Gardens and Archaeology of Turkey

8 days

From $2,560

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Tulip Mania swept through Holland in the early 17th century when Manisa tulips were exported from Turkey to Europe. The price of tulip bulbs rose to extraordinary levels before crashing dramatically. A form of Tulip Mania continues in Turkey today, but only in terms of the vast numbers of tulips to be seen in the parks and gardens of the vibrant city of Istanbul.

After enjoying this spectacle we tour the Anatolian countryside on our way to the coast, visiting an excellent arboretum, a National Park, which is home to scores of rare plants, and the slopes of Spil Mountain, the origin of those Manisa tulips. We will also take the opportunity to explore some of the peerless archaeological sites found here in Anatolia, such as Assos, with its impressive theatre, and Ephesus, the largest classical city to have been excavated.

Tour highlights:

  • Visits to two of the gardens hosting the Istanbul Tulip Festival
  • Karaca Arboretum, filled with majestic specimen trees
  • Botanising on the slopes of Mount Ida and Mount Spil
  • Exploring the outstanding archaeological sites of Assos and Ephesus
  • Olive oil and wine tasting

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Today's Price

Deposit: $270 Single supplement: $670

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  • FREE 'Travel Safe' kits for every traveller
  • Enhanced Health and Safety audits
  • Distanced seating on coaches
  • 'Get me home' service and private airport transfers
  • COVID protocols at our hotels, and aboard our cruise ships
  • Packed lunches and flexible dining options
  • Flexible balance payment date and COVID-friendly refund conditions
  • COVID-testing and medical training for tour staff
  • Constant monitoring and post-tour tracing


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Colin Crosbie

Tour Manager

Colin Crosbie was the Head Gardener to Her Majesty The Queen Mother in Windsor prior to taking up the position of Curator at RHS Garden Wisley. His extensive horticultural knowledge and experience coupled with his good humour have established him as one of Brightwater’s most popular guides.

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Assos amphitheatre
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Included in your cost:

  • Accommodation
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Meals - as per the itinerary
  • Comfortable coach travel throughout
Tour Departure Tour ID Departure date Return Date Guided by Price Deposit Single supplement Availability
April 19 2022 BTKY220419 April 19 2022 (Tuesday) April 26 2022 (Tuesday) Colin Crosbie $2,560
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