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Turkey Tour from Australia

Turkey Tour from Australia Itinerary

Turkey Tour Package from Australia

      Please click to read the destinations that you are visiting;     
      ISTANBUL → GALLIPOLI  → TROY PERGAMONEPHESUS  → PAMUKKALE  → FETHIYE • 

Day 1Arrive in Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! Where the continents meet.

Meet at Istanbul Airport: Once you arrive at Istanbul Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport, after the luggage claim, you will be greeted by a Romos Travel Representative at the meeting area.

Transfer to the hotel: You will be taken to your Hotel and after check-in, you will have time for leisure and rest of the day is yours.

Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Day 2Istanbul Old City Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Private Istanbul Old City tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing the ancient sights of Istanbul.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Istanbul.

Hippodrome: An ancient Roman and Ottoman square where the chariot races were held. Within the square are some Roman remains, Egyptian Obelisk, Serpent Column and Constantine Column.

The Blue Mosque: An Ottoman Imperial mosque which was built by the Sultan Ahmet I in 1609-1616 CE, famous for the blue Ottoman tiles.

Hagia Sophia: Once the largest cathedral of Christianity when it was built in 532-537 CE by the Roman Emperor Justinian; later converted into a mosque by the Ottomans.

Topkapi Palace: The palace was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II after the conquest of Constantinople. Topkapi Palace was the home of the royal family and the headquarters for the administrative center of the Ottoman Empire.

Grand Bazaar (Covered Market): The largest and the oldest functioning shopping center in the world. The Grand Bazaar was built by the Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II in the 15th century. The market consists of 5,000 stores, 66 streets, 24 gates and many more eye pleasing architecture. Within the bazaar are many Turkish handicraft stores such as: rugs, carpets, kilims and beautiful Turkish tiles. Upon your request, our guide will be more than happy in assisting you to find your masterpiece of Turkish art.

After the Istanbul Old City sightseeing tour, you will be driven back to the hotel. Overnight stay in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 3Bosphorus Cruise, Two Continents Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Bosphorus tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Bosphorus.

Today you will explore the following highlights of the Bosphorus:

Spice Market ( Egyptian Bazaar): The market was built by the Ottomans in the 17th century. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, the Spice market is much smaller but full of beautiful fragrances of mixed spices, herbs and traditional sweets. It consists of around 100 stores, 2 streets and 5 gates.

Bosphorus Cruise: The channel divides Istanbul as two continents and stretches about 32 km between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Along the Bosphorus there are many settlements to see such as great Palaces, hotels, yali (private houses) etc. While you are on the boat, you will see the highlights of the Bosphorus including the Dolmabahçe Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Çırağan Palace, Bosphorus Bridge, Rumeli Fortress, Küçüksu Palace, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge ( the second bridge on the Bosphorus) Maiden’s Tower to name a few.

Beylerbeyi Palace: After the sultans westernized the Ottoman Empire, they built some Palace’s with modern-western architectural styles. The Beylerbeyi Palace is one of them, located on the Asian side by the Bosphorus. The garden is full of statues and the rooms with handcrafted arts will take you back in time to the 19th century.

Çamlıca Hill: The highest hill of Istanbul, situated on the Asian side. The walking path with 360 panoramic views will let you take the best pictures of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.

After the Bosphorus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel and lunch at local restaurant are included

Day 4Princes’ Island Tour

After breakfast, your pick up will be scheduled for 8:30am from the hotel to start the Princes’ Islands tour. Our professional tour guide will be introducing you to the Princes’ Island.

Today you will explore the following highlights of Princes’ Island.  

The biggest island of Istanbul amongst 4 others. The Prince’s Island is called “Büyükada” officially which means “the Grand Island” in Turkish. The history dates back to the 6th Century and first, it was named ‘prinkipos’ which means “prince”. The Prince’s island has many historical buildings including Churches and Mosques, besides the island has lots of seafood restaurants and beaches to relax and admire the view. To begin we take the boat and after 1 hour journey, we reach Prince’s Island. It’s not allowed to drive cars, motorbikes or any other vehicles except ambulances or police cars, so will be using phaetons or bikes to explore the Island. After this we’ll have delicious seafood that comes from the Sea of Marmara and thereafter shall be free to walk around and do some shopping if need be. After this free time, we’ll take the boat back to Istanbul, where our driver will be waiting to drive you back to your hotel. Overnight in Istanbul.

Note: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch at local Seafood restaurant.

Day 5Gallipoli Tour

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, at 07.00 am we will pick up from your hotel and then drive to Gallipoli, where World War I took place. Gallipoli is situated on the Dardanelles (Hellespont) Peninsula on the European side of Turkey. When WWI broke out, The Ottoman Empire took the Germans side and entered the war. The Allies failed to cross the Dardanelles but then had another plan of landing on the Peninsula. On 25 April 1915, the first Anzac troops landed on Gallipoli then another war began between Turks, Australians and New Zelanders. 

