"Turkey is littered with archaeological sites," says The Daily Telegraph, adding that "a good choice of tour operators now offer cultural breaks exploring the country's rich history". We've just found one of those tours, for less than you might expect: starting at £199 per person, saving up to 75% on the normal price.
Here's what you get:
Depart from London Gatwick on 4 December.
Alternatively, depart from London Stansted or London Gatwick on the following dates:
Upgrade to half board for an extra £135 per person. Solo travellers can also take advantage of this deal for an extra £90.
Travelzoo subscribers can choose from the following two itineraries (both start and end in Antalya):
Option 1 -- Lycia tour... Take in the tombs of Myra, which date back to 4th century BC. The next day travel by boat to Dalyan's Iztuzu Beach, a mating spot for the loggerhead sea turtle. Then explore the ancient temples and thermal springs of Ephesus. Spend the next two days in Pamukkale (meaning "cotton castle") -- the white limestone terraces look like a sci-fi movie set. Next, visit Hierapolis -- a historic area that flourished during the Roman Empire. On your last day you'll stand over Karpuzkaldiran Waterfall, which crashes into the Mediterranean 25 metres below. Read more here, but call the number below to book.
Option 2 -- Cappadocia tour... On the first day you'll take in the imposing Mevlana Monastery -- still a place of pilgrimage for many religious Turks. Then explore the eerie underground city of Saratli. From there, you'll travel to Cappadocia, a moon-like landscape with churches and houses carved into stone that formed thousands of years ago. Next Göreme National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with fairy tale-like chimneys and crooked dwellings. On the final day, you'll get chance to walk around Antalya's iconic Yivli Minaret -- a tower built in 1230. Read more here.
Your hotel in Antalya will either be the 4-star Hotel Adonis or the 5-star Harrington Park Resort, Antalya Oteli or Hotel Dedeman. In Kusadasi, you'll stay in one of these 5-star properties: Hotel Pine Bay Holiday or Resort Sürmeli Efes Hotel. In Fethiye you'll stay at Dalaman Airport Lykia Resort Hotel; and at Cappadocia you'll check in to Hotel Avrasya, Hotel Mustafa or Hotel Yiltok.