Includes 3 nights accommodation at Markus Sittikus Hotel, breakfast daily, return private airport transfers, an Original Sound of Music Tour & a Lakes and Mountains Tour Read more
The Arena Hotel is an excellent example of a 19th Century Ottoman stone house that has been restored and decorated to give guests a glimpse into the Istanbul of yesteryear.
Uncover the fascinating history of Istanbul on your Classical Istanbul Tour. The tour takes in all the highlights of the city; visit Topkapi Palace, (closed on Tuesday), the main residence of the Ottoman Sultans, Saint Sophia Basilica (Closed on Monday), the Blue Mosque, the Roman Hippodrome once used for Chariot races and finally the Grand Bazaar (Closed on Sunday).
Try Turkish life close-up on your Home Cooked Istanbul tour, with a family meal and an evening mingling with locals at some of their favourite haunts. An expert local guide will meet you, then wander the through the streets of historical Sultanahmet en route to meet a local family and settle in for typical Turkish meal. There is a little English spoken in the household but your bilingual guide is there to help translate. Sharing a meal with a local family is a great privilege and an opportunity to get real insight into local family life.
After dinner head to a popular local hangout to enjoy fabulous views of the Marmara Sea. Find a comfortable spot to watch games of football or strike up conversation with the locals.Read More »
Leaning on slopes covered with lush pine forests, Marmaris is a wonderful destination which Herodotus once described as having 'the world's most beautiful bosom'. Anemon Marmaris Hotel is located on the the main boulevard in the city centre, only 100m from the sea. The hotel features a wine and cheese boutique, a swimming pool with poolside bar, fitness centre, sauna and massage rooms at the Heath Club and wi-fi access in guest rooms and indoor spaces.Read More »
Experience the best of the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul, before travelling to the unique landscape of Cappadocia on this 5 day tour. DAY 1 - Istanbul Upon arrival, you will be met by a Global Travel Services representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. ACCOMMODATION - Titanic City 4* (or similar) DAY 2 - Istanbul After breakfast at the hotel, your guided tour to Topkapi Palace, St Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar will commence. ACCOMMODATION - Titanic City 4* (or similar) MEALS INCLUDED - B DAY 3 - Istanbul - Ankara - Cappadocia After breakfast, depart for Ankara and visit the Mausoleum of Ataturk and its Museum, the burial place of the national hero who founded modern Republic of Turkey. Leaving for Cappadocia, the tour takes a picturesque trip along the Salt Lake. ACCOMMODATION - Dilek Kaya Cave Hotel (or similar) MEALS INCLUDED - B, D DAY 4 - Cappadocia Today there is a full day excursion in Cappadocia including visits to the Kaymakli Underground City, the Open air Museum in Goreme and the natural fortress in Uchisar. Lunch will be in a cave to taste the famous pottery Kebab. Here, you'll also have the opportunity to discover the rich history behind local handicrafts, like hand-made carpets, Turkish tiles, onyx and potteries. ACCOMMODATION - Dilek Kaya Cave Hotel (or similar) MEALS INCLUDED - B, L DAY 5 - Cappadocia - Kayseri After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kayseri Airport, where your tour ends. MEALS INCLUDED - B Meals legend - B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - DinnerRead More »
Visit two of the most interesting countries of the Mediterranean, Turkey and Greece on this 11 day tour. Leaving from Istanbul, fly to Izmir to embark on your 3 day cruise to the glorious Greek Islands of Patmos, Crete, Santorini and Mykonos before heading back to Turkey to visit Pamukkale, Konya and Cappadocia and Istanbul. DAY 1 - ISTANBUL Arrive in Istanbul, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. ACCOMMODATION - Best Western Plus Senator Hotel or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - D DAY 2 - ISTANBUL - IZMIR - KUSADASI - PATMOS After breakfast, drive to Ataturk Airport to catch the morning flight to Izmir. