Turkey Discovery & Anzac Day | Turkey Tours | Ciconia Travel

Discover the grandiose beauty and charming chaos of Istanbul and delve into history while commemorating the fallen on Anzac day at the shores of Gallipoli. Visit ancient cities of Troy, Pergamon and the fascinatingly well-preserved Ephesus with your expert local guide. Soak in the healing waters of Pamukkale and witness the incredible white pool terraces from up close. Embrace Rumi’s timeless philosophy under the charm of the whirling dervishes of Konya. Roam among fairy-chimneys of the otherworldly Cappadocia, and explore the capital city, Ankara, where stands the mausoleum of Ataturk, the founder of the Modern Turkish Republic.

12 Days
7 Cities
1 Country
Discovery
5&4 Star Hotels
Max 44 People
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Welcome to Turkiye

Meet the marvellous merge of Europe and Asia at the magical Istanbul to embark on a cultural discovery through ancient lands. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Greet the diverse and incredibly tasteful Turkish cuisine tonight on a group dinner, make sure to leave room for delicious desserts.

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Hotel

Conrad Hotel

Meals

n/a

Optional Experiences

Group Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Group Dinner ( Optional Activity )

Istanbul City Tour

Journey to the heart of Istanbul old town and witness the perfect blend of ancient and modern unfold before you. Stroll with your expert local guide through the Hippodrome, visit the charming Blue Mosque and the mysterious Cistern Basilica. Enjoy an exquisite meal worthy of Sultans next to the magnificent Hagia Sophia. Enjoy some personal leisure time in the old town, discover hidden gems and embrace the local culture.In the afternoon meet the breath-taking Bosphorus in all its charm as you cruise in-between Europe and Asia.

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Hotel

Conrad Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Hagia Sophia
Sightseeing of Blue Mosque
Sightseeing of Basilica Cistern
Sightseeing of Hippodrome

Depart for Canakkale

After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, we leave for Canakkale, wherein lies the famous shores of Gallipoli. Driving through the scenic countryside road, recharge at the lovely village of Kesan over a delicious local meal. Arriving in Canakkale in the afternoon, rest up for a long night and the experience of a lifetime. We will be leaving after midnight for the dawn service at Gallipoli to commemorate the soldiers who bravely fought here during World War 1.

Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale

Hotel

Iris Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

ANZAC DAY

The day starts at very early hours as we leave at 12:30am for Anzac Cove at Gallipoli. Take your spots for the dawn service and pay your respescts in unison to the fallen Australian and Turkish soldiers. Following a sentimental dawn service and speeches from key figures, walk through the now-green battlefields and take a ride up to Lone Pine for the Australian National Ceremony starting around 9.30am. We continue towards Canakkale around noon with a picturesque ferry ride and a recharging stay at our hotel.

Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale

Hotel

Iris Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Dawn Service Ceremony
Australian National Ceremony ( Lone Pine )
New Zelland National Ceremony ( Chunuk Bair )

Depart for Kusadasi

A day filled with truly epic adventures awaits. In the morning, we visit the ancient city or Troy and witness the ruins of the once glorious city with a special place in mythology and history. Pose with the famous Trojan Horse before departing for Pergamon. Home to healing waters and ruins of the Asklepion medical centre, it is one of the most important centres of healing of the Roman world. Following the cultural overload, we rest at the seaside Kusadasi - the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Turkish seafood culture and raki.

Hotel

DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Troy Ancient City
Sightseeing of Trojan Horse
Sightseeing of Trojan Horse Canakkale
Sightseeing of Asklepion

Depart for Pamukkale

Drive along the coast to the amazing ruins of ancient Ephesus, a UNESCO World Heritage. Stroll the incredibly well-preserved ancient city and the impressive library. With a short ride away from the marvellous wonders, you will visit Virgin Mary’s house in the mountains – where she is believed to have lived her final days. Our next stop will be of culinary discovery at a lovely restaurant in the countryside famously known for delicious gozleme. Heading further inland, we arrive in our hotel at the Cotton Castle of Turkey, Pamukkale. Rest up, relax or even savour the spa or massage services of your hotel. Your seat for dinner is already reserved at the hotel restaurant.

Hotel

Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Ephesus Ancient City
Sightseeing of Celsus Library
House of Virgin Mary visit

Depart for Konya

Walk in the shallow pools of calcar with breath-taking scenery unfolding before you in terraces of snow-white travertines. Famously known for its mineral-rich waters and healing properties, Pamukkale region has welcomed endless visitors over millennia. Delve into history at the ancient city Hierapolis and its majestic amphitheatre of 15,000 seats and ever-impressive acoustics. The journey continues towards Konya, home of the famous whirling dervishes - members of the Sufism order. You can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of discovery.

