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The Magic Carpet Tour

Trip Type: Backpacker Tour
Tour Cost: $869+
Departs from: Istanbul
Duration: 10 days

Tags: $1000-$1500 Tours, 8-13 days, Escorted Tour, Fez Travel, Greece/Turkey Tours

Operated all year round, the Magic Carpet uncovers some of Turkey's hidden treasures around Western Turkey. A culmination of cultures and great civilisations will have you begging for more as our carefully selected tour leaders and guides take you through this magnificent country during your holidays in Turkey.

Turkey has so much to offer the traveller, during their vacation, with its breathtaking natural beauty, unique historical sites and the famous Turkish hospitality. Muslim or secular? The blade of Islam or the bind of Christianity? You decide as you step foot on the soil that holds intact remains from the Hittites to the Ottomans and more classical Hellenistic sites than Greece!

Nearly every major empire has conquered, occupied and left their trace on these lands. Imagine walking through seemingly untouched pristine countryside, only to stumble across hidden ruins where an ancient civilisation had once flourished and vanished...

More than half of the places referred to in the Bible are also located in modern day Turkey - from Noah's landing on Mt Ararat in the east, to the Aegean coast in the west where the Virgin Mary is believed to have spent her final mortal years and the Seven Churches of the Revelation were built. The Hittites, Urartians, Phrygians and Lydians, just to name a few, were all important civilisations in the Old Testament and have left remnants of their existence in Turkey.

Day: 1 | Location: Istanbul

Welcome to Istanbul! You will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is yours free to explore. Overnight Istanbul

Day: 2 | Location: Istanbul old city

Tour the exotic city that spans both Europe and Asia visiting the Blue Mosque, the Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace, the Basilica underground cistern and the Hippodrome. Overnight Istanbul (B)

Day: 3 | Location: Gallipoli battlefields

One of the most emotionally touching places in Turkey, today you visit the WWI Battlefields of Gallipoli including Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair Memorials, ANZAC Cove, the Nek, Johnston's Jolly and the Gallipoli Museum. Overnight Guzelyali (B,D)

Day: 4 | Location: Troy, Acropolis of Pergamum

This morning, step back in time as you visit Troy, home of the famed Trojan Horse. Then you'll tour the magnificent acropolis of Pergamum. Its impressive temples and made Pergamum a renowned cultural and political centre in its time. An afternoon leather goods display follows. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D)

Day: 5 | Location: Ephesus, Kusadasi

Absorb yourself in history today with a guided tour of Ephesus and a visit to the Temple of Artemis. Feel the mystical atmosphere of the ancient city and stadium. Carpet weaving has long traditions in Turkey. At the carpet village you'll learn how the carpets are made by hand and what determines their value. Overnight Kusadasi (B,D)

Day: 6 | Location: Pamukkale, Hierapolis

Tour the magnificent white calcium terraces of Pamukkale, followed by the ancient city of Hierapolis. Take a dip in the hot springs that were used in Roman times for their therapeutic powers. Overnight Pamukkale (B,D)

Day: 7 | Location: Silk Road, Konya

Today you travel the ancient Silk Road passing several Caravanserais and visiting Sultanhani Caravansary. Along the way you also visit Konya, where you will take time to tour the Mevlana Museum. Tonight, don't miss the optional traditional Turkish folklore evening! Overnight Cappadocia (B)

Day: 8 | Location: Cappadocia, Goreme, Underground City

Marvel at the lunar landscape of Cappadocia through Goreme Valley, the fairy chimneys, an underground city and more. Overnight Cappadocia (B,D)

Day: 9 | Location: Ankara

In the nations capital, Ankara, you'll visit the award winning Anatolian Civilisation's Museum, before heading back to Istanbul. Overnight Istanbul (B) (Optional morning flight to Istanbul from Kayseri, Cappadocia)

Day: 10 | Location: Istanbul

After breakfast your tour concludes and you say goodbye to your new friends. (B)

The tour departs every Saturday. This tour is a 'Guaranteed Departure' tour. This means that it will depart regardless of how many people are booked on to it.

What's Included

  • Inbound airport transfers to Ataturk Airport or shuttle service from Sabiha Gokcen
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking coach
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide for the duration of the tour
  • 9 breakfasts, 5 dinners
  • 9 nights - 4 star accommodation in total.

What's Not Included

  • Entrance fees to various sites
  • Tips

Since the founding of Fez Travel in 1997, we have aimed to provide our clients with as much value for money as possible. We understand the importance of travel to our clients and ensure they get the best possible service, which creates an unforgettable travelling experience.

Fez Travel is a tour operator, a ground handler, a travel agent, as well as the only agency in Turkey to operate a hop-on hop-off bus service. Our focus is on budget travel and we are the only youth and student travel specialist based in Turkey.

Originally known as hop-on hop-off specialists, today Fez Travel is a Turkish-based international tour operator. Our tours cover both Turkey and Greece and we are one of the leading tour operators for ANZAC Day. Fez deliver more than 500 guaranteed departure tours across 12 months of the year.
Our customers come from all walks of life, so our itineraries are deliberately flexible covering a wide variety of personal interests to maximise our client's satisfaction. Our tours offer a good mix of free time, adventure, sightseeing, culture, history and fun.

In addition to our scheduled tours, we operate Tailor Made tours that cater for a variety of special interest requests including cultural, study, religious and adventure tours, with hostel to 5-star services and accommodation.

We are based in Turkey - we speak the language, we know the customs, the culture and the laws. Therefore, all your ground handling requirements are safe in our hands, from transport to accommodation to local guides. Our experience and local network ensures your clients will get the most out of their time in Turkey.

As a travel agent we provide a wide range of services including Tailor Made tour itineraries, international and domestic flight ticketing and outbound tour sales. Firmly established, we are the Turkish representative of several large international groups such as STA Travel and Top Deck.

Still the only hop-on hop-off bus service in Turkey, the 'Fez bus', or 'fun bus' as it is affectionately known to our onboard staff, is fundamental to our philosophy of budget and flexible travel. The independent and the not-so-independent travellers alike can benefit from the Fez bus because the onboard staff can make the logistics of travelling so easywithout undermining people's freedom to choose their own travelling experience.

Whether it's the local tour guide, tour leader, sales assistant or bus driver, we believe a good crew is fundamental to an efficient and successful operation. We employ a good mix of seasoned travellers and local professionals to give us the broadest possible knowledge base. The success of Fez is an obvious result of the loyalty and dedicationthat our personnel have demonstrated over the years.

Fez Travel holds a group 'A' tour operator license with the Turkish Tourism Authority (TURSAB), so Fez and our clients have the security of endorsement from Turkey's governing tourism body. In line with TURSAB standards, our clients are fully insured. In addition, we are committed to upholding high industry standards and are a member of ASTA.

We have enjoyed long-term associations with many reputable companies and we are proud of the reciprocal benefits those associations generate. We are working hard to ensure a great future at Fez and if we can assist you in any future endeavours, do not hesitate to contact our friendly staff for assistance.

Web: www.feztravel.com

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Tour Highlights

  • Ankara - Civilizations Museum
  • Bergama - Pergamum Tour
  • Cappadocia - Caravansaray
  • Cappadocia - Northern Cappadocia Tour
  • Cappadocia - Underground City Tour
  • Ephesus - Temple of Artemis
  • Ephesus - Tour
  • Gallipoli - Battlefields Tour
  • Istanbul - Old City Tour
  • Konya - Mevlana Museum
  • Pamukkale - Calcium Travertines
  • Pamukkale - Hieropolis Tour
  • Troy - Tour

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