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An all-inclusive tour exploring the Turkish Riviera…

Find out firsthand what has been drawing travellers to Antalya and the Turquoise Coast throughout the ages: a beguiling combination of azure waters and forested hills all drenched in the warmth of the Mediterranean sun. On this exclusive all-inclusive tour you can explore ancient cities and temples, including world-renowned Ephesus and Myra necropolis, as well as the amazing natural sights of Olympos Natural Park, Saklikent Gorge and the startling-white terraces of Pamukkale.

Including...

10 nights in hotels (for departures before November 2019)

14 Nights in hotels (for departure from November 2019)

30 meals: 10 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 10 dinners (for departures before November 2019)

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners (for departures from November 2019)

Excursions and visits
  • Visit to cosmopolitan Kemer
  • Olympos National Park visit
  • See Demra’s St Nicholas Church
  • Explore the Lycian ruins of Myra and Xanthos
  • Walk through the beautiful Saklikent Gorge
  • See the ruined Apollo Temple of Didyma
  • Tour UNESCO-listed Ephesus, including the House of the Virgin Mary
  • Visit the travertine terraces at Pamukkale and Roman spa town of Hierapolis
  • Side to Manavgat Waterfall walk
  • Visit to Antalya’s old town
  • Explore the ruined city of Perge

10 Nights to Nov 2019

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Day 1 UK to Antalya

Antalya's old town

Fly to Antalya and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Paloma Foresta for a three-night stay. D


Day 2 Kemer

Kemer

Explore the cosmopolitan town of Kemer where you will have a couple of hours free to look around its boutiques, bazaars and chic marina independently on a morning visit. Of special note is the enticingly named Moonlight Bay which enjoys Blue Flag status. This afternoon, an optional excursion visits the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis. B, L, D



Optional excursions

A breathtaking drive along the west coast of Antalya, the so-called Turkish Riviera, takes you to Phaselis to see its well-preserved aqueduct, said to have been one of the longest such structures in the ancient world. Here you'll also find the remains of a monumental gateway, built in honour of the Emperor Hadrian, and a theatre, which could hold some 1,500 people. 

An old amphitheatre in Phaselis

Day 3 Olympos National Park

Olympos National Park

Travel to the village of Ulupinar, known for its waterfalls and creek-side fish restaurants. Stay and enjoy the tranquility or join a three-hour hike through the pine forests of Olympos National Park to the scenic beach village of Cirali. Set on the Lycian Way, this region can trace its settlement back to the Hellenistic era and its naturally occurring gas vents, known as Chimaera, are linked to ancient Greek mythology. A light lunch will be provided. B, L, D


Day 4 Antalya to Fethiye

Myra, Turkey

Set off for Demra to admire the restored frescoes inside the Byzantine St Nicholas Church, a place of pilgrimage for devout Christians. It was built in AD 520 on the site of an older church – where the saint served as its bishop – then rebuilt in 1043 before being extensively renovated in 1862 by Russian tsar Nicholas I. Inside you can also see the sarcophagus where St Nicholas was reputedly interred before tomb robbers sacked it in 1078. Continue your journey into Anatolia’s past on a visit to the rock-hewn necropolis of Myra, an ancient Lycian city buried by an earthquake in AD 141. Pause in Kas for lunch at a restaurant before continuing to Xanthos, the old Lycian capital which now offers archaeologists a rare insight into this ancient culture. Continue to Fethiye for a two-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Tuana or the locally rated 3-star Harman Hotel depending on your departure date. B, L, D


Day 5 Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge

Turkey’s deepest gorge, an 18 kilometre-long ravine with 300 metre-high rock walls, is known as the ‘Hidden City’. Much of it is only accessible only to canyoneering experts but you can explore part of its secretive depths by walking along a suspended walkway that leads into the gorge. Here you can witness icy streams churned into milky blue water beneath your feet. After crossing the river, you’ll then head deeper into the cool confines of the chasm where you can ponder nature’s power further on this morning’s visit. Afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 6 Fethiye to Kusadasi

Didyma, Turkey

Walk around the Ionic columns that remain from one of the ancient world’s most famous sites, the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. This was a sanctuary of prophecy where an oracle, second only to the oracle at Delphi, would announce the will of the gods to the people. Set on the site of a sacred spring that was thought to be the source of the oracle’s powers, this was the temple’s third reincarnation, funded by none other than Alexander the Great. Continue to Kusadasi for a two-night stay at the locally rated 5-star Paloma Pasha. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D

Please note: holidays departing in March 2019 stay two nights at the locally rated 5-star KoruMar Hotel.


