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24 Day 5-star Turkey Tour with Mediterranean Cruise & Flights

Rome - Civitavecchia - Palermo - Genoa - Valletta - Barcelona - Marseille - Istanbul - Canakkale - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara

Roundtrip international flights from Australia included

7-night Mediterranean Cruise aboard the newly-launched MSC Virtuosa

5-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast

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From $5,999 Typically $6,999 Include flight pp twin share

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Description


Discover the best of Turkey & Europe in the comfort of 5-star luxury accommodation.

Begin your luxurious adventure in Rome, where you can spend some time at leisure immersing yourself in one of the oldest cities in Europe. From here, hop aboard the newly-launched MSC Virtuosa ship for a distinctive 7-night Mediterranean Cruise with stops in Palermo, Valletta, Barcelona, Marseille & Genoa. From Civitavecchia, you will fly to Istanbul - the fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. This city is known for its exotic sights, scents, and sounds, so rest assured that you will have a spectacular experience discovering this beautiful destination.

Next, head over to Canakkale and visit Troy - the legendary 4000-year-old city, Pergamum - a powerful kingdom during the ancient Hellenistic period, and more. Tick off the magical cities of Kusadasi, Pamukkale and Konya from your bucket list before making your way to Cappadocia. This city is known for its whimsical fairy chimneys, peculiar rock formations and hot-air balloons. Finishing off with a stop in Ankara, the capital of Turkey will impress you with its varied history. As your tour draws closer to an end, head back to Istanbul for your flight home.

Please call us or email info@traveldream.com.au for 2021 departure dates and pricing.

 

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 22 Day 23 Day 24

Day 1

Australia Rome

Today, depart Australia and fly to Rome!

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Rome

Arrive in Rome and transfer to your hotel.  The remainder of the day is free to explore Rome at leisure. 

Accommodation: Napoleon Hotel or similar, Rome

Meals included: none

Day 3

Rome

Explore one of the oldest cities in Europe during your hop on hop off Rome bus tour. Located on the Tiber River, Rome has about 3000 years of history under its belt. With that amount of history, you’re going to need a reliable way to get around the city during your Rome trip! And, with your bus tour tickets, you get dropped off right in front of some of the best Rome attractions and enjoy free walking tours during your Rome day tour.

Accommodation: Napoleon Hotel or similar, Rome

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 4

Mediterranean Cruise - Embark

You will be transferred from Rome to the cruise port to check-in for your Mediterranean Cruise aboard MSC Virtuosa. The cruise departs from port at 6 PM. 

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5

Mediterranean Cruise - Palermo 

Arrive at the port in Palermo at 10 AM and depart at 5 PM in the evening. Explore this beautiful city at leisure!

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6

Mediterranean Cruise - Valletta 

Arrive at the port in Valletta at 9 AM and depart at 6 PM in the evening. Discover Valletta at leisure!

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Mediterranean Cruise - At Sea

Enjoy the ship facilities as you cruise towards Barcelona today! 

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Mediterranean Cruise - Barcelona 

Arrive at the port in Barcelona at 9 AM and depart at 6 PM in the evening. Explore this incredible city rich with the culture at your leisure! 

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

 Mediterranean Cruise - Marseille 

Arrive at the port in Marseille at 8 AM and depart at 5 PM in the evening. Discover Marseille at leisure

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

 Mediterranean Cruise - Genoa 

Arrive at the port in Genoa at 8 AM and depart at 6 PM in the evening. Explore this beautiful city & discover the highlights of Genoa today. 

Accommodation: MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Civitavecchia Istanbul 

Your cruise ship will dock at the Rome cruise port at  7 AM this morning, and you will disembark before transferring to the airport for your flight to Istanbul. Arrive in this beautiful city and enjoy your evening at leisure.

