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Highlights of Turkey

8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures.

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8 Days 1 Country 7 Cities

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    • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
    • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 07 April, 28 July and 13 October 2018 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
    • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
    • 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 Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.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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    i Flights available

    Early payment discount

    Was: PP

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    Code: XXXXX

      Extensions available for this trip

      Secure your trip with a deposit today

      Easy Quote View Trip Book Now Please call 1800 002 007 (Toll-free)

      Please read our Trip Notes before booking

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      • Cruise Connection: This trip starts or ends in a popular cruise port, so you can combine a cruise with a more in-depth guided holiday in Europe.
      • Special Rate Solo Rooming: Departures 07 April, 28 July and 13 October 2018 include 25-100% discount on our standard single supplement.
      • Shared Rooming: Room Share is available on this trip.
      • 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

      Step back to a time when sultans ruled this land and were surrounded by all the world's treasures. Explore a mezze of East and West in mystical Turkey, from the Byzantine and Ottoman past of its capital, Istanbul, to the legendary city of Troy, ancient ruins of Ephesus, and the famous limestone cotton castles of Pamukkale.


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      Trip code: THOT

      7 Nights

      accommodation

      14 Meals
      • 7 buffet breakfasts

      • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

      • 6 dinners

      On-trip Transport

      All transport shown.

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Istanbul

        • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli

        • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Wooden Horse at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the old silk market and the Grand Mosque in Bursa


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 6 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • 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)

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale

        • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul

        • 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


       

      Highlights of Turkey

      Your Itinerary

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      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 1

      Arrive Istanbul (2 Nights)

      Hippodrome, 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

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      Day 5

      Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

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      Day 6

      Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa

      Grand Bazar, Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 7

      Bursa – Istanbul

      Istanbul, Turkey

      Day 8

      Depart Istanbul

      Day 1

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

      Meet at the crossroads of East and West - the effervescent capital of Istanbul launches your journey of discovery through centuries of turmoil and triumph. Spend the day exploring after being transferred to your hotel. Later, you'll meet your Travel Director and travel companions for a memorable Welcome Reception.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Istanbul Sightseeing Day 2 - Istanbul Sightseeing

      Delve into treasures of the Ottoman Empire, strolling through the exquisite Topkapi Palace with its spellbinding views of the Bosphorus. We explore the Basilica of Hagia Sophia, once one of the greatest churches in all of Christendom, before following in the footsteps of the faithful for a visit to the Blue Mosque - its six minarets and beautiful blue Iznik tiles are a sight to behold. Later, we visit the Byzantine Hippodrome to see where thundering chariots once raced to victory. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. Consider an optional cruise along the Bosphorus to see how its meandering waters separate the European and Asian sides of the city.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 2

      Day 3

      Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale Day 3 - Istanbul – Gallipoli – Çanakkale

      We remember the heroism of the many thousands of men who fought bravely at Gallipoli and see Lone Pine Cemetery and the battlefields that today still hold special significance for the Turkish, Australian and New Zealand nations. Spend a quiet moment commemorating the lives lost at Anzac Cove and Chunuk Bair, where some of the fiercest fighting took place during World War I. This evening we stay in Çanakkale where tonight we'll dine in our hotel.

      Hotel

      Kolin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Kolin

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 3

      Day 4

      Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir Day 4 - Çanakkale – Troy – Pergamon – Izmir

      Visit a land of Trojan legends, an ancient city immortalised by Homer in the stories of King Priamus, Hector, Paris and the beautiful Helen. We admire the archaeological excavations at Troy revealing nine separate periods of settlement and the symbolic replica wooden Trojan horse commemorating the epic war machine constructed by the Greeks to end a lengthy siege. We continue to the ancient kingdom of Pergamon to visit the Asclepion Medical Centre whose staff of entwined snakes remains a symbol of modern medicine today. This afternoon, we travel to the village of Demircidere for a unique Be My Guest luncheon. We travel to the broad boulevards of seaside Izmir and dine in our hotel this evening.