We arrive in Gallipoli by noon time and we will have lunch at a local restaurant then start the tour. In this tour you will visit The Anzac Cove where the Dawn Service is being held on every 25 April. The Ariburnu Cemetery where the soldiers are lying side by side, The Beach Cemetery, the grave of John Simpson, The Lone Pine, Australian memorial Johnston’ Jolly, the real trenches of the Turks and Australians 57th Regiment, the Turkish memorial, The Nek and the Chunuk Bair, the New Zealander’s Memorial. 

After the Gallipoli sightseeing tour, drive to the hotel. Overnight in Çanakkale. 

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 6Troy Tour (Helen Of Troy) & Asklepion Tour

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we drive to Troy, located by the Dardanelles (Hellespont). Troy is an ancient city, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. We know all about it from Iliad of Homer and its main characters such as: King Priam, Helen, Paris, Hector, Achilles and Agamemnon. Troy was firstly a Hittite settlement which was named as Wilusa. The excavations have revealed nine levels starting from the Bronze Age 2920-2350 BCE. But first it was excavated by Heinrich Schliemann in the 19th century. Even Alexander the Great came to Troy and offered sacrifices to the tomb of Achilles then his followers built a temple on behalf of Athena which can be seen today. You can also follow the footprint of those ancient people exploring Troy and imagine the story behind the Trojan War. During the visit you will see the Defense walls, Temple of Athena, Megaron shelters, the Palace, defense ramp, odeon, Roman baths and the replica of Trojan Horse. Visit to Asklepion, a Greco-Roman city where the dead shall not enter. There was a healing complex and hospital, built in 4C BCE on behalf of Asclepius. It was one of the most important cities with their healing methods and architecture. Asklepion is also a Roman city where they built a theater with 3,500 capacity, Temples and sanctuaries. The cut stone with two serpent relief has become the symbol of medicine since. 

After the Troy & Asklepion sightseeing tour, drive to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi. 

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 7Ephesus Tour

After breakfast, we will pick you up from the hotel and head towards the Ephesus Ancient City.

We will drive to Virgin Mary’s House, upon the dream of German nun Anna Katherina Emerich, the Lazarist priests followed the descriptions and the signs then discovered the house 1891 CE. According to Catholic belief Mary was taken here by St. John and she spent the rest of her earthly life there.  After the Virgin Mary’s House we proceed to Ephesus Ancient City, which was the capital city of the Asia Minor during the Roman era. According to myth, Ephesus was founded by Greek commander Androculos around 1,000 BCE. Moreover, Alexander the Great, Lysimachus, Coressus, Antiochus II either invaded or ruled in this city. While the excavations are still going on, you will see the ancient remains such as: State Agora (a marketplace and meeting point), Odeon (Bouleuterion) concert house and council, Town Hall and Artemis Sanctuary, Domitian Square a complex consisting of temple fountain and a bath, Curetes Street collonaded and monumental Street in Ephesus, The Hadrian Temple dedicated to Emperor Hadrian dating to 200 BCE, Latrines the public toilets, Celsus Library proves us that how Ephesians were intellectual and dates back to 200 BCE with the library having had 12,000 scrolls, Forum a commercial center located by the port and finally The Great Theater the largest ancient theater with 25,000 capacity.

After Ephesus ancient city we drive to lunch at a local restaurant and thereafter the next stop is Isa Bey Mosque, built in 1375 by the Anatolian Seljuks. Unlike the Modern Ottoman architecture, it has a geometrical architecture roof and two minarets. The mosque is still functioning today for the five time prayers. After Isa Bey Mosque we drive to the Temple of Artemis which was one of the seven ancient wonders of the World.

 After the Ephesus sightseeing tour, drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Kusadasi.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 8Pamukkale Tour

We will pick you up from the hotel after check-out and drive to Pamukkale or Cotton Castle, one of the most popular and beautiful spots of Turkey. The town is located in Denizli province, southern Turkey. Pamukkale has hot springs that have come from underground for 14,000 years. The hot springs colour the slopes in white because the water consists of calcium and carbonate. This site not only attracts tourists but many people visit Pamukkale upon Doctors advice. The spring water is good for the skin and bones. It is believed that Cleopatra and Marcus Antonio also came to Pamukkale and swimmed in the ancient pool together.

Pamukkale also has an ancient city which is called Hierapolis. This city was founded by the Pergamon king Eumenes in 2 BCE. When the city passed to the Romans, they built ancient theatres, baths, forums, agora and many waterways. Hierapolis has the largest ancient cemetery of all times. After the apostle Philipe was martyred in 80 CE, the city became a pilgrimage centre for the Christianity. Today, apostle Philipe has a monumental tomb in Hierapolis/Pamukkale.

