There are few places as rich in history as Turkey, and on this 14-day Limited Edition adventure, you will be taken off the tourist path and delve deeper into its ancient worlds. Countless civilisations have called these lands home – the Hittites, Achaemenid Persian Empire, Greeks, Romans, Byzantine Empire, Seljuk and Ottoman empires – and all have left incredible reminders across the landscape. Beginning with the monuments of Istanbul, fly to Adiyaman and see the Commagene Kingdom atop Mount Numrut. Travel into Central Anatolia to understand the influence of the once powerful and culturally advanced Suljuk Empire in Kayseri, and the 5000-year-old Kultupe kiln tablets. Explore the incredible rock-hewn churches that lie in the fairy chimney landscape of Cappadocia. Discover the well-preserved Greco-Roman ruins of Ephesus and Pergamon that lie near Izmir and the amazing natural wonder of the travertines in Pamukkale. Spending time in Istanbul, Antalya and Cappadocia, this trip that will take you back in time, introducing you to whole new worlds.
- The history of this region is etched in stone – see it with the 5000 year old Kultupe kiln tablets, considered the earliest written documentation of life in Central Anatolia
- Board a cable car to climb to the top of the magnificent mountain Acropolis of Pergamon, home to one of the ancient world’s most stunning theatres
- The Cappadocia region is overflowing with both natural and contructed wonders, from volcanic rock formations to the Sobesos excavation site – the location of Roman Baths, agora and mosaics.
- Hike through the little-visited but picturesque Sognali Valley in Cappadocia. Explore rock-hewn churches and cast your eye over of the intricate frescos of ancient sanctuaries like the Yilanli Kilise Church of the Serpent
- Originally carried by the nomadic Mongols as dry food across the steppes and into Anatolia, Manti is a favourite throughout the kitchens of Turkey. Get your chance to enjoy the traditional dish of Manti in Kayseri
- Discover the Mediterranean and Pamphylia regions of Anatolia, travelling out to the ancient Greco-Roman city of Aspendos, know for a beautifully intact Roman theatre that’s perhaps the best preserved in the world