Day 7 Ephesus

Ephesus

Explore the outstanding UNESCO-listed ensemble of Ephesus on a morning visit. Begin with a visit to the simple House of the Virgin Mary which is set amid greenery on Mount Koressos, around seven kilometres from the unearthed city. This small stone domed chapel has drawn pilgrims since the 5th century as it is believed the Virgin Mary lived out her final days here after travelling to Ephesus with St John. Perhaps light a candle and visit the small spring here before continuing to Ephesus, home to the largest collection of Greek and Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Here you can explore streets that Marc Antony and Cleopatra once rode along and where St Paul denounced the goddess Diana. Highlights include the great Library of Celsus, originally built to house 12,000 scrolls, and the dramatic amphitheatre on the side of the Panayir mountain which has seating for an astonishing 24,000 people! A single pillar now marks the site of the original Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed in 356 BC. After a guided tour you can stroll around the ruins and visit the museum to see treasures relating to the cult of Artemisia, or Diana as the Romans called her. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 8 Kusadasi to Side

Pamukkale thermal springs

Depart early for Side, pausing en route to visit the beautiful limestone terraces of Pamukkale where hot springs have sculpted a series of stepped pools, fluid forms and mineral forests. The hot running water in this area has been revered for its medicinal properties since Roman times. Continue to Hierapolis where you can admire an extensive Roman spa city which was built to take advantage of the thermal springs, including a 12,000 seat theatre, a vast necropolis, a colonnaded street and, of course, baths. The city was damaged many times – and finally destroyed – by earthquakes. Please note that in order to protect the terraces from damage, pedestrian access is now prohibited in most areas. Travel on to Side for a three-night stay at the locally rated 5-star Sentido Perissa. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 9 Side

Explore Side

Take time to recharge your batteries during a relaxing day at leisure enjoying the hotel’s facilities and beachside setting. Alternatively, from here you may choose to venture into the ancient port city of Side with its wealth of Roman ruins, just three kilometres away. B, L, D


Day 10 Antalya

Perge archaeological site

Set off on an hour-long walk around Side and on to Manavgat River, where you can watch a wide waterfall gushing over a low rise. Continue by road to Antalya for lunch at a restaurant and afterwards, spend a pleasant hour exploring the cobbled streets of its charming old town, Kaleici, independently. Next explore the remarkable archaeological site of Perge which was founded in 1500 BC. On your final excursion, you’ll find it’s easy to imagine what daily life might have been like as you wander around its superbly preserved Greco-Roman ruins which include a stunning city gate, public baths, a large agora, a gymnasium and a long colonnaded road. Return to the hotel in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 11 Side to UK

Plane

Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B


14 Nights from Nov 2019

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Day 1 UK to Antalya

Antalya's old town

Fly to Antalya and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Paloma Foresta for a four-night stay. D


Day 2 Kemer

Kemer

Explore the cosmopolitan town of Kemer where you will have a couple of hours free to look around its boutiques, bazaars and chic marina independently on a morning visit. Of special note is the enticingly named Moonlight Bay which enjoys Blue Flag status. This afternoon, an optional excursion visits the ancient Lycian city of Phaselis. B, L, D



Optional excursions

A breathtaking drive along the west coast of Antalya, the so-called Turkish Riviera, takes you to Phaselis to see its well-preserved aqueduct, said to have been one of the longest such structures in the ancient world. Here you'll also find the remains of a monumental gateway, built in honour of the Emperor Hadrian, and a theatre, which could hold some 1,500 people. 

An old amphitheatre in Phaselis

Day 3 Olympos National Park

Olympos National Park

Travel to the village of Ulupinar, known for its waterfalls and creek-side fish restaurants. Stay and enjoy the tranquility or join a three-hour hike through the pine forests of Olympos National Park to the scenic beach village of Cirali. Set on the Lycian Way, this region can trace its settlement back to the Hellenistic era and its naturally occurring gas vents, known as Chimaera, are linked to ancient Greek mythology. A light lunch will be provided. B, L, D


Day 4 Antalya

View of Antalya

Spend the day at leisure and enjoy the range of facilities at your hotel. B, L, D


Day 5 Antalya to Fethiye

Myra, Turkey

Set off for Demra to admire the restored frescoes inside the Byzantine St Nicholas Church, a place of pilgrimage for devout Christians. It was built in AD 520 on the site of an older church – where the saint served as its bishop – then rebuilt in 1043 before being extensively renovated in 1862 by Russian tsar Nicholas I. Inside you can also see the sarcophagus where St Nicholas was reputedly interred before tomb robbers sacked it in 1078. Continue your journey into Anatolia’s past on a visit to the rock-hewn necropolis of Myra, an ancient Lycian city buried by an earthquake in AD 141. Pause in Kas for lunch at a restaurant before continuing to Xanthos, the old Lycian capital which now offers archaeologists a rare insight into this ancient culture. Continue to Fethiye for a three-night stay at the locally rated 3-star Harman Hotel. B, L, D


