21 days
Level 2 - Introductory to Moderate

Turkey small escorted seniors group must see affordable history Tour

Odyssey’s  Turkey small escorted seniors group tour offers visits to some of the most spectacular, varied, and historically important sites in Turkey. This escorted program begins and ends in Istanbul. The place where east meets the west on the Boshphorous. This program is suitable for a couple or the individual traveller. Over 21 days this Turkey small group tour uses some terrific local guides to share with you both the ancient and contemporary history of a strategic nation. The tour stops in nine key places that have played pivotal roles in the development of Turkey. Typically we stay at each destination between 1 to 4 nights before travelling to our next point of interest.

The Tour

The program for this  small escorted seniors group to Turkey takes in the great sites, ranging from Istanbul to Troy. Istanbul is "One of the worlds oldest cities and a centre of civilisation for centuries." Whilst Troy is  "the ancient and legendary city" in Turkey. You will see the steepest of theatres in Pergamum, enjoy visiting Ephesus, the largest Greco-Roman city of Turkey, and discover the cultural centres of Ankara, capital city of Turkey. Istanbul and Turkey strategic significance to so many point in history is also studied. In Antalya we  take time to relax. This is  the major city of the Anatolian Mediterranean. In Konya, we  learn about the mystic Whirling Dervishes. Our Turkey small group tour also includes a visit to the extraordinary limestone formations of Pamukkale, as well as the underground cities and cave churches in Cappadocia. We also have the opportunity to interact with the locals, and experience first-hand their culture, cuisine, and traditions of Turkey. Whilst most of the Turkey small group tour program is spent in Anatolia, the larger Asian part of Turkey. This tour also spends time on the Gallipoli Peninsula and in Istanbul, the European part of the country known as Thrace. During the entire program, a local English speaking guide will accompany the group alongside your Odyssey Program Leader. Accommodation during the program is be in quality 4 star hotels with private facilities. When the Turkey small group tour finishes you have the opportunity to continue on to join Odyssey’s program in Greece.
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Tour Notes
  • Itineraries may change if flight schedules, site availability, and other inclusions have to be amended prior to departure.
  • Group size limited to 18.

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Experience the revered Gallipoli Peninsula.
Visit the legendary city of Troy, famous from the Trojan War to the Illiad.
Explore Istanbul, one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing cities.
See the cascading, calcium-coated mineral baths of Pamukkale.
Take a trip to the seat of Turkish culture in Ankara, which is renowned for Angora wool.

Overview: We will come to the hotel individually and have a welcome briefing and dinner.

Accommodation: 4 nights at Dosso Dossi Hotel.

Overview: Today we will take a field trip to discover the Byzantine and Ottoman treasures of Istanbul. We will visit the Blue Mosque and see its unique 6 minarets, as well as the Roman Hippodrome Square and the Hagia St. Sophia Church, considered to be one of the world’s greatest architectural marvels. We return to our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi hotel.

Overview: After breakfast, we will visit Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and the Underground Cistern Basilica before returning to our hotel.

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi hotel.

Overview: This morning we will take a cruise along the Bosphorus, viewing both the European and Asian shores of Istanbul.

Accommodation: Dosso Dossi hotel.

Overview: This morning we will leave Istanbul and head to the capital of Hattusas, where we visit the Lion’s Gate, the Tunnel King’s Gate, the Citadel, and the Grand Temple. We drive on to Ankara to our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Movenpick hotel Ankara or similar.

Overview: Today we will visit the Anatolian Civilization Museum and the Mausoleum of Kemal Ataturk. We then have the remainder of the day free to explore Ankara at our own leisure.

Accommodation: Movenpick hotel Ankara or similar.

Overview: This morning we will depart for Cappadocia where nature has scoured surreal moonscape landscapes and where the persecuted Christians dug underground cities and churches during the 9th century. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Alfina Cave Hotel or similar

Overview: For those who wish, there is an optional hot air balloon excursion early this morning. Today we visit Goreme Open Air Museum, Love Valley, and the natural citadel of Uchisar.

Accommodation: Alfina Cave Hotel or similar.

Overview: After breakfast today, we visit the Kiliclar Valley and Pasabag. We then visit Pigeon Valley on our way back to our hotel.

Accommodation: Alfina Cave Hotel or similar.

Overview: We drive first to the Asikli Hoyuk Neolithic site for a visit. After lunch we head to Ilhara Gorge and then visit the Derinkuyu underground city on our way to Konya.

Accommodation: 1 night at Hilton Garden Inn Hotel or similar.

Overview: We will visit the Mevlana Museum and the Karatay Museum, known for its Selcuk period ceramics. We will drive via the Lake District and visit the Eflatunpinar Hittite temple. We drive to Antalya and arrive at our hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Alp Pasa Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we have a full-day field trip to the ancient Pamphylian, Hellenistic, and Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: Alp Pasa Hotel or similar.