Hotel

Dedeman Konya Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Pamukkale
Sightseeing of Hierapolis Ancient City
Sightseeing of Cleopatra's Pool

Depart for Cappadocia

Meet the diverse Turkish culture and its various facades today. Starting with an 8-century-old center of education and architectural beauty, Karatay Madrasa, continue to the Museum and Mausoleum of Mevlana. Explore the ideas and works of the famous scholar, poet and theologist of the 13th century, which have lived in his teachings of understanding and acceptance to this day. From cultural to natural wonders, we travel inland towards the other-worldly Cappadocia. One of the most popular sites in Turkey, the famous region is decorated with stunning caves and fairy-chimneys: unique formations of eroded volcanic rocks and tuff. Starting the adventure at Avanos - famous for its top-quality clay, learn all about pottery-making at an interactive workshop. After a long day of cultural discovery, relax at your hotel and join your group over dinner at the hotel.

Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Mevlana Museum
Sightseeing of Karatay Madrasa
Pottery-Making Workshop

Cappadocia

Rise early to join the hot-air balloon experience, flying over the magical fairy-chimneys. A bucket-list item for all keen travellers, it is an experience not to be missed (please bear in mind that this optional experience is dependent on weather conditions). As you disembark your balloon, you will get the chance to explore the wondrous formations up close at Goreme Open-Air Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The soft rock has allowed for both nature and people to carve incredible underground cities, chapels, cave houses and much more. These impressive millennia-old underground structures have sheltered countless Christians escaping the Roman Empire in the 4th century and housed Orthodox monks in the 12th century. Here you’ll witness the wonders of nature as well as each culture engraved in the fabric of this marvellous geography. Later on, delve into one of the finest and oldest crafts of Turkey at its home as we visit a carpet-weaving workshop. In the evening, you can relax at your hotel over dinner and replay cherished moments of cultural discovery. Alternatively, you may join a live show of whirling dervishes to witness the unique divine ritual, an unforgettable experience. You can also join an optional wine tasting session or Turkish Night show.

Hotel

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

Hot Air Ballooning - € 220

Optional Experiences

Turkish Night - €40

Optional Experiences

Whirling Dervishes - € 30

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Goreme Open-Air Museum
Carpet-Weaving Workshop
Hot Air Ballooning - 220 EUR ( Optional Experience )
Whirling Dervishes - 30 EUR ( Optional Experience )
Turkish Night - 40 EUR ( Optional Experience )
Wine Testing - Free ( Optional Experience )

Depart for Ankara

Start an unforgettable day by exploring the famous underground city of Kaymakli where ancient Christians took refuge to escape raids and wars for centuries. Here you will discover the complex network of underground tunnels, storerooms, burial chambers and chapels dating back to various eras. Together with the unique geology, each civilization and culture have shaped this marvellous heritage over thousands of years into a one-of-a-kind experience for all travellers. Taking a scenic ride to Ankara, the Turkish capital, our first stop is the impressive Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Here you’ll discover countless ancient civilizations that has dominated Asia Minor throughout history. After our dinner at the hotel, personal leisure time to spend the evening exploring the capital as you please.

Hotel

Ankara HiltonSA

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Sightseeing Activities

Sightseeing of Kaymaklı Underground City
Museum of Anatolian Civilizations visit

Depart for Istanbul

Start the morning with a visit to Anitkabir, the Mausoleum of Ataturk – the final resting place of the founding father of Republic of Turkey. It is a location sacred to Turkish people, a glorious yet calming place of great importance. With a scenic drive through the Anatolian countryside, we make our way to Istanbul on a comfortable ride. Stop along the way for a lunch break at the gorgeous mountains surrounded by sublime nature of Bolu. Arriving at your Istanbul hotel in the afternoon, haggle your way through the famous Grand Bazaar to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones and yourself! If you’re up for a final cultural adventure, why not join the optional Turkish Night with Dinner?

Hotel

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Meals

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Experiences

Turkish Night - € 80

Sightseeing Activities

Mausoleum Of Ataturk visit

Goodbye

Our marvellous adventure comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends. Make sure to bid farewell and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!

Meals

Breakfast

SERVICES

5 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach.

Additional Transportation

Eceabat to Canakkale Ferry, Bosphorus cruise in Istanbul.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

11 Breakfasts, 10 Dinners.

Travel Director

Local & Expert Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Unique itineraries with all must-see sights, more inclusions. Find more details below and in the itinerary.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

HOTELS

Hilton Hotel Bosphorus

Istanbul

Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, amidst picturesque gardens, you’ll find Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, an iconic hotel with a storied past spanning 6 decades. Guest rooms and suites offer modern conveniences and private balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Old Town.

