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Best of Turkey 2014

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Great Theatre of Ephesus, TurkeyLone Pine Cemetery in Gallipoli, TurkeyIstanbul, TurkeyTopkapı Palace in Istanbul, TurkeyAncient ruins of Perge, TurkeyThe ancient city of Troy, Turkey
Great Theatre of Ephesus, Turkey
Lone Pine Cemetery in Gallipoli, Turkey
Istanbul, Turkey
Topkapı Palace in Istanbul, Turkey
Ancient ruins of Perge, Turkey
The ancient city of Troy, Turkey
  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: The calm of Anzac cove and the Lone Pine cemetery introduces this exploration into Turkey, where ancient ruins and Whirling Dervishes map your path towards Istanbul's Blue Mosque. It's Insider moments like… meeting Omer's family at Duruk House, their 200 year old home in Akseki, Turkey. Listening to their stories you'll hear why the people of Akseki have such a strong trading history, and find out about the Duruk business. As you explore your hands graze the timber and stone of the one metre-thick walls. And, over rich beef stew and homemade soup, you learn about the traditional building techniques that enable this family house, built without mortar, to be earthquake resistant.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Istanbul. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Relax after your journey and in the evening attend a Welcome Reception with your Travel Director and meet your fellow travellers.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Explore the Gallipoli Peninsula and see Anzac Cove, the site of a bitter battle in WWI. Visit Lone Pine and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay overnight in Çanakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Kolin

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Visit the ruins of Troy, and see the famous Wooden Horse. Explore the ancient Asclepion Medical Centre at the ancient city of Pergamon. Dine at your hotel in Izmir this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Swissotel Grand Efes Izmir

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus. See the House of the Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Pam Thermal

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Visit the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale and the ruins of Roman health spa at Heirapolis. Spend the afternoon exploring the narrow streets of Antalya. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Rixos Downtown Antalya/Crowne Plaza

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman cities of Perge and Aspendos. Here see one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Dine tonight at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 7


    This morning travel inland and enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch in a century-old traditional Ottoman-style house hosted by a local family. Visit the Mevlana Museum and Mausoleum, the final resting place for members of the Whirling Dervish mystic sect. Then continue on to the Karatay Tile Museum. Dine tonight at your hotel.

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

    Hotel: Anemon Konya

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 8


    Visit the well preserved Sultanhan Caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road just outside Konya and see the cone of Uchisar.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Dilek Kaya Cave Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Urgup, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Goreme Open-air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10


    Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mövenpick

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 11


    Hear the fascinating legend of King Midas at Gordion, and see the Great Tumulus, the city's largest burial mound. Explore the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque at Bursa. Spend the afternoon seeing the sights of your choice. Finish the day with dinner at your hotel.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Thermal Kervansaray

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 12


    Cross the Sea of Marmara to Istanbul by ferry. Plan your day as you wish. Enjoy the exotic atmosphere and shop for souvenirs at the bustling Grand Bazaar, one of the world's largest markets.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Sisli

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Gain an insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Explore the Hagia Sophia and the wonderful Blue Mosque. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner‚ with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

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

  • Day 14


    This morning bid a fond farewell to this wonderful city as your memorable holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest lunch in a traditional Ottoman-style house with a local family.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Dilek Kaya Hotel - Stay in this unique hotel built in the architectural style of the area. This Authentic Accommodation has been beautifully crafted out of rock formations.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City Tour in Istanbul.
  • View the Wooden Horse at Troy.
  • Visit Anzac Cove and the poingnant War Cemetries at Gallipoli, 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 spring 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 Sarhatli, Urgup Open Air Musem at Goreme, the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara, the Earth Tumulus at Gordion, the Green Ottoman Complex and Grand Mosque in Bursa and the Topkapi Palace and Blue Mosque in Istanbul.


  • 13 buffet breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 12 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 10 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.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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