 After the Pamukkale sightseeing tour, we will drive back to the hotel. Overnight in Pamukkale.

Note: Breakfast & Dinner at hotel, Lunch at local restaurant.

Day 9Fethiye Gulet/Blue Cruise

After check-out and breakfast, drive to Fethiye for the Blue Cruise. Boarding starts at 15.30 from Fethiye Harbour. While you settle in, dinner will be served on the yacht and we will stay an overnight on board in Fethiye Port. Fethiye, which was known as Telmessos in the ancient times, was the most important city situated on Lycia’s western border with Caria. It is believed that the city’s name comes from Apollon’s son Telmessos. The name was changed many times over the years and eventually named as Fethiye in memoriam of Fethi Bey in 1914, one of the first martyrs of the Turkish Air Force, crashed his plane and died there when he was on duty. In the south part of the town you will see many famous tombs and graves from the Antique Era and one of the most famous and most beautiful stone tomb belongs to King Amyntas. The ruins belonging to a theatre, which have been discovered recently during the excavation carried out by the museum, are in the city centre.

Day 10Oludeniz- Gemiler Island

After breakfast, you will be informed about the cruise itinerary and the boat. We will start our cruise to Oludeniz. Our yacht will be anchored in Oludeniz for lunch and a swimming break. The next stop will be Gemiler Island. It is recommended to have an early evening walk on Gemiler Island and pay a visit to the Church of St. Nicholas, located at the top of the island, which remains from Byzantine times. Dinner and an overnight stay will be in the Gemiler Strait.

Day 11Yesilkoy-Kas

We will cruise early in the morning to cross Yedi Burunlar (Seven Capes) smoothly. We will anchor at Yeşilköy Bay, which is close to Kalkan, for breakfast and a swimming break. Then we will cruise and anchor at Kaş Harbour. In this ancient Greek Town, you will have the chance to walk around and to experience the night life. Being one of the most important towns of Lycia, Kaş gained importance in Roman Times and eventually became the centre of Episcopacy in Byzantine times. Kaş is a rich land with the surrounding cities that belong to the Antique period and with other historical values.

Day 12Kekova - Tersane - Ucagiz

After breakfast, we will cruise to the sunken city of Kekova. Here we will stop for a swimming break and for lunch at Tersane Bay where you will see an old shipyard from the Roman Period and a church from the Byzantine times. For dinner and an overnight stay the gulet will anchor in Üçağız Bay.

Day 13Simena - Demre - Gokkaya

After breakfast, we will anchor at Kaleköy (Simena), where you will have the chance to take one of the most beautiful photographs of Antique Lycia. For lunch and swimming break, we will cruise to Demre. Here you can join an optional tour from Çayağzı Bay to the ruins of Myra, a Lycia city which was also the city of the Bishop St. Nicholas who was known as ‘the protector’ of the children, the poor, and the sailors in Byzantine time. We will anchor at Gökkaya Bay for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 14Liman Agzı Bay – Hidayet Bay – Fırnaz Bay

We will cruise early in the morning. Breakfast will be served on the way. If the weather conditions permit, we can stop for a swimming break at Kabutaj Beach. Then we will anchor at Liman Ağzı Bay and have a swimming break there. The lunch will be given at Hidayet Bay. For dinner and an overnight stay, we will anchor in Fırnaz Bay.

Day 15Butterfly Valley – Turunç Pınarı Bay- Samanlık Bay – Fethiye

An early start to the day will enable us to cruise to Turunç Pınarı Bay. If the weather conditions permit, we will stop at Butterfly Valley for a swimming break. We will anchor at Turunç Pınarı Bay for the lunch. After lunch, we will anchor at Samanlı Bay for a swimming break. The dinner and an overnight stay will be in Fethiye Harbour.

Day 16Fethiye - Transfer to Airport

The guests will leave the boat with precious memories by 10:30 after breakfast and transfer to Dalaman Airport for flight back to Istanbul for your International flight.

After completed amazing Turkey Tour from Australia, Romos Travel wishes all guests very healty and wonderful life ahead…

Turkey Tour from Australia Details

Departure & Return Location

  • Istanbul Airport & Sabiha Gokcen Airport – Can be supplied depends on your International flight details.

Price Includes

  • 8 Nights hotel accommodation at 4 star Hotel
  • 7 Nights Gulet Accommodation
  • Flight tickets from Istanbul to Cappadocia
  • Flight tickets from Izmir to Istanbul
  • Entrance fees, mentioned in itinerary
  • Professional tour guide at tours
  • Air-conditioned vehicle for tours and transfers
  • 15 Breakfast at Hotel and Gulet
  • 14 Lunch at tour
  • 11 Dinner at hotel

Price Excludes

  • Gratuities to guide and driver
  • Personal expenses
  • Extras at hotel & additional meals
  • Visa & International flight tickets
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