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24 Day Turkey & Croatia Tour with Flights

Istanbul - Canakkale - Kusadasi - Pamukkale - Konya - Cappadocia - Ankara - Venice - Opatija - Split - Dubrovnik - Vodice - Bled

Roundtrip international flights included

Modern hotel accommodation

Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadoccia

Experience Turkey, Croatia and Slovenia

From $7,299 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 and the Mediterranean.

Your tour starts off in Istanbul - the city in two continents. Enjoy the sights of the city and the beauty of Hagia Sophia before making your way inland to the hot springs of Pamukkale and hot air balloon capital of Cappadoccia. You'll stop in Turkey's capital, Ankara, before continuing on to Croatia.

The second half of your tour will take you to Mediterranean gems like Dubrovnik and Bled, full of scenic drives and castles on the sea.

 

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

Depart Australia

Fly from Australia to Turkey.

Meals included: inflight only

Day 2

Arrive Istanbul

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

Accommodation: Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar, Istanbul

Meals included: inflight and dinner

Day 3

Istanbul

Enjoy 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 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 rivaled only by its spectacular natural setting on the Bosphorus Strait. 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.

Accommodation: Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar, Istanbul

Meals included: breakfast

Day 4

Gallipoli and 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, who’s 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, Pergamum and Kusadasi

This morning, proceed to the classical city of Troy. Tour this 4000-year-old city and legendary center 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 center. 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: Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel 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 or similar, Konya

 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 9

Cappadocia

Depart for Cappadocia, visiting the magnificent Caravanserai of Sultanhan en route. Afterward, 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: Dinler Hotel Urgup 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 a full day exploring Cappadocia independently. Famed for temples and houses cut directly into the region's spectacular rock formations, Cappadocia has captivated travelers for centuries. Or opt to join the full day tour of Cappadocia* that includes the Open Air Museum in Goreme Valley; see early Christian churches decorated with unique frescoes. Explore the fascinating Ozkonak Underground City, built on the northern slopes of Mt. Idis. The tour ends at the village of Avanos famous for its beautiful old houses, pottery and onyx (sightseeing order is subject to change).

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

Accommodation: Dinler Hotel Urgup 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 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, Ankara

 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 12

Istanbul

Depart for Istanbul, arriving in the early afternoon. Leisure time to explore on your own on this last day in Turkey. In the afternoon, don’t miss the optional tour to the Topkapi Palace residence of Ottoman Sultans and the Grand Bazaar, where bargaining is an art. Tonight, a festive Farewell Dinner with your newfound friends from the Turkey leg of your holiday.

Accommodation: Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar, Istanbul

 

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 13

Depart Istanbul

Transfer to the airport for your departure flight to Venice. On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Accommodation: Marco Polo Airport Hotel or similar, Venice

 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 14

Opatija

Travel to Croatia and on arrival, transfer to your hotel in the seaside town of Opatija. A gem on Croatia's Adriatic coast, nestled along the striking Gulf of Kvarner. Afternoon is at leisure to explore the town on your own. Perhaps take a stroll along the "Lungo Mare" seafront and enjoy beautiful views of the Gulf, sheltered by soaring mountains. Tonight, Welcome Drink and Dinner with your fellow travelers, followed by an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager on the journey that awaits you in Croatia and Slovenia.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar, Opatija

 

Meals included: dinner

Day 15

Opatija

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the seaside town of Opatija, with its rich history, picturesque surroundings and gorgeous beaches, once a gathering spot for the Austro-Hungarian nobility. Alternatively, join the optional tour to the Istrian Peninsula that begins in Pula, a strategic port since the times of the ancient Romans. Afterwards, the tour continues to the resort town of Rovinj. Tonight, return to Opatija and explore the charming town with its wealth of fine seafood restaurants.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar, Opatija

Meals included: breakfast

Day 16

Split

Depart today for a long drive along the dramatic Adriatic coast to Split. En route stop at the historic old town of Zadar; highlighted by ruins of a Roman forum, medieval churches, cosmopolitan cafes and museums. This city is a wonderful combination of beautiful Roman architecture, Habsburg elegance, and a picture-perfect seafront. View the Cathedral and St. Donat Church before driving to the UNESCO protected seaside town of Split, the second largest city in Croatia. Upon arrival, in the early evening, enjoy a leisurely stroll along the scenic waterfront promenade.

Accommodation: Hotel Atrium or similar, Split

 

Meals included: breakfast

Day 17

Dubrovnik

Walk along the cobbled streets of the Old Town featuring the historic inner city with its dominating Roman influence, built around the astonishing 4th century Palace of Diocletian. This spectacular palace is the largest and best preserved Roman palace in the world, built for the Emperor Diocletian, representing a precious example of Roman architecture. See the remains of the Roman Peristyle, the unusual Cathedral of St. Domnius built in the Middle Ages, and the Temple of Jupiter, with its headless black sphinx guarding the entrance. Spend time discovering the town independently before continuing along the coast to the spectacular walled city of Dubrovnik where you will have the opportunity to see the amazing views of this city known as the "Pearl of the Adriatic". Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Accommodation: Lacroma Hotel or similar, Dubrovnik

 

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 18

Dubrovnik

Enjoy the many delights of Dubrovnik today. The city's splendid medieval ramparts are considered to be one of the most grandiose fortification monuments in Europe, and its magnificent Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The walking tour of "Old Dubrovnik" highlights the city's treasures within the 800-year-old walls including the Rector's Palace, an outstanding blend of Gothic and Renaissance architecture and the monumental Sponza Palace, preserved with its original beauty. Under the City Bell Tower on Luza Square stands Orlando's Tower, dedicated to the knight that saved the city in the 9th century. Continue to the Dominican Monastery, whose museum is a major treasury of culture and to the Franciscan Monastery with exhibits from the world's third oldest functioning pharmacy. The rest of the day is yours. Perhaps, spend time strolling along the impressive ramparts overlooking the shimmering Adriatic Sea.

