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Best of Turkey

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $2,125 per person

Countries Visited

Turkey ...more Turkey

Locations Visited

Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Çanakkale, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Perga, Konya, Mevlana Museum, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ankara ...more Istanbul, Hagia Sophia, Çanakkale, Troy, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Perga, Konya, Mevlana Museum, Cappadocia, Goreme, Ankara
  1. Day 1 Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

    Stand at the ancient crossroads between Europe and Asia, embarking on a journey of discovery through ancient lands and the marauding empires who fought to rule it. Arriving in vibrant Istanbul, you will be transferred to your hotel before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a memorable Welcome Reception to kick off your epic adventure.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Radisson Blu Sisli
  2. Day 2 Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

    Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Visit Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

    Pay tribute to the brave souls who lost their lives at Gallipoli - the national pride of two nations, the Turkish and Australians, were awakened at the site of the bloody WWI battlefields and are commemorated to this day. See Anzac Cove and Dardanelles, and visit the cemeteries of Lone Pine and Chunuk Bair, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. We continue to Çanakkale where we dine at our hotel tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kolin
  4. Day 4 Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

    Explore the legends of Troy and see the symbolic replica of the famous Wooden Horse the Greeks used to break their siege of this ancient city. Visit the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre in the city of Pergamon before retiring in seaside Izmir this evening where we'll dine at our hotel.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Mövenpick
  5. Day 5 Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

    Stroll through the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, past the amazingly intact façade of the Library of Celcus and down to what was once its thriving port. See the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos then spend the rest of the day at leisure. This evening you may consider joining an optional dinner at a local restaurant in Izmir and indulge in some of the local raki.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Izmir – Pamukkale Free Time

    Leave the coastal city of Izmir behind as you journey inland to Pamukkale. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel before dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Richmond Thermal
  7. Day 7 Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

    Tread in the footsteps of the ancients who sought relief and relaxation at the Roman health spa at Hieropolis, then admire the bubbling pools and delicate white cascades of water of Pamukkale's Cotton Castle Springs. Later, we travel through scenic countryside and join the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains, where we'll 'Connect With Locals' and gain insights into their traditions at our Be My Guest lunch. Our stop for the next two nights is the Mediterranean retreat of Antalya. Enjoy some time on your own ambling through the winding lanes of its old city and admiring beautifully preserved Ottoman architecture. This evening, join your companions for a rousing Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Regional Meal
    hotel Rixos Downtown
  8. Day 8 Perge Excursion

    Enjoy a morning on your terms to soak up the enchanting seaside atmosphere of the Turkish Riviera, embarking on an optional yacht cruise or relaxing at the hotel pool. This afternoon, we travel to the Roman city of Perge to visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and see treasures spanning the centuries. Your evening is free to find an inviting meyhane for some local chit chat and delicious flavours of kebab and baklava.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
  9. Day 9 Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

    Witness the world's best-preserved theatre of antiquity during your first stop in Aspendos this morning, before continuing to Konya, where we will gain insights into the mystical Whirling Dervish sect whose remains lie in the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum. We continue to the Karatay Tile Museum, spellbound by its exquisitely Seljuk-tiled dome, before returning to our hotel where we'll dine tonight.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Dedeman
  10. Day 10 Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

    See a well-preserved 13th-century caravanseray, at which weary travellers used to rest. We journey to Cappadocia with its honey-coloured rocky spires providing an enchanting backdrop for our visit to the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. This evening, indulge in the flavours of traditional pottery kebabs during a Regional Meal at a local restaurant, before retiring to your hotel with beautiful views of the surrounding fairy chimneys. Tonight we stay in one of 'Trafalgar's Stays With Stories', located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Regional Meal
    hotel Dilek Kaya
  11. Day 11 Göreme Excursion

    The other-worldly landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as we explore its volcanic landscape dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. We visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum to admire the extraordinary rock-hewn churches and learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos before dining in our hotel this evening.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
  12. Day 12 Cappadocia – Ankara

    Arriving in the youthful capital of Turkey today, we visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and the final resting place of the country's beloved Atatürk, the first president of the modern Turkish nation. This evening we dine at our hotel in Ankara.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  13. Day 13 Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

    Returning to Istanbul, we enjoy the rest of the day on our own. Delve into the depths of the Basilica Cistern, savour the intoxicating smells of the Spice Market or ascend Galata Tower for exquisite views of east and west. Consider an optional cruise navigating the waters of the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Buffet Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Radisson Blu Sisli
  14. Day 14 Depart Istanbul

    Our epic journey into antiquity has come to an end as we bid Istanbul and newfound friends a fond farewell. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Buffet Breakfast
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Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 buffet breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 10 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CITY TOUR in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, the ruins of the ancient city at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Cotton Castle Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravanseray on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

Dates & Prices
Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
  • Definite Departure
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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Istanbul

Istanbul Nightlife Experience

You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Kervansaray Night Club. You’ll taste Turkish specialties while being entertained by musicians, belly and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. You’ll also get the chance to join in.
Adult Price: $75

Izmir

Izmir Seafood Dinner

Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir's favourite seafood restaurants. Known for stunning views and for serving the best fish dishes in coastal Turkey, dine on a variety of seafood and meze delights with drinks. Don't worry there's great options for those who don't like seafood too!.
Adult Price: $50

Antalya

Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

Antalya Old Town, 'Kaleici', is the picturesque old quarter in the centre of present day Antalya. Your Local Specialist will show you the imposing Hadrian's Gate, dating from 130 AD when the Roman Emperor visited the city. Then you'll enjoy a yacht cruise to the stunning Düdenwaterfall.
Adult Price: $35

Cappadocia

Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man's spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.
Adult Price: $30

Istanbul

Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

No stay would be complete without this unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores you’ll see a beautiful mixture of modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages, as you relax on board.
Adult Price: $40

Reviews
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Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Service
We booked this trip through GRTours, a sister company of Trafalgar Tours. The customer service representatives were very helpful. They answered all of our questions were answered timely and accurately.
Vacation
This was a dream vacation! It far exceeded every expectation. Cem, our Tour Director and Guide was fantastic. He had such knowledge and pride in his country. Arif, our coach driver, was also fantastic. We had a wonderful trip and would take another trip with Trafalgar tours in a heartbeat!
David Mcgill
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Service
We loved Barcin Taran's knowledge and organizational skills in taking care of us on our recent trip to Turkey!
Vacation
Just a wonderful travel adventure!
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