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Highlights of Turkey

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $1,566 per person

Countries Visited

Turkey ...more Turkey

Locations Visited

Istanbul, Eceabat, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Troy, Bergama, Izmir, Demircidere, Çanakkale, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Konya, Cappadocia, Goreme, Aksaray ...more Istanbul, Eceabat, Canakkale, Gallipoli, Troy, Bergama, Izmir, Demircidere, Çanakkale, Pamukkale, Ephesus, Konya, Cappadocia, Goreme, Aksaray
  1. Day 1 Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

    Meet at the crossroads of East and West - the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

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

    Delve into the treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. 'Dive Into Culture' as you haggle for souvenirs at Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the largest covered markets in the world with 60 streets and over 5,000 shops. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city.

    meals Breakfast
  3. Day 3 Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

    We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli. We'll see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Kolin
  4. Day 4 Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

    Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we 'Connect With Locals' in the village of Demircidere over a 'Be My Guest' lunch. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir later, and dine in our hotel this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest, Dinner
    hotel Mövenpick
  5. Day 5 Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

    Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans in the 2nd century and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Colossae Thermal
  6. Day 6 Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Konya

    This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is Konya where tonight we dine in our hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Dedeman
  7. Day 7 Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

    Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum in Konya, a former dervish lodge of the Mevlevi order, which reveals the origins of Sufism. Continuing your journey to Cappadocia, you'll see a 13th-century caravanserai then 'Dive Into Culture' to learn about the art of pottery making in Avanos. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the Whirling Dervishes then enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant. Tonight you'll enjoy an overnight stay at one of Trafalgar's 'Stays With Stories' set alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle. Many of the rooms are hewn from the surrounding rock and boast views of Cappadocia's fairy-tale landscapes.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Dilek Kaya
  8. Day 8 Göreme Excursion

    The whimsical landscapes of Cappadocia take centre stage today as you embark on a full-day excursion that will see you visit the Göreme Open-Air Museum, the Paşabağı and Kizil Vadi valleys and underground city of Saratli on the ancient Silk Road. You'll learn about the intricate heritage and art of carpet weaving during a visit to a Turkish carpet emporium before joining your fellow travellers for an included dinner this evening.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  9. Day 9 Cappadocia – Istanbul

    Take a short flight this morning to Istanbul, where the rest of the day is yours to explore the city your way. Enjoy a sensory explosion at the vibrant Spice Market, take a stroll through the historic Sultanahmet or find a quiet rooftop café and admire Istanbul's iconic skyline. You could choose instead to join an optional cruise and sail the waters of the Bosphorus which separate Asia and Europe. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow companions for a Farewell Dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel Radisson Blu Sisli
  10. Day 10 Depart Istanbul

    We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    meals Breakfast
Highlights of Turkey
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)
  • 7 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and up to half your evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi 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
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR with a Local Specialist in Istanbul
  • VISIT the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the Göreme Open-Air Museum and the underground city of Saratli.
  • VIEW the Wooden Horse at Troy

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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

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

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

Pamukkale

Dance Of The Whirling Dervishes

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: $25

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