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Best of Turkey

14 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey.

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14 Days 1 Country 13 Cities

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    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
    • Itinerary: Some departures may operate in reverse. Included sightseeing will not be affected. If Sarhatli is unavailable, an alternative underground city may be visited instead.
    • New Year's Eve Highlights: Christmas Day is not celebrated in Turkey. Departure 24 December 2017 will celebrate New Year's Eve in Antalya. And the 31 December 2017 departure will celebrate New Year's Eve in Istanbul. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
    • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
    • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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    • 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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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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    Istanbul, Turkey

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      iNotes
      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
      • Itinerary: Some departures may operate in reverse. Included sightseeing will not be affected. If Sarhatli is unavailable, an alternative underground city may be visited instead.
      • New Year's Eve Highlights: Christmas Day is not celebrated in Turkey. Departure 24 December 2017 will celebrate New Year's Eve in Antalya. And the 31 December 2017 departure will celebrate New Year's Eve in Istanbul. Each of these specially arranged festive meal celebrations will replace one of the included meals featured in the itinerary.
      • Important Visa Information: Visas may be required for this trip. Please speak with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your specific requirements.
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • 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. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, 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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      About this trip

      A fabled land of fairy chimneys, Whirling Dervishes and cotton castles is yours to explore on this leisurely journey through Turkey. Visit the extraordinary excavations at Ephesus, one of the best preserved Roman theatres in the world, and the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road. Marvel at volcanic landscapes, the ruins of ancient civilisations and Istanbul's bustling city markets.


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      Trip code: TBOT

      13 Nights

      accommodation

      24 Meals
      • 13 buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 10 dinners

      On-trip Transport

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Istanbul

        • View the Wooden Horse at Troy

        • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries 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 Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 10 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.

        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 1

      Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

      Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 2

      Istanbul Sightseeing

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      Day 3

      Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

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      Day 4

      Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

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      Day 5

      Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

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      Izmir – Pamukkale

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      Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

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      Perge Excursion

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      Day 9

      Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

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      Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

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      Day 11

      Göreme Excursion

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      Cappadocia – Ankara

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      Day 13

      Ankara – Istanbul

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      Depart Istanbul

      Day 1

      Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

      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.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Old City

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Wyndham Old City

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Istanbul Sightseeing Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing

      Gain insight into the Ottoman Empire's power and influence during your guided tour of the Topkapi Palace. Visit the Hagia Sophia, the magnificent Blue Mosque, the Hippodrome and see the Egyptian obelisk. Later enjoy free time to explore the famous Grand Bazaar market and this evening consider an optional dinner with Turkish folk dances and belly dancing entertainment.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale 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 Chunuk Bair Cemeteries, the final resting place of many Allied soldiers. See the Dardanelles and stay overnight in Çanakkale. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Kolin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Kolin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights) Day 4 - Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir (2 Nights)

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

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary Day 5 - Excursion to Ephesus and the House of the Virgin Mary

      Visit the impressive excavations at Ephesus and the House of Virgin Mary at Mt. Koressos. Consider an optional dinner tonight at a local restaurant in Izmir.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Izmir – Pamukkale Day 6 - Izmir – Pamukkale

      This morning leave the coastal city of Izmir and travel inland towards Denizli Province in southwestern Turkey. Arrive in Pamukkale and relax in the hot springs at your hotel before dinner.

      Hotel

      Richmond Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Richmond Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights) Day 7 - Pamukkale – Hieropolis – Antalya (2 Nights)

      After breakfast visit the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis and the Cotton Castle Springs at Pamukkale. Later travel through scenic countryside and stop in a small local village where you will be guests of some of the locals. Enjoy a delicious Be My Guest lunch with local food prepared by your hosts. Later travel to the city of Antalya and relax on the beach or at the hotel swimming pool. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza/Marmara

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza/Marmara

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Regional Meal

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Perge Excursion Day 8 - Perge Excursion

      This morning you can either embark on an optional yacht cruise or enjoy free time in Antalya. Later, visit the impressive Antalya Archaeological Museum and the Roman city of Perge. Dine tonight at a local restaurant of your choice.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Day 9

      Antalya – Aspendos – Konya Day 9 - Antalya – Aspendos – Konya

      This morning visit Aspendos to see one of the best-preserved Roman theatres in the world. Continue on to Konya where you will 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.

      Hotel

      Anemo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Anemo

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 9

      Day 10

      Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights) Day 10 - Konya – Cappadocia (2 Nights)

      Visit a well-preserved 13th century caravansary. Journey on to biblical Cappadocia. Here you visit the underground city of Sarhatli on the ancient Silk Road and see the cone of Uchisar. This evening join your companions for a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

      Hotel

      Dilek Kaya Cave Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Dilek Kaya Cave Authentic Accommodation

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 10

      Day 11

      Göreme Excursion Day 11 - Göreme Excursion

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 11

      Day 12

      Cappadocia – Ankara Day 12 - Cappadocia – Ankara

      Visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilisations and Ataturk's Mausoleum. Dine tonight at your hotel.

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Crowne Plaza

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 12

      Day 13

      Ankara – Istanbul Day 13 - Ankara – Istanbul

      Travel back to Istanbul and cross the Bosphorus into Europe. Enjoy some last-minute souvenir shopping or perhaps take an optional cruise on the Bosphorus before meeting your Travel Director and fellow companions for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

      Hotel

      Wyndham Old City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Wyndham Old City

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 13

      Day 14

      Depart Istanbul Day 14 - Depart Istanbul

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

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Authentic Accommodation
        Located alongside the ancient Ortahisar rock castle, the rooms at Dilek Kaya Hotel are hewn out of the surrounding rock

      • Be My Guest
        Enjoy lunch with and gain insight into the traditions of the Yazir community in the Taurus Mountains near Antalya

      • Cultural Insights
        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

      • Hidden Treasures
        Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Istanbul

        • View the Wooden Horse at Troy

        • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries 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 Springs in Pamukkale, the Archaeological Museum in Antalya, the Roman cities at Perge and Aspendos, the home of the Whirling Dervishes at Konya, a caravansary on the Ancient Silk Road, the underground city of Saratli, Göreme Open Air Museum and the Museum of Anatolian Civilisation at Ankara


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 13 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 10 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale.

        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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      The Trafalgar Experience

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      Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


      Guest Reviews and Ratings

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        Service rating : Brilliant service, with all needs taken care off. The travel director, Barcin Taran is absolutely brilliant at his job; so highly knowledgeable. I needed medication from a pharmacy and he saw to this immediately by scheduling a stop to a pharmacy. The driver Dadash was really

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        First class with attention to needs of the tour group.

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        The guide was very professional & really took care of us (9 pac). He was pleasant & very knowledgeable in his topics about the places we visited. The driver was just as pleasant. Hotel rooms are good too.

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        The most knowledgeable tour guide I have ever had on my 20 plus escorted tours around the world.

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        Service rating : Great service, accommodation and the best tour director. The sites and cities were interesting and educational. People we helpful and friendly.Product : There was a little bit of everything from modern to historical a little country and also a little bit of the city. So much

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