World Journeys | The Cradle of Civilisation

Travel through time and discover Turkey’s fascinating history.

Highlights include Istanbul where you will visit museums, mosques and palaces, including the Dolmabahce Palace – the last palace of the Ottoman emperors. Learn about intricate architecture and visit the ancient city of Troy and the ruins of Hierapolis. Finally, enjoy Cappadocia’s lunar landscape!

  • Summary


    10 Days / 9 Nights from NZD $8,095*


    The Silk Road, Turkey

    Type of Journey


    • Istanbul • Cappadocia • Ephesus • Aphrodisias

  • Departure Dates

    Daily, year-round
  • What's Included

    Tour Includes

    • Tailor-made journey
    • 9 nights’ accommodation
    • 9 breakfasts
    • Meet & Greet at Istanbul International Airport
    • English-speaking local guides
    • Private transfers and sightseeing as per the itinerary
    • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
    • Domestic flights Istanbul > Nevsehir > Istanbul > Izmir > Istanbul
    • Service charges and taxes

    Not Included


  • Pricing

    Description Twin

    2 Jan – 15 Mar
    16 Mar – 31 Oct



    Please note: while prices are accurate at time of loading they are subject to change due to currency fluctuations and currency surcharges may apply. Please check price at time of booking
  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Istanbul
    You will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    Day 2: Istanbul
    Join your guide to explore the ancient city quarter, the Hippodrome, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque (outside visit only while construction continues) and Topkapi Palace with its remarkable collection of priceless jewellery, porcelain and costumes.

    Day 3: Istanbul
    Visit the Archeological Museum – the variety and quality of the objects on display make this among the most outstanding institution of its kind, with fine Greek and Roman sculpture, Mesopotamian jewellery and an important collection of Hittite artifacts. Also visit the Spice Market and Suleymaniye Mosque.

    Day 4: Istanbul
    Visit Dolmabahce Palace, the last palace of the Ottoman rulers before cruising up the Bosphorus. This afternoon visit the Underground Cisterns, Turkish Islamic Art Museum and Grand Bazaar.

    Day 5: Istanbul > Nevsehir > Cappadocia
    Transfer to the airport for the morning flight to Nevsehir and on arrival transfer to Cappadocia. Visit the Dervent Valley and walk through the Zelve Open Air Museum before catching a glimpse of Pasabag’s Fairy Chimneys. Stop at Avanosa, a centre of terracotta art since 3,000 BC, for a demonstration in a traditional pottery workshop then continue to Goreme Open Air to see the best examples of Byzantine art in Cappadocia.

    Day 6: Cappadocia
    Optional balloon ride before visiting the underground city of Kaymakli. Travel to Ihlara Canyon, a mirage in the steps of Anatolia up to Belisirma Village. Stop at the lovely village Selime and onto the Agizkarahan Caravanserai.

    Day 7: Cappadocia > Nevsehir > Istanbul > Izmir
    Transfer to the Nevsehir Airport for a morning flight to Istanbul then connect with an early afternoon flight to Izmir.

    Day 8: Izmir
    Today visit Ephesus. If you’ve ever heard the words “an epistle to the Ephsians”, now is your chance to sit in the theatre where St Paul preached. Walk along colonnaded streets imagining them crowded with people visiting shops and taverns or simply strolling in the shade. See the Library of Celsus, bathhouses, a gymnasium and Roman Terrace houses decorated with mosaics and frescoes rivalling those of Pompeii. Ephesus is among the best-preserved classical cities in the world, and the perfect place to get a feel for life in Roman times. See the House of the Virgin Mary and Basilica of St John before returning to your hotel.

    Day 9: Izmir
    Visit Aphrodisias, with its magnificent architecture. There was a settlement on the site as early as 5,800 BC but Aphrodisias did not develop into a major city until the Roman era. Among the monumental structures that have survived, many in an excellent state of preservation, are a vast stadium, the Baths of Hadrian, an exquisite odeon, the Portico of Tiberius, a sebastian (a shrine to the deified emperors) and a theatre seating 8,000. Return to Izmir for overnight.

    Day 10: Izmir > Istanbul
    Transfer to Izmir Airport for your flight to Istanbul, where your journey ends.

  • Booking Conditions

    • Pricing is based on a minimum of 2 travellers
    • The single price is based on travelling with others in your party
    • The price of the included flights is subject to change
    • Please equire about adding on a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia


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