Accommodation: Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12

Istanbul

Istanbul is a major city in Turkey that straddles Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. Its Old City reflects the cultural influences of the many empires that once ruled here. In the Sultanahmet district, the open-air, Roman-era Hippodrome was for centuries the site of chariot races, and Egyptian obelisks also remain. The iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia features a soaring 6th-century dome and rare Christian mosaics. Spend the day at leisure to rest, relax and acclimate to your new time zone. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a welcome drink and orientation meeting at approximately 7 PM at your hotel

Accommodation: Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 13

Istanbul

Embark on a half-day morning 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 where 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. 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. Alternatively, choose to partake in the optional tour to the Topkapi Palace residence of Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art. This evening, join your Tour Manager and fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner together

Accommodation: Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 14

Anzac Cemetery Canakkale 

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 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 15

Troy Pergamum Kusadasi

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 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 16

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 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 17

Kusadasi Pamukkale 

Depart Kusadasi and drive to Pamukkale, famous for its mineral-rich hot springs and white terraces. Visit the Necropolis and the ancient city of Hierapolis "Holy City," a UNESCO 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. Tonight, gather together for dinner

Accommodation: Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 18

Pamukkale 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 with its distinctive fluted dome of turquoise tiles. View works of the 13th-century leader Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi, one of the greatest mystical poets of Islam. The Mevlevi Sufi order was founded to follow his teachings

Accommodation: Hotel Novotel Konya or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 19

Konya Cappadocia 

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. After, check in to your hotel with free time before dinner. Tonight, attend the optional Whirling Dervish performance; their captivating mystical ritual connects one in infinite spinning to perfect harmony

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos-Cappadocia or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 20

Cappadocia 

Spend 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. Perhaps, 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 and onyx, and visit a local pottery shop. The tour ends at the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis (sightseeing order is subject to change)

Accommodation: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos-Cappadocia or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 21

Cappadocia 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 NeoHittite 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: Movenpick Hotel or similar 

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 22

Ankara Istanbul 

Depart for Istanbul, arriving in the early afternoon. Leisure time to explore on your own on this last day in Turkey. 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. Tonight, attend a festive Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends and Tour Manager

Accommodation: Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel or similar

Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

Day 23

Istanbul Australia

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.

Meals included: Breakfast and inflight

Day 24

Australia

Arrive home today!

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart*, Darwin* or Canberra* (*surcharges apply)
  • International flights with Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Etihad, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Lufthansa, Swiss Air, Alitalia or Turkish Airlines (subject to availability)
  • 7-night Mediterranean Cruise aboard MSC Virtuosa ship in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • 5-star luxury hotel accommodation on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
  • Economy class flight from Civitavecchia to Istanbul
  • All transfers between airport, hotel and cruise port 
  • Meals as indicated: 21 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 16 dinners
  • All domestic ground transportation via air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of English-speaking tour guides
  • Guided sightseeing and entrance fee as per itinerary
  • Hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges

 

5-star Accommodation

Rome - Napoleon Hotel or similar
Istanbul - Renaissance Istanbul Polat Bosphorus Hotel or similar
Canakkale - Kolin Hotel or similar 
Kusadasi - KoruMar Hotel or similar 
Pamukkale - Adempira Termal & Spa Hotel or similar
Konya - Hotel Novotel Konya or similar 
Cappadocia - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Avanos-Cappadocia or similar
Ankara - Movenpick Hotel or similar 

Mediterranean Cruise - MSC Virtuosa in an Inside Cabin on a twin share basis with private bathroom facilities
(upgrade to Oceanview or Balcony cabin available at an additional charge)

 

Group Size

Maximum of 44 people.

Exclusions

  • Visas, where required
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Cruise gratuities at approximately $18 per person per day 

 

Cabin Upgrade

  • Oceanview Cabin (twin-share): $200 per person
  • Balcony Cabin (twin-share): $600 per person

 

Child Policy

Children that are 2 to 11 years of age are eligible for a 10% discount. 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 traveller is $3300

Looking to save on the single supplement? Join our Facebook group - Solo Traveldreamers to connect with other solo travellers or call us on 1300 350 263.

 

Extra Service

Looking to arrive early or stay late post-tour? Call on 1300 350 263 or email us at info@traveldream.com.au to inquire.

More details also available under Extra Services during checkout.

Departure Dates


NOV 2020
06 th
Friday 06 Nov 2020  ‐  Sunday 29 Nov 2020
NOV 2020
13 th
Friday 13 Nov 2020  ‐  Sunday 06 Dec 2020
NOV 2020
20 th
Friday 20 Nov 2020  ‐  Sunday 13 Dec 2020
NOV 2020
27 th
Friday 27 Nov 2020  ‐  Sunday 20 Dec 2020
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