Day 6 Saklikent Gorge

Saklikent Gorge

Turkey’s deepest gorge, an 18 kilometre-long ravine with 300 metre-high rock walls, is known as the ‘Hidden City’. Much of it is only accessible only to canyoneering experts but you can explore part of its secretive depths by walking along a suspended walkway that leads into the gorge. Here you can witness icy streams churned into milky blue water beneath your feet. After crossing the river, you’ll then head deeper into the cool confines of the chasm where you can ponder nature’s power further on this morning’s visit. Afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 7 Fethiye

View of Fethiye harbour

Spend the day at leisure, doing as much or as little as you choose. B, L, D


Day 8 Fethiye to Kusadasi

Didyma, Turkey

Walk around the Ionic columns that remain from one of the ancient world’s most famous sites, the Temple of Apollo at Didyma. This was a sanctuary of prophecy where an oracle, second only to the oracle at Delphi, would announce the will of the gods to the people. Set on the site of a sacred spring that was thought to be the source of the oracle’s powers, this was the temple’s third reincarnation, funded by none other than Alexander the Great. Continue to Kusadasi for a three-night stay at the locally rated 5-star Paloma Pasha. Lunch today will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 9 Ephesus

Ephesus

Explore the outstanding UNESCO-listed ensemble of Ephesus on a morning visit. Begin with a visit to the simple House of the Virgin Mary which is set amid greenery on Mount Koressos, around seven kilometres from the unearthed city. This small stone domed chapel has drawn pilgrims since the 5th century as it is believed the Virgin Mary lived out her final days here after travelling to Ephesus with St John. Perhaps light a candle and visit the small spring here before continuing to Ephesus, home to the largest collection of Greek and Roman ruins in the eastern Mediterranean. Here you can explore streets that Marc Antony and Cleopatra once rode along and where St Paul denounced the goddess Diana. Highlights include the great Library of Celsus, originally built to house 12,000 scrolls, and the dramatic amphitheatre on the side of the Panayir mountain which has seating for an astonishing 24,000 people! A single pillar now marks the site of the original Temple of Artemis, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, which was destroyed in 356 BC. After a guided tour you can stroll around the ruins and visit the museum to see treasures relating to the cult of Artemisia, or Diana as the Romans called her. Return to the hotel for an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 10 Kusadasi

Kusadasi, Turkey

Spend the day at leisure. B, L, D


Day 11 Kusadasi to Side

Pamukkale thermal springs

Depart early for Side, pausing en route to visit the beautiful limestone terraces of Pamukkale where hot springs have sculpted a series of stepped pools, fluid forms and mineral forests. The hot running water in this area has been revered for its medicinal properties since Roman times. Continue to Hierapolis where you can admire an extensive Roman spa city which was built to take advantage of the thermal springs, including a 12,000 seat theatre, a vast necropolis, a colonnaded street and, of course, baths. The city was damaged many times – and finally destroyed – by earthquakes. Please note that in order to protect the terraces from damage, pedestrian access is now prohibited in most areas. Travel on to Side for a four-night stay at the locally rated 5-star Sentido Perissa. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. B, L, D


Day 12 Side

Explore Side

Take time to recharge your batteries during a relaxing day at leisure enjoying the hotel’s facilities and beachside setting. B, L, D


Day 13 Antalya

Perge archaeological site

Set off on an hour-long walk around Side and on to Manavgat River, where you can watch a wide waterfall gushing over a low rise. Continue by road to Antalya for lunch at a restaurant and afterwards, spend a pleasant hour exploring the cobbled streets of its charming old town, Kaleici, independently. Next explore the remarkable archaeological site of Perge which was founded in 1500 BC. On your final excursion, you’ll find it’s easy to imagine what daily life might have been like as you wander around its superbly preserved Greco-Roman ruins which include a stunning city gate, public baths, a large agora, a gymnasium and a long colonnaded road. Return to the hotel in time for lunch and an afternoon at leisure. B, L, D


Day 14 Side

Roman ruins of Side, Turkey

You may like to venture independently into the ancient port city of Side with its wealth of Roman ruins, just three kilometres away. B, L, D


Day 15 Side to UK

Plane

Travel to the airport for your return flight to the UK. B


Please note

Local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are available from the free bar which is open between 11am to midnight at the Club Tuana or the Harman Hotel in Fethiye, and 24 hours a day at all other hotels.

Departures from November 2019 are of 14 nights instead of 10, spending an extra night at each hotel.  


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