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Best of Turkey

Operated by: Trafalgar

14 Days from $2,125 per person
Hagia Sophia

Countries Visited

Turkey ...more Turkey

Locations Visited

Istanbul, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Eceabat, Izmir, Troy, Bergama, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Yazir, Konya, Cappadocia, Agzikarahan, Ankara ...more Istanbul, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Eceabat, Izmir, Troy, Bergama, Ephesus, Pamukkale, Antalya, Yazir, Konya, Cappadocia, Agzikarahan, 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 Crowne Plaza Old City
  2. Day 2 Istanbul Sightseeing and Free Time

    Spend your day delving into a city where modern and ancient coexist effortlessly. Gain insights into the Ottoman Empire's power during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace and see the 4th-century Egyptian obelisk. Visit the Hippodrome and the exquisite Blue Mosque, said to rival even the Great Mosque in Mecca. 'Dive Into Culture' this afternoon, with a visit to the Grand Bazaar. Spend your afternoon haggling with passionate market vendors lining its labyrinthine lanes. This evening, consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk and belly dancing.

    meals 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 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 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 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 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 Dinner at a local restaurant.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Regional Dinner
    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 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 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 Dinner 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 Breakfast, Regional Dinner
    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 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 Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza
  13. Day 13 Ankara – Istanbul Free Time

    Returning to Istanbul, visit the Hagia Sophia then 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. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Crowne Plaza Old City
  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 Breakfast
Best of Turkey
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 13 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
  • 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
  • Hand-picked Trip Highlights
  • 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, Anzac Cove and the War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the ancient ruins of Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, 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, 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
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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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