PamukkaleFethiyeKonyaCappadociaKusadasi CanakkaleGallipoliTroyEphesusIstanbulPergamonTURKEYAnkara212124start/finishNO. OF NIGHTS STAYDAY STOP11 overnighttrainDates & Prices 2012/13TURKEY12 Day Turkey ExploredTRIP CODE: HTTUDay 1 Istanbul, Turkey. We arrive in magical Istanbul and make our own way to the hotel for a meeting with our Trip Leader, followed by a welcome meal to meet our fellow travellers. (D)Day 2 Istanbul to Ankara. Our city tour this morning takes in all of Istanbul's main sights including Aya Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Underground Cistern, and the Hippodrome. We then have free time to explore and perhaps shop! Tonight we board our overnight train bound for Ankara, Turkey's capital city. (B) Day 3 Ankara to Cappadocia. On arrival into Ankara we visit Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Kemel Ataturk - the founder and first President of the Republic of Turkey. From here it's a coach trip to the Cappadocia region. Tonight we have a traditional dinner in a local family's home. (B,D)Day 4 Cappadocia. We explore the distinctive features of the region including the Devrent Valley with its unique fairy-chimneys. (B)Day 5 Cappadocia to Konya. First up today we venture to one of the underground cities where the early Christians hid to avoid persecution from the Romans. Then the ancient trade stop of the Sultanhani Caravanserai before arriving in religiously conservative Konya, Turkey's spiritual centre. (B)Day 6 Konya to Fethiye. Today our destination is Fethiye, known for its tombs carved into the rock cliffs dating back to the 4th century B.C. We stop en route at the breathtaking Saklikent Gorge, Turkey's longest and deepest canyon. (B,D)Day 7 Fethiye. Belonging to the stunning Turkish Riviera, Fethiye provides plenty of options for a day out. Relax on a cruise of the islands of Fethiye or spend the time chilling out on the beach. The Museum is rich with artefacts and interesting displays for those interested in the history and culture of the area. (B)Day 8 Fethiye to Kusadasi via Pamukkale. From Fethiye we travel to the white calcium terraces of Pamukkale or 'Cotton Castle'. Bathe in the hot spring waters - these thermal waters have been used for therapeutic treatments since the Roman period. We also take a tour of the ancient Roman city of Hierapolis which was founded as a spa and became a healing centre. We reach Kusadasi in the early evening. (B,D)Day 9 Kusadasi. A visit today to the ancient city of Ephesus. It is said that Ephesus is one of the most beautiful ancient cities in the world. In the afternoon we continue our trip by visiting the House of Virgin Mary. This place was officially declared a shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in 1896 and since then has become a popular place of pilgrimage. (B)Day 10 Kusadasi to Canakkale. We head to Bergama in the province of Izmir which is known for its gold, cotton and carpets. We stop at Pergamon, a former ancient Greek city containing a wealth of ancient What's Included»»11 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) »»10 nights hotel accommodation»»1 night overnight train in multi-share cabins»»Sightseeing tours of all major cities and sights»»Escorted services of an experienced English speaking guide»»Air-conditioned vehicleStartFinish05May1216May1219May1230May1202Jun1213Jun1216Jun1227Jun1230Jun1211Jul1207Jul1218Jul1214Jul1225Jul1228Jul1208Aug1204Aug1215Aug1211Aug1222Aug1225Aug1205Sep1201Sep1212Sep1208Sep1219Sep12Go to topdeck.travel/Turkey-Explored for more info.EphesusThe Blue Mosque, Istanbulruins where we have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the mighty Acropolis dating back to the 3rd Century B.C. Finally we visit historic Troy, home of the epic Trojan War, Trojan Horse and the beautiful Helen. (B)Day 11 Canakkale to Istanbul. We depart for Gallipoli early this morning and head towards the WWI battlefields for a guided tour of this now serene site. We then travel back to Istanbul, arriving in the evening, for our farewell dinner. (B,D)Day 12 Istanbul. Our trip ends after breakfast and it is time to say goodbye to our crew, trip mates and new friends. (B)USD10 Days from $1095 per personTotal Trip Price $1095Total Trip Price $1195Total Trip Price $1285Price based on per person twin share. 5% reduction for triple share.
optional highlights.Egypt Optional highlights 2012/13The following lists the optional tours available on each trip. Please note the prices are quoted in UK£ and are a guide only. They are all paid locally in UK£ or equivalent. KEY: ? Included in trip . Optional availableTRIP CODESUK£EEGEEXCCHNIDEGPUEGESFEEPEPBCLHNABDHBEEKEELEJICAIROSound and light show£22..Dinner cruise & show£27........ ...LUXOREast Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples)£30?????? ..?????West Bank (Valley of Kings)(included all trips in Luxor)-?????? ???????ASWANAbu Simbel by coach (included all trips in Aswan)-????????????Philae Temple£25...... ......Nubian Village£15??????...???Nubian Dinner£7.........Camel Ride£16...... ......HURGHADAGifton Island & Lunch£26......Desert Safari (Quad Bikes)£28......DAHABMt Sinai & St Catherine*£25......Camel Ride£16......Desert Safari in Sharm El Sheikh (Quad Bikes)£32......ALL PRICES INCLUDE: Entrance fees, Transportation, Guiding, Meals as stated. * Needs minimum 4 people to operate.With so much to do in Egypt, you may feel overwhelmed by the choices available to you! Don't worry, Topdeck is here to help! Our optional activities are carefully selected to give you the widest range of choice in all price brackets. These are some of our favourites: Gifton Island We think Gifton Island is one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Think stunning coral reefs, colourful fish and amazing wildlife. Our day excursion to Gifton includes lunch and is sure to delight.Nubian Village & Diner Travel by boat (and camel!) to an authentic Nubian Village Meet the villagers, learn some local Nubian and Arabic language skills and end the day with dinner in a local home. The memories of this experience will last a lifetime. River Nile Diner & Cruise Cruise down the Nile on our dinner cruise where you'll enjoy great food and be entertained by a belly dancer, live music and Darwish dance.Quad Biking Hang on to your seat and set out on a desert safari on quad bikes - the best way to see the desert! Valley of the Kings We want you to see the Valley of the Kings so much, we have included it on all of our trips that go to Egypt! In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs!) - what will you discover?Abu Simbel This destination is so popular, we include it as standard on all of our trips that visit Aswan in this brochure (unlike some others who charge $200 for the same excursion!). The sight of the amazing temple complex of Abu Simbel will stay with you for life.A Note About Entrances... In Morocco, Jordan and Syria we have included entrance fees in your trip price. We are able to include entrances fees in these countries as costs can be guaranteed and the group prices we obtain are much better than any other discounts offered. In Egypt and Turkey, the prices change regularly and discounts for groups or students vary. For this reason we cannot include entrance fees accurately and have therefore not included them in your trip price. Your Trip Leader will arrange the most cost-effective option. A guide to these prices is available on our website.At the summit of Mt SinaiAbu SimbelNubian Village localsGifton Island"Never has such an early morning been so worth it! Abu Simbel was more than I ever expected..."- Kara, Auckland, New Zealand