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21 Day Turkey with Dubai & Middle East Cruise and Flights

Istanbul - Canakkale - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Dubai - Abu Dhabi - Sir Bani Yas Island - Muscat - Khasab

Roundtrip international flights included

11 nights first class hotel accommodation

7 nights onboard a spectacular Middle East & Dubai cruise 

Discover Istanbul, Dubai, Muscat and more!

From $3,999 $4,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Full of historic culture and iconic sights, this tour will take you through the highlights of Turkey along with 7 nights onboard a spectacular Middle East and Dubai cruise! 

Fly to Instanbul and begin your adventure in the city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivaled only by its awe-inspiring natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. Make your way to the town of Gallipoli, site of the famous Ottoman victory against the Allies during World War I, and visit the Anzac Cemetary. Don't miss out on exploring the classical city of Troy and tour the legendary center of the Trojan War, made immortal by Homer's epic poem The Illiad. You can drive through to Pergamum and visit the ancient Roman spa center before continuing to Kusadasi and Pamukkale hot springs, a therapeutic thermal spa since the 2nd century B.C.

After the enchanting Konya and Caravanserai of Sultanhan, you'll have the option to take a hot air balloon ride soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape - the feeling both serene and sublime. This is only topped by another unforgettable experience with 7-nights onboard an exquisite Middle Eastern cruise that will take you through Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Isand and Oman! 

 

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9 Day 10 Day 11 Day 12 Day 13 Day 14 Day 15 Day 16 Day 17 Day 18 Day 19 Day 20 Day 21

Day 1

 Australia Istanbul

Your journey begins today with the flight to Turkey!
Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Istanbul

Arrive in Istanbul and transfer to your hotel. The balance of the day is at leisure. This evening, enjoy dinner and an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager.

Accommodation: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar, Istanbul

Meals included: inflight and dinner

Day 3

Istanbul

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Istanbul. Perhaps, embark on the optional cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding straits separating Europe and Asia. View humble fishing villages and suspension bridges set against the dramatic outline of the Strait. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, exploring this city that blurs the line between East and West, with incredible architecture that is rivalled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait.

Accommodation: Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

ANZAC Cemetery Gallipoli

This morning, drive to 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, whose 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.

Accommodation: Kolin Hotel or similar, Canakkale
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Troy and Pergamum

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary centre 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 the Asclepion, the ancient Roman spa centre. Continue to Kusadasi, a city believed to be the birthplace of Homer, where you will arrive in the early evening.

Accommodation: KoruMar Hotel or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 6

 Kusadasi

Enjoy a full day at leisure in Kusadasi. Or, join the optional tour to Ancient Ephesus where the Temple of Artemis, one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World," once stood. Walk along the 2000-year-old marble streets; see the Great Theatre, the Odeon, the Fountain of Trajan, Temple of Hadrian, and the Library of Celsus. Visit the peaceful House of the Virgin Mary, believed to be her last residence and the Basilica of St. John. Following the tour, participate in an optional leather factory visit to shop or return to the hotel.

Accommodation: KoruMar Hotel or similar, Kusadasi
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 7

Pamukkale Hot Springs

Depart Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City," a UNESCO a World Heritage Site situated atop the Pamukkale hot springs. The Pamukkale hot springs have served as a therapeutic thermal spa since the 2nd century B.C.

Accommodation: Richmond Thermal or similar, Pamukkale
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 8

Konya

Today, travel from Pamukkale, the "Cotton Castle," to Konya, a city renowned for its Seljuk architecture and also as the home of the "Whirling Dervishes." Arrive in the afternoon and visit the Mausoleum of Mevlana before dinner this evening

Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Konya or similar, Konya
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 9

Caravanserai of Sultanhan

Depart for Cappadocia, visiting the magnificent Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route. Afterwards, visit Guzelyurt, a fine example of cave dwellings and Greek influences in the Cappadocia region. Following a special home-hosted lunch, continue to Nevsehir in Cappadocia. Upon arrival in Cappadocia, visit a carpet atelier and have a demonstration of carpet weaving. Tonight, attend the optional Whirling Dervish performance; their captivating mystical ritual connects one in infinite spinning to perfect harmony.

Accommodation: Avrasya Hotel or similar, Cappadocia
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Cappadocia

Awake very early to participate in the optional hot air Balloon Ride* that takes you soaring over the magnificent Cappadocian landscape with its incredible fairy chimney rock formations -- the feeling is both serene and sublime. Then, enjoy the morning exploring Cappadocia with your group to see Guvercinlik, Uchisar, Pasabag, and the Devrent Valley. Famed for temples and houses cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations, Cappadocia has captivated travellers for centuries. Or opt to join the optional half day tour of Cappadocia* that includes the Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley; see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Explore the village of Avanos famous for its beautiful old houses, pottery and onyx. The tour ends at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis (sightseeing order is subject to change).

*The Cappadocia Balloon Ride tour ends before the Half Day Cappadocia tour begins. Both tours can be done on the same day.

