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Turkey and Kurdish Iraq

Duration : 17 days
Itinerary : Istanbul, Gallipoli, Canakkale, Troy, Pergamum, Kusadasi, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Konya, Cappadocia, Goreme, Mt Nemrut, Kahta, Mardin, Dohuk, Erbil, Amadiya, Rawanduz, Sulaymaniyah, Erbil

Day 1 – Arrive Istanbul – Check-in to your hotel and the afternoon is yours to explore. (D)

Day 2 – Istanbul – After breakfast we enjoy a tour of the old city sites of this historical city. (B)
  • Blue Mosque & Aya Sofya
  • Topkapi Palace
  • Hippodrome
Day 3 – Gallipoli Battlefields / Canakkale – One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today we visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli.  (B)
  • Gallipoli Battlefields – Lone Pine & Chunuk Bair Memorials
  • ANZAC Cove
  • Johnston’s Jolly & The Nek (tunnels & trenches)
  • Gallipoli Museum
Day 4 – Troy / Pergamum / Kusadasi – This morning step back in time as we visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse followed by the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum and finishing in Kusadasi. (B)
  • Troy – Trojan Horse
  • Acropolis of Pergamum
Day 5 – Ephesus / Kusadasi – Absorb yourself in history today was we tour Ephesus, known for its well maintained ruins and the nearby carpet weaving villages before returning back to Kusadasi.  (B)
  • Ephesus Tour – Temple of Artemis
  • Virgin Mary’s House
Day 6 – Hierapolis / Pamukkale – Driving north we stop at the ancient city of Hierapolis before arriving at the calcium terraces of Pamukkale for the evening. (B)
Hierapolis Tour
  • Pamukkale Calcium Travertines terraces
Day 7 – Konya / Cappadocia – Travelling along the Silk Road visiting Konya before finishing in Cappadocia for the night. (B)
  • Melvana Museum in Konya
  • Sultanhani Caravansary
Day 8 – Cappadocia – Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through the Goreme Valley Open Air Museum, the fairy chimneys & explore the many levels of the underground village. (B)
  • Goreme Open Air Museum
  • Underground City tour
Day 9 – Mt Nemrut / Kahta – Driving eastwards we cross the Euphrates River to visit Mt Nemrut and the mountain top sanctuary of Antiochus I, at sunrise or sunset(depending on season).  (B)
  • Nemrut Dagi – Giant headstones
Day 10 – Harran / Urfa / Mardin – An early morning start to visit the bee hive village houses of Harran and then onto Mardin sitting perched on the vast plains of Mesopotamia. (B)
  • Harran beehive village houses
  • Abraham’s Caves and the pool of the sacred carp
  • Deyrul Zaferan Monastery
Day 11 – Dohuk – Drive across the border of Iraq and continue to the northern Kurdish town of Dohuk. (B)
  • Jirwan  Aquedcut
  • Chwar Stoon Cave
  • Al Qush Monasteries
Day 12 – Erbil – An early morning start to visit local sites along the way to Erbil, the capitol city. (B)
St Matthews Monastery
  • Gaugamela
  • Dwin Castle
Day 13 – Erbil – A full day tour of Erbil and surrounding areas. (B)
  • Chooli Minaret
  • Erbil Citadel
Day 14 – Amadiya / Rawanduz – Tour the ancient city of Amadiya and drive via Barzan  to the Rawanduz Pank Resort. (B)
  • Amadiya Fortress
  • Sulav Waterfall
Day 15 – Sulaymaniyah – Drive along Hamilton road passing Lake Dokan brings us to the city of Sulaymaniyah. (B)
  • Sulaymaniyah Bazaar
  • Sulaymaniyah Museum
Day 16 – Sulaymaniyah / Erbil – Half day sightseeing before heading back to Erbil. (B)
  • Qizqapan Cave
  • Koisinjak Jewish City
Day 17 – Depart Erbil – After breakfast you are free to depart. A transfer to the airport is included in the tour. (B)
Turkey and Kurdish Iraq zoom

Group Departure Dates

  • 17-Oct-14– 2-Nov-14Cancelled
  • 15-May-15– 31-May-15Available
  • 5-Jun-15– 21-Jun-15Available
  • 4-Sep-15– 20-Sep-15Available
  • 16-Oct-15– 1-Nov-15Available

Tour Details & Prices

  • Group Size:  Min 5 – Max 20
  • Meals:
    16 breakfasts, 1 dinner
  • Accommodation:
    3 and 4 star hotels
  • Transport:
    Chartered bus, flight
  • Price:
    € xxx per person
    $ xxx per person

    Prices are based on 2 people sharing
    a room. If you want to book a single
    room for the tour then additional
    supplement is charged.
  • Single Supplement Price:
    € xxx
    $ xxx
  • Istanbul Airport Transfer Rates:
  • Car (1-2 people)  € 40 / $ 30
    Mini Van (3-5)       € 60 / $ 75


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