Accommodation: Lacroma Hotel or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast

Day 19

Dubrovnik

A full day at leisure to explore Dubrovnik independently. Perhaps visit the Maritime Museum in St. John's Castle, linger in the historic Old City, or, people-watch at a charming cafe. Alternatively, join the optional full day tour to Montenegro, the "Jewel of the Mediterranean" nestled on the gorgeous Adriatic coast. Drive towards the stunning Bay of Kotor, the longest and deepest fjord in southern Europe. On to the charming coastal town of Perast where a short boat ride takes you to the 15th century "Our Lady of the Rocks" Church perched on an islet in the bay. Once there, visit the Roman Catholic Church whose interior is decorated with 68 paintings by Tripo Kokolja, a famous 17th century painter from Perast. Proceed to the charming city of Kotor for a guided walking tour. View the Cathedral of St. Tryphon, Maritime Museum, numerous Palaces and Old Square and get to feel the atmosphere of this unique medieval town.* Leisure time to walk the winding cobblestone lanes of the Old City before returning along the Dalmatian Coast to Dubrovnik. Tonight, enjoy a walk along Dubrovnik's cobbled streets; see the glowing buildings and the fortifications accented against the night sky
*Due to the new EU regulations, expect significant delays during border crossings between Croatia and Montenegro.

Accommodation: Lacroma Hotel or similar, Dubrovnik

Meals included: breakfast

Day 20

Vodice

This morning, drive north towards breathtaking Krka National Park.  Admire the lake and waterways at one of Croatia's most famous sights, including Skradinski Buk Falls, Arrive this evening in Vodice, a small resort town known for its vibrancy, diversity and friendly people. Dinner tonight is at your hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Punta or similar, Vodice

 

Meals included: breakfast and dinner

Day 21

Zagreb and Bled

Spend the morning traveling inland through wooded mountains and lush vegetation to Zagreb, capital of Croatia. Upon arrival, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Zagreb. View Ban Josip Jelacic square and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the medieval section of the Upper Town with its Presidential Palace, Stone Gate, St. Mark’s church and the Pope's tower.

After lunch on your own, depart for the lovely city of Bled, exquisitely set amidst the Julian Alps. Bled, with its rich natural beauty ranks among the world's most beautiful alpine resorts and is also renowned for its mild, healing climate and its thermal lake waters. With its emerald-green lake, picture-postcard church on an islet, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff and some of the highest peaks of the Julian Alps, Bled is Slovenia's most popular resort. Tonight, an optional dinner at a charming and popular country inn in the tiny medieval town of Radovljica, highlighted by a selection of traditional Slovenian dishes and wine.

Accommodation: Park Hotel or similar, Bled

Meals included: breakfast

Day 22

Bled

This morning drive to Ljubljana, capital of Slovenia for a city tour that includes views of the open-air market, City Hall, Robba Fountain, the Three Bridges, and the Parliament. After some time at leisure, return to Bled for a sightseeing tour, including a visit to Bled Castle, located on a cliff high above the lake. This beautiful resort lies in the heart of the Julian Alps. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Reception at your hotel with your fellow travelers.

Accommodation: Park Hotel or similar, Bled

Meals included: breakfast

Day 23

Departure to Australia

Transfer by bus from Bled to the Venice airport for your departure flight home.

Meals included: breakfast and inflight

Day 24

Arrive Australia

Arrive back in Australia.

Meals included: inflight only

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • Return economy class airfare from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth, Hobart*, Canberra* or Darwin* (*surcharge applies)
  • International flights with Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar Airways or Etihad Airways (subject to availability)
  • Roundtrip airport to hotel transfers
  • 20 nights hotel accommodation on twinshare basis
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary: 20 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 12 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

 

Accommodation

Istanbul - Novotel Istanbul Bosphorus or similar
Canakkale - Kolin Hotel or similar
Kusadasi - KoruMar Hotel or similar
Pamukkale - Doga Thermal Health & Spa Hotel or similar
Konya - Hotel Novotel or similar
Cappadocia - Dinler Hotel Urgup or similar
Ankara - Movenpick Hotel or similar
Venice - Marco Polo Airport Hotel or similar
Opatija - Grand Hotel Adriatic or similar
Split - Hotel Atrium or similar
Dubrovnik - Lacroma Hotel or similar
Vodice - Hotel Punta or similar
Bled - Park Hotel or similar


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Exclusions

  • Entry visas to Turkey, Italy, Croatia or Slovenia (where required)
  • Meals not mentioned
  • All Drinks
  • Any additional requests
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)

 

Child Policy

No child discounts apply. A full-price voucher must be purchased for all children travelling. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years or older. No unaccompanied minors are allowed.

Departure Dates


OCT 2019
29 th
Tuesday 29 Oct 2019  ‐  Thursday 21 Nov 2019
NOV 2019
05 th
Tuesday 05 Nov 2019  ‐  Thursday 28 Nov 2019
NOV 2019
12 th
Tuesday 12 Nov 2019  ‐  Thursday 05 Dec 2019
NOV 2019
19 th
Tuesday 19 Nov 2019  ‐  Thursday 12 Dec 2019
NOV 2019
26 th
Tuesday 26 Nov 2019  ‐  Thursday 19 Dec 2019

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