Best of Turkey (Winter 2013/2014)

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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: 15 Days
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  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2013-2014
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  • Style: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Description: A beautifully inspiring Turkish holiday. Visit Gallipoli, Troy, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Cappadocia and Istanbul to explore the wonderful ancient sights and museums and be immersed in the Turkish culture.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    DEPART USA

    Overnight flight to Istanbul.

  • Day 2

    ARRIVE ISTANBUL

    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: Dedeman Istanbul

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  • Day 3

    ISTANBUL – GALLIPOLI – ÇANAKKALE

    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

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  • Day 4

    ÇANAKKALE – TROY – PERGAMON – IZMIR (SMYRNA)

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


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Swiss/Mövenpick/Kaya Thermal

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  • Day 5

    IZMIR – EPHESUS – ST. MARY'S HOUSE – PAMUKKALE

    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

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  • Day 6

    PAMUKKALE – HIERAPOLIS – ANTALYA (2 NIGHTS)

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


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Rixos

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  • Day 7

    ANTALYA – PERGE AND ASPENDOS EXCURSION

    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 8

    ANTALYA – KONYA

    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 / Dinner)

    Hotel: Anemon

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  • Day 9

    KONYA – CAPPADOCIA (2 NIGHTS)

    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. This evening, dine at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Dilek Kaya

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  • Day 10

    CAPPADOCIA – ÜRGÜP AND GOREME EXCURSION

    Spend the day exploring the volcanic landscape in and around Ürgüp, dotted with caves and troglodyte dwellings. Visit the Goreme Open-air Museum and learn about pottery making in Avanos. Dine tonight at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 11

    CAPPADOCIA – ANKARA

    Your Travel Director takes you on a tour of the capital Ankara. Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk’s Mausoleum. Enjoy dinner at your hotel this evening.


    Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Mövenpick/Barcelo Altinel

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  • Day 12

    ANKARA – GORDION – BURSA

    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

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  • Day 13

    BURSA – ISTANBUL (2 NIGHTS)

    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: Dedeman

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  • Day 14

    ISTANBUL SIGHTSEEING

    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 15

    ISTANBUL – USA

    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.
  • Unique Insight Stay in a unique cave hotel in Cappadocia.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • GallipoliSee Anzac Cove and Lone Pine Cemeteries and Chunnuk Bair Cemeteries.
  • TroyVisit the ruins of the ancient city and see a replica of the Wooden Horse.
  • PergamonVisit the Asclepion Medical Centre.
  • EphesusVisit the Great Theatre, Library of Celsius, Gymnasium, Temple of Hadrian and House of the Virgin Mary.
  • PamukkaleSee the Cotton Castle springs.
  • HierapolisVisit the ruins of the Roman health spa.
  • AntalyaVisit the Archaeological Museum.
  • Perge and AspendosVisit Pamphylian, Hellenistic and Roman cities.
  • KonyaVisit the Mevlana Museum, home of the Whirling Dervishes, and Karatay Tile Museum.
  • CappadociaMarvel at the underground city of Sarhatli, and visit Ürgüp and the Open-Air Museum at Goreme.
  • AnkaraVisit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation and Ataturk’s Mausoleum.
  • GordionSee the Earth Tumulus.
  • BursaVisit the Green Ottoman Complex and the Grand Mosque.
  • IstanbulSightseeing includes the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.

Dining

  • 13 Buffet Breakfasts.
  • Be My Guest Luncheon in a century old Ottoman-style house.
  • 12 evening meals including:
    • Welcome Reception with your Travel Director in Istanbul
    • 10 three-course or open-buffet dinners.
    • Farewell Dinner on your final night in Istanbul.

Travel Highlights

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

Airport Transfers

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  • * 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. 
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