Accommodation: Avrasya Hotel or similar, Cappadocia
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 11

Ankara 

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, also known as the Anitkabir, lies a vast brick courtyard and monumental avenue lined with neo Hittite stone statues and cenotaphs beneath its colonnades. The most noted cenotaphs within the complex are those of General Ismet Inonu, a close comrade of Ataturk's and his successor, and that of Ataturk himself, a large and highly decorative marble cenotaph, beneath which lies his tomb. Continue to the Anatolian Civilizations Museum - built in two Ottoman buildings located near Ankara Castle. The Museum, being among exceptional museums with its unique collection, exhibits Anatolian archaeological artifacts, as well as artifacts from the Paleolithic Age to the present.

Accommodation: Crowne Plaza Ankara or similar, Ankara
Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Istanbul

Depart for Istanbul, arriving in the early afternoon. Choose to enjoy an optional half day tour of Istanbul, the only city that straddles two continents. Your tour includes a short briefing and a picture stop at the courtyard of the Blue Mosque, a 17th century Ottoman Mosque famous with its six minarets and magnificent interior with blue tiles. Continue to the Hippodrome, the place chariot races and competitive athletic events took place during the Roman period. You will also visit St. Sophia - the great Byzantine Basilica built in the 6th century, which remained the largest cathedral in the world for almost a thousand years, it was later converted to a mosque and now serves as a museum. Then onto the lively Spice Market with its unforgettable aromas. Afterwards, visit Topkapi Palace residence of Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art. Tonight, attend a festive Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends.

Accommodation: Millennium Golden Horn Hotel or similar, Istanbul
Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Fly to Dubai

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight for Dubai.  Arrive Dubai and catch a taxi to Dubai airport for your 7 nights Middle East Cruise on MSC Bellissima or MSC Lirica with all meals and entertainment on board.

Depart from Port at approximately 11 pm.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 14

Middle Eastern Cruise (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

Arrive in Abu Dhabi at about 5 am and depart at approximately 9 pm.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 15

Middle Eastern Cruise (Sir Bani Yas Island, United Arab Emirates)

Arrive into Sir Bani Yas Island at about 7 am and depart at approximately 5 pm.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 16

Middle Eastern Cruise (At Sea)

Enjoy the ship’s facilities as you cruise around the Strait of Hormuz.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 17

Middle Eastern Cruise (Muscat, Oman)

Arrive in Muscat at about 7 am and depart at approximately 5 pm.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 18

Middle Eastern Cruise (Khasab, Oman)

Arrive in Khasab at about 8 am and depart at approximately 6 pm.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 19

Middle Eastern Cruise (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Arrive in Dubai at approximately 9 am.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20

Departure

Transfer to Dubai airport for flights home to Australia.

Accommodation: MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis
Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 21

Arrive Australia

In the morning, Sail to Edfu, visit Edfu temple, then sail to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Sobek Temple, dedicated to the two gods, which offers beautiful murals and reliefs. Sail to Aswan.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • International economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart* or Canberra* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with a combination of Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Lufthansa, Qatar or Turkish Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 11 nights First class hotel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 7 nights Middle East & Dubai cruise onboard MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on a twin share basis (^ upgrades to Oceanview or Balcony cabins available)
  • Meals as indicated: 18 breakfasts, 8 lunches and 16 dinners
  • Roundtrip airport and cruise terminal transfers
  • Hotel porterage
  • Hotel taxes, fees and service charges
  • English speaking tour manager throughout Turkey tour
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
  • Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring

Accomodation

  • Istanbul - Legacy Ottoman Hotel or similar
  • Canakkale - Kolin Hotel or similar
  • Kusadasi - KoruMar Hotel or similar
  • Pamukkale - Richmond Thermal or similar
  • Konya - Hotel Novotel Konya or similar
  • Cappadocia - Avrasya Hotel or similar
  • Ankara - Crowne Plaza Ankara or similar
  • Istanbul - Millennium Golden Horn Hotel or similar
  • Middle East and Dubai Cruise - MSC Bellisima or MSC Lirica in an Inside Cabin^ on twinshare basis (^ upgrades to Oceanview or Balcony cabins available)

 

Exclusions

  • Visas, where required
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All drinks
  • Tips ( Driver, Representative & Guide)

Child Policy

Children 8 to 10 years of age will receive a 10% discount. A full-priced voucher must be purchased for all children 11 years and over. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

 

Single Supplement

The additional supplement for a single traveler is $2100.

Departure Dates


NOV 2019
18 th
Monday 18 Nov 2019  ‐  Sunday 08 Dec 2019
NOV 2019
25 th
Monday 25 Nov 2019  ‐  Sunday 15 Dec 2019
FEB 2020
24 th
Monday 24 Feb 2020  ‐  Sunday 15 Mar 2020
MAR 2020
06 th
Friday 06 Mar 2020  ‐  Thursday 26 Mar 2020
MAR 2020
16 th
Monday 16 Mar 2020  ‐  Sunday 05 Apr 2020

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