UNESCO-World-Heritage-Sites in Turkey

Cultural and natural treasures between Ankara and Izmir
Dates (12 days) 28.08.2024 - 08.09.2024 from/to Luxembourg, other airports on request
Number of travellers 10-15 participants

Cultural and natural treasures between Ankara and Izmir

Today’s Turkey proudly boasts a rich heritage and many UNESCO World Heritage sites. Phrygians, Hittites, Greeks, Romans, Seljuks, Ottomans – all left behind great cultural evidence. In September 2023, two new sites were added to the World Heritage List: the Phrygian Gordion and five beautiful Ottoman wooden mosques from the 13th century. This trip shows you the Phrygian capital, two wooden mosques and other magical cultural treasures, takes you to medieval towns and the Pontic Mountains, to the enchanted landscapes of Cappadocia and the famous sinter terraces in Pamukkale to the west coast of Turkey.

Guided tour in German.

  • Experience culture

Travel itinerary

Day 1 Off to Ankara
  • Flight Luxembourg-Istanbul (Turkish Airlines/10.20 a.m. – 2.45 p.m.)
  • Connecting flight Istanbul-Ankara (Turkish Airlines/4:00 p.m. – 5:05 p.m.)
  • Transfer to hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel Occidental**** in Ankara
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 2 From capital to capital
  • Museum of Ancient Anatolian Civilizations
  • Walk to the citadel.
  • Visit to the Seljuk Arslanhane Mosque (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Visit to the Gordion archaeological site (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Occidental****
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 3 Medieval Safranbolu
  • Drive to Safranbolu
  • Walk through the old town (medieval half-timbered houses/UNESCO World Heritage)
  • Free time
  • Dinner at a local restaurant
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Cesmeli Konak Garden***(*) in Safranbolu
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 4 Mountain panorama and wooden mosque
  • Excursion to Kure Mountains National Park/Pontic Mountains
  • Walk along the Horma Gorge and to the viewing terrace at Catak/panoramic views
  • Visit to the Mahmutbey Mosque (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Drinking coffee with the hotel owner
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ugurlu Konaklari***(*) in Kastamonu
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 5 Hittite sanctuaries
  • Hattusha (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Rock sanctuary of Yazilikaya
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Utopia Cave Cappadocia**** near Ürgüp
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 6 Fairytale Cappadocia
  • “The Three Graces”/highest tuff cone in Uchisar
  • Göreme Open Air Museum (UNESCO Heritage Site), visit to the rock churches
  • Tuff cones in the Dervent valley
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Utopia Cave Cappadocia****
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 7 Fairy chimneys & underground city
  • Walk through the ‘Red Valley’
  • Viewpoint/Panorama
  • Visit to the finest carpet manufacturer in Cappadocia
  • Kaymakli underground city
  • Overnight stay at the Hotel Utopia Cave Cappadocia****
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 8 To the Dancing Dervishes
  • Seljuk caravanserai Sultanhani
  • Visit to the Mevlana Monastery (13th century) and the tomb of the order’s founder (Mevlana Celaledin Rumi)
  • Conversation with a member of the Mevlana Order
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel Hich***(*) in Konya
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 9 The sinter terraces in Pamukkale
  • Pamukkale/Sinter Terraces
  • Hierapolis archaeological site
  • Dinner and overnight at Hotel Signature & Spa***** in Pamukkale
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
  • Night
Day 10 Aphrodisias
  • Aphrodisias (UNESCO World Heritage Site),
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/winery Vinifera Vineyards***(*) near Selçuk
  • Breakfast
  • Night
Day 11 World famous Ephesus
  • Artemis temple
  • Ephesus
  • Visit to an olive oil expert including tasting
  • Farewell dinner in a former Greek village
  • Overnight stay at the hotel/winery Vinifera Vineyards***(*)
  • Breakfast
  • Diner
Day 12 Return flight
  • Transfer to Izmir airport.
  • Flight Izmir-Istanbul (Turkish Airlines/12.55-2.10 p.m.)
  • Onward flight Istanbul-Luxembourg (Turkish Airlines/4:10 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)
  • Breakfast
Program and flight times subject to change.
Caption:
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunchbox / Picnic
  • Tasting
  • Night

Prices (per person)

Double room
3.475 €
Single room
4.150 €

Minimum number of participants: 10, maximum number of participants is 15 guests.

Included services:

Flights with Turkish Airlines Luxembourg* – Istanbul – Ankara / Izmir – Istanbul – Luxembourg (Economy, fare class G, subject to availability)
Airport fees and kerosene €375.00 (as of 12/2023)
CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services via Atmosfair
2 nights in Hotel Occidental**** in Ankara, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night at the Hotel Ugurlu Konaklari***(*) in Kastamonu, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night at the Hotel Cesmeli Konak Garden***(*) in Safranbolu, in a double room including breakfast.
3 nights at the Hotel Utopia Cave Cappadocia**** near Ürgü, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night at the Hotel Hich***(*) in Konya, in a double room including breakfast.
1 night at the Hotel Signature & Spa***** in Pamukkale, in a double room including breakfast.
2 nights at the Hotel Vinifera Vineyards***, in a double room including breakfast.
4x dinner at the hotel, 3x dinner at a local restaurant
1x olive oil tasting
Transfers, excursions and sightseeing according to the program.
Local German-speaking tour guide (from Ankara airport/to Izmir airport).

*other airports on request

 

Not included are: Turkish Airlines seat reservations, tips, meals not mentioned in the itinerary, drinks, insurance, additional activities and excursions, personal expenses.

Authentic and sustainable

  • Small group (10-15 travellers)
  • CO2 compensation for flights and land-based services (1,039t per person) via Atmosfair
  • Overnight stays in (mostly owner-managed) boutique hotels and hotels with flair
  • Drinking coffee with a hotel owner
  • Conversation with a member of the Mevlana Order
  • Meeting with an olive oil expert including olive oil tasting.

Important information

Entry for EU citizens with a valid passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of the trip. The document must be in good condition and have at least one blank page. No compulsory vaccinations are required when entering directly from Luxembourg/Germany. (As of 12/2023). All Covid-19-related restrictions have currently been lifted. We would like to point out that this can change depending on the pandemic situation (as of December 2023).

For air travel, our sales prices are generally based on special and tour operator tariffs of the airline(s) selected for the relevant trip. Therefore, space is limited and additional charges are possible.

All accommodations offer free WiFi, although network coverage is not always perfect. Please note that the hotels only offer non-smoking rooms. If some of the accommodations we have booked are unforeseen to be unavailable, we will book a (preferably) equivalent alternative.

With the travel documents you will receive further information about the trip and the destination country.

No insurance is included in the travel price. We strongly recommend taking out travel cancellation insurance that includes Covid-19 as well as appropriate travel health insurance that includes treatment (including quarantine) for Covid-19.

This trip is not suitable for guests with mobility issues. If necessary, please tell us the type of mobility restriction you have before booking and clarify with us whether we can meet your individual needs.

Planet B is a brand of Bollig Tours. Bollig Tours is therefore named as the organizer in our general travel conditions.

For further information about the trip and accommodation, see ‘Detailed travel description’.

 

Related document(s)

For further information about the trip and accommodation, see 'Detailed travel description' – currently available in German only. Please contact us for more information.

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