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Wonders of Turkey

11 Days from $1,995 per person

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Gifted with natural and ancient wonders, discover Turkey's finest gems including Göreme, the white terraces of Pamukkale and Ephesus, dating back to the 10th century B.C.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1: Welcome to Istanbul

    Welcome to a land rich in archaeological sites, historic monuments and a huge variety of spectacular scenery. On arrival at Istanbul airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. At 6:30 pm, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and get to know your fellow travelers over a pleasant evening. 

    Dining: Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Istanbul
  • Day 2: Gallipoli and Anzac Cove

    Drive along the shores of the Sea of Marmara to the Peninsula of Gelibolu, better known in the west as Gallipoli. Here are the battlefields where, for nine disastrous months during the Great War, Anzac troops fought unsuccessfully to gain control of the strategic Dardanelles Strait. Visit Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery. From Eceabat, a 30-minute sea crossing to Çanakkale takes you from one continent to another as you leave Europe for Asia.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Kolin Hotel
  • Day 3: Troy, Pergamon and Izmir

    Journey to Homer's legendary city of Troy, where archaeological excavations have established nine levels of habitation, including the great city that was captured in 1200 B.C. with the famous Trojan Horse. A huge replica of this stands beside the city's ancient walls. Continue to Pergamon, the seat of an ancient kingdom. Visit the Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centers in the ancient world. Carry on to the cosmopolitan coastal city of Izmir that overlooks an inlet of the Aegean.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Swissotel Büyük Efes
  • Day 4: Ancient Ephesus and Kusadasi

    Visit the Archaeological Museum at Selçuk where many of the excavated artifacts of Ephesus are displayed. Explore Ephesus itself, one of the world's finest archaeological sites. Walk through the colonnaded Arcadian Way, take in the splendid facade of the Library of Celsus and see the huge Amphitheater. Visit the House of the Virgin Mary, spectacularly situated above the Ephesus ruins, and head to the lively coastal town of Kusadasi.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Charisma De Luxe Hotel
  • Day 5: The Pools of Pamukkale

    Follow the Maeander River Valley—so full of twists and turns it gives us the word ‘meander'—to Pamukkale, famous for its dazzling chalk-white array of fantastic limestone terraces. See the ruins of the ancient city of Hierapolis. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Why not take advantage of your hotel's thermal pools and spa facilities? Follow the Maeander River Valley full of twists and turns to reach a local organic farm. You will be met by the Farm Director who will take you on a walking tour and head to the fields where you will experience picking fruits or vegetables. After, enjoy a Farm-to-Table lunch made with the fresh produce found on the farm.

    Dining: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Hotel: Doğa Thermal Health & Spa
  • Day 6: Konya, the Whirling Dervishes and Cappadocia

    Head to Konya, the old capital of the Anatolian Seljuk Empire and home to the mystic Whirling Dervish sect. Visit the Mevlana Tekke, a museum and national monument with its beautiful fluted turquoise dome. See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret before traveling across fertile plains to Urgup, in the heart of Cappadocia. En route, visit one of the best preserved Seljuk caravanserais in Anatolia.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner
    Hotel: Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia
  • Day 7: The Underground Cities of Cappadocia Experience

    In the morning, enjoy an experience to Göreme, a region of striking volcanic landscapes. See rock-hewn churches decorated with ancient wall paintings, some of which you can view in the open-air museum. Continue to the Pasabag Valley where the scenery is dotted with mushroom-shaped 'fairy chimneys' and troglodyte dwellings and explore the underground city of Ozkonak. After stopping at a Turkish Carpet center, experience Turkish hospitality first-hand when you visit a village house, home of a Cappadocian local for decades. Enjoy dinner at the hotel followed by a cultural night at a 13th-century Seljuk caravanserai. Witness a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes—followers of Sufism, which developed from devout followers of Islam.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Alfina Cave Hotel Cappadocia
  • Day 8: Ankara

    Learn about pottery making in Avanos and continue to Ankara. Visit the Hittite Museum and Anit Kabir, the Mausoleum of Atatürk, Turkey's greatest modern leader.

    Dining: Breakfast
    Hotel: Ankara HiltonSA
  • Day 9: To Istanbul

    Enjoy a scenic journey through the Turkish countryside to Istanbul.

    Dining: Breakfast
    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Istanbul
  • Day 10: Istanbul & the Ottoman Empire

    Visit the Blue Mosque with its beautiful tiles and the Hippodrome, where Roman chariot races were held. Explore Hagia Sophia, now a magnificent museum, before continuing to Topkapi Palace, a walled city perched above the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. Your Local Expert will give you a full explanation of the time-honored ritual of bargaining before you move on to the Grand Bazaar! Finally, embark upon a cruise along the waterway of Bosphorus. Traveling towards the old city from close to the Black Sea, the scenery complements the grandeur of the Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses. In the evening, join your fellow travelers for your Celebration Dinner at a colorful local restaurant.