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to Kusadasi for embarkation on your Louis Cruise for 3 days of cruising. Cruise to Patmos, this island is known as the site of the apocalyptic revelations of St John the Divine, written here during his exile from the Roman Empire. The cave where he lived is near the site of the Monastery of the Apocalypse, and the Monastery of St John, built on one of the island's highest points, houses priceless icons and manuscripts in its Treasury. ACCOMMODATION - Superior Inside Cabin MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 3 - PATMOS - CRETE - HERAKLION - SANTORINI Heraklion is just three miles away from the fantastic ruins of the Palace of Knossos. Discovered in 1899 and partially reconstructed, the elaborate Palace is believed to be the mythical Labyrinth of King Monos and the seat of ancient Minoan culture. The island of Santorini is perhaps the most breathtaking of all the Greek Islands. In the town of Fira, white-washed houses, narrow streets, open-air cafes and glittering boutiques cling to steep cliffs, accessible by cable-car or mule. ACCOMMODATION - Superior Inside Cabin MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 4 - SANTORINI - ATHENS - MYKONOS Arrive into Piraeus, the port city of the vibrant city of Athens. Cruise to Mykonos, famous for the number of tiny chapels that dot this island. Find a table on the waterfront and bask in the serenity of sunset over its picturesque harbour. ACCOMMODATION - Superior Inside Cabin MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 5 - MYKONOS - KUSADASI - PAMUKKALE Arrive into Kusadasi at around 7am and drive to Ephesus to see the vast ruins of this ancient city. Visit the Library of Celsius, Temple of Hadrian, the Theatre and Odeon. After lunch continue to Pamukkale with its snow-white terraces formed by thermal waters cascading down the hillside. Visit the ruins of Hierapolis with its famous Necropolis, the Basilica, Theatre and Plutonium. ACCOMMODATION - Spa Hotel Colossae Thermal or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 6 - PAMUKKALE - KONYA - CAPPADOCIA After an early breakfast, set off to Cappadocia, visiting the Sultanhan Caravanserai on the way. Following lunch in Konya, visit the mausoleum, museum and monastery complex dedicated to Rumi, the founder of the mystical order often referred to as the Whirling Dervishes. Setting out once again, enjoy the panoramic view of Cappadocia as you reach the strange and mystifying landscape. ACCOMMODATION - Dedeman Hotel or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 7 - CAPPADOCIA After breakfast, set off on a full day excursion that includes lunch. Begin with the explorations of the famous and intriguing valley of Cappadocia, a unique region in which nature has created an incredibly strange and colourful world of cones, columns and needles that were shaped by the wind and water erosion of the area's volcanic tuff. But it is not only the natural landscape that is unique here. Homes, stables, shops, churches, hospitals have been carved out of the stone, and many early Christians painted the walls of their chapels with their own renditions of Bible stories. Some of these frescoes are incredibly beautiful, attesting to the skills and religious fervour of the faithful. You'll also visit Gourmet Open Air Museum, the natural fortress of Uchisar, Underground City of Kaymakli, and Pasabag. ACCOMMODATION - Dedeman Hotel or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 8 - CAPPADOCIA - ANKARA After breakfast, drive to Ankara, passing by the picturesque Salt Lake and the 13th century Seljukian Caravanserai. Arriving in Ankara, visit the Anatolian Civilizations Museum which houses numerous remnants from the Stone Age, Neolithic Age, Hittites, Urartians and Phrygians. ACCOMMODATION - DoubleTree by Hilton Ankara or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 9 - ANKARA - ISTANBUL After breakfast drive to Istanbul, where there will be a half day sightseeing tour of Istanbul, which includes a visit to the Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and the Grand Bazaar, with nearly 4000 shops of antiques, jewellery, and carpets. ACCOMMODATION - Best Western Plus Senator Hotel MEALS INCLUDED - B, L, D DAY 10 - ISTANBUL After breakfast, set off on a half day of sightseeing in Istanbul. Visit Topkapi Palace and St Sophia, and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. ACCOMMODATION - Best Western Plus Senator Hotel or Similar MEALS INCLUDED - B, L DAY 11 - ISTANBUL After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Ataturk Airport where your tour ends. MEALS INCLUDED - B Meals Legend - B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - DinnerRead More »
Located in the Old City, this 19th century Ottoman-style house is only minutes walk from most of the city's attractions, including Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and St Sophia. The hotel also features a spa & wellness centre and a Turkish bath.
This is a great tour to get an insight into, and experience, life in Turkey. Visit a Turkish family's home and share a meal with them on this tour. After dinner, walk through the streets and get a sense of the communal-style of life in Istanbul. Visit a local hangout and play a few games of backgammon with the locals.
Princes Island is a group of islands just off Istanbul, and is a great retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The islands are a popular holiday destination for the city's rich and famous, but is also popular with tourists, who come to enjoy the historical sites, beaches and cafes.