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Highlights of Turkey 2014

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Great Theatre of Ephesus, TurkeyTemple of HadrianAnzac CoveTopkapı Palace in Istanbul, TurkeyHierapolisThe ancient city of Troy, Turkey
Great Theatre of Ephesus, Turkey
Temple of Hadrian
Anzac Cove
Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
The ancient city of Troy, Turkey
  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Trojan horses, ancient cities and bustling bazaars are some of the highlights on this exploration of Turkey's coast, which starts and ends in vibrant Istanbul. It's Insider moments like… smelling the homely aroma of flour which dusts the rustic table and clings to your fingers, as you learn how to make traditional bread with the locals of Demircidere. Kneading the dough, you hear about the lifestyle in this little village, and learn about the delicious wines, jams and raisins they produce from the olive groves and vineyards that surround them. Later you taste the fruits of their labour, sampling their homemade wine as the rich smell of baking bread fills the air.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Transfer to your hotel on arrival. Meet later with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Visit the impressive Topkapi Palace, one of the greatest palaces of the Ottoman period, which has a superb position overlooking the Bosphorus. Explore the magnificent St. Sophia's Basilica built by Constantine the Great. After lunch, discover the wonders of the Blue Mosque, famous for its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles. Finally, tour the Byzantine Hippodrome, where chariot racing and other sporting events were held.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

  • Day 3


    In Gallipoli, see the Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields, including Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Kolin

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Explore the legendary city of Troy, immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. Admire the archaeological excavations revealing nine separate periods of settlement, plus the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed in the 13th century BC. Visit the Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient kingdom of Pergamon. This afternoon, enjoy a unique Be My Guest Luncheon. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mövenpick

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Your fascinating walking tour of the ancient city of Ephesus includes the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, which was built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and is still in use today. Later, relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale! Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Colosae Thermal

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Visit the ancient ruins of Hierapolis at Pamukkale, which is also famous for white 'Cotton Castles' formed by limestone-laden thermal springs. Finish your day in the city of Bursa. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Thermal Kervansaray

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Wander through the old silk market and visit the Green Ottoman Complex. Continue to Istanbul and spend time haggling for souvenirs in the vast, bustling Grand Bazaar! Join your fellow travellers this evening for a Farewell Dinner to mark the end of your holiday.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Say goodbye to your companions and transfer to the airport for your flight home. Alternatively, why not continue your splendid adventure on one of our superb cruises?

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest lunch experience with a local family in Pergamon.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour in Istanbul.
  • Visit the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa.
  • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli and the ruins of the ancient city and Wooden Horse at Troy.


  • 7 buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 6 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 4 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.
  • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul.

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  • Hotels are subject to change.
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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