    Dining: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    Hotel: Grand Hyatt Istanbul
  • Day 11: Farewell Istanbul

    After breakfast, a transfer will deliver you to the airport for your onward travels.

    Dining: Breakfast

Price Includes

Included Quality Dining

    Authentic Dining

    • Pamukkale: Head to a local organic farm where you will be treated to a Farm-to-Table lunch made with the fresh local produce.
    • Cappadocia: After dinner, enjoy a spectacular Sema performance of Whirling Dervishes at a 13th century Seljuk Caravanserai.
    • Istanbul: Toast the culmination of your travels with a lively Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant.
    • Dining Summary: 10 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (1), 5 Dinners (D) and 3 Dinners with Wine (DW) all with tea or coffee.

    Insight Experiences

    • Cappadocia: A Cappadocian local who has lived in the city for decades, invites you into their cave house. Take the opportunity to learn more about their life.

    Stay in Style

    • Canakkale: The modern Kolin Hotel is located near the city centre and is right on the shores of the Dardanelles Straits. Facilities include a fitness center, Turkish bath, sauna, jacuzzis and pools.
    • Izmir: The Swissotel Buyuk Efes, Izmir is centrally located, offering spacious, comfortable rooms and luxury facilities.
    • Kusadasi: Enjoy stunning views of the Aegean Sea from the Charisma De Luxe Hotel. Facilities include a Turkish bath, sauna, indoor pool, fitness suite and massage center.
    • Cappadocia: At the Alfina Hotel Cappadocia, experience troglodyte life in a cave room with all the amenities of modern accommodation.

    Top Rated Highlights

    • Gallipoli: Pay your respects at Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemetery.
    • Dardanelles: Enjoy a short voyage between continents from Europe to Asia.
    • Troy: Visit this ancient sight fabled to have been destroyed over love and view the huge reconstructed Trojan Horse.
    • Pergamon: Led by your Local Expert, visit Asklepion, one of the most famous shrines and therapeutic centres of the ancient world.
    • Izmir: Explore this city with your Travel Director.
    • Selçuk: Visit the Archaeological museum housing many of the artefacts from Ephesus.
    • Ephesus: Discover one of the world’s finest ancient sites. Led by your Local Expert, walk the Arcadian Way, see the Library of Celsus and Amphitheatre and visit the House of the Virgin Mary.
    • Pamukkale: See the cascading Cotton Castle of milky white travertine pools and the ancient ruin of Hierapolis.
    • Konya: Accompanied by your Local Expert, visit the beautiful Mevlana Tekke museum for an insight into the mystic Whirling Dervishes. See the Karatay Medrese and Ince Minaret.
    • Anatolia: Visit a well preserved Seljuk Caravanserai.
    • Cappadocia: Visit a Turkish Carpet centre.
    • Göreme: With your Local Expert, explore the underground cities, rock-cut churches, fairy-tale chimneys and the Pasabag Valley.
    • Avanos: Learn about pottery making.
    • Ankara: Discover the mysterious Hittite civilisation and visit the Mausoleum of Atatürk.
    • Istanbul: Visit the Blue Mosque and explore Hagia Sophia. With your Local Expert, gain an insight into the lives of the Ottoman Sultans during a private tour of the fabulous Topkapi Palace. Later, enjoy a relaxing cruise past Ottoman palaces, old mansions and fortresses. Visit the Hippodrome, see the Bosphorous and the Golden Horn. Then you are given a complete guide on how to haggle in the Grand Bazaar.
    • Scenic Drives: Enjoy the passing scenery as you travel past the Sea of Marmara, Peninusula of Gelibolu, Maeander River Valley and Urgup.

    Dates and Prices

    All dates and prices subject to change. Please see https://www.getours.com/tours/wonders-of-turkey-premium for the latest discounts and departure information for this tour.
    Dates & Prices
    Airfare is not included, but can be added to quote upon request
    • Definite Departure
    • Solo Traveler Discount
    Price Discount Availability Price
    Start Date: Thu, Jul 11, 2019
    Return Date: Sun, Jul 21, 2019
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    Solo Traveler Discount
    Start Date: Thu, Aug 8, 2019
    Return Date: Sun, Aug 18, 2019
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    Solo Traveler Discount
    Start Date: Thu, Aug 22, 2019
    Return Date: Sun, Sep 1, 2019
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    Start Date: Thu, Oct 3, 2019
    Return Date: Sun, Oct 13, 2019
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    • Solo Traveler Discount: This departure includes a 20-100% discount on standard single supplement subject to availability.

    Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

    Single Room Supplement: from $660 per person

    Visas are required for this trip. Please speak to your Travel Specialist at time of booking to assess your specific requirements.

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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.

    Cappadocia

    Turkish Folklore Show

    A folklore show in a cave setting, featuring vibrant dances from different regions and also a belly dancer. During the show unlimited amount of local drinks, both with and without alcohol, 4 kinds of Turkish ‘meze’ (hors d’oeuvres, appetizers), nuts, fruits and Turkish dessert specialities will be served.
    Adult Price: €35