Overview: We will take a morning visit to the award-winning Antalya Archaeological Museum, then we will drive to Kemer Marina, from where we will take a leisurely half-day cruise around the local bays. There will be the opportunity for a swim in the Mediterranean. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Accommodation: Alp Pasa Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we depart Antalya to Pamukkale. We first visit the antique city of Hierapolis, a spa centre during the Roman period. We then explore Pamukkale, the cotton castle. Thick white layers of travertine and limestone cascade down the hillside, the result of the mineral-laden underground hot water springs in the area. Calcium deposits from the springs’ water created this white Pamukkale hill over thousands of years. Even today, tourists still come to Pamukkale for its hot spring waters.

Accommodation: 1 night at Pam Thermal hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we will drive to Aphrodisias, the city of Aphrodite (or Venus), the goddess of love. Archaeologists named the city Aphrodisias because they found so many statues of her here. New York University is leading and supporting local excavations financially. We will view the Stadium which seated 35,000 people and is the best-preserved of its period in the world. We will also see the Hadrian Baths, the Theatre, the Agora, and the Archaeological Museum where many Aphrodite statues are on display. We arrive at our hotel with plenty of time for dinner.

Accommodation: 2 nights at Efe Boutique Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we will visit the small Turkish village of Sirince, located at the top of a mountain. We will visit some local houses to gain an understanding of life in a typical Turkish village. We will watch the local women cooking their traditional cheese pastry and stroll through the small open-air bazaar. We will return to Kusadasi in time for dinner.

Accommodation: Efe Boutique Hotel or similar.

Overview: We head this morning for Ephesus, the cradle of early Christianity. There we visit ancient Ephesus with its terrace houses, the Archaeological Museum, and the Temple of Diana/Artemis Temple, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We also visit the Virgin Mary’s house and St. John’s Basilica, one of the seven churches of the revelation. We continue on to our hotel in Izmir.

Accommodation: 3 nights at Blanca Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we will drive to Sardis and start the day with a visit to the Artemis Temple and the oldest synagogue of the ancient world, which was a gymnasium during the Roman era. In the afternoon we visit the local museum and the Agora. Dinner tonight is at individual arrangements, with many delightful restaurants within easy walking distance of our hotel.

Accommodation: Blanca Hotel or similar.

Overview: Today we have a free day to explore at our leisure. Our hotel is located in the heart of Izmir, a lovely seaside area with many attractions along the coast all within walking distance.

Accommodation: Blanca Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we drive to Pergamon, a city built by one of the generals of Alexander the Great. We will view the Acropolis, the steepest theatre of the ancient world. We carry on to visit Asclepion, the ancient healing centre. Today, it is possible to see the ruins of the ancient healing centre and view the sites used for techniques such as Sacred Water, Herbs and Ointments, the Sun Bath, the Theatre for Music, and those used for social events. We carry on to ancient Troy where we will take in its legendary sights and view the replica of the wooden horse. We arrive at our Çanakkale hotel in time for dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Assos Dove Hotel or similar.

Overview: This morning we will drive to Gallipoli through the European section of Turkey. We board a ferryboat to cross the Dardanelles Straits to the Gallipoli (Gelibolu) Peninsula and visit Gallipoli and ANZAC Cove. Following the shoreline of the Sea of Marmara, we arrive back to cosmopolitan Istanbul. Tonight we come together for our farewell dinner.

Accommodation: 1 night at Dosso Dossi Hotel.

Overview: The tour ends after breakfast.

What's included in our Tour
  • All sightseeing and field trips as indicated.
  • Touring by comfortable and modern coach.
  • Applicable entry fees and services of local guides.
  • Service charges and gratuities.
  • 21 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 17 dinners.
  • Services of a Tour Leader for the duration of the tour.
  • 21 of nights hotel accommodation in en-suite share twin rooms. Single rooms all with en-suite are available at a supplement charge.
  • Certificate for participating in a visit to the ANZAC Cove and Gallipoli Lands.
  • Archaeological map of Turkey
  • Special lectures.
  • English speaking tour guide throughout the tour.
  • Detailed tour information booklet.
What's not included in our Tour
  • Items of a personal nature such as telephone calls and laundry.
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
  • International airfares and departure taxes.
  • Visa fees
Turkey small escorted seniors group

Tour Reviews

June 29, 2017

Our guide Filiz was wonderful, very well informed, historical insights very helpful, her care for our well being exceptional. Could not have wished for a better tour leader.

June 29, 2017

The country was apparently calm and safe. People were friendly and helpful. Such a pity there has been such a down turn in tourism.

June 29, 2017

We felt safe in Turkey and found the people friendly and helpful. Prices were excellent and the food almost universally magnificent. There is so much to see in the natural and built environment and the wonderful archaeological sites. It is sad to see the ordinary people and businesses suffering from the lack of tourists.

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