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Mövenpick

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Be My Guest Dining
      • Dinner

      Day 4

      Day 5

      Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale Day 5 - Izmir – Ephesus – Virgin Mary’s House – Pamukkale

      Journey into antiquity and explore the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Ephesus admiring the well-preserved façade of the Library of Celsus and its famous Temple of Artemis. We visit the House of the Virgin Mary, the Temple of Hadrian guarded by Medusa's head, and the Great Theatre, built by the Romans between 41 and 117 AD and still in use today. Relax and enjoy the blissful thermal pools at your hotel in Pamukkale. Later, consider joining an Optional Experience to watch the dizzying twirling of the mystical Whirling Dervishes of the Mevlevi sect.

      Hotel

      Colossae Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Colossae Thermal

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa Day 6 - Pamukkale – Hierapolis – Bursa

      This morning we enjoy a leisurely visit to the ancient ruins of the Holy City of Hierapolis, imagining ancient patrons seeking revival and rest within their limestone-laden thermal springs. Our last stop today is in the lush silk centre of Bursa where tonight we dine in our hotel.

      Hotel

      Sheraton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      Sheraton

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Bursa – Istanbul Day 7 - Bursa – Istanbul

      Caress soft silky textures and admire the riot of colours as you amble through the old silk market of Bursa. We visit its exquisite Grand Mosque before returning to Istanbul for an afternoon spent haggling for the best deals at the extraordinary Grand Bazaar - a veritable sprawl of enchanting shops and bold merchants plying pottery, leather, lamps and spice. Our final evening together sees us enjoy a Farewell dinner with our fellow travellers to reminisce over shared memories.

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      Radisson Blu Sisli

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Day 7

      Day 8

      Depart Istanbul Day 8 - Depart Istanbul

      We say a fond farewell to Turkey and newfound friends as we prepare to depart to the airport for our flight home.

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Meals

      • Buffet Breakfast

      Day 8

      Available Departures

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • Be My Guest
        Meet the most liberated women in Turkey in the village of Demircidere, where you'll learn how to bake traditional bread and taste the local wine

      • 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

      Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • City tour in Istanbul

        • See Anzac Cove and the poignant War Cemeteries at Gallipoli

        • Visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Basilica, Blue Mosque, Byzantine Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Wooden Horse at Troy, the Asclepion Medical Centre at Pergamon, the ancient city of Ephesus, the Virgin Mary's House at Ephesus, the Cotton Castle springs at Pamukkale, the ruins of the Roman health spa at Hierapolis, the old silk market and the Grand Mosque in Bursa


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 7 buffet breakfasts

        • 1 lunch
          (Be My Guest)

        • 6 dinners


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      What's Included

      Travel Highlights

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        • 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)

        • Ferry across the Dardanelles from Eceabat to Çanakkale

        • Ferry across the Sea of Marmara from Yalova to Istanbul

        • 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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      Guest Reviews and Ratings

      • Guest Service Rating from 17 Reviews

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      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Great tour because it was a small group.Tour director Al fantastic as he had a degree in Archealogy and was able to give more insight into sites visited like Ephesus.Product : What we saw was great but i think a little too much of Mosques and excavations.There must be other

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Tour was excellent- Al was great guideProduct : Itinerary was good- visit a lot of interesting places though there were other places along the way I wish we could've stopped. Also, I'm not sure you need to devote a whole day to Galipoli.

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : The Service was very good however it was too rushed. We enjoyed the history of the different areas but it would have been better if we had a chance to walk around the different townsProduct : Yes it was memorable but it would have been more so had we walked around the present

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : service was ok but don't tell me to write things that should be up to me!!!!!!!Product : Tour leader Al was very good with excellent knowledge & a good personality.

      • Trip:

        Service:

        Service rating : Travel director was excellent plus++++Nothing was too much troubleCredit to Trafalgar and neonProduct : Very very fast pacedsome accommodation needs evaluating, even replacingsad that a bottle of water could not be supplied by some 5 star hotels or tea/coffee making facilities

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