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Best of Turkey

14 Days 1 Country 11 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, 11 Cities

Best of Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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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.
    • 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.
    • Anzac Day: Departure 21 April 2017 is a special Anzac Day departure where the itinerary is altered to take in the commemorations and events at Gallipoli. See GTBOTA for full itinerary details.
    • Festive Celebrations: Christmas is not celebrated in Istanbul. New Year's Eve celebrations have been arranged for marked departures.
    • 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.
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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. 

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.


Trip type: Country Explorer i

Trip code: TBOT

13 Nights

accommodation

24 Meals
  • 13 buffet breakfasts

  • 10 dinners

  • 1 lunch (Be My Guest)

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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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

    • 10 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


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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.

    • 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


 

Best of Turkey

Your Itinerary

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.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Radisson Blu Sisli/Wyndham Old City

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Istanbul Nightlife Experience

You’ll enjoy a short drive through the illuminated streets of Istanbul before arriving at the famous Kervansaray Night Club. You’ll taste Turkish specialties while being entertained by musicians, belly and folk dancers, performing dances from different regions of Turkey. You’ll also get the chance to join in.

Adult Price: US$80.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Kolin

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Mövenpick

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Izmir Seafood Dinner

Head to the Kordon where we take you to one of Izmir's favourite seafood restaurants. Known for stunning views and for serving the best fish dishes in coastal Turkey, dine on a variety of seafood and meze delights with drinks. Don't worry there's great options for those who don't like seafood too!.

Adult Price: US$55.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Richmond Thermal

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining
Regional Meal
Hotel
Crowne Plaza

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Antalya Old Town And Waterfall Yacht Cruise

Antalya Old Town, 'Kaleici', is the picturesque old quarter in the centre of present day Antalya. Your Local Specialist will show you the imposing Hadrian's Gate, dating from 130 AD when the Roman Emperor visited the city. Then you'll enjoy a yacht cruise to the stunning Düden waterfall.

Adult Price: US$30.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Ramada Plaza

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Dilek Kaya Authentic Accommodation

Optional Experiences

Whirling Dervishes Show

The 'dance' of the Whirling Dervishes is called Sema. It is part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture and represents a man's spiritual journey, and will be a highlight of your trip to Turkey.

Adult Price: US$30.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner

12. Cappadocia – Ankara

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

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
Swiss/Crowne Plaza

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
Radisson Blu Sisli/Wyndham Old City

Optional Experiences

Traditional Bosphorus Cruise

No stay would be complete without this unforgettable cruise along the Bosphorus, the winding strait separating Europe and Asia. Along the shores you’ll see a beautiful mixture of modern hotels, ancient wooden villas, marble palaces, fortresses and small fishing villages, as you relax on board.

Adult Price: US$40.00

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.

Meal(s)
Buffet Breakfast

Available Departures

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  • 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

    • 10 dinners

    • 1 lunch
      (Be My Guest)


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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.

    • 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

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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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