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Highlights of   TURKEY

At the crossroads where East and West come together lies the magical land of Turkey, rich in culture and history.  With one foot in Asia and the other in Europe, it is a treasure trove of ancient history pulsing with life and modernity; a place where the varied beauty of every kind of terrain is matched by the warmth and hospitality of its people. 

Our Highlights of Turkey tours offer the chance to explore the best that this country has to offer over twelve unforgettable days.  The journey starts and ends in Istanbul, the ancient capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires, from whence we proceed to the heart of Anatolia with its incredible volcanic landscapes and hidden cities; to the Aegean coast where the fingerprints of Greek civilization are everywhere evident; and to the battlefields of Gallipoli, a place laden with significance for both of our nations.

Our hosted tours are personally arranged by our NZ-based company.  If you would like to know the details regarding our Highlights of Turkey tour in 2018, please get in touch with us by clicking on the button below and filling out the form.

20 Sept - 04 Oct 2023


  • Panoramic Istanbul tour and guided tour of Istanbul’s historical Sultan Ahmet precinct including:

    • The Hagia Sophia, the magnificent church of 6th century Constantinople (now Istanbul) which was then turned into a mosque by the Ottomans and is today a museum;

    • The Blue Mosque, famous for its blue tiles and beautiful architecture, which is built on the foundations of the Byzantine Grand Palace;

    • The 600 year old Topkapi Palace, from which the Ottoman Sultans ruled for nearly 400 years;

    • The Basilica Cistern, the largest of Istanbul’s underground cisterns that provided water first to the Byzantines and later to the Ottomans;

    • The colourful Spice Bazaar and the historical Grand Bazaar, one of the world’s largest covered markets;

  • A dinner cruise on Istanbul’s Bosphorus, as well as the chance to enjoy Anatolia’s flavoursome cuisine and kaleidoscopic beauty from various other vantage points;

  • View of Cappadocia’s moon-like landscapes by air in a hot air balloon;

  • Guided tours of Cappadocia, with its underground cities and intriguing fairy chimneys; the ancient city of Ephesus, founded around 6000BC; Bergama which was the Greek and Roman cultural centre Pergamom, with its Greek theatre and temple; the archaeological site of ancient Troy; and the battlefields of Gallipoli;

  • The opportunity to shop Turkey’s high quality textile products at the best prices.


  • International flights ex Auckland**;

  • Accommodation at 4-5 star or special category hotels;

  • 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 11 dinners;

  • All transfers, including to and from Istanbul Ataturk airport;

  • Travel in luxury coaches;

  • 2 domestic flights;

  • Local guides in each area;

  • All museum passes;

  • All highlighted activities.


Please note that travel insurance is not included.

* Single supplement is the additional cost applied by hotels to solo travellers who do not wish to share a room.  If you are travelling alone but are happy to share with another solo traveller of the same gender, we will do our best to accommodate you (we cannot guarantee that this is possible as it depends on the makeup of the group).

**International flights from Auckland to Istanbul return are included in this price.  Changes to the return portion of your flight, including date and itinerary, are possible – please ask us for more information about this, or if you would like to join the tour from another departure point.

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