Conrad Hotel

Istanbul

Melding traditional Turkish style with modern design, our hotel rises above Istanbul with panoramic views of the city and the Bosphorus Strait.

DoubleTree by Hilton Çanakkale

Canakkale

DoubleTree by Hilton is centrally located in Canakkale, offering views of the Dardanelles Strait and access to the coastal walkway. After a busy day, you can relax in the traditional Turkish Hammam or go for a swim in the indoor and outdoor pools.

Iris Hotel

Canakkale

Located next to a clear white sand beach overlooking the Çanakkale Strait (Dardanelles), IRIS Hotel & SPA is a unique holiday resort in Çanakkale-Turkey.

DoubleTree by Hilton Kusadasi

Kusadasi

Situated across the marina in Kusadasi, this hotel features an outdoor pool, indoor pool and a 24-hour open fitness centre. A stylish rooftop restaurant and bar offer panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and the city.

Dedeman Konya Hotel

Konya

Dedeman Konya Hotel is a very modern & centrally located hotel in Konya, the capital of the Seljuks. With its Turkish bath, sauna, fitness center, 3 swimming pools and squash, comfy spacious rooms and restaurants, the hotel meets most of the demands expected from a 5 star luxurious hotel.

Doga Thermal Health & Spa

Pamukkale

Doğa Thermal Health & Spa offers a spacious garden, an indoor pool and an outdoor pool with free parasols and sun loungers. The property has a physiotherapy clinic on site. Rooms here will provide you with air conditioning and a balcony

Double Tree by Hilton Avanos

Cappadocia

Set in Avanos, in Turkey’s unique and beautiful Cappadocia region, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos Cappadocia is the perfect hotel for travelers who wish to experience the culture and heritage of the local area, which includes two UNESCO World Heritage sites and countless natural wonders.

Ankara HiltonSA

Ankara

Discover a contemporary hotel in the center of historic Ankara. The Ankara HiltonSA hotel lies near the capital’s commercial and diplomatic activity. After a busy day, relax in a guest room, featuring a separate work area and WiFi

DATES AND RATES

All prices are per person, based on double or twin room share occupancy. Solo passengers may book a private room subject to a supplement.
DEPARTURE
RETURN
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TWIN ROOM
SOLO ROOM

TWIN ROOM

Share with your travel companion
$2750

YOUR OWN SINGLE ROOM

Enjoy a room just for you
$4464

HIGHLIGHTS

Asklepion
Asklepion

The Asklepion is a famed ancient medical center built in honor of Asclepius, the god of healing. It was also the world's first psychiatric hospital.

Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque

The exterior features a beautiful cascade of domes and six minarets and blue Iznik tiles adorn the interior giving the building its unofficial but commonly used name.

Cappadocia
Cappadocia

A region of exceptional natural and man-made wonders. Take the chance to discover underground cities carved into rock, fairy chimneys and many more...

Ephesus
Ephesus

The best preserved ancient town in Turkey, Ephesus embarks you on a journey to ancient times while roaming the streets.

Gallipoli
Gallipoli

Lone Pine, Chunuk Bair, Anzac Cove, Johnston's Jolly, North Beach, Ari Burnu, Hell Spit, Brighton Beach, Shrapnel Valley, Artillery Raod, Quinn's Road and more…

Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, among the Seven Wonders of the World, awaits you with all its magnificence. The hundreds of years old structure will fascinate you on sight.

Izmir
Izmir

Izmir which was known '' Symrna'' in Ancient Greek times. It was ruled by the many ancient civilizations such as Roman Empire, Persians, and Ottoman Empire. It's located in the west of Turkey and has coast line to the Aegean sea which makes it a great hub for sea tranportation both commercial and touristic reasons.

Konya
Konya

Konya, which has been playing a centrel role being a cradle for many civilizations throughout the history, is one of the unique centers that combine its historical heritage and cultural accumulation with present time.

Pamukkale
Pamukkale

Home of the world-famous travertines, the cotton castle. You will witness the unusual and beautiful scenery just near the ancient city of Hierapolis, the ancient cure center.

Topkapi Palace
Topkapi Palace

Home of the Sultans, heart of the Ottoman Empire… Roam through the royal palace of the Ottomans and follow their footsteps to see their most valued treasures.

Troy
Troy

The legendary city where you can outline layers of ruins of cities built on top of each other and visit the famous Trojan horse, awaits you.