappadocia at sunrise. Then stay overnight with a local family and watch a Whirling Dervish performance – a group of men who have dedicated themselves to a life of poverty and spinning around.

    Day 12

    • Drive to the top of the trail at the beginning of the Akvadi (White Valley)
    • Walk amongst fruit gardens and vineyards
    • Arrive in Uçhisar and visit the village and high viewpoint known as The Fortress
    • Take a stroll in Pigeon Valley before heading back to Göreme
    • Enjoy free time to experience Göreme’s nightlife
    • Perhaps attend a traditional Whirling Dervish 'Sema' performance

    Day 13

    • Visit the underground city of Derinkuyu – a man-made marvel that descends 60m below the surface

    Day 14

    • Drive to the start of Pasabaglari (Priest Valley) and follow a trail to the picturesque village of Cavusin
    • Walk through Kizilcukur (Red Valley)
    Breakfast | Dinner

    Day 15-17 - Kahta - Urfa

    King Antiochus I had his tomb built on Mt Nemrut (2150m) in 62BC, and surrounded it with 30ft tall statues of gods. But earthquakes decapitated most of the statues, so the mountain is now scattered with gigantic heads.

    Day 15

    • Drive across the stunning Eastern Taurus Mountains to Kahta

    Day 16

    • Visit Mt Nemrut National Park and see the massive Commagene stone heads
    • Drive to Sanliurfa (Urfa) the city of the prophets - a city believed to be the birthplace of the prophet Ibrahim (Abraham) 

    Day 17

    • Fly back to Istanbul (you arrive back in Istanbul around 2pm), and enjoy free time to see the sights on arrival
    Breakfast

    Day 18 - Istanbul

    Head to Istiklal Caddesi, the main shopping area, and let the crowds carry you along. Celebrate the end of your trip with raw oysters, crispy potato spirals, pistachio ice cream and fresh roasted corn.

    • The trip ends after breakfast, but there is plenty more to see, eat, buy, watch and do here
    Breakfast
  • What's Included

    • Local tour guide, all transportation, accommodation and some meals as indicated. Entrance fees for Ephesus and Derinkuyu only.

    Not Included

    • International flights, arrival and departure transfers, airport/departure taxes, entrance fees for most sites, visas, pre-tour or post-tour accommodation, additional meals (including some meals on boat), drinks, optional sightseeing tours, travel insurance, tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
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  • Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments

    At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.

    Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

    Margaret - Australia, 11 May, 2013
    5
    Overall Rating

    This was a fast moving tour with many places visited. But strangely enough there was also plenty of time to unwind and relax. Really gave an overall picture of Turkey. Highly recommended.

    Turkey: Meat and Stuffing

    Jade - Australia, 18 Aug, 2012
    5
    Overall Rating

    One of the best holidays I've ever had - the experiences just got better and better the further we went. Great group and I had an amazing time. It went too quickly though!!

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6 - 16
Ferry, Local bus, Plane, Private bus
2 nights Boat, 2 nights Pension, 13 nights Hotel
Istanbul
Istanbul

What to know

The 23 Apr 2014 departure ties in with ANZAC day at Gallipoli and the night of Day 2 will be spent camping in Anzac Cove. This departure has a surcharge.

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